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A guide to 48th Assembly District special election night parties

The race to fill the recently vacated 48th Assembly District seat effectively closes on Tuesday, and with the end of every election comes election night parties. >More
 Wisconsin Republicans accused of 'gerrymandering' elections with redistricting plan

As expected, Wisconsin's Republican legislators released a redistricting plan Friday, side-stepping the traditional process already underway. The move comes ahead of this month's recall elections, which could break the GOP's majority control of the Legislature. "It's clearly a Republican gerrymander, there's no question about that," says Mike McCabe, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. >More
 Madison legislators argue against allowing guns in Capitol

The debate over whether Wisconsin should implement "shall-issue" concealed carry legislation comes to an end as Gov. Scott Walker signs Senate Bill 93 into law in Wausau Friday afternoon, but questions about the implementation of the new law still linger. One question in particular stands out: Will concealed weapons be allowed in the Capitol building? >More
 Madison to explore installing on-street bike corrals

By the end of the month, cyclists may be able to park at two proposed on-street bike corrals in central Madison. The concept has taken off in Europe, been imported to bike-friendly cities like Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo., and has even gained counter-intuitive traction in Milwaukee, where an on-street bike corral has been installed outside an Alterra Coffee shop. >More
 Future uncertain for fire-damaged Capitol Hill Apartments building

The owner of the historic Capitol Hill Apartments building at 24 N. Webster St. hopes he'll be able to rehab the property following a June 30 fire that displaced 27 residents and shuttered two ground-level businesses. "The building is very near and dear to his heart," says Bonnie Brink, referring to the building's owner, Duane Hendrickson. >More
 Teens may suffer under new Wisconsin labor laws

Teen unemployment in Wisconsin, which hovers around 19%, may drop now that the state has eased restrictions on the hours per day, and days per week, that minors can work. One of the arguments made by the Wisconsin Grocers Association, which supported changing the state's child labor laws, was that the new rules would allow teens to better compete with adults for jobs. >More
 Unemployment benefits stalled by Wisconsin legislature

Unless legislators are called into a special session, a bill authorizing a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits likely won't be introduced until the Legislature reconvenes in September, some say. "They called a special session for the special interests," says Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). "Why can't they call one to help the unemployed people who are hurting? There is no reason why we couldn't have gotten this done." >More
 Cool Choices takes on climate change through voluntary action

Kathy Kuntz approaches climate change with one goal in mind: Whatever you do, make combating it fun, popular and easy. In fact, when Kuntz and her colleague rolled out the first pilot program for their nonprofit Cool Choices on Earth Day in April, the term climate change didn't even come up. >More
 Recall them all! The upcoming elections could turn Wisconsin politics upside down

"I've never seen the voters of this state so divided," says state Rep. Fred Clark. The 52-year-old forester (D-Baraboo) is giving me a firsthand glimpse of the bitter division as he goes door-to-door in Coloma, telling residents of the working-class rural community why they should dispose of their current senator, Republican Luther Olsen, in favor of him. >More
 Walker opponents take to Wisconsin's waters with protest flotillas

Wisconsin has a new protest movement, and it's on a boat. Protesters took advantage of one of the state's many bodies of water to move their "Recall Walker" message a little closer to the subject of the protest this weekend. >More
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