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Russ Feingold's Progressives United counters corporate influence in politics

In politics, as in comedy, timing is key, even if it's accidental. The same week in February 2011 that Russ Feingold announced the formation of the advocacy group Progressives United to "stand up to the exploding corporate influence in our political system," events in Wisconsin gave him something to advocate about. >More
 An anti-abortion strategy shift in Wisconsin

During the rushed 10 days of deliberation over Senate Bill 206 last month, almost all of the discussion " and controversy " focused on the provision requiring that women have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. In fact, that is the only directive Gov. Scott Walker identified in his July 5 news release announcing he had signed the bill: "Senate Bill 206 " relates to requirements to perform abortions, requiring an ultrasound before informed consent for an abortion, and providing a penalty." >More
 UW collaborations under scrutiny

In vetoing a last-minute budget provision to boot the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism off the UW-Madison campus, Gov. Scott Walker didn't pan the effort as much as its narrow scope. "I am vetoing this section because it targets a single organization," he wrote in his 29-page veto message. "The use of taxpayer-supported facilities by private or quasi-public organizations, as well as use of staff time in support of these organizations, is an issue of concern." >More
 Gogebic Taconite vows that masked guards will stay at northern Wisconsin mining site, despite outcry

Despite harsh criticism from two northern legislators and an outcry from anti-mining activists, a spokesman for Gogebic Taconite said Tuesday that armed, paramilitary-style guards will continue to patrol the site deep in the Penokee Range where the company wants to build a large open pit iron mine. >More
 Madison Plan Commission approves controversial Monroe Street development

After many years of deliberations, the Common Council last year passed a new zoning code in an attempt to create a more efficient process for approving new developments. But critics say it has also made it more challenging for residents to have a say in new developments proposed in their neighborhood. >More
 Federal judge puts temporary hold on Wisconsin abortion law requiring admitting privileges

A federal judge has temporarily barred implementation of a Wisconsin law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley issued a temporary restraining order early Monday evening after an afternoon hearing in the federal courthouse in Madison. >More
 Judith Davidoff discusses immigrant Alex Timofeev on WORT

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reports on the pending deportation of Russian immigrant Alex Timofeev in the July 3 issue and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Proposed bar restrictions in downtown Madison could strip resale value of businesses

The time may come when you will no longer see a new tavern, nightclub or cocktail lounge open on State Street. This is one possible outcome if a set of recommendations to revise Madison's Alcohol License Density Ordinance, released by city staff in June, are approved by the Common Council. >More
 Students challenge NSA recruiters on University of Wisconsin-Madison campus

Two representatives of the National Security Agency found themselves the object of surveillance when they conducted a recruiting session at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, July 2. Madiha R. Tahir, an independent journalist and graduate student attending the South Asia Summer Language Institute on campus, reported on her personal blog, The Mob and the Multitude, about attending the presentation, where she questioned the recruiters about their pitches and the recent furor over the agency's sweeping surveillance net in the United States and around the world. >More
 Red Caboose, committed to accessible child care, raises funds with 5K

On July 13, the Red Caboose daycare center is holding its third annual 5k run, Move Your Caboose, in order to raise funds for its scholarship program. The center, a landmark on Williamson Street, is also celebrating 41 years of business with an ice cream social at Marquette Elementary School after the run. >More
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