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Happy Thursday, Madison.

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— Hayley


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🗳️ Here’s who is going to be on the ballot in April.
  • Wisconsin Supreme court: Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary by a wide margin. The liberal judge received roughly 46% of the total vote, according to AP. Conservative former state Supreme Court justice Dan Kelly came in second with 24% of the total. The two will face off in the April election.
  • Madison mayor: Incumbent Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway came out on top with more than 59% of votes. She will face challenger Gloria Reyes, who finished the primary in second place with about 28% of the total.
  • City Council: Eight aldermanic districts had primaries on Tuesday.

    In District 2, Juliana Bennett came in first and Colin Barushok was second. District 3 winners were Derek Field and Matt Van Eperen. Downtown District 4 winners were Mike Verveer and Maxwell Laubenstein. Verveer hasn't had a contested race since 1999.

    In District 9, Nikki Conklin will advance along with Nino Amato. In District 10, two current alders Sheri Carter and Yannette Figueroa Cole will be on the April ballot.

    In the five-way District 12 race, Julia Matthews and Amani Latimer Burris were the two winners. In District 14, Isadore Knox, Jr. will be up against Noah Lieberman, who won second place by seven votes. Lastly, in District 20, Barbara Harrington-McKinney and Matt Phair were the two winners (with nearly identical vote tallies).

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🚙 What the data says about traffic fatalities.
  • More than two years after its implementation, city officials are crediting the Vision Zero initiative for a decline in traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
  • New data shows fatalities and serious injuries on Madison roadways declined by 17% in 2021 and by 13% in 2022.
  • The bigger picture: Recent data shows Dane County moving in a troubling direction. In 2022, the number of crashes with injuries decreased 22% from 2021 but the number of fatalities increased 24%. Notably, most fatal crashes were outside of Madison.
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Define Vision Zero, please.

The city launched Vision Zero Madison in 2020 as an effort to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries that occur on city streets by 2035. The initiative uses speed reduction, community engagement, data, and more to reach its goals.
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🚒 Fighting fire and saving energy. 🚧 Reconstructing Atwood Avenue.
  • Construction work has begun on Atwood Avenue between South Fair Oaks Avenue and Cottage Grove Road to bring major updates to the street.
  • The project will reconstruct the aging road and bring big safety improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. When all is said and done, there will be improved connections between Olbrich Park and Olbrich Gardens, a new sidewalk, new street lighting, and more. Work is expected to be completed this fall.
  • Get involved: There will be a public information meeting Feb. 27 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens where community members can ask questions and learn about the process.
Protesters march in a 2016 demonstration for Tony Robinson. Photo by Hayley Sperling
❤️‍🩹 Your lunchtime read: The story behind an eight-year fight for justice for Tony Robinson.
  • Via Cap Times: "A policeman called the 19-year-old’s body 'evidence.' But it remains unclear how that evidence was used, or whether a young man’s remains told a clearer story of what happened that evening in a Williamson Street stairwell. How can it be determined whether his body is evidence of a police officer’s dutiful execution of public protection, or unlawful execution of a teenager?

    In Madison, those questions have been asked loudly through megaphones at rallies. They have been asked softly with tears in lonely moments by Tony’s family members. They have been asked angrily by his grandmother outside of City Council meetings, courthouses and public events. They have been asked by newcomers to Madison, including current Police Chief Shon Barnes, who has met with the family and community members about the shooting and Officer Kenny’s continued presence on the force."
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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

Seven Acre Dairy Co. history. Photo by Molly Stantz

Butter is at the Heart of This New Restaurant

Seven Acre Dairy is many things - a cafe, a restaurant, a hotel, a butter plant.

But if you talk to founder Nic Mink, it’s also a place for restoration. He renovated a shuttered old butter plant in Paoli, Wisconsin, a small community about twenty minutes from downtown Madison. It’s drawing neighbors near and far to enjoy locally-made butter, soft serve ice cream and a farm-to-table restaurant.

It sits along the banks of the Sugar River, nestled among a savanna with oak trees older than the state of Wisconsin. It aims to preserve a little slice of Wisconsin’s dairy heritage, in what is a rapidly changing dairy industry.


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