Good morning brunch eaters. First thing's first: My bad for that post about Mayor Dave running for re-election yesterday. It was a little obvious, as some of my readers pointed out. I suppose I was over-compensating for my lack of coverage of his fundraising event the other week.
Here is some fried cod from Queen Anne's Catering.
Landmarks Committee overwhelmingly rejects Edgewater project again. Board of Estimates approves it. Next question: Does Hammes have 14 votes on the Council?
$224 is a tax raise Madisonians will notice. Despite salary freezes, Madison schools still need money.
It looks like Sen. Julie Lassa will be the Democratic nominee for Obey's seat. Dems are uniting behind her and the GOP is already on the attack.
The legislature is not in session but Doyle has bills up the wazoo to sign. Four economic stimulus bills are the most recent additions. Bill-signing is a great way for him to see the best parts of the state before he leaves office. Yesterday he signed a bill at a Green Bay dietary supplement company.
Green Bay Press Gazette: Don't write off Rep. Phil Montgomery's political career yet. It is odd to see a Republican champion a tax hike as one of his accomplishments, but I guess he figured all of his constituents cared enough about the Packers to pay for them. He's probably right.
Big feature article in the Cap Times about ethanol. According to one study, Wisconsin would lose 13,000 jobs if tariffs on imported ethanol were lifted. Then of course there is the debate about whether ethanol really decreases pollution.
Meanwhile, panel OKs burning of biofuel at UW Charter Street Plant.
One of the more bizarre stories: No, you can't show your ID at the polls, no matter how badly you want to.
Houses keep selling in Wisconsin for the third straight quarter.
Feingold drumming up the earmark issue. Along with Tom Coburn and John McCain, he is introducing a bill to create a searchable earmark database. That sounds like a great procrastinating tool for a guy like me.
Mark Green endorses Scott Walker for governor.
Good job Wisconsin! Political advertisements will require disclosure of their sources.