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Wisconsin law limits access to abortions, increases risk for women

The two pregnancy tests she took early last year had come up negative, but this time a faint plus sign surfaced in the plastic window. Samantha, 21, knew immediately what she wanted to do. Within five minutes, she said, she called Affiliated Medical Services, a clinic in Milwaukee that provides abortion services. >More
 Heated testimony heard from both sides at public hearing on Wisconsin mining bill

Shirl LaBarre looked exasperated and upset on Wednesday when she sat down to testify at the joint public hearing on the mining bill backed by Republicans that was reintroduced January 18. LaBarre and her friend, Jim Miller, drove from Sawyer County on Tuesday night to testify in favor of the bill, which is not to be confused with an alternative version offered by Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville). >More
 The Wisconsin Legislature is now in control of credentialing Capitol journalists

At the height of the collective bargaining protests, when nearly all the doors at the Capitol were locked and guarded by police officers from every corner of the state, Dick Wheeler -- the unquestioned leader of the Wisconsin Capitol press corps -- ensured that members of the media were not denied access to the building. >More
 Mayor Soglin lays out his vision for Madison's 'new frontier' in 2013 State of the City address

Nearly two years into his third term as mayor, Paul Soglin outlined a path for Madison to regain its status as an economically "special" city in his State of the City address to the Rotary Club of Madison Wednesday. The mayor spent most of his 40-minute speech talking about the ways the city could return to the days when the unemployment rate was as low as 1.9%. >More
 Lobbyists work behind closed doors to help interest groups secure lucrative Wisconsin contracts

In Wisconsin, any paid representative of an interest group who spends more than a nominal amount of time trying to influence state law or policy must register with the state Government Accountability Board and submit twice-yearly accountings of lobbying activity. But if a person works to help an interest group secure a state government contract, even one worth tens of millions of dollars, there is no registration or reporting requirement. >More
 Views from the 'Wisconsin Guns Across America' rally on the Capitol Square (slideshow)

Hundreds of gun rights advocates rallied at the Wisconsin Capitol at noon Saturday, carrying homemade signs and guns in opposition of recent calls for tighter gun restrictions. >More
 Donations help Madison-area veterans group AT EASE get to march in Obama inaugural parade

How do you prepare for an once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Liz and Bill O'Donnell, two armed service veterans from Columbus who are marching in Monday's 57th presidential inauguration parade, are bringing a cooler full of cheese. "For our relatives out east," Liz O'Donnell says. >More
 Madison CDBG committee rejects funding for Care Net affordable housing project

After grilling representatives of Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County for close to two hours, a city panel voted against funding the group's proposed affordable housing project. The motion before the Community Development Block Grant committee failed by 5-2. >More
 Drunken driving bills stall in Wisconsin due to the 'dollar factor'

Mark Grapentine is a seasoned observer of state politics. He was an aide to then-state Rep. Scott Walker and a policy adviser to then-Gov. Tommy Thompson. For the past decade, he's been a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Medical Society. In this capacity, he's pushed for tougher state drunken driving laws -- and noticed that, despite an absence of pushback, these laws have stayed mostly the same. >More
 New Domestic Abuse Intervention Service women's shelter to be in public setting

It's hard to imagine a more high-profile location for the new Domestic Abuse Intervention Services shelter than the former Sears Home Central Service building, across from Webcrafters on Fordem Avenue. Shannon Barry, executive director of the group, say that's exactly why the site was chosen. It's on a bus line, and it's central to other resources clients often use, like the Job Center, Access Community Health and the Rainbow Project. But most importantly, Barry says, a highly secure public location is actually safer. >More
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