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UW dean's anti-Mifflin Street Block Party video bashed, parodied

On Sunday, UW-Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam produced an awkward, stilted YouTube video advising students "Don't go" to this year's Mifflin Street Block Party. The video went viral and students almost immediately began to heckle Berquam on social media. >More
 Judge Roger Allen resigns early from Dane County Circuit Court

Judge Roger Allen, who lost his bid to hold on to the circuit court seat Gov. Scott Walker named him to, will step down early from the post Friday. >More
 New Wisconsin chapter of Unite Against the War on Women forms to oppose GOP policies

Edna Kunkel was invited by a friend in late February to a Facebook "event" called "Organizing Against the War on Women." Kunkel, who lives in Verona, doesn't know Karen Teagarden, the Michigan resident who created the event, and says she can't even identify which friend invited her to the Facebook page. But within the week Kunkel had taken over the reins of the Wisconsin chapter of Unite Against the War on Women, which will host a Madison rally on April 28 at the Capitol as part of a national protest against attacks on women's access to health care. >More
 Falk online chat doubles as campaign pitch

Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk hosted an online town hall Sunday night that participants could access either through Facebook or Livestream. >More
 Wisconsin GOP's fake candidates certified for the recall primaries

Mahlon Mitchell kicked off his candidacy for lieutenant governor last week with a lively gathering at the downtown restaurant Merchant. Bagpipe players warmed up the crowd before Mitchell, a Madison firefighter and president of the statewide firefighters union, offered some spirited comments and accepted a $10,000 donation from his own union, Fire Fighters Local 311. >More
 Where Santorum won in Madison in the 2012 Republican presidential primary

Because Wisconsin's election rules allow primary voters, regardless of party affiliation, to vote for candidates in any political party, there was much talk before the April 3 GOP presidential primary about whether state Democrats would cross over and cast a ballot for one of the GOP nominees. >More
 Let the sun shine in: Madison is a hot spot for solar energy despite state cutbacks

For Courtland Maney, the idea was small, bright and persistent, like the morning sun through a chink in the blinds. What would it be like to generate my own power? During the 22 years he was living in Janesville and working construction, Maney's life was connected to the sun in a simple but vital way. If the sun shone, he worked. He can't really put his finger on when, exactly, he began to think of the sun as a big ball of ultra-dependable energy that comes up every morning and goes down again every night. >More
 Soglin vs. the homeless: Occupy Madison conflict pits mayor against an unlikely group

Allen Barkoff was an early supporter of Paul Soglin, and helped campaign for him back in 1973, when Soglin first ran for mayor. Although he's only met Soglin a few times, he's always admired his politics. So Barkoff was stunned last Friday when he went with a few other Occupy Madison activists to see about getting an extension or finding a new home for the tent city. >More
 An interview with Tom Barrett on why he should be Wisconsin's governor

Shortly after Tom Barrett was sworn in Tuesday morning for his third term as mayor of Milwaukee, he talked with Isthmus contributor Ruth Conniff about his race for governor. In the interview, Barrett discusses his relationship with unions, how he would restore collective bargaining, the Democratic primary, money in politics, his campaign, and Walker's record. >More
 Scenes from the 2012 Americans for Prosperity Tax Day rally at the Wisconsin Capitol (slideshow)

Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol Saturday for an annual Tax Day rally organized by Americans for Prosperity, featuring speeches from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and several talk radio hosts. >More
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