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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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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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GOP giving up on voucher school accountability

Waste, fraud and abuse in taxpayer-subsidized program to continue

Outsourcing Scandal Re-emerges at WEDC
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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..."

JFC begins briefings on “crisis budget”
Press Release

JFC begins briefings on “crisis budget”

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

Plats and Parcels: Northwestern Mutual Could Demolish a City Block
Plats and Parcels

Northwestern Mutual Could Demolish a City Block

Will entire city block be used to build 1,000 car parking garage? And will The Couture dispute ever get settled?

The State of Politics: Stories From the State Capitol
The State of Politics

Stories From the State Capitol

Six vignettes tell the story of how the Senate passed the Right-to-Work bill.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Appointments
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Appointments

Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative appointments:

Bike Czar: Coalition Battles Bike Funding Cuts
Bike Czar

Coalition Battles Bike Funding Cuts

A coalition of environmental groups, business groups and others are lobbying legislators to change Walker's budget.

February Board update: Dr. Driver’s contract extended, state budget resolution, Malcolm X redevelopment for King Middle
Press Release

February Board update: Dr. Driver’s contract extended, state budget resolution, Malcolm X redevelopment for King Middle

Other action includes: Clerk's contract extended, position created to explore new northwest-side middle school; Board honors Dr. King contest winners, Cass Street School teacher and outgoing chief accountability and efficiency officer

Walker’s Christmas Tree Budget

Walker’s Christmas Tree Budget

The budget has a flock of non-financial items -- 58 in all -- that will quietly change state polices.

Murphy’s Law: Hey, Let’s Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients
Murphy’s Law

Hey, Let’s Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

Walker and Vos love the idea. So what will it cost and what will it accomplish?

Data Wonk: Testing Walker’s Jobs Theory
Data Wonk

Testing Walker’s Jobs Theory

He’s embraced a low-taxes approach used by other states, which has been a failure.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View Boos Building
Plats and Parcels

Bay View Boos Building

Some pan the design of proposed Bay View "gateway" project. Meanwhile, the Dover Street School project hits a snag.

Statement from Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds regarding Gov. Walker’s proposed 2015-17 biennial budget
Press Release

Statement from Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds regarding Gov. Walker’s proposed 2015-17 biennial budget

"School boards across the state are stepping forward to make sure the devastating impact of the Governor's proposed budget is understood."

The State of Politics: Legislators Move to Become Lobbyists
The State of Politics

Legislators Move to Become Lobbyists

Revolving door between governing and lobbying wide open, especially for Republicans.

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

Rep. Taylor’s statement on GOP desperate budget ruse

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

Walker’s Budget Reduces Historic Tax Credits

Walker’s Budget Reduces Historic Tax Credits

Tighter guidelines for credits and less total funding could hurt development in Milwaukee.

“We Could Do a Lot More Outreach.”

“We Could Do a Lot More Outreach.”

UW System President Ray Cross discusses how an independently managed UW System might work.

Bike Czar: Walker Ends State Funding for Biking Program
Bike Czar

Walker Ends State Funding for Biking Program

His proposed budget eliminates all state funding for Transportation Alternatives Program.

Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagement
Press Release

Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagement

In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement.

Why the Small Vision For Milwaukee?
Press Release

Why the Small Vision For Milwaukee?

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to redevelop a major portion of our great American city.

Murphy’s Law: Supreme Court Justices for Sale
Murphy’s Law

Supreme Court Justices for Sale

There may be no supreme court in America that’s more corrupted by conflicts of interest.

Your Right to Know: Don’t Let UW Hide Research Records
Your Right to Know

Don’t Let UW Hide Research Records

Walker's budget adds a blanket exemption that would allow UW to deny public record requests on controversial research, conflicts of interest or how tax dollars are spent.

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

Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press

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

WISDOT Disregards Community Opposition, Declining Driving, Proposes to Waste Taxpayer Money on Unneeded I-94 Expansion
Press Release

WISDOT Disregards Community Opposition, Declining Driving, Proposes to Waste Taxpayer Money on Unneeded I-94 Expansion

WISDOT’s Preferred Option Is a ‘Billion Dollar Boondoggle’

Lobbyists Spent $57.5 Million on 2013-’14 Legislative Session

Lobbyists Spent $57.5 Million on 2013-’14 Legislative Session

That's about $150,000 for each of the 380 bills that became law.

Murphy’s Law: The County Board’s Anti-Environmental Boondoggle
Murphy’s Law

The County Board’s Anti-Environmental Boondoggle

Its Estabrook Dam decision will cost taxpayers millions and harm environment.

Milwaukee Among Nation’s Top Cities for Manufacturing
Press Release

Milwaukee Among Nation’s Top Cities for Manufacturing

Chief Executive Magazine lists Milwaukee as a top city for “Growing Your Manufacturing Business”

Plats and Parcels: Huge Growth for Brady and Water
Plats and Parcels

Huge Growth for Brady and Water

Three different developments will add 740 apartments and tremendous urban density to the area.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes

Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative staff changes

Data Wonk: The Walker Economic Record
Data Wonk

The Walker Economic Record

Crunching the numbers: How has Wisconsin’s economy fared in his first four years?

The State of Politics: Capitol Clout Shifts to Republican Lawmakers
The State of Politics

Capitol Clout Shifts to Republican Lawmakers

Given a governor distracted by his run for president, legislators are taking control of budget process.

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Murphy’s Law: How Could Walker Refuse Incredible Deal?
Murphy’s Law

How Could Walker Refuse Incredible Deal?

Kenosha casino would pay entire taxpayer bill for NBA arena and up to $275 million for any (unlikely) litigation costs. And Walker says no?

Data Wonk: How Good Are Charter Schools?
Data Wonk

How Good Are Charter Schools?

The data is very encouraging, so why are liberals so opposed?

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Had to Cut UW Funding
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Had to Cut UW Funding

His presidential ambitions left him with no other option.

Statement from Rep. Barca on Proposed Casino/Arena Double Bonanza for Wisconsin Taxpayers
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Barca on Proposed Casino/Arena Double Bonanza for Wisconsin Taxpayers

“If Governor Walker was being up front that his sole objection was about wanting to protect taxpayers, he will take advantage of this incredible opportunity and secure a win-win for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Plats and Parcels: Walker’s Point on the Rise
Plats and Parcels

Walker’s Point on the Rise

South 2nd St. is booming and redevelopment on National Ave. may follow a similar pattern.

Back In The News: Is Paul Ryan Becoming a Moderate?
Back In The News

Is Paul Ryan Becoming a Moderate?

Yet another “new” Ryan, this time ready to make bargains with Obama.

The State of Politics: Walker’s Budget Borrows Big
The State of Politics

Walker’s Budget Borrows Big

$1.3 bonding for transportation means 23% of taxes for roads will pay interest on bonds by 2016.

State Subsidizes Company With Safety Violations

State Subsidizes Company With Safety Violations

Ashley Furniture gets $6.7 million from job agency, has federal fines for more than 1,000 worker injuries.

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker’s Blame Game
Press Release

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker’s Blame Game

"Put simply, Gov. Walker needs to own up to his own extreme ideas."

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on the Proposed University of Wisconsin System Reforms
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on the Proposed University of Wisconsin System Reforms

Today, Governor Scott Walker released the following statement on the process of developing the proposed reforms in his budget proposal focused on creating a stronger University of Wisconsin System.

Supervisor Alexander Issues Statement on Pension Buy-In/Buy-Back
Press Release

Supervisor Alexander Issues Statement on Pension Buy-In/Buy-Back

"This problem is not an issue of left versus right, Democrat versus Republican, or even management versus unions."

Budget Reaction: Stewardship Program Frozen; More Politics Added to the DNR
Press Release

Budget Reaction: Stewardship Program Frozen; More Politics Added to the DNR

Conservationists ask legislature to Improve governor’s budget.

Invitation from Rep. Brostoff to a Protest against the UW Budget Cut Proposal
Press Release

Invitation from Rep. Brostoff to a Protest against the UW Budget Cut Proposal

“This evening I will be rallying with the community in support of the UW system.”

Data Wonk: Will Streetcar Help The Inner City?
Data Wonk

Will Streetcar Help The Inner City?

Opponents say it won’t. Let’s examine the data.

Statement from Rep. Brostoff on Governor Walker’s Proposed Budget
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Brostoff on Governor Walker’s Proposed Budget

“Despite the direct link between Wisconsin’s higher education system and our economic success Governor Walker has ignored the protests of our communities and proceeded with the $300 million cut to the UW System.”

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Families and Economic Opportunity First
Press Release

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Families and Economic Opportunity First

Walker budget another step backward for Wisconsin

Murphy’s Law: Will County Pass Another Pension Giveaway?
Murphy’s Law

Will County Pass Another Pension Giveaway?

Board members favor a “grandfather clause” protecting retirees with illegal payments that could cost taxpayers $10 million.

Pressure Mounting to Overturn Walker’s Budget Stances on BadgerCare and UW System Cuts
Press Release

Pressure Mounting to Overturn Walker’s Budget Stances on BadgerCare and UW System Cuts

“We have not seen this level of activity in our grassroots networks since the protests of 2011.”

The State of Politics: Walker’s Funding Cuts for UW Ignite Firestorm
The State of Politics

Walker’s Funding Cuts for UW Ignite Firestorm

Lawmakers may balk at cuts and at plan to give UW System autonomy from legislature.

Plats and Parcels: New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns
Plats and Parcels

New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns

Will legislature pass new arena plan? Will city and county have to contribute? Will Pabst brew here again?

Republicans Target Family Planning Clinics With Audit

Republicans Target Family Planning Clinics With Audit

Rules they seek to enforce could shut down every clinic offering birth control services in Wisconsin.

UW System is Collateral Damage from Walker’s Rejection of Federal BadgerCare Dollars
Press Release

UW System is Collateral Damage from Walker’s Rejection of Federal BadgerCare Dollars

This headless decision is a disaster not only for health care but also for higher education.

Governor Walker is Wrong: Kenosha Casino Would Be a Taxpayer Bonanza
Press Release

Governor Walker is Wrong: Kenosha Casino Would Be a Taxpayer Bonanza

Project would create up to 10,000 jobs, draw millions of new tourists each year

Why Would the State Give $220 Million to Someone Whose Company is Destroying Milwaukee Neighborhoods?
Press Release

Why Would the State Give $220 Million to Someone Whose Company is Destroying Milwaukee Neighborhoods?

Common Ground shines a light on Wesley Edens’ crumbling foreclosures

House Confidential: Charlie Sykes’ Private Island
House Confidential

Charlie Sykes’ Private Island

His surprisingly modest Mequon Cape Cod is surrounded by and benefits from all kinds of publicly-funded, socialistic services.

Indiana Makes Wisconsin Last Great Lakes State Not to Take Medicaid Dollars
Press Release

Indiana Makes Wisconsin Last Great Lakes State Not to Take Medicaid Dollars

Indiana’s Republican Governor reached a deal Tuesday to accept enhanced federal dollars to strengthen its Medicaid program.

Walker proposes staggering cuts to UW System
Press Release

Walker proposes staggering cuts to UW System

Proposal hurts Wisconsin students and families

Statement from Rep. Barca on Governor Walker’s UW System Plan
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Barca on Governor Walker’s UW System Plan

"Budgets are about priorities and once again dramatically slashing higher education in the 21st Century global economy will drastically take Wisconsin in the wrong direction."

Governor Scott Walker Announces “Pay Their Way” Plan for Milwaukee Bucks Arena
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces “Pay Their Way” Plan for Milwaukee Bucks Arena

Governor Scott Walker today announced a first-of-its-kind “Pay Their Way” plan to grow the economy and protect state taxpayers from the loss of current and future tax revenue generated by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks Statement on Announcement by Gov. Scott Walker
Press Release

Milwaukee Bucks Statement on Announcement by Gov. Scott Walker

“We thank Gov. Walker for his leadership and commitment to building a transformative, multi-purpose arena that will help revitalize Milwaukee.”

Murphy’s Law: How Walker’s Presidential Bid Hurts Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

How Walker’s Presidential Bid Hurts Wisconsin

On a wide range of policies, Walker may be serving his career more than his constituents

Plats and Parcels: A Week of Ground-Breaking News
Plats and Parcels

A Week of Ground-Breaking News

Announcement of Johnson Controls' 50-story lakefront tower is week's biggest development.

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

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

Latest Fiscal Bureau analysis shows $283.4 million deficit

Under Republicans, Wisconsin Continues to Face Staggering Budget and Jobs Deficit
Press Release

Under Republicans, Wisconsin Continues to Face Staggering Budget and Jobs Deficit

Walker and Legislative Republicans Prioritize Politics over Economic Opportunity

Gov. Walker turns away thousands of good-paying jobs, millions of new tourists by rejecting Kenosha casino project
Press Release

Gov. Walker turns away thousands of good-paying jobs, millions of new tourists by rejecting Kenosha casino project

Lack of Leadership Costs Wisconsin Thousands of Jobs

Governor Scott Walker Announces Non-Concurrence with Bureau of Indian Affairs on Kenosha Casino
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker Announces Non-Concurrence with Bureau of Indian Affairs on Kenosha Casino

Today, Governor Scott Walker informed the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at the Department of Interior (DOI) of his non-concurrence with their determination on the proposed casino project.

Data Wonk: Does Walker Have Losing Strategy for Global Warming?
Data Wonk

Does Walker Have Losing Strategy for Global Warming?

States that are unfriendly to new technologies confronting the problem could be economic losers.

