Sunday, January 21st

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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin (Photo: handout from the candidate)

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin jostled his way Wednesday into the crowded Democratic primary for governor, prompting immediate debate with Republican Scott Walker about the liberal legacy of Wisconsin's capital and its longtime leader. 

A Vietnam War protester who sometimes governed as mayor barefoot, Soglin traveled to meet Fidel Castro in Cuba and has dominated the capital city's politics for a generation.Stopping in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Madison Wednesday, Soglin said he would work to invest in roads, schools, high-speed internet and the fight against homelessness.

Soglin is the ninth Democrat with either some political experience or significant wealth to enter the primary. 

"We are talking about anything that we can do in common to make Wisconsin better, make the state safer, raise the quality of education in every community," Soglin said in an interview.

Soglin immediately attacked both the federal GOP tax bill passed last month and Walker's roughly $3 billion deal to bring a Foxconn Technology Group factory to Racine County, saying he doubted he could stop the Foxconn deal but would seek to renegotiate it.

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Lincoln Hills School in Irma.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - Federal prosecutors are investigating an incident in which prison guards allegedly stormed into a disruptive 16-year-old inmate’s cell, broke his arm, strip searched him, left him naked for hours and didn’t get him to a doctor for more than a week.

Details of the March 2014 encounter at Lincoln Hills School for Boys emerged in interviews with the inmate and his mother, state records and a civil rights lawsuit the inmate filed last month, just after prosecutors notified two former guards they could be indicted.

“I told him, ‘You’re breaking my arm, you’re breaking my arm,’ and he kept pulling it harder,” Jacob Bailey said of his treatment from one guard.

RELATED: Crisis at Lincoln Hills was years in the making

RELATED:Federal prosecutors identify two former guards as targets in Lincoln Hills investigation

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and prison officials reviewed the incident at the time and determined little had gone wrong.

Wisconsin Capitol.(Photo: Journal Sentinel file photo)

MADISON - The Wisconsin Legislature released new details Wednesday on harassment and discrimination investigations of lawmakers, including a 2016 claim against a senator. 

But leaders again resisted providing the public with a fuller look into accusations that legislators have mistreated their employees. 

Senate Chief Clerk Jeff Renk and Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller released the added details after an attorney for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked them to reconsider earlier denials of the newspaper's open records requests. 

In a letter to the newspaper, Renk and Fuller disclosed that in January 2016 an aide filed a discrimination complaint against a state senator, who wasn't named.

"The matter was investigated and was found to be unsubstantiated, because the employee was terminated based upon performance and other non-discriminatory reasons," the letter from Renk and Fuller reads. 

Legislative leaders of both parties have declined to release full internal complaints and findings about discrimination, saying they want to protect victims and encourage them to come forward.

Wisconsin Capitol.(Photo: Journal Sentinel file photo)

MADISON - The Wisconsin Legislature released new details Wednesday on harassment and discrimination investigations of lawmakers, including a 2016 claim against a senator. 

But leaders again resisted providing the public with a fuller look into accusations that legislators have mistreated their employees. 

Senate Chief Clerk Jeff Renk and Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller released the added details after an attorney for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked them to reconsider earlier denials of the newspaper's open records requests. 

In a letter to the newspaper, Renk and Fuller disclosed that in January 2016 an aide filed a discrimination complaint against a state senator, who wasn't named.

"The matter was investigated and was found to be unsubstantiated, because the employee was terminated based upon performance and other non-discriminatory reasons," the letter from Renk and Fuller reads. 

Legislative leaders of both parties have declined to release full internal complaints and findings about discrimination, saying they want to protect victims and encourage them to come forward.

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Lincoln Hills School in Irma.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON – Federal prosecutors are investigating an incident in which prison guards allegedly stormed into a disruptive 16-year-old inmate’s cell, broke his arm, strip searched him, left him naked for hours and didn’t get him to a doctor for more than a week.

Details of the March 2014 encounter at Lincoln Hills School for Boys emerged in interviews with the inmate and his mother, state records and a civil rights lawsuit the inmate filed last month, just after prosecutors notified two former guards they could be indicted.

“I told him, ‘You’re breaking my arm, you’re breaking my arm,’ and he kept pulling it harder,” Jacob Bailey said of his treatment from one guard.

RELATED:Crisis at Lincoln Hills was years in the making

RELATED: Federal prosecutors identify two former guards as targets in Lincoln Hills investigation

The Lincoln County Sherriff’s Office and prison officials reviewed the incident at the time and determined little had gone wrong.