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Kristian Knutsen

The organizer and conductor of the Solidarity Sing-Along does not intend to apply for a permit to continue the group's noontime assemblies at the Wisconsin Capitol when new rules for access to state buildings kick in Friday, December 16. Instead, participants are going to test the new policy and the Capitol Police's willingness to enforce it by holding its gatherings usual outside the Capitol that Friday, and then inside the Rotunda on Monday, December 19. Read more

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Andrew Averill

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) announced at a news conference he was introducing legislation that would, if passed, make Wisconsin the 17th state to legalize the cultivation and possession of medicinal marijuana. Read more

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The least controversial participant in any Capitol legislative committee meeting, not counting the clerk, is usually the attorney from the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Council who helps interpret state statutes and bill language for committee legislators. This made it all the more surprising when, at a public hearing Thursday held by the Assembly Committee on Insurance, legislative council attorney Margit Kelley received a sharp rebuke from a Madison area legislator. Read more

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Andrew Averill

About 25 people gathered at the Occupy Madison encampment at the top of State Street early Tuesday night to determine their plans for Halloween weekend and the Freakfest block party. Read more

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Andrew Averill

Forty-three years ago, American Olympic athlete John Carlos and teammate Tommie Smith stood atop a podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and defiantly raised their black-gloved fists into the air to show solidarity with the African-American civil rights struggle back home. Thursday evening in Madison, Carlos, in town to promote his new book at the Wisconsin Book Festival, again directed attention to a group of people protesting in the streets. Read more

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The "delegates" at the Sunday night general assembly of Occupy Madison waved their arms in the air to show pleasant approval of the meeting's agenda list. One item held immediate consequences for the group: What had resulted from the negotiations between activists and Madison Police Department earlier that day? Would the contingent that had been sleeping overnight in Reynolds Park since Friday be allowed to extend its stay into the week? Read more

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Before the Madison Common Council voted unanimously to approve the University Crossing redevelopment project at the corner of Whitney Way and University Avenue, Noel Radomski, president of the Glen Oak Hills neighborhood association, predicted the area alderman, Mark Clear, would be tossed out of office over it. Read more

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Andrew Averill

After the Madison Common Council voted Tuesday night to revoke the alcohol license for south side saloon R Place on Park, owner Roderick "Rick" Flowers vowed to continue his fight with the city to keep his bar open. "I'm going to sue them," an upset Flowers said outside the council chambers after the vote. He added that he had already started planning for the court battle in anticipation of Tuesday night's public hearing and vote. Read more

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Immunity for pharmaceutical industries that manufacture bad drugs and medical devices. Caps on trial attorney fees. More incentives to stall payment of judgments to injured people and consumers. Bills calling for all of these so-called "tort reform" proposals are promised features of Gov. Scott Walker's special session on jobs, which began Thursday. Read more

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Andrew Averill

Whether East Johnson and East Gorham streets are transformed into two-way streets could well depend on who has more clout: residents or commuters. At least that's the way some residents see it. "It's going to be a political decision about whose voice is the loudest," Joe Lusson told city engineers at a neighborhood meeting Thursday night hosted by Capitol Neighborhoods. Read more

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Downtown Madison sounds different these days than it did over the first few months of the year. A visitor to the Capitol today is hard-pressed to hear drivers leaning on their horns, activists yelling into megaphones or protesters banging on drums under the Rotunda. But the spirit that roared during months of protest and weeks of occupation has not been muted. Read more

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Andrew Averill

By the time Mayor Paul Soglin took the podium Wednesday night to discuss the future of biking in Madison, every chair in the room had been filled, and attendees, some wearing cycling tights and clip-in shoes, had to stand against walls or sit cross-l Read more

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