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Scott Walker

Scott Kevin Walker is the Governor of the State of Wisconsin. Previously he was Milwaukee County Executive and a Representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

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Memo to Washington Post: Welcome to Walker’s Wisconsin
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Memo to Washington Post: Welcome to Walker’s Wisconsin

‘Walker Has Barred the Press, Public From Government Events for Last Year’

Op-Ed: Thoughts from Philadelphia
Op-Ed

Thoughts from Philadelphia

Crime and justice reform and the 2016 presidential election.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court

From a state with countless judges, he picks a crackpot lawyer named Daniel Kelly.

Plenty of Horne: The John Chisholm Road Show
Plenty of Horne

The John Chisholm Road Show

He discusses his handling of crime, staff turnover and that "partisan witch hunt."

Op-Ed: Koch Brothers Impact on GOP Convention
Op-Ed

Koch Brothers Impact on GOP Convention

Their impact on Republican platform and candidates — all but Trump — was “huge!”

Student Loan Refinancing Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention
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Student Loan Refinancing Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention

Tens of Millions of Borrowers Would Get Immediate Relief from Plan Championed by Speakers Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin

Governor Walker Attends World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture
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Governor Walker Attends World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, EAA AirVenture

Every year, over 550,000 aviation enthusiasts representing more than 80 countries attend EAA AirVenture to celebrate the past, present, and future in the world of flight.

Back in the News: Chisholm Far More Experienced Than Opponent
Back in the News

Chisholm Far More Experienced Than Opponent

He’s handled 14 times more cases than Swanigan. He also shows up for debates.

The State of Politics: Walker Sells Himself at GOP Convention
The State of Politics

Walker Sells Himself at GOP Convention

Uses convention to renew national profile, but Ryan a more likely choice for president in 2020.

Governor Walker Appoints Daniel Kelly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Governor Walker Appoints Daniel Kelly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court

As a founding member of the law firm Rogahn Kelly, Daniel Kelly is recognized as a leader in Wisconsin’s legal community.

Rep. Wachs Statement on Kelly Supreme Court Appointment
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Rep. Wachs Statement on Kelly Supreme Court Appointment

“To say that I’m disappointed in Governor Walker’s appointment of Dan Kelly would be an understatement.”

Money Talks: Gov. Walker to Appoint Former Attorney for Major Right-Wing Donors’ Foundation
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Money Talks: Gov. Walker to Appoint Former Attorney for Major Right-Wing Donors’ Foundation

What Daniel Kelly Lacks in Judicial Experience He Makes Up For in Connections to Big Money and Right-Wing Extremism

Data Wonk: The Further Adventures of John Doe
Data Wonk

The Further Adventures of John Doe

U.S. Supreme Court signals it might take appeal of decision shutting down John Doe probe.

Op-Ed: Will Walker Respond to Lead Crisis?
Op-Ed

Will Walker Respond to Lead Crisis?

1 in 20 kids in state tested positive for lead. State standards are too weak.

Back in the News: Radio Ad Blasts John Chisholm
Back in the News

Radio Ad Blasts John Chisholm

Secretive group blames DA for carjackings, lauds his opponent Verona Swanigan.

Republican National Convention Student Loan Debt Tally: 43 Million Americans With $1.3 Trillion in Student Loan Debt, 0 Mentions in Addresses of Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson
Op-Ed: Wisconsin’s Water Resources Under Threat
Op-Ed

Wisconsin’s Water Resources Under Threat

State leaders and DNR now side with water polluters over citizens.

Governor Walker Leads State Efforts to Aid Northern Wisconsin Recovery
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Governor Walker Leads State Efforts to Aid Northern Wisconsin Recovery

Governor Walker also requested a Federal Emergency Management Agency Preliminary Damage Assessment as the first important step to requesting federal disaster assistance.

Workers back Senator Lena Taylor
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Workers back Senator Lena Taylor

Taylor was one of 14 Senators to go to Illinois to deny quorum in the vote on Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10, which busted public employee unions.

#Thanks, Obama!
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#Thanks, Obama!

Plagiarism Critic Scott Walker Speechless Over Trump Plagiarism Charge

Lobbyists, Republican Donors Central to Gov. Walker Closed-Door ‘Listening Sessions’
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Lobbyists, Republican Donors Central to Gov. Walker Closed-Door ‘Listening Sessions’

‘Are Walker’s Agencies Using Citizens’ Personal Government Data to Select Attendees?’ Asks One WI Now

Governor Walker Works to Combat Opioid Addiction in Wisconsin, Across the Nation
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Governor Walker Works to Combat Opioid Addiction in Wisconsin, Across the Nation

46 of the nation’s governors sign the Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction

Murphy’s Law: Koch Brothers Recruit State’s Latinos
Murphy’s Law

Koch Brothers Recruit State’s Latinos

But efforts by their shadowy Libre Initiative may be undercut by Trump.

Scott Walker’s WEDC proposes gag order on board members
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Scott Walker’s WEDC proposes gag order on board members

After years of failure, Scott Walker and WEDC have come up with a solution - hide.

The State of Politics: Wisconsin “Undecided” in Presidential Election?
The State of Politics

Wisconsin “Undecided” in Presidential Election?

One in five are undecided, independent or neither party voters in presidential race.

Rep. Zamarripa: Look Out For Potholes on Governor’s Motorcycle Ride
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Rep. Zamarripa: Look Out For Potholes on Governor’s Motorcycle Ride

“During the last legislative session, Republicans chose to ignore Assembly Democratic initiatives for a steady, reliable source of funding for Wisconsin’s infrastructure.”

Data Wonk: The Radical State Supreme Court?
Data Wonk

The Radical State Supreme Court?

Three cases reveal the court overruling precedent while claiming it isn’t.

Murphy’s Law: Will Wisconsin Matter in Presidential Race?
Murphy’s Law

Will Wisconsin Matter in Presidential Race?

If not, that’s bad news not just for Trump but for Ron Johnson, too.

It’s Time to Invest in Our Transportation System
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It’s Time to Invest in Our Transportation System

Under the direction of Governor Walker the Secretary of Transportation was told that his budget request should not include any tax or fee increases.

Governor Walker Announces Launch of Wisconsin’s Broadband Forward! Community Certification Program
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Governor Walker Announces Launch of Wisconsin’s Broadband Forward! Community Certification Program

To assist in the expansion of broadband in Wisconsin, Governor Walker created the Broadband Expansion Grant Program in the 2011-13 biennial budget.

Murphy’s Law: Racism Issue Dogs Bradley Foundation
Murphy’s Law

Racism Issue Dogs Bradley Foundation

Does foundation still support research on racial inferiority?

The State of Politics: Candidates Battle Over School Funding
The State of Politics

Candidates Battle Over School Funding

GOP and Democratic legislative candidates offer dueling statistics. Who’s right?

Op-Ed: Dump Trump Efforts Could Still Succeed
Op-Ed

Dump Trump Efforts Could Still Succeed

Some Wisconsin delegates are among those who plan to fight him at convention.

Governor Walker Appoints Jodi Meier to Kenosha County Circuit Court
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Governor Walker Appoints Jodi Meier to Kenosha County Circuit Court

Meier has lived in Kenosha County for most of her life and has practiced law in the county for over 25 years.

Governor Walker Recognizes Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Hospital Project SEARCH Graduates
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Governor Walker Recognizes Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Hospital Project SEARCH Graduates

Project SEARCH is a one-year, transition program providing training and professional skills to disabled students with the end goal of increasing employment opportunities.

Closing Statements in Federal Voting Rights Case Call for End to Gov. Walker, GOP’s Effort to Rig Elections
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Closing Statements in Federal Voting Rights Case Call for End to Gov. Walker, GOP’s Effort to Rig Elections

The Real Fraud Has Been Exposed: Politicians Manipulating Rules on Voting to Give Themselves an Unfair Partisan Advantage

Op-Ed: Walker’s Budget for Roads Hurts Economy
Op-Ed

Walker’s Budget for Roads Hurts Economy

Poor state infrastructure is costing motorists $6 billion a year.

Governor Walker Announces $3.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship State Grants at United Pride Dairy, LLC
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Governor Walker Announces $3.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship State Grants at United Pride Dairy, LLC

Established in 1991, Wisconsin’s YA program is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative.

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.

Op-Ed: Top 10 Victories Over Walker
Op-Ed

Top 10 Victories Over Walker

10 policy changes Gov. Walker and Republicans failed to pass in the last year.

Supreme Court Denies Walker Administration’s Relentless Pursuit to Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion
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Supreme Court Denies Walker Administration’s Relentless Pursuit to Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

This means that the Wisconsin case is over, and its admitting privileges restrictions are permanently blocked.

US Rep. Moore Hails Whole Woman’s Health SCOTUS Ruling
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US Rep. Moore Hails Whole Woman’s Health SCOTUS Ruling

"This case is certain to have a significant and positive impact on women throughout the country and I applaud the Court for standing on the side of women."

Governor Walker Tours Quad/Graphics’ Digital Print Supercenter
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Governor Walker Tours Quad/Graphics’ Digital Print Supercenter

In 2015, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Quad/Graphics was eligible for $15.7 million in tax credits.

The State of Politics: Here Lies the Government Accountability Board
The State of Politics

Here Lies the Government Accountability Board

Whether GAB should be praised or damned depends on who you ask.

U.S. Rep Moore on Brexit Vote
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U.S. Rep Moore on Brexit Vote

"While it’s too soon to project just how this will impact Wisconsin, it is clearly an unwelcome blow to our economy, at least in the short-term."

New Report Shows What We Have Always Known: Scott Walker’s Economy Isn’t About Helping Everyday Wisconsinites
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New Report Shows What We Have Always Known: Scott Walker’s Economy Isn’t About Helping Everyday Wisconsinites

Report shows under Scott Walker and the Republican's control from 2009 to 2013, the top 1% saw their incomes grow by 12%, while the other 99% only saw a 4.7% increase in their incomes

Governor Walker Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Unconstitutional Executive Lawmaking
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Governor Walker Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on Unconstitutional Executive Lawmaking

"I will continue to defend against unchecked executive power."

Data Wonk: Why Trump’s Hostile Takeover Succeeded
Data Wonk

Why Trump’s Hostile Takeover Succeeded

The data shows how he stole Republican Party despite opposition of its leaders.

Op-Ed: A Conservative Take on State Transportation
Op-Ed

A Conservative Take on State Transportation

Republicans say they need more money for roads, but the real problem is too much spending.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New $22 Million Rail Concourse Opens
Eyes on Milwaukee

New $22 Million Rail Concourse Opens

Intermodal Station's dark and dingy concourse for boarding trains finally replaced.

Back in the News: Chisholm Challenger Skips Debate
Back in the News

Chisholm Challenger Skips Debate

Verona Swanigan objects to moderator and drops out of debate with DA John Chisholm.

Data Wonk: How to Fix Medicaid
Data Wonk

How to Fix Medicaid

State officials wrestling with problem of rising costs ignore the obvious solution.

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Corrections Officials Face Community on Lincoln Hills

Attendees demand accountability, action, in wake of Lincoln Hills scandal.

Governor Walker Announces Finalists for Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Governor Walker Announces Finalists for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Governor Walker will now interview the three finalists and make his selection prior to Justice Prosser’s retirement.

Wisconsin Budget: State Revenue Declines in May
Wisconsin Budget

State Revenue Declines in May

Numbers make it more likely there will be shortfall in projected budget for fiscal year.

Rep. Neylon Applauds Approval of City of Waukesha’s Request for Great Lakes Water
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Rep. Neylon Applauds Approval of City of Waukesha’s Request for Great Lakes Water

“This is an incredible opportunity for the City of Waukesha and its residents to ensure they have access to clean and safe drinking water.”

Governor Walker Appoints Tom Engels Interim Secretary of the Department of Health Services
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Governor Walker Appoints Tom Engels Interim Secretary of the Department of Health Services

Following the news of DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades’ passing, Gov.Scott Walker wrote to DHS Deputy Secretary Tom Engels and named him Interim Secretary.

Senate Republicans Campaigning on a Promise of “No New Funding” for Wisconsin’s Crumbling Roads
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Senate Republicans Campaigning on a Promise of “No New Funding” for Wisconsin’s Crumbling Roads

Divided Majority Party lacks leadership needed to solve transportation crisis

Cruel and Unusual: How Colorado Reduced Solitary Confinement
Cruel and Unusual

How Colorado Reduced Solitary Confinement

It’s nearly been eliminated, while Wisconsin has made only a small reduction in solitary confinement.

Op-Ed: How to Combat Mass Incarceration
Op-Ed

How to Combat Mass Incarceration

Federal bill would reform system. Sen. Baldwin supports it. Will Sen. Johnson?

Sens. Harsdorf, Tiffany and Olsen Fail Wisconsin Citizens
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Sens. Harsdorf, Tiffany and Olsen Fail Wisconsin Citizens

Embattled politicians struggle to justify tax subsidies for outsourcing

Op-Ed: 7 Ways to Improve UW System
Op-Ed

7 Ways to Improve UW System

Ray Cross and regents need to take bold steps in face of financial cuts.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton, Feingold leading
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds Clinton, Feingold leading

Majorities have negative views of presidential candidates

Op-Ed: Ryan Should Rescind Endorsement of Trump
Op-Ed

Ryan Should Rescind Endorsement of Trump

The Party of Lincoln is dying, but Paul Ryan doesn’t get it.

Governor Walker Meets Leaders from Key Companies with Strong Wisconsin Ties
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Governor Walker Meets Leaders from Key Companies with Strong Wisconsin Ties

The purpose of the mission is to strengthen trade and investment ties between Wisconsin and Mexico.

Murphy’s Law: The Bizarre War Against John Chisholm
Murphy’s Law

The Bizarre War Against John Chisholm

What’s more peculiar, his opponent, or the complicated plot to defeat him?

Op-Ed: Why Court Will Overturn Redistricting
Op-Ed

Why Court Will Overturn Redistricting

Federal judges abhor the kind of political corruption that’s arisen from gerrymandered districts.

The State of Politics: Medicaid Costs Are “Unsustainable”
The State of Politics

Medicaid Costs Are “Unsustainable”

Costs on pace to rise 102% in six years, GOP wants cuts, but not before election.

No Relief from 565% Payday Loan Interest

No Relief from 565% Payday Loan Interest

Wisconsin one of eight states with no rules capping interest, despite calls for reform.

Sen. Taylor’s Statement on the Withdrawal of Planned Changes to Family Care and IRIS.
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Sen. Taylor’s Statement on the Withdrawal of Planned Changes to Family Care and IRIS.

All four Democrats on the Joint Committee on Finance opposed the changes since day one.

Statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair on 53rd Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
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Statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair on 53rd Anniversary of Equal Pay Act

"Sadly, here in Wisconsin we have seen right-wing Republicans fight tooth and nail against equal pay for equal work legislation."

Commonsense Prevails… For Now
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Commonsense Prevails… For Now

"While we may have won the battle today, we have seen attempts from Governor Walker and legislative Republicans to resurrect their unpopular and ineffective policies despite their initial failure and massive public opposition."

Op-Ed: GOP Should Support Nonpartisan Redistricting
Op-Ed

GOP Should Support Nonpartisan Redistricting

A former Republican legislator calls on party members to end gerrymandering, reform process.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cues Up Race Politics
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cues Up Race Politics

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. responds to article published in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ‘Lawmaker blames Tom Barrett for crime spilling into suburbs’

Bucks Groundbreaking and Second Annual Block Party Set for June 18
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Bucks Groundbreaking and Second Annual Block Party Set for June 18

Oscar Robertson, Jabari Parker, Bucks owners and elected officials all scheduled to attend

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.

Edgar Lin: “Economics is About People”
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Edgar Lin: “Economics is About People”

Lin pledges to use his experience and degree in Economics to implement common sense strategies to provide residents of the 16th Assembly District more access to resources

Back In the News: Study Ranks Wisconsin’s Economy 28th
Back In the News

Study Ranks Wisconsin’s Economy 28th

With low rankings for “economic activity” and business startups, new analysis finds.

Op-Ed: Walker Gets Sued Yet Again
Op-Ed

Walker Gets Sued Yet Again

For most partisan gerrymandering in history. Senate Bill 163 would reform the process.

Exemptions for motor carrier transportation of petroleum products extended
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Exemptions for motor carrier transportation of petroleum products extended

Changes allow transport of heavier loads of petroleum products

Governor Walker Applauds the United Negro College Fund for Higher Education Efforts
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Governor Walker Applauds the United Negro College Fund for Higher Education Efforts

The Governor’s Luncheon highlights the UNCF’s notable contributions towards fulfilling its promise to assist students in achieving their higher education goals.

Opponents Agree New Education Funding Model Needed

Opponents Agree New Education Funding Model Needed

Union leader, key Republican and DPI all want a student centered approach to state funding.

Governor Walker Announced $152,000 in Financial Literacy Grants to Wisconsin Schools
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Governor Walker Announced $152,000 in Financial Literacy Grants to Wisconsin Schools

DPI conducted the initial review of the 51 applicants from throughout the state, and the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy made the final recommendations.

Op-Ed: Property Taxpayers Pay for Walker School Cuts
Op-Ed

Property Taxpayers Pay for Walker School Cuts

Voters in 127 school districts approved referendums to raise property taxes to help offset state funding cuts.

Data Wonk: Why Federal Court Rejected Archer Suit
Data Wonk

Why Federal Court Rejected Archer Suit

Eric O’Keefe’s attempt to punish DA John Chisholm was way thin on evidence.

Governor Walker Tours Donaldson Company, Inc.
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Governor Walker Tours Donaldson Company, Inc.

The Donaldson Company, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is a global leader in filtration systems with 11,000 employees world-wide.

Wisconsin Budget: State A Leader in Higher Education Cuts
Wisconsin Budget

State A Leader in Higher Education Cuts

Wisconsin cut higher education by more than all but one state in America.

The State of Politics: Madison Knows Best
The State of Politics

Madison Knows Best

GOP legislators have passed 128 restrictions to "local control" in the past six years.

Gov. Scott Walker Needs to Urge DSPS To Revoke Dr. Houlihan’s Medical License
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Gov. Scott Walker Needs to Urge DSPS To Revoke Dr. Houlihan’s Medical License

The Wisconsin Medical Board, made up of appointees of Gov. Scott Walker, has the ability to revoke Houlihan's license.

Governor Walker authorizes additional measures to prevent potential gas and diesel shortages
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Governor Walker authorizes additional measures to prevent potential gas and diesel shortages

Changes allow transport of heavier loads of petroleum products

Governor Walker Appoints Ivan Gamboa to Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
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Governor Walker Appoints Ivan Gamboa to Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

Gamboa currently serves as Senior Vice President at Tri City National Bank in Hales Corners.

Back in the News: John Menard vs. Donald Trump
Back in the News

John Menard vs. Donald Trump

Their friendship and later feud gets titillating coverage from Indianapolis Monthly.

Op-Ed: Walker’s High Speed Folly
Op-Ed

Walker’s High Speed Folly

Was governor’s biggest mistake turning down federal money for high speed rail?

Pocan Statement on Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel’s Decision to Join Challenge to President’s Transgender Student Guidance
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Pocan Statement on Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel’s Decision to Join Challenge to President’s Transgender Student Guidance

Pocan Calls the Decision an Attack on Youth for the Sake of Ideology

AG Schimel Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama Administration’s Unlawful New Title IX Policy
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AG Schimel Joins Lawsuit Challenging Obama Administration’s Unlawful New Title IX Policy

Wisconsin has not chosen to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in our schools.

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

Governor Walker’s Reforms Bring Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Balance to $1 Billion
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Governor Walker’s Reforms Bring Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Balance to $1 Billion

Projections: Covered employers will see an additional $38 million tax decrease for 2017, in addition to a $97 million decrease in 2016

Governor Walker Provides Update on First Round of 2020 Vision Project Listening Sessions
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Governor Walker Provides Update on First Round of 2020 Vision Project Listening Sessions

Map highlights listening sessions held to date

Luther Olsen Turns His Back on Wisconsin Veterans
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Luther Olsen Turns His Back on Wisconsin Veterans

Sen. Olsen authored budget motion resulting in cuts to veteran grants

Op-Ed: Will Republican Party Lose Its Soul?
Op-Ed

Will Republican Party Lose Its Soul?

GOP should stick to its principles and reject Trump. Ryan could lead the way.

The State of Politics: UW Faculty Protests Anger GOP Legislators
The State of Politics

UW Faculty Protests Anger GOP Legislators

Walker and legislators double down: they won’t restore UW cuts or tenure protection.

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.

9 Wisconsin Companies Receive Governor’s New Product Award
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9 Wisconsin Companies Receive Governor’s New Product Award

Businesses honored in Milwaukee for developing innovative products to help drive state’s economy

Op-Ed: Action Needed on Student Loan Debt
Op-Ed

Action Needed on Student Loan Debt

Democratic plan lets college grads refinance debt and lower debt, as with mortgages.

Op-Ed: You Are Losing Your University
Op-Ed

You Are Losing Your University

No confidence vote warns public: the UWM you knew will be lost.

