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Meet the candidate: Matt Andrzejewski for Madison School Board

Matt Andrzejewski, a university professor and father of a local high school student, says addressing education issues at any level starts with ensuring high teacher morale—especially in the case of Madison Metropolitan School District, where he is running for seat seven on the Board of Education. “How we honor and respect our teachers is a big concern to me,” Andrzejewski said.


Meet the candidate: Ed Hughes for Madison School Board

Incumbent candidate Ed Hughes, who has served on seat seven of Madison School Board for nine years, says his experience would allow him to effectively lead efforts to secure adequate resources for schools and to address the district’s achievement gap in a fourth term, if reelected. Public education is “under assault” at the federal and state level, according to Hughes.


Meet the candidate: Nicki Vander Meulen for Madison School Board

Nicki Vander Meulen says she would love to be “out of business” as a juvenile attorney. After seeing the same kids coming back to her for legal help, Vander Meulen—deciding it was time to strengthen restorative justice programs in local education—filed candidacy papers for seat seven of the Madison Metropolitan School District board.

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Meet the candidate: Ali Muldrow for Madison School Board

Having grown up and attended school in the area, Ali Muldrow—who is running for seat six of Madison Metropolitan School District Board—is no stranger to the city. Shaped by her own experience as a student at MMSD, Muldrow says she is compelled to make the school district at the “forefront of inclusion.” In order to do that, she said, the school board needs to look at how faculty provides opportunities for people of all backgrounds.


Meet the candidate: Cris Carusi for Madison School Board

After 10 years of speaking up at school board meetings, Cris Carusi says it’s time to take her involvement in the Madison Metropolitan School District to the next level by running for a board of education seat. A longtime Madison resident and mother of two, Carusi said her ideas for seat six of MMSD School Board—currently held by Michael Flores—come from firsthand experience in the district.

 A controversial proposal to build a beer garden in Madison secured a Class B alcohol permit Wednesday in a 5-2 vote by the city’s alcohol licensing committee.

Madison beer garden proposal secures alcohol license

After months of dispute among city officials and residents, Madison’s alcohol licensing committee granted a liquor permit Wednesday for a German-style beer garden that would sit on the Lake Monona shoreline. With a 5-2 vote by the Alcohol License Review Committee in favor of granting a Class B alcohol license, the project developer, BKM Group LLC, would be allowed to sell beer at its concessions if the project proposal gains approval from city council next month. The beer garden would be built next to Olbrich Park, surrounded by the Eastmoreland neighborhood.


Meet the candidate: Kate Toews for Madison School Board

Kate Toews says she never planned to run for a municipal position. That all changed last November, when she said education funding threats following the presidential election compelled her to vie for a board of education seat—a move she said was necessary to protect her children’s futures. Toews, who is running for seat 6 of Madison Metropolitan District School Board, spoke Wednesday with The Daily Cardinal on where she stands on current and future issues facing the district.

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Madison finance committee moves controversial beer garden plan forward

Madison’s finance committee approved an agreement Monday between the city and a developer who plans to operate a German-style beer garden on the shoreline in Olbrich Park. As with its slow movement through other city council subcommittees, the Olbrich Beer Garden proposal weathered heavy criticism from citizens and members before gaining approval.


Madison police target demand side of heroin epidemic in upcoming program

In addressing the county’s swelling heroin epidemic, Madison police are looking to economics. Despite training and deploying a narcotics task force specifically designed to curb the number of drugs available in the city, Madison Police Department saw a 77 percent increase in overdose rates in 2016 from the previous year. One MPD officer has an idea behind why—local law enforcement has focused on just one side of the issue. “Our narcotics task force targets people supplying drugs into the city,” MPD Capt.

Medical professionals at Madison hospitals want people to seek help when they need it, even if they are under the legal drinking age.

Madison hospitals prioritize treatment over legalities in underage drinking cases

Matthew Klimesh—a registered nurse who has worked in the trauma unit of UW-Hospital since 2013—said during his short time in acute care, so far, he has already seen several lives put on the line because underagers who have had too much to drink are afraid to get medical treatment. “I’ve seen a lot of young people end up in liver failure, with permanent brain damage or even dead,” Klimesh said.


Spring primary: what’s on the ballot

For the very first time, Madison constituents are able to cast ballots early at locations all over the city—including on UW-Madison’s campus—for the spring municipal primary election taking place in under two weeks. Municipal elections allow voters to select judicial, educational and municipal officers, as well as non-partisan county officers. The Feb.

Around 300 people gathered in the Capitol during Walker’s budget address Wednesday to rally for Planned Parenthood funding at both the state and national level.

Hundreds rally for Planned Parenthood funding from state, nation

As state legislators sat down Wednesday in the Capitol to hear Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget address, “my body, my choice” and “fight back, stand up” chants broke out among roughly 300 people in pink shirts gathered under the rotunda to lobby for Planned Parenthood funding. Nicole Safar, a director at the rally’s organizing group—Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin—said the rally served as a joint message to both Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Madison Common Council passed unanimously on Tuesday a resolution reaffirming the city's stance on immigration enforcement and declaring several public buildings as "safe places" for the community.

Common Council unanimously passes immigration resolution

Earning the applause of an overflowing city hall, Madison’s legislative body unanimously condemned President Donald Trump’s executive order prohibiting immigration in a proposal Tuesday. The resolution, which also reaffirms the city’s stance on immigration enforcement, has been a controversial topic among Common Council members because of a clause declaring the City-County Building and Madison Public Libraries as “safe places” for immigrants to seek refuge and council.

St. Mary’s Hospital failed to provide three different sexual assault victims in 2015 with information on or access to emergency contraceptives, according to a document obtained by the State Journal.

St. Mary’s Hospital cited for failure to provide emergency contraception access to rape victims

St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison is among 21 Wisconsin health centers fined in recent years for failing to comply with a state law requiring facilities to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims. A state law put into effect in 2008 requires hospital staff to provide victims with information about emergency contraceptives, let them know the drugs are available within the facility and dispense them upon request.


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