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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
 Bus depot, land bridge to Lake Monona among ideas for Madison's south isthmus

Kenton Peters admits that he's been a bit of "a pest." The esteemed Madison architect has been following the process for the South Capitol Transit Oriented Development Study and decided to push a proposal he first made two decades ago, to replace a section of John Nolen Drive east of Monona Terrace with a grand park and esplanade connecting the public to Lake Monona. >More
 Madison police are prepared to ticket unlicensed Lyft and Uber drivers

Madison police say they are ready to issue tickets to drivers who work for such unlicensed rideshare app services as Lyft and Uber. "I urge that all drivers stop activities to avoid the citations which run close to $700 apiece for the violation," Madison Police Department Captain Carl Gloede said at the end of a public hearing Wednesday night before the city's Transit and Parking Commission. >More
 Liberals could pick up six seats in 2014 Dane County Board races

Wars of words have begun in the seven competitive races for the Dane County Board of Supervisors, as candidates set themselves apart from their opponents in the lead-up to Election Day on April 1. >More
 Gun background check bills languish in the Wisconsin legislature

Here's a safe prediction: Among the many things the Wisconsin Legislature won't get around to doing in the session that ends in early April is making it harder for people who aren't supposed to have firearms obtain them. >More
 Taxi industry mobilizes as Lyft and Uber ride apps launch in Madison

Local educator and entrepreneur Erin McWalter is working on her second startup, a project whose goal is to create "resilient communities by facilitating interactive and diverse public spaces." She speaks of "forward momentum advocates" and an "ecosystem of innovation." And it is in this context of change that she welcomes the recent arrival to Madison of two app-based ride services, Lyft and Uber. >More
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