Murphy’s Law: How CEOs Leave Workers Behind
Murphy’s Law

How CEOs Leave Workers Behind

CEOs Rich Meeusen and Tim Sullivan get rich while workers get nothing.

Op-Ed: Why I’m Leaving Wisconsin
Op-Ed

Why I’m Leaving Wisconsin

UW-Madison English Department Chair among six department professors leaving for better pay.

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?

Wisconsin Budget: Impact of Walker Skipping Debt Payment
Wisconsin Budget

Impact of Walker Skipping Debt Payment

Pushes state costs into future, shows need for better budget planning.

The GOP Blame Game Continues
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The GOP Blame Game Continues

Walker again refuses to accept responsibility for state’s abysmal economic performance

Governor Walker Announces Wisconsin’s Water Council as Global Economic Development Leader
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Governor Walker Announces Wisconsin’s Water Council as Global Economic Development Leader

Water-technology exports grew by 7.4 percent in 2014.

Statement on Proposed Rule Modifying DMV Identification Requirements for Voters
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Statement on Proposed Rule Modifying DMV Identification Requirements for Voters

"The provision will be more helpful if more people know about it, and that underscores the need for voter education."

Op-Ed: The Comeback That Never Came
Op-Ed

The Comeback That Never Came

Fact checking Gov. Walker’s claims of economic recovery show a state being left behind.

Governor Scott Walker Approves Emergency Rule Easing Access to DMV Identification Documents for Voters
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Governor Scott Walker Approves Emergency Rule Easing Access to DMV Identification Documents for Voters

The Division of Motor Vehicles announced a new process to issue photo ID card receipts to those who need them to vote.

Data Wonk: Did John Doe Threaten High Court?
Data Wonk

Did John Doe Threaten High Court?

Two Supreme court justices were deeply implicated in probe, yet voted to shut it down.

Governor Walker announces the 2016 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards
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Governor Walker announces the 2016 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards

Ever-Green-View Farms, Hydro-Thermal, H.O. Bostrom recognized for exporting excellence

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Faculty Fuss Leaves Out Important Facts
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Faculty Fuss Leaves Out Important Facts

“Job for life” tenure wrong for Wisconsin

Governor Walker Announces Wisconsin Makes List of ‘Top 15’ Best States for Business
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Governor Walker Announces Wisconsin Makes List of ‘Top 15’ Best States for Business

CEOs rank Wisconsin 11th in Chief Executive magazine’s 2016 “Best and Worst States for Business” survey

The State of Politics: Who Wins From Walker Tax Cuts?
The State of Politics

Who Wins From Walker Tax Cuts?

There are many winners... depending on how you analyze data.

How Walker Won The Rural Vote

How Walker Won The Rural Vote

Resentment of Milwaukee and Madison was a key factor. Excerpt from new book.

Governor Walker Kicks Off Fishing Season at 51st Annual Governor’s Fishing Opener
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Governor Walker Kicks Off Fishing Season at 51st Annual Governor’s Fishing Opener

Every year, Governor Walker kicks off the new fishing season with a local guide who leads them to the best fishing spot on the lake.

Governor Walker Issues Executive Order to Prevent Potential Gasoline and Diesel Shortages
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Governor Walker Issues Executive Order to Prevent Potential Gasoline and Diesel Shortages

“We’re taking action with this Executive Order to alleviate potential gasoline and diesel shortages as a result of the temporary shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline,” Governor Walker said.

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.

Wisconsin Republicans are All Aboard the Trump Train
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Wisconsin Republicans are All Aboard the Trump Train

Donald Trump's dangerous, sexist, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric didn't stop Republican leaders in Wisconsin from eagerly jumping on the Trump train.

Governor Walker Attends Grand Opening of Options for Women Clinic
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Governor Walker Attends Grand Opening of Options for Women Clinic

Options for Women operates under a 501(c)(3) non-profit status and is funded entirely by donations.

Governor Walker Celebrates Investment in Higher Education
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Governor Walker Celebrates Investment in Higher Education

New Chemistry Biology Building funded by investment in Governor Walker’s 2013-15 biennial budget

Eager acceptance of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric confirms Senate GOP disconnect
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Eager acceptance of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric confirms Senate GOP disconnect

Republican politicians including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson have also committed to supporting Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

Governor Walker Travels Throughout Wisconsin to Highlight $19.3 Billion Tourism Industry
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Governor Walker Travels Throughout Wisconsin to Highlight $19.3 Billion Tourism Industry

Industry adds more than 18,700 jobs to Wisconsin’s economy over the last five years

Governor Walker Approves Rule Requiring Drug Testing for Unemployment Insurance Recipients
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Governor Walker Approves Rule Requiring Drug Testing for Unemployment Insurance Recipients

Under this newly approved rule, if someone on UI fails a drug test or refuses to take one from an employer as part of an offer of employment, he or she can be denied UI benefits.

Murphy’s Law: State Drags Feet On Lead-Tainted Water
Murphy’s Law

State Drags Feet On Lead-Tainted Water

Its program underfunds Milwaukee while pushing for upgrades that residents can't afford.

Data Wonk: How to Attract Jobs to Wisconsin
Data Wonk

How to Attract Jobs to Wisconsin

Walker’s policies haven’t worked. More urban-centered policies could improve things.

State Revokes Subsidy For Illinois Company

State Revokes Subsidy For Illinois Company

W.W. Grainger got $500,000 in tax credits, but created no jobs.

Walker Administration, JFC Republicans Must Educate Wisconsinites on Photo ID Law
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Walker Administration, JFC Republicans Must Educate Wisconsinites on Photo ID Law

GAB requests $250,000 from Joint Finance Committee To Educate Voters

State Must Take Immediate Action to Address Lead Poisoning of Wisconsin Children
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State Must Take Immediate Action to Address Lead Poisoning of Wisconsin Children

Outdated standards and testing procedures pose public health threat

Governor Walker Releases Statement on Justice David Prosser’s Retirement
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Governor Walker Releases Statement on Justice David Prosser’s Retirement

"Justice Prosser has faithfully served the state of Wisconsin for decades."

Murphy’s Law: How Walker is Killing the Meritocracy
Murphy’s Law

How Walker is Killing the Meritocracy

Talented workers are leaving or discouraged from applying, as party loyalists win favor.

Rep. Taylor Urges JFC to Approve Funds for Voter ID Information Campaign
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Rep. Taylor Urges JFC to Approve Funds for Voter ID Information Campaign

“I’m deeply disappointed that Governor Walker felt the need to blame the victims of one of the most extreme Voter ID laws in the country...”

Governor Walker Signs Bill into Law Protecting Wisconsin’s Property Owners
Op-Ed: State’s New Legal Gun on ALEC’s Team?
Op-Ed

State’s New Legal Gun on ALEC’s Team?

New Solicitor General handling cases against EPA, Obamacare and abortion access.

Scott Walker and Republican Leader’s Failing Grades on Funding the UW-System
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Scott Walker and Republican Leader’s Failing Grades on Funding the UW-System

With one exception every UW school has seen a cut of at least $1.6 million dollars.

The State of Politics: Why Rural Residents Resent Us
The State of Politics

Why Rural Residents Resent Us

UW Prof listens to people in 29 rural communities, learns why they like Gov. Walker.

Governor Walker Signs Bill to Crack Down on Repeat Drunk Drivers
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Governor Walker Signs Bill to Crack Down on Repeat Drunk Drivers

Legislation signed on the anniversary of the tragic loss of three young lives

Sen. Taylor calls for special session on juvenile corrections and more funding
Press Release

Sen. Taylor calls for special session on juvenile corrections and more funding

In a letter dated today, Senator Taylor urged Governor Walker to call a special session of the Legislature to take up Senate Bills 803 and 804.

12 Things Will Decide Domes’ Future

12 Things Will Decide Domes’ Future

Politicians will decide their fate, but citizens can lead the way. 12 issues are key.

Scott Walker Joins the Party of Trump
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Scott Walker Joins the Party of Trump

Some have speculated that Walker’s recent actions are aimed at keeping his name in consideration for the Vice Presidency spot on the ticket.

State Is Biased Against Newer Businesses

State Is Biased Against Newer Businesses

Hundreds of million in tax breaks for big companies, peanuts for small ones that create most jobs.

Data Wonk: John Doe Controversy Gets Even Stranger
Data Wonk

John Doe Controversy Gets Even Stranger

Judge Lynn Adelman seemed mystified by attorneys for both sides in suit against John Chisholm.

Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Protect Wisconsin’s Children Against Internet Crimes
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Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Protect Wisconsin’s Children Against Internet Crimes

“Alicia’s Law” gives hope to victims and works to prevent future victims

Republican Tax Giveaways Force UW Budget Cuts
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Republican Tax Giveaways Force UW Budget Cuts

UW-Green Bay, UWM, and UW-Madison have all reported on the negative impacts Walker’s budget cuts are having on their ability to provide a quality education to their students.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Love Photo ID
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Love Photo ID

It may not make a huge difference in the vote. Just enough to win.

Governor Walker Signs Legislation Protecting Wisconsin’s Children
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Governor Walker Signs Legislation Protecting Wisconsin’s Children

Children with disabilities and those children repeatedly physically abused gain new protections

What Would Tommy Do?

What Would Tommy Do?

A Republican governor was once UW’s greatest champion. Those days are long gone.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Encourages States to Expand Medicaid with New Legislation
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Encourages States to Expand Medicaid with New Legislation

Bill would ensure equal level of federal matching funds for states expanding Medicaid after 2014

The State of Politics: Impact of Walker’s 59 Judicial Choices
The State of Politics

Impact of Walker’s 59 Judicial Choices

He’s already replaced nearly one-fifth of judges in the state.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Legislation Into Law Easing Tax Burden and Bolstering Freight Mobility in Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker Signs Legislation Into Law to Expand Teacher Loan Program
Rep. Barca Secures a Small Victory for Veterans
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Rep. Barca Secures a Small Victory for Veterans

“It was shocking that the Walker Administration has not been participating in meetings with our hardworking County Veterans Services Officers all along, however I am glad they have committed to attend future meetings”

Governor Scott Walker Signs Legislation to Provide Greater Property Tax Relief for Local Governments Part of the Managed Forest Program
Data Wonk: Road Map To Economic Failure
Data Wonk

Road Map To Economic Failure

Why has Walker’s jobs plan failed? And why won’t he change his approach?

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Equal Pay Day
Press Release

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Equal Pay Day

"In 2016, it makes zero economic sense for women to make less than eighty-percent of what their male counterparts make. "

Governor Scott Walker Takes the Lead, Nations’ Governors Join in Signing SNAP Welfare Letter to Congressional Leaders
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Governor Scott Walker Takes the Lead, Nations’ Governors Join in Signing SNAP Welfare Letter to Congressional Leaders

The legislation authored by Congressman Robert Aderholt confirms states’ rights to drug test SNAP recipients.

On 20th Anniversary of Equal Pay Day, Wage Gap Impacts Wisconsin Women
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On 20th Anniversary of Equal Pay Day, Wage Gap Impacts Wisconsin Women

Wisconsin is just one of six states in the nation, and the only state in the Midwest, without a law on the books banning wage discrimination.

Wisconsin Republicans Stand with Trump
Press Release

Wisconsin Republicans Stand with Trump

After Republicans passed the controversial Right-to-Work law, Wisconsin saw the highest number of mass layoffs since Gov. Walker took office.

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Wisconsin Loses Under GOP Failed Leadership
Press Release

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Wisconsin Loses Under GOP Failed Leadership

“With a losing streak this bad, it is clear our state needs a new playbook.”

Unconstitutional Right-to-Work only part of the problem
Press Release

Unconstitutional Right-to-Work only part of the problem

GOP policies result in 16 consecutive quarters of economic disappointment

Governor Scott Walker Joins Milwaukee Tool in Announcing Nearly 600 Jobs in the Next Five Years at Groundbreaking Ceremony
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Joins Milwaukee Tool in Announcing Nearly 600 Jobs in the Next Five Years at Groundbreaking Ceremony

Milwaukee Tool has been a manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories, and hand tools for professionals worldwide since 1924.

The State Of Politics: What Did Primary Mean for Wisconsin
The State Of Politics

What Did Primary Mean for Wisconsin

Will Walker be Cruz’s choice for running mate? And why can’t Hillary win here?

Mandela Barnes Announces Run for Wisconsin State Senate
Press Release

Mandela Barnes Announces Run for Wisconsin State Senate

“Over the next several months, I look forward to talking with families about their values and priorities as I work to earn their trust and support for State Senator.”

Op-Ed: Domination Through Voter Suppression
Op-Ed

Domination Through Voter Suppression

Republicans use gerrymandering and Voter ID confusion to win with fewer votes.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Right to Work ruling
Press Release

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Right to Work ruling

"Today’s ruling confirms what families across the state have known for over a year now - that the so-called “Right to Work” legislation is an unlawful attack on wages and workplace rights.'

Statement from Senator Larson on “Right to Work” Court Ruling
Press Release

Statement from Senator Larson on “Right to Work” Court Ruling

"Today is a huge victory for Wisconsin workers."

Statement on Right to Work ruling
Press Release

Statement on Right to Work ruling

"This ruling is a major victory for hardworking Wisconsin families."

Sen. Johnson headed to Vegas to lure super PAC dollars from Sheldon Adelson
Press Release

Sen. Johnson headed to Vegas to lure super PAC dollars from Sheldon Adelson

Adelson contributed over $92 million to Republican super PACs in 2012

Governor Scott Walker Increases Support in the Fight Against Elizabethkingia
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Increases Support in the Fight Against Elizabethkingia

Approves nine project positions to assist in search to find the source of the potentially deadly bacteria

Governor Scott Walker Invests Over $450,000 to Support Summer Youth Employment Program in Milwaukee
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Invests Over $450,000 to Support Summer Youth Employment Program in Milwaukee

Participating youth complete a week of work-readiness training that includes an individualized assessment, soft skills development, resume writing, interviewing skills, job coaching, and financial literacy.

SHOT/CHASER: Congressman Glenn Grothman Doubles Down On Rigging November 2016 Elections
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SHOT/CHASER: Congressman Glenn Grothman Doubles Down On Rigging November 2016 Elections

Rep. Grothman hasn't backed away from his comments since Tuesday.

Dems question last-minute cancellation of UW budget presentations
Press Release

Dems question last-minute cancellation of UW budget presentations

Gov. Walker’s Board of Regents won't hear update on GOP budget cuts

Legislature Won’t Fund Voter ID Education

Legislature Won’t Fund Voter ID Education

Law changing voter ID rules mandated public service ad campaign but has allocated no money.

The State of Politics: Open Records Law Still Under Siege
The State of Politics

Open Records Law Still Under Siege

Former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall’s attempted end run is latest of many attacks on the law.

Governor Scott Walker Joins Coalition of Governors Challenging Unconstitutional Executive Lawmaking
New State Law Helps Debt Collectors

New State Law Helps Debt Collectors

Makes it easy for debt buyers to target consumers with poorly documented claims.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Bill Into Law Changing the Approval Process for Nuclear Power Plants
Data Wonk: When Progressives Imitate the Right
Data Wonk

When Progressives Imitate the Right

The Shepherd’s campaign against Democrat Chris Abele is a classic example

Craig Wood Stove Freedom and Credit Union Modernization Bills Signed into Law
Press Release

Craig Wood Stove Freedom and Credit Union Modernization Bills Signed into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed into law two bills authored by Representative David Craig.

Murphy’s Law: Trump Vs. The Wisconsin Establishment
Murphy’s Law

Trump Vs. The Wisconsin Establishment

Journal Sentinel joins talk radio and GOP party in battling The Donald.

Gov. Walker Signs Parent-Based School Accountability Act
Press Release

Gov. Walker Signs Parent-Based School Accountability Act

Wisconsin schools must comply with this legislation by September of 2016.

Your Right to Know: Walker Calls for More Open Records
Your Right to Know

Walker Calls for More Open Records

Governor went beyond state statutes in directive to state agencies calling for open records.

Bucks Response to Passage of State License Plate Legislation
Press Release

Bucks Response to Passage of State License Plate Legislation

Eighty percent of the revenue generated from the specialty plates will be used to retire state debt for the new arena, while the remainder will fund a new Bucks charitable foundation.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Cruz, Sanders ahead in Wisconsin presidential primaries
Governor Scott Walker Signs Legislation Modernizing the Collection of Hospital Data
Are Conservative Groups Hiding Campaign Spending?

Are Conservative Groups Hiding Campaign Spending?

Anti-Kloppenburg ads could be funded by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Club for Growth

Governor Scott Walker Appoints New Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Appoints New Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications

Jablonski’s appointment will be effective April 18, 2016.

Here’s what Gov. Walker didn’t tell you while signing higher education bills
Press Release

Here’s what Gov. Walker didn’t tell you while signing higher education bills

"The governor forgot to tell you that funding levels for need-based higher education grants remained frozen at 2011 levels in his 2015-17 executive budget."

Data Wonk: Media Used By Right Against Kloppenburg
Data Wonk

Media Used By Right Against Kloppenburg

Journal Sentinel attacks Kloppenburg on unproven issue raised by right-wing.

Rep. Barca Statement on Signing of Higher Ed Bills
Press Release

Rep. Barca Statement on Signing of Higher Ed Bills

“These Republican bills do nothing to address the burden of student debt and the people of Wisconsin shouldn’t fall for the Republicans’ lack of action with these modest election-year smoke and mirrors.”

Governor Scott Walker Signs Three Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs Three Bills Into Law

All three bills focus on building dementia-friendly communities throughout Wisconsin.

Op-Ed: Does Justice Bradley Oppose Birth Control?
Op-Ed

Does Justice Bradley Oppose Birth Control?

There’s no evidence she’s ever repudiated her past statements against some forms of contraception.

Gov. Walker Signs Robotics Bill into Law
Press Release

Gov. Walker Signs Robotics Bill into Law

Under this legislation schools may apply to the Department of Public Instruction for a grant of up-to five thousand dollars.

Murphy’s Law: Chris Abele Is In Deep Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Chris Abele Is In Deep Trouble

A year ago he was a shoo-in for reelection. Now he's in the fight of his life.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Law Creating New WIC Internship Program for Dieticians
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs Law Creating New WIC Internship Program for Dieticians

Senate Bill 402 – requires the Department of Health Services to establish a dietetic internship program under the state’s Women, Infants, and Children supplemental food program.

Chris vs. Chris: Who Works Better with Other Governments?
Chris vs. Chris

Who Works Better with Other Governments?

Including the city and other local governments? The responses are revealing.

Rep. Zamarripa to Rep. Sanfelippo, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa to Rep. Sanfelippo, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”

"I am so very disappointed that Joe chose to play politics..."

Near West Side Partners Join Gov. Walker As He Signs AB628 into Law
Press Release

Near West Side Partners Join Gov. Walker As He Signs AB628 into Law

Legislation will save taxpayer resources, reduce crime and promote economic development

New Report: Nearly 25,000 Clean Energy Workers in Wisconsin
Press Release

New Report: Nearly 25,000 Clean Energy Workers in Wisconsin

Projected 2016 Growth Rate of 4.8 Percent; Milwaukee, Rural Areas Each Account for Quarter of State’s Jobs; Energy Efficiency, Renewables Standards Could Create Even More Opportunities

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan Call on Governor Walker to Immediately Restore Food Assistance to Thousands of Wisconsinites
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representatives Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan Call on Governor Walker to Immediately Restore Food Assistance to Thousands of Wisconsinites

“We must continue to support opportunities to lift people up and out of poverty and ensure that our jobs training programs are truly working”

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Continues to Push for Reduced Class Sizes in Early Grades
Press Release

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Continues to Push for Reduced Class Sizes in Early Grades

In 2015 Scott Walker signed into law Wisconsin Act 53 which phases out the class-size reduction program.

Walker Administration Will Stop at Nothing to Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion
Press Release

Walker Administration Will Stop at Nothing to Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s twice enjoined law requiring physicians providing abortion care to obtain hospital admitting privileges.

Not Seeking Re-election
Press Release

Not Seeking Re-election

During the remainder of my term I will continue to assist constituents and work with colleagues to keep Wisconsin moving forward.

Data Wonk: Did Club for Growth Help Create Trump?
Data Wonk

Did Club for Growth Help Create Trump?

Conservatives that got courts to end campaign spending limits gave Trump his key issue.

Justice Bradley’s Defense of Rapists
Press Release

Justice Bradley’s Defense of Rapists

Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.”

Wisconsin Budget: State Lags in Reporting Medicaid Data
Wisconsin Budget

State Lags in Reporting Medicaid Data

Wisconsin reports less data on quality of pediatric health care than nearly any state.

The State of Politics: Legislative Session Passed Historic Changes
The State of Politics

Legislative Session Passed Historic Changes

Republicans say voters will reward them this fall. Democrats are preparing attacks.

Is the Republican Party of Wisconsin running Judge Michelle Havas and Justice Rebecca Bradley’s campaigns from Madison?
Press Release

Is the Republican Party of Wisconsin running Judge Michelle Havas and Justice Rebecca Bradley’s campaigns from Madison?

