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Rebecca Kleefisch, stealth Mama Grizzly

Rebecca Kleefisch, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is a proud Christian woman. She's a wife and mother who drives a minivan, clips coupons and has what she calls "kitchen-table common sense." She also boasts a large Tea Party backing for her ultra-conservative beliefs and platform. Sound familiar? You betcha! >More
 President Obama visits Madison: The live blog

President Barack Obama speaks on Library Mall Tuesday afternoon. Isthmus readers are commenting and sharing their observations on this live blog, along with the most impressive army of Twitterers ever assembled! >More
 View photos of the Obama rally at UW Library Mall

President Barack Obama visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Tuesday afternoon to speak at the first in a series of campaign rallies in support of Democratic congressional and gubernatorial candidates running in this fall's midterm elections. Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, many students and clad in Badger cardinal, the president delivered a vigorous address promoting his administration's actions over the last 18 months in the face of ongoing economic distress across the United States. >More
 President Obama in Madison: A view from the White House Press Pool

North Park Street doesn't look much like North Park Street on Tuesday afternoon. An olive-drab helicopter does laps over the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Library Mall, where President Barack Obama will speak in a couple of hours. Hordes of students wait to get through the gate, and a girl stands at the intersection of Lathrop Drive with a pink sign to direct members of the White House Press Pool through a series of checkpoints. >More
 Protesters make their own free speech zones at Obama's UW rally

What if they designated a free-speech zone and no one used it? That's pretty much what happened Tuesday as President Barack Obama came to Madison to speak at the UW-Madison campus. The city announced that the 600 block of State Street would function as a "Peaceful Assembly Area," where people with signs and opinions could get their ya-yas out. >More
 Things to remember for the Obama visit to the UW Library Mall

Presidential visits can be exciting, but they also present many logistical headaches, upending a city's normal routines. Such can be expected on Tuesday, when President Obama flies into town for a speech at the UW-Madison library mall: flights will be canceled, traffic and buses rerouted, and areas of campus normally public will suddenly have the highest security. >More
 City shows off bold new plan for downtown Madison

Madison Ald. Mike Verveer knows the natural beauty of Madison often goes overlooked in the pursuit of various city projects. "It's pretty much a no-brainer that Madison hasn't taken advantage of its lake shore to its fullest potential," Verveer says. "In terms of just the aesthetics of it, it's really clear to a lot of folks that we can do better." >More
 Michael Schumacher announces he won't run for Madison Common Council in 2011

After two terms on Common Council, Ald. Michael Schumacher has decided not to run again next spring. Although he's only been on the council a short time, Schumacher had been, until recently, one of the most active council members. He was so busy, in fact, there were rumors -- which he denied -- that he was eyeing a run for mayor. >More
 Will Broadway save Overture?

When the smash hit Lion King came to the Overture Center last spring, sales were brisk and Overture officials hoped they'd finally found the secret for putting the arts center on solid financial ground: extended runs of Broadway hits, known in the business as full-week shows. >More
 Madison's draft Downtown Plan for 2010s focuses on lakes

In the 1970 Downtown Plan, Madison called for the First Settlement Neighborhood -- Madison's first residential area -- to be razed and replaced with office buildings. But shortly after the plan was approved, something else happened: people began moving back into the neighborhood to renovate the homes, giving a second-life to a neighborhood some had given up on. It was so successful that in 2002, the city declared First Settlement an historic district. >More
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