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Wisconsin budget focus of broiling rally around Capitol Square and Walkerville

Hundreds of people braved temperatures in the low 90s for a march on Monday, June 6, that started at Madison Fire Station 1 and circled the Capitol and adjoining "Walkerville" encampment several times, with a few stops along the way. >More
 Does Capital Area Regional Planning Commission deserve to die?

One of the last things Kathleen Falk did before stepping down as Dane County executive was write a letter about an obscure body known as the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission. Most of the county's 490,000 residents have probably never heard of this commission, let alone know what it does. But in wonky bureaucratic circles, the letter was nothing short of earthshaking. >More
 Everyday scientists

A full moon rises over Owen Conservation Park on Madison's far west side. The air throbs with the mating calls of chorus frogs. A pair of mallards try to corral their ducklings skimming through the rippling reflections on the surface of the pond. Barely visible, bats cut through the cooling air to scoop up the insects that have been drawn here by the pond and the street light. >More
 Crowded field of 48th Assembly district candidates agree Walker is the real enemy

All seven candidates vying for the job in the special election -- the July 12 primary will whittle the candidates down to two, who will face off on Aug. 9 -- made it clear at a candidate forum Tuesday that, if elected, they'll fight the Republican establishment to the bitter end. The candidates are Fred Arnold, Dave de Felice, Andy Heidt, Katherine Kocs, Bethany Ordaz, Vicky Selkowe, and Chris Taylor. >More
 Kloppenburg will not seek judicial review of Wisconsin Supreme Court election

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg announced Tuesday that she will not seek judicial review of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election results, congratulating Justice David Prosser on the win. >More
 Wisconsin lawmakers, organizations react to Sumi collective bargaining ruling

The announcement that Wisconsin's divisive collective bargaining law was declared null and void generated a flood of news releases, tweets and Facebook posts today -- some in support of, and some in opposition to Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi's 33-page ruling. >More
 Wisconsin's recall elections: A primer

It's really not supposed to be like this. Historically, state senators in Wisconsin have been more likely to leave the Legislature's higher chamber because of death, felony convictions or election to higher office than through recall elections. It's different this summer because of the anger Gov. Scott Walker ignited by introducing legislation to restrict the collective bargaining rights of public workers. Democrats, unions and other liberal groups have gathered enough signatures to force six Republican senators into recall elections. >More
 So long, safety net?

Barbara Katz wants nothing more than for her son, Ben, to make a life for himself. But she knows that Ben, who will turns 20 at the end of this month, needs help for this to happen. Ben was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor when he was just a baby and had major surgery at age 2, which left him permanently disabled. Explains Katz, "He literally has half of his brain." >More
 Scott Walker signs Wisconsin Voter ID into law while protesters clamor for his recall

The Wisconsin Capitol was far from quiet when Gov. Scott Walker signed the controversial Voter ID bill (AB-7) into law Wednesday. Protesters gathered in the rotunda and outside the entrance to the governor's office and cries of "Recall Walker!" were heard through the office's closed doors during the ceremony. >More
 Scenes from Gov. Scott Walker's Voter ID bill-signing ceremony (video)

The first video is of Gov. Scott Walker's remarks in signing the Voter ID bill Wednesday at the Capitol. The sound of chanting protesters is audible in this clip. The second clip is of protesters gathered in the hallway outside the governor's office. >More
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