The “We Hate Shirley” Amendment

The “We Hate Shirley” Amendment

Republicans' constitutional amendment to end seniority as method to choose chief justice is a shot at Shirley Abrahamson, opponents argue.

Murphy’s Law: Who Is Funding the Anti-Streetcar Effort?
Murphy’s Law

Who Is Funding the Anti-Streetcar Effort?

Ald. Bauman and others are certain that dark money is pouring in for this, which streetcar opponents deny.

The State of Politics: Walker Not Most Polarizing Pol
The State of Politics

Walker Not Most Polarizing Pol

Polls show he is fourth most polarizing among state voters.

Back in the News: National Media Jumps on “College Dropout” Walker
Back in the News

National Media Jumps on “College Dropout” Walker

Walker’s presidential run brings on stories about the hole in his resume.

Murphy’s Law: Does Milwaukee Need an Aerotropolis?
Murphy’s Law

Does Milwaukee Need an Aerotropolis?

Many cities have embraced concept of airport centered growth. Is Milwaukee falling behind?

WEDC Merger Must Include Fix to Outsourcing Loopholes
Press Release

WEDC Merger Must Include Fix to Outsourcing Loopholes

oday Citizen Action of Wisconsin called on Governor Walker and lawmakers to use the proposed merger of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) as an opportunity to fix the loopholes that allow public economic development dollars to go to companies engaged in outsourcing jobs.

Governor Walker’s Decision to Sue the EPA-Politically Driven, Bad for Wisconsin
Press Release

Governor Walker’s Decision to Sue the EPA-Politically Driven, Bad for Wisconsin

Governor Walker announced in last night’s State of the State address that he will ask Attorney General Brad Schimel to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over proposed standards limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants.

State Spending on Outside Services Soars

State Spending on Outside Services Soars

Spending on outside contracts was $451 million in 2014, up 56% since 2010, when Gov. Walker took office.

The State of Politics: Why Walker Resists Right to Work Law
The State of Politics

Why Walker Resists Right to Work Law

He supported it as a legislator, but it could create a huge “distraction” from his run for president.

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

Conservatives from outside Milwaukee hope to join forces with black city residents to oppose the streetcar.

Rep. Barca Statement on Education Proposals
Press Release

Rep. Barca Statement on Education Proposals

"Every child in Wisconsin deserves a quality education and Governor Walker's expansive voucher program is failing students and taxpayers."

Data Wonk: The Impact of Right to Work Laws
Data Wonk

The Impact of Right to Work Laws

State Republican leaders want to pass such a law. What will be the impact on jobs and wages?

Wendell Harris Files Nomination Papers for Milwaukee Public Schools’ Board of Directors
Press Release

Wendell Harris Files Nomination Papers for Milwaukee Public Schools’ Board of Directors

Mr. Harris will face incumbent Director, Jeff Spence, in the Primary and General elections on February 17 and April 7, respectively.

Walker Sees End to Massive Spending on Gov’s Race

Walker Sees End to Massive Spending on Gov’s Race

The 2014 race and its total of $60 million in campaign donations, won't be repeated, he assures reporter.

Your Right to Know: Is a Public Official’s Calendar a Public Record?
Your Right to Know

Is a Public Official’s Calendar a Public Record?

It can help explain what government officials are doing, but some are fighting media requests for this.

The State of Politics: U.S. Supreme Court Case Threatens Health Care
The State of Politics

U.S. Supreme Court Case Threatens Health Care

Wisconsin and 34 states that didn’t set up health care exchanges could lose all coverage under Obamacare.

Walker Won’t Rule Out Signing Right to Work

Walker Won’t Rule Out Signing Right to Work

In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with WCIJ, governor declines to take a stand on numerous issues.

The State of Politics: Top Ten Stories of the Year
The State of Politics

Top Ten Stories of the Year

Which had the most impact on Wisconsin? The envelope, please.

Murphy’s Law: Scott Walker, Master of Deception
Murphy’s Law

Scott Walker, Master of Deception

Whenever the governor insists a policy is “not a priority,” you can probably assume the contrary.

Twas A Night In Wisconsin

Twas A Night In Wisconsin

Tis the season for a wry, poetic reflection on Wisconsin politics.

The State of Politics: Cut Income Tax or Property Tax?
The State of Politics

Cut Income Tax or Property Tax?

While deficit looms, Republican leaders and lobbyists fight over which tax to cut.

Data Wonk: Wisconsin Taxes and Inequality
Data Wonk

Wisconsin Taxes and Inequality

Have Walker’s tax changes increased or decreased inequality in the state?

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Had led group 22 years, board members vague on reasons for dumping him.

Murphy’s Law: Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall
Murphy’s Law

Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall

His “$100 million gift” to Greater Milwaukee Foundation will gain him huge tax break for supporting new NBA arena.

State Fights Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions

State Fights Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions

Plan would cut emissions by 34% and costs for state, Walker administration figures show. So why the resistance?

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

Walker’s Battle Against Birth Control

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

The State of Politics: New Legislators Learning the Ropes
The State of Politics

New Legislators Learning the Ropes

25 new members of the state Assembly could change state politics. But first they need to learn all the rules and rituals.

Federal legislation will enable converting US 41 to an Interstate
Press Release

Federal legislation will enable converting US 41 to an Interstate

“The Congressional action will allow us to move forward with the conversion of 175 miles of US Highway 41 to an Interstate highway route.”

Data Wonk: Wisconsin Is Now a Republican Oligopoly
Data Wonk

Wisconsin Is Now a Republican Oligopoly

Election results reveal Democrats now start all elections with a ten percent disadvantage.

State finalizes rail purchase to support freight rail system
Press Release

State finalizes rail purchase to support freight rail system

Acquisition supports the needs of Wisconsin businesses

Marquette College of Communication accepting applications for 2015-16 O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
Press Release

Marquette College of Communication accepting applications for 2015-16 O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism

The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism allows three newsroom professionals to do the best work of their careers on issues of vital importance.

Cruel and Unusual: State Prisons Reducing Use of Solitary Confinement?
Cruel and Unusual

State Prisons Reducing Use of Solitary Confinement?

New policy outlined by state official says prisoner "segregation" not effective for disciplining or rehabilitating inmates.

Data Wonk: The Rise in Income Inequality
Data Wonk

The Rise in Income Inequality

The problem is national, but choices made by Walker and the Republicans may widen or reduce it in Wisconsin

The State of Politics: Swing Voters Leave Hope for Democrats
The State of Politics

Swing Voters Leave Hope for Democrats

They voted for Walker yet support accepting federal Medicaid increase and raising minimum wage.

Community and Elected Leaders Oppose WISDOT’s ‘Billion Dollar Boondoggle’ At Hearing on I-94 East-West Corridor
Press Release

Community and Elected Leaders Oppose WISDOT’s ‘Billion Dollar Boondoggle’ At Hearing on I-94 East-West Corridor

WISDOT’s Preferred Options Are Poorly Outlined, Costly, Wasteful, and Require Higher Taxes, Fees

Rep. Barca calls on Gov. Walker to put the brakes on “Right to Work for Less”
Press Release

Rep. Barca calls on Gov. Walker to put the brakes on “Right to Work for Less”

“I call on Governor Walker to put the brakes on this divisive issue that clearly will damage Wisconsin’s middle class. "

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Express Bus Routes Start in January
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Express Bus Routes Start in January

The good news: Three new express routes will move riders more quickly across the county. The bad: transit system running out of money.

House Confidential: Milwaukee Booster Lives in… Shorewood
House Confidential

Milwaukee Booster Lives in… Shorewood

OnMilwaukee.com co-owner Jeff Sherman and his wife have a Colonial home in the suburbs, but he tries to downplay this.

Transportation Projects Commission takes action on Major Highway Projects
Press Release

Transportation Projects Commission takes action on Major Highway Projects

TPC recommends Major Highway Project candidates be added to the list for construction, approves cancellation of two current projects.

The State of Politics: School Choice Group Attacked Democrats
The State of Politics

School Choice Group Attacked Democrats

The group spent $850,000. Democratic Rep. Wright blames their late, “false” ads for her loss.

Data Wonk: Walker Decision on Obamacare Is Costly
Data Wonk

Walker Decision on Obamacare Is Costly

New numbers allow for analysis of Affordable Care Act’s impact nationally and in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council Honors Barry Mandel With the “Building Milwaukee” Award
Press Release

Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council Honors Barry Mandel With the “Building Milwaukee” Award

The Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI presented its annual “Building Milwaukee Award” to Barry Mandel.

The State of Politics: About That $2.2 Billion State Deficit
The State of Politics

About That $2.2 Billion State Deficit

Walker and Republicans face big shortfalls in health care, roads and schools funding. What will they do?

Rep. Barca Statement on Expected Budget Deficit
Press Release

Rep. Barca Statement on Expected Budget Deficit

Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement on the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s 2015-2017 state fiscal report issued today

Murphy’s Law: The Economic Madness of Robin Vos
Murphy’s Law

The Economic Madness of Robin Vos

His stance on “prioritizing” research could hurt our universities and the state economy.

WISDOT Budget Request: Higher Taxes, More Wasteful Spending and Misplaced Priorities
Press Release

WISDOT Budget Request: Higher Taxes, More Wasteful Spending and Misplaced Priorities

Proposal Would Waste Taxpayer Money, Invest in Unjustified Infrastructure

The State of Politics: Who Will Lead the Democrats?
The State of Politics

Who Will Lead the Democrats?

The party badly needs leadership, but the bench looks thin. Here are the likely candidates.

I-94 Corridor Draft EIS Options Disregard Data, Community and Taxpayer Concerns
Press Release

I-94 Corridor Draft EIS Options Disregard Data, Community and Taxpayer Concerns

WISDOT Study Epitomizes Wasteful Government Spending, Outdated Assumptions

Murphy’s Law: Let Us Now Blame Mike Tate
Murphy’s Law

Let Us Now Blame Mike Tate

Hatred for the state Democratic Chair is flowing. But is he at fault for the election debacle or was the party’s message lacking?

Rep. Zepnick calls for cap on Telco late fees
Press Release

Rep. Zepnick calls for cap on Telco late fees

Rep. Josh Zepnick today called to restore the cap on late charges that may be charged to retail consumers of telecommunication services.

GOP Had More Campaign Cash — And Votes

GOP Had More Campaign Cash — And Votes

Republican victories weren't about redistricting, but about more votes. But they did have a huge cash advantage.

Murphy’s Law: The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams
Murphy’s Law

The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams

The author of school choice later became its opponent. Williams was controversial -- and misunderstood -- right to the end.

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

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

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

The State of Politics: The Republican Revolution Part II
The State of Politics

The Republican Revolution Part II

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has a really big agenda for Wisconsin. It reads like a papal encyclical.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Hate Kevin Kennedy
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Hate Kevin Kennedy

The GAB director is an “embarrassment,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says. Embarrassing to who?

Murphy’s Law: Why Burke’s Loss Was Inevitable
Murphy’s Law

Why Burke’s Loss Was Inevitable

Burke's impact as a candidate was so negligible that Walker was almost running against himself. He had to hope the Walker lovers outnumbered his haters.

Data Wonk: Evaluating The Burke and Walker Jobs Plans
Data Wonk

Evaluating The Burke and Walker Jobs Plans

Can either reverse the state’s long-term trend of lagging national job growth?

Will State Force Family Planning Clinics To Close?

Will State Force Family Planning Clinics To Close?

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

The State of Politics: 12 Issues Where Burke and Walker Disagree
The State of Politics

12 Issues Where Burke and Walker Disagree

From abortion to iron mining, and from public unions to public schools, the candidates differ greatly.

Outsourcing Loopholes Never Fixed by Walker Administration
Press Release

Outsourcing Loopholes Never Fixed by Walker Administration

Outsourcing Safeguards Were Never Implemented

Murphy’s Law: The Tragedy of O’Donnell Park
Murphy’s Law

The Tragedy of O’Donnell Park

The proposed sale to NML suggests the city has yet to learn from its folly in building this eyesore.

Final pre-election Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leading Burke in Wisconsin governor’s race
Press Release

Final pre-election Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leading Burke in Wisconsin governor’s race

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters.

The Man Behind Wisconsin’s Iron Mine

The Man Behind Wisconsin’s Iron Mine

Billionaire Chris Cline promises his mine won’t pollute Wisconsin. But his company’s track record mining coal raises doubts.

Walker Has Huge Cash Advantage

Walker Has Huge Cash Advantage

He's raised $24.5 million compared to Burke's $15.5 million, with twice as much of his donations coming from out of state.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin, the Land of Diversity?
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin, the Land of Diversity?

Turns out we beat most states in the percent of women and minorities elected. Who knew?

Data Wonk: The Assault on Wisconsin’s Campaign Laws
Data Wonk

The Assault on Wisconsin’s Campaign Laws

Given higher court’s slap-down of Judge Randa’s decisions overthrowing Wisconsin laws, just where does the law now stand?

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Gives $650,000 to State GOP

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Gives $650,000 to State GOP

Most of last minute campaign donation may go to Gov. Walker, who made trip to Las Vegas to woo the casino magnate.

The State of Politics: The 10 Most Expensive State Programs
The State of Politics

The 10 Most Expensive State Programs

How does the state spend its money? And how might you change this?

Feature Story: The Battle Between Walker and Burke
Feature Story

The Battle Between Walker and Burke

They are two wildly different personalities with quite different agendas. A frank look at both candidates for governor.