This highly orchestrated coordination is very new and newsworthy.

Attorney Robert J. Dreps, advocate for open government, to receive Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award
Press Release

Attorney Robert J. Dreps, advocate for open government, to receive Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award

Dreps, who last month was inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame, is retiring from full-time practice at the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn.

Another Abele Election Year Conversion: Won’t Follow MPS Takeover Law
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Another Abele Election Year Conversion: Won’t Follow MPS Takeover Law

The law explicitly requires the commissioner to target a public school for transfer into the separate district and then initiate a request-for-proposal to determine who should run the school.

Data Wonk: Caperton Rule Could Kill John Doe Decision
Data Wonk

Caperton Rule Could Kill John Doe Decision

State high court’s Doe ruling runs afoul of U.S. Supreme Court decision on judicial conflicts.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Launch of Agency Performance Dashboards Website
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Launch of Agency Performance Dashboards Website

New website focuses on improving transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness

Statement on SB 295 – The Bad Far Outweighs the Good
Press Release

Statement on SB 295 – The Bad Far Outweighs the Good

The advantages of this bill are more than offset by unnecessary restrictions which will make it more difficult for many citizens to register and vote.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Assembly Bill 422 Into Law at Wild Rivers Interpretive Center
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs Assembly Bill 422 Into Law at Wild Rivers Interpretive Center

The provides $27,000 of funding from the Forestry Account of the Conservation Fund to the Florence Wild Rivers Interpretive Center in Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017.

Senate Republicans Call It Quits
Press Release

Senate Republicans Call It Quits

Majority party set to end legislative session on a whimper

Senate Republicans Block Out Sunshine
Press Release

Senate Republicans Block Out Sunshine

"Elected officials should work for Wisconsin families, not out-of-state special interests," said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director.

The State of Politics: Five Years After Act 10
The State of Politics

Five Years After Act 10

Most players in the contentious Act 10 drama have since moved on to other positions.

Op-Ed: Four Questions for Rebecca Bradley
Op-Ed

Four Questions for Rebecca Bradley

Justice Bradley's written opinions raise legal questions voters should ask, she should address.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Sunshine Week Initiatives
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Sunshine Week Initiatives

Governor Walker’s office received 230 percent more records requests than previous administration, released over six million pages of public records

Senator Larson Demands County Executive Abele Pull False and Misleading TV Attack Ad
Press Release

Senator Larson Demands County Executive Abele Pull False and Misleading TV Attack Ad

Calls for Abele to Apologize to Community Leader and Milwaukee County Voters

Bradley extra-marital affair, role in child placement surface
Citation

Bradley extra-marital affair, role in child placement surface

Sen. Ron Johnson Should Denounce Justice Rebecca Bradley’s Comments
Press Release

Sen. Ron Johnson Should Denounce Justice Rebecca Bradley’s Comments

Voters deserve to know if Sen. Johnson thinks Justice Bradley can be a fair and impartial justice on the high court.

House Confidential: The Two Homes of Rebecca Bradley
House Confidential

The Two Homes of Rebecca Bradley

Judge has Tosa Colonial and a Lower East Side condo near all those gays she condemned.

Chris vs. Chris: Who’s Best on Budget and Taxes?
Chris vs. Chris

Who’s Best on Budget and Taxes?

Did Abele clean up mess left by Larson? Or did he use budget tricks, as Larson contends?

WisGOP Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley’s Hate Speech Revealed
Press Release

WisGOP Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley’s Hate Speech Revealed

In her writings, Bradley mocks the LGBT community and those suffering from AIDS, describing them as "queers", "degenerates" and "murderers".

Justice Bradley Vetting is Yet Another Failure of Accountability from Walker Administration
Press Release

Justice Bradley Vetting is Yet Another Failure of Accountability from Walker Administration

“Assembly Democrats stand united against hateful speech, no matter when or where that occurs.”

Statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin LGBT Caucus Chair On Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley
Press Release

Statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin LGBT Caucus Chair On Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley

"I'm appalled by the hateful statements written by Justice Rebecca Bradley."

Kloppenburg Campaign Calls on Stations to Stop Running Deceitful Ad
Press Release

Kloppenburg Campaign Calls on Stations to Stop Running Deceitful Ad

“The Court of Appeals followed the law, the lower court followed the law and a man convicted of a crime has never left prison.”

Hate speech is not “irrelevant”
Press Release

Hate speech is not “irrelevant”

Senate Dem Leader calls on Gov. Walker to condemn offensive remarks

Rep. Wachs Statement on Justice Bradley
Press Release

Rep. Wachs Statement on Justice Bradley

“Like so many Wisconsinites, I am frankly disgusted at the comments made by Justice Bradley.”

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names “Opee” winners
Press Release

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council names “Opee” winners

The awards recognize extraordinary achievement in the cause of open government.

There is No Statute of Limitations on Hate
Press Release

There is No Statute of Limitations on Hate

"Rebecca Bradley’s comments are as abhorrent and disturbing today as they were in 1992..."

Governor Scott Walker Announces Wisconsin Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Fights Fraud, Saves Taxpayer Dollars
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Wisconsin Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Fights Fraud, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

New report illustrates OIG successes in the first five years

The State of Politics: Green Bay Key In Supreme Court Race
The State of Politics

Green Bay Key In Supreme Court Race

Kloppenburg vs. Bradley echoes Prosser race, which was decided by Fox Valley voters.

Rebecca Bradley in 1992: ‘Queers’ with AIDS, addicts merit no sympathy
Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

"Nancy Reagan had such a positive impact on the lives of so many Americans."

Obama Touts ACA Success, Slams Walker

Obama Touts ACA Success, Slams Walker

President's visit here hails Obamacare's success, bashes Walker for obstructing increased coverage.

Senate may take up zombie homes bill
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Senate may take up zombie homes bill

SHOT/CHASER: Rebecca Bradley: The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Justice
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SHOT/CHASER: Rebecca Bradley: The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Justice

It's time to acknowledge Justice Rebecca Bradley's close and personal involvement with the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Grants Available for TEACH Educational Technology Teacher Training
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Grants Available for TEACH Educational Technology Teacher Training

Grants for fiscal year 2016 are available to consortia of three or more eligible school districts.

Scott Walker’s Partisan Politics Cost Taxpayers Over $600 Million
Press Release

Scott Walker’s Partisan Politics Cost Taxpayers Over $600 Million

Gov. Scott Walker and his rubber-stamp legislature rejected $4.4 billion in federal funds to expand our successful BadgerCare program.

WMC Tail Wags WEDC Dog – Hot Dogs Leave
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WMC Tail Wags WEDC Dog – Hot Dogs Leave

“I don’t know what’s more absurd, that WMC is running WEDC or that that they knowingly abandoned Oscar Mayer’s thousands of families.”

Your Right to Know: The Open Records Traveling Show
Your Right to Know

The Open Records Traveling Show

Liberal and conservative advocates of open government will offer presentation on the issue in 8 cities.

Governor Scott Walker Participates in REALTORS® & Government Day, Signs Assembly Bill 456
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Governor Scott Walker Participates in REALTORS® & Government Day, Signs Assembly Bill 456

The Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA) is one of the largest trade associations in the state which represents the interests of and serves over 14,000 members statewide.

Chris vs Chris: We Love the Parks
Chris vs Chris

We Love the Parks

Both candidates say they love county parks. Which has best approach to maintain them?

Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law

Acts 200 - 257.

State Senator Chris Larson Proposes Property Tax Cuts for Milwaukee County Homeowners
Press Release

State Senator Chris Larson Proposes Property Tax Cuts for Milwaukee County Homeowners

Calls for shifting tax burden to protect parks, cultural assets, improve transit, and public safety.

Op-Ed: Scott Walker Helped Create Trump
Op-Ed

Scott Walker Helped Create Trump

Governor's divisiveness and use of fear set stage for Donald Trump's style.

Child abuse cover-up continues as GOP ignores reports
Press Release

Child abuse cover-up continues as GOP ignores reports

Senate shirks legal responsibility as Lincoln Hills scandal widens

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law

Acts 154 - 199.

Data Wonk: Have Anti-John Doe Forces Blundered?
Data Wonk

Have Anti-John Doe Forces Blundered?

They could open door to federal court questioning state Supreme Court’s shutdown of Doe probe.

Chairman Lipscomb on Executive Abele’s Motion to Dismiss
Press Release

Chairman Lipscomb on Executive Abele’s Motion to Dismiss

On a technical issue of process, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Sosnay granted County Executive Abele’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice.

The State of Politics: Can Larson Beat Abele?
The State of Politics

Can Larson Beat Abele?

Democratic insiders handicap the race, which may come down to turnout.

Poll Numbers Show Scott Walker Should Start Working With Democrats
Press Release

Poll Numbers Show Scott Walker Should Start Working With Democrats

It is obvious that Wisconsinites are hungry for real change and real leadership.

Rep. Zamarripa Credits Pushback from Latino Community and Allies for Slowing Momentum of Anti-Immigrant Bill
New Marquette Law School Poll finds tight Democratic race, Trump maintaining Republican lead in Wisconsin
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds tight Democratic race, Trump maintaining Republican lead in Wisconsin

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds a tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination in Wisconsin and Donald Trump maintaining his lead for the Republican nomination

Wisconsin Budget: State Infrastructure Spending Plummets
Wisconsin Budget

State Infrastructure Spending Plummets

Has declined 31% since 2002, 7th worse drop in the nation.

Gov. Walker’s Robotic Message at Business Day in Madison
Press Release

Gov. Walker’s Robotic Message at Business Day in Madison

Yeah, we're gonna need you to come up with some new talking points.

Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan
Press Release

Meet the Republican Candidate for Mayor, Bob Donovan

Instead of actually helping to make Milwaukee a safer place to live, Donovan has voted against increasing law enforcement officers four times in recent years.

Plenty of Horne: Moore Backs Barrett, Brostoff Slams Abele
Plenty of Horne

Moore Backs Barrett, Brostoff Slams Abele

And One Wisconsin Now celebrates 10 years of bashing Republicans.

Chris vs Chris: County Exec Candidates Debate Transit
Chris vs Chris

County Exec Candidates Debate Transit

Is the county bus system on the upswing or declining?

Plenty of Horne: Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski
Plenty of Horne

Kenney Targets Ald. Borkowski

Should challenger win, would be only military veteran on Common Council.

Russ Feingold Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett
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Russ Feingold Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett

"Tom Barrett has the right ideas to keep Milwaukee moving forward," said Russ Feingold.

Local Labor Unions Endorse Mayor Tom Barrett
Press Release

Local Labor Unions Endorse Mayor Tom Barrett

Mayor Tom Barrett has worked hand in hand with these organizations to create and retain family supporting jobs in the city of Milwaukee.

Op-Ed: High Court Likely To Hear Doe Appeal
Op-Ed

High Court Likely To Hear Doe Appeal

Scalia's death means Supreme Court's four liberals could accept case, can't be outvoted.

U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett
Press Release

U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett

Moore and Barrett have worked closely on a number of important initiatives for the City of Milwaukee.

Rep. Barnes Calls for AG Schimel to Investigate Walker Cover-Up of Systemic Abuses at State Facility
Press Release

Rep. Barnes Calls for AG Schimel to Investigate Walker Cover-Up of Systemic Abuses at State Facility

“Media reports have revealed that Governor Walker and his top aides knew about the serious allegations at Lincoln Hills for four whole years...”

Lincoln Hills cover-up continues as GOP ignores crisis
Press Release

Lincoln Hills cover-up continues as GOP ignores crisis

Months after DOJ and FBI raid troubled facility, Republicans defend status quo

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.

Governor Scott Walker Awarded for Investments, Focus on Mental Health in Wisconsin
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Governor Scott Walker Awarded for Investments, Focus on Mental Health in Wisconsin

Mental Health America presents Governor Walker with “B4Stage4 Leadership Award”

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Nominations for the 33rd Annual Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Nominations for the 33rd Annual Virginia Hart Special Recognition Award

Virginia Hart was Wisconsin’s first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary.

Gov. Walker signs bills limiting birth control access
Press Release

Gov. Walker signs bills limiting birth control access

38 Democratic legislators including Sen. Shilling had urged Gov.Walker to veto these bills.

Sen. Taylor calls Litscher “secretary of cruel and unusual punishment”
Press Release

Sen. Taylor calls Litscher “secretary of cruel and unusual punishment”

Will the leopard will change its spots?

The 2015-16 Legislative Session: Part 1
Press Release

The 2015-16 Legislative Session: Part 1

The Republican budget is projected to spend $148.8 million more in 2016-17 than the state will bring in.

Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bills Targeting Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Federal Funding
Press Release

Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bills Targeting Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Federal Funding

Signing Ceremony at Crisis Pregnancy Center that Provides No Medical Care and Pushes Biased ‘Counseling’ Highlights Governor’s Motivation

Wisconsin Republicans’ Obsession with Defunding Planned Parenthood Comes Full Circle at Deceptive So-Called “Crisis Pregnancy Center”
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Wisconsin Republicans’ Obsession with Defunding Planned Parenthood Comes Full Circle at Deceptive So-Called “Crisis Pregnancy Center”

Claims by Assembly Republicans that AB 310 and SB 238 were anything but politically motivated attempts to defund Planned Parenthood fall short as Governor Walker signs bills at anti-abortion facility

Plenty of Horne: Lipscomb Runs Larson’s Celebration
Plenty of Horne

Lipscomb Runs Larson’s Celebration

Chris Larson wasn't there for victory celebration, so county board chair takes charge.

Assembly Republicans Pay Lip Service but Little Else to Solving Student Debt Crisis
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Assembly Republicans Pay Lip Service but Little Else to Solving Student Debt Crisis

Republicans pass shamefully weak higher education package, while refusing Democrats’ amendments to increase the impact and help more student borrowers

Wisconsin WFP’s Marina Dimitrijevic Statement on Tonight’s Election Results
‘Height of Hypocrisy’ as GOP blocks Winnebago Co. Executive from holding office
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‘Height of Hypocrisy’ as GOP blocks Winnebago Co. Executive from holding office

Majority party continues to ignore student loan debt crisis, mass layoffs & child safety

Rep. Bowen calls on Governor Walker to hold Milwaukee public meeting on Lincoln Hills
Press Release

Rep. Bowen calls on Governor Walker to hold Milwaukee public meeting on Lincoln Hills

"It is imperative that residents of Milwaukee have answers..."

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Allowed Lincoln Hills Abuses
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Allowed Lincoln Hills Abuses

His staff knew about it for years. Why didn’t the governor act?

Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order Barring State Agencies from Developing 111(d) Plan
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order Barring State Agencies from Developing 111(d) Plan

“Clearly, this rule exceeds the President’s authority and would place an undue burden on the Wisconsin ratepayers and manufacturers”

Shilling questions GOP obstruction on child abuse scandal
Press Release

Shilling questions GOP obstruction on child abuse scandal

Dem leader troubled by withholding of public records

The State of Politics: Walker “Listening Sessions” Not for All
The State of Politics

Walker “Listening Sessions” Not for All

Invitations are closed to media and for invited guests only.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin’s Self-Inflicted Budget Woes
Op-Ed

Wisconsin’s Self-Inflicted Budget Woes

Budget decisions by Walker and Republicans are coming back to haunt them.

Governor Scott Walker Issues Statement and Executive Order Lowering Flags in Honor of Justice Antonin Scalia
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Governor Scott Walker Issues Statement and Executive Order Lowering Flags in Honor of Justice Antonin Scalia

In honor of Justice Scalia, Governor Walker issued an executive order to lower the flags of the United States and of the State of Wisconsin on Saturday, February 13 through the date of his interment.

Rep. Barnes Statement on Walker’s DOC Secretary Resignation
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Rep. Barnes Statement on Walker’s DOC Secretary Resignation

“It is time for Governor Walker to own up to his failures, apologize for the harm he caused our youth and families, and provide real solutions to the long-standing problems within our corrections system.”

Rep. Shankland Responds to Ed Wall’s Resignation from Secretary of DOC
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Rep. Shankland Responds to Ed Wall’s Resignation from Secretary of DOC

“While the governor seems to have a refined ability to casually brush off scandal after scandal associated with his administration, the mismanagement within our correctional system needs to be addressed immediately.”

The Other Candidate for County Executive

The Other Candidate for County Executive

Joe Klein believes citizens should have access to government records on a 24/7 basis.

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

Shilling statement on Sec. Wall resignation
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Shilling statement on Sec. Wall resignation

“I am appalled by the latest revelations of child abuse and sexual assault that occurred in Gov. Walker’s Department of Corrections.”

Murphy’s Law: Did Democratic Debate Help Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Did Democratic Debate Help Milwaukee?

And did Clinton or Sanders win? Morning-after reflections.

Governor Walker Further Opens Door for Cronyism, Corruption in Wisconsin
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Governor Walker Further Opens Door for Cronyism, Corruption in Wisconsin

Republican Civil Service Law Puts Political Interests over Public Interest

Governor Scott Walker Announces Appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

The Governor of Wisconsin appoints 14 citizen members and 2 student members to serve 7-year terms and 2-year terms, respectively.

In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker “bans the box”
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In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker “bans the box”

“As the author of the state’s ban the box legislation for multiple sessions, I am glad that the issue is beginning to gain bipartisan support.”

Assembly Republicans Vote Again to Block Essential Health Care Services at Planned Parenthood
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Assembly Republicans Vote Again to Block Essential Health Care Services at Planned Parenthood

This is the third bill to pass on a party line vote that specifically cuts funding for preventative health care for patients at Planned Parenthood.

#TBT: State of the State Promises, One Month Later
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#TBT: State of the State Promises, One Month Later

Republicans in the Legislature are poised to end the session with more bad fiscal news and additional cuts to public school classrooms.

Governor Scott Walker Announces DOR Anti-Fraud Initiatives Save Taxpayers $192 Million Over Five Years
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Governor Scott Walker Announces DOR Anti-Fraud Initiatives Save Taxpayers $192 Million Over Five Years

The money saved from potential tax refund fraud during the past five tax seasons has increased by $121 million, or 170 percent over the previous five years.

Murphy’s Law: Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Stealth Campaign Targets Mayor Barrett

He would easily win the April election. But could he take third in Tuesday’s primary?

Plenty of Horne: Liberal Group Seeks Talk Radio Voice
Plenty of Horne

Liberal Group Seeks Talk Radio Voice

Claims AM conservative talk radio is "racist" and "hateful." Is liberal talk radio possible?

GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks
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GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks

Republican leaders rush bill banning Democratic candidate from serving

Op-Ed: Hospitals Could Fix State’s Health Care
Op-Ed

Hospitals Could Fix State’s Health Care

They should emulate other states, offer to pay our state's share of Medicaid expansion.

Legislature Votes to Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse
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Legislature Votes to Protect Victims of Domestic Abuse

Kleefisch/Taylor legislation passes with strong bipartisan support

Tainted Water: Bill Requires Testing Tap Water for Lead
Tainted Water

Bill Requires Testing Tap Water for Lead

State has 176,000 lead service lines that can taint water. Flint situation cited.

Murphy’s Law: The Plague of Urban Evictions
Murphy’s Law

The Plague of Urban Evictions

New Yorker reports on evictions of poor renters in Milwaukee. The numbers are shocking.

Data Wonk: The Curious Case of Brad Schimel
Data Wonk

The Curious Case of Brad Schimel

Why has Attorney General suddenly entered John Doe controversy?

Why State’s Jobs Strategy Isn’t Working

Why State’s Jobs Strategy Isn’t Working

Tax cuts have little benefit for small companies that create 70% of jobs, report concludes.

Governor Scott Walker Attends NRA and Wisconsin FORCE Convention, Signs Assembly Bill 142
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Governor Scott Walker Attends NRA and Wisconsin FORCE Convention, Signs Assembly Bill 142

Wisconsin FORCE is an NRA Chartered State Association that promotes and supports the purpose and objectives of the NRA.

Data Wonk: Has Walker Shrunk Wisconsin’s Economy?
Data Wonk

Has Walker Shrunk Wisconsin’s Economy?

Both Barca and Trump blame him. But what does the data show? Second in series.

Op-Ed: Walker Gets “Incomplete” on Student Debt
Op-Ed

Walker Gets “Incomplete” on Student Debt

97 percent of student loan borrowers would not be helped by governor's plan.

John Doe Foes Fight High Court Appeal

John Doe Foes Fight High Court Appeal

Lawyers for those investigated take steps to block appeal of Doe case to U.S. Supreme Court.

Op-Ed: Walker Targets Health Care Savings
Op-Ed

Walker Targets Health Care Savings

Self-insurance for state employees would get business support. But GOP legislators resist idea. Why?

Judge Joe Donald slams Rebecca Bradley’s hyper-partisan campaign tactics
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Judge Joe Donald slams Rebecca Bradley’s hyper-partisan campaign tactics

Asks other candidates to join in new pledge to forgo special interest money & partisan help

Governor Walker Commits to Shifting Campaign Costs onto Wisconsin Taxpayers
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Governor Walker Commits to Shifting Campaign Costs onto Wisconsin Taxpayers

It was reported that Governor Walker’s political campaign will no longer be paying for his security team’s travel costs for campaign events.

