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Madison hoteliers urge caution on another Monona Terrace hotel at Judge Doyle Square

The committee overseeing proposals for the most expensive project Madison has ever contemplated got surprisingly little input at a public hearing on Monday night, with just a few dozen people showing up and even fewer expressing opinions. But the opinions they expressed were very much divided. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker's Unintimidated celebrates himself, puts down unions, makes mistakes

Gov. Scott Walker's new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, has been faulted for what it omits. Attention is also due to what it delivers: A vast portal into the mindset of Wisconsin's most controversial politician. >More
 Millions more for Monona Terrace

The way Mayor Paul Soglin sees it, the city's investment in Monona Terrace, which he spearheaded two decades ago, has paid off in all sorts of ways for Madison. But not all of them can be measured in dollars and cents. The investment, Soglin argues, caused a boom in downtown development and confirmed Madison as a happening place that people want to visit. >More
 Wisconsin legislation would impose additional requirements for asbestos lawsuits

In April, Renee Simpson told a state legislative committee about her father, who was diagnosed last fall with mesothelioma, a virulent form of cancer associated with asbestos. While he was too weak to travel, she said, he considered the legislation she had come to testify against "unconscionable." >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The Wisconsin Supreme Court and domestic partnerships

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reports on the domestic partnerships case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the November 1 issue and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 31 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 New Wisconsin landlord laws wipe out hard-fought victories for Madison renters

There are a lot of renters in Madison. One out of every two people, according to estimates from housing advocates and city officials. That's a higher rental rate than even Milwaukee, where fewer than 40% of residents are apartment dwellers, according to 2011 Census data. Over the last couple of decades, Madison and Dane County put in place a slew of protections to protect that large population of tenants. >More
 Constitutionality of Wisconsin's domestic partnerships probed

When the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to review the constitutionality of Obamacare, one of the key questions was whether the law could survive if parts of it were struck down. The legal concept at play is severability. A severable statute, as defined by the Legal Dictionary, is one that remains "self-sustaining" and "capable of separate enforcement" after an invalid portion of it has been tossed. >More
 Rebecca Blank comes "back home" to UW-Madison

Spend a few moments chatting with Rebecca Blank, UW-Madison's new chancellor, and you may wind up as dizzy and out of breath as you would be if you followed her around for a day. She talks fast and thinks faster, delivering rapid-fire, perfectly articulated responses while maintaining a cheerful demeanor and welcoming smile. >More
 Rep. Chris Taylor seeks changes to Wisconsin's "fetal protection" law

The case of a pregnant Wisconsin woman who was forced into a drug rehabilitation center under the state's "fetal protection" law is prompting state Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) to seek changes to the statute. "Now we have an example of how it's so broad," says Taylor. "I am looking at the statute, and it needs to be changed." >More
 Raging Grannies singer detained, handcuffed by Wisconsin Capitol police in case of mistaken identity

After singing with the Raging Grannies of Madison at a rally outside the state Capitol Thursday, Andrea Musher stopped by the office of Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton). Musher says when she left to use a nearby bathroom, six male Capitol Police officers and one female officer came into the bathroom, told her to put her hands behind her back, "slammed" her against the sink and handcuffed her. >More
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