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Wisconsin DOJ to appeal Dane County court ruling dismissing Solidarity Sing Along tickets on constitutional grounds

According to Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala, the Wisconsin Department of Justice is planning to appeal Dane County Judge John Markson's ruling that the state's permitting requirements for Capitol gatherings are unconstitutional. Markson dismissed 29 tickets that had been issued to participants in the Solidarity Sing Along on the basis of his Feb. 5 decision in State of Wisconsin vs. Michael W. Crute and his ruling has since been used by other Dane County judges to also toss Capitol citations. >More
 Bus depot, land bridge to Lake Monona among ideas for Madison's south isthmus

Kenton Peters admits that he's been a bit of "a pest." The esteemed Madison architect has been following the process for the South Capitol Transit Oriented Development Study and decided to push a proposal he first made two decades ago, to replace a section of John Nolen Drive east of Monona Terrace with a grand park and esplanade connecting the public to Lake Monona. >More
 Madison police are prepared to ticket unlicensed Lyft and Uber drivers

Madison police say they are ready to issue tickets to drivers who work for such unlicensed rideshare app services as Lyft and Uber. "I urge that all drivers stop activities to avoid the citations which run close to $700 apiece for the violation," Madison Police Department Captain Carl Gloede said at the end of a public hearing Wednesday night before the city's Transit and Parking Commission. >More
 Liberals could pick up six seats in 2014 Dane County Board races

Wars of words have begun in the seven competitive races for the Dane County Board of Supervisors, as candidates set themselves apart from their opponents in the lead-up to Election Day on April 1. >More
 Gun background check bills languish in the Wisconsin legislature

Here's a safe prediction: Among the many things the Wisconsin Legislature won't get around to doing in the session that ends in early April is making it harder for people who aren't supposed to have firearms obtain them. >More
 Taxi industry mobilizes as Lyft and Uber ride apps launch in Madison

Local educator and entrepreneur Erin McWalter is working on her second startup, a project whose goal is to create "resilient communities by facilitating interactive and diverse public spaces." She speaks of "forward momentum advocates" and an "ecosystem of innovation." And it is in this context of change that she welcomes the recent arrival to Madison of two app-based ride services, Lyft and Uber. >More
 Pussy Riot members petition Wisconsin attorney general to stop prosecuting Solidarity Sing Along (updated)

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are speaking out in support of the Solidarity Sing Along, which has for three years protested Gov. Scott Walker's policies on weekdays at the Capitol. Nadya Tolokonikova and Masha Alyokhina appear in a video launched Tuesday by the human-rights group the Voice Project. >More
 Festivals and concerts in Central Park concerns some neighbors on Madison's near east side

Festivals were always part of the grand scheme for Madison's Central Park but now that the space is under construction, some neighbors have concerns about loud music and unruly visitors. >More
 Former Wisconsin lawmaker Kelda Helen Roys recalls colleague Bill Kramer pushed personal boundaries

Former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys says there were times when she served in the state Assembly with Bill Kramer that the Republican from Waukesha made her uncomfortable. "He would stand a little too close ... or touch me on the back in a way that wouldn't be appropriate for people who didn't really know each other," says Roys, a Madison Democrat who served from 2008 to 2012. >More
 Local environmental regulation at stake in Wisconsin sand mining debate

A seven-hour legislative hearing on a proposed mining bill revolved around one question: Should local governments in Wisconsin be able to apply new environmental regulations to existing sand mining operations. Supporters said no, while opponents said yes. >More
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