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Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit against IRS draws intense interest

The Freedom From Religion Foundation gained 100 new members within 24 hours of announcing it was suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to enforce electioneering restrictions on tax-exempt churches, says co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor. The Madison-based group saw 69,000 hits to its website that same day -- a number that would likely have been higher had routine maintenance not interfered with access to the website, Gaylor adds. >More
 Global warming activists with 350 Madison Climate Action Team want to force change through UW divestment campaign

When William Minter was a graduate student at UW-Madison in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was active in a group pushing the university to sever connections with companies doing business in South Africa, then under Apartheid. Most activists at the time were focusing on the Vietnam War, and the divestment campaign seemed trifling in comparison. "People said, 'It's really not going to have a lot of impact," Minter remembers. "The fact is, at first it wasn't that great." >More
 Accusations fly about Wisconsin election law violations in 2012 races

A week before the Nov. 6 election, Americans for Prosperity tried to pump up support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The conservative advocacy group offered $1.84 per gallon gas to motorists in Rib Mountain, a town near Wausau, by paying the $1.70 per gallon difference. The line was so long that the Marathon County Sheriff's Department came out to control traffic. >More
 Law opening Wisconsin state parks to trapping and hunting sailed under the radar with minimal opposition

Their children have now left home, but Patty Lowry and her husband continue to spend a lot of time in the outdoors doing what they've always done: camping, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Almost always, they head to Wisconsin's state parks, including Governor Nelson State Park, which is near their Madison home. "We can't afford our own private cabin in the woods," says Lowry. >More
 Controversy over lighting the Southwest Commuter bike path is coming to a head

One September night, Ald. Mark Clear decided to conduct an experiment. He biked home on the Southwest Commuter Path, even though it was out of his way. He purposely had no bike light. It proved too dark a ride for him. "That convinced me both that lights were needed, and that the type of fixture that's being recommended is going to have minimal effect on the neighbors," he says. >More
 Vote tallies suggest redistricting boosted Wisconsin Republicans in 2012 races

In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, words like "fickle" and "schizophrenic" are being bandied about to describe the Wisconsin electorate. How else can anyone explain a group of voters who simultaneously picked Democrats Barack Obama for president and Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate while preserving a 5-3 Republican edge in its congressional delegation and giving the GOP a commanding majority in both houses of the state Legislature? >More
 Soglin won't veto Madison's 2013 budget, but blasts Overture on lack of financial disclosure

Saying it would be a "futile effort," Mayor Paul Soglin won't veto the 2013 budget, despite his unhappiness with the high level of spending and debt in the $267 million spending plan the Common Council approved on Wednesday evening. "Since there's a significant number of council members, enough to override a veto, I'm not going to put us through that," Soglin said at a news conference Friday morning. >More
 Walker to let federal government establish Wisconsin's health care insurance exchange

Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday morning that Wisconsin won't be developing its own insurance exchange and will leave that task up to the federal government. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- a.k.a. "Obamacare" -- mandates that states set up an insurance exchange or let the federal government do it for them. >More
 Madison Common Council approves 2013 operating budget, despite potential mayoral veto

The Madison Common Council approved a $267.1 million operating budget for 2013 last night, giving an additional $900,000 to the Overture Center. This came over protests from Mayor Paul Soglin, who could still veto the spending plan. The council also defeated a proposed 25-cent bus fare increase, while still providing some extra funding to Madison Metro. >More
 Freedom From Religion Foundation sues IRS for not enforcing electioneering restrictions on churches

On the heels of a presidential election in which hundreds of preachers publicly promised to flout Internal Revenue Service rules by endorsing candidates from the pulpit, the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against the IRS for failing to enforce electioneering restrictions against churches and religious organizations. >More
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