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Measure rejected by legislature would have particular benefit for Hispanics in Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National
Murphy’s Law

Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National

New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces New TV Ad
Press Release

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces New TV Ad

A new television ad that will begin airing today is the second in Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters’ $1 million campaign to defeat Governor Walker.

Concerned Residents Travel to Capitol to Tell Gov. Walker:  Stop Wasteful Highway Expansions
Press Release

Concerned Residents Travel to Capitol to Tell Gov. Walker: Stop Wasteful Highway Expansions

Wisconsin’s transportation priorities are backwards and need to be fixed now.

38,000 TV Ads in Governor’s Race

38,000 TV Ads in Governor’s Race

And still rising, with percentage of negative ads higher than in nearly any state, study shows.

Citizen Action Files Open Records Request for Insurance Industry Lobbying on BadgerCare
Press Release

Citizen Action Files Open Records Request for Insurance Industry Lobbying on BadgerCare

Citizen Action asks Walker Administration to release all correspondence with insurance industry on the issue of federal funding for BadgerCare.

Murphy’s Law: Walker Won Second Debate
Murphy’s Law

Walker Won Second Debate

But neither candidate can close the sale in election. Why?

Where Walker, Burke Stand on Open Records

Where Walker, Burke Stand on Open Records

Grilled by Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, the two offer different takes on how to assure the public's right to know.

Data Wonk: Both Sides Wrong About Walker’s Impact on Jobs
Data Wonk

Both Sides Wrong About Walker’s Impact on Jobs

Actually, the data shows Gov. Walker has had little impact, positive or negative, on how the state grows jobs.

The State of Politics: Republicans Want to Purge GAB Director
The State of Politics

Republicans Want to Purge GAB Director

Government Accountability Director Kevin Kennedy must go, says Robin Vos. Why?

County Clerk Czarnezki Calls on State to Implement Same Sex Marriage License Changes
Press Release

County Clerk Czarnezki Calls on State to Implement Same Sex Marriage License Changes

Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki urged Governor Walker’s administration to update marriage license forms to reflect the fact that same sex couples are allowed to marry in Wisconsin.

Largest National Health Insurer Got Over $12 Million from Walker BadgerCare Decision
Press Release

Largest National Health Insurer Got Over $12 Million from Walker BadgerCare Decision

Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin got over $12 million from BadgerCare decision.

Governor Walker wants to raise taxes on gasoline—say it ain’t so
Press Release

Governor Walker wants to raise taxes on gasoline—say it ain’t so

Statement from Alderman Robert Bauman October 16, 2014

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of ALEC
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of ALEC

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, long a big influence on state legislatures and Wisconsin, is bleeding business support.

State Records Show Insurance Industry Lobbied on BadgerCare
Press Release

State Records Show Insurance Industry Lobbied on BadgerCare

Lobbying records from (GAB) call into question Governor Walker’s blanket denial that the insurance industry lobbied his administration to reject federal funds for BadgerCare.

How Rivals for Governor, Attorney General Would Handle Drunken Driving

How Rivals for Governor, Attorney General Would Handle Drunken Driving

Only Burke calls for making first-offense OWI a crime in Wisconsin.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds ties in Wisconsin races for both governor and attorney general
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds ties in Wisconsin races for both governor and attorney general

New Marquette Law School Poll shows Wisconsin governor, attorney general races both tied

Supervisor Khalif Rainey Critical of Gov. Scott Walker Administrtion Ruling on Minimum Wage
Press Release

Supervisor Khalif Rainey Critical of Gov. Scott Walker Administrtion Ruling on Minimum Wage

Says Ruling Shows Walker Opposes a Hike While Polls Show Strong Support

Pols Raise Cash Behind Closed Doors

Pols Raise Cash Behind Closed Doors

Both parties have ever-more secret fundraisers attended by lobbyists and insiders who influence state policy.

Walker Stumbles Badly Explaining Insurance Industry Influence on BadgerCare Decision
Press Release

Walker Stumbles Badly Explaining Insurance Industry Influence on BadgerCare Decision

Gov. Walker was caught off guard and stumbled through his response.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Curious Debate Strategy
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Curious Debate Strategy

His strategy was to “largely ignore” Burke. That may have been a mistake.

Campaign Contributors Benefited from Walker Rejection of BadgerCare Dollars
Press Release

Campaign Contributors Benefited from Walker Rejection of BadgerCare Dollars

Insurance Companies getting windfall of public dollars also donated big money to Walker and legislators

The State of Politics: How to Change the State Tax Burden
The State of Politics

How to Change the State Tax Burden

New report proposes reducing property and income taxes by broadening the sales tax.

Governor Walker announces $104 million in payments to local governments
Press Release

Governor Walker announces $104 million in payments to local governments

Governor Scott Walker today announced that payments totaling $104,151,847 for General Transportation Aids.

Governor Walker announces more than $24 million in freight rail awards
Press Release

Governor Walker announces more than $24 million in freight rail awards

Governor Scott Walker today approved six freight rail improvement projects totaling more than $24 million in grants and loans.

Data Wonk: Why the Appeals Court Slapped Down Conservatives
Data Wonk

Why the Appeals Court Slapped Down Conservatives

In John Doe case, the Republican-leaning court tossed out 7 suits against John Chisholm, and chastised Judge Randa. Why?

Wisconsin Lags on Alternative Energy

Wisconsin Lags on Alternative Energy

Conservative businessman Matt Neumann blasts Republicans for state's "rotten" record on renewable energy.

Governor Walker Named to “Dirty Dozen”
Press Release

Governor Walker Named to “Dirty Dozen”

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Launches $1 Million Campaign

Murphy’s Law: The Lt. Governor Nobody Wanted
Murphy’s Law

The Lt. Governor Nobody Wanted

Few on Scott Walker’s team wanted Rebecca Kleefish to win or had any respect for her. Yet she could be the next governor.

Wisconsin’s freight rail system keeps the state’s economy moving
Press Release

Wisconsin’s freight rail system keeps the state’s economy moving

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed October 6 to 12 Wisconsin Freight Rail Week.

Murphy’s Law: The Massive Gender Gap in Gov’s Race
Murphy’s Law

The Massive Gender Gap in Gov’s Race

Walker does terrible with women. But Burke does far worse with men. Why?

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leading in race for Wisconsin governor; attorney general race remains tied
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leading in race for Wisconsin governor; attorney general race remains tied

A new Poll in the Wisconsin governor’s race finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker receiving the support of 50 percent of likely voters and Democratic challenger Mary Burke receiving 45 percent support.

Fuller Endorses Common Core

Fuller Endorses Common Core

Former MPS superintendent says the educational standards are good for students and teachers.

State Falls Behind on Energy Conservation

State Falls Behind on Energy Conservation

Walker administration is years behind in enacting new energy conservation standards for buildings. Second in a series.

Walker Administration Lets Building and Safety Codes Slip

Walker Administration Lets Building and Safety Codes Slip

Critics say anti-regulatory bent means state hasn't addressed potential hazards and adapted cost-saving advances. First of a series.

The State of Politics: What Will “No Recall” Voters Do on Nov. 4?
The State of Politics

What Will “No Recall” Voters Do on Nov. 4?

They didn’t believe a governor should be recalled in mid-term. But will they vote to reelect Walker?

ACLU Comment on Federal Appeals Court Action on Wisconsin Voter ID
Press Release

ACLU Comment on Federal Appeals Court Action on Wisconsin Voter ID

The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today declined to rehear a three-judge panel's order reinstating Wisconsin's voter ID law prior to the midterm election

Governor Walker approves improvement project at General Mitchell International Airport
Press Release

Governor Walker approves improvement project at General Mitchell International Airport

Governor Scott Walker today announced a $1,235,530 project to rehabilitate airfield pavements and make safety improvements at General Mitchell International Airport.

Marquette University Board of Trustees elects five new members
Press Release

Marquette University Board of Trustees elects five new members

Five new members were recently elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees

Dispensergate?

Dispensergate?

State comes clean on alleged soap dispenser scandal.

Derailed High-Speed Rail Costs Wisconsin Jobs and Economic Growth
Press Release

Derailed High-Speed Rail Costs Wisconsin Jobs and Economic Growth

Get Wisconsin to Get Back on Track

The State of Politics: More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs
The State of Politics

More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs

The number of women candidates running for state Capitol jobs is coming back.

Plenty of Horne: Absentee Ballot ID Requirement Could Backfire on Republicans
Plenty of Horne

Absentee Ballot ID Requirement Could Backfire on Republicans

Republican base of elderly, rural voters most affected.

Good Government Advocates Call for Walker to Step Down from WEDC
Press Release

Good Government Advocates Call for Walker to Step Down from WEDC

In light of conflicts of interest, emergency action needed to protect public job creation dollars from legal bribery

Another False Alarm… Par for the Course.
Press Release

Another False Alarm… Par for the Course.

Senator Larson, I just checked Politifact.com and saw that they gave you another “false” rating.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor’s race remains statistical dead heat
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor’s race remains statistical dead heat

The governor’s race remains statistical dead heat.

Op-Ed: The Wisconsin Way?
Op-Ed

The Wisconsin Way?

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin calls on Governor Walker to move health care reform forward.

Cruel and Unusual: Lawmakers Demand Response to Allegations of Inmate Abuse
Cruel and Unusual

Lawmakers Demand Response to Allegations of Inmate Abuse

Milwaukee Democrats call on the Department of Corrections to respond to allegations of abuse at Waupun Correctional Institution.

Corridor of Dreams: Can Business Be Attracted to City?
Corridor of Dreams

Can Business Be Attracted to City?

30th Street Corridor project depends on attracting and growing businesses. Second in a series.

Brostoff Denounces Appeals Court’s Voter ID Ruling
Press Release

Brostoff Denounces Appeals Court’s Voter ID Ruling

Candidate for State Assembly Calls for Open and Fair Voting Laws in Wisconsin

Plenty of Horne: MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix
Plenty of Horne

MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix

A planned community gathering space instead becomes an underwhelming staircase.

Op-Ed: American Dream Blocked For Black Youth
Op-Ed

American Dream Blocked For Black Youth

Rep. Mandela Barnes offers his plan to address Wisconsin's racial disparities.

Hamilton case shows need for new county investigation unit
Press Release

Hamilton case shows need for new county investigation unit

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 10, 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s New Bus System
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s New Bus System

MCTS is adding express service to more routes.

Governor Walker approves improvement project at General Mitchell International Airport
Press Release

Governor Walker approves improvement project at General Mitchell International Airport

Governor Scott Walker today announced a $290,000 project to install new perimeter fencing at General Mitchell International Airport.

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony
Press Release

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and other local leaders will honor the victims of September 11, 2001.

Corridor of Dreams: Can 30th Street Corridor Be Reclaimed?
Corridor of Dreams

Can 30th Street Corridor Be Reclaimed?

The redevelopment effort includes a huge swath of the city, and countless players and plans. First of a series.

Citizen Action Calls on Walker Administration to Release 2015 Health Insurance Rates
Press Release

Citizen Action Calls on Walker Administration to Release 2015 Health Insurance Rates

Walker Administration withholding 2015 Healthcare.gov insurance premium rates while most states have released them.

The State of Politics: Transportation Funding Problem Grows
The State of Politics

Transportation Funding Problem Grows

The next state budget could face a $600 million transportation fund deficit.

WOLF! Is this a real alarm? It doesn’t matter… if you’re a sheep, you’ll start shaking
Press Release

WOLF! Is this a real alarm? It doesn’t matter… if you’re a sheep, you’ll start shaking

Wasserman Schultz is crying wolf... and the sheep are shaking

Citizen Action Praises Fed Decision to Grant Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Forced into Coverage Gap
Press Release

Citizen Action Praises Fed Decision to Grant Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Forced into Coverage Gap

The special enrollment period will give these Wisconsin residents 60 days to enroll in the Federal health insurance marketplace for 2014.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Obama Administration Action on Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Dropped from BadgerCare under Governor Walker’s Plan
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Applauds Obama Administration Action on Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Dropped from BadgerCare under Governor Walker’s Plan

Last Week, Baldwin Asked Obama Administration for Special Enrollment Period to Close Coverage Gap Created By Walker Administration

Murphy’s Law: Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?
Murphy’s Law

Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?

He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Calls on DNR Secretary Stepp to Reject Smart Sand Green Tier Application
Press Release

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Calls on DNR Secretary Stepp to Reject Smart Sand Green Tier Application

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is calling on Secretary Cathy Stepp to reject the application for Green Tier status by Smart Sand, Inc.

Citizen Action Urges Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Forced into Coverage Gap
Press Release

Citizen Action Urges Special Enrollment Period for 38,000 Wisconsinites Forced into Coverage Gap

Supports Senator Baldwin’s Request to Reopen Enrollment for Wisconsinites forced off BadgerCare by Governor Walker

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?

It can’t get done without GOP legislators, but they have deeply felt reasons for opposing any deal.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke remain inside margin of error in Wisconsin governor’s race
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke remain inside margin of error in Wisconsin governor’s race

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker receiving the support of 47.5 percent of registered voters and Democratic challenger Mary Burke receiving 44.1 percent support. Another 5.5 percent say that they are undecided or that they do not know whom they will support, while fewer than 1 percent say they will vote for someone else.

Will TV Political Ads Get More Scrutiny?

Will TV Political Ads Get More Scrutiny?

New FCC rule may make it easer to track the many thousands of ads that will run this fall.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.

Murphy’s Law: Is Walker Guilty — Or the Law Meaningless?
Murphy’s Law

Is Walker Guilty — Or the Law Meaningless?

After the latest Doe document dump, no other conclusion is possible.

