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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
 Campaign cash will be central to Mary Burke's gubernatorial candidacy against Scott Walker

One of the first questions put to Mary Burke in her first major interview after announcing her candidacy for governor was, not surprisingly, about money. "Would you have (decided to run) if you didn't have some degree of personal wealth?" asked Milwaukee television journalist Mike Gousha. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Madison Preppers get ready for disaster

Isthmus contributor Seth Jovaag reports on how Madison Preppers are getting ready for ITEOTWAWKI in the October 18 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the October 17 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Constitutionality of domestic partnership registry crux of case before Wisconsin Supreme Court

The protracted legal battle over the state's domestic partnership registry reaches the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Oct. 23 with justices scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of Appling v. Doyle. At issue is whether domestic partnerships create a legal status that is "substantially similar" to marriage and therefore violate the state's 2006 constitutional ban on gay marriage. >More
 Attorneys with cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court have contributed over $200,000 to justices since 2002

The Wisconsin Center of Investigative Journalism identified at least $210,750 in campaign contributions since 2002 to current state Supreme Court justices from attorneys with cases before the court. >More
 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
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