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Senator to talk with seniors on mining bill

Senator to talk with seniors on mining bill

Democrat will discuss issues on the controversial legislation at forum    

The Madison Senior Center downtown will host a presentation with Senator Tim Cullen in mid-February on mining legislation.

Cullen, D-Janesville, will talk about mining issues and take questions on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. in a political forum at the center.

As part of a Senate committee on mining, Cullen heard testimony from experts and people affected by the proposal to mine iron ore in Northern Wisconsin. He drafted a bill to permit mining without changing environmental protections.

County joins efforts to help youth vulnerable to sex trafficking

Funds, coordination key topics in conversation on ending the crime    

Dane County is taking steps to raise awareness on the issue of human sex trafficking.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Thursday that the county is focused on coordinated education efforts and resources for homeless and runaway youth.

The 2013 county budget includes $30,000 to replace recently eliminated federal funds that support outreach services to homeless and runaway youth, a group that youth advocates cautioned are susceptible to trafficking.

"At the very base, this problem exists because there's a demand for people to buy sex," Parisi said. "People need to realize if they're going to go out and purchase someone's body to use, that is not a victimless crime."

Public tours of the Governor’s mansion to showcase Christmas decor

6 days in December scheduled for community guests

Gov. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette will invite the community to take a tour of the executive residence in early December. According to the governor’s office, the tour will include views of the main rooms on the first floor. Groups will see six specially decorated Christmas trees among other holiday decor.

There is no charge for admission; however in a news release, Scott and Tonette Walker encouraged touring parties to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Second Harvest Food bank.

Tours are offered the following days:

  • Dec. 5 - Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 -- Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 -- 10 a.m.-noon
  • Dec. 12 -- Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 -- Noon-2 p.m.
  • Dec. 15 -- Noon-2 p.m.

Groups of 20 or more are required to make a reservation by calling 608-246-5501.

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Soglin plan underway to bring good-for-you grub to low-income families

Mayor says idea stemmed from summer ‘Meet and Eat’

A food truck experiment this summer lead to the mayor establishing a council this fall to continue work bringing affordable healthy food options for low-income families.

At the first meeting of his Madison Food Policy Council on Oct. 24, National Food Day, Mayor Paul Soglin made the opening statements explaining its importance.

“In terms of the farmers’ market, we have one of the best known markets in the world,” Soglin said. “When it comes to food policy, there is this enormous gap. I see that as an opportunity to take us to another level.”

The MFPC is an extension of the Dane County board. It joins the Dane County Food Council and Coalition, but aims more to answer the question of accessibility and affordability than connecting producers to buyers, which is the focus of the county’s council and coalition.

AARP bus tour stops in Madison

A national AARP tour will stop in Madison on Saturday.

The "You've Earned a Say" bus tour is adding its voice to the debate about Medicare and Social Security, a press release said.  Madison is among the first stops on the tour, which will also stop at national conventions for both parties, candidate debates, and state fairs nationwide.

The two 28-foot trailers are equipped with six iPads which offer activities, online questionnaires, a quiz, and online Social Security and Medicare tools.  The tour bus will also include a photo booth to record short videos.

Anti-abortion bus tour stops in Wisconsin

The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour will stop in La Crosse, Madison, and Waukesha on Tuesday, a press release said.

The 30-stop bus tour hopes to draw attention to abortion records of government officials, including President Obama and Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin.

On the tour will be SBA List spokeswoman and former Colorado Rep. Marilyn Musgrave as well as anti-abortion nurse Jill Stanek.  Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will also speak at a press conference in Madison.

The tour stopped Monday in Iowa.  The tour will travel through the end of August and make additional stops in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Florida.

The Wisconsin portion of the tour is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Right to Life and Wisconsin Family Action.

Pan Wins Dane County Board District 5 Seat


In the race for the Dane County Board's District 5 seat, Leland Pan won over John Magnino with 55 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election.

Pan had 207 votes to Magnino's 171 votes.