Attorney General Race Could Be a Sizzler

Attorney General Race Could Be a Sizzler

Happ's dramatic victory sets up clash between two county DAs.

Murphy’s Law: The Remarkable Clout of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Remarkable Clout of Sheriff Clarke

A stunning election increases his power. What does it mean for Milwaukee?

Charting a future course for Wisconsin waterways
Press Release

Charting a future course for Wisconsin waterways

Governor proclaims this week as Ports Week across the state

New State BadgerCare Numbers Reveals Local Costs
Press Release

New State BadgerCare Numbers Reveals Local Costs

Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo shows the cost and lost opportunity of rejecting federal funds for BadgerCare. Data for first time broken down for county level.

Plenty of Horne: Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night
Plenty of Horne

Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night

Sheriff Clarke wins democratic primary. Plus: The rest of election night's winners and losers.

Where Does All That Campaign Cash Go?

Where Does All That Campaign Cash Go?

Scott Walker, Mary Burke campaign cash buying more than just ads.

Black Men Face Unequal Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

Black Men Face Unequal Enforcement of Marijuana Laws

While the nation moves towards legalization, Wisconsin fills its jails with black men arrested for marijuana possession.

The State of Politics: Pick Tuesday’s Primary Winners
The State of Politics

Pick Tuesday’s Primary Winners

Burke v. Hulsey won't be close. But the 19th Assembly District Democratic primary looks to be very competitive, who will win it?

Murphy’s Law: Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General
Murphy’s Law

Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General

Jon Richards is the favorite. But is he the best choice?

Data Wonk: Court Decision Could Kill Obamacare in Wisconsin
Data Wonk

Court Decision Could Kill Obamacare in Wisconsin

That would hurt many who’ve enrolled, and leave Gov. Walker in a tough position.

New Billboard:  Derailed High-Speed Rail Costs Wisconsin Jobs and Economic Growth
Press Release

New Billboard: Derailed High-Speed Rail Costs Wisconsin Jobs and Economic Growth

It’s Time for Wisconsin to Get Rail Back on Track

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money
Press Release

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 5, 2014

Wangard Partners Develops in Harmony with a Onoe-of-a-kind Historic Reef to Create Walkable Neighborhood in Wauwatosa
Press Release

Wangard Partners Develops in Harmony with a Onoe-of-a-kind Historic Reef to Create Walkable Neighborhood in Wauwatosa

Wangard Partners, Inc. (WPI) is pleased to announce that The Reef is set to break ground on Tuesday, August 5th.

The State of Politics: State Workers Now Contribute Twice as Much for Benefits
The State of Politics

State Workers Now Contribute Twice as Much for Benefits

Will this be an issue in gubernatorial campaign?

Cruel and Unusual: State Prisons “Routinely Engage in Torture,” Group Claims
Cruel and Unusual

State Prisons “Routinely Engage in Torture,” Group Claims

Faith-based advocacy group asks Gov. Walker to investigate allegations of prisoner abuse at Waupun.

Brett Hulsey’s Crazy Campaign for Governor

Brett Hulsey’s Crazy Campaign for Governor

The unorthodox Democrat says he will be the next governor, but he's invisible in the polls.

The State of Politics: Candidate Questionnaires Tie Legislators’ Hands
The State of Politics

Candidate Questionnaires Tie Legislators’ Hands

Interest groups demand them. Politicians hate them. The result is less compromise on issues.

Governor Walker’s Call to Corral Common Core, Correct… But Why?
Press Release

Governor Walker’s Call to Corral Common Core, Correct… But Why?

Common Core/Governor Walker

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker’s Liberal Campaign Tactics?
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker’s Liberal Campaign Tactics?

His ads target Burke for not being liberal enough. Is he desperate -- or crazy like a fox?

Most of Walker’s Support from Outside Wisconsin

Most of Walker’s Support from Outside Wisconsin

Just 46% of his campaign donations from Wisconsin residents versus 73% for Burke.

Cruel and Unusual: Waupun Prison Guards Accused of Abusing Dozens of Inmates
Cruel and Unusual

Waupun Prison Guards Accused of Abusing Dozens of Inmates

Many of prisoners are from Milwaukee; critics call for an investigation. Part 1 of a series.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke tied in Wisconsin governor’s race
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Burke tied in Wisconsin governor’s race

Poll finds that the Wisconsin governor’s race remains a dead heat.

Data Wonk: Why Did Walker Flip on Common Core?
Data Wonk

Why Did Walker Flip on Common Core?

And why is the opposition to it so heated? An analysis of the actual standards and the arguments against them.

One Third of Wisconsinites Will Have BadgerCare Referendums on the November Ballot
Press Release

One Third of Wisconsinites Will Have BadgerCare Referendums on the November Ballot

Eight counties advance advisory referendum on accepting the federal funds for BadgerCare, covering 1.97 million Wisconsin residents.

The State of Politics: Will Walker Face a Budget Deficit?
The State of Politics

Will Walker Face a Budget Deficit?

Drop in tax collections could cause shortfall -- and a campaign issue for Burke.

Data Wonk: The Impact of Obamacare
Data Wonk

The Impact of Obamacare

States that embraced it have greatly lowered the number of uninsured. What’s the impact on Wisconsin?

Plenty of Horne: Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board
Plenty of Horne

Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board

Will continue after 3 decades as board chair! Did mayor and governor swap appointments to make this happen?

New Report from Walker Administration Reveals that Governor’s Plan Results in a Gap in Coverage and People Becoming Uninsured
Press Release

New Report from Walker Administration Reveals that Governor’s Plan Results in a Gap in Coverage and People Becoming Uninsured

Senator Baldwin: “For 38,000 Wisconsinites, Governor Walker did not keep his promise.”

Latest Enrollment Numbers Prove Forcing Thousands off BadgerCare a Mistake
Press Release

Latest Enrollment Numbers Prove Forcing Thousands off BadgerCare a Mistake

The decision to force low income residents into the private market has created a new coverage gap for 38,000 in Wisconsin.

John Doe Probe is Not About Good vs. Bad

John Doe Probe is Not About Good vs. Bad

It's really a legal issue that courts must settle: can campaigns coordinate with outside advocacy groups?

The State of Politics: Wide-Open Battle for 19th Assembly District
The State of Politics

Wide-Open Battle for 19th Assembly District

Four talented candidates battling for open district which runs from Bay View to East Side.

Brostoff Statement on Restoration of Historic Preservation Tax Credit
Press Release

Brostoff Statement on Restoration of Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Program critical to economic development in district should be defended, says Brostoff

Murphy’s Law: County Board Goes Crazy Over Referendums
Murphy’s Law

County Board Goes Crazy Over Referendums

Board wants to put 4 advisory referendum questions on the ballot, at a cost of more than $100,000. Why?

Data Wonk: Is Walker to Blame for Poor Job Growth?
Data Wonk

Is Walker to Blame for Poor Job Growth?

Liberal and conservatives adamantly disagree. What does the data show?

Citizen Action Calls on Walker Administration to Release Critical BadgerCare Numbers
Press Release

Citizen Action Calls on Walker Administration to Release Critical BadgerCare Numbers

Despite claim by Walker Administration that the numbers of residents who had signed up for Marketplace plans after being forced off BadgerCare would be released in June, enrollment numbers are still missing.

Governor Walker announces July transportation payments to local governments
Press Release

Governor Walker announces July transportation payments to local governments

Payments totaling more than $127.8. million have been delivered to local governments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

Murphy’s Law: The Cheap Schools Solution
Murphy’s Law

The Cheap Schools Solution

Wisconsin’s spending on education has dropped drastically. Long-term, that could be a big problem.

ACLU: Lift Stay, Restore Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Wisconsin
Press Release

ACLU: Lift Stay, Restore Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Wisconsin

Attorneys for the ACLU filed a motion asking Judge Barbara Crabb to vacate the stay she entered and allow marriages for same-sex couples to continue.

Are John Doe Subjects Still Coordinating?

Are John Doe Subjects Still Coordinating?

Scott Walker says they did nothing wrong. Will he coordinate with "independent" groups in upcoming campaign?

Campaign Coordination With Outside Groups is Common

Campaign Coordination With Outside Groups is Common

Study says Walker's coordination with independent groups doesn't compare to some other states.

Murphy’s Law: How Republicans Cause Voter Fraud
Murphy’s Law

How Republicans Cause Voter Fraud

False claims of rampant voter fraud by GOP and talk radio prompt their followers to vote illegally.

Data Wonk: Supreme Court May Disappoint Conservatives
Data Wonk

Supreme Court May Disappoint Conservatives

Their past decisions may force them to rule against those appealing the John Doe investigation.

The State of Politics: Republicans Kill Covenant Grants for College Students
The State of Politics

Republicans Kill Covenant Grants for College Students

Doyle program rewarded high school students with good grades, but program is being phased out.

Taking Politics Out of Mental Health Care
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Taking Politics Out of Mental Health Care

Newly Named Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Will Make a Difference

Over 1.6 Million Wisconsinites to See Referendum on BadgerCare Funding on November Ballot
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Over 1.6 Million Wisconsinites to See Referendum on BadgerCare Funding on November Ballot

Today the Milwaukee County Board approved placing an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether the State of Wisconsin should accept enhanced federal funds for BadgerCare.

Eyes on Milwaukee: State Freezes Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Eyes on Milwaukee

State Freezes Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Worried about the cost, Gov. Walker and WEDC have halted program with big benefits for Milwaukee.

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Gun Bill Dies Without Shots Being Fired

Despite overwhelming support for bill toughening penalties for felony firearms offenses, Alberta Darling and Republicans give up on it.

Murphy’s Law: How Conservatives Screwed Walker
Murphy’s Law

How Conservatives Screwed Walker

They supported releasing damaging Doe documents because they have bigger goals than Walker’s reelection.

The State of Politics: GOP Leaders Run Away from Same Sex Marriage Issue
The State of Politics

GOP Leaders Run Away from Same Sex Marriage Issue

Republicans who championed amendment barring gay marriages now avoid defending the measure.

Feature documentary on Wisconsin protests posted for sale online
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Feature documentary on Wisconsin protests posted for sale online

The documentary feature Forward has been posted online for download for $5.

Back in the News: National Media Crucify Walker
Back in the News

National Media Crucify Walker

Even the conservative press jump all over the charge that Gov. Walker was at center of a criminal conspiracy.

Murphy’s Law: Walker, Sykes and Belling
Murphy’s Law

Walker, Sykes and Belling

The New Republic feature story on Scott Walker and talk radio is juicy stuff. But is it true?

Eyes on Milwaukee: New 18-Story Downtown Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

New 18-Story Downtown Building Breaks Ground

The $102 million, 18-story tower at 833 E. Michigan is huge development, with no city financing. The full story, with photos and building renderings.

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding the possibility of double-decking Interstate 94 on the west side of Milwaukee:
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Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding the possibility of double-decking Interstate 94 on the west side of Milwaukee:

"I’m mystified as to why the Governor has not taken the Stadium Interchange's double deck option off the table."

Data Wonk: The Democratic Disadvantage
Data Wonk

The Democratic Disadvantage

Republicans can continue to control the legislature with 46% of the statewide vote. How can Democrats overcome this edge?

Murphy’s Law: Four Ways to Slash Carbon Emissions
Murphy’s Law

Four Ways to Slash Carbon Emissions

The EPA requirement that Wisconsin cut carbon emissions could be easily met, through these four approaches.

The State of Politics: Mud Fight for Attorney General?
The State of Politics

Mud Fight for Attorney General?

The three Democrats running all have similar stands, so may have to attack each other to stand out.

House Confidential: Sen.Carpenter’s Rather Dull Duplex
House Confidential

Sen.Carpenter’s Rather Dull Duplex

His sided, south side home, in suburban-like Jackson Park, is a veritable pillar of middle-class respectability.

Murphy’s Law: John Chisholm Crushes Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

John Chisholm Crushes Sheriff Clarke

The sheriff takes some pot shots at DA, only to get mowed down, in an entertaining -- and very revealing -- exchange.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Finally, a New Park East Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Finally, a New Park East Plan

Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?

Chairwoman Celebrates Ruling That Finally Brings Marriage Equality to Wisconsin
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Chairwoman Celebrates Ruling That Finally Brings Marriage Equality to Wisconsin

"A just society is one that will thrive."

With Federal Court Ruling, Wisconsin’s Marriage Ban Becomes the Latest to Fall
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With Federal Court Ruling, Wisconsin’s Marriage Ban Becomes the Latest to Fall

WI Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen likely to appeal ruling to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, while Gov. Scott Walker has distanced himself from the ban in recent weeks

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

The Inside Story on ALEC

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

Gun Bills Fail, Shots Fly

Gun Bills Fail, Shots Fly

Chief Flynn implores legislature to pass bill targeting illegal gun possession. Will Republicans respond?

The State of Politics: Voters Oppose Walker’s Run for President
The State of Politics

Voters Oppose Walker’s Run for President

That's what three straight polls show. But experts doubt it will impact governor’s race.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Has Split With Conservatives
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Has Split With Conservatives

He’s at odds with the right-wing and Wall Street Journal over John Doe probe. But why?

Final Day for former BadgerCare Enrollees to sign up for Coverage in the Marketplace
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Final Day for former BadgerCare Enrollees to sign up for Coverage in the Marketplace

Tomorrow marks the final day to sign up for coverage in the health insurance marketplace

The Last Train from Talgo

The Last Train from Talgo

Talgo moved its last trains from Milwaukee last night, ending this city’s dream of becoming a hub for state-of-the-art rail transit.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike-Sharing Comes To The Burbs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike-Sharing Comes To The Burbs

Shorewood, Tosa and West Allis would each have 10-15 stations and would be part of a regional system.

