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More heat than light in flap over Brad Schimel's response to One Wisconsin Now

Brad Schimel, the lone Republican candidate for state attorney general, ignited a firestorm with his response to a letter alleging pay-to-play politics. "What law do you believe has been violated?" asked Schimel, the district attorney of Waukesha County, in an email response to One Wisconsin Now. The liberal advocacy group had urged him to investigate a state lawmaker who introduced a bill that would have helped a wealthy donor. >More
 Madison commission to reconsider ban on dogs in parks

Madison is the fourth-best city in the country to own a dog, according to NerdWallet, a finance blog. The site based its rating on the number of off-leash dog parks per 100,000 residents (3.4); average cost of a veterinarian visit ($44.07) and "walkability." Yet some of the most walkable urban green spaces are off limits to residents who would like to take a stroll with their four-legged friends. >More
 Idea to use inmate labor at a new Dane County jail facility called a form of 'slavery'

A report on a new Dane County jail facility includes one proposal for saving taxpayers money: having inmates do their own laundry and make their own food. Currently most laundry is contracted out and county workers provide food service. >More
 Are subjects of the John Doe investigation still coordinating campaigns?

It's a simple question, one that probably can be answered "Yes" or "No." Given that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his supporters have so stridently affirmed their right to coordinate campaign activities with groups engaged solely in "issue advocacy," will they be doing so in the upcoming fall election? >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How Wisconsin's dog seller regulations may legitimize animal mistreatment

Isthmus features editor Linda Falkenstein reported on how dog sellers in Wisconsin are licensed and monitored in the June 27 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 26 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison ceases enforcement of buffer zone because of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

In light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Madison will no longer enforce its buffer zone law that restricts protests within 100 feet of an entrance to a health clinic. Madison's law, which is roughly five months old, was written to keep anti-abortion protesters from harassing people seeking to use abortion and reproductive health clinics. >More
 Mayor Soglin calls inaugural Rhythm & Booms in downtown Madison a 'huge success'

Concerns from nearby neighborhoods that the relocated Rhythm & Booms fireworks display could result in parking headaches, traffic snarls and abandoned trash appear to have been overblown, at least from initial reports. >More
 Occupy Madison begins hard work at its new tiny house village

Last Saturday afternoon, a handful of Occupy Madison members gathered at the group's recently acquired property on East Johnson Street to begin cleaning the old auto shop, which it plans on turning into a village of tiny homes for the homeless. Keith Valiquette, who one day plans to live here, was thrilled to finally get his hands dirty at the site. >More
 Wisconsin felony gun sentence bill died without shots being fired

Recently this column discussed various efforts to toughen state gun laws, including a bill proposed by state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) to impose a mandatory three-year minimum sentence for felony firearms offenses. Darling announced in August 2013 that she was having the bill drafted. But it was never introduced, despite public expressions of support from Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, also both Republican. >More
 All Aboard Wisconsin explores privately funded passenger rail between Madison and Chicago

Since Gov. Scott Walker turned down more than $800 million dollars in federal funding that would have supported a high speed rail connecting Madison to Chicago via Milwaukee, the buzz about better connecting the Midwest region via train has largely quieted down. But Gary Goyke says his organization is hoping to get the conversation started again. >More
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