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A task force is looking at whether to turn the current part-time 20-member city council into a full-time 10-member body. more

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PAULIUS MUSTEIKIS

After a week of rising water, sandbagging and worries of more flash flooding, Madison still isn’t out of the woods yet. Dylan Brogan relays the human toll of the disaster and, with the help of local experts, explains how we got to this point. more

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Even before Paul Soglin announced July 17 that he will retire as mayor when his term expires in April, three candidates were vying for his seat. more

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David Michael Miller

China, one of the world’s largest buyers of recyclables, has drastically limited the amount of material it will accept. That means the city is now sending things like children’s toys and five-gallon paint buckets to the landfill. more

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For the past seven years, the Madison Parks Division has applied for and received a federal permit to conduct an annual culling of Canada geese. Goslings found during the “roundup” are euthanized with gas. more

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David Michael Miller

Madison is investigating how city agencies surveil and collect data on the public. Officials say some of the technology needs to be kept secret. more

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David Michael Miller

Americans seem to be believe that free parking is a fundamental right. It’s not. If you can afford a car at all — gas, insurance, maintenance — nine bucks a month is not unreasonable for parking. more

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Alejandro A. Alonso Galva

Officials from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, find inspiration and sympathetic ears on a tour of Madison. more

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Wisconsin Historical Society

Had he lived, Lincoln would have likely pursued a reconstruction policy that was at once charitable to the defeated rebels while firm in its progress toward welcoming former slaves as full citizens of the republic. more

Citizen Dave 8 Comments

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Dylan Brogan

Madison elects first Latina to the board while Adamczyk's bid to shut down his own office fails. more

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The Madison Police Department says it is changing how it tracks records request as a result of a lawsuit brought by Isthmus and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. more

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Carolyn Gantner

A champion for international friendship, Ald. Samba Baldeh helped Madison establish its first sister city relationship in Africa. Now he’s setting his sights on something bigger. more

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David Michael Miller

Madison’s equal opportunities division manager is charging the city’s HR department of being biased against women and people of color. more

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Madison’s pilot composting project has been plagued by contamination of plastic and the city no longer has anywhere to process the waste. But officials insist city-wide composting will eventually happen. more

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Provenance Hotels proposes a high-end nine-story hotel with 110 to 120 rooms, two bars and restaurants and a rooftop terrace. But the facility would provide no parking and would need special city exceptions to zoning regulations. more

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Benjamin Zastrow

In the early 1980s, Madison Metro set a high standard with its paratransit service. Now the city proposes axing the service as the state shifts funding away from counties toward private operators. more

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David Michael Miller

The city of Madison’s golf courses are running a deficit. There is a proposal to close either Yahara Hills golf course or the course on Monona Drive. more

Citizen Dave 5 Comments

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Michael Matheson

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts benefits for thousands of couples in domestic partnerships. The budget will also bar additional same-gender couples from joining the statewide domestic partner registry to receive inheritance, hospital visitation and o more

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Mayor Paul Soglin says a racist organization, decades ago, installed a “slab of propaganda” at the Confederate gravesite in the city’s Forest Hill Cemetery. more

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David Michael Miller

Civil rights lawsuits stemming from police shootings in Madison are raising the city’s insurance costs. The city’s share of just two recent multimillion dollar lawsuits cost taxpayers $600,000. more

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