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What a $pectacular year! Money flooded into Wisconsin politics in 2011

For Wisconsin residents, 2011 was the kind of year that helps explain why the Chinese consider "May you live in interesting times" to be a curse. Amid all of the hubbub and strife, many of us found ourselves hoping that things would get a bit less interesting. >More
 Conservative groups push the limits in pro-Walker ad campaign

Let no one doubt American ingenuity -- especially regarding ways to pour special-interest money into the political process. In recent weeks, two conservative groups -- the Madison-based John K. MacIver Institute and national Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- have run three television ads praising changes in the state's relationship with its public employees. >More
 Marquette Law School Poll will keep close tabs on Wisconsin voters

Just in time for the 2012 election season, a new polling program is set to debut at Marquette Law School, and it promises to take the pulse of Wisconsin voters frequently and thoroughly. Charles Franklin, whose polling expertise and political acumen have made him the go-to-guy for electoral commentary, is taking a year-long leave from UW-Madison's political science department to head up the effort, which Marquette is billing as the "largest independent polling project in state history to study voter attitudes." >More
 Walker recall activists shoot for a million signatures

Now that they have gathered more than half a million signatures on petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker, recall organizers have upped the ante. On Dec. 15, the same day Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate made the dramatic announcement that volunteers had gathered 507,533 signatures in just one month, state Democrats and United Wisconsin, the groups overseeing the recall effort, set a new goal of 720,277 signatures. That's 33% of the 2010 general election turnout, as opposed to the 25% required by law to launch a recall. >More
 Jenni Dye moves from protests to politics with Dane County Board bid

The Capitol protests are now officially responsible for launching at least one political career. Fitchburg resident Jenni Dye, 30, whose prolific tweeting from the massive Capitol protests last winter netted her thousands of followers, is running for Dane County Board. >More
 Judging appointments made by Walker to the Dane County Circuit Court

Receiving a gubernatorial appointment to fill a judicial vacancy usually gives the appointee a leg up when it's time to run to keep the seat. Even a few months on the bench can help with name recognition at the polls. >More
 Wisconsin debt-free? Not so much

A recent fundraising letter for Gov. Scott Walker made a surprising claim about his accomplishments in office: "We've turned a $3.6 billion Jim Doyle deficit into a $300 million surplus. Wisconsin is debt-free for the first time in a decade," the Nov. 23 letter from Friends of Scott Walker read. >More
 Contractor's challenge to delay Madison Central Library renovation

A challenge to the city's bidding process might delay the renovation to the Madison Central Library project until late March. The city had planned to begin construction on February 13 and had awarded the construction bid to J.H. Findorff & Son, which bidded the project for just under $18.9 million. >More
 Madison settles lawsuit brought by the 'Culver's Five' in open carry incident

Madison announced today that it has settled a lawsuit brought by five men who openly carried handguns in a Culver's restaurant last September for a total of $10,000. >More
 School board rejects Madison Prep, supporters pledge discrimination suit

In a 5-2 vote, the Madison school board early Tuesday morning rejected a proposal to open a charter school intended to help close the district's 43-year-old racial achievement gap. >More
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