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Solidarity Sing Along defies new Wisconsin Capitol access regulations

About three hundred singers gathered on the State Street steps of the Wisconsin Capitol on Friday, December 16, for the week-ending edition of the Solidarity Sing-Along. Turnout was bigger than usual, though, as it was also held in protest of new regulations set out by the state Department of Administration restricting terms of speech and assembly both inside and outside the building. >More
 From Nevada to Wisconsin: Political operatives reprise Reid-Angle faceoff in Walker recall

Professional political campaign operatives are a nomadic class, roving from one state to the next, hoping their careers ascend with the fortunes of their candidate employers. If not, there's always the next election. This is a pretty typical state of affairs in the raise-money-to-buy-media-spots practice of American politics, and has only accelerated with social media in the mix. >More
 Walker recall effort collects over 500,000 signatures (updated)

In just a month, volunteers seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker have collected more than 507,000 signatures, Mike Tate, chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, said in an online announcement Tuesday web. That is still shy of the 540,208 signatures needed to trigger a recall election, but represents a significant milestone in the recall drive, said Tate. >More
 Public Health Madison & Dane County turns attention to neighborhoods, violence prevention

Keeping their candles burning was a challenge in the falling temperature and rising wind as 150 committed Southwest Madison residents gathered in Hammersley Park in late November to walk the half-mile to Falk Elementary School. The crowd assembled in response to racist graffiti spray-painted in red the week before on fences and buildings in the neighborhood. >More
 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
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