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Mayor Paul Soglin plans to officially announce his candidacy for governor next week, entering a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls.

Soglin says new national tax code could hurt Madison

When Congress rewrites the tax code, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents could see higher taxes and lower home values, but Mayor Paul Soglin says cities could take the hardest hit. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Soglin discussed the effects of eliminating the state and local tax deduction, a possible move for Congressional Republicans as they vote on a proposal next week. The state and local tax deduction is claimed by taxpayers across the spectrum.

Hate crimes in Madison like the vandalism near a synagogue in James Madison Park have increased dramatically since 2015.

Swastikas spray-painted on historical marker near Jewish synagogue

Joel Despain, public information officer for MPD, told The Daily Cardinal that as of right now the tentative charges are defamation of property. Once they find the perpetrator, it could rise to the level of a hate crime. He said that if they find the perpetrator and their action was motivated “by a hatred of the Jewish Faith,” it would meet the intent requirement under Wisconsin State Statutes.

The state Assembly passed a bill in early September with a controversial provision that could affect how cyclist and pedestrian amenities in Madison are built.

Backlash from Madison cyclists as state Legislature tightens land seizure laws

A provision quietly tucked into a new Wisconsin transportation funding bill could make it harder to build bike trails and sidewalks throughout the state, including in Madison. The proposed rule bars state and local governments from taking property from private owners for certain projects — a process called condemnation — including cyclist and pedestrian paths, street walkways and other pedestrian spaces.

Alec Shiva, 19, will serve a year-and-a-half behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple felonies in a high-profile sexual assault case brought forward in 2016.

County judge orders Alec Shiva 18 months prison time for sexually assaulting another student

Former UW-Madison student Alec Shiva — who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting another student on campus while high on LSD in 2016 — was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison and three years of probation. Shiva, 19, of Verona, Wis., was charged last year with three felonies including second-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation and false imprisonment.

Members of the community addressed the Dane County Board at a budget hearing Tuesday, calling for improved prison conditions and increased mental health services in the area.

Local inmate conditions in spotlight as officials weigh county budget

A prison in downtown Madison is taking center stage as officials and community members prepare for county funding plans to be decided next month. Among members of the public who spoke at a budget hearing Tuesday night, all but one of them called for improvements to the Dane County Jail, which is set to be renovated once county officials can agree on a plan for it. Officials have sparred on how to move forward with prison renovations for about a decade.

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