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Four vie for Dane County clerk, 'where the action is'

The Dane County clerk might not seem like a particularly sexy job, but don't tell that to the four candidates running for the post in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary. "I'm running because this is where the action is," says Scott McDonell, the current chair of the Dane County Board. "The efforts to suppress voters' rights is meant to turn Wisconsin from blue to red." >More
 Madison-area Assembly Dem candidates try to stake out independent ground

The Democratic candidates for Assembly Districts 47 and 80 sounded similar themes at a Monday night forum, with all taking aim at the state Legislature that fell under Republican control in 2010. Audience members noticed the similarities. >More
 Madison community groups compete for shrinking city funds

Will Green has come to the city three times to ask for financial support for his nonprofit, Mentoring Positives. He founded it with his wife in 2004 to work with disadvantaged youth on the city's east-side Darbo-Worthington neighborhood. "The first time, I was very new to them," says Green, who wasn't surprised to be turned down that go-around. "The second time, we were right there to get funding" but narrowly missed out. >More
 Eric Hovde is challenging Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin Senate primary

Will Eric Hovde turn out to be the second coming of Ron Johnson? In 2010, Johnson, the owner and CEO of a plastics manufacturing company in Oshkosh, burst out of nowhere and into the U.S. Senate. With a self-funded campaign, Johnson swamped two little-known Republicans in the primary, garnering 85% of the vote. He then went on to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold, 52% to 47%. >More
 Mayor Soglin and Gov. Walker discuss Madison's portion of Wisconsin shared revenue

On Monday morning, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin sat down with Governor Scott Walker to talk about several issues of interest to Wisconsin's capital city. Soglin says the meeting focused on how the state disperses shared revenue funds, along with TIF funding for police and fire stations, among other topics. >More
 Downtown business owners speak out against Madison's sign restrictions at public forum

Madison business owners took advantage of a forum on Tuesday night to criticize Mayor Paul Soglin's efforts to crack down on violations of city ordinance regarding signage. While the mayor was not present for the meeting at the Overture Center, Matt Tucker, zoning director for the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development, explained the law and listened to comments from attendees. >More
 UFCW Local 1473 union files charge against Metcalfe's Market

Metcalfe's Market, the family-owned grocery chain known for its sustainability practices and local products, is in the midst of a union battle after it increased meat department workers' health insurance premiums. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1473, filed charges against Metcalfe Inc. with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board citing "unfair labor practices" on June 22. The charge is still pending. >More
 Wisconsin's Republican and Democratic party platforms differ sharply, including on campaign finance

Writing in 1993, Colby College political science professor L. Sandy Maisel called political party platforms "the most important document(s) that a political party produces" but also "worthless pieces of paper," because so few voters know what they contain. That's unfortunate, because they are the product of much deliberative thinking, and do in fact shape how politicians behave. >More
 A homey Meriter Child Care Center is approved for Mills Street

Madison's Urban Design Commission unanimously approved plans for a new Meriter Child Care Center. The commission had already approved the project at an adjacent location in 2011, but Meriter Health Services determined the new location, on South Mills Street, would be a better use of space. >More
 Wisconsin Senate Democrats make up, Tim Cullen returns to the fold

Wisconsin Democrats patched together their precarious majority in the state Senate today by creating two new committees for Sen. Tim Cullen, who quit the caucus earlier this week after being snubbed on assignments. >More
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