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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
 New Wisconsin regulations may tip balance in legal battle over radio tower in southern Dane County

It was the perfect piece of land for their dream home. Fifty acres in the town of Rutland, in rural Dane County, a few miles south of Madison. Jessica Polakowski and her husband, Nicholas, closed the deal on Sept. 7, 2010. Later that same day, Jessica recalls, the couple learned that Magnum Communications, a Tomah-based broadcast company, wanted to erect a nearly 500-foot radio tower on an adjacent plot. The application was filed in November 2010. >More
 Cost estimates to rebuild Lothlorien co-op has board seriously considering sale of lakefront property

Members of the Madison Community Cooperative recently received estimates of what it would cost to renovate the legendary Lothlorien Housing Collective building, and it's not pretty. >More
 Mayor Soglin says downtown TIF money belongs to the city, not the Madison school district

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to make one thing perfectly clear: money sitting in a tax incremental financing district downtown belongs to the city, not the schools. The city wants to use the TIF district to help pay for the controversial Judge Doyle Square project, which includes a hotel for Monona Terrace, offices, retail and housing. >More
 Rideshare app Lyft launches in Madison without required licensing

Though unlicensed transportation companies are currently prohibited under city law, the rideshare app Lyft launched Friday in Madison. The company is launching its Pioneer program in Madison, says spokesperson Paige Thelen. For the first couple weeks of Lyft's operation in the city, anyone who downloads the Lyft app receives two weeks' worth of free rides, she says. >More
 ACLU's injunction to block Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban cites parental rights

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb will hear arguments on March 27 on a request to temporarily bar enforcement of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban.The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion Thursday night seeking a preliminary injunction that would stay in place until there is a final decision in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ban. >More
 Former Walker chief of staff Thomas Nardelli called Tom Barrett a 'Muslim sympathizer' in John Doe email

As controversy swirled over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York City and a Quran-burning pastor in Florida, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker faced off in a gubernatorial debate on Sep. 24, 2010. >More
 Scott Walker's media strategy: Staying mum about the secret email system

Last week, thousands of emails were released confirming that Scott Walker's inner circle used a secret email system that mixed political and public business in his Milwaukee County executive office. Since then, the governor has refused to answer a significant question: Did he know about this private channel? >More
 Is Epic driving push for Monona Terrace hotel at Judge Doyle Square?

Is Madison building a hotel for Monona Terrace or Epic Systems? That question was raised during Tuesday night's long Common Council debate over the controversial Judge Doyle Square project. >More
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