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UW System blasted for selecting WiscNet to once again provide campus Internet service

Two years ago, the state Legislature moved to sever the University of Wisconsin's ties to a provider of Internet service. Now some lawmakers are outraged that the UW System has picked this same provider to continue serving its campuses. >More
 Checking in with state Rep. Melissa Sargent during the Wisconsin Assembly's 2013-15 budget session

With Republicans controlling both houses of the Wisconsin state legislature, as well as the governor's office, it can be dispiriting to be a Democrat working at the Capitol during the current budget session. What's it like to be a first-term representative within the minority party, trying to learn the process let alone figure out what role to play? >More
 Erik Gunn discusses Wisconsin's rejection of Medicaid funds on WORT

Isthmus contributor Erik Gunn reports on the potential consequences of Wisconsin rejecting Medicaid funds in the June 13 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Women lawmakers share stories about rape, difficult pregnancies in Wisconsin ultrasound bill debate

This was no ordinary debate in the Wisconsin Legislature. Rep. Mandy Wright (D-Wausau) shared publicly for the first time that she had been raped when she was 8. Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) talked in public for the first time about the anguish she felt when told 17 years ago that one of the twins she was carrying had died in utero and that she had to make a choice to "save the life" of her other son. >More
 Live reports from Wisconsin Assembly floor during debate over abortion bills

The Wisconsin Assembly passed three bills Thursday on party line votes that restrict abortion rights in Wisconsin. Some of this frequently-emotional debate was captured on Twitter and collected here using Storify. >More
 Small group rallies in opposition to trans-vaginal ultrasound bill at Wisconsin Capitol

For Talia Frolkis, a young pro-choice activist, the Wisconsin Senate bill that would require abortion providers to perform trans-vaginal ultrasounds before the procedure is intensely personal. She says she was compelled to act after reading that the bill would be debated and voted on by the Assembly Thursday. >More
 Catch-all budget motions are a controversial Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee tradition

Around the Capitol it's sometimes called the Christmas Tree amendment. The omnibus motion that wraps up Joint Finance Committee action on the state's proposed biennial budget gets its nickname because it often delivers presents (a.k.a. "pork") to lawmakers' districts or takes up wish-list items, even if non-fiscal in nature. >More
 Mark Pocan on taping The Colbert Report

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) took no chances when prepping for his interview with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. "We watched 15 other members' interviews," says Pocan, who appeared June 3 on The Colbert Report's "Better Know a District" segment. >More
 The cost of rejecting Medicaid funds for Wisconsin

Last week, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on party lines to reject federal money to expand health insurance for the poor. As a result Wisconsin lawmakers saddled the state with a bigger price tag in return for less health coverage. >More
 Wisconsin lawmakers consider bill to boost local prosecution of marijuana possession cases

The Wisconsin Senate's Committee on Economic Development and Local Government heard feedback from interest groups and residents Wednesday morning over a bill (SB 150) that would strengthen local and county governments' grounds for prosecuting individuals who possess natural and non-prescribed synthetic marijuana. >More
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