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AMY STOCKLEIN

Before being sworn into office, eight new members of the Common Council get a crash course on Robert’s Rules of Order and the state’s and city’s ethics rules. Apply the “smell test,” they are told, and say goodbye to free beers. Read more

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David Michael Miller

A sea change swept through city government on April 2, as voters replaced almost half of the Common Council. Read more

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Police have twice been called to the home of Jim White, candidate for Common Council, for reports of a domestic disturbance. White denies any violence occurred. Read more

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Ald. Samba Baldeh faces an opponent this spring — we’re guessing you’ve never heard of him. Isthmus staff writer Dylan Brogan reports on the council president’s unlikely challenger. Read more

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Although only four Common Council seats involved primaries on Tuesday, 11 seats will see competitive elections on April 2. Read more

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The four candidates running for alder on the north side will oversee a development boom in the district. Staff writer Dylan Brogan asked the contenders how they will navigate these big changes. Read more

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Council candidates on the far east side say their neighbors are concerned about crime. Three contenders are running to replace outgoing Ald. Amanda Hall. Staff writer Dylan Brogan reports. Read more

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Common Council candidates on the near west side see weighty issues facing Madison, including a dire need for affordable housing and pressures of development. Read more

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All three candidates for the east-side Common Council seat being vacated by David Ahrens, say they want to serve their neighborhoods and fight for a more equitable city. Read more

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Some argue that the time demands of being a city alderperson make the current part-time structure impractical. Should there be fewer members who work full time and are paid more? Read more

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Three alders were appointed to the Madison Common Council this year. They all pledged not to run for a permanent spot on the council. Yet, two of them are. Read more

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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. Read 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? Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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David Michael Miller

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

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