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Despite charges of cronyism, Scott Walker holds line with cabinet pay

While critics accuse Gov. Scott Walker of cronyism, the case can be made that he's not a spendthrift. In terms of appointments overall, Walker has kept a lid on cabinet costs. >More
 Dissenters dominate Wisconsin voter ID bill committee hearing

Opponents of Assembly Bill 7 (AB-7) packed the Assembly Committee on Election and Campaign Reform's public hearing on the Wisconsin Voter Identification Bill Wednesday >More
 Dane County logs Day One of Wisconsin Supreme Court recount

One of the election observers told me, more than half seriously, that she was there at Dane County's recount of the state Supreme Court election to see "what democracy looks like." Certainly, it was a lot more orderly than how it's sometimes looked over the last several weeks. >More
 B-cycle deal back on in Madison

Trek and Madison reached a deal Tuesday to bring a bike-sharing program to town for $1 a year, instead of the $100,000 annual contribution the city had earlier agreed on. >More
 National Wildlife Health Center investigates animal diseases

In a basement laboratory, Carol Meteyer places a dead tri-colored bat on an elevated table. Covered in protective gear, she resembles a surgeon calculating where to make the first cut. Meteyer, a wildlife pathologist, is responsible for performing a necropsy -- an autopsy for animals. Working with an assistant, she carefully slices paper-thin pieces from the bat's wing for testing. >More
 Why Brett Hulsey won't shut up

Brett Hulsey knew exactly what he needed to do. The moment he saw a Facebook post last Thursday on how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had just told a congressional committee his proposed budget is "truly progressive," the Democratic state Assembly rep contacted his aide, Ben Tobias, to say, "We've got to get a statement out." >More
 Lauren Cnare gets the nod as Madison Common Council president

Ald. Lauren Cnare sees her new job as Common Council president as a go-between for the council and Madison's new mayor, Paul Soglin. >More
 MFD Chief Amesqua responds to attacks on Madison firefighters by WIBA's Vicki McKenna

Here's a statement you probably wouldn't expect to hear from Debra Amesqua, the fire chief of Madison, words she herself probably never imagined would pass her lips: "I don't believe our firefighters are dirty, rotten scoundrels." Amesqua is reacting, as diplomatically as she can, to remarks made Monday by WIBA radio shrieker Vicki McKenna. >More
 Live-blogging the Tax Day tea party with Sarah Palin and labor solidarity rallies at the Wisconsin Capitol

Join us here starting Saturday morning as the first Dane County Farmers Market of the season gives way to the tea party rally and counter rally on the Capitol Square in Madison. >More
 Sarah Palin rallies tea partiers in Madison: 'You won!'

Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin headlined a Tax Day-themed tea party rally at the Wisconsin Capitol on Saturday, and declared victory for the "common sense reform" agenda pursued by Gov. Scott Walker. "You saw the forces aligned against fiscal reform," said Palin to cheering supporters, who immediately surrounded the stage at the King Street entrance to the Capitol. "You saw the obstruction and the destruction. You saw these violent rent-a-mobs trash your Capitol and vandalize business. And, Madison, you held your ground! Your governor did the right thing! You won!" >More
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