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Gumbogate resolved: New Orleans Take Out reinstates Ald. Marsha Rummel

Isthmus reported Thursday that John Roussos had barred Rummel from eating at New Orleans Take Out on Fordem Avenue because she voted for the plan to add bike lanes to North Sherman Avenue and turn it from a four-lane street to two-lane road. But Roussos soon had a change of heart and apologized to Rummel later that day in an email. >More
 Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson defends Wisconsin Supreme Court's role to Joint Finance Committee

During Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's budget testimony before the Joint Finance Committee, some Republican lawmakers took the opportunity to ask politically motivated questions that strayed from the subject at hand. >More
 University of Wisconsin Police captain charged with disorderly conduct

A University of Wisconsin Police Department captain has been charged with disorderly conduct for disturbing a woman he did not know by using a law enforcement database to track her down and leave a Valentine's Day card on her car. >More
 The powerful Pat Roggensack

One of the ugliest incidents in the 160-year history of the Wisconsin Supreme Court occurred on June 13, 2011, with an extraordinary physical altercation between two of its members. As Justice Ann Walsh Bradley would later tell investigators, Justice David Prosser put his hands around her neck, "full circle skin-to-skin...holding my neck as though he were going to choke me." >More
 More Wisconsin Capitol protest tickets dismissed but state prosecutors forge on

Brandon Barwick has been ticketed 22 times for demonstrating at the state Capitol without an appropriate permit and once for disorderly conduct. An active participant in the noontime Solidarity Sing-Along gatherings, he has refused to pay the fines. In fact, he and many of the other activists ticketed at the Capitol have demanded jury trials. >More
 Ald. Marsha Rummel banned by New Orleans Take Out for supporting Sherman Avenue bike lanes

Elected officials make a lot of sacrifices in serving the public, but Ald. Marsha Rummel could not have predicted it would come to this. "Do not return to New Orleans Take-Out," owner John Roussos emailed Rummel on March 9. "You will be told to leave. If you do not comply the MPD will be called." >More
 Occupy Madison homeless community sticks together, despite threat of city fines

For Keith Valiquette, the attraction of the Occupy Madison encampment isn't complicated. "We want to be a community," Valiquette says. "We all generally like each other. This dividing up of men and women between the shelters breaks up families." >More
 Former GOP campaign staffer Kyle Wood pleads not guilty to obstruction charge

With his self-inflicted facial wounds apparently healed, former GOP campaign staffer Kyle Wood pled not guilty in Dane County Court Thursday to charges he obstructed police by faking an attack at his Madison home. Wearing a light blue hoodie over a green dress shirt and tie, Wood appeared without an attorney. >More
 Wisconsin Senate bill would end revolving door of lawmaker-to-lobbyist

Until recently, Jeff Fitzgerald held one of the most powerful positions in Wisconsin government, as speaker of the state Assembly. He didn't seek reelection last year because he ran for U.S. Senate, coming in fourth among four Republican primary contenders. His tenure as a legislator officially ended on Jan. 7. Two days later, on Jan. 9, the state Government Accountability Board issued Fitzgerald a license to lobby. >More
 Trapping in Wisconsin state parks: Can it be done without hurting people and pets?

Carolyn Schueppel was walking her dog in a privately owned conservation area near Lake Waubesa where dogs were commonly, but illegally, let off the leash. She let Handsome, her three-year-old Border collie mix, stretch his legs, and he raced out of sight. She found him just beyond the conservancy border in a Conibear trap that had been set to catch and kill raccoons. Terrified, Schueppel struggled with the trap but was unable to open it, and was forced to watch Handsome die. >More
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