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Dane County Republicans make wild accusations about Isthmus

Working for the Republican Party of Dane County can't be easy. In this heavily Democratic area, few people listen to you, and few people vote for your candidates. After a while, you just snap. >More
 Walker's new business claim inaccurate on both ends, numbers are 'basically flat'

Last week the office of Gov. Scott Walker put out a press release crowing about "the surge in new businesses" since he took office. It said new business formations totaled 9,553 in the first three months of this year, compared to 7,603 for the first quarter of 2010, a 25% jump. >More
 John Matthews rips MTI contract concessions

A dispute has developed between Madison teachers and the school district over changes to contracts secured during quickie negotiations in March. John Matthews, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., is upset about what he calls an "unfair and unreasonable" process. >More
 Tweaked Wisconsin Voter ID bill still draws flak for impact on students

Critics of Wisconsin's proposed Voter ID bill say changes made this week by the state Assembly do not erase their concerns that it will serve to disenfranchise students. The bill, AB-7, would require Wisconsin residents to show identification at the polls in order to vote. On Tuesday it passed the Committee on Election and Campaign Reform on a party-line vote. >More
 Mifflin Street Block Party backlash could have consequences throughout Madison

Norm Stockwell remembers when the Mifflin Street Block Party was about more than getting hammered. When Stockwell worked for the old Mifflin Street Co-op, which sponsored the party in the '80s and '90s, he helped organize it. Each year had a different political theme: the environmental effects of pesticides, U.S. military intervention in Latin America. >More
 Madison activists, workers mark International Workers' Day 2011 with march to Capitol

Around 1,500 labor solidarity marchers made their way up Madison's West Washington Street to the state Capitol Sunday to mark International Workers' Day. The annual May Day protest originated to commemorate workers' rights, but collective bargaining rights, immigration rights, the environment and other issues converged at the rally. >More
 Motorcycles ring Wisconsin Capitol for 'Thunda Around the Rotunda' (slideshow)

Hundreds of motorcyclists rallied in Madison this afternoon to participate in "Thunda Around the Rotunda," a rally in support of Wisconsin workers. Gathering in Goodman Park, the caravan rode to the Capitol Square and joined a rally at its King Street entrance, where more demonstrators gathered for a rally featuring talks by Sens. John Erpenbach and Mark Miller and Reps. Cory Mason and Peter Barca. >More
 Despite charges of cronyism, Scott Walker holds line with cabinet pay

While critics accuse Gov. Scott Walker of cronyism, the case can be made that he's not a spendthrift. In terms of appointments overall, Walker has kept a lid on cabinet costs. >More
 Dissenters dominate Wisconsin voter ID bill committee hearing

Opponents of Assembly Bill 7 (AB-7) packed the Assembly Committee on Election and Campaign Reform's public hearing on the Wisconsin Voter Identification Bill Wednesday >More
 Dane County logs Day One of Wisconsin Supreme Court recount

One of the election observers told me, more than half seriously, that she was there at Dane County's recount of the state Supreme Court election to see "what democracy looks like." Certainly, it was a lot more orderly than how it's sometimes looked over the last several weeks. >More
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