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With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
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With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Dem Lawmakers Push To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Dem Lawmakers Push To Legalize Medical Marijuana

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor tour state to discuss medical marijuana.

Op Ed: Restore the Elections Commission Staff
Op Ed

Restore the Elections Commission Staff

GOP legislators supported this until Walker veto cut staff. Our bill restores electoral security.

Respect Women Act Restores Women’s Medical Rights
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Respect Women Act Restores Women’s Medical Rights

Proposals to Take Politics out of Medical Decisions, Repeal Harmful Abortions Restrictions and Improve Health Center Safety

Op Ed: Mining Hearing Gets Ugly
Op Ed

Mining Hearing Gets Ugly

Senator and mining proponent uses personal attack as part of defense of bill.

Op Ed: Don’t Cut Historic Tax Credits
Op Ed

Don’t Cut Historic Tax Credits

They’re Walker's most successful economic development program. So why would he cut them?

The State of Politics: We Hate DOT, But Here’s $712 Million
The State of Politics

We Hate DOT, But Here’s $712 Million

GOP senators would borrow big for Department of Transportation they distrust.

Campaign Cash: Democrats’ Bill Requires More Campaign Disclosure
Campaign Cash

Democrats’ Bill Requires More Campaign Disclosure

Committees, corporations required to disclose any spending on ads within 60 days of elections.

The State of Politics: John Nygren’s War on Drug Abuse
The State of Politics

John Nygren’s War on Drug Abuse

His daughter’s drug abuse problem brought the issue home to him.

The State of Politics: Governor’s Race Influences Budget
The State of Politics

Governor’s Race Influences Budget

Joint Finance Democrats raise issues that could be used against Walker.

Healthcare Protection Package a Needed First Response to Potential ACA Repeal
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Healthcare Protection Package a Needed First Response to Potential ACA Repeal

The Healthcare Protection Package would help to continue vital policies that reduce costs to healthcare consumers and provide access to insurance with robust coverage.

Shilling backs Health Care Protection Package
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Shilling backs Health Care Protection Package

D.C. politics threaten health care access for Wisconsin families

Op Ed: Stop Raiding Veterans Nursing Home
Op Ed

Stop Raiding Veterans Nursing Home

Legislative oversight of this was vetoed by Gov. Walker. That’s wrong.

The State of Politics: Advisory Referendums Have Meant Little
The State of Politics

Advisory Referendums Have Meant Little

Legislators are considering advisory referendums on legalizing marijuana and making Daylight Savings Time permanent.

Shilling backs Compassionate Cannabis Care Act
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Shilling backs Compassionate Cannabis Care Act

Dems partner with health professionals and patients in medical marijuana push

Let the Public Decide on Medical Marijuana
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Let the Public Decide on Medical Marijuana

Introduces legislation calling for statewide referendum

Republican Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit costing millions more than expected – benefits just a few of the state’s wealthiest individuals
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Republican Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit costing millions more than expected – benefits just a few of the state’s wealthiest individuals

"75% of the total Manufacturing and Agriculture tax credit is going to individuals that each make more than a million dollars a year"

2017 Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking
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2017 Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking

Milwaukee Area Still Has Above Averages Costs

Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee
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Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee

“Sen. Taylor and Sen. Erpenbach have been outspoken advocates for working families in Wisconsin and understand the importance of investing in our future.”

Murphy’s Law: The Legend of Leah Vukmir
Murphy’s Law

The Legend of Leah Vukmir

Once considered a horrible legislator, she’s now one of the Capitol’s “heaviest hitters.”

Op-Ed: Wisconsin Open for Bribery
Op-Ed

Wisconsin Open for Bribery

State Ethics Commission allows GOP legislator to create his own PAC, ignoring “bright line” in the law.

New $0 Deductible Health Plans Introduced
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New $0 Deductible Health Plans Introduced

Wisconsin health consumers will save over $209 million

Action Needed Now for King Residents
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Action Needed Now for King Residents

Erpenbach: Fund $18 million projects from 2015 Capital Budget and Enact Legislative Oversight Now

Illegal Coordination Highlighted in Guardian story
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Illegal Coordination Highlighted in Guardian story

Senator Erpenbach has worked in the Legislature to regulate issue ads since his election in 1998 to the Senate.

