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Insurance and hospital lobbying up, union outlays down at Wisconsin Capitol in 2013

Special interest groups in Wisconsin spent less trying to sway state law and policy in the first half of 2013 than in comparable past periods. But it's still a whole lotta moolah. With a few stragglers left to file (reports were due July 31), the "Eye on Lobbying" database provided by the Government Accountability Board lists $17.1 million in lobbying outlays reported by more than 600 registered lobby groups. This paid for nearly 124,000 hours of lobbying. >More
 Joe Tarr discusses Monona Terrace's economic impact on WORT

Isthmus reporter Joe Tarr reports on questionable numbers in studies of Monona Terrace's economic impact in the August 2 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Wisconsin DNR removes Facebook page amid national outcry over SWAT-style takedown of fawn

Public relations flacks are notorious for trying to bury embarrassing news in Friday evening press releases, but that time of day turns out to be a favored time for squelching public feedback as well. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in the face of an online maelstrom of criticism over a SWAT-style raid on an animal shelter near Kenosha that ended with the killing of a fawn, shut down its Facebook page just as the weekend was starting. >More
 Wiggies one of two proposed homeless day shelter sites submitted to Dane County

Would Wiggies make a good homeless shelter? County Supv. David Wiganowsky thinks so. He was one of two people who submitted proposals for a permanent day shelter location. >More
 Yellow Jersey bicycle shop, a State Street mainstay, to move to Arlington

Yellow Jersey, one of the oldest merchants on State Street, will move it operations in September to Arlington, a small village 20 miles north of Madison. "We had a new opportunity to buy a really beautiful building," says CEO Andrew Muzi. "We're really excited." >More
 A bed & breakfast on every block: As Airbnb home rentals multiply, Madison regulators get antsy

Paul and Iho Sager's two-bedroom flat is situated just a few blocks from B.B. Clarke Beach and walking distance to Willy Street's eclectic stores and restaurants. They have hardwood floors and original woodwork, and their "Moroccan Room" is a dreamy screened-in porch with a colorful hammock and low-slung furniture covered in embroidered fabrics from their world travels. And even though the Sagers have a 10-month-old baby, Alexandrea, everything is in its place. >More
 The view from inside a 'real' Madison B&B

Last November, David Waugh and Bob Klebba opened Mendota Lake House (formerly the Collins House), a stately stone bed-and-breakfast on Gorham Street near James Madison Park. Rather than fight the trend, they have opted to list rooms on Airbnb as well as booking through their website. >More
 Sector 67 would find a permanent home in StartingBlock, a proposed Madison tech incubator

As a UW-Madison student, Chris Meyer says his "world ended at the Capitol." But since operating Sector67 out of a warehouse on Winnebago Street, he's learned what he was missing on the east side of the city. "It's opened my eyes up to what's here " the people, opportunities, the restaurants. It's fun to see and be a part of." >More
 The Farley Center's official dedication event focuses on sustainability

The Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, just outside of rapidly expanding Verona at 2299 Spring Rose Rd., has been operating since 2009. But now, with the legal transfer of the land and house from executive director Gene Farley to the center, the staff felt it was time for a formal dedication. A weekend of activities, Aug. 16-18, not only aims to educate dedicated activists but introduce newcomers to the center. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker's 2014 campaign contributions come mostly from outside Wisconsin

Among some true believers, Scott Walker is not just governor of Wisconsin. He is America's governor. Most of the money now pouring money into Walker's gubernatorial campaign comes from people who live in other states, newly released campaign finance filings show. Of the $3.5 million received by Walker in the first six months of this year, nearly $2 million came from out of state. >More
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