Data Wonk: Walker’s Record on Unemployment
Data Wonk

Walker’s Record on Unemployment

Wisconsin has had less success reducing unemployment than surrounding states. Why?

A less than adequate response on oversaturation of sex offenders in Milwaukee
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A less than adequate response on oversaturation of sex offenders in Milwaukee

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy May 27, 2014

Supervisor Rainey Calls on Gubernatorial Candidates to Address Racial Disparities and Violence in Milwaukee County
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Supervisor Rainey Calls on Gubernatorial Candidates to Address Racial Disparities and Violence in Milwaukee County

Says African American Community in "State of Crisis;" Asks Candidates for Concrete Plans to Address Continuing Racial Disparities, Violence

The State of Politics: Barrett Blasts Suburbs on Low-Income Housing
The State of Politics

Barrett Blasts Suburbs on Low-Income Housing

Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee counties “systematically” keep out poor people, mayor charges.

Supervisor Weishan Demands Full Disclosure of John Doe Records
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Supervisor Weishan Demands Full Disclosure of John Doe Records

Says County Executive Chris Abele "Should Not Help Scott Walker Cover Up"

Eau Claire County Approves Referendum to Accept Funds for BadgerCare
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Eau Claire County Approves Referendum to Accept Funds for BadgerCare

Earlier this week the Eau Claire County Board approved placing an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters whether the State of Wisconsin should accept enhanced federal funds for BadgerCare rejected by Walker and conservatives in the Legislature.

County Board Approves Agreement Won in Court Action Brought by MICAH and BHCW to Fund New Transit Route
John Doe Ruling Opens Door To Dark Money

John Doe Ruling Opens Door To Dark Money

Wealthy groups with unnamed donors could coordinate campaign ads with candidates they favor.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor’s race tied
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin governor’s race tied

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that the Wisconsin governor’s race has tightened to a dead heat.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s To Blame For Yet Another Pension Giveaway?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s To Blame For Yet Another Pension Giveaway?

Abele wants some 200 retirees to stop getting illegal pension benefits, but board members are outraged.

The State of Politics: Confusion Reigns on Campaign-Finance Law
The State of Politics

Confusion Reigns on Campaign-Finance Law

Court rulings leaves state regulators reeling and candidates mystified.

Weishan to County Executive: “Where is Your Solution to the Pension Issue?”
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Weishan to County Executive: “Where is Your Solution to the Pension Issue?”

Supervisor Says County Executive Must Propose a Solution to Pension Issue

Lobbyists Oppose Various Bills Limiting Voting

Lobbyists Oppose Various Bills Limiting Voting

Bills with photo ID, limiting absentee voting, making it tougher to register -- got scant support from lobbyists.

ACLU Responds to Voting Rights Appeal
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ACLU Responds to Voting Rights Appeal

Wisconsin state officials today appealed the April 29 federal court ruling that struck down the state's voter ID law as unconstitutional and in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).

The State of Politics: Businesses, Special Interests Got $600 Million in Tax Breaks
The State of Politics

Businesses, Special Interests Got $600 Million in Tax Breaks

But two-thirds of $1.9 billion in Republican tax cuts went to families.

Murphy’s Law: Attorneys Rush to Chisholm’s Defense
Murphy’s Law

Attorneys Rush to Chisholm’s Defense

Worried about possible recall, they plan fundraiser for the DA. But will it help him?

Mary Burke, Underdog Millionaire

Mary Burke, Underdog Millionaire

She's raked in $1.8 million but is still far behind Walker in fundraising.

Murphy’s Law: State PSC Gives Huge Giveaway to Businesses
Murphy’s Law

State PSC Gives Huge Giveaway to Businesses

Electric ratepayers in one-half of the state will subsidize downtown Milwaukee businesses.

VISIT Milwaukee Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week
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VISIT Milwaukee Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week

With “Tour Your Town” Campaign and Annual Meeting

Gov. Walker Rejection of Federal Funds for BadgerCare Costs Wisconsin over $1 Million per Day
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Gov. Walker Rejection of Federal Funds for BadgerCare Costs Wisconsin over $1 Million per Day

Wisconsinites forced off BadgerCare have until end of month to sign up for private coverage

2013 Business, Leisure Travel Sees Continued Growth
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2013 Business, Leisure Travel Sees Continued Growth

Milwaukee County Leads the State in Tourism Expenditures

Journal Sentinel Gets Snookered by Walker

Journal Sentinel Gets Snookered by Walker

Newspaper’s vaunted Politifact column approves of Walker’s very misleading claim about state job growth.

Plenty of Horne: Sen. Baldwin Gearing Up for LGBT Battles
Plenty of Horne

Sen. Baldwin Gearing Up for LGBT Battles

Baldwin hires expert attorney on these issues. And state board considers Talgo claim.

Making Sense of John Doe II

Making Sense of John Doe II

A guide to all the players, issues and judges' rulings.

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding today’s decision on voter ID
Press Release

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding today’s decision on voter ID

“Judge Adelman’s decision is good for democracy."

Murphy’s Law: Scott Walker’s Health Care Dilemma
Murphy’s Law

Scott Walker’s Health Care Dilemma

His rejection of federal Medicaid dollars either costs Wisconsin lots of money or lots of lives.

Republicans Should Retain Legislature This Fall

Republicans Should Retain Legislature This Fall

Democrats hope to retake Senate but their chances don't look good.

Back in the News: More Evidence John Doe is Bipartisan
Back in the News

More Evidence John Doe is Bipartisan

Court filings release more information showing investigation of Walker and conservative groups is not partisan.

The State of Politics: Republicans Purge Their Elders
The State of Politics

Republicans Purge Their Elders

No matter how experienced, moderates willing to negotiate with Democrats are getting purged from the party.

Murphy’s Law: Why Moderates Are Extinct
Murphy’s Law

Why Moderates Are Extinct

The retirement of Petri, Ellis and Cullen suggests neither party has room for moderates.

New Data: New WEDC Job Numbers Shows Massive County Disparity in Economic Development.
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New Data: New WEDC Job Numbers Shows Massive County Disparity in Economic Development.

Many counties with high unemployment ignored by WEDC, Waukesha county largest beneficiary

A Millennial’s Take on Obamacare

A Millennial’s Take on Obamacare

I signed up. But long term, is it worth the cost?

Decline of the Dairy State

Decline of the Dairy State

Walker’s policies may help depopulate farms. How will cities be affected?

Streetsblog: Why America’s Roads Are More Dangerous
Streetsblog

Why America’s Roads Are More Dangerous

U.S. and Wisconsin have seen less decline in traffic fatalities than other countries. Why?

Back in the News: Michigan May Get Talgo Trains
Back in the News

Michigan May Get Talgo Trains

Trains still in storage in Milwaukee could go to high speed line in Michigan -- if the Talgo lawsuit against Wisconsin is ever settled.

The State of Politics: Casualties of War
The State of Politics

Casualties of War

The war over Act 10 may be a key reason 46% of legislators have left or will leave in just over two years.

Bike Czar: Governor Signs Vulnerable User Bill
Bike Czar

Governor Signs Vulnerable User Bill

Bill to protect bikers and pedestrians and a separate bill allowing biking on state trails after 11 p.m. were both passed by legislature.

Murphy’s Law: The Extraordinary Fiscal Liberalism of David Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Extraordinary Fiscal Liberalism of David Clarke

It’s difficult to find anyone who increases his budget faster than Sheriff Clarke.

Streetsblog: More Transit Funding Needed, Fitch Ratings Warns
Streetsblog

More Transit Funding Needed, Fitch Ratings Warns

Economy could suffer if governments don't recognize decline in driving and other trends that favor transit.

Bipartisan drone bill signed into law
Press Release

Bipartisan drone bill signed into law

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

County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care
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County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing a bill today that will create an independent board of experts to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Hospital.

More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens
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More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens

By Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca

Big Money Backfires in Local Elections

Big Money Backfires in Local Elections

Attempts by Koch Brothers and other outsiders to outspend locals and elect friendly parties doesn't work.

Governor Walker announces April transportation payments to local governments
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Governor Walker announces April transportation payments to local governments

Governor Scott Walker today announced that payments totaling nearly $80.5 million for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids have been delivered to local governments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

The State of Politics: Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?
The State of Politics

Why the Huge Support for Shot Spotters?

Legislature votes 132-1 to expand Milwaukee program monitoring gunshots.

Rep. Richards Urges Gov. Walker to Sign ShotSpotter Expansion
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Rep. Richards Urges Gov. Walker to Sign ShotSpotter Expansion

A bill to partially restore a $445,000 cut to the Milwaukee Police Department’s gunshot sensor program is headed to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

Except the WMC business lobby and Realtors Association, who are glad Walker signed it.

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

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

Statement from Rep. Barca on Senate passage of amended oral chemo bill
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Senate passage of amended oral chemo bill

Today the Senate passed an amended version of the oral chemotherapy bill, which the Assembly passed last month.

Bipartisan drone legislation passes Senate
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Bipartisan drone legislation passes Senate

Bill to protect citizens’ privacy headed to Governor

Murphy’s Law: Why UWM Matters
Murphy’s Law

Why UWM Matters

It could be the key to transforming Wisconsin’s economy, but state leaders don’t seem to realize it.

The State of Politics: Nine Bills That Got Killed
The State of Politics

Nine Bills That Got Killed

Why the legislature failed to pass laws on nine hot issues.

County Supervisor is a full time job; Vote NO on the referendum
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County Supervisor is a full time job; Vote NO on the referendum

Tomorrow, April 1, spring elections will take place, and the results will have long-standing effects on our community.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Historic Preservation Goes Crazy
Eyes on Milwaukee

Historic Preservation Goes Crazy

Bigger state tax credits have tripled applications for historic preservation projects, which is great news for Milwaukee.

Rep. Barca urges Gov. Walker to use Vegas fundraising trip to analyze economic benefits of Kenosha casino
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Rep. Barca urges Gov. Walker to use Vegas fundraising trip to analyze economic benefits of Kenosha casino

Proposed casino project expected to create thousands of jobs, generate tens of millions for state and local economies.

Instead of trying to fix problems, Gov. Walker joins fellow Republicans in trying to fix elections
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Instead of trying to fix problems, Gov. Walker joins fellow Republicans in trying to fix elections

Governor signs bills that will severely restrict voting rights

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

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

Representative Shankland and Representative Goyke Announce Legislation to Preserve FoodShare Benefits for 255,000 Households
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Representative Shankland and Representative Goyke Announce Legislation to Preserve FoodShare Benefits for 255,000 Households

Rep. Katrina Shankland and Rep. Evan Goyke announced legislation to protect low-income Wisconsinites from the 2014 Farm Bill’s impending cuts to food stamps.

Gov. Walker signs bill undermining legal rights for veterans poisoned by asbestos
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Gov. Walker signs bill undermining legal rights for veterans poisoned by asbestos

Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after Gov. Walker privately signed a bill into law that will seriously undermine the legal rights of veterans who have been victims of asbestos poisoning.

Murphy’s Law: New Study Shows Milwaukee’s Income Inequality
Murphy’s Law

New Study Shows Milwaukee’s Income Inequality

Research shows huge and probably growing gap between high and low incomes in Milwaukee County.

Plenty of Horne: Get Your Vote On
Plenty of Horne

Get Your Vote On

Early voting already underway for spring election, and memorials planned for Debra Usinger and Donna Schlieman.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds lead over challenger Mary Burke in new Marquette Law School Poll
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds lead over challenger Mary Burke in new Marquette Law School Poll

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds Republican Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic candidate Mary Burke, 48 to 41 percent.

Murphy’s Law: Dan Bice’s Role in the John Doe
Murphy’s Law

Dan Bice’s Role in the John Doe

What did he know, when did he know it, and how has he affected the probe of Scott Walker?

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

Advocates Question State Changes in Cancer Program

Advocates Question State Changes in Cancer Program

State plan would reduce scope of program that's provided 500,000 cancer screenings since 1994.

Report: ACA Enrollment Before March 31st a Powerful Job Creation Tool.
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Report: ACA Enrollment Before March 31st a Powerful Job Creation Tool.

Premium tax credits inject needed revenue into local economies. 1 job created for every 30 people signed up.

Wisconsin stalled at 35th in job growth, still trailing neighbors
Press Release

Wisconsin stalled at 35th in job growth, still trailing neighbors

Despite lagging economy, Republicans ready to give up and focus on getting re-elected

Murphy’s Law: Who Is Mary Burke?
Murphy’s Law

Who Is Mary Burke?

After meeting and interviewing her, I still find Burke something of an enigma.

The State of Politics: New Champion of the City
The State of Politics

New Champion of the City

New council president Michael Murphy is bluntly honest about state politicians in an interview.

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Voter Suppression Bill
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Voter Suppression Bill

Cities already have less turnout and lower percent of early voters than rest of state, but bill will cut that even more.

Obituary: The Troubled Legacy of Tom Ament
Obituary

The Troubled Legacy of Tom Ament

Former county exec’s lucrative pension plan caused scandal, transformed Milwaukee politics, and led way for Scott Walker.

Murphy’s Law: Everybody Wants to Drive A Cab
Murphy’s Law

Everybody Wants to Drive A Cab

The city has 1,706 applications for 100 cab licenses. Milwaukee is suddenly becoming far more cab-friendly.

Mary Burke goes “On the Issues” to discuss Wisconsin governor’s race
Press Release

Mary Burke goes “On the Issues” to discuss Wisconsin governor’s race

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will be the featured guest for an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.”

