Dane County and suburbs reporter for @WiStateJournal, @DrakeUniversity alumnus. I tweet news, baseball, music and random thoughts.

Responding to Republican ban on special deputies, Madison expands voter registration to all city offices

host.madison.com — With an impending ban on so-called "special registration deputies," Madison officials have taken a step to allow more city employees to register voters. The city announced Tuesday that residents will be offered a chance to register whenever they present documents that could be used as proof of residence at any city office.

Madison police seek help locating suspect in July burglary

host.madison.com — Madison police are seeking help locating a man suspected of stealing irreplaceable family jewelry and other items from an East Side home last month. On Wednesday, police named Michael E. Voltz, 30, the suspect in the July 22 burglary of a home on Piccadilly Drive.

Man punched while jogging on Madison's East Side

host.madison.com — Madison police are investigating a battery after a man was punched while jogging on the East Side Tuesday evening. Police said the 26-year-old victim was running along 2000 block of Winnebago Street shortly before 9 p.m. when he was randomly punched by a stranger.

Election auditing practices at center of Dane County clerk race

host.madison.com — A longtime critic of Wisconsin election auditing practices is calling attention to Dane County's measures for verifying voting machine accuracy in an attempt to unseat County Clerk Scott McDonell this November. Using newly authorized funding from the County Board, McDonell this year began conducting post-election audits of vote tabulators at two polling places.

With Epic Systems bump, Dane County officials propose 'living wage' increase for county-funded workers

host.madison.com — Expecting 2017 to be a favorable budgeting year, Dane County officials have introduced a proposal to begin ratcheting up wages for the lowest paid county-funded workers. On Thursday, members of the Dane County Board introduced an amendment to the county's "living wage" ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 for county employees and government contractors before eventually tying it to inflation.

Tony Robinson's grandmother files complaint over Mike Koval's behavior at June City Council meeting

host.madison.com — The grandmother of Tony Robinson has filed a complaint against Madison Police Chief Mike Koval over his behavior at a June City Council meeting. In the complaint to the city's Police and Fire Commission, Sharon Irwin accuses Koval of 37 violations of city and police policies during both the June 7 meeting and during a conversation outside the City Council chamber in which he allegedly called her a "raging lunatic."

Madison, Fitchburg propose to annex remainder of town of Madison at year's end

host.madison.com — Hoping to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and gain some control over redevelopment at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison and Fitchburg officials have offered a plan that would dissolve the town of Madison almost six years ahead of a schedule.

Sun Prairie staple Gus's Diner to expand in Verona

host.madison.com — After eight years of success, the family behind a popular Sun Prairie eatery plans to open a second location in Verona as early as January. Gus Selimi, who opened Gus's Diner after years of running the Parkway Family Restaurant with his brother, has submitted plans to build another glitzy new diner along one of Verona's major thoroughfares.

Light turnout eases fix for Madison absentee ballots; voter ID confusion minimal after rulings

host.madison.com — Light turnout for Tuesday's fall primary has provided poll workers some relief in dealing with a major snafu involving absentee ballots sent to Madison voters. As voters trickled in, poll were left to remake ballots that turned out to be faulty after an error was discovered with the printing margin, causing voting machines not to accept some test ballots.

UW-Madison to include digital records in national online library

host.madison.com — About 400,000 records kept by UW-Madison Libraries will be available online to students, genealogists and researchers as part of a nationwide digital collection. The university announced Monday that photographs, books, maps and other historical documents from more than 200 Wisconsin collections will be made available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
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Aug 27, 2016

The worst thought when you get in a cab: There is no fare meter. Welcome to Park City.

Aug 25, 2016

Oh geez. My grandma was actually born and raised in Manila so this isn't too far off!  https://twitter.com/byjakekurtz/status/768838445091450881 

Aug 25, 2016

That's some big new brewing equipment on Regent Street, @WSJbeerbaron. https://t.co/YnnuAY82Cc

Aug 24, 2016

@journalistish Ah, the measures of "making it" in the digital age.

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