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Wetland or wasteland? Republicans say jobs should come before environmental controls

Call it Bud Harris' theory of environmental relativity. The professor emeritus of natural and applied sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has found that when people look at the Bergstrom wetland, "They see what they want to see," depending on their perspective. For wetland experts like Harris, the little patch of land less than a mile down the road from the stadium that hosts the world champion Green Bay Packers is a rare and valuable resource that provides environmental benefits while supporting a rich array of flora and fauna. >More
 Solidarity Sing Along to test new Wisconsin Capitol access rules and not apply for permit

The organizer and conductor of the Solidarity Sing-Along does not intend to apply for a permit to continue the group's noontime assemblies at the Wisconsin Capitol when new rules for access to state buildings kick in Friday, December 16. Instead, participants are going to test the new policy and the Capitol Police's willingness to enforce it by holding its gatherings usual outside the Capitol that Friday, and then inside the Rotunda on Monday, December 19. >More
 Wisconsin's turbine jobs are gone with the wind

For a state that's made "Open for Business" its official mantra, Wisconsin sure seems lukewarm about jobs in the highly competitive -- and lucrative -- field of wind energy. >More
 Federal lawsuit challenges Wisconsin's voter ID law

Wisconsin's voter ID law is again being challenged, this time in federal court. It's the only active federal challenge of a photo ID law, say representatives of the national and state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, who are bringing the lawsuit. >More
 Walker recall verification efforts ramp up

Everybody, it would appear, wants a fair recall process for Gov. Scott Walker. Recall Walker supporters are taking steps to ensure that only valid signatures are submitted for counting. Conservative tea party activists, who say they are nonpartisan, and Republican Party opponents want to make sure that any questionable signatures are challenged. >More
 GOP stonewalls health care reform in Wisconsin

The fate of federal health care reform now hangs on the U.S. Supreme Court, which will rule next year on whether the measure can take effect. But even if the 2010 law aimed at making health insurance available to all is upheld, how it will get implemented in Wisconsin is, at best, uncertain. >More
 New Wisconsin Capitol access policies raise First Amendment concerns

New Wisconsin Department of Administration rules about who can access state facilities and at what cost are riling everyday visitors like the Solidarity Sing Along, who have been holding forth at the Capitol since the winter, and raising constitutional questions. One provision specifies that permits are needed for groups of four or more who gather at the Capitol or other state facility. >More
 ALRC kicks nuisance house party ordinance to future meeting

A proposed ordinance aimed at curbing nuisance house parties around the University of Wisconsin campus and downtown Madison was once again placed on hold by a city committee Wednesday evening, despite officials' attempts to revise its language. >More
 Madison Trust offers different vision for 100 block of State Street

The Madison Trust for Historic Presentation is pushing an alternate vision for the 100 block of State Street, calling for the existing buildings to be renovated instead of razed. Jerome Frautschi and Pleasant Rowland, benefactors of the Overture Center, have proposed demolishing half of the 100 block of State Street. >More
 Former Madison Ald. Kent Palmer remembered for integrity, constituent service

When Kent Palmer was campaigning for city alderman in 1999, he stopped by the home of Brian Ward. Ward was so touched by the experience, he wrote a letter to The Capital Times. Ward recalled how he was fed up with politics at the time, but found himself won over by Palmer's caring attitude. >More
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