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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
 Wisconsin health care groups work with the feds on Obamacare

Now comes the heavy lifting. While Gov. Scott Walker's administration continues to give Obamacare the cold shoulder, groups outside of state government are stepping in to work with federal officials implementing the law in Wisconsin. >More
 Wisconsin DNR board opens most state parks to hunting and trapping two months a year

At a packed public hearing on the law that opens state parks to trapping and expanded hunting, Wisconsin state Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) made what he noted was a rare admission for a lawmaker: "We may have made a mistake and we may need to fix it." But Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), author of the proposal, stood his ground. "Hunting, fishing and trapping are constitutional rights for the people of Wisconsin," he said. >More
 Wisconsin DOJ dismisses some tickets issued to Capitol protesters; others head to trial

When Capitol protesters were ticketed during the 2011 uprising against Gov. Scott Walker, the charges were handled by the Dane County District Attorney's Office. Republicans later grumbled that District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat, dismissed too many of the tickets. So when a new round of tickets was issued this fall as part of a crackdown on protesters by the new Capitol police chief, David Erwin, the Department of Administration used its statutory power to request that the Department of Justice, headed by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, handle the forfeitures. >More
 Former mining executive Tim Sullivan plays a controversial role in Wisconsin legislature deliberations

On Nov. 29, Tim Sullivan appeared before Wisconsin's Senate Select Committee on Mining and presented a report critiquing the state's mining laws. The report was commissioned by the Wisconsin Mining Association, a trade group for which he serves as chairman. Sullivan urged the state to "unleash the economic power of Wisconsin's rich mineral deposits for our citizens." He said the mining bill that narrowly failed to pass the state Senate earlier this year "needs improving," but he offered few details. >More
 Wisconsin Senate race between Tammy Baldwin and Tommy Thompson shatters state spending records

Candidates and interest groups poured more than $78 million into Wisconsin's recent U.S. Senate race that led to Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin's Nov. 6 win over former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson, making it the most expensive Senate election in state history. >More
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