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Madison Mentions: The Newspaper Report Weekending 3.26.2007

Post by Jesse Russell on 3/27/2007 3:30pm

Once again it is time for Dane101 to dig through our stack of papers from around the country to see how Madison is being portrayed or covered in non-local media. We start with the super hot Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice race. Legal Newsline takes a hard look at how Annette Ziegler and Linda Clifford are faring in the media:


Conservative Annette Ziegler and liberal Linda Clifford emerged Monday with just eight days remaining before the election for the seat being vacated by Judge Jon Wilcox.

The race has already drawn widespread complaints from all political sides over high spending, outside interests and negative advertising. Total spending is projected at $3-5 million, a state record for a Supreme Court race.

The Portland Business Journal tells us that Madison-based Broadcast Interactive Media is revolutionizing the way news is gathered. They have helped develop "YouNews," a YouTube like program that will allow news stations to let viewers load news clips.

Madison is included in a Houston Chronicle story that looks at communities where "inclusionary zoning" is becoming popular.

Former Madison resident Alison Carpenter now lives in Durham, North Carolina and is trying to inject some of our bike friendly spirit into that community. The Durham Herald Sun wrote:


Carpenter previously lived in Madison, Wis., which she described as "an amazingly bike-able city," complete with a co-op.

"I came here and I thought, 'Wow, this is something Durham could really use,' " she said of the co-op idea.

"To me, Durham is pretty bike-able, although it has a way to go," Carpenter said. "But the American Tobacco Trail has done wonders. I see the biking culture becoming more and more rooted here. A lot of people are choosing to bike both as commuters and for recreation. It's a great way to help the environment."

The Ironwood Daily Globe in Michigan profiles Madison-runner Jason Dorgan. Dorgan is preparing to tackle the entire National Scenic Ice Age Trail:

If he is successful in his endeavor, Dorgan will become one of a growing list of more than three-dozen people who have completed the entire trail, but the first to have run the entire distance.

Teens from across the country descended on Denver, Colorado for a forum on how to stop gang violence. AT least one Madisonian was there and was quoted by the Rocky Mountain News:

Many of the teens said they were disturbed by the messages in hip hop even though they listen to it.

"It's highly sexualized, there's 6-year-old girls getting the message, 'We'll value you based on your appearance,'" said Bridget Rogers of Madison, Wis."For that to be the message young women are being bombarded with is dangerous."

The Columbian Missourian is trying to figure out if Columbia has soul. To do so they looked north:

Strong soul, mighty soul, cannot only laugh at itself, but takes a perverse sense of pride in zinging its own flaws. Residents of Madison, Wis., a liberal-leaning college town with a reputation for soul, love their city, but they jokingly describe it as 78 square miles surrounded by reality. They know much of the state sees them as a snooty, tooty pie-in-the-sky enclave of impractical, academic nonsense. Madison embraces that image with a laugh and a shrug.

Susan Lampert Smith, a columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, says her city, well-known for its bratwurst, pickled gill fish and ice fishing, does have soul. It’s just a frozen soul.

People drive from Milwaukee to Madison for sausage scrambler with gravy and cheese at Mickey’s Dairy Barn, across the street from an old Civil War camp. But as tasty as a scrambler is, for Smith it’s the ability to laugh at how opinionated Madisonites can’t approve a public works project without a huge argument that sets the city apart from everyone outside its borders.

“Without our sense of humor, we’d be just like everybody else in the state fishing through holes in the ice,” she says.

ICv2, a Madison-based company that tracks trends in Anime and Manga, Graphic Novels and Comics, Games, Movie/TV Licensed Products, and Toys, was asked about the new trend of "Faith-Based comic books" by the Detroit Free Press:

Surprisingly, the focus of many of the religion-themed comics is on young girls, a group not generally targeted by mainstream comics.

"There's a battle for their attention," said Milton Griepp, the publisher of ICv2 of Madison, Wis., which tracks pop-culture trends.

Jesse Russell


Jesse was born and raised in Connecticut, began blogging in 1997, and moved to Madison in 2003. In 2005, he co-founded dane101 along with Kristian Knutson and Shane Wealti. In addition to helping nearly a dozen contributors run this website he's helped launch various events in the city including What's Your Damage?!, the MadPubQuiz of Awesomeness, the Fire Ball Masquerade, Dane101's Freakin' Halloweekend, and more.

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