Tuesday, Dec. 30
The Wisconsin Claims Board rejects a request from Canadian Pacific Railway for roughly $500,000 it says it is owed for helping to develop a plan for high-speed rail, a project Gov. Scott Walker killed.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
The Associated Press reports that the Federal Elections Commission has asked newly elected U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) to clarify six campaign contributions that appear to exceed the legal limits.
Monday, Jan. 5
Gov. Walker is sworn in for his second term and criticizes the federal government for being too partisan. You know, unlike Wisconsin.
Madison police arrest Robert J. Westman, 45, at Gov. Walker's inaugural ball for allegedly touching a woman inappropriately and head-butting a man who came to her aid.
The state's Republican leaders say they're uncertain about when or if they might attempt to pass controversial right-to-work legislation.
Mayor Paul Soglin names Matthew Mikolajewski as the city's new economic development director.
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Steve Cover, Madison's head of the Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development, announces he is leaving to take a job in Virginia. (See Joe Tarr's story on Isthmus.com.)
The deadline to file for the spring city election passes, with four people -- Ald. Scott Resnick, former Ald. Bridget Maniaci, former County Supv. Richard Brown and activist Christopher Daly -- set to challenge incumbent Mayor Paul Soglin. Six of the council's 20 seats will be contested, with 11 incumbents running unopposed.
Dane County Circuit Judge John Markson sentences Phillip Byrd, 40, to 20 years in prison for shooting his girlfriend, Cheryl Gilberg, to death last February in Mazomanie.