Jessica Opoien

Political groups along both sides of the spectrum have been called into question for distributing misleading information about the dates of Wisconsin's upcoming recall elections -- leading to accusations of voter suppression in one case. more

Aug 2, 2011 7:41 PM News

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has announced that he will request the county's chief judge to appoint a special prosecutor to examine the investigation into the alleged physical altercation that took place earlier this summer at the Wisc more

Aug 1, 2011 6:11 PM News

As Wisconsin approaches the first general round of its recall elections, it's worth a look at the individuals who have made contributions to the various campaigns. There might not be any surprises in the candidates' campaign finance disclosures, but a few interesting trends do present themselves. more

Jul 27, 2011 3:45 PM News


Jessica Opoien

Today is a day of firsts -- for me, but, more importantly, for the state of Wisconsin. The first battle in the war to flip -- or maintain -- the state Senate majority will be decided today in the recall election for District 30. Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), is the first incumbent to face a general recall election this summer, as the only recall candidate whose race didn't result in a forced primary. more

Jul 19, 2011 9:39 PM News

After defeating five other Democrats in Tuesday's special primary, Chris Taylor, public policy director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, is set to be the new representative for Wisconsin's 48th Assembly District. However, legislative redistrictin more

Jul 13, 2011 5:53 PM News

Barring a successful write-in challenge, Wisconsin's 48th Assembly District has elected its new representative. more

Jul 13, 2011 3:42 AM News


Jessica Opoien

Progressive groups, elected officials and protesters led a call for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser to step down pending the results of an investigation into his workplace behavior at a rally Tuesday afternoon. Held at noon on the Capit more

Jul 12, 2011 7:43 PM News

Several Wisconsin women's rights organizations will lead a rally at the Capitol on Tuesday to call for state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser to step aside pending results of an investigation into his behavior. more

Jul 11, 2011 10:47 PM News

The race to fill the recently vacated 48th Assembly District seat effectively closes on Tuesday, and with the end of every election comes election night parties. more

Jul 11, 2011 7:55 PM News


Kristian Knutsen

The debate over whether Wisconsin should implement "shall-issue" concealed carry legislation comes to an end as Gov. Scott Walker signs Senate Bill 93 into law in Wausau Friday afternoon, but questions about the implementation of the new law still linger. One question in particular stands out: Will concealed weapons be allowed in the Capitol building? more

Jul 8, 2011 7:22 PM News


Arthur Kohl-Riggs

Wisconsin has a new protest movement, and it's on a boat. Protesters took advantage of one of the state's many bodies of water to move their "Recall Walker" message a little closer to the subject of the protest this weekend. more

Jul 6, 2011 4:14 PM News

When County Board Supervisor Dave de Felice gave his opening remarks at the 48th Assembly District Neighborhood Candidate Forum, he provided an apt summary for what was to come from the night's discussion. "There's no difference between the candidates on major issues," he said. more

Jun 29, 2011 4:54 PM News

The friendship between state Reps. Robin Vos and Mark Pocan might best be summed up by the names of their dogs. "Mine is named Reagan; his is named Che, after Che Guevara," Vos (R-Rochester) says, noting that both he and Pocan (D-Madison) have dogs named after political figures. more

Jun 28, 2011 5:55 PM News


Jessica Opoien

About 50 people responded to a call by "Isthmus" blogger David Blaska to hold a "Conservative Sing Along" in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday at noon. Blaska obtained a permit from Capitol Police for his group of "Blaska Bloggers" to sing for 30 minutes, after writing about his objection to the presence of the Solidarity Sing Along. more

Jun 27, 2011 8:02 PM News


Jessica Opoien

Protesters gathered to speak out against Gov. Scott Walker's budget and the legislature's Extraordinary Session in the Capitol Square on Tuesday, June 14. The day ended with a rally on the State Street side of the Capitol, with musical acts and speeches from union leaders. Protesters then joined hands, encircling the Capitol and singing "We Shall Overcome." more

Jun 15, 2011 8:35 PM News

The Joint Committee on Finance adjourned early Saturday morning after passing Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill with a partisan vote. The committee amended the Assembly version of the bill to reflect its changes at that time, and will do the same for the Senate version on Thursday. The bill must be approved by the full legislature, and the Assembly is scheduled to take it up first. Here's a look at the approval process as it moves forward. more

Jun 8, 2011 9:56 PM News


Jessica Opoien

Hundreds of people braved temperatures in the low 90s for a march on Monday, June 6, that started at Madison Fire Station 1 and circled the Capitol and adjoining "Walkerville" encampment several times, with a few stops along the way. more

Jun 6, 2011 10:44 PM News


Jessica Opoien

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg announced Tuesday that she will not seek judicial review of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election results, congratulating Justice David Prosser on the win. more

May 31, 2011 5:43 PM News

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Jessica Opoien

It's hard to imagine large groups of Wisconsinites saying no to an event devoted entirely to celebrating bratwurst, but that's just what started to happen as some reconsidered their willingness to support an event -- the World's Largest Brat Fest -- sponsored by Johnsonville, whose CEO has made significant donations to Gov. Scott Walker and Republican state Sen. Randy Hopper (who is up for recall). more

May 29, 2011 2:50 AM FOOD & DRINK

The announcement that Wisconsin's divisive collective bargaining law was declared null and void generated a flood of news releases, tweets and Facebook posts today -- some in support of, and some in opposition to Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi's 33-page ruling. more

May 26, 2011 11:02 PM News