What You Need to Know about the Spring Election

On April 3, Dane County will hold Spring Elections to elect state offices for Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge, District IV, Circuit Court Judges, and two school board seats. Here is a brief overview of the positions and candidates voters will elect on Tuesday. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the final judge for cases in the state. The seven justices receive thousands of requests for hearings each year. The Court's job is to check the actions of the Governor, state assembly, the state police, and other government officials to make sure they do not overstep their powers. A justice would help to resolve national issues that reach the court systems such as women’s right to abortion or means of U.S. Citizenship. Michael Screnock

Campaign Website: https://www.judgescrenock.com/

Rebecca Dallet

Campaign Website: https://www.dalletforjustice.com/

Court of Appeals Judge, District IV

Appeals courts consist of three judges and do not use a jury.

One-on-One with the candidates for the Madison Board of Education: Gloria Reyes

Madison Commons reporter, Lauren Thill, interviewed three candidates for the Board of Education in Madison. We present the interviews unaltered in transcript form as part of a three-part series. In part three, we present the comments of Gloria Reyes who is running for Seat 1 against current board member Anna Moffit for the Spring Primary election on April 3. Reyes is currently Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Civil Rights and Community Services. Can you talk about yourself and your experiences?

One-on-One with the candidates for the Madison Board of Education: Anna Moffit

Madison Commons reporter, Lauren Thill, interviewed the three candidates running for the Board of Education in Madison. We present the interviews unaltered in transcript form as part of a three-part series. In part two, we present the comments of Anna Moffit, who currently holds Seat 1 on the school board, and has served on the board since 2015. Moffit is running for re-election against Deputy Mayor Gloria Reyes for the Spring Primary election on April 3. Moffit works as a Parent Peer Specialist with Wisconsin Family Ties.

One-on-One with the candidates for the Madison Board of Education: Mary Burke

Madison Commons reporter, Lauren Thill, interviewed the three candidates running for the Board of Education in Madison. We present the interviews unaltered in transcript form as part of a three-part series. We begin with Mary Burke who currently holds Seat 2 on the school board, and has served on the board since 2012.  Burke is running unopposed for the Spring Primary election on April 3. Burke is the current CEO and founder of Building Brave, a nonprofit organization.

Media Digest March 15, 2018

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Youth plan a walkout Wednesday in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. 

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Madison middle school students will get an hour more to sleep in the morning under a plan to move the start time to 8:40 a.m. in the fall. A high school music concert is about more than the performance; it’s about the composition.  Graduation rates for black students increased between 2016 and 2017. Development

An affordable-housing development doesn’t have money to get started, but it does have the required permits. Hotel Indigo, which will be on the site of an East Washington warehouse, got the funding it needs to move forward.

Madison students call for gun control on National Walkout Day

Chants of “no justice, no peace” and “this is what democracy looks like” filled the air as thousands of Madison high-school and middle-school students joined the National Walkout Day Wednesday to protest current gun laws. Students congregated at East High School before marching over two miles to the steps of the Capitol building where they joined other students and community members for a 1 p.m. rally calling on legislators to enact stricter gun control. “I see a lot of stuff happening on the news that I really don’t like, and it’s just depressing,” said Elijah Smith, a sophomore at West High School. “I thought I should be somewhere where a lot of change is gonna happen...I just don’t want to have to see more people go through this kind of thing anymore, and I think it’s time for people to start yelling.”
National Walkout Day marked the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14. The massacre left 14 students and three school staff members dead, making it the largest school shooting since the murder of 20 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Candidates Anna Moffit, Gloria Reyes discuss art education at school board forum

Anna Moffit and Gloria Reyes appeared last Tuesday at an art education forum hosted by the Arts and Literature Lab (ALL) and moderated by the poet laureate of Madison, Oscar Mireles. Moffit and Reyes are both vying for Seat 1 on the Madison School Board for the spring primary election on April 3. Moffit is a current board member running for her second term. Reyes and Moffit discussed eleven questions about the district’s art education that were submitted by community members, with ALL specifically seeking out contributions from art educators, students and parents in the Madison school district. Many questions prompted Reyes and Moffit to talk about the ways in which they would support related arts in schools, from class sizes and budget questions to expanding access to other types of art and increasing support for art educators.

Media Digest March 8, 2018

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A Madison-based electronic monitoring company for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections was told of problems and unnecessary jailings five years ago, but the problems have continued and the number of people under GPS monitoring has doubled. Education

The Read Up Madison program thrives because of donors, and fundraising is underway now.  Madison schools are promising security upgrades as part of the continuing conversation on school safety following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Crestwood Elementary class is getting recognition for its stop-motion movie project. Development

Residents are fighting the planned extension of the electrical grid through Madison and the Driftless area.

Media Digest February 28, 2018

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Alliant Energy Center will be renovated and upgraded after the selection of a firm to develop a master plan for the facilities. Education

Students and faculty are joining with public officials to ask for a special legislative session to consider gun control changes. A program at Bird Elementary is focusing on mindfulness. When a parent walked into Shorewood Hills Elementary and handed a teacher a cardboard sign that said “gun,” he sparked a debate about whether he exposed security lapses or caused students and staff unwarranted stress. Development

Spectrum Brands combined with a New York holding company that was its largest shareholder. Sprecher’s closed its West Side pub after eight years and is considering relocating to Columbus.