Friday, Feb. 6
The New York Times editorial board slams Gov. Scott Walker for proposing "ridiculous changes" to the Wisconsin Idea. The paper says the guv "badly miscalculated" in his attempt to curry favor with a national constituency. Talk about a presidential-sized gaffe.
Sunday, Feb. 8
State Rep. Lee Nerison (R-Westby) announces plans to introduce a bill requiring videotapes or photographs of animal abuse on farms to be reported almost immediately to police. Animal right activists call this an "ag-gag" law and say it would deter undercover investigations.
Monday, Feb. 9
A 17-year-old boy in Mazomanie, apparently upset over a breakup, allegedly shoots and kills his ex-girlfriend's teenage sister and her mother's boyfriend. Dane County sheriff's deputies arrest the boy, Dean M. Sutcliffe.
Gov. Walker flies across the big pond for a four-day "trade mission" in the United Kingdom. The trip comes on the heels of fellow unannounced presidential candidate Chris Christie's London visit. Unlike Christie, Walker avoids saying idiotic things about vaccinations, but refuses to say whether he believes in evolution.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
The Wisconsin State Journal prints responses to a survey laying out mayoral candidates' positions on issues ranging from homelessness to police body cameras to public transportation. Though the candidates differ in approach and initiatives, Paul Soglin still has the best -- and only -- mustache. We'll see how things play out in Tuesday's primary.