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ALEC’s Dark Money Game

I walked into my 6 th American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference last week as a familiar Wisconsin myth was being told. It was the powerful myth that the ALEC crowd adores: Wisconsin Republicans “shut down” a government investigation run amok that was suppressing the First Amendment rights of “free market supporters” (i.e., ALEC members […]

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E-Cigarette Issues

For over thirty years I have worked to promote a smoke-free Wisconsin. I authored and helped usher through the Legislature the original Wisconsin Clean Indoor Air Act and more recently, passage of the Smoke Free Wisconsin Act which expanded the smoking ban to workplaces. Now we face a new threat to our right to breath […]

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Downtown Market Study

As many of you know, the City of Madison has hired a consultant to prepare a retail and market analysis of downtown Madison to better inform policy decisions related to the future of the downtown business districts. The consultant, Tangible Consulting, is conducting an online survey of downtown residents (which all Capitol Neighborhoods members recently […]

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Now & Then: Madison’s Steel Structures

Trachte buildings are common across the Madison area. Vintage Trachtes are easily identified corrugated steel buildings with vertical walls and an arched roof* that are used as garages, utility sheds, gas stations, boathouse or commercial buildings. They are plentiful here because Trachte was founded in Madison in 1901. The business began with brothers George and […]

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A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America. http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/04/a-guide-to-designing-the-streets-of-the-future/478326/

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Enjoying Cleaner Lakes

Sandwiching downtown Madison, it’s easy to take Lakes Mendota and Monona for granted. As we walk, jog, bike, or drive past them, potentially every day, they are a part of our everyday lives. How can we ensure the water quality of these lakes continues to improve? We can do so by sharing information about the […]

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Annual Neighborhood Conference

I am proud to say that Madison has a strong tradition of neighborhood activism, with leaders playing a critical role in shaping the future of our city.  I am inviting you to attend the citywide Neighborhood Conference that is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th, at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This year marks the […]

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Dane County: Best for Biking

Biking is a big part of our quality of life and a way for people to get out and enjoy our lakes and countryside. Just this summer, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Dane County one of its top awards, recognizing it as one of the top counties for biking. Dane County is one […]

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The NRA vs. the People

I remember where I was when I heard about Sandy Hook, one of the most horrifying occurrences in this country in my lifetime. And I remember the panic I felt thinking of my son, Sam, who was six and sitting in his first grade classroom. And I remember lingering at his school for days afterwards […]

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