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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi suspended all nonessential county official travel to North Carolina and Mississippi Monday in response to the states' LGBT discriminatory laws. 

Parisi urges Walker not to sign any discriminatory bills, bans nonessential travel to Mississippi, North Carolina

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi sent a letter to Gov. Scott Walker Monday in which he urged Walker not to sign any laws that allow for discrimination based on sexual orientation. Parisi also suspended all nonessential travel to states with these laws. Parisi stressed the business impacts other states have seen due to new laws that allow discrimination against the LGBT community on religious grounds. In the letter, he noted PayPal decided not to build its global operations center in North Carolina after the state passed the law.


Madison police release employee recognitions, disciplines

The Madison Police Department reported 167 employee recognitions for extraordinary service and two internal disciplines during the first quarter of 2016, according to a press release. The 167 positive recognitions included acknowledgement from inside the department and citizen thank-yous in the form of emails, letters and voice mails.


Young wins Dane County Board of Supervisors District 5 race

Hayley Young has been elected to represent most of the UW-Madison campus as the District 5 Dane County Board of Supervisors, beating UW-Madison sophomore and former University Affairs Chair Angelito Tenorio. Young, a recent UW-Madison grad and half-time legislative aid in Representative Melissa Sargent (D, Madison) office, won the election with over 60 percent of the vote.

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100 Black Men of Madison begins program to close racial achievement gap

The organization 100 Black Men of Madison has launched a program called Project SOAR that aims to reduce the achievement gap of young African-American men in school, according to its website. Project SOAR, which was initially launched several weeks ago and stands for Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness, targets black males ages 12-17 who attend middle or high school in the Madison Public School District. It especially aims to serve students living in lower-income or single-parent households, students in foster care or the juvenile justice system, or students who are homeless, according to the organization’s website. The project consists of one-on-one mentoring as well as discussions about careers and social issues.  President of 100 Black Men of Madison Floyd Rose hopes the program will reduce the number of unexcused school absences among black students, which he said is a symptom of poverty. “The vast majority of African-American male students in Madison have experienced poverty and its resulting symptoms such as unstable housing, inadequate health care and escalating community violence,” Rose said, according to the Capital Times. “We are committed to being positive role models in these students’ lives and ensure they are on a path to stay in school and graduate.” In addition to the public school district, 100 Black Men of Madison has partnered with the City of Madison, United Way of Dane County, the Madison Police Department and African-American fraternities and sororities, among other groups. Those interested in registering for Project SOAR can visit its website.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were involved in collaborative efforts in the 1970s to reform local and state governments.

Soglin, Sanders go back 40 years

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin introduced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to a crowd of more than 8,000 at Alliant Energy Center Saturday. But the two have a history that goes back to the 1970s when Soglin was the 51st mayor of Madison—he is currently the 57th—and before Sanders was even elected to public office. “I have known Bernie Sanders for 40 years,” Soglin said.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Tuesday he would be allocating over $2 million for affordable housing.

Dane County allocates $2.25 million to affordable housing

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Tuesday a $2.25 million fund to address affordable housing is open to community members for application. The funding was established in The Affordable Housing Development fund, which allocates $2 million each year for four years to help the county combat unaffordable housing.

Angelito Tenorio (left) is a current UW-Madison student, and Hayley Young graduated last May. Both are running to be the District 5 representative on the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Current UW student, recent grad square off in local election

Angelito Tenorio, a UW-Madison sophomore, and Hayley Young, a May 2015 Madison graduate, are fighting to replace another recent Madison graduate, Leland Pan, in the District 5 Dane County Board of Supervisors race. The district is approximately 75 percent Lake Mendota with the remaining area being mostly campus.

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