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Spring 2013 primary races in Madison promise to generate heat

After writing about the school board primary, Amy Barrilleaux tweeted: "Who knew covering the education beat would be so dramatic!" Indeed. Barrilleaux talked to both Sarah Manski and TJ Mertz Tuesday night right after Manski emerged the top vote-getter, finishing 14 points ahead of Mertz with 8,451 votes. Ananda Mirilli came in third, with 22% of the vote. >More
 Walker's Medicaid gamble: Shrinking BadgerCare could cost Wisconsin in the long run

Gov. Scott Walker's plan to shrink the state's BadgerCare program could end up costing the state about $250 million more by 2020, according to a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo. Walker announced last week that rather than expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin -- as called for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) -- he would reduce it. >More
 Wisconsin Right to Life makes questionable claim about Planned Parenthood clinics set to close

Wisconsin Right to Life worked hard to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in the last biennial budget. So the group was delighted at the news this week that four Planned Parenthood family planning clinics around the state were closing due to the loss of this aid. >More
 Ed Fallone conquers Dane County, but state goes to Pat Roggensack in Wisconsin Supreme Court primary

Dane County came through for Supreme Court challenger Ed Fallone, but he still has a long way to go if he wants to turn Justice Pat Roggensack out of office. >More
 Madison Common Council spring 2013 primaries solidify tough choices

Tuesday's three Common Council primaries whittled down the number of candidates voters have to choose from, but from Michael Basford's perspective, they didn't make the choices any easier. Basford, who is chair of the Democratic Party of Dane County, says that all three races offer tough decisions for his party as it decides whom to endorse. >More
 Mayor Soglin not ready to speak on Paul Heenan shooting, but open to police review system

Mayor Paul Soglin said Tuesday he would not offer his thoughts on anything regarding the Nov. 9 officer-involved shooting of Paul Heenan until the three ongoing investigations of Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness are completed. Soglin called for a press conference in response to a WISC report, which he said inaccurately reported his current stance on the matter. >More
 Challengers cite a 'dysfunctional' Wisconsin Supreme Court

The empty chair with a name placard sent a not-so-subtle message: Justice Patience Roggensack was MIA. The Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition, a grassroots progressive group, had invited all the candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court to a forum last week at the Sun Prairie public library. But only incumbent Roggensack's challengers, Ed Fallone and Vince Megna, showed up. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker rejects billions of federal dollars to expand Wisconsin's Medicaid program

A day after President Obama pitched an ambitious liberal agenda for the United States, Gov. Scott Walker pushed back. Walker announced Wednesday that he will not expand Wisconsin's Medicaid program, as prescribed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), and would instead shrink the program. >More
 Brace yourself for jaw-dropping spending in the 2013 race for Wisconsin Supreme Court

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Wisconsin will hold a primary election for state Supreme Court, narrowing the field from three candidates to two. Then the race will begin in earnest. Justice Patience Roggensack, who has already served one 10-year term on the state's highest court, is expected to survive the cut. Her challengers are Ed Fallone, a Marquette University Law School professor, and Vince Megna, a Milwaukee lawyer specializing in suing auto companies. The general election is April 2. >More
 January 2013 survey indicates Dane County's homeless population has increased

The number of people without homes in Dane County climbed almost 13% in the last year, according to a "point-in-time" survey taken the night of Jan. 30. The survey is done twice a year -- once in January and once in July -- at the behest of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. >More
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