Erpenbach Vows to Again Seek Legislative Accountability for Veterans Budget
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Erpenbach Vows to Again Seek Legislative Accountability for Veterans Budget

“The nursing home fund raid without Legislative approval is not business as usual as Governor Walker and DVA bureaucrats would like you to believe.”

Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied, Solutions Delayed
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Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied, Solutions Delayed

GOP inaction once again jeopardizes vulnerable residents at state facility

Veteran’s Nursing Homes Should Not Be Shortchanged
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Veteran’s Nursing Homes Should Not Be Shortchanged

"From here, it looks like decisions have been made to cut costs that are sacrificing resident care and comfort, perhaps just to bank money for other uses."

Your Right to Know: Some Legislators Still Crave Secrecy
Your Right to Know

Some Legislators Still Crave Secrecy

Some routinely destroy correspondence and other materials, making government less open.

Democrats Warn of Consequences on the Eve of the Death of the Government Accountability Board
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Democrats Warn of Consequences on the Eve of the Death of the Government Accountability Board

Democrats highlight Scott Walker and the Republicans' dismantling of the non partisan Government Accountability Board.

UW Operational Budget to Get Board Vote: Lowest State Support Reflects Republican Cuts
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UW Operational Budget to Get Board Vote: Lowest State Support Reflects Republican Cuts

Higher student fees and less state support for our university system are on the agenda this week in Madison.

Republicans Continue to Sell Wisconsin Long-Term Care to the Highest Bidder
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Republicans Continue to Sell Wisconsin Long-Term Care to the Highest Bidder

No evidence to demonstrate the need to overhaul Family Care and upend the lives of 60,000

Erpenbach to Gov. Walker: Stop DVA attacks on Veterans offices
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Erpenbach to Gov. Walker: Stop DVA attacks on Veterans offices

Local veteran to veteran counseling at risk again at the hands of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Murphy’s Law: The Report That Walker Killed
Murphy’s Law

The Report That Walker Killed

Its warning: Ending civil service means less qualified will serve. Why didn’t legislators see it?

Op-Ed: State Could Still Get Medicaid Dollars
Op-Ed

State Could Still Get Medicaid Dollars

Would substitute for state spending, yielding millions for schools, roads, UW System.

Op-Ed: Federal Court Recognizes Photo ID Problems
Op-Ed

Federal Court Recognizes Photo ID Problems

Decision notes it is too difficult for some classes of people to obtain photo ID.

The State of Politics: New Corrections Chief Faces Problems
The State of Politics

New Corrections Chief Faces Problems

Including overcrowded prisons, staff shortages and low morale, and a dearth of leadership.

Walker Administration and Republican Legislators Must Also Be Held Accountable for Corrections Crisis
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Walker Administration and Republican Legislators Must Also Be Held Accountable for Corrections Crisis

Assembly Democrats Request Audit of Department of Corrections

Proposal to Transform Delivery of Local Veterans Services a Bad Idea
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Proposal to Transform Delivery of Local Veterans Services a Bad Idea

“I know that the authors of this proposal believed they were putting forward a proposal built through consensus which is simply not true.”

The Real State of the State
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The Real State of the State

New Budget Numbers Show $158 Million Drop in Revenue

Erpenbach Calls for Corrections Reforms Immediately
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Erpenbach Calls for Corrections Reforms Immediately

Currently seeking co-sponsors, Erpenbach and other authors of the proposals expect introduction of the bills next week.

Democrats propose Corrections Reform measures to improve public safety
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Democrats propose Corrections Reform measures to improve public safety

“The lack of urgency by Gov. Walker’s administration and the Republican majority to address complaints of child abuse and assaults in our correctional facilities is appalling”

New Medicaid Savings Could Benefit Taxpayers

New Medicaid Savings Could Benefit Taxpayers

Two factors will reduce state Medicaid costs and give legislators room to improve system.

Walker Policy to Cost WI Taxpayers $1.07 Billion in Next Six Years
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Walker Policy to Cost WI Taxpayers $1.07 Billion in Next Six Years

Currently 31 states including the District of Columbia have accepted Federal Medicaid funds.

WWN Supports Patients Reproductive Health Act
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WWN Supports Patients Reproductive Health Act

“As members of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Women’s Network, we believe that every woman should have access to medically-accurate health care, free from harassment and intimidation.”

