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  • Courtwatch Blog: Burke Gets 6 Months in Jail
    Former state Sen. Brian Burke was sentenced today to six months in jail after pleading guilty in October to one felony count of misconduct in office and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Dane County Judge William Foust said Burke can serve the term in Milwaukee, near his home, and he... <more>

  • Courtwatch Blog: Kesterson Sentenced in E-mail Smear Case
    Dane County Board Chair Kevin Kesterson was sentenced Tuesday to 100 hours of community service and fined $1,000 for his actions during an investigation of a smear campaign against another Dane County supervisor. Kesterson was sentenced by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess. Kesterson, ... <more>

  • Web Cast: Supreme Court Hears Key Pier Case
    As Realtors and Republican lawmakers protest proposed DNR pier regulations, the state Supreme Court is mulling a closely-watched case from Green Lake County. According to the Supreme Court-provided summary, the case involves a homeowners’ association that owns a 77-foot stretch of lakeshor... <more>

  • Magnum: Running Again to Bring 'Effective Leadership' to 2nd CD
    On Nov. 2, 2004, as Dave Magnum was learning that he would lose his first campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives, he was already thinking about starting his second. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin defeated Magnum 63 percent to 37 percent in the heavily Democratic 2nd CD, but his adv... <more>

  • Web Cast: Wis. High Court Mulls First Amendment Political Mailer Case
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Nov. 9 heard arguments in a political court case involving an elected Democratic politician from the Stevens Point area, Sen. Julie Lassa, a Republican political direct mail specialist, Todd Rongstad, and a fallen Democratic leader from Madison, former Senate Majority ... <more>

  • WisPolitics: Falk Challenges Lautenschlager in Dem AG Primary
    Kathleen Falk is challenging Democratic incumbent Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, saying a vote for her will make the state "safer, stronger and more secure." Ending months of speculation, the Dane County executive announced Monday she is entering the race. Falk will face Lautenschlager... <more>

  • Frank: 'Better Days Ahead' for Prison System, Workers
    Corrections Secretary Matt Frank says it's been an exciting time at the state prison department. To others, seeing the changes in philosophy and personnel and the pain inflicted by budget limits, it's been depressing and frustrating. But Frank says there are better days ahead. ... <more>

  • WisPolitics: Chvala Pleads Guilty to Two Felonies
    Former Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala was found guilty on Tuesday in Dane County Court in Madison of two felonies in accordance with a plea agreement... <more>

  • WisPolitics: Crowded 8th CD Race Attracts Money, Attention
    Wisconsin's lone open congressional seat in 2006 is attracting candidates, donors and attention. That's because GOP Congressman Mark Green is leaving his 8th Congressional District seat to run for governor. So far, four candidates have declared and at least one more is considering the race in a dis... <more>

  • Green: Time for New Malpractice Caps
    Mark Green, GOP gubernatorial candidate and Green Bay congressman, says he's hoping for a speedy reinstatement of some type of medical malpractice cap tossed by the state Supreme Court earlier this year. Green told the September WisPolitics... <more>

  • Marotta: Another Run at Elective Office Some Day?
    After nearly three years of being Gov. Jim Doyle's right-hand man at the Department of Administration, Marc Marotta is going back into the private sector. But he's not ruling out a return to public life. "You know, I wouldn’t rule it out, but I took this job because I thought it ... <more>

  • Judge: Doyle Campaign Mgr. Touts Gov's Experienced Leadership

  • Justice Crooks: Running for Re-election as a Moderate-Conservative
    Patrick Crooks wasn’t supposed to be running for re-election to the state Supreme Court next year. But he is. And to the dismay of some conservatives who view a pair of recent votes as opening up a liability crisis, he’s running from the middle – a recipe for judicial re-election success in Wisconsi... <more>

  • Pfaff: New Walker Campaign Manager Looks at '06 Race

  • HIGH COURT REVIEWS TRIBAL CASINOS
    The state Supreme Court is again reviewing the Dairyland case, which tribal interests fear could kill casino gambling in Wisconsin. The Supreme Court had deadlocked 3-3 on the Dairyland case last year, and asked the Court of Appeals to rule on it. The lower court sent the case back to the Supreme Co... <more>

  • WEAC's Burkhalter: Changing the Conversation on Property Taxes
    Dan Burkhalter is new to Wisconsin, coming here to take over the executive director post at WEAC after 13 years as the government relations director for the Illinois teachers’ union. But the affable Burkhalter’s got a quick grasp of the politics in the Badger state, recognizing that a ... <more>

  • Clark: Strengthening Party is Job No. 1
    Though he's visiting the 2004 battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Iowa this week, former Dem presidential candidate Wes Clark says the 2008 presidential race is not on his radar screen. Through his political action committee, WesPAC, Securing America, Clark is traveling the country helping bolster Democ... <more>

  • Kohl: Promises Tough Questions for Roberts
    U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl is running for re-election next year and touting his middle-of-the-road businessman’s perspective on politics. But when it comes to the confirmation process on GOP President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts, Wisconsin’s senior Democrat on the Judiciary Comm... <more>

  • WisPolitics: Graul: Previews '06 Political Landscape from Green Campaign View
    Mark Graul has been with Mark Green for most of Graul's young working life, so he knows his candidateGraul now is campaign manager for the Green Bay congressman's Republican run for governor. And he'll need all that background and intuition to succeed in the biggest test yet for this Republican stra... <more>

  • Van Hollen: AG's Office Wrong Place for Activism
    Republican attorney general candidate J.B. Van Hollen says incumbent AG Peg Lautenschlager’s description of herself as an “activist attorney general” doesn’t fit his ideal of the office. “I strongly believe in being an active attorney general, trying to make the greatest difference you can, but wi... <more>

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