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Op-Ed: ALEC Aims to Privatize All Schools
Op-Ed

ALEC Aims to Privatize All Schools

Wisconsin follows its lead but Nevada's sweeping law sends shock waves.

Op-Ed: The Attack on Planned Parenthood
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The Attack on Planned Parenthood

Abortion opponents harass clinic staff and oppose birth control.

State Budget Finale: Tax Breaks for the Rich, Potholes for our Roads and Secrecy for Politicians
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State Budget Finale: Tax Breaks for the Rich, Potholes for our Roads and Secrecy for Politicians

Despite a media backlash when Republicans previously announced more tax breaks for the wealthy, the GOP proceeded ahead and cut taxes for individuals who make more than $200,000 a year.

Rep. Chris Taylor’s Statement on Marriage Equality Decision
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Rep. Chris Taylor’s Statement on Marriage Equality Decision

"Love is love, regardless of a person’s gender, sexual orientation, race, social or economic status. "

The Final Countdown
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The Final Countdown

“This budget is like the Titanic."

Republicans Sell Out Funding Public Schools for More Tax Giveaways to Rich
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Republicans Sell Out Funding Public Schools for More Tax Giveaways to Rich

According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Republicans have spent $1.9 billion in various tax giveaways between 2011 and 2014.

Republicans Continue Assault on Our Public School System
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Republicans Continue Assault on Our Public School System

OK $250 mil cut to UW System while gutting tenure, shared governance

Taylor Challenges GOP Lawmakers: Do the Right Thing
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Taylor Challenges GOP Lawmakers: Do the Right Thing

Encourages lawmakers to preserve Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program

Private School Vouchers Win Big at Expense of Public Schools
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Private School Vouchers Win Big at Expense of Public Schools

Rep.Taylor Statement on Private School Voucher Expansion

The State of Politics: Republicans Target Utility Fighter CUB
The State of Politics

Republicans Target Utility Fighter CUB

Proposal would kill funding for Citizen’s Utility Board, which advocates for consumers.

Earth Day or April Fools Day?
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Earth Day or April Fools Day?

"The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is."

The State of Politics: Legislators Hope Tax Windfall Rescues Them
The State of Politics

Legislators Hope Tax Windfall Rescues Them

If state tax collections don’t go up -- soon -- lawmakers must swallow Walker’s unappetizing budget cuts.

State Relents on Squeezing Family Planning Clinics

State Relents on Squeezing Family Planning Clinics

State auditor had demanded millions in repayment from clinics offering birth control, but now backs off.

Think Indiana-style discrimination law couldn’t happen here? Think again.
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Think Indiana-style discrimination law couldn’t happen here? Think again.

“We should be ever vigilant as lawmakers to avoid writing hate and discrimination into our laws.”

New Wisconsin Poll Shows Public Wants Major Changes to Budget on Health Care
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New Wisconsin Poll Shows Public Wants Major Changes to Budget on Health Care

The polling shows massive public support for Wisconsin to take the enhanced federal funding for BadgerCare rejected in the Governor’s budget.

The State of Politics: Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects
The State of Politics

Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

Republican legislators want to reduce borrowing in Walker transportation budget, but this could delay numerous projects.

Madison legislator urges funding for independent probes of officer-involved deaths
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Madison legislator urges funding for independent probes of officer-involved deaths

Rep. Chris Taylor wants Walker's budget to provide more Department of Justice investigators

Republicans pass harmful Union busting, low-wage bill
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Republicans pass harmful Union busting, low-wage bill

“What the last twenty-four hours once again reveals is that the priorities of Governor Walker and legislative Republicans are wrong for Wisconsin.”

JFC economic development briefings briefly gave me hope, and then not so much
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JFC economic development briefings briefly gave me hope, and then not so much

"If voters in Iowa think our federal deficit is too high, just imagine what Governor Walker and his economic team in Wisconsin will do to it!"

DNR Secretary Suggests Corporate Sponsorship of State Parks
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DNR Secretary Suggests Corporate Sponsorship of State Parks

Assembly Democratic JFC members Chris Taylor and Gordon Hintz released the following statement on Stepp’s comments.

JFC begins briefings on “crisis budget”
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JFC begins briefings on “crisis budget”

"Today’s hearing created more questions than were asked."

Rep. Taylor’s statement on GOP desperate budget ruse
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Rep. Taylor’s statement on GOP desperate budget ruse

"Governor Walker hit the nail on the head when he called a Right to Work debate a ‘distraction.’"

Walker proposes staggering cuts to UW System
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Walker proposes staggering cuts to UW System

Proposal hurts Wisconsin students and families

Rep. Taylor’s statement on Walker’s budget deficit
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Rep. Taylor’s statement on Walker’s budget deficit

Latest Fiscal Bureau analysis shows $283.4 million deficit

Rep. Taylor statement on Joint Finance Committee appointment
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Rep. Taylor statement on Joint Finance Committee appointment

Rep. Chris Taylor released the following statement on her appointment to the Joint Committee on Finance

Rep. Taylor’s statement on Dontre Hamilton Case
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Rep. Taylor’s statement on Dontre Hamilton Case

"Our new law also requires that when no charging decisions are issued following an officer-involved death, the criminal report must be released to the public."

