State Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) says he is contemplating becoming an independent after his party agreed not to try to change the budget during Assembly debate. Mike Basford, the Dane County Democratic Party chairman, says Hulsey would likely face a Democratic challenger even if he remains in the party.
The Madison Police Department clears three officers -- Ryan Finnegan, Scott Templeton and Ryan Orvis -- involved in shooting Brent E. Brozek to death on May 17 on the far east side. Brozek had been in a standoff with officers who were trying to evict him from his foreclosed condominium when he charged at them with a sword.
Madison Police Chief Noble Wray files a complaint with the city's Police and Fire Commission seeking to terminate officer Stephen Heimsness from the force. The complaint is unrelated to Heimsness' fatal shooting of Paul Heenan last November, but instead involves 118 allegations of improper conduct. Used as evidence in the complaint are numerous hostile emails and text messages allegedly sent by Heimsness.
The Madison Children's Museum announces it has hired Deborah Gilpin to be its new executive director. Gilpin left her position as president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Phoenix for the job. She replaces Ruth Shelly, who took a job at the Portland Children's Museum in Oregon.
A GOP organizer complains to the state's Government Accountability Board about a telephone poll conducted on behalf of Madison School Board member Mary Burke and the Democratic Party. The complainant alleges that the pollster refused to disclose who is paying for the poll when asked. The bigger news is that apparently Burke, a former Trek Bicycle executive and state Commerce secretary, is considering challenging Gov. Walker.
The Overture Foundation approves a 2013-14 budget that assumes a $1.75 million subsidy from the city. The city's contribution to the arts center has been a point of contention for the Common Council and Mayor Paul Soglin in the past two city budgets.
Gov. Walker announces he will sign the $68 billion 2013-15 budget in Pleasant Prairie on Sunday. He is expected to announce some line-item vetoes before then.
Compiled, in part, from local media.