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Building rehab tax breaks could prove costly to Wisconsin

Areas of broad agreement in the Wisconsin Legislature are hard to find. One exception: a bill to expand state tax credits for restoring old buildings. No one spoke or registered against the legislation at public hearings. More than a dozen lobby groups representing Realtors to labor unions gave it thumbs up; none was opposed. It passed on votes of 88-4 in the Assembly and 31-2 in the Senate. >More
 Mary Burke woos Wisconsin progressives

Ron Biendseil first threw gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke a softball: "When are you coming out with your book?" he asked, alluding to Gov. Scott Walker's recent Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge. "Believe it or not I'm focused on the people of Wisconsin," Burke told the approximately 30 members of the Middleton Action Team, who gathered Nov. 20 for a midday meeting at Sofra Family Bistro in downtown Middleton. >More
 Got controversy? Dane County Board wades into raw milk dispute

Since state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced a bill this summer to legalize the limited sale of raw milk in Wisconsin, no local government has registered a position on the controversial issue, according to Government Accountability Board records. But the Dane County Board of Supervisors is considering taking a stance. >More
 New DAIS shelter a safe place for pets

Candy and JJ can't tell us what happened at their town of Bristol house on Sept. 16. According to news reports, animal control officers removed the cat and dog from their home after Kevin Herskind shot and killed his wife, Julie, their German shepherd, and then himself. I learned about the incident when I saw the sweet-looking animals on Facebook. >More
 Protesters file some 15,000 complaints against Capitol police over Solidarity Sing Along arrests

Capitol protesters are no longer just contesting the tickets they've received for participating in the Solidarity Sing Along. They're filing their own complaints against the Capitol Police officers who wrote the tickets. On Tuesday, Bob Syring and Jerry McDonough filed some 15,000 complaints with the Capitol Police, alleging officers engaged in harassment and other misconduct in issuing about 250 citations to protesters between July 24, 2013, and Sept. 6. >More
 Legislative contacts indicate Wisconsinites want action changing redistricting process

Recently the Wisconsin State Journal asked Dennis Dresang, political science professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about state Republicans' push to bar local governments from regulating everything from the sale of large sugary drinks to the use of explosives by sand mining companies. >More
 Former DA Hal Harlowe recalls Dane County trial of serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin

Serial murderer Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled for execution Wednesday in Missouri for the 1977 killing of a man outside a St. Louis synagogue. Among Franklin's other victims were Madison residents Alphonce Manning Jr., a black man, and Toni Schwenn, a white woman, who were shot to death a month later in the parking lot of East Towne Mall. >More
 Convention center researcher Heywood Sanders warns against building new Monona Terrace hotel

Heywood Sanders admits that, "most people don't listen to me." The professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio has been documenting how cities around the country have been investing in convention centers and convention center hotels, with little to show for it. He gave a series of talks on the trend as Madison prepares to invest up to $80 million in its own convention center hotel to support Monona Terrace as part of the Judge Doyle Square project. >More
 BadgerCare uncertainty continues

Come Jan. 1 some 92,000 low-income Wisconsin residents stand to lose their BadgerCare Plus health insurance or, if they continue to qualify for the program, start paying a premium. >More
 Proposed East Wilson Street high-rise apartment draws ire of neighboring condo owners

The First Settlement Neighborhood meeting on the proposed mixed-use high-rise at 149 E. Wilson St. Tuesday was billed as an opportunity for the developers to hear from nearby residents. And developer Lance McGrath of McGrath Property Group and Paul Cuta of Cas4 Architecture got an earful about their proposal. >More
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