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Battle Against Birth Control
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Battle Against Birth Control

State audit that could shut down family planning clinics may be latest of his anti-contraception efforts.

Rep. Taylor to GOP: Where’s the “aggressive” jobs agenda?
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Rep. Taylor to GOP: Where’s the “aggressive” jobs agenda?

State Rep. Chris Taylor called out Governor Scott Walker and legislative Republicans for their post-election out of the gate “aggressive” legislative agenda.

Will State Force Family Planning Clinics To Close?

Will State Force Family Planning Clinics To Close?

State auditors say they are protecting taxpayers; birth control advocates say state has political agenda.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
The State of Politics: Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash
The State of Politics

Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash

Retiring and unopposed legislators are sitting on $1.2 million in donations.

Op-Ed: The Inside Story on ALEC
Op-Ed

The Inside Story on ALEC

Rep. Chris Taylor attends conference to detail the agenda and techniques of the corporate-funded group.

Bipartisan drone bill signed into law
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Bipartisan drone bill signed into law

Today, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 196, the Drone Privacy Protection Act, into law.

Rep. Taylor: SCOTUS sells elections to highest bidder
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Rep. Taylor: SCOTUS sells elections to highest bidder

Today, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in McCutcheon V. Federal Election Commission, which strikes down aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions.

Independent Investigation bill heads to Governor
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Independent Investigation bill heads to Governor

MADISON – Today, the Senate joined the Assembly in passing Assembly Bill 409, which requires outside investigators to lead and assist in the investigation of deaths involving law enforcement officers.  The bill now heads to Governor Scott Walker’s desk. Bill authors Rep. Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), brought together families of […]

Bipartisan drone legislation passes Senate
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Bipartisan drone legislation passes Senate

Bill to protect citizens’ privacy headed to Governor

Rep. Taylor on Walker’s signing of early voting restriction bill
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Rep. Taylor on Walker’s signing of early voting restriction bill

Today, Governor Scott Walker partially vetoed Senate Bill 324, which reduces voters’ access to in-person early voting at their municipal clerk’s office.

Rep. Taylor’s statement on ALEC Mesothelioma bill
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Rep. Taylor’s statement on ALEC Mesothelioma bill

Today, the Republican controlled Assembly passed Assembly Bill 19, a bill to limit Mesothelioma victims’ access to courts after extensive exposure to asbestos.

Rep. Chris Taylor statement on GOP block of potentially life-saving oral chemotherapy bill
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Rep. Chris Taylor statement on GOP block of potentially life-saving oral chemotherapy bill

Today, Assembly Republicans refused to take up Assembly Bill 392, a bill that requires health insurance plans which cover chemotherapy also cover oral chemotherapy.

Pregnancy Protection Package introduced into Assembly
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Pregnancy Protection Package introduced into Assembly

3 bills would ensure pregnant women retain their rights

Rep. Taylor statement on living wage preemption bill
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Rep. Taylor statement on living wage preemption bill

Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 750, which would preempt Dane County’s local living wage ordinance and impact the city of Madison’s living wage ordinance.

Bipartisan Assembly Bill 409 passes Assembly
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Bipartisan Assembly Bill 409 passes Assembly

Bill requires independent investigations of officer-involved deaths

Bill Gutting Living Wage Laws Moves Forward
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Bill Gutting Living Wage Laws Moves Forward

Today, Republicans in the Assembly Labor Committee passed Assembly Bill 750.

Rep. Taylor: DOJ must stop prosecuting  unconstitutional tickets
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Rep. Taylor: DOJ must stop prosecuting unconstitutional tickets

“Considering yesterday’s ruling, the DOJ must immediately dismiss all of the approximately 400 remaining frivolous citations.

Rep. Chris Taylor statement on AJR-81, latest ALEC scheme to hit Wisconsin
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Rep. Chris Taylor statement on AJR-81, latest ALEC scheme to hit Wisconsin

Yesterday, Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 81 passed out of the Committee on Campaigns and Elections on a party-line vote.

Rep. Taylor statement on child support and placement bill
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Rep. Taylor statement on child support and placement bill

Today, the Assembly Family Law Committee announced it will pull Assembly Bill 540 from tomorrow’s public hearing agenda.

Rep. Taylor’s statement on GOP rejection of BadgerCare expansion
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Rep. Taylor’s statement on GOP rejection of BadgerCare expansion

Today, Republicans rejected an attempt by Assembly Democrats to accept billions of federal dollars to provide health care access for 83,000 Wisconsinites living in poverty.

