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Release of Rindfleisch emails could bring more national media scrutiny to Scott Walker

Since making the publicity rounds last fall for his book about the Wisconsin Capitol protests, when he was pressed on his presidential aspirations on Morning Joe, CNN and PBS NewsHour, Gov. Scott Walker is now on the radar of national media outlets. >More
 Mary Burke assures Dane County Democrats she has 'a game plan to win' the Wisconsin governor's race

On Wednesday, Mary Burke made her first appearance before the Democratic Party of Dane County as a candidate for governor, projecting confidence. "I would not get into this race if I did not have a game plan to win," Burke said. After sparring with Gov. Scott Walker over how to spend Wisconsin's projected budget surplus, Burke kept up the pressure on Wednesday. >More
 New Leaders Council nurtures upcoming progressive activists in Madison

Mark Greene doesn't like the fact that "politics" is so often a dirty word. "Politics are not an attractive thing and there's a reason for that," Greene says. "From an outsider's perspective, it seems that our political process discourages people from getting involved in the system " especially the emphasis on fundraising. Access to money trumps ideas and, in the process, drowns out the voices of voters and would-be candidates." >More
 Madison maintains its parks with the help of extraordinary volunteers

Underneath the layers of snow lie dormant the roots and seeds of plants native and alien, desirable and noxious, waiting to emerge this spring. In preparation for the thaw, the Friends of Hoyt Park have used the winter to raise funds and prepare prairie seeds, waiting for the real work to begin. They are just one of over a half dozen groups of citizen volunteers across the city taking a stake in the natural areas closest to them. >More
 Efforts to repeal same-sex marriage ban could benefit Wisconsin's Democratic candidates

With the November elections eight months away, marriage-equality advocates in Wisconsin are launching parallel efforts aimed at toppling the state's eight-year-old constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed a federal lawsui Feb. 3 challenging the amendment. And two Democratic lawmakers from Milwaukee are seeking a legislative remedy. >More
 City committee approves buffer zone for Madison health clinics

When Wendi Kent got pregnant at age 13, she turned to Planned Parenthood for prenatal care. But after a few months, she scraped together some money to go to another clinic so she could avoid the harassment she faced outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas, where she lived at the time. "I was harassed all three or four times that I went there for prenatal care,” says Kent. >More
 First round of 2014 Wisconsin campaign finance reports highlight gubernatorial race, new lobbying leader

Disclosure reports for Wisconsin campaign finance and lobby activity, due Jan. 31, contain a wealth of information, only a smidgen of which has garnered media attention. Here are some highlights. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How to reform redistricting in Wisconsin

Isthmus production artist David Michael Miller reported on the effort to reform Wisconsin's legislative redistricting system in the February 7 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the January 30 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Democratic lawmakers to circulate bill to repeal Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban (updated)

State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa and Sen. Tim Carpenter, both Democrats, will start circulating a bill this week that seeks to repeal Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage. >More
 Slaying the Gerrymander: Here's a solution to Wisconsin's rigged legislative districts

Winning the governorship plus majorities in both houses in 2010, Republicans seized the golden opportunity to dominate the decennial process of redistricting the state as never before. >More
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