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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
 B-cycle deal back on in Madison

Trek and Madison reached a deal Tuesday to bring a bike-sharing program to town for $1 a year, instead of the $100,000 annual contribution the city had earlier agreed on. >More
 National Wildlife Health Center investigates animal diseases

In a basement laboratory, Carol Meteyer places a dead tri-colored bat on an elevated table. Covered in protective gear, she resembles a surgeon calculating where to make the first cut. Meteyer, a wildlife pathologist, is responsible for performing a necropsy -- an autopsy for animals. Working with an assistant, she carefully slices paper-thin pieces from the bat's wing for testing. >More
 Why Brett Hulsey won't shut up

Brett Hulsey knew exactly what he needed to do. The moment he saw a Facebook post last Thursday on how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had just told a congressional committee his proposed budget is "truly progressive," the Democratic state Assembly rep contacted his aide, Ben Tobias, to say, "We've got to get a statement out." >More
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