On 7th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Wisconsin Women Lag Behind
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On 7th Anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Wisconsin Women Lag Behind

In 2009, Wisconsin passed its own Equal Pay Act, which was subsequently repealed by Governor Walker and the Republican majority in the legislature in 2012.

Study Gives State Climate Change Plan C+

Study Gives State Climate Change Plan C+

Emergency management staff say they may not be allowed to mention climate change.

The Century Parks of Bay View, Sheridan and Grant Must Be Protected
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The Century Parks of Bay View, Sheridan and Grant Must Be Protected

Sup. Jursik Calls for Zoning Protection for South Shore Parks

Plenty of Horne: Lawyers Grill Supreme Court Candidates
Plenty of Horne

Lawyers Grill Supreme Court Candidates

And what a lively forum it was. Here is the truth about the candidates, so help us God.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds tight races in Wisconsin presidential primaries
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds tight races in Wisconsin presidential primaries

Feingold holds lead over Johnson in U.S. Senate race

Rep. Wachs Votes for Meaningful Relief for College Students, Loan Borrowers
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Rep. Wachs Votes for Meaningful Relief for College Students, Loan Borrowers

Republicans reject several Democratic alternatives, offer nothing more than election-year Band-Aids

Op-Ed: The Walker Agenda Is Failing
Op-Ed

The Walker Agenda Is Failing

The result is rising job layoffs, a shrinking middle class, and nation's third-worst roads.

Attacking Planned Parenthood = Attacking Women
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Attacking Planned Parenthood = Attacking Women

Make no mistake, when this legislature attacks PPWI, they are really attacking women’s ability to access life-saving health care...

Governor Scott Walker Signs Family Care Bill into Law at Rock County Courthouse
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Family Care Bill into Law at Rock County Courthouse

Wisconsinites deserve access to quality health care options, where they need it and when they need it, Governor Walker said.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive
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Citizen Action of Wisconsin Endorses Chris Larson for Milwaukee County Executive

Citizen Action of Wisconsin has 12,812 members in Milwaukee County.

Rep. Shankland Responds to Release of Gov. Walker’s Receipts from State after Failed White House Bid
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Rep. Shankland Responds to Release of Gov. Walker’s Receipts from State after Failed White House Bid

"Given that the Department of Administration has released receipts, I hope this means the governor will consider supporting the Wisconsin Taxpayer Protection Act."

Back in the News: Governor’s Tosa Home Up for Sale
Back in the News

Governor’s Tosa Home Up for Sale

The real estate agent, the wife of First Lady's cousin, was among first to gay wed in state.

Quotations from the campaign trail
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Quotations from the campaign trail

1/17/16 - 1/24/16

Op-Ed: To Fix Roads, Use Conservative Approach
Op-Ed

To Fix Roads, Use Conservative Approach

Gas tax is user fee that works. Borrowing is an inefficient alternative.

The State of Politics: Walker Plans Run for Third Term
The State of Politics

Walker Plans Run for Third Term

His listening tour is all about making him a viable candidate in 2018.

Blank Checks OK for Campaign Donors, but not our Public School Children
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Blank Checks OK for Campaign Donors, but not our Public School Children

“Since taking office, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans have cut $2 BILLION from our public schools, UW System and technical colleges...”

Data Wonk: Has Walker Grown Wisconsin’s Economy?
Data Wonk

Has Walker Grown Wisconsin’s Economy?

His conservative policies were supposed to grow jobs. Did they? First in a series.

On 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Wisconsin Republicans Turn Back Clock on Abortion Access
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On 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Wisconsin Republicans Turn Back Clock on Abortion Access

New laws move state backward on women’s health and push women dangerously close to days of back alley coat hanger abortions

43rd Anniversary of <i>Roe v. Wade</i>: Women Are at Risk When Access to Abortion is Restricted
Governor announces $108 million in payments to local governments
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Governor announces $108 million in payments to local governments

For calendar year 2016, local governments will share an estimated $419 million from the state transportation fund.

Wisconsin Budget Lags as Republicans Neglect People’s Priorities
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Wisconsin Budget Lags as Republicans Neglect People’s Priorities

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau revenue report that showed Wisconsin is expected to take in $158 million less in revenue:

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

Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages
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Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages

“The declining revenue numbers are yet another sign of Wisconsin’s underperforming economy and declining family wages under Republican control”

Senate Republicans Vote to Cut Access to Preventive Health Care
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Senate Republicans Vote to Cut Access to Preventive Health Care

AB 310 Advance to Governor Despite State’s Failure Demonstrate Any Plans to Ensure Continued Access to Reproductive Healthcare

Statement on Civil Service Changes
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Statement on Civil Service Changes

“Opening the door to political patronage will not help us recruit the best employees or improve service to the people of Wisconsin.”

Civil Service Protections Need to be Restored
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Civil Service Protections Need to be Restored

The weakening of civil service protections can lead to cronyism and corruption.

What You Didn’t Hear in GOP State of the State
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What You Didn’t Hear in GOP State of the State

Day after speech, Senate GOP to vote against Wisconsin women

Journal Sentinel Editorial Board: The real state of affairs in Wisconsin
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Journal Sentinel Editorial Board: The real state of affairs in Wisconsin

Largest paper in the state calls on Gov. Scott Walker to work with Legislative Dems

Rep. Jonathan Brostoff’s Statement on the State of the State Address
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Rep. Jonathan Brostoff’s Statement on the State of the State Address

“Governor Walker is not on Wisconsin’s side, so I am very concerned about the State of Our State.”

Walker neglected Wisconsin
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Walker neglected Wisconsin

“Tonight, the state of our state can be summed up in one word; neglected.”

State of Governor Walker’s Wisconsin: Low Wages and Stagnant Job Creation
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State of Governor Walker’s Wisconsin: Low Wages and Stagnant Job Creation

“Tonight we heard Governor Walker’s plan for Divide and Conquer 2.0”

Response to the State of the State Address
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Response to the State of the State Address

“I hope that Governor Walker can provide the leadership needed to focus on the issues that affect everyone in Wisconsin and not just the fringe group of primary voters and special interests.”

Democratic State of the State Response
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Democratic State of the State Response

By Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha)

Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 State of the State Address
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Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 State of the State Address

"The state of our state is strong. We are moving Wisconsin forward."

Representative Lisa Subeck Response to State of the State
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Representative Lisa Subeck Response to State of the State

“The agenda Governor Walker put forward tonight cannot combat the massive cuts to education and job training that he has already signed into law.”

Shilling statement on the State of the State
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Shilling statement on the State of the State

“When it comes to the challenges facing our state, we need solutions, not sound bites.”

Response to Governor Walker’s State of the State Address
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Response to Governor Walker’s State of the State Address

“Over the past year, Governor Walker and Republican legislators made it clear that special interest handouts and political power grabs were their top priorities – not the people of Wisconsin.”

Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Announces 2020 Vision Project in State of the State Address
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Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Announces 2020 Vision Project in State of the State Address

“We need to think more about the next generation than just about the next election.”

Improving Mental Health Programs: Governor Scott Walker Highlights Initiatives in State of the State Address
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Improving Mental Health Programs: Governor Scott Walker Highlights Initiatives in State of the State Address

“The mental health of the people of Wisconsin is just as important as their physical health.”

Working for Wisconsin: Project SEARCH Prepares Youth with Disabilities for Workforce, Career Success
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Working for Wisconsin: Project SEARCH Prepares Youth with Disabilities for Workforce, Career Success

Innovative program expands under Governor Walker's workforce development agenda

Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout
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Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout

“While the Governor talks about helping make college affordable and the importance of education, his feel good proposals do not undo the damage to higher education and our public schools.”

Debunking Governor Walker’s SOTS Claims
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Debunking Governor Walker’s SOTS Claims

Rep. Gordon Hintz released a useful primer to assist in interpreting the Governor’s most commonly-used statements made during the last few weeks leading up to the address.

Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present new Marquette Law School Poll
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Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present new Marquette Law School Poll

The Marquette Law School Poll is the most extensive statewide polling project in Wisconsin history.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin Student Debt Is Soaring
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin Student Debt Is Soaring

It rose 74% in 10 years, faster than all but six states. What is Walker's solution?

Minnesota Launches Student Loan Refinancing Program
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Minnesota Launches Student Loan Refinancing Program

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his allies in the legislature have continued their staunch opposition to loan refinancing for borrowers in Wisconsin.

Walker/Republican Cuts to K-12 and Higher Education Total More Than $2 Billion
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Walker/Republican Cuts to K-12 and Higher Education Total More Than $2 Billion

New figures refute Walker claims on eve of State of the State Address

Republican agenda features familiar ideas
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Republican agenda features familiar ideas

Dem proposals on school funding, broadband and student loan debt gain support

Reps. Shankland, Wachs Introduce Legislation to Increase Higher Ed Financial Aid
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Reps. Shankland, Wachs Introduce Legislation to Increase Higher Ed Financial Aid

Over 36,000 UW & Tech College students denied aid in 2014-15 due to lack of state funding

Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Highlights College Affordability Legislative Package
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Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Highlights College Affordability Legislative Package

Proposals to Build on Historic Four-Year UW-System Tuition Freeze; Freeze Saved Students an Average of $6,311 Compared to Average 8.1 Percent Yearly Increases in Prior 10 Years

Governor Walker approves projects totaling over $3.8 million at General Mitchell International Airport
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Governor Walker approves projects totaling over $3.8 million at General Mitchell International Airport

A $2.2 million project will rehabilitate 30-year-old pavement along the 5,535-foot Runway 13/31.

Murphy’s Law: What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?
Murphy’s Law

What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?

After nearly 12 years in office, his impact can be seen -- if you look hard.

Rep. Barnes Renews Call for Hearing on Alleged Abuses and Mismanagement at State Facility
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Rep. Barnes Renews Call for Hearing on Alleged Abuses and Mismanagement at State Facility

“For far too long, the safety and security of youth, staff, and other individuals in facilities like Lincoln Hills have been jeopardized by the mismanagement of Gov. Walker...”

Dems urge action to close health coverage gap
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Dems urge action to close health coverage gap

“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and we need to do everything we can to take advantage of the opportunities it provides to hardworking families in Wisconsin.”

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Governor Walker to Provide Update on Wisconsinites He Dropped from BadgerCare
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls on Governor Walker to Provide Update on Wisconsinites He Dropped from BadgerCare

Walker plan created a coverage gap and in 2014, resulted in 27,000 likely uninsured

Wisconsin ACT scores plummet
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Wisconsin ACT scores plummet

State drops from 2nd best to 9th worst in the nation

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Secretive Governing Style
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Secretive Governing Style

Since he was County Executive, Walker has devised ever more ways to operate in secret.

Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Rolls Out College Affordability Legislative Package
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Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Rolls Out College Affordability Legislative Package

Proposals to Build on Historic Four-Year UW-System Tuition Freeze; Freeze Saved Students an Average of $6,311 Compared to Average 8.1 Percent Yearly Increases in Prior 10 Years

Rep. Barca Statement on Public Records Board Revising Open Records Policy
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Rep. Barca Statement on Public Records Board Revising Open Records Policy

“My fellow Democrats and I will continue to work to protect public access to government records and ensure our citizens know what their elected officials are doing behind closed doors.”

Governor Scott Walker Announces Government Accountability Board Appointments
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Government Accountability Board Appointments

The Board is made up of six non-partisan, former state judges.

Walker Plan Fails to Provide Real Relief on Student Debt
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Walker Plan Fails to Provide Real Relief on Student Debt

“Wisconsin’s economy would clearly do better if we had a real policy solution to student loan debt and the governor’s plan isn’t it.”

Dems rebuffed by Gov. Walker on student loan debt
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Dems rebuffed by Gov. Walker on student loan debt

Governor refuses bipartisan effort on student loan refinancing

The State of Politics: The Pothole Repair Act
The State of Politics

The Pothole Repair Act

Republican legislators debate allowing counties 0.5% sales tax for road repairs and maintenance.

Waukesha water diversion application will set precedent for adherence to Great Lakes Compact
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Waukesha water diversion application will set precedent for adherence to Great Lakes Compact

Eight Great Lakes governors and two Canadian premiers ask Great Lakes citizens to chime in

Governor Scott Walker Statement on Presidential Overreach
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Governor Scott Walker Statement on Presidential Overreach

I have asked the Attorney General to review this proposed rule language as soon as it is made available

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”

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Yash Wadhwa as Commissioner of Railroads
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints Yash Wadhwa as Commissioner of Railroads

Wadhwa has over 44 years of consulting experience in numerous engineering fields including civil, environmental, and transportation engineering.

Governor Scott Walker Requests Joint Session of the Legislature for 2016 State of the State Address
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Governor Scott Walker Requests Joint Session of the Legislature for 2016 State of the State Address

A copy of Governor Walker’s formal request to the Wisconsin State Legislature is attached.

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

State aid to schools declined by $1.1 billion under Walker; choice funding rose by 77%.

Governor Walker announces more than $31 million in freight rail awards
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Governor Walker announces more than $31 million in freight rail awards

Governor Scott Walker today announced awards for seven freight rail improvement projects totaling more than $31 million in grants and loans.

The State of Politics: Five Things to Watch For in 2016
The State of Politics

Five Things to Watch For in 2016

Will Rebecca Bradley win? Can Democrats re-take the senate? Will Walker get a different job?

Layoffs hit new high under Gov. Walker
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Layoffs hit new high under Gov. Walker

Administration confirms worst year yet for mass layoffs in Wisconsin

10 Most Popular Stories of 2015

10 Most Popular Stories of 2015

The bus strike, Scott Walker’s meltdown, a sneaky Bucks arena plan -- readers flocked to these and other stories.

Your Right to Know: A Tough Year for Transparency
Your Right to Know

A Tough Year for Transparency

State leaders have worked to restrict open records and succeeded in several ways.

The State of Politics: Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015
The State of Politics

Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015

Walker and Republican legislators dominate this year's top political stories in Wisconsin.

Op-Ed: Crisis of Gun Violence Calls for Action
Op-Ed

Crisis of Gun Violence Calls for Action

City is hurting and common sense reforms by legislature could help.

A Holiday Message from Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker
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A Holiday Message from Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker

Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker released the following holiday video message today wishing a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year to the people of Wisconsin.

Rep. Barnes and Rep. Goyke Statement on Visit to Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls Facility
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Rep. Barnes and Rep. Goyke Statement on Visit to Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls Facility

“Unfortunately, it has come to state and federal investigations to showcase how yet another piece of our state has spiraled out of control under the watch of Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans,” said Rep. Barnes.

Op-Ed: How to Save the Middle Class
Op-Ed

How to Save the Middle Class

Wisconsin leads nation in middle class decline. How can state reverse trend?

The State of Politics: Are You Ready for Some Fantasy Football?
The State of Politics

Are You Ready for Some Fantasy Football?

Two major fantasy sports firms are lobbying the legislature. Will they score big?

Children Left Behind: Wisconsin Going Backwards on Achievement Gap
Children Left Behind

Wisconsin Going Backwards on Achievement Gap

Critics say changes in state education programs could worsen black-white learning gap.

3 DA’s Appeal John Doe
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3 DA’s Appeal John Doe

“This is great news for anyone who is concerned about money in politics,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Republicans Skirt Open Records Laws, Again
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Republicans Skirt Open Records Laws, Again

“Telling state employees not to conduct state business using official e-mails and telephones is a new low.”

What will it take to get Republican leaders to intervene?
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What will it take to get Republican leaders to intervene?

Reports of child abuse, sexual assault not enough to spur GOP investigation

Walker Aides Ordered To Avoid State Phones, Email?

Walker Aides Ordered To Avoid State Phones, Email?

Two cabinet members say Huebsch instructed them to use private channels for state business.

Rep. Bowen calls for local alternatives for Milwaukee youth at Lincoln Hills
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Rep. Bowen calls for local alternatives for Milwaukee youth at Lincoln Hills

“As more details emerge regarding the situation at Lincoln Hills, it is disturbing to learn of children under the watch of Governor Walker’s Department of Corrections allegedly enduring physical and sexual abuse...”

Board Makes the Right Decision to Not Fund John Doe II Appeal
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Board Makes the Right Decision to Not Fund John Doe II Appeal

Minority Group of Supervisors Successfully Blocks Funding Proposal

State Economy Falters as Republicans Open Wisconsin for Corruption
Press Release

State Economy Falters as Republicans Open Wisconsin for Corruption

Wisconsin still in the bottom third in private-sector job growth

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Assault on Open Records
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Assault on Open Records

Walker and Republicans are methodically working to end any scrutiny of their actions.

Governor Walker Signs AB 387 and AB388
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Governor Walker Signs AB 387 and AB388

Ushering In New Era of Corruption

Medicaid Expansion Would Save State $1 Billion

Medicaid Expansion Would Save State $1 Billion

And cover 83,000 more people, nonpartisan report concludes. Walker still rejects federal funding.

Republican Laws Mark End of Clean, Open and Transparent Government
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Republican Laws Mark End of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

“Once again, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans could not be trusted to do the right thing for our state.”

Intimidated by public opposition, Gov. Walker signs political corruption bills in private
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Intimidated by public opposition, Gov. Walker signs political corruption bills in private

Upset by the criminal conviction of six Walker aides on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office, Republicans have repeatedly sought to weaken Wisconsin’s ethics enforcement and campaign finance laws.

Walker Signs Bill to Open Wisconsin to Corruption
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Walker Signs Bill to Open Wisconsin to Corruption

“It’s clear that the people of Wisconsin can’t trust Republicans to stand up for clean government.”

Chairman Lipscomb Says John Doe Probe Resolution Unnecessary
Press Release

Chairman Lipscomb Says John Doe Probe Resolution Unnecessary

The County Board Has No Role in Decision on Appeal

Supervisors Weishan, Jursik, Introduce Resolution Supporting “John Doe II”
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Supervisors Weishan, Jursik, Introduce Resolution Supporting “John Doe II”

Measure Calls for Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Governor Walker’s $1 Billion “Missed Opportunity”
Press Release

Governor Walker’s $1 Billion “Missed Opportunity”

Nonpartisan Wisconsin agency estimates taxpayers could have saved over $1 billion through BadgerCare expansion

Repaying taxpayers is still not a priority for Governor Walker
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Repaying taxpayers is still not a priority for Governor Walker

Faced with $1 million in campaign debt, Governor Walker has been busy soliciting donations to fill the hole caused by his presidential campaign’s reckless spending.

Governor Scott Walker Celebrates Hoan Bridge Project Completion, Participates in Lakefront Gateway Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Governor Scott Walker Celebrates Hoan Bridge Project Completion, Participates in Lakefront Gateway Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

Governor Scott Walker joined local leaders in Milwaukee today to celebrate both the completion of the Hoan Bridge Project as well as the beginning of the Lakefront Gateway Project.

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

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.

Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings
Press Release

Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings

BadgerCare expansion would generate critical funding for local schools, roads

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

Governor Walker appointed Paul Rifelj to Branch 31 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Bills Would Encourage Predatory Lawsuits Against WI Consumers
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Bills Would Encourage Predatory Lawsuits Against WI Consumers

Would Encourage Out-of-State Debt Buyers to Sue Consumers for Debt They May Not Owe

The State of Politics: Legislative Leaders Could Soon Be Dictators
The State of Politics

Legislative Leaders Could Soon Be Dictators

That’s the likely impact of new campaign finance laws, former Senate Majority Leader Tim Cullen predicts.

Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde Troubled By Lincoln Hills Allegations
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Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde Troubled By Lincoln Hills Allegations

Calls for Juvenile Justice System Reform in Wisconsin

Chisholm Considering Appeal of John Doe Ruling

Chisholm Considering Appeal of John Doe Ruling

Four DAs discussing whether to appeal state high court decision to U.S. Supreme Court.

Data Wonk: Why John Doe Won’t Die
Data Wonk

Why John Doe Won’t Die

The court cases haven’t ended. Will U.S. Supreme Court take the case?

Murphy’s Law: “The NRA’s Vision for America is Anarchy.”
Murphy’s Law

“The NRA’s Vision for America is Anarchy.”

Chief Flynn say legislature’s “insane” concealed carry law causes crime and threatens police safety.

Wisconsin State Supreme Court Out of Order on John Doe II!
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Wisconsin State Supreme Court Out of Order on John Doe II!

“This is a corrupt, rigged, and renegade court,” said Matt Rothschild.

The State of Politics: Property Taxes Will Rise Slightly
The State of Politics

Property Taxes Will Rise Slightly

By 0.6%, but the tax has still dropped 3.9% since Walker took office.

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

Estimated annual cost in Wisconsin is $2.9 billion, or $508 per person.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Strongly Supports Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank
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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Strongly Supports Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

After Republican Opposition and Wisconsin Job Loss, Senate Passes Legislation

Vel Phillips’ son files to run for judge in Milwaukee
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Vel Phillips’ son files to run for judge in Milwaukee

CEO Pay Drives Inequality, Researcher Finds

CEO Pay Drives Inequality, Researcher Finds

Data on Milwaukee CEOs discussed at UWM summit on inequality.

