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Hunting critics want a say in Wisconsin's wildlife management

Patty Lowry had never been to a meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress before attending the group's spring hearing last week at Sun Prairie High School. But her interest in the group has grown since she learned it was behind the recently passed state law allowing trapping and expanded hunting in state parks. >More
 Dane County Democrats take back seat in 2013 legislative session

It's a given that lawmakers in the minority party are frozen out of leadership positions on legislative committees, powerful or otherwise. It's the chairperson, after all, who holds the power to advance or kill legislation. So it's no surprise that Democrats, who have been the minority party in both the state Senate and state Assembly since 2010, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker also took office, chair no committees. >More
 Lobbying expenditures dropped in Wisconsin politics for 2011-12

During the past two years, money has played an unprecedented role in Wisconsin politics. It seemed certain that Wisconsin would set a new record for lobbying outlays -- money spent trying to influence state law or policy. >More
 Madison Common Council bids farewell to 2013's outgoing members

By all accounts, serving on the Madison Common Council is a thankless job. The two-year terms involve long hours at meetings that sometimes last all night. Alders regularly field calls from angry and upset residents and have to make agonizing decisions over city funding. And many of their constituents probably don't even know their names or bother to vote for them. >More
 City committee votes to move Rhythm & Booms fireworks launch from wetlands to parking lot

The city of Madison's Committee on the Environment amended this year's contract with the organizers of Rhythm & Booms to move the fireworks display out of the Warner Park wetlands and into the parking lot. The pleas of the local advocacy group Wild Warner on behalf of the wildlife of Warner Park, complete with bird calls and bagged displays of firework debris, prevailed on the committee Monday to take measures to protect the wetlands. >More
 Wisconsin Business Alliance prepares to lobby lawmakers on public education, broadband access, green energy

Lower taxes and less government red tape often top the wish lists for business groups. But the newly formed Wisconsin Business Alliance has different priorities. Keeping public education strong is one of them. "Our education system actually affects our ability to hire the best folks," says John Besmer, creative director and co-owner of Planet Propaganda, a design and advertising firm. >More
 Proposed changes for Madison Metro bus routes get a public hearing

Madison Metro Transit planning and scheduling manager Colin Conn said Wednesday night's public hearing on proposed changes to city bus routes went "swimmingly well" after 23 citizens appeared to offer feedback to the city's Transit and Parking Commission. The proposed changes would affect 23 routes. >More
 Bills to keep an eye on in the Wisconsin Legislature's 2013-14 session

Anybody with Internet access can do it. Just go to the Wisconsin State Legislature's website and click the "Current Session" option on the "Legislation" tab at left. This will lead you to lists of bills introduced in the current session, which runs through 2014. >More
 A place called Occupy Madison: The homeless community plans its radical next step

When Caleb Pickle fled trouble at home in the spring of 2012, he wound up a stranger on the streets of Madison. Then he heard about a place called Occupy Madison. It was a group of people camping out, pooling resources. Pickle was skeptical at first -- he worried the group might be unstructured or unruly -- but gave it a chance. >More
 City committee recommends Gebhardt/Metcalfe's proposal for 800 block of East Washington

A city committee charged with vetting development proposals for the 800 block of East Washington Avenue chose the Gebhardt/Metcalfe's plan at a Tuesday meeting. The proposal had been recommended by city staff last week and also has the support of the adjacent neighborhood association. >More
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