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Obama campaign holds early voting extravaganza around Madison

Absentee voting opened in Wisconsin last week, and supporters of Barack Obama are mobilizing to get out the early vote through the final three weeks before Election Day. The campaign is holding a series of rallies and gatherings across the state on Tuesday encouraging voters to get a jump on their trip to the polls, with a half dozen planned for in and around Madison. The big draw, though, will be a rally on the Capitol Square with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry. >More
 Overture Center advisory group recommends significant change in operation

A volunteer group of Madison community and business leaders released a report on Monday morning detailing their recommendations to plot a stable course for the future of the Overture Center for the Arts in the midst of ongoing economic uncertainties. Formed in May, this advisory group led by University Research Park director Mark Bugher deliberated on the financial challenges facing the Center before issuing its suggestions for operational improvements, from budgeting and governance to fundraising and marketing. >More
 On the Agenda: Madison 2009 budget, movie theaters and the homeless

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has stirred a little controversy in his 2009 budget for Community Services. Cieslewicz thinks the process for allocating funding to nonprofit agencies has become too political. So he wants the commission to come up with a new way to divide the money up. The mayor's 2009 budget for nonprofits does not include an anticipated 3% cost-of-living increase for the agencies and he kept the available funding -- $3.2 million -- at 2008 levels. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Opening the Lussier Community Education Center

On Thursday morning, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will attend an event that has been eagerly anticipated by many westside residents for years now. The Lussier Community Education Center, otherwise known as the spanking new building located just to the north of Memorial High and Jefferson Middle School on Gammon, will officially open its doors. >More
 Borrow the money? A capital idea!

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk bills herself as a fiscal conservative who keeps property taxes low while maximizing services. But some members of the County Board say Falk is living beyond her means, borrowing money to pay for basic needs - and sending the county dangerously into debt. >More
 Madison's Business Forum announces 17 ATHENA Young Professional Award nominees

The Business Forum, a local professional organization for women, has announced 17 nominees for the ATHENA Young Professional Award, to be presented at a reception on Wednesday, November 12 at Inn on the Park in Madison. >More
 Ellen Foley out at Wisconsin State Journal

Ellen Foley, hired as editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in April 2004 to "sharpen the edges" of the state's second largest newspaper, resigned today, effective Friday. Foley's resignation is the latest sign of tumult at Capital Newspapers Inc., which owns and publishes the State Journal and The Capital Times. The State Journal is also one of the flagship newspapers of Lee Enterprises, a newspaper company whose stock has plummeted in recent months. >More
 On the Agenda: Dane County budget, parking fines, and a school referendum

The various Dane County committees begin reviewing County Executive Kathleen Falk's $450 million budget for 2009. Most of the wheeling and dealing on the budget occurs in committee, not before the full County Board, so this is where the action is. Health and Human Needs oversees half the budget. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Tow the scofflaws!

Tuesday night, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz meets with the Common Council which, among other issues, will attempt to tackle the problem of keeping Madison's streets clear of snow during winter months. >More
 J.B. Van Hollen's own voter registration may violate standard he's suing to enforce

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen could be required to update his voter registration, re-register at the polls or cast a provisional ballot in a future election, a review of state records suggests. Van Hollen is suing the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to force it to ensure consistency between voter registration records and state Department of Transportation records. But Van Hollen appears to have his own name spelled differently in the two databases. >More
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