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Make sure to watch the hour-long documentary about the Brewers tonight on ESPN at 8 pm. I think that's the right time because I think ESPN's website automatically adjusts for time zone, but I'm not 100% sure on that. My nails are too long and I lost my nail clipper a long time ago. Damn.

For brunch you need to read this New Yorker article recommended by Dan Sullivan. You think Hipsterdom was the worst thing that happened to PBR? Then you haven't tried the $44 "Blue Ribbon 1844" that is selling in China. And check out this smoothie from Prairie Café. Ruth Young is one the scene.

Supreme Court rules transfer of funds from Patients Compensation Fund to balance budget unconstitutional. That means...more legislature action baby!

And speaking of legislative action, Dane County might be providing more of it to the Capitol. Redistricting could mean more seats for us.

Medical marijuana on the ballot. WSJ discusses.

Another referendum will give voters the power to decide whether the county will borrow $25 million to fund land acquisitions.

Who's responsible for bringing American Idol to Milwaukee? Tom Barrett or Scott Walker? Should we laud the stimulus to the local economy that Paula Abdul's bar tab will bring, or decry the loss of talented young workers to Hollywood?

Kristin runs down the big city meetings this week.

What'd I say? Progressive organizations are coming out in support of Chris Larson, the liberal running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Plale in Milwaukee. The League of Conservation Voters is the most recent.

Are you surprised that the State Journal urges UW to not "be all things at once," without suggesting what UW should stop being?

That really is too bad. That Juneau County DA's recall would have been a great story and sent a great message. Not good enough organization, however.

Bayview Apartments: Hell Yeah.

Ouch. Records show Obey paid for poll of his district several days before announcing retirement. Also, check out the fundraising numbers in the 8th district. Kagen's opponents are raising serious money.

Coooool: Complaints filed against 11 candidates for state office. The case against Rep. Rich Zipperer is interesting, and could provide for a serious headache for the incumbent Republican.

Soil standards in Madison. Is construction hurting them?

Harley Davidson makes a lot of money. Guess how much they made last quarter before you click the article.

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