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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
 Commission will look beyond Madison Police Department for next chief

The Police and Fire Commission will do an open search for Madison's next police chief, meaning it will look both within the department and around the country for applicants. >More
 At 20, the Northside Planning Council promotes economic development, neighborhood ties

Leave it to the north side to throw a party for its own planning council. "There's tremendous pride and passion for the north side," says Paul Rusk, who represents District 12 on the County Board. Whatever the project is, he observes, once the word gets out, north-siders are definitely going to "move the agenda." That get-up-and-go spirit is reflected in the Northside Planning Council, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year " and continues to play a unique role in the city. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justices scrutinize definition of a domestic partner

Lawyers representing opponents of the state's domestic partner registry have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule it violates the state's 2006 constitutional ban on gay marriage. But during oral arguments Wednesday in the case of Appling v. Doyle, attorney Austin R. Nimocks was put on the spot when several justices asked whether the statute could be made constitutional by reworking the language on who can enter into a domestic partnership. >More
 East Washington project loses Metcalfe's, looks to add more stories

Residents near the 800 block of East Washington Avenue could be in for a double whammy of disappointments for a proposed development at that site. Not only has their dream grocery store dropped out of the proposal, but now the developer is looking to add an additional three stories to the project. >More
 Sen. Baldwin is confident Congress can avert another government shutdown

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) says she is confident that Congress will be able to hash out a long-term budget deal in time to prevent another government shutdown and round of sequestration cuts from straining university research. >More
 Federally funded ACA health-care navigators face additional hurdles in Wisconsin

Three weeks after the launch of federal health care exchanges, just one of the six organizations selected to receive a total of $1 million in federal funds to help Wisconsinites enroll is up and running. J.P. Wieske, spokesman for the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, blamed the delay on the federal government. >More
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