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Renovated downtown Madison branch will showcase the future of libraries

It's 4 p.m. on a Tuesday at the Goodman South Madison library on Park Street, and the brightly lit community room is packed with teenagers. A seated pair aim Wii controllers at the jumbo screen on the back wall, leaning to and fro in the synchronized sway of gamers everywhere. Another four sit focused in front of laptops, headsets firmly in place, pulling swigs on bottles of water or soda. >More
 Former Wisconsin Elections Board and GAB member recalls experiences on each

Incoming Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is renewing GOP calls to replace judges on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board with partisan appointees, similar to the way the state's old Elections Board used to be configured. His longing for the past recalls a recent Isthmus cover story about Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the GAB, which quoted a former judge who served on both the Elections Board and GAB. >More
 Redistricting that favored Wisconsin Republicans spurs call for reforms

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's Nov. 29 certification of the official results of the Nov. 6 election made it, well, official: Democratic candidates got more votes than Republicans in state races for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate and state Assembly. >More
 Challengers emerge in 2013 Madison Common Council races

When Tim Bruer was first elected to the Madison Common Council in 1984, one of the council leaders told him he "had a district nobody else wanted." Alders came and went, in rapid succession, Bruer remembers. He took the comment as a challenge. Almost 30 years later, Bruer is still serving the south-side district, which he brags has seen unprecedented development and revitalization. "Now I have a district that everyone else should envy." >More
 Sharp debate continues over lights on the Southwest Commuter bike path

Cyclists locked up their bikes in front of city hall last night and walked in discussing lights and visibility on the Southwest Commuter Path. The cyclists joined about 90 attendees and 20 alders and city staff for a joint meeting of the city's Pedestrian, Bicycle & Motor Vehicle Commission and Board of Public Works. The public hearing addressed a resolution to install 20-foot tall lights on the path. >More
 Wisconsin Right to Life floats new abortion restrictions

With seven months to go before the Nov. 6 presidential election, Democratic partisans started accusing Republicans of waging a war on women. They pointed to a number of factors, including GOP opposition to President Barack Obama's health care reform provision that employers' health insurance policies cover birth control. >More
 The Resilience Research Center goes to great lengths to keep things local

The Center for Resilient Cities, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit committed to revitalizing urban communities, has opened shop on Madison's south side. Located just off Rimrock Road, the boxy faade of the Resilience Research Center seems a bit imposing, in part because of its disproportionately small parking lot. The limited number of spots encourages visitors to arrive by foot or bike, for which there is ample parking. >More
 Satya Rhodes-Conway joins growing list of Madison alders stepping down

Ald. Satya Rhodes-Conway announced this week that she won't run for reelection in the spring, joining at least five other council members who are stepping down. Nominating petitions cannot be circulated until next month. But so far alders Lauren Cnare, Bridget Maniaci, Brian Solomon and Jill Johnson have all announced they will not run for reelection. >More
 Wisconsin Sen. Dale Schultz expects better mining bill, with environmental safeguards

Two days after the Nov. 6 election in which Republicans retained dominion in the state Assembly and regained control of the Senate, a GOP assemblyman interviewed in the state Capitol press room identified Job No. 1: "We bring a mining bill that Dale Schultz can't stand in the way of." Welcome to the smash-mouth world of Wisconsin politics. >More
 Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against IRS draws intense interest

The Freedom From Religion Foundation gained 100 new members within 24 hours of announcing it was suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to enforce electioneering restrictions on tax-exempt churches, says co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. The Madison-based group saw 69,000 hits to its website that same day -- a number that would likely have been higher had routine maintenance not interfered with access to the website, Gaylor adds. >More
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