Patients Reproductive Health Care Act Announced
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Patients Reproductive Health Care Act Announced

This bill comes on the heels of a highly coordinated and unrelenting attack on women’s health by Governor Walker and legislative Republicans.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Supports Introduction of the Patients Reproductive Health Act
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Supports Introduction of the Patients Reproductive Health Act

Proactive legislation would allow patients to access reproductive health care free of political interference, harassment and misinformation

The State of Politics: 21% of Gas Tax Will Go to Repay Debt
The State of Politics

21% of Gas Tax Will Go to Repay Debt

Debt level has doubled in a decade, yet legislators approve plan.

Statement on passage of dismantling of GAB and campaign finance deform bills
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Statement on passage of dismantling of GAB and campaign finance deform bills

“Republicans have dismantled a transparent and accountable Legislature.”

Op-Ed: Legislature Must Act to Help Veterans
Op-Ed

Legislature Must Act to Help Veterans

Because of long wait times for veterans, their mental health care needs are not met.

Statement on the closing of Oscar Mayer in Madison
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Statement on the closing of Oscar Mayer in Madison

“At the end of last week, Wisconsin had 9,341 workers affected by mass layoffs and plant closings; add 1,000 more.”

Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Hintz Unveil Bill Targeting  Mental Health Gap for Veterans Most in Need
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Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Hintz Unveil Bill Targeting Mental Health Gap for Veterans Most in Need

Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) have unveiled a bill that would allow low-income veterans to receive a voucher for immediate mental health care for treatment such as emergency counseling, alcohol and drug treatment, and marriage counseling

Statement on Republican John Doe bill in the Senate
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Statement on Republican John Doe bill in the Senate

“Republicans are making it harder to investigate bribery of a public officer or employee.”

Statement from Senator Jon Erpenbach on vote in Senate Health and Human Services committee affecting biomedical research.
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Statement from Senator Jon Erpenbach on vote in Senate Health and Human Services committee affecting biomedical research.

"This bill will have a direct impact on patients seeking medical treatment for difficult and desperate diseases."

Op-Ed: Time to Revisit Transportation Funding Solutions
Op-Ed

Time to Revisit Transportation Funding Solutions

71 percent of Wisconsin's roads are rated in poor or mediocre condition.

Statement of Senator Jon Erpenbach on Health and Human Services Committee Meeting
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Statement of Senator Jon Erpenbach on Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

“Wisconsin’s economy is stagnant, yet we must spend the day working to hurt our growing businesses.”

Walker “just doesn’t get it.”
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Walker “just doesn’t get it.”

Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach reacts to Governor Walker plan to repeal health care coverage for 16 million Americans, 200,000 from Wisconsin.

The State of Politics: Budget Included Big Changes on Taxes
The State of Politics

Budget Included Big Changes on Taxes

Changes slash Alternative Minimum Tax on the wealthy and reduce “marriage penalty.”

Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea
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Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea

The State of Politics: Why Republicans Tried to Repeal Open Records
The State of Politics

Why Republicans Tried to Repeal Open Records

Frustrated with open records requests that have embarrassed them, GOP leaders decided they’d had enough.

Erpenbach on final budget passage
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Erpenbach on final budget passage

"We can do better."

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support

But which Democrats are likely to back it?

Erpenbach on tragic open records changes inserted into budget at 11th hour
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Erpenbach on tragic open records changes inserted into budget at 11th hour

“People have the right to know what their government is doing.”

Statement of Senator Jon Erpenbach on Governor Walker’s continued absence and the resulting infighting between Legislative Republicans
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Statement of Senator Jon Erpenbach on Governor Walker’s continued absence and the resulting infighting between Legislative Republicans

“The public in-fighting between Senate and Assembly Republican leadership is of no benefit to the people of this state. ”

Murphy’s Law: Was Act 10 Necessary?
Murphy’s Law

Was Act 10 Necessary?

New analysis by bipartisan expert on good government explodes the myths about Walker’s signature achievement.

