Ben Siegel

These days Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative on West Gilman Street hums with activity, mostly from the nonstop construction of the high-rise next door. "The building shakes a lot," says Debbie Rasmussen, an executive board member of the cooperatively owned, collectively run bookstore. "It cuts off our Internet." It's the latest reminder that things have changed since the progressive institution opened its doors off State Street in 1989. more

Apr 24, 2014 2:00 PM Books

Jo Mersa grew up touring, but he wasn't the star. As a 5-year-old on stage in front of thousands, he left most of the singing to his father, Grammy winner Stephen Marley, and his other musically gifted family members. They are, after all, the descendants of reggae legend Bob Marley. more

Apr 24, 2014 2:00 PM MUSIC


Ben Siegel

Faith in a "higher ground" is at the core of Barber's message to his audience of labor and civil rights advocates and community members. Barber preached that the solution to problems lies in morally grounded cooperation and mutual concern. more

Mar 14, 2014 5:25 PM A & E

Former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys says there were times when she served in the state Assembly with Bill Kramer that the Republican from Waukesha made her uncomfortable. "He would stand a little too close ... or touch me on the back in a way that wouldn't be appropriate for people who didn't really know each other," says Roys, a Madison Democrat who served from 2008 to 2012. more

Mar 5, 2014 11:13 PM News

As controversy swirled over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York City and a Quran-burning pastor in Florida, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker faced off in a gubernatorial debate on Sep. 24 more

Feb 28, 2014 8:49 PM News


Friends of Scott Walker

Since making the publicity rounds last fall for his book about the Wisconsin Capitol protests, when he was pressed on his presidential aspirations on "Morning Joe", CNN and "PBS NewsHour", Gov. Scott Walker is now on the radar of national media outlets. more

Feb 18, 2014 8:54 PM News


Ben Siegel

On Wednesday, Mary Burke made her first appearance before the Democratic Party of Dane County as a candidate for governor, projecting confidence. "I would not get into this race if I did not have a game plan to win," Burke said. After sparring with Gov. Scott Walker over how to spend Wisconsin's projected budget surplus, Burke kept up the pressure on Wednesday. more

Feb 13, 2014 7:04 PM News

The latest campaign finance reports filed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his main Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, have a little something in them for each campaign to exploit. more

Feb 6, 2014 2:55 AM News

President Barack Obama's visit to a General Electric facility in Waukesha on Thursday, Jan. 30 has caused some problems for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who has decided not to appear with the president. more

Jan 30, 2014 2:12 AM News


Office of the Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker opened and concluded his 2014 state of the state speech by touting a tax cut plan that he says will provide a boost to the economy. more

Jan 23, 2014 4:28 PM News

Teenagers spurning family time and conversation for "Candy Crush" during the holiday season is nearly as common a sight these days as turkey and baked ham. But UW neuroscientist Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Heal more

Dec 19, 2013 3:00 PM News

Last year, 45 seniors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison went off to classrooms across the country for two-year tours with Teach for America. Founded in 1990, the program sends recent college graduates into under-served rural and urban school districts to bolster thin teacher corps and help improve the education of students in poverty. But in recent years, criticism of the program has become more widespread. more

Dec 16, 2013 9:47 PM News

Since state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a bill this summer to legalize the limited sale of raw milk in Wisconsin, no local government has registered a position on the controversial issue, according to Government Accountability Board records. But the Dane County Board of Supervisors is considering taking a stance. more

Nov 21, 2013 10:12 PM News


McGrath Property Group/Cas4 Architecture

The First Settlement Neighborhood meeting on the proposed mixed-use high-rise at 149 E. Wilson St. Tuesday was billed as an opportunity for the developers to hear from nearby residents. And developer Lance McGrath of McGrath Property Group and Paul Cuta of Cas4 Architecture got an earful about their proposal. more

Nov 13, 2013 8:17 PM News


Ben Siegel

"Diversity" as an institutional mandate has meant a number of things at UW-Madison since it was first pursued in 1987. Among other initiatives, it sparked hiring and recruitment initiatives to bring more women and minority students, faculty, administ more

Nov 6, 2013 7:28 PM News

There are a lot of renters in Madison. One out of every two people, according to estimates from housing advocates and city officials. That's a higher rental rate than even Milwaukee, where fewer than 40% of residents are apartment dwellers, according to 2011 Census data. Over the last couple of decades, Madison and Dane County put in place a slew of protections to protect that large population of tenants. more

Nov 1, 2013 6:19 PM News


Ben Siegel

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) says she is confident that Congress will be able to hash out a long-term budget deal in time to prevent another government shutdown and round of sequestration cuts from straining university research. more

Oct 23, 2013 3:54 AM News


Ben Siegel

Nathan and Amelia Royko Maurer have, by their own admission, hounded the Madison Police Department in the 11 months since Officer Stephen Heimsness shot and killed their friend and roommate Paul Heenan on Nov. 9, 2012. Yet at a public input session o more

Oct 15, 2013 7:23 PM News


Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Low-income families in Dane County could soon feel the effect of the ongoing federal government shutdown in a very real way. About 53,000 local residents will lose their food stamp benefits if the shutdown continues past Nov. 2, says Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. more

Oct 12, 2013 3:42 PM News


Cooperative Institute for Meteorlogical Satellite Studies

The ongoing federal government shutdown illustrates just how vital federal dollars remain to research on campus, even as they become a dwindling resource. more

Oct 7, 2013 5:26 PM News