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Occupy Madison about to buy Fordem Avenue building to house homeless

A volunteer-run group that has been providing services to Occupy Madison is on the verge of quietly buying and turning a Fordem Avenue office building into housing for homeless individuals. "We're estimating that there are between 300 and 400 people out camping in various parts of the city and not going to shelters at night," says group member Brenda Konkel, of the need for such housing. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker voices support for limits on political fundraising

Scott Walker isn't anybody's idea of a champion of campaign finance reform. He was elected governor in 2010 after outspending the competition in what was then the costliest statewide race in Wisconsin history, at $37.4 million. That record was shattered in this year's recall election, when an estimated $81 million was spent, including $36 million by Walker's own campaign. >More
 Madison B-cycle trips, mileage and members all up in 2012

Madison B-cycle users in 2012 more than doubled their mileage from last year, the bike-sharing program said in an annual report released Friday. The report notes customers took 63,325 trips and rode B-cycle's shiny red bikes 94,402 miles in 2012, up from 18,051 trips and 36,618 miles in its inaugural 2011 season. >More
 Appeals Court upholds Wisconsin's domestic partner registry

A state appeals court has ruled Wisconsin's domestic partner registry constitutional. Julaine Appling, executive director of Wisconsin Family Action, a socially conservative group that opposes homosexuality, challenged the registry on the grounds that it violated the state's 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker vows veto of same-day voter registration ban for Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday apparently drove the final nail into the coffin of calls to end same-day voter registration in Wisconsin, vowing to veto any such bill that imposed additional costs. "If it has a price tag, absolutely," Walker told the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in an interview at the Executive Residence, when asked if he would use his veto pen. "There's no way we're spending money on something like that." >More
 State Rep. Steve Nass calls for review of Camp Randall scoreboard process (updated)

A key legislator is asking state and University of Wisconsin-Madison officials to review the process through which a subcontractor was selected to build a new scoreboard and sound system at Camp Randall Stadium, to see if the jobs should be rebid. Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), chairman of the state Assembly's Committee on Colleges and Universities, "is very concerned with the appearance of how this bidding process worked out," said Mike Mikalsen, Nass' aide and spokesman. >More
 Camp Randall scoreboard bid process called 'unethical'

A contractor hired by the state to manage a $76.8 million renovation of Camp Randall Stadium agreed to accept a higher bid for a new scoreboard over a competing offer that an outside consultant advised was of better quality. The contractor, J.P. Cullen & Sons of Janesville, is a listed subcontractor on this bid, for which it stands to receive more than a half-million dollars. >More
 To mine or not to mine? Lifting the mining moratorium could change the face of Wisconsin

When the idea for a moratorium on mining projects in Wisconsin was floated in the early 1990s, few people gave it much chance of succeeding. The speaker of the state Assembly, Scott Jensen, vowed the bill would never pass. Gov. Tommy Thompson pledged to veto it. But what happened next is something that Spencer Black, who was then a Democratic assemblyman, lectures about in his natural resources class at the UW-Madison. >More
 The 2013 legislative landscape for mining in Wisconsin

At the start of the Dec. 6 hearing of the state Senate Select Committee on Mining, Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) praised the open process the senators have taken in looking at changes to the mining laws. "Throughout this entire conversation, we have avoided this bombastic rhetoric that has begun to use inflammatory accusation about one party or the other being more pure on the right solution," he said. >More
 Wisconsin waits while Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage cases

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage, curious minds want to know what this might mean for Wisconsin, which passed a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006. The answer, of course, depends on how the court rules in each case. >More
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