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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
 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
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