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Accusations fly about Wisconsin election law violations in 2012 races

A week before the Nov. 6 election, Americans for Prosperity tried to pump up support for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The conservative advocacy group offered $1.84 per gallon gas to motorists in Rib Mountain, a town near Wausau, by paying the $1.70 per gallon difference. The line was so long that the Marathon County Sheriff's Department came out to control traffic. >More
 Law opening Wisconsin state parks to trapping and hunting sailed under the radar with minimal opposition

Their children have now left home, but Patty Lowry and her husband continue to spend a lot of time in the outdoors doing what they've always done: camping, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Almost always, they head to Wisconsin's state parks, including Governor Nelson State Park, which is near their Madison home. "We can't afford our own private cabin in the woods," says Lowry. >More
 Controversy over lighting the Southwest Commuter bike path is coming to a head

One September night, Ald. Mark Clear decided to conduct an experiment. He biked home on the Southwest Commuter Path, even though it was out of his way. He purposely had no bike light. It proved too dark a ride for him. "That convinced me both that lights were needed, and that the type of fixture that's being recommended is going to have minimal effect on the neighbors," he says. >More
 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
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