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Consumer experts question whether Walker's $150 tax cut for homeowners will 'fuel' an economic recovery

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker opened and concluded his 2014 state of the state speech by touting a tax cut plan that he says will provide a boost to the economy. >More
 An Obamacare success story

Laura Schuch has joined the ranks of the insured, and she couldn't be more thrilled. "I feel like I won the lottery!" says Schuch, 36, who recently purchased a plan on the insurance marketplace created under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. >More
 Two groups form to scrutinize Judge Doyle Square proposals

Two new groups have formed to take a closer look at the massive Judge Doyle Square project, which could take as much as $113 million in city subsidy. The scrutiny comes as Ald. Mike Verveer proposes making changes to the project goals, in order to address criticism that has been growing in the community. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol protesters take constitutional fight to Dane County court

Nine attorneys, including Jeff Scott Olson, will ask Dane County Judge John Markson this week to dismiss the tickets their clients received while attending the noontime Solidarity Sing Along protests over the summer. The attorneys will argue that the arrests, authorized under the state emergency rules banning "unlawful assembly," violate their clients' right of free speech and assembly under the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions. >More
 DNR says no major problems reported during 2013 trapping and expanded hunting seasons in Wisconsin state parks

Trapping in Wisconsin state parks was allowed for the first time in 2013. Now, after one April season and one mid-November season of trapping and expanded hunting in most state parks, the Department of Natural Resources is holding hearings on making the rules, enacted under emergency orders last year, permanent. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Immigration, deportation and the courts

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reports on how a Madison immigrant's teenage pot possession convictions were vacated in the January 17 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the January 16 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton targets cash in politics with Americans for Campaign Reform

For Barbara Lawton, the intersection of money and politics is not just distasteful; it's downright dangerous. "The need to raise such extraordinary sums in order to achieve office and to hold onto your office is something that diminishes the souls of people of both parties," she says in an interview. "What you figure out is that the principles that brought you into a race are sure to be shattered." >More
 Fear and excitement greet Occupy Madison's plans for tiny house village in Emerson East neighborhood

Occupy Madison has a dream for a cooperative, eco village that would help the homeless get back on their feet. On Wednesday night, they unveiled that vision to the east side neighborhood where they want to create it. But some residents at the meeting at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church on East Johnson Street thought the idea sounds like a nightmare. >More
 Wisconsin bill would allow electronic cigarettes in public

As Alex Caffentzis exhaled, he carefully hid the water vapor of his electronic cigarette from those sitting near him at the Memorial Union. "People start to look at you very strange," says Caffentzis, a 20-year-old student at Madison College. It's been more than three years since Wisconsin passed its indoor smoking ban, and locals now find it unusual to see smoke in a public area. It is unclear, however, whether exhaling water vapor from an electronic cigarette in public is illegal. >More
 'I'm officially a free man'

For the first time in 16 months, Alexander Timofeev did not go to bed worrying that he would soon be deported to Russia. Early Monday evening, Timofeev learned that the Dane County District Attorney's Office had agreed to vacate his three convictions for marijuana possession from the 1990s. As Isthmus first reported in July, these convictions formed the basis for the federal government's efforts to deport him. >More
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