Dane County Government

As Dane County Board prepares vote on a $76 million jail proposal, staff writer Dylan Brogan provides a point-by-point analysis of the project’s most contentious details. more

Nov 20, 2017 10:59 AM News


David Michael Miller

Now that the idea to name the City County Building after President Barack Obama has been shut down, I have a suggestion. Hint: He’s a longtime, respected civic leader who has been on the front lines of the fight for LGBTQ rights. more

Aug 10, 2017 5:00 AM OPINION


David Michael Miller

Some of Dane County’s towns are sick and tired of being bossed around by big-city interests. Several have opted out of the county’s zoning regulations. But not every town is choosing to go it alone. more

Apr 27, 2017 5:00 AM News 4 Comments

Weeks after a 700-page report outlined two comprehensive proposals for consolidating the jail at the Public Safety Building, County Executive Joe Parisi is asking for more options. more

Jan 12, 2017 4:31 PM News 1 Comments

Two local attorneys with deep progressive roots face off in the race for Dane County Circuit Court judge. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Karen McKim is running a spirited campaign for Dane County clerk. Unfortunately, she’s pinning her campaign on a single issue. more

Oct 11, 2016 8:00 AM Madland 5 Comments


Philip Ejercito

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell rose to prominence thanks to his response to issues like same-sex marriage licenses and voter ID. But grassroots challenger Karen McKim is pressing the issue of election integrity in her bid to unseat the incumbent. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

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Carolyn Fath

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Bob Jambois doesn’t hold back when it comes to criticizing his boss, DA Ismael Ozanne. more

Aug 5, 2016 11:40 AM News


Carolyn Fath

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is being challenged in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary by his staff member, Bob Jambois, who says the office “in terrible disarray.” Ozanne counters that Jambois’ criticisms are racially tinged. more

Jul 28, 2016 5:00 AM News 6 Comments

When the Dane County Clerk announced opposite-sex couples could now get the state’s domestic partnership, a few couples were confused: Didn’t they already have that? Suddenly couples have more than one option for tying the knot. more

Jun 2, 2016 3:17 PM News


Joe Tarr

Domestic partnerships were created by Wisconsin in 2009 to give same-sex couples some of the rights that marriage bestowed. On Wednesday, Dane County issued the first domestic partnership to an opposite-sex couple. more

May 25, 2016 6:07 PM News 3 Comments

Sixty percent of black employees felt they were treated differently by co-workers because of their race. That’s compared to 6% of white city workers. more

May 3, 2016 12:00 AM News

Although people at all income levels use marijuana, poor people suffer disproportionately from the high fines levied for possession. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging municipalities to lower the fines. more

Apr 20, 2016 11:20 AM News

Just four of the 37 Dane County Board races are up for election on April 5. more

Mar 17, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

​City and county officials agree: The Alliant Energy Center is a key economic engine for the area, but it needs some improvements to reach its full potential. more

Feb 18, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

​Challenging an incumbent even in local races can be daunting. The first step comes in getting the signatures needed to get on the ballot. Musician Rob Dz struggled with this first step, but ultimately succeeded. more

Jan 14, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

It’s as if the journalists who used to cover local government have gone into a witness protection program. They’ve disappeared. more

Dec 17, 2015 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne should lead John Doe II SCOTUS appeal — it’s the right thing to do, for his future. more

Dec 11, 2015 12:50 PM Madland 3 Comments


Lauren Justice

Starting Jan. 4, all official court documents filed with Dane County Circuit Court will be filed digitally, instead of on paper. more

Dec 11, 2015 12:40 PM News


David Michael Miller

After some lean years, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi says the county is back on “solid fiscal footing.” He’s proposing expanding programs to help the mentally ill, homeless and improve the environment, along with pay raises. more

Oct 15, 2015 9:00 AM News