Happy Monday, Madison!

It's almost time to vote. Are you ready? Here's a few last-minute tips from our friends at the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

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If you haven’t voted yet, take a few minutes today to make your voting plan for tomorrow. First, find your polling place – it may be different than the last time you voted.

Second, check your voter registration status. If you aren’t registered or need to update your address, no worries! Wisconsin has Election Day registration. Just make sure you bring a proof of residence document.

Third, visit VOTE411.org to see what’s on your ballot and learn about the candidates.

Finally, before you head out the door tomorrow, make sure you grab a photo ID.

— Hayley


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🗳Milwaukee will host the 2024 Republican National Convention.

  • Officials announced last Friday that Wisconsin's largest city will host the 2024 RNC and the roughly 50,000 attendees the event draws.
  • The bigger picture: As WPR reports, the move is an effort by Republicans to win back Wisconsin after Democratic President Joe Biden narrowly defeated Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election. Milwaukee was selected to host the Democratic National Convention in 2020, which was ultimately held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

🚊 Street closure of note: Marshall Court.

💉 The latest on monkeypox in Dane County.

🍻 Raise a glass to Prost!

  • A new German-style beer hall is set to open in time for Oktoberfest on East Washington Avenue, Cap Times reports.
  • Prost!, located at a former church at 401 E. Washington Ave., intends to cater to larger parties, with tables that can accommodate 10 or more. The menu will feature sausages, schnitzel, cheese curds, of course, oversized pretzels with house-made beer-cheese sauce.
  • Owner Brian Reynolds hopes to have the restaurant open seven days a week, with weekend brunches and Friday lunches. Reynolds told Cap Times he hopes to have the new spot open in September.
  • Related: 10 Madison-area biergartens (Madison Magazine)

🔞 The west side says no to sex toys.

  • More than 100 people attended a virtual community meeting last week to discuss a new adult store opening on the city's southwest side.
  • Romantix is a nation-wide chain of adult toy and entertainment stores. The new store will be located in an old Family Video on the corner of Maple Grove Drive and McKee Road and will be the company's first location in Wisconsin, WORT reports.
  • Some people on the call expressed concerns over the store's location in a residential area and proximity to the bus line. Despite those concerns, Romantix has already cleared all legal hoops with the city and is expected to open Aug. 19.

📚 Your lunchtime read: UW-Madison law professor and novelist Steven Wright seizes the issues of our day to write unconventional thrillers.

  • Via Isthmus: "There’s no such thing as a safe path in Steven Wright’s debut novel, 2020’s The Coyotes of Carthage.

    The book’s not strictly classifiable as a legal thriller — there is no courtroom drama, no big 11th-hour save. It might better be described as a politically savvy exploration of the current state of electoral shenanigans in the U.S. And as political operators nationwide continue to spread misinformation and exploit loopholes to manipulate elections, it’s only become more timely since its publication."
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