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Edgewood High School’s proposal to build a stadium isn’t getting much love from candidates lining up to represent the Dudgeon Monroe neighborhood. But one of the two candidates sees room for compromise. more

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Ald. David Ahrens got into a bitter exchange with Mayor Paul Soglin at the Sept. 4 council meeting. Two weeks later, the police began investigating Ahrens. Did he violate the open meetings law or is he a victim of political retaliation? more

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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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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

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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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While watching this week’s Common Council meeting, Isthmus staff writer Dylan Brogan used Google’s Arts & Culture app to find the fine art doppelgängers of Madison’s alders and mayor. The results do not disappoint. more

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David Michael Miller

Police departments around Wisconsin are embracing body cameras. Why hasn’t Madison jumped on the bandwagon? more

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Ald. Mark Clear may face an ethics complaint for not disclosing his stock ownership in Exact Sciences, a Madison tech company that recently won city-support to develop a new laboratory and warehouse. more

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Todd Hubler

In the budgeting process, the Common Council votes on items sequentially throughout a single meeting. This runs the risk of leaving items toward the end of the list unfunded. Civic hackers are devising a tool to help prioritize during deliberations. more

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David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to reduce the size of the Madison Common Council. But that will be an expensive endeavor - and it could hurt our citizen democracy. more

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Todd Hubler

Madison desperately needs affordable housing. But should it be built next to Madison-Kipp, a manufacturer some fear is producing dangerous pollution? more

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Justin Sprecher

During debates at Isthmus, things get heated between Ald. Harrington-McKinney & Handowski over Jeffy Trail, and Martin & Campbell face off in the only open seat for council this year. more

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Dylan Brogan

Ald. Sheri Carter and challenger José Rea debate new panhandling ordinance and Madison College leaving downtown in order to expand its south-side campus. more

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Justin Sprecher

Isthmus moderates mini-debates between the candidates for the Common Council’s five contested races. Ald. Maurice-Cheeks and challenger Steve Fitzsimmons differ sharply on policing, while Ald. Zach Wood and John Terry Jr. talk housing. more

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After nearly seven hours of testimony and debate and over strong opposition from some neighbors, members of the Madison Common Council vote 12-7 to approve the controversial Olbrich Park biergarten. more

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Dylan Brogan

The Madison Common Council sent a symbolic message to President Donald Trump, declaring its office and the city’s public libraries will offer aid to immigrants. more

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David Michael Miller

Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff wants Madison to designate the Common Council a “safe space” where all residents will be safe and protected. But the gesture is dividing council over a resolution condemning President Trump’s immigration crackdown. more

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David Michael Miller

Madison is known for its politically active citizenry. So why are so many Common Council members running unopposed? more

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A new police station and public market weren’t the only issues during this year’s city budget debate. Mayor Soglin says his effort to improve equity in the city’s workforce was thwarted by Ald. Cheeks. Is it the first salvo in the 2019 mayor’s race? more

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David Michael Miller

As President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his inner circle with extremists, Madison will likely have to face more tough choices on immigration and other public policy issues. The city council and mayor should take the lead. more

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