Torinus: No, Walker Didn’t Lose Oscar Mayer
Torinus

No, Walker Didn’t Lose Oscar Mayer

Company's decision to shut down Madison plant was all about cost cutting.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term
Citation

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term

Rep. Barnes to Gov. Walker – Help Milwaukee Avoid Hunger Crisis
Press Release

Rep. Barnes to Gov. Walker – Help Milwaukee Avoid Hunger Crisis

2,700 Milwaukee residents affected each month by failed service model

The State of Politics: Businesses’ Unemployment Tax Going Down
The State of Politics

Businesses’ Unemployment Tax Going Down

20% cut sounds good, but is part of boom-or-bust fund that experts criticize.

Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker Host Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Executive Residence
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Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker Host Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Executive Residence

Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker kicked off the holiday season today by lighting the Christmas Tree at the Executive Residence.

Governor declares November 30 Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day
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Governor declares November 30 Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day

Proclamation notes snowplow drivers’ vital role in keeping roadways safe and open for winter travel

The State of Politics: 10 More Changes Republicans Want
The State of Politics

10 More Changes Republicans Want

They’re far from done passing major changes. Here’s 10 more laws on the horizon.

Governor Scott Walker Attends USS Milwaukee Commissioning Ceremony
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Governor Scott Walker Attends USS Milwaukee Commissioning Ceremony

Governor Scott Walker provided remarks this afternoon at the USS Milwaukee Commissioning Ceremony, held at Veterans Park in Milwaukee.

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Governor Walker’s Attempt to Reject Syrian Refugees
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Governor Walker’s Attempt to Reject Syrian Refugees

“I am proud to stand with President Obama in welcoming refugees fleeing a vicious civil war.”

Shut Down WEDC and Move Real Reforms Forward
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Shut Down WEDC and Move Real Reforms Forward

“The Republican WEDC experiment is an outright failure.”

Could Marcus Center become downtown’s orphan venue?
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Could Marcus Center become downtown’s orphan venue?

Sen. Gudex “Isn’t Certain” There’s a Problem at WEDC
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Sen. Gudex “Isn’t Certain” There’s a Problem at WEDC

This week, it was reported that Gov. Walker’s scandal-plagued jobs agency broke the law when it awarded $21 million more in taxpayer funding to corporations than it was legally authorized.

Data Wonk: How Liberals Imitate Right Wing
Data Wonk

How Liberals Imitate Right Wing

Their stance on Abele and charter schools is just as close-minded as right wingers.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Over 49,300 Winter Items Donated to Wisconsin Charities Over 4 Years
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Over 49,300 Winter Items Donated to Wisconsin Charities Over 4 Years

Governor Walker joins tourism industry to support “Big Bundle Up” campaign for fifth year

New MU Law School Poll finds Carson, Trump and Rubio atop Wisconsin primary race
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New MU Law School Poll finds Carson, Trump and Rubio atop Wisconsin primary race

Clinton holds edge among Wisconsin Democrats

Riemer’s Bill Would Welcome Syrian Refugees

Riemer’s Bill Would Welcome Syrian Refugees

Despite opposition from Republicans, Milwaukee lawmaker still pushing idea.

Governor approves more than $3.8 million for transportation needs of seniors/individuals with disabilities
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Governor approves more than $3.8 million for transportation needs of seniors/individuals with disabilities

The program grants are awarded to assist local public bodies and private, non-profit agencies provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Impacted Citizens Fight for Clean Power Plan
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Impacted Citizens Fight for Clean Power Plan

Recent Attempts to Block EPA Rule Spur Caledonia Families to Take Action

Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388
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Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388

Bills Will Have a Devastating Impact on Wisconsin’s Tradition of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

Chris Abele is spending early and often in re-election bid
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Chris Abele is spending early and often in re-election bid

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Federal Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Federal Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program

"Furthermore, I am opposed to recently introduced legislation encouraging the state to accept Syrian refugees in Wisconsin."

The State of Politics: 8 Reasons Wisconsin Has National GOP Clout
The State of Politics

8 Reasons Wisconsin Has National GOP Clout

Few states have such power in Republican presidential politics.

Democrat challenging John Chisholm has uphill battle
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Democrat challenging John Chisholm has uphill battle

How Conservative States Use Expanded Medicaid

How Conservative States Use Expanded Medicaid

Montana, Arizona, Alaska and others saved on taxes by accepting federal dollars.

Medicaid Claims Majority of New State Spending During 2015-17
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Medicaid Claims Majority of New State Spending During 2015-17

New State Budget Also Has Major Implications for Education and Transportation

Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed 49 bills into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Governor Scott Walker Releases Veterans Day Statement
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Veterans Day Statement

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Ensuring Wisconsin Workers Receive Fair Wages
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on Ensuring Wisconsin Workers Receive Fair Wages

“Under Walker’s Wisconsin we are seeing stagnant wages, a shrinking middle class, and businesses fleeing our state.”

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukee School Named After Ben Carson
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukee School Named After Ben Carson

The Benjamin Carson Academy of Science "fails to meet expectations." Remind you of anyone?

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.

Tainted Water: Many Communities Have Unsafe Drinking Water
Tainted Water

Many Communities Have Unsafe Drinking Water

An estimated 800,000 state residents consume contaminated well water.

GOP Leaders Open the Floodgates for Corruption, Collusion, and Corporate Cash
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GOP Leaders Open the Floodgates for Corruption, Collusion, and Corporate Cash

“It is unconscionable that Republicans would want to further suppress the voice of Wisconsinites by allowing the wealthiest 1% and special interest influences to poison our political system.”

Governor Scott Walker Speaks at the 2015 YPSummit
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Governor Scott Walker Speaks at the 2015 YPSummit

Governor Scott Walker delivered remarks at the 2015 YPSummit in Milwaukee today.

Legislators Borrow $350 Million for Highways

Legislators Borrow $350 Million for Highways

Bipartisan law will drive up debt and take from general fund for education and other needs.

Governor Walker, WEDC Must Do More to Help Wisconsin Companies
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Governor Walker, WEDC Must Do More to Help Wisconsin Companies

“I also am renewing my call for WEDC to discuss not only Oscar Mayer but the many other vital Wisconsin companies we need to keep in Wisconsin, at our board meeting next week.”

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Issues Statement on Clean Power Plan Lawsuit
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Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Issues Statement on Clean Power Plan Lawsuit

24 States Look to Roll Back the EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule

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.”

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Wisconsin Joining Lawsuit Challenging 111(b) Rule
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Wisconsin Joining Lawsuit Challenging 111(b) Rule

Governor Scott Walker today released the following statement regarding the Attorney General’s office joining a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 111(b) rule.

Data Wonk: Has Wisconsin Become a Can’t Do State?
Data Wonk

Has Wisconsin Become a Can’t Do State?

State’s still lagging economy points to problems with political leadership.

Governor Scott Walker Approves Agency Rule Relating to Entitlement Reform
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Governor Scott Walker Approves Agency Rule Relating to Entitlement Reform

Allows DCF to move forward with implementation of drug testing requirement

The State of Politics: “The Answer Is No”
The State of Politics

“The Answer Is No”

Wisconsin still won’t take federal cash to expand Medicaid.

Op-Ed: Open Government is Good Government
Op-Ed

Open Government is Good Government

Three bills will rewrite long-standing campaign finance, ethics and anti-corruption laws.

Plenty of Horne: Conservation Voters Convene
Plenty of Horne

Conservation Voters Convene

Former congressmen Obey and Petri make a League of Conservation Voters fundraiser a stop on their bipartisan road trip.

Marketplace Governor’s Awards Winners Named
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Marketplace Governor’s Awards Winners Named

Top minority, women and veteran-owned businesses honored for their success at annual Marketplace conference

How Talk Radio Hurt The Journal Sentinel

How Talk Radio Hurt The Journal Sentinel

Sykes’ continual bashing -- allowed by corporate bosses -- badly wounded their own newspaper.

Governor Scott Walker Attends Marketplace 2015 Conference
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Governor Scott Walker Attends Marketplace 2015 Conference

Governor Scott Walker joined local business leaders and representatives today in Milwaukee at Marketplace 2015, the Governor’s 34th Annual Conference on Minority Business Development.

Op-Ed: Republicans Ransack Civil Service System
Op-Ed

Republicans Ransack Civil Service System

Cronyism is seeping into our government.

Conservation Advocates Deliver Petition Signatures to Sen. Ron Johnson
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Conservation Advocates Deliver Petition Signatures to Sen. Ron Johnson

Johnson Attempting to Block Clean Power Plan

Governor Scott Walker Appoints District I Court of Appeals Judge
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints District I Court of Appeals Judge

Today Governor Scott Walker is announcing the appointment of Judge William W. Brash, III to the Court of Appeals.

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs

“I look forward to working with Rep. Young and my state legislative colleagues to create a vehicle that will help to reverse Wisconsin’s dismal records of being the worst place in nation to raise a black child.”

Governor Scott Walker Participates in 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summit
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Governor Scott Walker Participates in 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summit

Governor Scott Walker joined cyber security experts today at Marquette University to discuss new cyber security challenges for the state of Wisconsin

Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption
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Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption

Public Interest will take a Back Seat to Political Interests

Governor Scott Walker Unveils “The Big Cheese”
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Governor Scott Walker Unveils “The Big Cheese”

Megabus.com joins Governor Walker in the unveiling Wisconsin-themed bus

Walker Highway Plan May Cause Education Cuts

Walker Highway Plan May Cause Education Cuts

Using general fund rather than highway fund may lead to more cuts for schools and UW.

Murphy’s Law: The Revenge of Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

The Revenge of Scott Walker?

Law killing John Doe law assures no more such probes targeting him. But was reform needed?

Plenty Of Horne: Barrett, Walker, Tout New Freshwater Plaza
Plenty Of Horne

Barrett, Walker, Tout New Freshwater Plaza

$48 million mixed-use development has a little to do with water and a location near inner harbor.

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Wisconsin Joining Lawsuit Challenging 111(d) Rule
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Wisconsin Joining Lawsuit Challenging 111(d) Rule

Governor Scott Walker today released the following statement regarding the Attorney General’s announcement that Wisconsin is joining a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule.

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Signing John Doe Bill
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Signing John Doe Bill

"Governor Walker and his fellow Republicans have sent strong signals that Wisconsin is open for corruption."

Gov. Walker signs bill limiting John Doe investigations
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Gov. Walker signs bill limiting John Doe investigations

Wisconsin families ignored as GOP enables more political corruption

Governor Scott Walker Attends Freshwater Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Governor Scott Walker Attends Freshwater Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony

Freshwater Plaza is a mixed-use development that is located in the Fifth Ward and Walker’s Point neighborhood area.

Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Manufacturing First Expo and Conference
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Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Manufacturing First Expo and Conference

Governor Scott Walker spoke today at the 5th Annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference.

“I’m your Lt. Governor. I know my job.”

“I’m your Lt. Governor. I know my job.”

Rebecca Kleefisch offers coy banalities while “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.”

Op-Ed: Why GAB Must Be Disbanded
Op-Ed

Why GAB Must Be Disbanded

Government Accountability Board abused its power and had secret email system.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 236 Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 236 Into Law

The bill relates to temporary alcohol beverage retail licenses.

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Judicial Vacancy
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Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Judicial Vacancy

Governor Scott Walker announced today he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

County Executive Chris Abele “Hiding” From Public
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County Executive Chris Abele “Hiding” From Public

He Refuses Three Requests From County Board to Answer Questions in Public Forum

Transportation borrowing in Wisconsin is out of control
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Transportation borrowing in Wisconsin is out of control

New revenue is needed now while gas prices are at an all-time low

Governor Scott Walker Speaks at 2015 State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon
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Governor Scott Walker Speaks at 2015 State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon

Governor Scott Walker spoke to job creators at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon in Madison today.

Governor Scott Walker Holds Press Conference Regarding Wisconsin Department of Transportation Contingent Bonding Request in Neenah
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Governor Scott Walker Holds Press Conference Regarding Wisconsin Department of Transportation Contingent Bonding Request in Neenah

Governor Scott Walker held a press conference today in Neenah regarding the request by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Data Wonk: Marching Towards Ideological Conformity
Data Wonk

Marching Towards Ideological Conformity

Ideology prevents Republicans from offering real solutions. Ditto for liberal charter school haters.

Wisconsin’s freight rail system keeps the state’s economy on track
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Wisconsin’s freight rail system keeps the state’s economy on track

There are 13 railroads, including four major railroads, which operate more than 3,500 miles of track in the state.

Back in the News: Gov. Walker Did Have Secret Email System
Back in the News

Gov. Walker Did Have Secret Email System

Report shows state business conducted through 300 personal emails, confirms Urban Milwaukee story.

Tales of the WEDC

Tales of the WEDC

Some deals by controversial jobs agency worked, others failed badly

Musical chairs starting again at Milwaukee County Circuit Court
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Musical chairs starting again at Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Black Leaders Demand Changes to Address Poverty

Black Leaders Demand Changes to Address Poverty

State and county criticized for not addressing high city poverty and black unemployment.

Murphy’s Law: Chris Larson’s War Against Abele
Murphy’s Law

Chris Larson’s War Against Abele

State senator running for county executive blasts Abele with personal attacks, will divide Democrats.

Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters
Citation

Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy
Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy

These businesses spend much of their time battling political opposition in Wisconsin, an expert notes.

Dave Zweifel’s Madison: ‘Uncle Rodney,’ the last of the great characters
Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Decision to Stay the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Decision to Stay the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule

In June, Wisconsin joined one of the many lawsuits that have been filed challenging this rule.

Truth in Advertising: Games, Claims and Frames
Press Release

Truth in Advertising: Games, Claims and Frames

A Review of the Milwaukee County 2016 Budget

Plenty of Horne: Journal Sentinel Will Lose All Local Control
Plenty of Horne

Journal Sentinel Will Lose All Local Control

Gannett purchase will make it part of national chain, integrated into USA Today-centered operation.

Rep. Barca Statement on Governor Walker’s Supreme Court Appointment
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Rep. Barca Statement on Governor Walker’s Supreme Court Appointment

“The Governor making this appointment so close to the election does not serve the public well...”

GOP Cuts to UW System Hurt Wisconsin Students
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GOP Cuts to UW System Hurt Wisconsin Students

Board of Regents approves UW-Madison request to lift nonresident cap

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Spoils System
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Spoils System

The bill to kill civil service aims to create a one-party government, from top to bottom.

Legislative Republicans propose dismantling of Accountability Board
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Legislative Republicans propose dismantling of Accountability Board

“Given the recent attacks on open record laws, high-profile criminal investigations and repeated instances of cronyism, it’s clear that we need more government accountability, not less.”

Wisconsin Has Fewer Employees Than Most States

Wisconsin Has Fewer Employees Than Most States

State has 7.4% less state workers than national average and payroll lower than 40 states.

Wisconsinites Aren’t Fooled by Walker
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Wisconsinites Aren’t Fooled by Walker

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Public Hearing to Gut Civil Service Protections

Murphy’s Law: The Walker Campaign “Scandal”
Murphy’s Law

The Walker Campaign “Scandal”

Something went wrong. And everyone’s blaming campaign manager Rick Wiley. Why?

Op-Ed: How Republicans Will Dismantle Civil Service
Op-Ed

How Republicans Will Dismantle Civil Service

The result will replace hiring and promotions by merit with political appointments.

Transportation Funding too Important to Wait
Press Release

Transportation Funding too Important to Wait

“Unfortunately, Republicans in Madison aren’t interested in making decisions. Wisconsin deserves answers, and solutions.”

The State of Politics: How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB
The State of Politics

How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB

Government Accountability Board will be scrapped in favor of weaker commissions.

Torinus: What Is Walker’s New Agenda?
Torinus

What Is Walker’s New Agenda?

Economy, environment, health care, central city problems and UW system all need serious attention.

Uihleins spend big to help Ron Johnson defend Senate seat from Russ Feingold
DNR investigating unauthorized path improvements on state land
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DNR investigating unauthorized path improvements on state land

Governor Scott Walker Announces Workplace Wellness Program Grants Available to Small Businesses
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Workplace Wellness Program Grants Available to Small Businesses

Governor Scott Walker announced today that Workplace Wellness Program grants of up to $15,000 are now available to Wisconsin businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

Longtime AFSCME Council 24 leader Marty Beil dead at 68
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Longtime AFSCME Council 24 leader Marty Beil dead at 68

Op-Ed: 10 Things Walker Can Do To Reunite Wisconsin
Op-Ed

10 Things Walker Can Do To Reunite Wisconsin

Instead of "divide and conquer" why not try a kinder, gentler approach?

Governor Scott Walker Announces 2015 Christmas Tree Theme: Wisconsin Sports
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces 2015 Christmas Tree Theme: Wisconsin Sports

Today, Governor Scott Walker began accepting applications to decorate Wisconsin’s 2015 National Christmas Tree Display.

Shilling Calls for Special Session on Transportation Funding
Press Release

Shilling Calls for Special Session on Transportation Funding

A July 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation ranked Wisconsin the third worst state in the nation for transportation infrastructure.

Murphy’s Law: 8 Reasons Why Walker’s Campaign Failed
Murphy’s Law

8 Reasons Why Walker’s Campaign Failed

Media analysts nationally have mostly missed the real story.

Transit users encouraged to participate in public transit survey
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Transit users encouraged to participate in public transit survey

The survey is being shared with all 81 of Wisconsin’s public transit systems October 5 to 16.

Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval at 37 percent, following presidential run
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Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval at 37 percent, following presidential run

Trump takes GOP lead, Clinton holds Dem edge in Wisconsin

Data Wonk: Is ObamaCare Working in Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Is ObamaCare Working in Wisconsin?

Yes, because Walker used one part of Obamacare to replace what he rejected.

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare
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Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare

Wisconsin is adding mostly poverty-wage jobs, which is increasing BadgerCare enrollment.

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Governor Scott Walker announced today he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

AFP Applauds Efforts to Modernize State Recruitment and Retention
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AFP Applauds Efforts to Modernize State Recruitment and Retention

Bill would reform outdated employment policies improving government efficiency and accountability

Op-Ed: WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency
Op-Ed

WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency

Top brass of jobs agency miss opportunity to apologize and fix problems.

Twelfth Annual Nohl Fellowship Exhibition Opens at INOVA, October 9
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Twelfth Annual Nohl Fellowship Exhibition Opens at INOVA, October 9

Each autumn, the Nohl exhibition affords us an opportunity to stop and consider what it means to be an artist in greater Milwaukee at a specific moment in time.

The State of Politics: Walker’s Post-Campaign “To Do” List
The State of Politics

Walker’s Post-Campaign “To Do” List

Back from his failed presidential campaign, what are his policy priorities for the state?

What the GOP Debates Didn’t Address

What the GOP Debates Didn’t Address

They offered great entertainment, but candidates are missing some huge issues.

Uline founders want massive effort to anchor floating bog
Citation

Uline founders want massive effort to anchor floating bog

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Caterpillar Announcement to Cut Jobs
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Caterpillar Announcement to Cut Jobs

“Walker’s Wisconsin already has the fastest shrinking middle class in the U.S., is last in the nation for new business startups, and lags in job creation.”

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.

Republicans Again Put Extreme Special Interests above People
Press Release

Republicans Again Put Extreme Special Interests above People

Republican Legislature Passes Bills to Endanger Health Care Access for 50,000 Patients While Refusing to Protect Taxpayers

Wisconsin Republicans Double Down on Betrayal of Wisconsin Women
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Wisconsin Republicans Double Down on Betrayal of Wisconsin Women

“...Wisconsin Republicans’ campaign to attack and betray Wisconsin women remains a very clear and present danger to Wisconsin families.”

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Recruitment and Retention Reforms
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Recruitment and Retention Reforms

Governor Scott Walker today released the following statement regarding recruitment and retention reform legislation to be introduced by Senator Roger Roth and Representative Jim Steineke

Plenty of Horne: Restoration Hardware to Third Ward?
Plenty of Horne

Restoration Hardware to Third Ward?

Architectural Review Board creates confusion. Plus: New beats for Journal Sentinel reporters.

Data Wonk: The Fall of Scott Walker
Data Wonk

The Fall of Scott Walker

Did the Club for Growth contribute to the rise of Donald Trump and the fall of Scott Walker?

DNR board tables sale of lakefront land to Walker donor
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DNR board tables sale of lakefront land to Walker donor

Governor Scott Walker Requests Nominations for 1st Annual Wisconsin Job Honor Award
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Requests Nominations for 1st Annual Wisconsin Job Honor Award

Nomination period runs through October 15, 2015

Chris Abele’s Pledge to MPS and its Students Neglects Democracy
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Chris Abele’s Pledge to MPS and its Students Neglects Democracy

We are engaged in a struggle for democracy against the oligarchs, influential capitalists who want to control the government in order to benefit personally, often at the expense of the common citizen.

