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Freedom from Religion Foundation ads urge atheists to come 'out of the closet'

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is unveiling a bold new ad campaign that borrows an idea popularized by other movements. "Out of the closet" ads just went up on 13 city of Madison buses and will premier next week on billboards here. >More
 A shootout for Dane County sheriff between Dave Mahoney and Shawn Haney

Shawn Haney insists he's not holding a grudge. But it's hard to see the Nov. 2 race for Dane County sheriff outside the context of what happened back in 2007, when he was a lieutenant at the Sheriff's Office. Haney, a Republican, is running against his former boss, one-term incumbent Democratic Sheriff Dave Mahoney. Mahoney, who was first elected in 2006, after Sheriff Gary Hamblin retired, fired Haney for allegedly lying about the records released regarding Waunakee High School football players who attended a drinking party. >More
 MPD Chief Noble Wray wants more police officers in 2011 Madison budget

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is asking the Common Council to help find more funding to hire eight new police officers. In his 2011 operating budget, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz called for "hard choices and greater efficiency." >More
 Madison Board of Estimates approves Duck Pond expansion, Union Corners buy

The Madison Board of Estimates on Monday seamlessly approved renovation plans for the Duck Pond at Warner Park over the next 10 years, including a $1.3 million bleacher renovation paid for by both city and private funds. >More
 Scott McDonell announces run for Dane County executive

As expected, Dane County Board chairman Scott McDonell wasted little time in throwing his hat into the ring for Dane County executive, announcing Monday he's running to replace Kathleen Falk, who is stepping down mid-term. >More
 Committee grapples with tricky issues on Overture Center

The committee looking at whether Madison should take over the Overture Center for $1 is recommending adding conditions to the acquisition, to address concerns that have been raised by labor representatives, Common Council members and others. >More
 Falk's dilemma and attorney's alleged fraud: You read them in Isthmus first

Careful readers of and Isthmus may have experienced a bit of déjà vu Thursday morning while reading the Wisconsin State Journal. >More
 Wisconsin AG Van Hollen proves nimble in ducking challenger Hassett's blows

To get a bead on the race for Wisconsin attorney general, consider the dust-up over allegations against Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz. Scott Hassett, the Democratic challenger, says the office of Republican incumbent J.B. Van Hollen badly botched matters when it received reports last fall that Kratz had sent text message come-ons to a victim whose ex-boyfriend he was prosecuting. >More
 Racial Justice Summit offers frank discussion of race in 'colorblind' Madison

Jacquelyn Boggess, speaking Tuesday at the ninth annual Racial Justice Summit hosted by YWCA Madison, noted that African Americans in Dane County are incarcerated at more than 13 times the rate for the community at large. >More
 Kathleen Falk's resignation plans threatened by election rules

In announcing her early resignation Monday, Dane County executive Kathleen Falk said she planned to remain in office until a replacement is elected on April 5. But there's a snag: the county clerk can't call a special election until there's a vacancy. That means Falk will have to resign well before April. >More
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