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Wisconsin Republicans drag their feet on climate change

The Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans made national news recently for taking an audacious stand: In a statement bashing President Barack Obama's "nanny-state" climate-change initiatives, the state campus group argued that this is an issue the GOP should address. >More
 Sexual orientation and gender identity now included in Madison's affirmative action ordinance

Any vendors that contract with the city of Madison must now agree they will not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Common Council unanimously approved an amendment Sept. 3 to the Madison General Ordinances to require the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the city's Affirmative Action Ordinance. >More
 'Unintimidated' Solidarity Sing Along makes title of Scott Walker's forthcoming book its own

The battle for Wisconsin is the centerpiece of two books set to be published this fall. One, by Gov. Scott Walker, will offer his perspective on the Capitol protests and recall election. The other will tell the story of the Solidarity Sing Along as experienced by its participants. Both are titled Unintimidated, and that's not a coincidence. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Madison Teachers Inc. after Act 10

Isthmus contributor Catherine Capellaro reports on how Madison Teachers Inc. is faring in the post-Act 10 era in the September 6 issue and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the September 5 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin school districts paying $25 million for controversial Common Core standards

Wisconsin's new Common Core standards for math and English cost the state very little to implement because individual districts are footing the bill, which likely will come to about $25 million. >More
 Wisconsin lawmakers, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank debate contentious issue of university funding

State lawmakers and University of Wisconsin System administrators came together Thursday at an event meant to repair strained relationships following last April's discovery of the system's $650 million in reserves. The administrators and lawmakers speaking at the event -- optimistically named "Finding Common Ground" -- largely agreed that more communication and financial transparency is needed between the UW System and the Capitol. >More
 Soglin's 2014 capital budget includes $600,000 to remodel city offices

Did Mayor Paul Soglin sneak $300,000 into next year's capital budget for a fancy upgrade to his office? That rumor made its way to Isthmus this week, prompting speculation that Hizzoner was preparing to deck out his office with plush carpeting, a gold-plated desk, a full bar and hot-tub. Not quite. >More
 Urban League of Greater Madison is a no-show at local March on Washington commemoration

It was posed as a question but meant to challenge. "As the most active civil rights organization in our region, I am curious to know why we are playing no role in this event when [former executive director of the National Urban League] Whitney Young Jr. was one of the six organizers of the March on Washington, and wrote Lyndon B. Johnson's social programs," Kaleem Caire, CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, wrote in an email. >More
 Can anyone talk faster than Ron Johnson?

If this Senate thing doesn't work out, Ron Johnson has a future as an auctioneer. In two recent appearances in Madison, the Republican U.S. senator delivered a rapid-fire PowerPoint recitation on what he sees as the dire fiscal state of the nation -- no notes, rarely a pause for breath. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol arrest videos could be key evidence in final charging decision of Damon Terrell

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has until Sept. 12 to determine the charges against Damon P. Terrell, whose violent arrest by Capitol police on Aug. 26 was videotaped by numerous observers and protesters. Among the charges recommended by the Department of Administration were felony battery to a police officer and resisting arrest, but Ozanne said at an initial appearance Aug. 29 that more time was needed to determine the appropriate charges. >More
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