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The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is bestowing its annual “Opee” Awards for openness in government. And Wisconsin state lawmakers have been tapped for both kinds of awards — good as well as bad.

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Long after the signs were removed, the Capitol lawn was reseeded, and the thousands of protestors departed, the ever-present partisan division…

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Despite Walker's low poll numbers, and the fervor demonstrated by his opponents in the past several months, experts said unseating the once-formidable governor will come down to whether Democrats can offer a strong alternative.

No one deserves more credit for forging Wisconsin’s traditions of open government than the state Legislature. Ironically, though, it has shown a peculiar reluctance to subject itself to the same rules it has put in place for all other state and local government bodies.

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Two Democratic Wisconsin state senators targeted by Republicans survived their elections Tuesday, ending a tumultuous summer of recalls spurred by anger over how lawmakers reacted to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing collective bargaining rights of public workers.

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Simac is the challenger that national special-interest groups are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to elect in a recall race against state Sen. Jim Holperin, a no-nonsense North Woods Democrat.

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