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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
 Madison Common Council approves 2013 capital budget, set to grapple with operating budget

The Madison Common Council's first night of deliberations over the 2013 budget was relatively uneventful. The "process" ended up being the most hotly debated issue of the evening. Just before midnight, in a unanimous voice vote, the council approved the 2013 capital budget, which totals $192 million. The plan, as amended, includes borrowing $91.4 million next year -- a drop of 3.4% from last year. >More
 Those hated TV ads worked in Wisconsin this election

On Election Day, capping off months of record spending on federal and state political campaigns, reporters from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism visited some Madison polling places to ask voters about the role of money in politics. Their reactions, like the ads themselves, were mostly negative. >More
 Madison police offer more details, context on Baldwin Street shooting

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray shared a key new detail Monday about the shooting that killed Madison resident Paulie Heenan. According to reports from officers and witnesses, Heenan grabbed one of the officer's arms before being shot early Friday morning. "The entire community is struggling with this particular case," Wray acknowledged at a news conference. "I have not reached any conclusions," he added. >More
 Dane County Courthouse pressroom named for longtime reporter Mike Miller

Mike Miller's first job in journalism was not in the newsroom. It was in the "dispatch" department, where he eventually starting driving around William T. Evjue, who founded the Capital Times in 1917. Miller, a native of Stoughton, was a favorite of Evjue, recalls Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of the paper. "Mike could speak Norwegian, which Evjue considered a real plus," says Zweifel. >More
 Clean Lakes Alliance announces unprecedented $138 million plan to cut phosphorus and clean Madison's lakes

More than 1,000 political, business and community leaders packed into a banquet hall at Monona Terrace Friday morning to hear details of a $138 million plan to permanently improve Madison's lakes by cutting phosphorous deposits by 50%. "We are at a critical moment to improve water quality," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "We have truly an unprecedented opportunity to implement a detailed plan that will produce quality reports." >More
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