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Proposed Wisconsin abortion coverage ban subject of heated public hearing

The least controversial participant in any Capitol legislative committee meeting, not counting the clerk, is usually the attorney from the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Council who helps interpret state statutes and bill language for committee legislators. This made it all the more surprising when, at a public hearing Thursday held by the Assembly Committee on Insurance, legislative council attorney Margit Kelley received a sharp rebuke from a Madison area legislator. >More
 Soglin's budget veto threat has some Madison alders pessimistic about future relations

A threat from Mayor Paul Soglin to veto the 2012 budget over two arts-related items, left many council members bitter and angry Thursday morning. "We had a full on tantrum from the mayor, who behaved not with leadership but with petulance, because he didn't get what he wanted," Ald. Mark Clear said after the meeting. >More
 Recall Walker volunteers dig in with gusto

The clock started ticking on the statewide petition drive to recall Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday. On Monday night, hundreds of people jammed Hawk's Bar & Grill on State Street to sign the very first recall petitions at a minute past midnight. >More
 Walker recall volunteers bundle up to gather signatures at Eash Wash drive-through station

The wind chill factor -- 30, for the record -- is relevant for the first time this season Wednesday night as a group of eight volunteers waves signs and clipboards at eastbound drivers along East Washington Ave. at Union Corners. >More
 Edgewater project sinks as council deadlocks on extending TIF financing

The Edgewater Hotel redevelopment project, which has consumed Madison politics for years, returned to the Madison Common Council on Tuesday. But this time the council failed to muster the votes for the project, which appears dead. >More
 Scott Walker recall campaign kicks off in Madison with midnight petition party

Cheers rang through the night at Hawk's Bar & Grill on State Street in downtown Madison on Monday. They didn't end after the Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings, but rather continued long past the game's ending, as the packed restaurant grew only more crowded for a party kicking off the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 Intensely local, block-by-block Walker recall drive launching across Wisconsin

Eva Shiffrin is ready. "I'll have signs, petitions and T-shirts big enough to wear over your coat, all on my front porch on Nov. 15," she says, holding up a giant "Recall Walker" T-shirt in front of a group of about 50 neighbors Sunday at the James Reeb Unitarian Church near East High High. >More
 Cost for union teachers could be game changer for Madison Prep deal

A new analysis by the Madison school district shows that the budget submitted by the Urban League of Greater Madison for a pair of sex-segregated charter schools could potentially cost the district an additional $13 million over the schools' first five years. >More
 Remembering Dick Wheeler, dean of the Wisconsin Capitol press corps

I didn't know Dick Wheeler well, but I was as fond of him as people who did. The creator of The Wheeler Report, the single most authoritative source of state Capitol reporting, was the kind of guy people looked to first with respect, then with admiration, and finally with a smile on their face. >More
 Madison planning staff opposes State Street Block 100 project

City development staff have come out against the current proposal for the 100 block of State Street, opposing the demolition of two historic landmarks and saying the proposal does not fit in with the city's Downtown Plan. Steven Cover, the city's director of planning and community and economic development, wrote in Nov. 10 letter to the project's manager, George Austin: "Staff does not support the project in its current iteration. I strongly encourage you to reconsider your approach." >More
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