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And so it ends

"Watchdog" debuted on April 6, 2001, as the new name of a biweekly column that began in 1989 as "On the Town." The first column under this new name explained, "'Watchdog' was chosen to convey the column's spirit: Alert, inquisitive, vigilant and biting." >More
 Judge Sumi's mailbag, cont.

When last we checked, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi had gotten dozens of mostly negative letters over her role in blocking implementation of Scott Walker's bill reining in public employee unions. Since then, the flow has slowed to a trickle. >More
 Dane County Sheriff's Office hides fired deputy's identity

On June 1, the Dane County Sheriff's Office put out a press release stating that one of its deputies was fired for hitting a handcuffed suspect who was resisting. What deputy was it? The office isn't saying, at least not yet. >More
 Cops seek new law for deviants

Amy Bramlett says it's surprisingly common. Police gets calls about, or happen upon, people who are -- there's no graceful way to put this -- whacking off in public. "A lot of our resources are going into that," says Bramlett, a Madison police officer with the department's Criminal Intelligence Section. "There are a large number of people who are committing these deviant acts." >More
 Who wants to be a Wisconsin county prosecutor?

Assistant Dane County District Attorney Tim Kiefer is leaving his job next month to open his own criminal defense practice, in downtown Madison. Credit for this act of job creation goes to Gov. Scott Walker. >More
 Lawyers clash over ethical standards: Steinmetz targets Winnig for bashing Gableman over Butler

A former state Supreme Court justice has filed a complaint against Madison attorney Joel Bruce Winnig for comments he made while running for state Supreme Court. Donald Steinmetz, who served on the court from 1980 to 1999, has asked the Office of Lawyer Regulation to find that Winnig, in his comments about Justice Michael Gableman, violated an ethical standard that attorneys "maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers." >More
 Critiques of the latest damage assessments at the Wisconsin Capitol

First it was $7.5 million. Then $347,000. Then, on May 13, the state Department of Administration's estimate for the cost of damage to the state Capitol caused by recent protests was downsized again, to $270,000, including just $161,000 for interior repair. Now even this figure is being criticized as too high. >More
 Bikes banned from Picnic Point

Bill Barker says "it's something we wish we didn't have to do." But efforts made over the last several years to get bicyclists to slow down, be more considerate, and avoid adjacent paths didn't seem to work. >More
 Song of the times

Walker's office last week put out a press release titled "Bill singing will not likely start before 9:50," about an event scheduled that morning in Milwaukee; its main message also referred to this "singing." >More
 MPD Chief Wray bothered by Walker's lack of response on 'troublemakers'

In late February, following the release of a surreptitiously taped conversation in which Gov. Scott Walker admitted having "thought about" planting troublemakers at Capitol protests, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray issued a statement. >More
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