The State of Politics: Walker Delays On Three Tough Issues
The State of Politics

Walker Delays On Three Tough Issues

No decision before election on new Bucks arena, proposed Kenosha casino and how to fund new highway construction.

Murphy’s Law: Why Didn’t Chisholm Go After Democrats?
Murphy’s Law

Why Didn’t Chisholm Go After Democrats?

Republicans say the John Doe probe proves bias. So does the federal suit against DA. Are they right?

Op-Ed: Conservatives Support Hike in Minimum Wage
Op-Ed

Conservatives Support Hike in Minimum Wage

Nationally, many conservatives embrace it as a way to reduce government dependence. But Wisconsin continues to resist.

Walker Defends Funneling More Job Dollars to Republican Districts
Press Release

Walker Defends Funneling More Job Dollars to Republican Districts

Over the weekend Governor Scott Walker responded to a recent report by Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association news conference
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Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association news conference

As part of Wisconsin Transit Week, which was declared by Wisconsin State Governor Scott Walker, the week of March 3rd, key transportation organizations will be holding a news conference.

Back in the News: Private Email System Built in 2002 for Walker Staff?
Back in the News

Private Email System Built in 2002 for Walker Staff?

County’s human resources assistant director tells State Journal Walker’s staff installed system in 2002.

The State of Politics: Blurry Line Between Political and Government Work
The State of Politics

Blurry Line Between Political and Government Work

Elected officials often have two cell phones but still blur line between political and public business.

Plenty of Horne: Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!
Plenty of Horne

Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!

Bill Broydrick's Window Replacement Co., new women political candidates, and a MacArthur genius comes to town.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Sweet Revenge Against John Doe Prosecutors
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Sweet Revenge Against John Doe Prosecutors

Walker’s office gets to choose the attorneys defending John Chisholm and company from a federal suit.

Public transit helps keep Wisconsin connected
Press Release

Public transit helps keep Wisconsin connected

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed March 3 to 9 Wisconsin Transit Week.

Bombshell New Report Casts Doubt on Gov. Walker’s Denial of Secret Email System in Governor’s Office
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Bombshell New Report Casts Doubt on Gov. Walker’s Denial of Secret Email System in Governor’s Office

Report Cites Source Confirming Use of Laptops and Personal Emails by Key Members of Governor’s State Staff

Murphy’s Law: Did Gov. Walker Have a Secret Email System?
Murphy’s Law

Did Gov. Walker Have a Secret Email System?

A Walker administration insider says some staff used private emails and personal laptops in the office.

The State of Politics: 10 Questions and Answers About Taxes
The State of Politics

10 Questions and Answers About Taxes

The April 15 deadline approaches. How will the Walker tax cuts will affect you?

How Walker Handled Open Records Request

How Walker Handled Open Records Request

Emails show his staff irked by requests and responding slowly, except when it benefits Walker.

WEDC Data Shows Partisan Correlation to Job Creation
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WEDC Data Shows Partisan Correlation to Job Creation

Report finds WEDC job creation/retention figures much higher in Republican districts, large geographic variation

Murphy’s Law: Why Did Thornton Leave?
Murphy’s Law

Why Did Thornton Leave?

The loss of MPS superintendent raises troubling questions about public education in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads
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Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads

Supervisor Deanna Alexander said today that she supported efforts by Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan to reallocate funding for a downtown Milwaukee streetcar.

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

Bill requires independent investigations of officer-involved deaths

Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are
Press Release

Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are

I see that our mayor has his hands out, asking Governor Walker to hand over some of the state surplus to fix Milwaukee’s crumbling roads.

Murphy’s Law: The Wrath of Eric O’Keefe
Murphy’s Law

The Wrath of Eric O’Keefe

He’s under investigation in John Doe II but turning the tables on the District Attorney and making him sweat.

Growth, Age, of Wisconsin Healthcare Signups Continue to Raise Concerns
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Growth, Age, of Wisconsin Healthcare Signups Continue to Raise Concerns

Wisconsin's enrollment falls behind MN, IL, Nation both in increase in enrolled and in average age.

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Zamarripa Proposal Would Help Undocumented Residents

Milwaukee legislator's bill would allow them to get drivers licenses, attend state colleges.

$32 Million Spent Lobbying State Legislators in 2013

$32 Million Spent Lobbying State Legislators in 2013

End of year reports also show Walker raised three times more campaign dollars than Burke.

Assembly Republicans reject additional middle-class property tax relief
Press Release

Assembly Republicans reject additional middle-class property tax relief

Instead, Speaker Vos and his caucus rubberstamp Gov. Walker’s irresponsible spending plan

The State of Politics: How Rogue Aides Can Ruin Politicians
The State of Politics

How Rogue Aides Can Ruin Politicians

Gov. Chris Christie’s problems are a lesson to every politician in Wisconsin.

Alderman Bauman letter to Governor urges nighttime quiet on Hoan project
Press Release

Alderman Bauman letter to Governor urges nighttime quiet on Hoan project

In his efforts to protect residents and businesses from the constant nighttime noise that accompanies ongoing work on the Hoan Bridge, Alderman Robert Bauman has sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker urging the Governor to intervene.

Supervisor Gerry Broderick Criticizes Gov. Scott Walker’s Support of Mental Health Bill
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Supervisor Gerry Broderick Criticizes Gov. Scott Walker’s Support of Mental Health Bill

Milwaukee County Supervisor Gerry Broderick issued the following statement regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s support of a mental health “reform” bill currently being considered in the Legislature.

Assembly Democrats unveil a more responsible alternative to Gov. Walker’s spending plan
Press Release

Assembly Democrats unveil a more responsible alternative to Gov. Walker’s spending plan

Proposal includes more funding for middle-class property tax relief, job training, rainy day fund

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

Rep. Taylor: DOJ must stop prosecuting unconstitutional tickets

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

Murphy’s Law: Recall Effort Targets John Chisholm
Murphy’s Law

Recall Effort Targets John Chisholm

DA targeted by right wingers outraged by John Doe and liberal blacks angered by suspects killed in custody.

State Hires Company That Screwed-Up Voter Registration System

State Hires Company That Screwed-Up Voter Registration System

Walker administration gives $59 million IT contract to Accenture, which won headlines for its poor work under Doyle.

Murphy’s Law: John Doe II Is Anything But Partisan
Murphy’s Law

John Doe II Is Anything But Partisan

Scott Walker’s defenders call the probe a partisan witch hunt. But newly released court documents say otherwise.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. QUESTIONS Bill on Mental Health
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. QUESTIONS Bill on Mental Health

Says Legislation Could Reduce Accountability, Looks Like More of the Same; He Questions How It Will Help Patients

State Releasing Far More Sex Offenders

State Releasing Far More Sex Offenders

Number released from mental lockup has quadrupled, but officials say risk to residents is low. First of a three-part series.

The State of Politics: Walker Says Act 10 Was About “Local Control”
The State of Politics

Walker Says Act 10 Was About “Local Control”

Gearing up for election, he says controversial law helps school boards focus on education rather than “union grievances.”

Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen on the County Executive’s Opposition to a “Living Wage” Ordinance
Press Release

Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen on the County Executive’s Opposition to a “Living Wage” Ordinance

I’m disappointed that the County Executive has resorted to spreading misinformation regarding my proposal to replace poverty wages in Milwaukee County with a Living Wage ordinance.

Walker’s Roadblocks to Affordable Care Act Enrollment Support Unconstitutional
Press Release

Walker’s Roadblocks to Affordable Care Act Enrollment Support Unconstitutional

An important court decision late last week calls into question the constitutionality of additional burdens placed on health care enrollment navigators by the Walker Administration.

First Marquette Law School Poll of 2014 examines Wisconsin governor’s race, direction of the state and jobs outlook
Press Release

First Marquette Law School Poll of 2014 examines Wisconsin governor’s race, direction of the state and jobs outlook

The first Marquette Law School Poll of the 2014 election year finds Gov. Scott Walker leading Democratic candidate Mary Burke, 47 to 41 percent.

Back in the News: Will Walker Change State’s School Standards?
Back in the News

Will Walker Change State’s School Standards?

Once again, Walker threatens to replace Common Core standards. Is he bluffing?

Murphy’s Law: The War Against Wind
Murphy’s Law

The War Against Wind

Wind power is booming in surrounding states but declining in Wisconsin. Why?

Representative Goyke’s Statement on Governor Walker’s State of the State Address
Press Release

Representative Goyke’s Statement on Governor Walker’s State of the State Address

State Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement in response to Governor Walker’s State of the State address delivered this evening:

Legislators Seek to Outlaw Discrimination Against Long-Term Unemployed
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Legislators Seek to Outlaw Discrimination Against Long-Term Unemployed

At a media event Wednesday at the State Capitol, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, State Representative Mandela Barnes and State Senator Dave Hansen announced legislation banning employment discrimination against the long term unemployed.

The State of Politics: Happy Days Are Here Again
The State of Politics

Happy Days Are Here Again

Gov. Walker’s State-of-the-State speech will be singing a very positive song.

State surplus must ensure long-term economic security for Wisconsin working families
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State surplus must ensure long-term economic security for Wisconsin working families

Rep. Barca emphasizes a bold approach that remedies Wisconsin’s lagging recovery

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

Democratic Wedge Issues

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

Citizen Action Alarmed by Gov. Walker’s Support of Poverty Wage Agencies
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Citizen Action Alarmed by Gov. Walker’s Support of Poverty Wage Agencies

Governor Walker's support of less-than-minimum-wage industries reveals shocking disregard for fair pay

State Spending Now an Open Book

State Spending Now an Open Book

Web site tracking state spending is a font of information, not all of it useful.

Plenty of Horne: Millennials Drive Downtown Growth, GMC Told
Plenty of Horne

Millennials Drive Downtown Growth, GMC Told

Younger residents far more important than empty nesters in driving city growth, and urban areas are surpassing suburbs, speakers at conference note.

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority
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Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Governor Walker announces $104 million in payments to local governments
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Governor Walker announces $104 million in payments to local governments

Governor Scott Walker today announced that payments totaling more than $104 million for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids have been delivered to local governments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

Unaffordable Care

Unaffordable Care

Citizens Action of Wisconsin conference shows impact of the Affordable Care Act and Gov. Walker’s decisions on Medicaid.

Murphy’s Law: Telephone Company Rip-Off
Murphy’s Law

Telephone Company Rip-Off

Now that the telecom industry is deregulated, AT&T can gouge customers with late fees.

Walker’s No-Pardon Stance Is Risky

Walker’s No-Pardon Stance Is Risky

He argues it's a matter of principle not to undermine judicial system. Will the decision hurt him in an election?

Our 2014 Wish List

Our 2014 Wish List

Bruce Murphy, Dave Reid and Jeramey Jannene offer their take on how to build a better city.

The State of Politics: How to End the Income Tax
The State of Politics

How to End the Income Tax

Tax pros offer suggestions to Gov. Walker.

Murphy’s Law: Crystal Ball for 2014
Murphy’s Law

Crystal Ball for 2014

25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.

Plenty of Horne: Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz
Plenty of Horne

Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz

Speaking at St. John's on the Lake, she talks about her conversation with Cruz, earmarks and voter ID.

Walker Says Campaign Cash Corrupts

Walker Says Campaign Cash Corrupts

At least if it comes from unions. As to other reforms in campaign finance, he's elusive.

Murphy’s Law: Crazy Casino Politics
Murphy’s Law

Crazy Casino Politics

Both Gov. Walker and Mary Burke have mishandled the Kenosha Casino issue.

The State of Politics: Is Walker Serious About Ending Income Tax?
The State of Politics

Is Walker Serious About Ending Income Tax?

It brings in $7.5 billion per year. How would he replace it?

Minnesota Trumps Wisconsin on Health Care

Minnesota Trumps Wisconsin on Health Care

By cooperating with Obamacare Minnesota will cover 225,000 more people and spend $104 million less than Wisconsin.

Money Flow to Politicians Never Stops

Money Flow to Politicians Never Stops

The past year has seen union coffers decline, while other donors keep the cash coming.

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Politician

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Politician

Here are some last-minute gift ideas for a few Wisconsin pols.

Wisconsin Ranks 37th in Job Numbers
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Wisconsin Ranks 37th in Job Numbers

Here is the nonpartisan Bureau of Labor Statistics' quarterly census job numbers

Back in the News: Why Walker Didn’t Graduate
Back in the News

Why Walker Didn’t Graduate

Journal Sentinel adds more to story, but still leaves some mystery.

Gov. Walker, Don’t Use Free Speech as a Scapegoat
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Gov. Walker, Don’t Use Free Speech as a Scapegoat

Governor signals he will sign bill protecting racist team names and mascots

Will Walker Veto Bill on Schools Using Indian Names?

Will Walker Veto Bill on Schools Using Indian Names?

He offers sympathy to both sides while reiterating his goal for job growth.

Why Do People Hate the Property Tax?

Why Do People Hate the Property Tax?

10 questions and answers about your property tax bill

Plenty of Horne: State Delays on Talgo Claim
Plenty of Horne

State Delays on Talgo Claim

State claims board won't hear Talgo complaint at next meeting, and officials delay release of Talgo's legal filing, though it's a public record.

Talk is Cheap on John Doe Probe

Talk is Cheap on John Doe Probe

Are conservatives trying to smear the investigators probing Walker's reelection campaign and third party groups?

Measure Limits Recalls But Allows Unlimited Fundraising

Measure Limits Recalls But Allows Unlimited Fundraising

Republican proposal would provide great protection to incumbent politicians.

