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Occupy Madison begins hard work at its new tiny house village

Last Saturday afternoon, a handful of Occupy Madison members gathered at the group's recently acquired property on East Johnson Street to begin cleaning the old auto shop, which it plans on turning into a village of tiny homes for the homeless. Keith Valiquette, who one day plans to live here, was thrilled to finally get his hands dirty at the site. >More
 Wisconsin felony gun sentence bill died without shots being fired

Recently this column discussed various efforts to toughen state gun laws, including a bill proposed by state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) to impose a mandatory three-year minimum sentence for felony firearms offenses. Darling announced in August 2013 that she was having the bill drafted. But it was never introduced, despite public expressions of support from Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, also both Republican. >More
 All Aboard Wisconsin explores privately funded passenger rail between Madison and Chicago

Since Gov. Scott Walker turned down more than $800 million dollars in federal funding that would have supported a high speed rail connecting Madison to Chicago via Milwaukee, the buzz about better connecting the Midwest region via train has largely quieted down. But Gary Goyke says his organization is hoping to get the conversation started again. >More
 Frank Productions plans a major music venue along the Capitol East corridor (updated)

Frank Productions announced today that it is planning a 46,000-square-foot music venue in the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue, next to Breese Stevens Field. The venue, which does not yet have a name, will be part of a larger mixed-use development project by Stone House Development. >More
 Scott Resnick for Madison mayor?

Ald. Scott Resnick encountered something of an anomaly recently: a person who remembers what Madison was like before Paul Soglin, the city's enduring mayor. In Resnick's time in Madison, the political landscape has been dominated not just by Soglin, who was first elected mayor in 1973, but also by Dave Cieslewicz, who was mayor from 2003 until 2011. >More
 The stay on legal marriage in Wisconsin for same-sex couples leaves their kids without protections

In a recent hearing before U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb, an attorney for the Department of Justice argued that Wisconsin's same-sex marriage lawsuit was solely about the institution of marriage, not about its attendant rights and benefits. The argument prompted Jennifer Quisler, who was sitting in the courtroom, to let out a quiet laugh. >More
 Wisconsin Republican and Democratic parties' 2014 platforms highlight differences

The Republican Party of Wisconsin drew national attention recently for weighing whether to affirm the state's right to secede from the union. The proposal was rejected at the party's convention in early May, after the vast majority of Republicans in the state Assembly opposed it as "worthless" and "a distraction." >More
 Judge reluctantly stays same-sex marriage ruling; Wisconsin weddings halted pending state appeal

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb late Friday reluctantly stayed her ruling declaring Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. The marriages that have taken place in Dane County and across the state will now stop, pending Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's appeal of Crabb's ruling. >More
 J.B. Van Hollen says he did not recommend charging county clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

On Thursday, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that county clerks could be charged for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In a Friday email to state prosecutors, however, Van Hollen said that his comments have received "unfortunate and amplified media attention." >More
 Just married! Same-sex couples in Wisconsin make it legal -- while they can

Love was in the air Monday night when members of the Cocoa Puffs and Green Queens were warming up for their softball game at Bowman Field. "Before we get started, congratulations to all those who got married this weekend," umpire Luke Nelson shouted to players in the Badgerland Softball League, which is an LGBT club. >More
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