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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
 Sad lesson in the Legislature's attack on the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

The other day my boss, Andy Hall, responded to an email from the Simpson Street Free Press. This always readable, often impressive paper put out by young people in some of Madison's poorest neighborhoods had asked Hall about state lawmakers' surprise move against his group, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. >More
 Joe Tarr discusses the new Madison Central Library on WORT

Isthmus reporter Joe Tarr reports on the renovation and updated programming plans for the new Madison Central Library in the June 6 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Renovated Madison Central Library will have expanded mission

For Trent Miller, the tricky part is coming up with a catchy name. Miller, who is program coordinator at the Madison Public Library, is about to have a world of possibilities open up. Madison's Central Library will reopen in September, and Miller and other library staff have grand plans to use the space in some nontraditional ways. >More
 One year after Gov. Walker's recall victory, Wisconsin GOP continues to push changes in election law

Recall elections "are not a privilege, but a right," said Orville Seymer of Citizens for Responsible Government. The public's fatigue from a round of recall elections during 2011 and 2012 has created enough animosity toward recalls, he added, making legislation unnecessary. "[Lawmakers] should make room and time for other issues," he said. >More
 UW-Madison officials say academic freedom at stake in GOP assault on Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (updated)

A last-minute budget amendment would prevent the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from operating out of an office on the UW-Madison campus. That would have implications far beyond just the center and the university's journalism school, says Greg Downey, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. >More
 Wisconsin Public Television swept into dust-up over Citizen Koch documentary

Carl Deal was thrilled to think his documentary on the role of corporate bigwigs in Wisconsin's crackdown on public employee unions would air on public television. "It was a really appropriate venue for how the money of a few can drown out the voices of the many," says Deal, co-director of Citizen Koch, a film that critically examines the profusion of corporate cash in the political process, with an accompanying website that encourages an activist response. >More
 ALRC expected to issue new recommendations for downtown Alcohol License Density Ordinance in June

"What is ALDO?" Mark Woulf, Madison's food and alcohol policy coordinator, asks members of the Madison Plan Commission at a meeting Monday night. "It's our Alcohol License Density Ordinance, which was adopted back in October 2007." Woulf's appearance before the Plan Commission was in preparation for the Common Council's upcoming review of the density ordinance. >More
 Simpson Street Free Press hosts Washington Post's David Maraniss

Despite the volatile nature of the journalism industry, Pulitzer Prize winner and Madison native David Maraniss believes the enduring aspects of the trade -- finding the truth through reporting and telling a story well -- remain as important as ever. >More
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