Milwaukee’s Infrastructure Challenges

Milwaukee’s Infrastructure Challenges

Public Policy Forum panelists agree: Federal money is becoming a less reliable source of infrastructure funding.

Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks
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Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks

Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #176 today ordering the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in memory of state Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks.

Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes
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Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes

Despite stunning presidential collapse, GOP continues effort to block birth control access and obstruct lifesaving medical research

Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present new Marquette Law School Poll
Press Release

Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present new Marquette Law School Poll

Franklin and Mike Gousha will go inside the numbers of the poll

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension
Press Release

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension

“The citizens of Wisconsin said loud and clear that Governor Walker’s divide and conquer philosophy is not how we should do business in America.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Ending His Presidential Campaign
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Ending His Presidential Campaign

“Gov. Walker has pushed far right wing policies through Wisconsin hoping that extreme element of his party would propel his presidential campaign to win the nomination.”

The State of Politics: New Tax Auditors Target Out-Of-State Firms
The State of Politics

New Tax Auditors Target Out-Of-State Firms

Including many firms whose accounts have never been scrutinized before.

Jobs Lacking After State Subsidy of Kohl’s

Jobs Lacking After State Subsidy of Kohl’s

After qualifying for up to $62.5 million in state taxpayer subsidies, the retail giant is falling short of creating jobs and making capital investments

Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan
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Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan

State high court reinstates law license for Hurtgen
Citation

State high court reinstates law license for Hurtgen

Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease
Citation

Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease

Wisconsin schools remain resilient
Press Release

Wisconsin schools remain resilient

Historic K-12 cuts and massive voucher expansion can’t stop local schools

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education Address
Press Release

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education Address

"The most-recent voucher school to close its doors did so just nine days into the school year"

Milwaukee’s poverty rate is unacceptable
Press Release

Milwaukee’s poverty rate is unacceptable

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 17, 2015

Data Wonk: Why Was Cindy Archer Lawsuit Pursued?
Data Wonk

Why Was Cindy Archer Lawsuit Pursued?

It’s certainly not helping conservatives who filed it. Another John Doe mystery.

Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena
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Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena

Walker Should Compromise on Immigration

Walker Should Compromise on Immigration

Business and farmers want immigrants. A middle ground solution is needed.

Protect Wisconsin students; Pass voucher school accountability
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Protect Wisconsin students; Pass voucher school accountability

“While Republicans focus on cutting local school funding and turning the state’s superintendent into a partisan political position, Wisconsin students and families are being left behind.”

City panel OKs $47 million for Bucks arena; opening may be delayed to 2018
GOP lawmaker moves to have governor, not voters, pick schools chief
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GOP lawmaker moves to have governor, not voters, pick schools chief

The State of Politics: Budget Forces ‘20% Reduction’ In Highway Projects
The State of Politics

Budget Forces ‘20% Reduction’ In Highway Projects

Budget reduction will raise the final costs of all projects

Plenty of Horne: Hillary Clinton Comes to Town
Plenty of Horne

Hillary Clinton Comes to Town

UWM Union once again site of presidential candidate visit and a tribute to the late Art Elkon

Governor Scott Walker Announces Three Appointments to Wisconsin Center District Board
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Three Appointments to Wisconsin Center District Board

Today, Governor Scott Walker announced three appointments to the Wisconsin Center District Board.

Citation

Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act
Press Release

Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act

“John Doe Reform Bill” Would Eliminate Tools for Rooting Out Political Corruption

Comedy: Jen Kirkman Delights Turner Hall Crowd
Comedy

Jen Kirkman Delights Turner Hall Crowd

The former comedy writer has become a stand-up champ.

Data Wonk: The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm
Data Wonk

The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm

His unwillingness to answer challenges to John Doe raises questions.

Back in the News: Walker “Worst” Candidate on Wind, Solar?
Back in the News

Walker “Worst” Candidate on Wind, Solar?

State is worst for home solar and stagnant on wind power, Bloomberg story suggests.

Bucks hope to break ground this year on Park East practice facility
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Bucks hope to break ground this year on Park East practice facility

Governor Scott Walker Approves Scope Statements Relating to Entitlement Reform
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Governor Scott Walker Approves Scope Statements Relating to Entitlement Reform

Allows state agencies to begin implementation of drug testing requirement

Weeks after uproar, Robin Vos sought open records law change
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Weeks after uproar, Robin Vos sought open records law change

Op-Ed: A World Without Walls
Op-Ed

A World Without Walls

Freeways create concrete walls that divide the city. Their expansion is unneeded.

GOP shuns accountability, opts for further voucher expansion
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GOP shuns accountability, opts for further voucher expansion

Cost of Gov. Walker’s $1.1 billion entitlement program set to grow again

Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies
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Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies

Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain
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Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain

“Today’s column proves that Scott Walker will say anything to get elected.”

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Mark Hogan as Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Mark Hogan as Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

“I am honored to join the team at WEDC, and look forward to putting my experience to work for the people of Wisconsin,” Hogan said.

Murphy’s Law: The Meltdown of Scott Walker
Murphy’s Law

The Meltdown of Scott Walker

Onetime frontrunner for Iowa primary is “finished,” most covering presidential campaign say.

Back in the News: Minority Women-Owned Firms Rise 97%
Back in the News

Minority Women-Owned Firms Rise 97%

State still ranks low in entrepreneurship but new firms by women and minority owners soar.

Government Policies Tough on Working Poor

Government Policies Tough on Working Poor

Many work for fast food chains and are hurt by Badger Care changes.

Governor Scott Walker Proclaims September as Workforce Development Month
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Governor Scott Walker Proclaims September as Workforce Development Month

Throughout the month of September, DWD leaders and regional workforce partners will recognize Workforce Development Month through a variety of events.

Once Again, Republicans in the State Legislature Propose to Cut Off Access to Essential Health Care
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Once Again, Republicans in the State Legislature Propose to Cut Off Access to Essential Health Care

Planned Parenthood remains committed to providing the compassionate, quality and safe medical care and education services that Wisconsin women rely on.

Barca, Lassa Demand that WEDC Board Discuss Eaton Clawback, Other Outsourcing Issues
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Barca, Lassa Demand that WEDC Board Discuss Eaton Clawback, Other Outsourcing Issues

The latest WKOW report found that Eaton Corporation is sending another 83 jobs from its Pewaukee facility to Mexico.

Walker Administration’s Lax Health Insurance Regulation Costly for Wisconsin Consumers
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Walker Administration’s Lax Health Insurance Regulation Costly for Wisconsin Consumers

Wisconsin has among the highest health insurance rates in the nation on the individual insurance market, and inflation rates that are well above average.

Op-Ed: Schools Need Help For Hungry Children
Op-Ed

Schools Need Help For Hungry Children

Assembly bill seeks to give more kids access to quality meals for breakfast and lunch.

$1.1 Billion and Counting…
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$1.1 Billion and Counting…

GOP vouchers undermine public education in Wisconsin

Don’t Dabble With Future of UW, Tech Colleges

Don’t Dabble With Future of UW, Tech Colleges

Republican proposal to merge them is neither timely nor well thought out.

Panel goes “On the Issues” to discuss Walker presidential campaign
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Panel goes “On the Issues” to discuss Walker presidential campaign

In this hour-long conversation, we’ll take a closer look at Walker’s bid for national office with two award-winning reporters.

Many Killed by Teens Illegally Carrying Guns

Many Killed by Teens Illegally Carrying Guns

Laws make possession illegal, but 6% of MPS teens reported having guns.

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.

Murphy’s Law: How Walker Wasted Pricey Legal Help
Murphy’s Law

How Walker Wasted Pricey Legal Help

He ignored $2.2 million report concluding Kenosha casino had no legal risks.

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement Congratulating Oshkosh Corporation
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement Congratulating Oshkosh Corporation

"On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I congratulate them on being awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract by the U.S. Army. "

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on WEDC CEO Retirement Announcement
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on WEDC CEO Retirement Announcement

"Reed has overseen a transformational period at WEDC with a steady hand."

Op-Ed: Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”
Op-Ed

Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”

Republican plan giving Abele power over low-performing MPS schools offers few details.

City comptroller recommends approval of Milwaukee Bucks arena plan
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City comptroller recommends approval of Milwaukee Bucks arena plan

Murphy’s Law: The Twisted Tale of Talgo
Murphy’s Law

The Twisted Tale of Talgo

Settlement forces state to pay more for trains it didn’t get, leaving it with slower Amtrak trains.

Wisconsin ports and waterways help chart the course for Wisconsin’s growing economy
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Wisconsin ports and waterways help chart the course for Wisconsin’s growing economy

Governor proclaims this week as Ports Week across the state

Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap
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Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap

Chairman Lipscomb Responds to Five-Year Financial Forecast

Rep. Shankland, Sen. Hansen Unveil Proposal to Protect Wisconsin Taxpayers
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Rep. Shankland, Sen. Hansen Unveil Proposal to Protect Wisconsin Taxpayers

Bill Would Require Gov. Walker, Others Running for Federal Office to Report and Swiftly Reimburse Travel Expenses

Data Wonk: Will Walker Plan to Replace ObamaCare Work?
Data Wonk

Will Walker Plan to Replace ObamaCare Work?

He’s the only Republican to present a specific plan, but its results might explain why.

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Judge
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Judge

Throughout her career, Havas has distinguished herself as a leader in the legal community.

Cruel and Unusual: Wisconsin Curbs Solitary Confinement
Cruel and Unusual

Wisconsin Curbs Solitary Confinement

State joins national reform movement, but prisoner advocates say more could be done.

GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle
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GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Staff Promotions
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Staff Promotions

Current Chief of Staff Eric Schutt is leaving the administration to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family.

Walker’s Health Plan Would Make Wisconsin One of the Most Expensive States, Minnesota Lowest
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Walker’s Health Plan Would Make Wisconsin One of the Most Expensive States, Minnesota Lowest

Walker’s tax credit plan worse for states like Wisconsin with high health insurance costs. Regional health insurance price changes provided in analysis

Governor Scott Walker, DWD Secretary Newson Announce $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grant Awards
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Governor Scott Walker, DWD Secretary Newson Announce $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grant Awards

The graduation rate for eligible youth apprentices was 84% last year.

State Sees 50% Drop in Uninsured Adults

State Sees 50% Drop in Uninsured Adults

Since Obamacare, percent of Wisconsinites lacking health coverage dropped from 11.7% to 5.6%.

Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Clinton leading primary fields among Wisconsin voters
Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage

The number of education majors and teaching candidates is drastically declining. Why?

Talgo to receive up to $9.75 million from Wisconsin over train lawsuit
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Talgo to receive up to $9.75 million from Wisconsin over train lawsuit

Data Wonk: The John Doe Fiction Continues
Data Wonk

The John Doe Fiction Continues

National Review doubles down on dubious claim of “paramilitary raids.”

Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s proposal to restrict health care access
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Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s proposal to restrict health care access

“Gov. Walker’s plan will end up costing working families more while largely benefiting the big insurance companies and wealthy special interests who are backing his presidential campaign.”

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.

Scott Walker’s “Bait and Switch” Health Care Plan Would Force Millions Off Health Coverage
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Scott Walker’s “Bait and Switch” Health Care Plan Would Force Millions Off Health Coverage

Supposed plan is a thinly veiled excuse to go backwards and to legalize discrimination

Walker the War Hawk

Walker the War Hawk

As presidential candidate, Walker offers bellicose policies that would provoke Russia.

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.”

Scott Walker to Announce Health Repeal Plan in State That Shows Value of Working to Improve the Law
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Scott Walker to Announce Health Repeal Plan in State That Shows Value of Working to Improve the Law

Health care law is here to stay; It’s time to work together to make it better, bring costs down

ICYMI: Milwaukee, San Francisco Rank High in Manufacturing Job Growth
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ICYMI: Milwaukee, San Francisco Rank High in Manufacturing Job Growth

Industry Week reports on analysis by Wanted Analytics

Plenty of Horne: Scott Walker Peddles Bull
Plenty of Horne

Scott Walker Peddles Bull

No stranger to peddling bull, governor hosts Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at State Fair

Drug Testing Law In Legal Limbo

Drug Testing Law In Legal Limbo

Few details available about FoodShare drug testing program.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 209, Relating to Milwaukee Bucks Arena
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 209, Relating to Milwaukee Bucks Arena

Senate Bill 209 – relates to the appropriation of funds to construct a sports and entertainment arena and related facilities in Milwaukee.

Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law
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Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law

“The Milwaukee Bucks mean big bucks not just for Milwaukee, but for our entire state.”

Bucks Statement on Arena Bill Signing
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Bucks Statement on Arena Bill Signing

The Milwaukee Bucks released the following statement from President Peter Feigin:

Citizen Action Applauds WEDC Outsourcing Accountability Bills
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Citizen Action Applauds WEDC Outsourcing Accountability Bills

The bills are AB 340 in the Assembly and SB 211 in the Senate.

Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present new  Marquette Law School Poll
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Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present new Marquette Law School Poll

The Marquette Law School Poll is the most extensive statewide polling project in Wisconsin history.

Data Wonk: About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”
Data Wonk

About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”

Are right-wing accounts of the Doe investigation fictional?

Murphy’s Law: Walker Flubs First GOP Debate
Murphy’s Law

Walker Flubs First GOP Debate

His tepid style hurt him. Who won and where does this leave Walker?

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 40
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 40

Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 40 into law.

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Local Applications for Increased Broadband Grants
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Governor Scott Walker Seeks Local Applications for Increased Broadband Grants

Governor Scott Walker announced the state Public Service Commission is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2016 Broadband Expansion Grants.

Op-Ed: Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case
Op-Ed

Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case

State Supreme Court had huge conflict, Schmitz should appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.

Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement
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Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement

“Despite frequently speaking the words, it’s almost like Governor Walker is allergic to economic growth and prosperity.”

Murphy’s Law: The Tragedy of David Prosser
Murphy’s Law

The Tragedy of David Prosser

Recusal ruling adds to his image as the symbol of a dysfunctional Supreme Court.

Governor Scott Walker Statement on EPA’s Final Rule
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Governor Scott Walker Statement on EPA’s Final Rule

"Yet again, President Obama is taking unilateral action and overstepping the limits of his authority to pursue a political agenda."

AFP Reacts to “Clean Power Plan” Rule
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AFP Reacts to “Clean Power Plan” Rule

"Wisconsin doesn't need more regulation from Washington..."

Your Right to Know: How Republicans Worked to End Public Records
Your Right to Know

How Republicans Worked to End Public Records

Planning began last September and would have ended open records for all local governments as well.

The State of Politics: Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?
The State of Politics

Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?

If Walkers wins the presidency or gets a federal appointment, Kleefisch must be ready to serve.

Walker Obstructed Probe of Missing Veterans Funds?

Walker Obstructed Probe of Missing Veterans Funds?

In newly unsealed records, investigators say then-county exec was uncooperative, triggering first John Doe.

Scott Walker super PAC nets nearly $20 million
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Scott Walker super PAC nets nearly $20 million

Governor Scott Walker Announces Special Election for 99th Assembly District
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Special Election for 99th Assembly District

Governor Scott Walker today announced a special election for the 99th Assembly District.

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

The Attack on Planned Parenthood

Abortion opponents harass clinic staff and oppose birth control.

Murphy’s Law: Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?

One publication says yes. But most donors to his presidential campaign are secret.

Black City Residents Not Sold on NBA Arena

Black City Residents Not Sold on NBA Arena

African American leaders who support it face skepticism from constituents.

Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal
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Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal

“Today is a great day for Wisconsin’s economy.”

Murphy’s Law: Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?
Murphy’s Law

Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?

Its takeover by new “Super District” running Bucks arena looks fishy.

UW System Needs Reorganization

UW System Needs Reorganization

Create true regional governance and move power away from Madison.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes

Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative staff changes today.

As Hermening’s role in Walker campaign grows, his views draw scrutiny
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As Hermening’s role in Walker campaign grows, his views draw scrutiny

The State of Politics: Will Walker Kill Government Accountability Board?
The State of Politics

Will Walker Kill Government Accountability Board?

He risks having a new, untried agency run 2016 spring and fall presidential elections.

More Problems at Gov. Walker’s Jobs Agency

More Problems at Gov. Walker’s Jobs Agency

Two companies fail after getting $1.4 million from WEDC.

Op-Ed: Walker Policies Will Increase Violence
Op-Ed

Walker Policies Will Increase Violence

Watering down gun laws makes it easier for criminals to get firearms.

Republican Legislator Quietly Plots Partisan Attack on Access to Women’s Health Care
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Republican Legislator Quietly Plots Partisan Attack on Access to Women’s Health Care

Republican Representative Andre Jacque circulates trio of anti-women’s health bills for co-sponsorship to Republicans only

Feds Push Wisconsin to Review Excessive Health Insurance Rate Increases
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Feds Push Wisconsin to Review Excessive Health Insurance Rate Increases

Citizen Action Calls for Public Hearings on Large Premium Hikes

Murphy’s Law: Cost for Taxpayers In Latest Bucks Deal?
Murphy’s Law

Cost for Taxpayers In Latest Bucks Deal?

Bucks gave ground. But it’s still a huge bite for taxpayers.

Data Wonk: Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court
Data Wonk

Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin justices knew coordination was occurring. So they simply tried to rewrite federal law.

Walker jobs agency “in disarray”
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Walker jobs agency “in disarray”

Republican lawmakers stonewall reforms and block accountability

Scott Walker gets $10,000 each from Roy Reiman; We Energies and Northwestern Mutual PACs
Gov. Scott Walker raises $32M; $6M is from Wisconsin committee
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Gov. Scott Walker raises $32M; $6M is from Wisconsin committee

Murphy’s Law: Why Crooks Opposed Court’s John Doe Ruling
Murphy’s Law

Why Crooks Opposed Court’s John Doe Ruling

He votes 90% of time with conservatives, but blasted Gableman’s majority opinion.

Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order to Arm Wisconsin National Guard
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Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order to Arm Wisconsin National Guard

Governor Scott Walker today issued Executive Order #168 allowing Wisconsin National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Three Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Three Bills Into Law

Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed three bills into law today at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh.

Rep. Barca Proposes Steps to Address Jobs Agency Shortfalls
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Rep. Barca Proposes Steps to Address Jobs Agency Shortfalls

Governor Departs as Chairman of Distressed WEDC to Focus on Presidential Run

Governor Walker Throws Women Under the Bus to Iowa
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Governor Walker Throws Women Under the Bus to Iowa

Governor Walker puts presidential ambitions ahead of women’s health and safety

Doug La Follette sues Scott Walker over state budget measures
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Doug La Follette sues Scott Walker over state budget measures

Bar Exam: Saz’s, Where Scott Met Tonette
Bar Exam

Saz’s, Where Scott Met Tonette

Famed as the place where Scott Walker met his future wife, Saz's colorful history goes back to 1895.

Scott Walker Push For Milwaukee Bucks Arena Subsidy Could Benefit His Fundraising Chief
Rep. Moore to Governor Walker: Proposal to Drug Test the Poor is Wasteful and Unconstitutional
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Rep. Moore to Governor Walker: Proposal to Drug Test the Poor is Wasteful and Unconstitutional

In response to his lawsuit against the federal government over drug testing food stamp recipients, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) sent the following letter to Governor Scott Walker:

Murphy’s Law: Who is Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Who is Scott Walker?

The real, profusely documented story of the man who would be president.

Will Teachers Desert Wisconsin?

Will Teachers Desert Wisconsin?

Many teachers say they feel undervalued. And statistics show turnover of teachers and a reduction in education candidates.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II
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Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II

“It is not only regrettable; it is downright dangerous,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Statement of Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin on Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Ending Walker John Doe Investigation
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Statement of Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin on Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Ending Walker John Doe Investigation

Four of the justices of the court were the beneficiaries of dark money spent in their behalf and which was the heart of this case.

Data Wonk: Why Is Minnesota Outperforming Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Why Is Minnesota Outperforming Wisconsin?

Does having a Republican or Democratic governor explain the difference?

Op-Ed: Walker Is Radical Even Among Republicans
Op-Ed

Walker Is Radical Even Among Republicans

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca calls Walker a "petri dish" for extremism.

State Budget Doesn’t Reflect Wisconsin Values
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State Budget Doesn’t Reflect Wisconsin Values

From beginning to end, it is difficult to imagine a budget that less reflects the values of Wisconsinites.

Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors
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Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors

The Democracy Campaign filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board.

Op-Ed: Freedom and Prosperity for All
Op-Ed

Freedom and Prosperity for All

That's what the newly signed budget will bring us, says Wisconsin's governor.

New Report: Governor Scott Walker’s Disastrous Wisconsin Health Care Record
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New Report: Governor Scott Walker’s Disastrous Wisconsin Health Care Record

“WalkerCare: A Bad Prescription for America” documents Scott Walker’s sabotage of health care reform in Wisconsin

Most Dangerous Governor in America for Women’s Health to Run for President
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Most Dangerous Governor in America for Women’s Health to Run for President

Gov. Scott Walker Too Extreme for Wisconsin and the Nation

Dogged by scandals at home, Gov. Walker sets his sights on D.C.
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Dogged by scandals at home, Gov. Walker sets his sights on D.C.

