Newsmakers: Madison Mayor Paul Soglin
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is Wisconsin’s Jerry Brown. First elected mayor of Wisconsin’s second largest city at the age of 28 in 1973, Soglin was elected mayor again in 1989 and a third time in April. In a Newsmakers interview on June 22, Soglin explained the major differences between the protesters that jammed the Capitol earlier this year and the anti-Vietnam War protesters he led as a UW-Madison student in the 1960s. Soglin also has major differences with Republicans who control the Capitol – Republicans who have contributed to Madison’s $20-million budget shortfall by cutting state aid, Soglin says. He also wants Madison’s city council to adopt an ordinance limiting the carrying of concealed weapons and vows to respect unions for city employees, unlike Capitol Republicans who have dramatically limited the bargaining rights of public employees statewide.