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Dane County's freshmen lawmakers may not have much power, but they won't be idle

A print of "Wisconsin" hangs in Rep. Melissa Sargent's new office. The letters L-O-V-E are superimposed on the statue that sits on top of the state Capitol building. The freshman Democrat from Madison bought the artwork last February from Craig Grabhorn, who was active in the protests that erupted after Gov. Scott Walker proposed stripping bargaining rights from most public employees. She told herself at the time she'd display it in her Capitol office if she succeeded in her campaign for state Assembly. >More
 Citizens United opened floodgates for record campaign spending in 2012

During a recent news conference at the state Capitol, Lisa Graves, executive director of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy, made an astonishing claim. "This past election, in 2012, was the most expensive election in U.S. history," Graves said. "In fact, it was the most expensive election in the history of the world." She later pointed to articles that backed this up, at least in terms of total amount. >More
 No need for an external review of Paul Heenan shooting, Madison police tell community members

The controversial fatal shooting by a Madison police officer got a public airing Tuesday night when law enforcement officials met with concerned community members over the Nov. 9 incident that left local musician Paul Heenan dead. Despite repeated calls from Heenan's family and friends for an independent investigation of the incident, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray told the audience at Bethany Evangelical Free Church that he did not think one was necessary. >More
 Despite setback, Occupy Madison hopeful about raising money to buy a facility

Occupy Madison is doing whatever it can to help create housing opportunities for the homeless, and that includes selling pie. Occupy activists and members of the community came together Tuesday at the Fountain on State Street for "Occu-Pie," a fundraiser for the group that is focused on serving the needs of the homeless by creating a permanent facility called "OM House." >More
 Fordem Avenue building eyed by Occupy Madison being sold to another buyer

Occupy Madison Inc.'s hopes to purchase a building at 2132 Fordem Ave. for a homeless housing project have been dashed. Brenda Konkel reports on a couple of local listservs that the group's "offer to purchase the building at 2132 Fordem Ave. has been rejected in favor of an alternate offer." >More
 Chemical samples collected, but environmental impact of Rhythm & Booms still to be determined

Madison's Committee on the Environment presented preliminary data Monday from a study evaluating the environmental impacts of the Rhythm & Booms fireworks held each year at Warner Park. The "progress report" presented by James Bennett, an adjunct professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin, demonstrated the presence of certain chemicals in plants near the park, but it did not identify how severe the presence of those chemicals is. >More
 Mary Kolar and C.J. Terrell will run for the District 1 seat on the Dane County Board

Mary M. Kolar and C.J. Terrell will face off April 2 for the lone position up for grabs on the 37-person Dane County Board of Supervisors. Both candidates submitted valid nomination papers by Monday's deadline, according the county clerk's office. >More
 Abortion pill restrictions part of nationwide push

Medication abortions have become more prevalent nationally in the past few years, and laws targeting them are sweeping state legislatures across the country. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a national nonprofit policy research group, nine states have passed laws requiring that the prescribing clinician be physically present when abortion-inducing drugs are provided. >More
 Wisconsin law limits access to abortions, increases risk for women

The two pregnancy tests she took early last year had come up negative, but this time a faint plus sign surfaced in the plastic window. Samantha, 21, knew immediately what she wanted to do. Within five minutes, she said, she called Affiliated Medical Services, a clinic in Milwaukee that provides abortion services. >More
 Heated testimony heard from both sides at public hearing on Wisconsin mining bill

Shirl LaBarre looked exasperated and upset on Wednesday when she sat down to testify at the joint public hearing on the mining bill backed by Republicans that was reintroduced January 18. LaBarre and her friend, Jim Miller, drove from Sawyer County on Tuesday night to testify in favor of the bill, which is not to be confused with an alternative version offered by Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville). >More
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