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Mobile app rideshare company Lyft eyes Madison amidst regulatory hurdles

A mobile app rideshare company might be setting its sights on Madison. Lyft recently put up ads on Facebook and other social media looking for drivers in the Madison area. >More
 John Schulze out as Wisconsin DOT legal chief following release of offensive John Doe email

John Schulze, the chief legal counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation since last spring, is no longer with the department, an agency spokesperson has confirmed. Schulze's departure follows the release last week of an offensive email he sent in 2010 to a secret email system in Gov. Scott Walker's former Milwaukee County office. >More
 Bill to expand mental health programs for criminal defendants in Wisconsin hits snag

In the Wisconsin Legislature, as in life, sometimes the greatest power lies with whoever is in a position to say no. For a bill to expand treatment and diversion programs to criminal defendants with mental illness, that whoever may be Glenn Grothman. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The Open Source Seed Initiative and patents in agriculture

Isthmus contributor Mary Sussman reported on the open-source seed movement at UW-Madison in the February 21 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the February 20 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Foul language among Walker's inner circle pervades John Doe emails

Lots of dirty deeds appear in the secret emails Scott Walker's closest associates exchanged during his run for governor in 2010. They range from lampooning lieutenant governor candidate Rebecca Kleefisch to evading news media. The tone is often sharp and the language crude. Here are four of the more colorful terms that appear often in Walker's aides' conversations about the campaign over the course of 2010. >More
 Women's groups dismayed by Scott Walker email about firing a female doctor who modeled thongs (updated)

Jews, people of color, gays, the mentally ill and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch all had reason to take offense at documents released Wednesday in relation to a John Doe investigation. >More
 RNC defends Reince Priebus' disclosure of 2010 primary opponent's campaign strategy to Scott Walker

A Republican National Committee spokesperson is defending a 2010 email sent by former Republican Party of Wisconsin chair Reince Priebus to Scott Walker, in which he tipped off the then gubernatorial candidate on his primary opponent's confidential campaign strategy. Deputy Press Secretary Ryan Mahoney says Priebus' support of Walker was "allowed," since the state party was already backing him against opponent Mark Neumann. >More
 John Doe emails reveal depth of scorn for Rebecca Kleefisch in Scott Walker's camp

There's plenty of dirty laundry about Gov. Scott Walker's inner circle in unsealed documents related to a John Doe investigation. Emails from ex-Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch are being scoured for details about the secret email system set up in Walker's office when he was Milwaukee's county executive, allowing staff to work on his 2010 campaign for governor on county time. But there are other embarrassing details, including scornful comments about Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. >More
 Redistricting issue isn't going away in Wisconsin

ew legislative causes have drawn as much interest and as little traction as redistricting -- the drawing of new voter boundaries after each 10-year census.The Republicans who control the state Legislature have rebuffed pressure to hold hearings on bills, AB 185 and SB 163, to shift responsibility for this task from politicians to the Legislative Reference Bureau, a nonpartisan state service agency. >More
 John Doe emails show Republican chair Reince Priebus tipped off Scott Walker about 2010 primary opponent's strategy

It looks like Reince Priebus might have played favorites during the 2010 GOP primary for governor when he was chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In a July 1, 2010 email, released Wednesday among thousands of documents related to the John Doe probe of Scott Walker's former aides, Priebus tips off Walker -- then Milwaukee County executive and a candidate for governor -- to his primary opponent's planned line of attack. >More
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