Republicans in Wisconsin State Senate Pass Dangerous Abortion Ban
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Republicans in Wisconsin State Senate Pass Dangerous Abortion Ban

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAWI) Continues To Fight For Women’s Health

Statement from Senator Jon Erpenbach on the passage of Senate Bill 179 – Abortion Ban
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Statement from Senator Jon Erpenbach on the passage of Senate Bill 179 – Abortion Ban

"Women and families in Wisconsin facing difficult decisions have had their health and lives put on the line with the passage of the dangerous abortion ban authored by Senator Lazich."

Erpenbach Statement on Senate Health and Human Services Committee Abortion Ban Vote
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Erpenbach Statement on Senate Health and Human Services Committee Abortion Ban Vote

"Today, it was confirmed that not only are Senate Republicans advancing a dangerous piece of legislation, they have no idea what’s in it."

Erpenbach to GOP –Anything Less Than Removal is a Failure
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Erpenbach to GOP –Anything Less Than Removal is a Failure

Governor Walker’s Plan to Give WI Long Term Care to Out of State For Profit Insurance, Up Today

Public Schools are Being Strangled by Governor Walker and His Friends
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Public Schools are Being Strangled by Governor Walker and His Friends

Statement from Senator Jon Erpenbach on Republican’s 29 page education omnibus motion.

Erpenbach Motion to Require Audit of DOA Info Tech Funds
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Erpenbach Motion to Require Audit of DOA Info Tech Funds

The motion failed along party lines.

Erpenbach Motion in Finance to Support WI Cancer Reporting System
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Erpenbach Motion in Finance to Support WI Cancer Reporting System

Cancer statistics will help provide insight and treatment options

The State of Politics: Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?
The State of Politics

Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?

Five candidates seek the difficult job of trying to revive the minority party in Wisconsin.

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.

Back in the News: Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press
Back in the News

Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press

It’s probably helping his presidential run, but also raising questions about Walker as a person.

Legislation Announced to Accept Federal BadgerCare Funds on Iowa Terms
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Legislation Announced to Accept Federal BadgerCare Funds on Iowa Terms

The bill adopts the approach taken by Iowa’s Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
The State of Politics: Few Competitive Legislative Races
The State of Politics

Few Competitive Legislative Races

Redistricting has reduced the number of competitive districts for fall elections.

Murphy’s Law: Democratic Wedge Issues
Murphy’s Law

Democratic Wedge Issues

Republicans are out of step on issues like same sex marriage and medical marijuana.

Landlord registration program could be eliminated
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Landlord registration program could be eliminated

Statement from Alderman Nik Kovac June 20, 2013

Legislators think they know what’s best for Milwaukee neighborhoods
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Legislators think they know what’s best for Milwaukee neighborhoods

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy June 20, 2013

Murphy’s Law: Democrats in Disarray
Murphy’s Law

Democrats in Disarray

The firing of its state spokesperson is just another sign the party has lost its way.

Plan to Strengthen BadgerCare Unveiled at State Capitol
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Plan to Strengthen BadgerCare Unveiled at State Capitol

Provides another stepping stone to rebuilding Wisconsin’s middle-class

Murphy’s Law: Rep. Sanfelippo Says Full-Speed Ahead
Murphy’s Law

Rep. Sanfelippo Says Full-Speed Ahead

His bill to downsize county government will be introduced next week and he predicts it will pass.

New Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking
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New Wisconsin Health Insurance Cost Ranking

Milwaukee and Racine Have Highest Health Insurance Costs in State for 2013

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of Chris Larson
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of Chris Larson

Is he a young liberal heavyweight? Or a punching bag for Republicans?

Murphy’s Law: The Anti-Health Care Governor?
Murphy’s Law

The Anti-Health Care Governor?

Even as Scott Walker throws people off health care, he opposes federal programs that would increase coverage and lower costs.

Doyle’s Decision Could Send Ripples Through Milwaukee’s Political Landscape

Doyle’s Decision Could Send Ripples Through Milwaukee’s Political Landscape

Governor Doyle's announcement that he will not be seeking a third term could send ripples through Milwaukee's political landscape. The most commonly mentioned named Democratic Party members that may run for Governor include, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Plenty of Horne: Beer Protest Spill a Spash!
Plenty of Horne

Beer Protest Spill a Spash!

The Spirit of ’07 Milwaukee Beer Party Protest and Demonstration was a good old-fashioned publicity stunt that brought cameras and crowds to the Milwaukee Ale House on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007.