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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
 Dane County judge calls for cost-benefit analysis of prosecuting Wisconsin Capitol protesters

For a year and a half, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has been prosecuting individuals cited for protesting at the Capitol. With protesters demanding jury trials instead of paying their tickets, it looked like the process would take a toll on the DOJ, not to mention taxpayers. >More
 Wisconsin Department of Administration overlooks past, hires Accenture for STAR Project

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has drawn flak lately over his refusal to grant pardons. But, it turns out, his administration does believe in second chances. Walker's Department of Administration has signed a $58.6 million contract with Accenture to implement a massive state information technology project called STAR. >More
 Judge Doyle Square panel green-lights JDS proposal for new downtown Madison hotel

Madison is one step closer to hosting a second convention center hotel. A city committee voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with the plan proposed by JDS Development to develop the two blocks next to Monona Terrace. >More
 Sex offender at Sand Ridge Treatment Center awaits second chance

Dianne Hendrickson misses her son, Eric, who at age 39 has been locked up for more than half his life. He finished his criminal sentence and was committed to the state as a sexually violent person in 2002. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Mayor Paul Soglin and Judge Doyle Square

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the status of Judge Doyle Square and Mayor Paul Soglin's position on it in the January 31 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the January 30 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 ACLU federal lawsuit says Wisconsin's gay marriage ban violates U.S. Constitution (updated)

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Monday morning challenging Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Four couples are plaintiffs in the suit. The complaint charges that the ban violates the due process clause and equal protection clause of the United States Constitution by preventing same-sex couples from marrying in the state and by preventing the recognition of same-sex marriages entered into in other states. >More
 Inside the walls of Sand Ridge Treatment Center: 'We have a huge challenge here'

From the outside, Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center looks like a maximum security prison. Razor wire tops a double fence; the inner layer is electrified. The facility, about a mile from residential neighborhoods, is surrounded by fields, forests and an industrial park. >More
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