Quote of the Day:
“I have always been visited by lobbyists, even when we’re in the minority. They’re not even bothering now.”
— State Rep. Terese Berceau, D-Madison, on how the GOP’s domination of state government in the past few years has marginalized members of the minority party
As Jack Craver reports Tuesday, it’s unlikely that things will improve anytime soon for Democrats in the Capitol if Gov. Scott Walker’s leads in the polls stay as they are and especially given that the legislative boundaries Republicans drew recently will be in force until the 2020 census comes out.
Walker took some heat from the advocacy group Emily’s List Tuesday for having repealed a state law in 2012 that allowed workers to seek punitive damages from their employers for discriminatory practices, including unequal pay. April 8 is Equal Pay Day this year, the symbolic date when the earnings of women, on average, equal the pay of men from the previous year.
But despite the dominance of Republicans in state government, it’s not always chummy on the right side of the aisle. John Nichols writes about the decision of state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, to move out of his district and challenge longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac.
Tuesday night’s City Council meeting looks like it could be a big one. Steven Elbow writes about a potential vote to abandon the city’s Alcohol Density Ordinance, which has kept new bars from opening downtown for the past seven years. Retailers in the ears fear doing away with the moratorium could lead to more booze-driven problems.
And Mike Ivey writes about the possibility that the council will overturn a Landmarks Commission decision that has blocked construction of a new apartment complex in the 100 block of West Gilman Street. The commission says it’s too far out of character with the current building in a historic district.
That complex is just one of many either under construction or being proposed for downtown Madison these days. We’re keeping track of the changing face of Madison ones here on this information-packed interactive map. Check it out if you haven’t already.