Murphy’s Law: Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Increased
Murphy’s Law

Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Increased

It could do more than anything to reduce the income gap in this state.

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

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

Plenty of Horne: The Governor as Grinch
Plenty of Horne

The Governor as Grinch

Walker's crass campaign pitch, a weird art thief and the Santa Rampage.

The Legislature’s Unfinished Business

The Legislature’s Unfinished Business

Bills still waiting deal with background checks for gun sales, campaign finance, drone attacks, and woodchuck hunting.

House Confidential: John Gurda’s Home of History
House Confidential

John Gurda’s Home of History

Just one block north of the suburbs in Bay View, he's written most of his 19 books from this home base.

How Walker Worries About Polls

How Walker Worries About Polls

His book shows he frequently adjusts strategy based on poll results.

Plenty of Horne: Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless
Plenty of Horne

Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless

Finally, the line will get Wi-Fi (we hope), but Milwaukee's Amtrak station still lacks it.

Finally, Something the Parties Agree On

Finally, Something the Parties Agree On

Republican and Democratic legislators both support tax credits to rehab old buildings, but cost could be high.

Murphy’s Law: Can Burke Beat Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Can Burke Beat Walker?

The 2014 campaign may depend on which candidate has the best story to tell.

Hispanics Could Be Critical in Governor’s Race

Hispanics Could Be Critical in Governor’s Race

And Walker is reaching out to them.

Common Core is Here to Stay

Common Core is Here to Stay

And the black helicopters are coming!

Murphy’s Law: New Probe is Big Trouble for Walker
Murphy’s Law

New Probe is Big Trouble for Walker

Both the first and second John Doe have focused on his campaigns, suggesting a disturbing pattern.

Citizens Demand Action on Redistricting

Citizens Demand Action on Redistricting

Emails from the public to Republican legislators overwhelmingly support reform, but GOP won't budge.

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

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

Yes, Virginia, There is a Scott Walker

Yes, Virginia, There is a Scott Walker

What Virginia and Iowa can teach the governor.

Murphy’s Law: Police Scam Artists
Murphy’s Law

Police Scam Artists

Why does the cop’s union protect officers who rip off taxpayers?

Citizen Action Applauds Senator Baldwin’s Call to Delay Cuts to BadgerCare
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Citizen Action Applauds Senator Baldwin’s Call to Delay Cuts to BadgerCare

STATEWIDE – In a letter to Governor Walker, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin called for a delay to cutting over 77,000 citizens off of BadgerCare while the option to transition to the new marketplace remains challenging. Citizen Action of Wisconsin applauds Senator Baldwin’s common sense proposals to assure that Wisconsin families who need health coverage do […]

Walker’s Book is Very Revealing

Walker’s Book is Very Revealing

There are fascinating sections, including Walker giving staff a top ten list ridiculing public workers.

Who Threw Deininger Off the GAB?

Who Threw Deininger Off the GAB?

The rumor is that Walker or Republican legislators are punishing him for his decisions on recall elections.

Back in the News: Talgo Files Claim Against State
Back in the News

Talgo Files Claim Against State

State would have to pay $136 million for canceling train contract.

Plenty of Horne: Brookfield Square Welcomes County Buses
Plenty of Horne

Brookfield Square Welcomes County Buses

Unlike Southridge and other suburban malls, Brookfield Square actually runs ads to attract bus-riding city residents.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee’s Most Underestimated Leader?
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee’s Most Underestimated Leader?

MPS superintendent Gregory Thornton has quietly righted a ship that once looked ready to sink.

Walker’s Year Of Political Danger

Walker’s Year Of Political Danger

Weak poll results and tricky issues face the governor in the year before he runs.

House Confidential: Mike Grebe’s Conservative Cudahy Condo
House Confidential

Mike Grebe’s Conservative Cudahy Condo

It's just a short walk from the Bradley Foundation, where Grebe battles daily to turn us all conservative.

Mayor Barrett Calls for Delay in Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Calls for Delay in Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes

Health Insurance for 92,000 at Stake with Ongoing Health Insurance Marketplace Problems

Plenty of Horne: 5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat
Plenty of Horne

5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat

Four Republicans and one Democrat seek to win this heavily Republican suburban district.

Plenty of Horne: Four May Run for Richards’ Assembly Seat
Plenty of Horne

Four May Run for Richards’ Assembly Seat

The biggest name: sources say county board chair Marina Dimitrijevic is preparing to run.

Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014
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Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that, just over a year from the election, the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race is shaping up to be very competitive.

Casino decision is about preserving jobs in Milwaukee
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Casino decision is about preserving jobs in Milwaukee

Statement of President Willie L. Hines, Jr. October 29, 2013

Friday Photos: Casino Construction
Friday Photos

Casino Construction

While the Menominee wait to hear if they can build a casino, the Potawatomi Casino Hotel is moving toward completion.

Rep. Barca: “Let’s work together to boost Wisconsin economy”
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Rep. Barca: “Let’s work together to boost Wisconsin economy”

Barca calls on Gov. Walker to show leadership, reach agreement on Kenosha casino project

Will Mary Burke Spend Big?

Will Mary Burke Spend Big?

Democrats hope she'll spend plenty of her personal wealth in the race against Scott Walker, but she's giving mixed signals.

Retiring With Guns Blazing

Retiring With Guns Blazing

Several politicians have announced retirement, some diplomatically, others firing shots at their opponents.

Streetsblog: Amtrak Ridership Hits All-Time High
Streetsblog

Amtrak Ridership Hits All-Time High

Smaller cities drive increase as polls show voters overwhelmingly support federal support of passenger rail.

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

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

Republicans reject property tax cut
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Republicans reject property tax cut

Democratic plan would have been a decrease for all property taxpayers rather than less of a hike for a few

Why Walker’s Job Strategy Has Failed

Why Walker’s Job Strategy Has Failed

He’s followed a much-touted strategy used by successful companies. Why hasn’t it worked?

Murphy’s Law: New Moves to Bail Out the Bucks
Murphy’s Law

New Moves to Bail Out the Bucks

Bradley Center and business leaders search for a clever way to subsidize the NBA team.

How Legislators Grab Big Pensions

How Legislators Grab Big Pensions

A move into higher-paying state jobs greatly increases their pensions.

Statement from Rep. Barca on GOP property tax plan
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Statement from Rep. Barca on GOP property tax plan

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today about the property tax plan announced by Gov. Walker and Republican legislators

Murphy’s Law: How to Nab Bad Guys
Murphy’s Law

How to Nab Bad Guys

ShotSpotter has become a key tool for city police, but Walker says no to funding and Abele says yes.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Move to Take Away Mental Health Authority From County Board
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Criticizes Move to Take Away Mental Health Authority From County Board

Milwaukee County Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. today said that any efforts to remove the County Board’s authority over the County’s mental health system are an attempt to place blame on the Board for mismanagement at the Behavioral Health Division.

Obamacare Haters Help People Sign Up

Obamacare Haters Help People Sign Up

State's Republican politicians who oppose law are helping enroll their constituents.

Mr. Fixit Puts Down His Tool Kit

Mr. Fixit Puts Down His Tool Kit

Moderate Mark Bugher steps down as head of UW Research Park after holding many key jobs in state government.

Game of musical chairs further highlights scandal
Press Release

Game of musical chairs further highlights scandal

Statement from Rep. Barca on latest developments in United Sportsmen fiasco

Plenty of Horne: Laura Bush Comes to Town
Plenty of Horne

Laura Bush Comes to Town

She will join Tonette Walker in a fundraiser for the Christian group, Teen Challenge.

Statement from Rep. Barca on widening scandal surrounding hunter training grant
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Statement from Rep. Barca on widening scandal surrounding hunter training grant

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today following a news report that 18 Republican legislators signed a letter advocating for a Republican political group with no hunter training experience to receive a $500,000 Sporting Heritage Grant.

Murphy’s Law: The Problem of Poverty
Murphy’s Law

The Problem of Poverty

Poverty is rising faster in Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee than nationally.

Wisconsin stalled at 37th in the nation in job growth, 45th in future job growth
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Wisconsin stalled at 37th in the nation in job growth, 45th in future job growth

Two-and-a-half years of Republican inaction on jobs continues to harm Wisconsin’s lagging economy

The End of Suburbs?

The End of Suburbs?

So argues a new book. And former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist agrees. Are they right?

Statement from Rep. Barca on sparse Republican jobs agenda
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Statement from Rep. Barca on sparse Republican jobs agenda

Today Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced a job package of small bills that they labeled a cure to economic woes they have failed to address in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Common Council unanimous in opposition to Kenosha casino
Press Release

Milwaukee Common Council unanimous in opposition to Kenosha casino

Statement of President Willie L. Hines, Jr. September 24, 2013

Op-Ed: In Defense of County Bus System
Op-Ed

In Defense of County Bus System

MTS has done a great job of running county transit and shouldn’t be replaced.

Murphy’s Law: Will Paul Ryan Be Romney Redux?
Murphy’s Law

Will Paul Ryan Be Romney Redux?

He’s a favorite of Republicans, but Democrats may be secretly cheering for him as well.

State Budget Committee’s Rep. Richards commends county leaders for vote in support of BadgerCare
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State Budget Committee’s Rep. Richards commends county leaders for vote in support of BadgerCare

County Leaders Say Strengthen BadgerCare as Walker Gets Ready to Drop Coverage for 92,000 People

Walker Faces Tough Choice on Kenosha Casino

Walker Faces Tough Choice on Kenosha Casino

Any decision he makes will anger some, and could affect his potential run for president.

Streetsblog: BBC Deplores Wisconsin’s Black Imprisonment Rate
Streetsblog

BBC Deplores Wisconsin’s Black Imprisonment Rate

News show focuses international attention on problems here.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin, Land of the Plutocrats
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin, Land of the Plutocrats

Forbes 400 list offers more evidence of wealth gap in Wisconsin.

Plenty of Horne: Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse
Plenty of Horne

Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse

Court Commissioner Barry Slagle electrocuted in scary, unreported incident at courthouse.

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

Taylor statement on DoJ release of protestors’ private data

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

Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?

Should Internet Sales Be Taxed?

Federal bill could yield more than $70 million in annual sales tax for Wisconsin. Walker says he would use for income tax relief.

Murphy’s Law: Capitol Sex Scandal Confirmed
Murphy’s Law

Capitol Sex Scandal Confirmed

Judge confirms affair between state DHS secretary and his legal counsel, and jealously abusive husband gets off with a misdemeanor.

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Almost every Republican -- and Democratic -- leader is from a small part of the state.

House Confidential: Scott Walker’s Tiny Tosa Turf
House Confidential

Scott Walker’s Tiny Tosa Turf

The small colonial is one-twentieth the size of the Governor's Mansion, with a sadly neglected yard and fence.

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Republicans join Koch Brothers, opposing actions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Murphy’s Law: The Debtor Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Debtor Governor

Figures from non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau figures show Walker’s debt level the worst since 1970.

No Compromise is Possible

No Compromise is Possible

State Sen Tim Cullen retires, saying the Capitol is run by the moneyed and powerful.

Murphy’s Law: Casino Wars
Murphy’s Law

Casino Wars

The Potawatomi have spent millions to lobby against a Kenosha casino. Is Gov. Walker their latest ally?

How School Choice Got Expanded Statewide

How School Choice Got Expanded Statewide

Deal by GOP legislators and pushed by voucher lobbyists expanded it beyond Gov. Walker's proposal.

Murphy’s Law: How MPS Is Improving Instruction
Murphy’s Law

How MPS Is Improving Instruction

Common Core Standards are changing schools here and statewide, but Tea Party Republicans object.

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Mandatory three-year term for illegal gun possession has support of Flynn and Barrett. But will it pass?

Murphy’s Law: WI Could Still Get Higher Speed Rail
Murphy’s Law

WI Could Still Get Higher Speed Rail

Minnesota is hatching a Twin Cities-to-Milwaukee-to-Chicago plan, putting Gov. Walker on the spot.

How to Reelect Freshmen Legislators

How to Reelect Freshmen Legislators

Party leaders let them sponsor high-profile bills likely to win votes.

Murray Ave Parklet Takes It to the Street

Murray Ave Parklet Takes It to the Street

Parking spots on Milwaukee's East Side converted into a dining area.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Dog & Pony Show
Murphy’s Law

Republican Dog & Pony Show

Legislators Vos and Darling tour city but offer no solutions. So why did they come?

Which Governor is Best At Growing Jobs?

Which Governor is Best At Growing Jobs?

The truth is far more complicated than either party would claim.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s Building Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s Building Milwaukee?

Not minority workers, it seems. New study shows non-whites not very welcome in construction trades.

Legislative Musical Chairs

Legislative Musical Chairs

A new Republican leader and many other changes coming this fall.

Governor Walker Shapes State Labor Board

Governor Walker Shapes State Labor Board

All three appointees on little known, powerful labor board now appointed by Republican Governor

Cash the Check, Lawyers Benefit From Controversy at Capitol

Cash the Check, Lawyers Benefit From Controversy at Capitol

New laws passed by Walker and GOP keep getting challenged in court.

Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up
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Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan August 12, 2013

They Like Bikes

They Like Bikes

Our political analyst finds many in Madison and Milwaukee are embracing bikes over cars.

Millions in Out-of-State Donations for Walker

Millions in Out-of-State Donations for Walker

For true believers with ready pocketbooks, he is America's governor.

The State’s Spin Machine

The State’s Spin Machine

Dept of Workforce Development spins job numbers to make Walker look good. Does it matter?

