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Andrew Schauer crushes 10-term incumbent David Wiganowsky as liberals increase Dane County Board majority

Liberals snatched up six of the seven contested seats on Dane County's Board of Supervisors in the spring 2014 election, bringing them within striking distance of a 100% supermajority. In the closely watched, and highly symbolic, District 21 race, labor attorney Andrew Schauer crushed 10-term incumbent David Wiganowsky, ending the supervisor's 20-year run representing a once reliably conservative swath of the county. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Wisconsin Legislature drops Second Chance Bill for juvenile offenders

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on how the Second Chance Bill failed in the Wisconsin Legislature despite bipartisan support in the March 28 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the March 27 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin's new lobbyist law has something for everyone to hate

It's sometimes said that a legislative outcome criticized by opposing sides has struck the perfect balance. By that standard, Senate Bill 655 is a triumph. The omnibus campaign financing bill, which passed both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on March 27, has been assailed for both its process and its substance. >More
 Madison Community Cooperative membership vote staves off potential sale of Lothlorien

Lothlorien will live to fight another day. The fire-damaged, four-story cooperative house on Lake Mendota has been spared -- for now -- after members from 11 sister cooperatives voted over the past week not to sell it. >More
 Wisconsin Department of Justice files cost-benefit analysis of Capitol protest prosecution with no numbers

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson might have been looking for some numbers when he asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice to estimate the costs and benefits of prosecuting Capitol tickets. But that's not what he got. In a response filed March 27, Assistant Deputy Attorney General Daniel P. Lennington argued that enforcing the "rule of law" has value beyond "reducing monetary enforcement expenses" to all citizens. >More
 Competing lobby groups help sink worker's compensation bill in Wisconsin Legislature

It has the makings of a Greek tragedy, where the flawed protagonist unwittingly becomes the agent of unanticipated disaster. Last fall state legislators forcefully urged the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Advisory Council to rein in related medical costs. These have risen more rapidly in Wisconsin than other states and constitute the lion's share of payments made under the state's program for those injured or disabled at work. >More
 Sponsors pull controversial Madison pit bull ordinance, but promise revised version

In a surprise move, the Madison Common Council tabled a controversial ordinance March 18 that would have slapped owners of pit bull-style dogs with hefty fines for failing to spay or neuter the animals. The ordinance, introduced in January by Ald. John Strasser, who represents Madison's south side, would also have required pit-bull breeders to register with the city. >More
 Sue Ellingson resigns from Madison Common Council, 2013 candidate Zach Madden interested in seat (updated)

Ald. Sue Ellingson resigned her seat on the Madison Common Council Thursday, surprising colleagues and leading to speculation about who would fill her near west seat. >More
 The fight over frac sand mining in Wisconsin

On a cold January night, in a drafty 1850s-era town hall in Vernon County, I sat on a pew facing my town board. For several months I'd noticed "frac sand mining" on the meeting agenda posted at the town dump. Finally, I'd come to find out what local officials were discussing. >More
 Wisconsin DOJ to appeal Dane County court ruling dismissing Solidarity Sing Along tickets on constitutional grounds

According to Assistant Attorney General Devra Ayala, the Wisconsin Department of Justice is planning to appeal Dane County Judge John Markson's ruling that the state's permitting requirements for Capitol gatherings are unconstitutional. Markson dismissed 29 tickets that had been issued to participants in the Solidarity Sing Along on the basis of his Feb. 5 decision in State of Wisconsin vs. Michael W. Crute and his ruling has since been used by other Dane County judges to also toss Capitol citations. >More
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