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Mark Pocan and Kelda Helen Roys spar over progressive values

In a campaign ad for the 2nd Congressional District, Kelda Helen Roys stares into the camera and declares herself an independent with moral conviction. And then she adds, in a clear jab at her chief opponent, Mark Pocan: "Here's the kind of experience I don't have. I don't cave in when things get tough. And I don't make backroom deals. In Congress, you'll know where I stand." >More
 District 2 candidates Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall tout their outsider status

Matt Silverman says all the problems this country faces can be boiled down to one issue: the corrupting influence of money in politics. "The average congressman spends two to three hours a day on the phone asking for money," Silverman says, citing a This American Life episode, "Take the Money and Run for Office." "There's so much anger and distrust of government. People are looking for something different." >More
 Critics question safety of wireless water meters

Over the next year, workers from a company called Corix will fan out across Madison, gradually making their way into most of Madison's 67,000 properties -- every home, business and apartment in the city -- to install new wireless water meter systems. To some, that's great news. >More
 Hope springs eternal for Wisconsin's election reformers

In preparing for a recent interview in which he knew he'd be asked about tilting at windmills, Mike McCabe crafted a T-shirt-worthy reply: "To me, there's always reason for hope, and never much reason for optimism." >More
 Tim Cullen explains his break with Wisconsin Senate Democrats

State Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville announced today that he is leaving the Democratic caucus after being snubbed on committee assignments, erasing the Democrats' new majority in the Senate. >More
 Frac sand sites double in Wisconsin, raising environmental concerns

Tucked behind a hill in rural Trempealeau County, farmland undergoes an industrial transformation. Outside Blair, a city of 1,300, Preferred Sands turns Wisconsin's sandy soil into a hot commodity. A wall of green trees opens to a vast expanse of sand buzzing with activity. Excavators mine and conveyors carry the sand from towering stockpiles up into the processing plant. Every week, this facility ships 7,500 tons of sand by rail to oil and gas fields in Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. >More
 Private well owners balk at connecting to Madison water system

Private well owners are concerned about city ordinance amendments that would require them to connect to the city's water mains. "I think there needs to be a logical transition from wells to city water," said Joe Grande, water quality manager for the Madison Water Utility, at an informational meeting Monday evening. >More
 Wisconsin progressives take on election fraud, not to be confused with voter fraud

In a few weeks, a group of volunteers will don latex gloves, huddle around a table in downtown Madison under the watchful eyes of election clerks and start counting -- by hand -- a select group of ballots cast in the June 5 recall elections. >More
 Wisconsin gay rights law passed with GOP support. What?

Former state Rep. David Clarenbach was feted July 9 at a reception at Quivey's Grove hosted by OutReach. The occasion was the 30th anniversary of Wisconsin's gay rights law, which Clarenbach sponsored. >More
 Wisconsin railroad commissioner likely to close South Livingston on Madison's east side

The Office of the Commissioner of Railroads is set to close Livingston Street at the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad crossing Madison's near east side. However, it would leave the crossings at South Brearly and South Blount Streets open. It also could rule to open a crossing at Few Street, which dead ends at the city's proposed Central Park, for bicycles and pedestrians. >More
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