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Gay veterans in Madison cheer the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Thirty-six years ago Jay Hatheway was court-martialed for violating the Army's ban on homosexuality. In response, he mounted the first constitutional challenge to the federal law banning homosexuality in the military. At the time, Hatheway was a commissioned Green Beret intelligence officer at a detachment in West Germany, so close to sensitive secrets that he was the first at his post to read a confidential White House telegram noting that Pres. Richard Nixon was set to resign the following day. >More
 Center for Equal Opportunity alleges UW discriminates against white applicants, students respond with protests

More than 100 students and Madison community members stormed a campus-area press conference Tuesday where a national interest group accused the University of Wisconsin-Madison of "severe" racial discrimination. The Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) released the results of studies that looked at the impact on acceptance rates at the university and Law School of such admission criteria as standardized test scores and high school performance. >More
 New York Times profiles Soglin through lens of Miffin Street Block Party

The New York Times' fascination with Madison, as one of the nation's "liberal bastions," lives on with a Sunday piece on Mayor Paul Soglin. >More
 JoAnne Kloppenburg to run for 4th District Court of Appeals seat

JoAnne Kloppenburg, who narrowly missed ousting Justice David Prosser in the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court election, has announced she is running for the 4th District Court of Appeals seat being vacated by Judge Margaret Vergeront, who is retiring from the bench. >More
 Soglin explains his biking cuts to a room full of Madison cyclists

By the time Mayor Paul Soglin took the podium Wednesday night to discuss the future of biking in Madison, every chair in the room had been filled, and attendees, some wearing cycling tights and clip-in shoes, had to stand against walls or sit cross-legged on the floor. >More
 Walker budget cuts hit small town Wisconsin

After he signed the new Wisconsin budget this past June, Gov. Scott Walker left the stage set up at Fox Valley Metal-Tech Inc., in Green Bay, while John Mellencamp's "Small Town" played over loudspeakers. It's a song that speaks to small-town values of responsibility and thrift, qualities Walker and his Republican colleagues call their own. But was the song choice also a warning? >More
 A Madisonian recalls a week in Manhattan helping 9/11 victims

To the homicidal hijackers of Sept. 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was a hated symbol. To the innocents inside, it was simply a workplace. Stockbrokers, prep cooks, bankers and janitors -- all there to earn a living. >More
 Mounting debt, state budget cuts forced slashed Madison capital budget, Soglin says

In announcing his 2012 capital budget Tuesday, Mayor Paul Soglin pointed to two main culprits behind his spending cuts: mounting city debt and state budget cuts. Soglin's $196 million capital budget proposal, his first since taking office in April, caps borrowing at $38.7 million. >More
 How far right will the Wisconsin GOP go?

In some ways it should be no surprise that the ultraconservative Club for Growth is going after former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who appears to be gearing up for a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl. The D.C.-based advocacy group, which most recently spent millions in Wisconsin on issue ads opposing Democrats in the recall elections, has made it a habit in recent years to oppose moderate Republicans who don't follow its free-market, anti-government script. >More
 Democracy Convention draws 1,000 to Madison, plans next steps

Clad in a tiara, long dress and sash reading "Do You Miss Democracy?" Mary Zepernick approached a table at the Memorial Union Terrace Saturday night with a question clearly on her mind. "Do you miss democracy?" she asked the group. "I do." It was a bit of street theater, Zepernick, 71, explained the next day in a phone interview. "It's a way to catch the attention of people, to just shake up their minds a little." >More
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