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Political robo-calls don't work, but will not go away

Stevens Point columnist Bill Berry, writing just after Wisconsin's recent presidential primary, called it perhaps the only thing our deeply divided nation can agree upon: "Robo-calls suck." He's right. No one likes getting call after call on their home phone delivering pre-recorded messages, often attacks, on political candidates. It's obnoxious. It makes people angry. >More
 Elton John's Versace scarf highlight of Rape Crisis Center online auction

Back in December, Meg Rothstein was in her pajamas scrolling through Facebook and Twitter when she noticed several people posting about local and state budget cuts to the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. >More
 Students prepare, police brace for 2012 Mifflin Street Block Party

William Henry sums up the thrill of the annual Mifflin Street block party like this: "The crowd. The mob. And being able to be belligerently drunk under the eyes of the cops, to be blunt." The UW-Madison student lives on the 500 block of West Mifflin Street, the party's epicenter. "There's the chance that anything could happen," he adds. "Somebody could jump off a balcony. It's a drinking holiday. And it's a huge tradition." >More
 Discontent among Wisconsin Dems: Walker foes are divided in run-up to recall primary

Brian Standing blew through much of his vacation time last year protesting at the state Capitol. A Dane County planner and union steward for an AFSCME local, he was outraged at Gov. Scott Walker's campaign to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public workers. "As a steward I know the benefit that unions have comes from what they're able to bargain, and most of it has nothing to do with wages," he says. "To say that you can no longer talk about that is a violation of First Amendment rights." >More
 Tom Barrett makes up for lost time in recall race

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced he was running against Gov. Scott Walker on March 30, the same day the Government Accountability Board certified the recall election. A flurry of endorsements by political heavies around the state followed. Former Congressman David Obey, retiring Sen. Herb Kohl, and more than 40 other state officials have called Barrett the most electable candidate in the May 8 primary. >More
 UW dean's anti-Mifflin Street Block Party video bashed, parodied

On Sunday, UW-Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam produced an awkward, stilted YouTube video advising students "Don't go" to this year's Mifflin Street Block Party. The video went viral and students almost immediately began to heckle Berquam on social media. >More
 Judge Roger Allen resigns early from Dane County Circuit Court

Judge Roger Allen, who lost his bid to hold on to the circuit court seat Gov. Scott Walker named him to, will step down early from the post Friday. >More
 New Wisconsin chapter of Unite Against the War on Women forms to oppose GOP policies

Edna Kunkel was invited by a friend in late February to a Facebook "event" called "Organizing Against the War on Women." Kunkel, who lives in Verona, doesn't know Karen Teagarden, the Michigan resident who created the event, and says she can't even identify which friend invited her to the Facebook page. But within the week Kunkel had taken over the reins of the Wisconsin chapter of Unite Against the War on Women, which will host a Madison rally on April 28 at the Capitol as part of a national protest against attacks on women's access to health care. >More
 Falk online chat doubles as campaign pitch

Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk hosted an online town hall Sunday night that participants could access either through Facebook or Livestream. >More
 Wisconsin GOP's fake candidates certified for the recall primaries

Mahlon Mitchell kicked off his candidacy for lieutenant governor last week with a lively gathering at the downtown restaurant Merchant. Bagpipe players warmed up the crowd before Mitchell, a Madison firefighter and president of the statewide firefighters union, offered some spirited comments and accepted a $10,000 donation from his own union, Fire Fighters Local 311. >More
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