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Scott McDonell prevails in contentious Dane County Clerk race

The crowd of around 20 gathered in Scott McDonell's Doty Street driveway and backyard, drinking beer and eating food made by the candidate himself. But the highlight for the victorious candidate was sharing the time with his young daughters, who are seven and five years old. >More
 Oak Creek killer affiliated with racist skinhead group long active in Wisconsin

Wade Michael Page, who shot and killed six people and wounded four others at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek before taking his own life, had connections with The Hammerskin Nation, a white supremacist group described by the Anti-Defamation League as "the most violent and best-organized neo-Nazi skinhead group in the United States." >More
 Mayor Soglin and Gov. Walker discuss Madison's portion of Wisconsin shared revenue

On Monday morning, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin sat down with Governor Scott Walker to talk about several issues of interest to Wisconsin's capital city. Soglin says the meeting focused on how the state disperses shared revenue funds, along with TIF funding for police and fire stations, among other topics. >More
 Downtown business owners speak out against Madison's sign restrictions at public forum

Madison business owners took advantage of a forum on Tuesday night to criticize Mayor Paul Soglin's efforts to crack down on violations of city ordinance regarding signage. While the mayor was not present for the meeting at the Overture Center, Matt Tucker, zoning director for the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development, explained the law and listened to comments from attendees. >More
 Long summer days, record heat part of Ramadan for Muslims around Madison

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has fallen in the middle of summer for 2012, and weeks of record and near-record high temperatures in Madison is affecting local Muslims taking part in the religious tradition. The most well-known practice during the month is the fasting from sun-up to sun-down, which means no food or water for over 16 hours, from 4 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. during these long days. >More
 Madison landlords say they won't provide tenants voter registration forms despite proposed city mandate

Some Madison landlords are criticizing a proposed ordinance that would require property owners to provide new tenants with voter registration forms. With 12 co-sponsors, the ordinance is expected to pass when the Common Council votes on the measure at Tuesday's meeting. >More
 New Madison Public Library director Greg Mickells got his start converting card catalogs into a database

Greg Mickells will take the reins of the Madison Public Library at the beginning of September. Under the terms of his five-year contract, expected to be approved by the Common Council, the new director will make $115,000 a year. Isthmus called Mickells in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he currently works as the assistant library director for Lincoln City Libraries, to learn about what he likes to read and what he thinks is next for libraries. >More
 Mayor Soglin says an inclusive process will guide signage, cab issues on State Street

Mayor Paul Soglin is sticking to his plan to crack down on State Street signage. "I'm not interested in compromise," Soglin said at a Downtown Madison, Inc. breakfast Thursday when an audience member noted she was worried the mayor had already made up his mind and was not open to outside input. >More
 Madison TV stations took in over $4.5 million in advertising revenue during Walker recall

While Wisconsinites may have muted their TVs anytime a commercial for Gov. Scott Walker or recall challenger Tom Barrett was aired this spring, local television stations were enjoying an influx of money from these political advertisements. The first sign of the rush came at the end of November 2011, when Walker began running ads against the recall. >More
 Proposed Vilas Zoo animal health center would provide surgery and other vet services

Veterinarians at Henry Vilas Zoo may soon be able to send digital x-rays of injured animals to medical experts across the country without ever leaving the premises, thanks to a proposed Animal Health Center. The Madison Urban Design Commission granted final approval for the project Wednesday night, with many members of the committee enthusiastic about the proposal, according to Al Martin, who staffs the panel. >More
 Scenes from the Wisconsin recall: Barrett, Walker camps gathered to mourn and celebrate together

The Capitol Square was lively around 8:30 p.m. as people gathered with signs, some in costume. Decorated cars drove around the square honking at the gatherers. Jim Sommerfield said the mood on the square made him feel "hopeful and uplifted," juxtaposing the tense mood he reported feeling on Tuesday around noon. >More
 A guide to voting in Wisconsin's 2012 recall election

If you vote absentee in the Wisconsin recall election, don't show up at the polls to vote on Election Day too. It's now a felony. Previously, voters could fill out an absentee ballot, and then "beat" it to the polls, says Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl. In those situations, the absentee ballot was thrown out. But a law passed in April makes it illegal to cast an absentee ballot and vote at the polls. >More
 Your guide to 2012 Wisconsin recall GOTV and election night parties in and around Madison

After the polls close, volunteers and supporters of Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, as well as both candidates for lieutenant governor, will gather to watch the results and alternately share in celebration or commiseration as the winners are declared. >More
 Absentee voting for recalls brisk in Madison and Waukesha

The line outside the Madison City Clerk's office Wednesday morning remained consistent at about five-people long. As soon as one person entered the office, two more joined the back of the line. Each was waiting to cast an absentee ballot ahead of the June 5 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. >More
 Will the recall outcome affect the November presidential election in Wisconsin?

In the midst of the highly polarizing and unprecedented gubernatorial recall election, Wisconsin is once again considered a swing state for the 2012 presidential election on November 6. A poll released May 16 by the Marquette Law School shows President Barack Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a tie at 46%. >More
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