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New Leaders Council nurtures upcoming progressive activists in Madison

Mark Greene doesn't like the fact that "politics" is so often a dirty word. "Politics are not an attractive thing and there's a reason for that," Greene says. "From an outsider's perspective, it seems that our political process discourages people from getting involved in the system " especially the emphasis on fundraising. Access to money trumps ideas and, in the process, drowns out the voices of voters and would-be candidates." >More
 Efforts to repeal same-sex marriage ban could benefit Wisconsin's Democratic candidates

With the November elections eight months away, marriage-equality advocates in Wisconsin are launching parallel efforts aimed at toppling the state's eight-year-old constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed a federal lawsui Feb. 3 challenging the amendment. And two Democratic lawmakers from Milwaukee are seeking a legislative remedy. >More
 City committee approves buffer zone for Madison health clinics

When Wendi Kent got pregnant at age 13, she turned to Planned Parenthood for prenatal care. But after a few months, she scraped together some money to go to another clinic so she could avoid the harassment she faced outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas, where she lived at the time. "I was harassed all three or four times that I went there for prenatal care,” says Kent. >More
 First round of 2014 Wisconsin campaign finance reports highlight gubernatorial race, new lobbying leader

Disclosure reports for Wisconsin campaign finance and lobby activity, due Jan. 31, contain a wealth of information, only a smidgen of which has garnered media attention. Here are some highlights. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How to reform redistricting in Wisconsin

Isthmus production artist David Michael Miller reported on the effort to reform Wisconsin's legislative redistricting system in the February 7 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the January 30 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Democratic lawmakers to circulate bill to repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban (updated)

State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa and Sen. Tim Carpenter, both Democrats, will start circulating a bill this week that seeks to repeal Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage. >More
 Slaying the Gerrymander: Here's a solution to Wisconsin's rigged legislative districts

Winning the governorship plus majorities in both houses in 2010, Republicans seized the golden opportunity to dominate the decennial process of redistricting the state as never before. >More
 ACLU targets Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban

It wasn't long ago that local activists saw little hope in challenging Wisconsin's 8-year-old ban on same-sex marriage. Forcing a redo vote on a constitutional amendment is a multi-year process that would have required the unlikely cooperation of the Republican-controlled Legislature and governor's office. And a court challenge didn't look any more promising. >More
 Scott Walker outraises Mary Burke almost three to one in 2013, with big and small cash

The latest campaign finance reports filed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his main Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, have a little something in them for each campaign to exploit. >More
 Dane County judge rules permit requirements for Wisconsin Capitol gatherings unconstitutional

Dane County Judge John Markson has dismissed 29 tickets issued to participants in the Solidarity Sing Along, ruling the state's permitting requirements for Capitol gatherings unconstitutional. In one of two written rulings issued Wednesday, Markson said he agreed with defendant Michael W. Crute, who argued that the state's permit requirement "violates the First Amendment because it applies, on its face, to very small groups." >More
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