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Making sense of the John Doe II investigation in Wisconsin

The ongoing John Doe probe into alleged illegal activities concerning Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign is nothing if not complicated. Here's an attempt to make it understandable. >More
 With concerns addressed, neighbors applaud proposed final development plan for Union Corners

The plans for Union Corners have gone through several iterations, and neighbors have at times been harshly critical. But the final general development plan for the 11.5-acre project at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street seems to have hit the sweet spot. >More
 Proposed Madison ordinance would change permitting requirements for fireworks displays

Marsha Rummel became more immersed in the planning for the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks display after event organizers announced the show was relocating to Lake Monona. During discussions over environmental concerns, the east-side Madison alder found there were some gaps in the oversight of such events. >More
 Madison residents alarmed at yellow dots signifying 'death sentence' for ash trees

Christina Newton fears what her neighborhood on the near west side will look like after Madison deals with the dreaded emerald ash borer pest."Our whole neighborhood is highly concentrated with ash trees," says Newton, who lives on Rugby Row near Forest Hill Cemetery. "It's going to change the quality of life." >More
 Isthmus on WORT: A change at the Madison Parks Division

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the departure of Madison Parks head Kevin Briski in the April 18 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 17 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin GOP has edge in fall 2014 elections

Sometimes it seems as though the predictive tools used in elections have become so powerful that actual voting is superfluous: The pollsters and pundits can just look at the data and declare the winners in advance. >More
 Rep. Tyler August threatens Madison with loss of state aid for targeting rideshare services Lyft and Uber

A Republican state representative from Lake Geneva does not like the fact that Madison city cops set up a recent sting operation to catch drivers operating unlicensed rideshare services. In fact, Tyler August is so incensed that he warns it could result in the loss of state aid for Madison. >More
 Rep. Brett Hulsey casts more doubt on seeking re-election as he signs opponent's nomination papers

In a move that casts further doubt on his intention to seek a third term in the state Assembly, Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) has signed the nomination papers for Mark Clear, a city of Madison alder who is running for Hulsey's seat. But Hulsey would not confirm Thursday whether that means he has decided against seeking re-election. "I will announce next week," he said in a text message. >More
 Sen. Dale Schultz exits the Wisconsin Legislature, shaking his head

Republican Dale Schultz is stepping down after 32 years in the Legislature, most as a state senator. He has broken ranks with his fellow GOP senators on a host of issue, including Act 10 changes to collective bargaining and a mining bill that weakened environmental regulations. Moreover, Schultz has been openly critical of his party and the forces he believes are corrupting the political system. Chief among them: the vast infusions of campaign cash. >More
 Write-in election rules changed under new Wisconsin law

For poll worker Larry Nelson, Election Day's most irritating hour -- or hours -- arrives after the polls close, when the write-in votes are counted. "Here you are, on your feet after working 14 hours, and now you have to sort through the ballots looking for Mickey Mouse," he explains. >More
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