“While Gov. Walker continues to campaign full-time for president on the taxpayers' dime, families here in Wisconsin are being left behind.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Scott Walker Aids Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Scott Walker Aids Milwaukee Streetcar

In an unexpected move, Walker helps avoid messy situation between city and county.

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.

Gov. Scott Walker, now presidential candidate, hosts private reception with mega supporters
Governor Scott Walker Signs 2015-2017 State Budget, Lowers Property Taxes Again
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 2015-2017 State Budget, Lowers Property Taxes Again

Today, Governor Scott Walker signed the 2015-2017 State Budget into law, keeping his promise to lower the tax burden for the hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin.

Rep. Barca Statement on Budget Signing
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Rep. Barca Statement on Budget Signing

"... this budget is not a budget for the people of Wisconsin."

Sen. Shilling statement on budget signing
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Sen. Shilling statement on budget signing

“Families in Wisconsin deserve better than a part-time governor...”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Construction Starts in October
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Construction Starts in October

On-going engineering work continues to save millions of dollars. And anti-streetcar group has given up trying to stop the starter line.

Republicans “Double Down” on their Assault on Open Government
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Republicans “Double Down” on their Assault on Open Government

“Republicans want to turn our nonpartisan government watchdog into a partisan lapdog.”

Op-Ed: Who’s Protecting the Great Lakes?
Op-Ed

Who’s Protecting the Great Lakes?

Leaders like Jim Doyle did, but today's governors are less concerned about issues like algae and diverting water to Waukesha.

GOP renews effort to limit public transparency ahead of Walker announcement
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GOP renews effort to limit public transparency ahead of Walker announcement

"Republicans were unsuccessful in their sneak attack on Wisconsin’s open records laws, so naturally their next target is the government watchdog agency that enforces these laws."

Rep. Bowen Demands Action in Response to Escalating Milwaukee Gun Violence
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Rep. Bowen Demands Action in Response to Escalating Milwaukee Gun Violence

Rep Bowen Statement on Milwaukee Gun Violence

Council leaders call for removal of last-minute police and fire benefit mandate in state budget
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Council leaders call for removal of last-minute police and fire benefit mandate in state budget

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Nik Kovac

Rep. Barca Statement on Passage of Fast-Tracked 20-Week Abortion Ban
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Rep. Barca Statement on Passage of Fast-Tracked 20-Week Abortion Ban

“I was extremely surprised, in the midst of so much litigation across the country on this issue, that the Republicans would pass a 20-week abortion bill.”

Rep. Riemer Statement on the passage of the 2015-2017 State Budge
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Rep. Riemer Statement on the passage of the 2015-2017 State Budge

“The people of Wisconsin deserve a budget that puts Wisconsin kids and families first.”

Republicans in Wisconsin Assembly Disregard Medical Experts and Pass Dangerous Abortion Ban in Extraordinary Session
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Republicans in Wisconsin Assembly Disregard Medical Experts and Pass Dangerous Abortion Ban in Extraordinary Session

The ban was expedited for passage ahead of Governor Walker’s presidential announcement.

Assembly Republicans Throw Women Under the Bus to Iowa
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Assembly Republicans Throw Women Under the Bus to Iowa

Republicans put Walker’s presidential ambitions ahead of women’s health and safety

Statement from Rep. Bowen on Assembly’s Passage of Backwards Republican Budget
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Statement from Rep. Bowen on Assembly’s Passage of Backwards Republican Budget

“We’ve known from the start that this budget is wrong for Wisconsin.”

Assembly Republicans Refuse to Commit to Not Degrading Open Records Law
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Assembly Republicans Refuse to Commit to Not Degrading Open Records Law

Assembly Democrats Reaffirm Commitment to Open Records, Open Government

Murphy’s Law: The Attack on Government Pensions
Murphy’s Law

The Attack on Government Pensions

The most shocking budget provision was a little-understood change in the pension system which lays bare the Republicans’ goals.

Republicans play politics with women’s health, taking options away from pregnant women in medical crisis
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Republicans play politics with women’s health, taking options away from pregnant women in medical crisis

Representative Lisa Subeck Questions Fast-Tracked Proposed Abortion Ban

Rep. Hintz Statement on Budget Final Passage
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Rep. Hintz Statement on Budget Final Passage

"Under Republican control, Wisconsin classrooms have been cut by $1.3 billion in state aid."

As Governor Walker Readies Presidential Announcement, Assembly Republicans Shockingly Make His Harmful Budget Even Worse
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As Governor Walker Readies Presidential Announcement, Assembly Republicans Shockingly Make His Harmful Budget Even Worse

Budget Includes Massive Giveaways to Special Interests on Backs of Wisconsin Children

Republican Budget Declares War on Wisconsin Values
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Republican Budget Declares War on Wisconsin Values

"Republicans have outdone themselves this time around."

Data Wonk: Why Transportation Costs Are Out of Line
Data Wonk

Why Transportation Costs Are Out of Line

U.S. and Wisconsin use a Soviet model, which results in shortages of funding and long lines of traffic.

Jon Hammes, Cubs’ Todd Ricketts to co-chair Walker presidential fundraising campaign: Report
Back in the News: Walker Admits Role in Curbing Open Records
Back in the News

Walker Admits Role in Curbing Open Records

Fitzgerald says governor involved and Walker’s office admits his role. Legislative drafting notes hid the authors.

Republicans betray Wisconsinites by passing a state budget that fails to invest in our traditional, shared values
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Republicans betray Wisconsinites by passing a state budget that fails to invest in our traditional, shared values

Statement from Senator Larson on Passage of Republican’s Backwards Budget

Assembly Leadership Bows to Pressure from Walker, Expedites Vote to Ban Abortion Following Budget
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Assembly Leadership Bows to Pressure from Walker, Expedites Vote to Ban Abortion Following Budget

Medical Experts Call Ban a Dangerous Threat to Women’s Health

Scott Walker hoping new bundlers help vault him over fundraising hurdles
Op-Ed: No, It’s Not Cheaper to Keep Them
Op-Ed

No, It’s Not Cheaper to Keep Them

Subsidy for Bucks' arena won't save money for taxpayers, as Republican Rep. Dean Knudsen has pointed out.

Governor Walker announces $2.2 million in Lift Bridge Aids to four cities
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Governor Walker announces $2.2 million in Lift Bridge Aids to four cities

The Lift Bridge Aids program reimburses cities for costs associated with maintaining and operating lift bridges on highways that provide connections to the state trunk highway system.

Gov. Walker’s historic tax credit cap proposal removed from budget
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Gov. Walker’s historic tax credit cap proposal removed from budget

Wisconsin Center District excluded from arena hearing
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Wisconsin Center District excluded from arena hearing

The district was the only financial partner of the deal excluded from speaking at today’s hearing.

LGBT Life: Walker’s All Wrong on Marriage Equality
LGBT Life

Walker’s All Wrong on Marriage Equality

His backward call for constitutional amendment to overturn historic court ruling could also kill his presidential prospects.

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?

Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency
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Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency

Governor Scott Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs, Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren, released the following statement

Walker Still Mum On Role Curbing Public Records

Walker Still Mum On Role Curbing Public Records

Legislature's proposal used language previously crafted by Walker administration, but governor and Vos won't discuss governor's involvement. Update of story published on July 3rd.

Your Right to Know: Legislators’ Shocking Attack on Open Government
Your Right to Know

Legislators’ Shocking Attack on Open Government

Budget provision with no author will decimate open records rules for legislature. It will pass unless there is an outcry from legislators.

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.”

Sen. Taylor statement on committee passage of state budget
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Sen. Taylor statement on committee passage of state budget

“From the day Governor Walker introduced his budget, it was clear he was more focused on Republican primary voters than the people of Wisconsin.”

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.

Data Wonk: Who Wins From Court’s Obamacare Ruling?
Data Wonk

Who Wins From Court’s Obamacare Ruling?

Wisconsin and Walker are both big winners, while Rojo and Paul Ryan look foolish.

Your Right to Know: UW Shouldn’t Hide Finalist Names
Your Right to Know

UW Shouldn’t Hide Finalist Names

Provision slipped into budget allows universities to hide names of top candidates for key positions. No other state agencies enjoy this exemption.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s To Blame for Bus Strike?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s To Blame for Bus Strike?

The union? Chris Abele? John Weishan? Scott Walker? A frank assessment.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Rotten Return on Federal Taxes Paid
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Rotten Return on Federal Taxes Paid

New report shows we’re the fourth worst state in federal spending received. Walker’s policies don’t help.

School advocates rally to restore K-12 funding cuts
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School advocates rally to restore K-12 funding cuts

Republican cuts threaten education opportunities for Wisconsin children

Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the Assembly Republicans’ Arena Proposal
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Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the Assembly Republicans’ Arena Proposal

“Democrats remain willing to work with Republicans on the arena deal, however, it is disappointing that our continuous calls for inclusion have been ignored.”

The State of Politics: Walker Aides Pushed for Loan, Now in Default
The State of Politics

Walker Aides Pushed for Loan, Now in Default

Records detail VIP treatment of Walker campaign donor William Minahan.

Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on Affirmation of Marriage Equality For All
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Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on Affirmation of Marriage Equality For All

“Today, love wins once again nationwide for all Americans. ”

Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS upholding Obamacare
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Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS upholding Obamacare

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the more than 6 million people currently covered under the Affordable Care Act and a blow to Scott Walker.”

Plenty of Horne: Transit Expansion Urged
Plenty of Horne

Transit Expansion Urged

Milwaukee is far behind other cities, which will make it harder to attract young workers, experts at conference agreed.

Wisconsin Dodges Bullet on Health Care Freedom
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Wisconsin Dodges Bullet on Health Care Freedom

Wisconsinites were especially at risk because of Governor Scott Walker’s refusal to develop contingency plans for an adverse Supreme Court ruling.

Governor Scott Walker Attends 2015 Water Summit in Milwaukee
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Governor Scott Walker Attends 2015 Water Summit in Milwaukee

Today, Governor Scott Walker attended the 2015 Water Summit, a two-day conference attracting water technology companies, universities, governments, water utilities, NGOs, and investors from across the globe.

Sen. Taylor statement on Walker signing gun bills in Milwaukee
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Sen. Taylor statement on Walker signing gun bills in Milwaukee

"Governor Scott Walker should add Sheriff David Clarke’s spurs and big hat to his campaign wardrobe, because they are both trying to turn Wisconsin into the Wild West."

Gov. Walker reaches out to GOP senators on Milwaukee arena funding plan
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Gov. Walker reaches out to GOP senators on Milwaukee arena funding plan

Data Wonk: Why is Wisconsin Last in Startup Businesses?
Data Wonk

Why is Wisconsin Last in Startup Businesses?

The state’s backward-looking business culture may be to blame.

Governor Walker signs Republican repeal of lifesaving “cooling off” period for handgun purchases
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Governor Walker signs Republican repeal of lifesaving “cooling off” period for handgun purchases

Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Signing of SB 35

Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag
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Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag

Walker’s flexible position on racism includes signing a bill that makes it easier for public schools to depict offensive mascots.

The Final Countdown
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The Final Countdown

“This budget is like the Titanic."

Make Your Voice Heard on Bucks Arena

Make Your Voice Heard on Bucks Arena

Our simple, easy-to-use contact form lets you reach officials in Madison on the arena deal and frankly communicate your views.

Dems renew call for WEDC investigation as GOP remains silent
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Dems renew call for WEDC investigation as GOP remains silent

“If crimes have been committed, taxpayers deserve to know”

Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV
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Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV

The State of Politics: Why the GOP Gridlock Over Budget?
The State of Politics

Why the GOP Gridlock Over Budget?

Republicans can’t agree on what to do about transportation and the Bucks arena. Expect some secret deals.

Statement from Rep. Barca on WEDC Document Release
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Statement from Rep. Barca on WEDC Document Release

"I am shocked to learn that under Governor Walker’s leadership 26 loans totaling more than $124 million were approved by WEDC without so much as a staff review."

Walker Has No Plan for Looming Health Care Disaster
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Walker Has No Plan for Looming Health Care Disaster

Dangerous U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Come Next Week

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. ”

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 164 Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 164 Into Law

Governor Scott Walker today signed Senate Bill 164 into law at the State Capitol, which allows nonresident veterans and their family members to pay resident tuition at technical colleges in Wisconsin.

Governor Walker, Wisconsin Delegation Return from Canadian Business Development Mission
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Governor Walker, Wisconsin Delegation Return from Canadian Business Development Mission

State officials build relationships to encourage business growth in Wisconsin

Data Wonk: Will Jobs Record Hurt Walker’s Presidential Bid?
Data Wonk

Will Jobs Record Hurt Walker’s Presidential Bid?

The numbers for Wisconsin are bad, yet Walker is a leading presidential candidate. Why?

Republicans mulling repeal of Family Medical Leave Act
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Republicans mulling repeal of Family Medical Leave Act

Plan would jeopardize Wisconsin jobs and cost millions of dollars

Badger State ranks dead last in Midwest job growth
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Badger State ranks dead last in Midwest job growth

Wisconsin job creation slowed by absentee Governor and GOP budget deficit

Jobs Woes Continue As Republican Budget Doubles Down on Failed Economic Agenda
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Jobs Woes Continue As Republican Budget Doubles Down on Failed Economic Agenda

New figures show Wisconsin now ranked 38th in job growth

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Back in Court Fighting for Health and Safety of Wisconsin Women
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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Back in Court Fighting for Health and Safety of Wisconsin Women

Governor Walker Continues Relentless Attempts to Restrict Abortion

Governor Scott Walker Touts Wisconsin’s Pro-Business Climate to Canadian Business Leaders
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Governor Scott Walker Touts Wisconsin’s Pro-Business Climate to Canadian Business Leaders

Governor meets with executives to make the case for investing in Wisconsin

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.

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Community organization is pushing city, county and state representatives to oppose public funding.

Governor Scott Walker Attends 2015 Governors and Premiers Leadership Summit, Meets with Government Leaders in Canada
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Governor Scott Walker Attends 2015 Governors and Premiers Leadership Summit, Meets with Government Leaders in Canada

Governor Scott Walker attended and spoke at the 2015 Leadership Summit of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers.

The State of Politics: Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal
The State of Politics

Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

Joint Finance Committee needs nine of 16 members to approve it. That could be tough.

Friday Photos: Milwaukee’s New Train Shed
Friday Photos

Milwaukee’s New Train Shed

It's 50 years old and serves nearly 600,000 people annually, and its long-awaited replacement is finally being built.

Murphy’s Law: How Abele Bailed Out Walker
Murphy’s Law

How Abele Bailed Out Walker

Governor made fatal error on Bucks arena, but Abele volunteered county taxpayers to solve the problem.

Sen. Shilling statement on parent-led school advocacy
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Sen. Shilling statement on parent-led school advocacy

"It is unfortunate that legislators in the majority party have chosen to disparage these parents and dismiss the concerns of families who are trying to advocate for Wisconsin’s children."

Data Wonk: The Economic Impact of a New Bucks Arena
Data Wonk

The Economic Impact of a New Bucks Arena

Separating fact from fiction, what does the data show?

Republicans pass dangerous abortion ban
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Republicans pass dangerous abortion ban

GOP disregards medical community and approves ban that threatens women's health

Assembly Republicans Refuse to Consider Transparency and Accountability for WEDC
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Assembly Republicans Refuse to Consider Transparency and Accountability for WEDC

“Governor Walker’s WEDC has been wasting taxpayer money to repay their Republican campaign supporters instead of providing real economic opportunity and jobs for hardworking Wisconsinites.”

Republicans Play Politics to Appease Special Interests
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Republicans Play Politics to Appease Special Interests

Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Assembly Passage of SB 35

Murphy’s Law: Michael Grebe, Stealth Warrior
Murphy’s Law

Michael Grebe, Stealth Warrior

Is the Bradley Foundation CEO the real thinker behind Scott Walker’s policies?

Plats and Parcels: 342 More Apartments Approved
Plats and Parcels

342 More Apartments Approved

New projects approved for Water Street and East Side. Plus, a 120-unit complex coming to Walker's Point would increase total to 462 apartments.

The State of Politics: Is Feingold the Hillary of Wisconsin Democrats?
The State of Politics

Is Feingold the Hillary of Wisconsin Democrats?

For better or worse, the similarities between the two are many.

Back in the News: Walker Approach To Jobs Growth Failing?
Back in the News

Walker Approach To Jobs Growth Failing?

National story for Reuters contrasts Wisconsin's Douglas County with next door Minnesota county, which is doing much better.

Plenty of Horne: A Weekend of Gay Pride
Plenty of Horne

A Weekend of Gay Pride

Pridefest gets all the attention, but the Pride Parade is a true slice of Milwaukee that draws a very diverse crowd.

Clean Slate Milwaukee Works to Help Convicts

Clean Slate Milwaukee Works to Help Convicts

Group pushing to make judicial clemency and expunging records a less restrictive process.

Cheaper to Keep Them: State and Local Arena Plan
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Cheaper to Keep Them: State and Local Arena Plan

For every dollar the state invests, state taxpayers will get a $3 return through income tax revenue

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

Today, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state.

AFP Releases Open Letter To Joint Finance Committee On Prevailing Wage
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AFP Releases Open Letter To Joint Finance Committee On Prevailing Wage

Time to Step Up And Send Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill To Governor's Desk

Arena Funding Plan on Life Support; Time for Plan B
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Arena Funding Plan on Life Support; Time for Plan B

Statement of Alderman Robert J. Bauman June 2, 2015

Your Right to Know: Walker Action Restricts Public Records
Your Right to Know

Walker Action Restricts Public Records

Administration claims records of staff's preliminary analysis should be withheld. Critics argue that's illegal and makes governor less transparent than legislators.

Murphy’s Law: Walker Bets on the Radical Right
Murphy’s Law

Walker Bets on the Radical Right

He plans to beat Bush and Rubio from the far right. But his success could make him unelectable in the general election.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Appointment of James Langnes III to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Appointment of James Langnes III to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

Governor Scott Walker announced today the appointment of James Langnes III to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents.

State Jobs Agency Not Serving Northern Wisconsin?

State Jobs Agency Not Serving Northern Wisconsin?

High unemployment counties get little help and the main project has generated just 40 of 665 promised jobs.

Spotlight shines on importance of rail safety with Wisconsin Rail Safety Week
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Spotlight shines on importance of rail safety with Wisconsin Rail Safety Week

Events around the state aim to increase awareness of safe practices at railroad crossings and around tracks

The State of Politics: GOP Legislators Redo Much of Walker’s Budget
The State of Politics

GOP Legislators Redo Much of Walker’s Budget

It’s rare for so much of a governor’s budget to be changed.

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

Friday Photos: Sojourner Center Will Be a National Model
Friday Photos

Sojourner Center Will Be a National Model

The 56-bed Sojourner Family Peace Center will be the nation's largest comprehensive provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services.

Republican plan cuts $250 million from UW schools to fund special interest earmarks
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Republican plan cuts $250 million from UW schools to fund special interest earmarks

Layoffs and tuition hikes set to impact students and communities

Murphy’s Law: Arena Plan is Massive Tax Shift to Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

Arena Plan is Massive Tax Shift to Milwaukee

County taxpayers will pay far more than predicted, as state legislators back away from the deal.

DNR Scientist Cuts Bigger Than Predicted?

DNR Scientist Cuts Bigger Than Predicted?

Walker's budget could also cut LTE staff in DNR's science bureau.

12 Days After WEDC Revelations: No Answers for Board Members
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12 Days After WEDC Revelations: No Answers for Board Members

Rep. Barca and Sen. Lassa Still Have Not Received Information from WEDC

Cuts In DNR Scientists Could Hurt Walleye Fishing

Cuts In DNR Scientists Could Hurt Walleye Fishing

Longterm DNR efforts to reverse Walleye decline in state lakes could be hurt by Walker's proposed cuts.

Data Wonk: Will Supreme Court Overrule Key Part of Obamacare?
Data Wonk

Will Supreme Court Overrule Key Part of Obamacare?

Result could increase health care costs and number of uninsured in states like Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Slips in Bike-Friendly Rankings

Wisconsin Slips in Bike-Friendly Rankings

The state dropped from 3rd place to ninth in annual survey, with rankers faulting Walker policies.

Let’s Be Clear: Saving Long Term Care Means Leaving It Alone
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Let’s Be Clear: Saving Long Term Care Means Leaving It Alone

“Our long term care programs work for Wisconsin and save us money.”

The State of Politics: Wisconsin’s Republican Kingmakers
The State of Politics

Wisconsin’s Republican Kingmakers

They are playing key roles in nominating process, and are out to avoid mistakes of 2012 -- and help Walker.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Several Appointments
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Several Appointments

Governor Scott Walker announced several appointments today, including Andrew “Drew” Peterson and Michael M. Grebe to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents; Julie Anderson and Dr. Frederick Prehn to the Natural Resources Board

$360 Million Elephant in the Room
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$360 Million Elephant in the Room

Medicaid Expansion Gets a ‘No’ Vote from JFC Republicans

Gov. Walker fired from troubled jobs agency
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Gov. Walker fired from troubled jobs agency

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling.

