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Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to favor attorney donors

In January 2009, Milwaukee-area attorney Mark Thomsen donated $5,000 to a Wisconsin official's political campaign. Thomsen soon sent an additional $500 just eight days before the official cast a key vote on an insurance issue that greatly affected him and his clients. The public official's vote was not in the state Assembly or the state Senate. It was in the state's highest court. >More
 Madison Common Council proposes adding $631,258 to the mayor's 2014 operating budget

The Madison Common Council's amendments to Mayor Paul Soglin's 2014 operating budget proposal will push the city about $291,000 over the state mandated levy limit. However, Ald. Scott Resnick says many of those are likely to be duplicates and the council should be able to winnow the budget down to the appropriate limit. >More
 "I did not want this to be the Solidarity Arrest Along"

It's been an emotional time for Michael Kissick since he signed a settlement with the Department of Administration over Capitol access. "I've been under a lot of stress because there are some people in the sing-along who think I shouldn't have made any bargain," says Kissick, an assistant professor at UW-Madison. >More
 New Dane County jail would serve mentally ill inmates

Linda Ketcham is afraid that if we build it, the prisoners will come. The executive director of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry fears that a new Dane County jail " expected to cost as much as $120 million " would inevitably lead the county to lock up more people. >More
 Playing politics in Wisconsin with property tax relief?

Providing property tax "relief" seems to be the go-to crowd-pleaser for Wisconsin governors on both sides of the aisle. Among those who recently went this route is former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, who proposed $700 million in increased school aid and $150 million in levy credits to effectively freeze property taxes in advance of his 2006 reelection bid. >More
 Plan Commission recommends legalizing -- and regulating -- tourist room sharing in Madison

The city's Plan Commission has recommended legalizing and regulating tourist rooming houses in Madison. The recommendation to add tourist rooming houses -- like those advertised on and other room-sharing websites -- to the Madison zoning code passed narrowly by a vote of 4-3. >More
 Madison Police and Fire Commission urged to review deadly force policy and to look outside department for new chief

Nathan and Amelia Royko Maurer have, by their own admission, hounded the Madison Police Department in the 11 months since Officer Stephen Heimsness shot and killed their friend and roommate Paul Heenan on Nov. 9, 2012. Yet at a public input session on Monday about the topic of a new police chief, the couple was conspicuously silent. >More
 Wisconsin poised to allow wolf hunting with dogs amidst increase in depredations

Patricia McConnell, an expert on animal behavior, is not against hunting and even raises lamb for food. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison zoologist and author is appalled by what she regards as blatant cruelty to animals sanctioned and abetted by the state. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Willy Street Co-op considers a third location

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reports on the Willy Street Co-ops's planning for a third location in the October 11 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 10 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Dane County's low-income families to lose Foodshare nutrition benefits if government shutdown continues

Low-income families in Dane County could soon feel the effect of the ongoing federal government shutdown in a very real way. About 53,000 local residents will lose their food stamp benefits if the shutdown continues past Nov. 2, says Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. >More
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