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We go way back with Mark Block, Herman Cain's chief of staff and 'smoking guy'

We first became aware of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's chief of staff Mark Block as he emceed the Tax Day Tea Party rally on the Capitol Square in 2009. We then ran into Block at Scott Walker's inaugural ball in January where he was nice enough to answer some questions for us on video. It was during this conversation when we first heard Herman Cain's name. >More
 Wisconsin Republicans break promise to focus on jobs over social issues

The story line is neither new nor unique to Wisconsin: Republicans in power promise to focus on jobs and the economy. GOP lawmakers introduce bills on divisive social issues once the Legislature convenes. >More
 The League of Women Voters goes bold with voter ID lawsuit

Generally, the League of Women Voters isn't perceived as a great threat to anybody. The 91-year-old group, which was born out of the campaign for women's suffrage, is best known for sponsoring candidate debates and providing the candidates' position on issues to voters. >More
 What's left to give to Wisconsin non-profits?

United Way of Dane County and other groups are in the middle of their annual workplace fundraising drives, and one big question looms: How will the cuts to public-sector workers affect donations this year? >More
 A place to call home

When Isthmus first wrote about Kevin Corcoran, the disabled liver donor recipient had just agreed to vacate the Madison apartment he and his partner, Myrna Ulrich, shared because they were $10,000 behind on rent. Corcoran, who also has chronic pain from hepatitis B he contracted from a blood transfusion in the 1970s, fell behind on rent because he spent much of his $1,600 monthly income on medical visits and prescriptions. >More
 Occupy Madison sustains general assembly process, moves near Monona Terrace

About 25 people gathered at the Occupy Madison encampment at the top of State Street early Tuesday night to determine their plans for Halloween weekend and the Freakfest block party. >More
 Are Wisconsin Assembly Republicans stifling free speech at the Capitol?

On Oct. 20, three people were ticketed for disorderly conduct and removed from the Capitol's Assembly gallery after refusing to conceal their protest signs, sparking allegations that Assembly Republicans are cracking down on citizens who oppose their agenda. "They're making up the rules as they go," says protester Jason Huberty, who was among those arrested. >More
 Wisconsin constitutional amendment to effectively ban abortion to be proposed

"Personhood" supporters in Wisconsin are making their move. A Green Bay legislator is circulating a proposed amendment that would establish a "right to life" in the state constitution and define a fetus as a person. >More
 John Carlos, who saluted Black Power with raised fists at 1968 Olympics, addresses Occupy Madison

Forty-three years ago, American Olympic athlete John Carlos and teammate Tommie Smith stood atop a podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and defiantly raised their black-gloved fists into the air to show solidarity with the African-American civil rights struggle back home. Thursday evening in Madison, Carlos, in town to promote his new book at the Wisconsin Book Festival, again directed attention to a group of people protesting in the streets. >More
 Badger Road project hopes to model the path to clean lakes

The middle-schoolers gawk as cranes swing two enormous concrete tanks, bigger than school buses, into the ground at the site of the new Resilience Research Center on Badger Road. All the rain and snowmelt will be captured on-site and funneled to the hulking underground tanks, project director Kate Stalker explains to the kids. The water will then be used throughout the growing season to irrigate four acres of organic crops. >More
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