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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
 New insight into the psychopathic brain

The Koenigs Lab, an appendage of the UW psychiatry department, says something about the multidisciplinary nature of neuroscience. Named for Michael Koenigs, an assistant professor of psychiatry, the lab includes a postdoctoral researcher with degrees in psychology and comparative religion, graduate students with backgrounds in biology, philosophy and English, and a scientist trained in applied math. >More
 Wisconsin exonerated Forest Shomberg, then abandoned him

It's hard to get a conviction overturned when the original trial judge is presiding. It's even harder when the prosecution is opposed. So attorney Byron Lichstein was not optimistic when he appeared before Dane County Judge Patrick Fiedler on Nov. 12, 2009, seeking the dismissal of Forest Shomberg's conviction for the sexual assault of a UW-Madison student in 2002. >More
 Will Wisconsin regain the jobs lost in the recession?

A few weeks ago, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue released the fall edition of its quarterly Economic Outlook, a report produced by staff economists at the department who forecast the ups and downs of Wisconsin employment. This is a topic of prime importance these days, but the state's news media do not always cover the report. >More
 Under Wisconsin law, election inspectors nominated by political parties get first dibs

With partisan politics already at a fever pitch in Wisconsin, an infrequently used state law that gives political parties the upper hand in the selection of poll workers is being resurrected. >More
 Live-blogging the 'Rally to Recall Walker' at the Wisconsin Capitol on November 19

Join us here for live coverage of the "Rally to Recall Walker" at Capitol Square in downtown Madison on Saturday, November 19. This rally is a We Are Wisconsin kickoff event tied to the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, which started on Tuesday, November 15. >More
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