Rep. Taylor to Gov. Walker: You don’t have to kick anyone off BadgerCare Plus
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Rep. Taylor to Gov. Walker: You don’t have to kick anyone off BadgerCare Plus

Governor Walker announced that he will call for a special session to give mothers and other individuals he is kicking off health care more time to transition to the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Taylor statement on Attorney General campaign
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Rep. Taylor statement on Attorney General campaign

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) today released the following statement regarding the race for Attorney General

Rep. Taylor statement on special session property tax bill
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Rep. Taylor statement on special session property tax bill

MADISON – Today, the Assembly passed a property tax bill that benefits the wealthy and most privileged, while substantially increasing the current structural deficit from $545 million to $725 million. Following her vote against the October Special Session Senate Bill 1, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) released this statement: “Hard-working Wisconsin families deserve better than this.  […]

Taylor statement on free speech settlement
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Taylor statement on free speech settlement

MADISON – Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Administration and the American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in the ACLU’s lawsuit against the state over illegal permitting policies that restrict free speech at the State Capitol. Under the agreement, protestors wishing to use the Capitol rotunda or other public space must merely give notice on […]

Rep. Taylor statement on PSC rejection of solar
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Rep. Taylor statement on PSC rejection of solar

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission recently suspended the Focus on Energy program’s solar electric and solar hot water incentives for the remainder of the year for Wisconsin home projects.

Taylor statement on DoJ release of protestors’ private data
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Taylor statement on DoJ release of protestors’ private data

MADISON – As part of pre-trial conferences, Walker protestors who’ve been cited by the Capitol Police at the noon-time Solidarity Sing-Alongs were provided private information about other protestors, including home addresses and social security numbers. While Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) is the only lawmaker to appear on the Capitol Police’s “Black List” of protesters, she’s […]

Repeal of forced ultrasound bill introduced
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Repeal of forced ultrasound bill introduced

Democratic legislators vow to continue fight

Victory for free speech in State Capitol
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Victory for free speech in State Capitol

Unconstitutional Capitol access policies struck down

Rep. Chris Taylor applauds gay rights rulings
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Rep. Chris Taylor applauds gay rights rulings

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued two rulings that will impact how states and our nation treat same-sex families.

Rep. Chris Taylor statement on Voting Rights Act decision
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Rep. Chris Taylor statement on Voting Rights Act decision

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 decision, overturned the heart of the Voting Rights Act, an historic civil rights law that seeks to pro-actively remedy the persistent disenfranchisement of African-Americans.

GOP budget bad for Wisconsinites
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GOP budget bad for Wisconsinites

Special interest giveaways create $505 million deficit at expense of children and middle-class

Rep. Chris Taylor’s statement on Democrats’ proposal  supporting funding for our public school children
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Rep. Chris Taylor’s statement on Democrats’ proposal supporting funding for our public school children

Today, Democratic lawmakers, standing with State Superintendent Tony Evers, laid out a responsible, fair funding proposal for the approximate 870,000 school children throughout Wisconsin who attend public schools.

GOP passes forced ultrasound bill
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GOP passes forced ultrasound bill

Additional unprecedented attacks on birth control move forward

Walker celebrates having a job while many others lose theirs
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Walker celebrates having a job while many others lose theirs

Philly Fed reserve ranks WI 49th in economic growth.

Rep. Taylor statement on tomorrow’s major budget action
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Rep. Taylor statement on tomorrow’s major budget action

"Tomorrow’s actions will likely show that this budget isn’t for working families, women or children."

Rep. Taylor to GOP: Put your Dom Pérignon back on ice
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Rep. Taylor to GOP: Put your Dom Pérignon back on ice

Today the Wisconsin 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a district judge who ruled the Republican voter ID law is unconstitutional.

GOP advances extreme social agenda
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GOP advances extreme social agenda

Limits on birth control, workers’ rights considered

Rep. Taylor Condemns Attack on Students’ Rights
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Rep. Taylor Condemns Attack on Students’ Rights

Last week, the Joint Committee on Finance voted in favor of motion #434, which eliminated the funding mechanism for the United Council of UW Students.

GOP introduces flurry of bills attacking women’s health
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GOP introduces flurry of bills attacking women’s health

Rep. Taylor calls for focus on fixing the state budget

Rep. Taylor statement on voucher petition drive
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Rep. Taylor statement on voucher petition drive

Democratic lawmakers delivered 16,809 petitions to Governor Scott Walker and state budget committee co-chairs.

Rep. Taylor joins statewide petition drive against  private voucher school expansion
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Rep. Taylor joins statewide petition drive against private voucher school expansion

“Governor Walker gave our public schools the largest cut in state history in his first budget.”

Murphy’s Law: Biggest Taxer in Town
Murphy’s Law

Biggest Taxer in Town

Over the last five years property taxes have been driven by just one of the five local taxing units: Milwaukee Public Schools.

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session
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Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced the Assembly Democratic members of the standing and joint committees for the 2013-2014 legislative session.