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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
 The Madison-Milwaukee divide

What is it about Milwaukee and Madison -- that potent mix of mutual disdain, disregard and ignorance that characterizes their odd relationship? In fall 2011, I found myself mulling that question as I sat in the lounge of Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee, having a pre-concert drink before the Milwaukee Symphony performed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Why didn't I see a single familiar face from Madison milling in the crowd of music lovers? >More
 A failed effort at collaboration between Madison and Milwaukee

There appeared to be a big breakthrough in 2006 in the historic estrangement of Madison and Milwaukee. Through the "M2 Collaborative," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Dave Cieslewicz, then Madison's mayor, pledged to work together on such issues as job growth, education, transportation and poverty. >More
 Renovated downtown Madison branch will showcase the future of libraries

It's 4 p.m. on a Tuesday at the Goodman South Madison library on Park Street, and the brightly lit community room is packed with teenagers. A seated pair aim Wii controllers at the jumbo screen on the back wall, leaning to and fro in the synchronized sway of gamers everywhere. Another four sit focused in front of laptops, headsets firmly in place, pulling swigs on bottles of water or soda. >More
 Former Wisconsin Elections Board and GAB member recalls experiences on each

Incoming Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) is renewing GOP calls to replace judges on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board with partisan appointees, similar to the way the state's old Elections Board used to be configured. His longing for the past recalls a recent Isthmus cover story about Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the GAB, which quoted a former judge who served on both the Elections Board and GAB. >More
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