J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's Republican attorney general, sues the state Government Accountability Board to force it to confirm the identity of thousands of voters who have registered since Jan. 1, 2006. The agency says there is no way to verify the identities before the Nov. 4 election and attempting to do so could disenfranchise thousands of voters. Hmmm, do you suppose Van Hollen thought of that?
Sangtae Kim, a scientist from Purdue University, is named executive director of the Morgridge Institute for Research. The private institute partners with the UW's Wisconsin Institute for Discovery to do research in biology, computer science and bioengineering.
Former UW instructor Kevin Barrett, 49, of Spring Green, is charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly striking his 13-year-old son. Barrett, the Libertarian candidate running against Rep. Ron Kind (D), claims that 9/11 was instigated by the U.S. government. He calls the allegation that he struck his son "completely, 100% false."
The Government Accountability Board says it will investigate complaints about a recent mailing by Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Some Democratic supporters say McCain's campaign sent them a flyer and an absentee ballot, giving the wrong address for the city clerk. McCain's campaign says it was a mistake.
UW-Madison's School of Music announces that two anonymous donors are donating $20 million to build two new performing venues. The halls will be built on university land next to the Chazen Museum of Art. The university will demolish the buildings currently on the site, including one that houses Brothers Bar and Grill.
Isaac Carlson, the 16-year-old Sun Prairie boy accused of murdering his sister Whitney last summer in her North Dakota home, pleads guilty. A judge had twice rejected earlier plea deals that would have called for a 30-year prison sentence. Carlson now faces life in prison without parole. (See "Sins of the Son," 9/12/08.)
A state appeals court dismisses a lawsuit that challenged lawmakers' practice of sharing bill drafts with lobbyists, but not with the public. The court rules that former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, who filed the suit in 2005, has no standing in the case, since she lost her re-election in 2006.
The Madison Common Council replaces departing Ald. Zach Brandon with Libby Monson, a real estate agent and former alder.
Police arrest Madison resident Samuel Edwards, 22, on charges of substantial battery, battery and resisting arrest. Edwards allegedly made disparaging comments about gays before punching first a patron and then a security guard in the face at Club 5, a gay nightclub.
Compiled from local media