Lobbyist bill draws sharp reactions

“No one outside of the Capitol Square in Madison has been clamoring for increasing the ability of lobbyists to make campaign contributions to legislators,” declared Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

Your Right to Know: AG’s office could do more on openness

By Jonathan Anderson
Should enforcement of Wisconsin’s open records and open meetings laws depend on individual citizens having to file often costly and protracted lawsuits?
That is one option prescribed under these laws, and those who prevail in such cases can recover attorney’s fees.
But the laws also contain provisions intended to help people resolve disputes in a [...]

No smooth sailing for drone bill

Drones — unmanned aerial vehicles, some equipped with high-definition cameras — can be purchased online for as little as $35 and put to all manner of purposes, from useful to troubling.

Beat was busy in 2013

In covering a beat like money and politics, there is no break in the action. A glance back through a year’s worth of weekly columns confirms it.

Shot fired, texts deployed at UW

Police at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used an unprecedented amount of texts and social media to communicate with campus during an emergency Sept. 18.

State cool to climate-change action

Of the more than 600 bills introduced in Wisconsin’s 2013-14 legislative session, none contains the terms “climate change,” “greenhouse gases” or “global warming,” and only a handful deal with energy policy.

GOP pressed on redistricting

Wisconsin’s last redistricting, after the 2010 Census, was done in secret and cost taxpayers more than $2 million. Ruling Republicans strategically carved districts to maximize their electoral prospects, much as Democrats would had done had they been able.

Districts make the choice

Most of the state’s school districts have already decided which of two approved models they intend to use to evaluate the performance of teachers and other educators in the coming school year.

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