Most talked about Wisconsin State Journal stories

Mary Burke: A victory Tuesday is a repudiation of the tea party agenda — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said a victory Tuesday would be a "repudiation" of Gov. Scott Walker's "tea party agenda." "Scott Walker has implemented a tea party agenda for the last three and a half years here in Wisconsin," Burke said. "If I win it will be a repudiation of that type of extreme agenda."

Summit Credit Union opens Verona office — Summit Credit Union has opened a mortgage loan office in Verona, at 202 E. Verona Ave. It is the third mortgage loan office for the credit union which is based in Madison and has 30 locations in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. Hours at the new office will vary, with most business by appointment, Summit said.
Oct 31, 2014

Summit Credit Union opens mortgage office in Verona.

American Girl to open shops in Mexico — American Girl is venturing into Mexico. The Middleton company, which makes dolls, books, girls' clothing and accessories, said it is teaming with El Palacio de Hierro, a high-end Mexican retailer. American Girl boutiques will open in El Palacio de Hierro stores at three Mexico City locations -- Perisur, Interlomas and Polanco -- in the 2015 summer and fall.

Tech and Biotech: Epic Systems Corp. goes live in the U.K.; Madison-Austin hackathon to help the world — Add the United Kingdom to Judy Faulkner's IT kingdom. Epic Systems Corp. went live this week with its first electronic health records installation in England: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The decision to choose Epic over competitors Allscripts and Cerner was seen as "one of the most important" National Health Service IT contracts in recent years, wrote EHealth Insider, a U.K.
Oct 31, 2014

Epic opens 1st U.K. site; Madison teams with Austin on a hackathon with a global mission -- in the tech blog.

Another new poll puts Mary Burke back in the lead using poll-averaging model — The lead in the poll-averaging model developed to track the Wisconsin governor's race keeps bouncing around. With another new poll released Friday, Mary Burke again has a small advantage over Gov. Scott Walker in the model designed by UW-Madison doctoral candidate Brad Jones.

Database: Turnout in Wisconsin general elections since 1948 — If the prediction from state election officials of 56.5 percent turnout in Tuesday's election holds true, it would be the highest turnout in a governor's race in a non-presidential, non-recall election since 1948.

Proposal would let chiropractors in Wisconsin prescribe drugs — The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association wants the state to let chiropractors prescribe drugs and do minor procedures, a proposal the rival Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin opposes. No state gives chiropractors authority to do both activities, two national chiropractic organizations said. New Mexico allows chiropractors to prescribe some drugs, and Oklahoma and Oregon let them do some medical procedures.

Beer Baron: The Count Chocula beer mystery, and a passable stand-in — Sometimes, you just never know what's going to make a name for a brewery. Even if you're doing something really innovative, the way it gets noticed can be the darnedest thing. Take Black Bottle Brewery, a brewpub in Fort Collins, Colorado, which was the subject of stories on websites and newscasts from coast to coast for a few days at the end of October.
Oct 31, 2014

.@BoulderBeerCo's Shake was the best Count Chocula Milk Stout stand-in I could think of. Got a better one?

Oct 31, 2014

Colorado's Count Chocula mystery, and @BlackBottleBrew's moment in the weird-beer spotlight. My latest: #craftbeer

State Department of Justice appeals order to produce Brad Schimel training videos — The state Department of Justice on Friday appealed an order to turn over two video recordings of training sessions led by attorney general candidate Brad Schimel to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. On Thursday, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess ordered the agency to give copies of the videos to the party by noon Friday.
Oct 31, 2014

State Department of Justice appeals order to produce Brad Schimel training videos: via @madisondotcom

Downsized Judge Doyle Square project dramatically reduces public funding — A scaled-back hotel and other changes would slash public costs of the massive Judge Doyle Square project two blocks south of Capitol Square, a new report says.
Oct 31, 2014

Downsized hotel and other changes sharply reduce public costs for Judge Doyle Square redevelopment project.…

Inn on the Park proposing major exterior, interior remake — Capitol Square's only hotel is set for a $10 million-plus remake to transform the nine-story, 1960s-era building into a more gracious structure. The proposal for the Best Western Plus Inn on the Park marks another big investment on the Square and potential boost for Monona Terrace.
Oct 31, 2014

Madison's Inn on the Park hotel on Capitol Square pursuing major exterior, interior renovastion.…

Madison alder, a former Trek executive, disputes allegations Mary Burke was fired — A Madison alder who worked for Trek Bicycle in the 1990s and 2000s says media accounts suggesting Mary Burke was let go from her family's company don't jibe with what she knows. Denise DeMarb, president pro tem of the Madison city council, worked at Trek for nearly 20 years, the last half of which were spent as director of finance.
Oct 31, 2014

Madison alder, a former Trek executive, disputes allegations Mary Burke was fired… via @madisondotcom

State elections agency predicts turnout will be just shy of 2012 recall levels — Statewide turnout in Tuesday's election is expected to be the highest for a midterm election in at least 64 years, but still shy of the 2012 recall election, according to the state's nonpartisan election agency. The Government Accountability Board is predicting turnout will reach 2.5 million, or 56.5 percent of the state's voting-age population.
Oct 31, 2014

State elections agency predicts turnout will be just shy of 2012 recall levels… via @madisondotcom

Epic Systems' Judy Faulkner: We're not the bad guy — As it vies for the largest government contract to date for electronic health records, Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner is defending the company from criticism it doesn't play nice with others. In an interview with Politico, the once press-shy Faulkner says Epic is not putting up obstacles to the creation of a national system where medical records can be easily shared.

UW Health to stop selling sugary drinks — UW Health plans to stop selling sugar-sweetened beverages by the end of the year, becoming one of the first health care organizations in Wisconsin to eliminate sugary drinks as a way of encouraging patients, employees and visitors to consume healthier alternatives.

Former Trek executive says Mary Burke was forced out in mid-1990s — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke was forced out of her job at her family's company, Trek Bicycle, in 1993, a top-ranking company executive at the time said Wednesday. However, Trek CEO John Burke rejected that assertion, saying his sister left on her own and that allegations she was fired are "a highly orchestrated move by Scott Walker's campaign."
Oct 30, 2014

Former Trek executive says Mary Burke was forced out in mid-1990s: via @madisondotcom

This Wisconsin life: Madisonians get up close and personal at storytelling events — It's not the salmon-hungry bears that are the real threat to summer campers in Alaska, Madisonian Danielle Lee discovered. It's something else. In a story called " A Moose Will Stomp On You Until You Are Dead," Lee, 30, told a packed crowd on the third floor of Madison's Central Library that "moose are worse" than bear because they're very territorial.

Capital Region Business Journal — Schusters plan to give corn maze proceeds to the Share Lunch Money program Founder of RZ & Co. salon and spa committed to helping employees succeed Have you been dabbling in Twitter but can't quite commit to it as a tool to help your business? In the January issue of the Capital Region Bus...

Dane County judge orders release of training tapes featuring Brad Schimel — Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess on Thursday ordered the state to release training videotapes featuring attorney general candidate Brad Schimel. The decision comes just days before Tuesday's hotly contested election for attorney general. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin had sought videos made of Schimel, the Waukesha County District Attorney who is the Republican candidate for attorney general.