Democrats ensured voices of Wisconsin seniors were heard to keep SeniorCare off chopping block
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Democrats ensured voices of Wisconsin seniors were heard to keep SeniorCare off chopping block

Representative Lisa Subeck Statement on Restoration of SeniorCare Funding by Joint Finance Committee

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

Progressive Community Health Centers Calls on State Legislature to Reject Budget Changes to Medicaid Reimbursement Rates
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Progressive Community Health Centers Calls on State Legislature to Reject Budget Changes to Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

We oppose the proposed changes to Medicaid reimbursement rates in Wisconsin’s 2015-2017 State biennial budget.

Rejecting BadgerCare Money Costing Nearly $400 Million in State Budget
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Rejecting BadgerCare Money Costing Nearly $400 Million in State Budget

The Joint Finance Committee is expected to take up the issue later today.

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

Data Wonk: Why Doesn’t Milwaukee Embrace Charter Schools?
Data Wonk

Why Doesn’t Milwaukee Embrace Charter Schools?

Data shows they work better than MPS schools, but board adamantly opposes them.

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.

Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds
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Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds

“Today, Republicans created a pipeline to prison rather than a pathway to the American Dream for our school children.”

Special interests win big in GOP school scheme
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Special interests win big in GOP school scheme

Millions diverted from public school classrooms to benefits powerful special interests

Fully Funding Public Education Means No Private Voucher School Expansion
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Fully Funding Public Education Means No Private Voucher School Expansion

"Until recently, Wisconsin was known as a place where legislators from both sides of the aisle had always made public education a top priority."

Shilling statement on Dept. of Justice investigation into Gov. Walker’s WEDC
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Shilling statement on Dept. of Justice investigation into Gov. Walker’s WEDC

"While it is unclear whether any criminal violations may have occurred, I am deeply troubled by the recent allegations of pay-to-play politics involving Gov. Walker’s office and his campaign contributors."

The State of Politics: Conservative Power Rises in Senate
The State of Politics

Conservative Power Rises in Senate

With the replacement of two key GOP moderates, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has far more power.

Walker’s Jobs Agency Reforms Only Scratch the Surface
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Walker’s Jobs Agency Reforms Only Scratch the Surface

Citizen Action of Wisconsin renewed it’s call to scrap WEDC.

State Capitol Update
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State Capitol Update

A recap of this week’s votes “Under the Dome”.

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.

Education and Transportation Top Concerns at Budget Forum

Education and Transportation Top Concerns at Budget Forum

Democratic legislators hold listening session in Milwaukee and get an earful.

Murphy’s Law: The Disappearance of Dan Bice
Murphy’s Law

The Disappearance of Dan Bice

 The state’s top political reporter has disappeared. Is the Journal Sentinel killing his column?

Wisconsin’s Economy Still Needs Help

Wisconsin’s Economy Still Needs Help

The business climate has improved under Walker but state still lacks a coherent vision of the future.

State Public Employment Lowest in 20 Years

State Public Employment Lowest in 20 Years

And yes, those background checks on guns do catch felons.

Murphy’s Law: Gas Tax Insanity
Murphy’s Law

Gas Tax Insanity

Bipartisan opposition to the gas tax is causing potholes and rising car repair bills, and hurting the state economy.

Plenty of Horne: Push to Maintain Historic Tax Credits
Plenty of Horne

Push to Maintain Historic Tax Credits

State budget plan would reduce them, but new data shows big benefits for state in maintaining them, advocates say.

The State of Politics: No Christmas In May For Republicans
The State of Politics

No Christmas In May For Republicans

Tax collections haven’t risen so GOP lawmakers may have to swallow Walker budget cuts they opposed.

Governor Walker’s Failed Jobs Agency Should be Scrapped
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Governor Walker’s Failed Jobs Agency Should be Scrapped

The structure of WEDC raises questions about undue influence, further undermining public’s trust in their own government

Rep. Hesselbein Warns: Cuts to Public Broadcasting Threaten Public Safety
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Rep. Hesselbein Warns: Cuts to Public Broadcasting Threaten Public Safety

“The governor’s cuts of $27 million per year and 24 positions put the state’s emergency communication systems in peril.”

Audit reveals additional problems at persistently troubled agency
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Audit reveals additional problems at persistently troubled agency

Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s WEDC failure

Op-Ed: A Tale of Two Buildings
Op-Ed

A Tale of Two Buildings

An arena and park pavilion are each called “public-private projects.” But they offer quite different conceptions of the public interest.

Representative Lisa Subeck Statement on Proposed Abortion Ban
Press Release

Representative Lisa Subeck Statement on Proposed Abortion Ban

Republicans play politics with women’s health in desperate attempt to distract from harmful budget

Republicans Again Trying to Distract from Harmful Budget, Lagging Economy
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Republicans Again Trying to Distract from Harmful Budget, Lagging Economy

Rep. Johnson responds to GOP’s 20-week abortion ban bill

Republicans need to look past ideology and work with Democrats to fix Wisconsin’s budget crisis
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Republicans need to look past ideology and work with Democrats to fix Wisconsin’s budget crisis

Statement from Sen. Larson on No New Revenue for State Budget

Did Doe Investigators Trash the Rule of Law?

Did Doe Investigators Trash the Rule of Law?

National Review and Fox News run stories about "fascist midnight raids." Are they right?

Despite growing national economy, Wisconsin budget crisis looms due to GOP policies
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Despite growing national economy, Wisconsin budget crisis looms due to GOP policies

Latest budget forecast a signal of state’s underperforming economy

Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP Hearing to Repeal the State Prevailing Wage Law
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Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP Hearing to Repeal the State Prevailing Wage Law

Republicans push for lower pay and less skill for Wisconsin workers and their families.

GOP cuts recycling while boosting Walker’s office pay
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GOP cuts recycling while boosting Walker’s office pay

Taxpayers continue to shoulder the burden of Governor's presidential campaign

Back in the News: How Chisholm Is Reducing Black Imprisonment
Back in the News

How Chisholm Is Reducing Black Imprisonment

A New Yorker story portrays the Milwaukee DA as a super-hero of reform. Hm. Is that true?

Republicans reject funding for Wisconsin’s Cancer Reporting System
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Republicans reject funding for Wisconsin’s Cancer Reporting System

GOP cuts continue to jeopardize the health of Wisconsin families

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

State Crackdown on Food Stamp Fraud

State Crackdown on Food Stamp Fraud

12-fold increase in recipients suspended under Walker. Critics assail it as politically motivated.

Representative Lisa Subeck Responds to Signing of Transportation Network Company Legislation
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Representative Lisa Subeck Responds to Signing of Transportation Network Company Legislation

Governor Signs Dangerous “Uber Bill” in Dark of Night

Governor Scott Walker Announces $1 Billion Increase in Wisconsin Tourism Activity in 2014
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Governor Scott Walker Announces $1 Billion Increase in Wisconsin Tourism Activity in 2014

Tourism economy up 5.5 percent; Survey shows tourism advertising and travel generates positive perceptions of state

No new taxes!
Press Release

No new taxes!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 1, 2015

Citizen Action Applauds Outsourcing  Accountability Bill
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Citizen Action Applauds Outsourcing Accountability Bill

On Tuesday Citizen Action of Wisconsin called on the Legislature to enact stronger accountability measures.

Walker Has Access to Unlimited Donations

Walker Has Access to Unlimited Donations

By not declaring for presidency he can grab unlimited donations to his "ideas" committee and a separate, super PAC.

Democrats denounce Gov. Walker’s subsidies to corporations that outsource jobs
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Democrats denounce Gov. Walker’s subsidies to corporations that outsource jobs

Scandal-plagued WEDC agency linked to business outsourcing again

Murphy’s Law: What Makes Scott Walker Run?
Murphy’s Law

What Makes Scott Walker Run?

A recent story about his upbringing may shine a sad -- and revealing -- light on Walker’s personality and political views.

GOP giving up on voucher school accountability
Press Release

GOP giving up on voucher school accountability

Waste, fraud and abuse in taxpayer-subsidized program to continue

Outsourcing Scandal Re-emerges at WEDC
Press Release

Outsourcing Scandal Re-emerges at WEDC

“It is scandalous that state policy still allows public money to go to corporations engaged in outsourcing jobs.”

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Tough Sell for Outstate Legislators
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Tough Sell for Outstate Legislators

Poll shows state residents outside metro Milwaukee and Madison oppose subsidy by 86% to 10%.

Changing Politics Could Hurt Great Lakes

Changing Politics Could Hurt Great Lakes

Regional Republican governors like Scott Walker are less interested in efforts to protect the lakes.

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."

Marquette University Department of Public Safety to become commissioned police department on May 1
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Marquette University Department of Public Safety to become commissioned police department on May 1

The university expects to have approximately 35 commissioned officers in place by the start of the 2015-16 academic year.

Murphy’s Law: State Bucks Arena Plan Fleeces Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

State Bucks Arena Plan Fleeces Milwaukee

Proposed sports district gives all legal protection to the state and sticks it to Milwaukee, both financially and politically.

Walker’s Comments on Immigration out of Line
Press Release

Walker’s Comments on Immigration out of Line

"To hear the Governor saying that these hardworking folks aren’t worthy of being Americans because they came here from somewhere else is deeply troubling."

Republicans reject oversight of Gov. Walker’s campaign travel
Press Release

Republicans reject oversight of Gov. Walker’s campaign travel

Move comes less than a week after limiting travel reimbursement for veterans

Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP Repealing 48-hour Cooling-off Period for Gun Purchases
Press Release

Statement from Sen. Larson on GOP Repealing 48-hour Cooling-off Period for Gun Purchases

Republicans choose to ignore public safety need, side with special interest groups

Back in the News: Walker Gets Backed by Koch Brothers?
Back in the News

Walker Gets Backed by Koch Brothers?

David Koch says he prefers Walker to other Republicans, NYT and New York Observer report.

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.

Rep. Barca Statement on UW-Madison Cuts
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Rep. Barca Statement on UW-Madison Cuts

"Cutting the University of Wisconsin is not only wildly unpopular – it is also incredibly shortsighted."

Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval down
Press Release

Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval down

Clinton leads presidential matchups; controversy over budget

Murphy’s Law: Shirley Abrahamson Against the World
Murphy’s Law

Shirley Abrahamson Against the World

Chief Justice’s fight against a constitutional change to demote her is a minor issue. So why such a juicy battle involving so many conservatives?

A new funding approach is needed if we are going to retain the Bucks: The One Percent Solution
Military Spending Not BadgerCare Real Threat  to Wisconsin Budget
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Military Spending Not BadgerCare Real Threat to Wisconsin Budget

Over 25% of Walker’s budget proposal comes from the federal government.

A Tale of Two Health Plans

A Tale of Two Health Plans

A private company's managed-care plan is far less costly than the state employee health care plan. What can we learn from that?

Murphy’s Law: The Secret Tax Subsidy Society
Murphy’s Law

The Secret Tax Subsidy Society

Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?

UWM offers voluntary separation incentive in anticipation of state funding cut
Press Release

UWM offers voluntary separation incentive in anticipation of state funding cut

The incentive provides a one-time payment of half their base salary to eligible employees.

More than $83.5 million in payments awarded to local governments
Press Release

More than $83.5 million in payments awarded to local governments

$255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.

Op-Ed: Don’t Change UW System’s Governance
Op-Ed

Don’t Change UW System’s Governance

There’s already an exodus of top faculty concerned about ending tenure.

Bipartisan Majority Favors Conservation Program

Bipartisan Majority Favors Conservation Program

Survey shows nearly 90% in Wisconsin favor state stewardship program; will legislature protect program Walker wants to kill?

Murphy’s Law: Too Pure for Pork
Murphy’s Law

Too Pure for Pork

Gov. Walker is a latest of state politicians from both parties who have an aversion to federal funds.

Campaign Finance Laws Will Be Rewritten

Campaign Finance Laws Will Be Rewritten

Court decisions have made them outdated. Some fear new rules will allow unlimited spending.

Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present first Marquette Law School Poll of 2015
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Charles Franklin goes “On the Issues” to present first Marquette Law School Poll of 2015

Franklin has directed the poll since its inception in 2012 and joined the Marquette faculty on a full-time basis in August 2013.

DNR May Scrap Science Bureau

DNR May Scrap Science Bureau

Administrators consider killing Bureau of Science Services, "bedrock" of DNR, says its ex-leader.

Murphy’s Law: Scott Walker, The Anti-Jeb
Murphy’s Law

Scott Walker, The Anti-Jeb

In just a few months, Gov. Walker has become the leading alternative to Jeb Bush.

Charter School Leaders Say Oversight Needed

Charter School Leaders Say Oversight Needed

Republican plan for Milwaukee would allow high-performing charter schools to replicate without any approving authority.

Plats and Parcels: The Boom in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

The Boom in Walker’s Point

A new project on South Water St. continues the pace of development.

Walker Plan for UW System Could Backfire

Walker Plan for UW System Could Backfire

Financial and academic reductions could actually result in fewer and less prepared workers for the rapidly changing workplace.

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.”

Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!
Press Release

Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 3, 2015

Murphy’s Law: John Doe Supported by Many Republicans
Murphy’s Law

John Doe Supported by Many Republicans

Supreme Court candidate James Daley was among many GOP judges and prosecutors involved in alleged "partisan witch hunt."

Walker Denies His Responsibility to Safeguard Health Care for Over 184,000 Wisconsinites
Press Release

Walker Denies His Responsibility to Safeguard Health Care for Over 184,000 Wisconsinites

Greater Milwaukee Data on Impact Released Today

Did Walker Cave In to Hunting Lobby?

Did Walker Cave In to Hunting Lobby?

Chronic Wasting Disease in deer is at all-time high because of changes in how DNR handles it.

Data Wonk: Predicting Wisconsin’s Economic Future
Data Wonk

Predicting Wisconsin’s Economic Future

Two commentators fiercely disagree as to whether Wisconsin has turned the corner. Who’s right?

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Shrinking Middle Class
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Shrinking Middle Class

No state has seen a bigger decline in the percent of middle class households than Wisconsin, new data shows.

Plats and Parcels: More Delays in Lakefront Development
Plats and Parcels

More Delays in Lakefront Development

County board's contradictory proposals on O'Donnell Park and court case affecting The Couture continue to stall potential development.

Supervisor Rainey Calls for Voting Requirement if Drug Testing is Required for Food Stamps, Jobless Benefits
Press Release

Supervisor Rainey Calls for Voting Requirement if Drug Testing is Required for Food Stamps, Jobless Benefits

Calls on Gov. Scott Walker to Include Voting Requirement in Legislation

Supervisor Steve F. Taylor Appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council
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Supervisor Steve F. Taylor Appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

“I am honored that Gov. Walker has chosen me to represent Milwaukee County in this capacity”

Walker Would End Oversight of For-Profit Colleges

Walker Would End Oversight of For-Profit Colleges

His budget eliminates Educational Approval Board, which costs the state nothing to oversee for-profit colleges.

Plenty of Horne: Are Abrahamson’s Days as Chief Justice Numbered?
Plenty of Horne

Are Abrahamson’s Days as Chief Justice Numbered?

Constitutional amendment on April referendum would result in her being replaced as chief justice. Even if it fails, her salary will be reduced.

Murphy’s Law: Can Daley Beat Bradley for Supreme Court?
Murphy’s Law

Can Daley Beat Bradley for Supreme Court?

Challenger could get lots of right-wing money, but that may not be enough in this case.

REALTORS® Support New Arena
Press Release

REALTORS® Support New Arena

Milwaukee needs professional sports franchises to maintain, and grow, our position as a world-class city.

Do Voters Support Republican Policies?

Do Voters Support Republican Policies?

On some bills, yes. On others, no.

Back in the News: Did Menard Buy Protection From Walker?
Back in the News

Did Menard Buy Protection From Walker?

Billionaire business man and frequent environmental violator gave $1.5 million in dark money to governor.

Murphy’s Law: Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?
Murphy’s Law

Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?

Actually, local taxpayers will be donating $450 million. But the press won’t report the details.

Plenty of Horne: In Defense of Historic Tax Credits
Plenty of Horne

In Defense of Historic Tax Credits

National Trust for Historic Preservation's leader comes to town, where her speech to a crowd filled with notables dramatized the need for state to maintain the current credits.

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Voter ID
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Voter ID

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject a challenge to the Voter ID law.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Change
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Change

Governor Scott Walker announced Kurt Thiede as the new Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Battle Over Iron Mine Leaves Scars

Battle Over Iron Mine Leaves Scars

The battle "tore the community apart" for mine that was never going to happen, Jauch charges.

Murphy’s Law: A Whole New Class of Poor People?
Murphy’s Law

A Whole New Class of Poor People?

Walker plan to quietly slash Food Stamps for 62,000 people will cost state $58 million to lose $92 million in federal funding.

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.

Plenty of Horne: Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar

His claim on streetcar turns out to be false. Meanwhile, new city assessor appointed with little fanfare.

Plats and Parcels: Indianapolis Comes to Bay View?
Plats and Parcels

Indianapolis Comes to Bay View?

New $40 million, 307-apartment proposal for Bay View offered only a rendering of an Indianapolis project by the developer. When do we get the full package?

Wendell Harris urges Milwaukee residents to speak for MPS at JFC hearing
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Wendell Harris urges Milwaukee residents to speak for MPS at JFC hearing

I have been encouraging concerned people of Milwaukee to oppose the draconian budget cuts to K-12 public schools and the cuts to the University of Wisconsin system.

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.

Freedom of Information Council Gives ‘Opee’ Awards

Freedom of Information Council Gives ‘Opee’ Awards

Big loser was state Department of Administration; one winner was Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

The Growth of UWM Research Foundation

The Growth of UWM Research Foundation

It's processed 41 patents in last nine years. But state funding cuts could endanger its growth.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Slams Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Proposal
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Slams Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Proposal

Mayo Says Budget Would Hurt Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities

Murphy’s Law: The Quick-Law Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Quick-Law Governor

Countless sweeping changes have been proposed almost overnight, with no study, no rationale and no known author.

Plenty of Horne: Wikipedia Edits for President Walker
Plenty of Horne

Wikipedia Edits for President Walker

Oh, the records Walker would set, including first county exec rising to president and biggest age deficit between president and first lady.

Justice Bradley Has Republican-Leaning Challenger

Justice Bradley Has Republican-Leaning Challenger

April election pits 20-year liberal incumbent against circuit court judge getting Republican Party support.

Plats and Parcels: 229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill
Plats and Parcels

229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill

But one of the two new buildings being developed generated grr-ipes from Matt Wild and Mary Louise Schumacher. Dare we disagree?

Federal Cuts Challenge Local Food Programs

Federal Cuts Challenge Local Food Programs

Funding reduced though number of county Food Share recipients hasn't declined.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation

New law makes Wisconsin 25th state to give workers power to choose

Walker Signs So-Called Right to Work at Outsourcing Multinational Corporation
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Walker Signs So-Called Right to Work at Outsourcing Multinational Corporation

"Walker’s economic policy is based on the blind trust of corporate CEOs who sell out working families."

State Ending Long-Term Institutional Care for Disabled?

State Ending Long-Term Institutional Care for Disabled?

Walker budget continues years-long trend, experts disagree on its impact.

The State of Politics: Gogebic Mine Dies Without a Whimper
The State of Politics

Gogebic Mine Dies Without a Whimper

After all the controversy, it’s been killed, with barely a word from partisans on either side. Why?

House Confidential: Jabari Parker’s $570,000 Grafton Home
House Confidential

Jabari Parker’s $570,000 Grafton Home

The 19-year old Bucks player and Mormon probably won't use the wet bar. But he'll love those high ceilings and lake views.

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.”

Back in the News: Dale Schultz’s Last Hurrah
Back in the News

Dale Schultz’s Last Hurrah

The retired Republican lawmaker dumps on his party and explains how Walker snookered him on Act 10.

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!"

Walker Budget Targets Downer Woods

Walker Budget Targets Downer Woods

Provisions buried in budget bill eliminate protected status of conserved forest, the sole natural area on UWM campus.

Once Again, Scott Walker Trading Women’s Health for Political Gain
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Once Again, Scott Walker Trading Women’s Health for Political Gain

Walker will sign abortion ban in Wisconsin

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.

Murphy’s Law: Is Walker Crazy Like a Fox?
Murphy’s Law

Is Walker Crazy Like a Fox?

His campaign for president seems ridiculous. So why is he rising in the polls?

Statement from Rep. Barca on “Right to Work” heading to full Assembly
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Statement from Rep. Barca on “Right to Work” heading to full Assembly

"‘Right to Work’ is a distraction from Governor Walker’s harmful budget and it will keep pushing Wisconsin’s economy in the wrong direction."

Rep. Hintz presses DOA Secretary on Budget, “Scoop and Toss” Delay of Debt Payments
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Rep. Hintz presses DOA Secretary on Budget, “Scoop and Toss” Delay of Debt Payments

"Gov. Walker’s bad budgeting has created a $2.2 billion shortfall and the resulting crisis budget..."