Leaders Propose Granting Federal Medicaid Funds to WI Counties, Cite Ohio Model
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Leaders Propose Granting Federal Medicaid Funds to WI Counties, Cite Ohio Model

On 48th anniversary of the start of Medicaid, county leaders point to alternative means of covering citizens

Abele Dumps County Transit Company

Abele Dumps County Transit Company

Public bidding process awards bus contract to for-profit company.

Gov. Walker’s Gender Gap

Gov. Walker’s Gender Gap

Men approve and women disapprove of him by large margins. Could that decide 2014 election?

Murphy’s Law: The Truth About State Taxes
Murphy’s Law

The Truth About State Taxes

They were never lower than under Jim Doyle, as new data shows.

Capitol Police unlawfully arrest peaceful singers
Press Release

Capitol Police unlawfully arrest peaceful singers

This afternoon, the Wisconsin Capitol Police issued approximately 40 citations resulting from a peaceful gathering in the Capitol rotunda, according to observers.

Why is Anti-Abortion Lobby So Powerful?

Why is Anti-Abortion Lobby So Powerful?

Despite spending far less than groups like Planned Parenthood, Pro-Lifers keep winning legislative battles.

Common Council members call on state to house sex offenders elsewhere
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Common Council members call on state to house sex offenders elsewhere

Members of the Milwaukee Common Council sharply criticized a state program that houses dangerous sex offenders in residential neighborhoods this week, calling it “disruptive to neighborhoods” and a “foolish waste of taxpayers’ money.”

Federal Court Hands Governor Walker Third Defeat This Month
Press Release

Federal Court Hands Governor Walker Third Defeat This Month

Health care lawsuit against his administration moves forward

Murphy’s Law: Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?
Murphy’s Law

Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?

Analyzing this city’s key strengths and weaknesses.

Obama, Walker job approvals slip below 50 percent in Marquette Law School Poll
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Obama, Walker job approvals slip below 50 percent in Marquette Law School Poll

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that job approval ratings for Gov. Scott Walker and President Barack Obama both have slipped below 50 percent in Wisconsin, with sharp differences evident among blocks of swing voters and across various regions in the state.

Walker Spent Almost $1 Million on Outside Counsel

Walker Spent Almost $1 Million on Outside Counsel

He's now ending pact with Michael Best firm, which advised on Act 10 legislation.

More Jobs, Less Pay

More Jobs, Less Pay

Wisconsin sees the largest month-to-month gain in a decade but most are low-wage jobs.

Repeal of forced ultrasound bill introduced
Press Release

Repeal of forced ultrasound bill introduced

Democratic legislators vow to continue fight

Feingold’s Progressive Front

Feingold’s Progressive Front

His Progressives United group gives more than $1 million to political candidates.

Governor Ignores South Side on Residency Requirement

Governor Ignores South Side on Residency Requirement

Walker signs law, never responds to letters from South Side politicians and organizations.

Plenty Of Horne: Clark Rockefeller’s Bag Job
Plenty Of Horne

Clark Rockefeller’s Bag Job

UWM bag with severed head leads to murder rap for ex-Milwaukeean with phony name.

Victory for free speech in State Capitol
Press Release

Victory for free speech in State Capitol

Unconstitutional Capitol access policies struck down

Will Van Hollen Stay as Attorney General?

Will Van Hollen Stay as Attorney General?

He hasn't announced a 2014 reelection effort. He might decide to pursue other interests.

Nation’s Governors to Convene for Summer Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Nation’s Governors to Convene for Summer Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Governors from across the country will gather in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 1-4, for the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting to discuss a variety of issues facing states.

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law
Press Release

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

Law Would Have Closed Half of State's Abortion Clinics

Choice Schools Leave Disabled Students Behind?

Choice Schools Leave Disabled Students Behind?

As voucher schools expand to more cities, critics complain they don't serve disabled students.

Fun With Budget Numbers

Fun With Budget Numbers

An insider's take on the state budget and how it was put together.

Why We Trail America in Jobs Growth

Why We Trail America in Jobs Growth

In 21 of the last 23 months we have trailed the nation. Walker’s policies get much of the blame.

Seven Issues That Could Decide 2014 Election

Seven Issues That Could Decide 2014 Election

Wisconsin's choice for governor will depend on where voters stand on these issues.

Statement from Rep. Barca on signing of Gov. Walker’s extreme, anti-middle class budget
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Barca on signing of Gov. Walker’s extreme, anti-middle class budget

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after Gov. Walker signed the 2013-2015 state budget into law

Wisconsin 38th in job growth under Gov. Walker
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Wisconsin 38th in job growth under Gov. Walker

State still dead last in the Midwest

Plenty of Horne: Bradley Prizes Go to Millionaires
Plenty of Horne

Bradley Prizes Go to Millionaires

Roger Ailes and Mitch Daniels were among four men awarded $250,000 each by the Milwaukee foundation for "unflinching" conservatism.

Democrats call on Gov. Walker to veto budget provisions harmful to consumers, middle-class families
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Democrats call on Gov. Walker to veto budget provisions harmful to consumers, middle-class families

Vetoes would dramatically improve budget for public schools, people who need health care, middle-class taxpayers

Public School Staff Hasn’t Declined

Public School Staff Hasn’t Declined

Despite state changes, Wisconsin schools held steady last year, but are down by 5,200 positions since 2009.

Final Tally on State Budget

Final Tally on State Budget

The numbers show some surprising priorities, with spending on health care leading the way.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Sheriff Clarke

The weirder and crankier he gets, the more unlikely his reelection.

Who Will Run Against Walker?

Who Will Run Against Walker?

The list of possible candidates isn't long, as discussions at the state Democratic convention made clear.

GOP passes forced ultrasound bill
Press Release

GOP passes forced ultrasound bill

Additional unprecedented attacks on birth control move forward

Plenty of Horne: Ahoy! Pirate Party Will Rally Downtown
Plenty of Horne

Ahoy! Pirate Party Will Rally Downtown

The Wisconsin affiliate of the populist-flavored party, organized by political activist Joe Klein, will rally on June 29th.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Opposes Obamacare
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Opposes Obamacare

His opposition to more federal dollars for Medicaid will hurt Wisconsin, but help his campaign for president.

Car Culture: Why WisDOT Is Behind the Times
Car Culture

Why WisDOT Is Behind the Times

Auto traffic per capita has declined since 2004, other states now spend less on highways, but Wisconsin wants to keep expanding.

Murphy’s Law: Does Wisconsin Really Have a “Skills Gap”?
Murphy’s Law

Does Wisconsin Really Have a “Skills Gap”?

Journal Sentinel stories continue to insist we do, but a new study says no.

Packers Field Kicks Off at Mitchell Park

Packers Field Kicks Off at Mitchell Park

The neighborhood now is the only one in America with a former NFL playing field.

The GOP’s Young Guns

The GOP’s Young Guns

Some of the newest Assembly Republicans, including four accountants, dictated the final budget.

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

Walker celebrates having a job while many others lose theirs

Philly Fed reserve ranks WI 49th in economic growth.

Pushing for New Black Businesses

Pushing for New Black Businesses

African American Chamber of Commerce has new leaders and a less “in your face” style.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says Committee Action Shows Confusing Nature of New Law Limiting County Board’s Powers
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Says Committee Action Shows Confusing Nature of New Law Limiting County Board’s Powers

Chairman of the Transportation, Public Works & Transit Committee Says Delay of Wauwatosa Water Utility Resolution Caused by Uncertainty About Board’s Role in the Wake of Enactment of Act 14

Murphy’s Law: GOP Fast Tracks a Smelly Bill
Murphy’s Law

GOP Fast Tracks a Smelly Bill

The elections bill will suppress voting by average folks while giving corporations and lobbyists more clout.

Did Public TV Censor Koch Film?

Did Public TV Censor Koch Film?

After David Koch withdrew his offer to donate to public TV, a public TV group withdrew support for documentary film about him.

GOP wraps up budget panel work spending money taken from school kids on tax break for the rich
Press Release

GOP wraps up budget panel work spending money taken from school kids on tax break for the rich

Press Release from Rep. Barca, Rep. Mason, and Rep. Ricards.

GOP Adopts Ideological Health Care Plan that Costs Taxpayers More, Insures Fewer People
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GOP Adopts Ideological Health Care Plan that Costs Taxpayers More, Insures Fewer People

MADISON – In the final hours of the Joint Finance Committee budget deliberations, Republicans voted against giving 84,700 people healthcare paid 100% by federal funds available to Wisconsin. Instead Republicans passed a plan on a party line vote that: Costs taxpayers $119 million more to insure fewer people. Insures fewer people by disqualifying them from […]

GOP Wants to Cut Back Taxpayer Donations

GOP Wants to Cut Back Taxpayer Donations

You may lose the chance to donate to causes like prostate cancer research or a fire fighters memorial if this measure is adopted.

Another Hole in the Safety Net?

Another Hole in the Safety Net?

Victims of domestic violence may lose health coverage because of disagreements between Gov. Walker and federal government.

Independent analysis confirms GOP flat tax plan is massive tax giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of middle-class taxpayers
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Independent analysis confirms GOP flat tax plan is massive tax giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of middle-class taxpayers

A new Republican flat tax plan would pay big dividends for Wisconsin’s most well off at the expense of the middle class, according to an independent analysis of the plan released today.

Republicans Dust Off Failed ‘Trickle Down’ Experiments of the Past
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Republicans Dust Off Failed ‘Trickle Down’ Experiments of the Past

New GOP Flat Tax Scheme Benefits Wealthy at the Expense of Public Schools, Middle Class

Peter Barca for Governor?

Peter Barca for Governor?

Some Democratic insiders see Assembly minority leader Peter Barca as the best hope to run against Scott Walker.

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

Rep. Taylor calls for focus on fixing the state budget

Op-Ed: Why Dan Bice Should Resign
Op-Ed

Why Dan Bice Should Resign

The Journal Sentinel columnist’s coverage of John Doe probe is a case study in journalistic malfeasance.

Plenty of Horne: State Making Little Progress on Improving Train Shed
Plenty of Horne

State Making Little Progress on Improving Train Shed

Gov. Walker turned down federal money that could have funded federally-mandated improvements required for downtown train station.

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

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

School Choice Lobby Spends $10 Million

School Choice Lobby Spends $10 Million

Choice supporters donated $2.8 million to state candidates and $7 million for electioneering activities, according to nonpartisan watchdog group.

Murphy’s Law: Bail Bond Bill Will Create Debtor’s Prisons
Murphy’s Law

Bail Bond Bill Will Create Debtor’s Prisons

Why are Republicans pushing a bill opposed almost unanimously by criminal justice professionals?

Walker food stamp plan puts mean-spirited ideology before taxpayers, common sense
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Walker food stamp plan puts mean-spirited ideology before taxpayers, common sense

Madison—Governor Scott Walker wants state taxpayers to pay an extra $16.7 million per year on his plan to take food off the tables of 31,350 low-income Wisconsinites.

Supervisor David Bowen Resolution on Badgercare Funding Concerns
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Supervisor David Bowen Resolution on Badgercare Funding Concerns

Request for the State to accept Federal Healthcare Funds

Being 44th in the nation in jobs is nothing to celebrate
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Being 44th in the nation in jobs is nothing to celebrate

Republicans should spend less time spinning troubling job and wage numbers, more time trying to put people back to work

Murphy’s Law: The Not-So Fiscally Conservative Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Not-So Fiscally Conservative Governor

Scott Walker hasn’t solved the state’s longterm fiscal deficit. He may actually make it worse.

Plenty of Horne: GOP Bill Gives Landlords Sweeping Rights
Plenty of Horne

GOP Bill Gives Landlords Sweeping Rights

Landlord-tenant rights will be rewritten by this bill, and not to the benefit of tenants.

Loading Up the Budget With Policy and Pork

Loading Up the Budget With Policy and Pork

In violation of his campaign promise, Walker's budget has 58 policy or non-monetary items and 15 pieces of pork.

Hey Ho, Palermo’s Gotta Go

Hey Ho, Palermo’s Gotta Go

Protestors pressure UW to end relationship with Palermo's Pizza in Milwaukee, citing its labor violations.

Assembly GOP: We won’t stop WEDC from breaking the law
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Assembly GOP: We won’t stop WEDC from breaking the law

Republican leaders defend WEDC, tell media it is on track

Republican Finance Committee chairs rush to pump taxpayer money into broken jobs agency
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Republican Finance Committee chairs rush to pump taxpayer money into broken jobs agency

Democratic call for full public and expert scrutiny of WEDC ignored by GOP leaders

How Scott Walker Got Snookered

How Scott Walker Got Snookered

Excerpt from new book describes how Walker was fooled by a phone call from a blogger posing as conservative billionaire David Koch.

Governor, state supt. nominate MPS’ Rufus King for national ACT award
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Governor, state supt. nominate MPS’ Rufus King for national ACT award

MPS' Rufus King International School, state's high school nominee, to be recognized Monday

Triumph of the Koch Brothers

Triumph of the Koch Brothers

An award-winning documentary and a new book both describe how public unions were crushed in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, Racine public school students test higher than private voucher school counterparts
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Milwaukee, Racine public school students test higher than private voucher school counterparts

Republicans’ already faulty argument for voucher expansion evaporates entirely with new data

Plenty of Horne: Mayor Says Streetcar is “Trojan Horse”
Plenty of Horne

Mayor Says Streetcar is “Trojan Horse”

Streetcar will be first leg of what he hopes will be a more extensive rail system.

Murphy’s Law: Myths About a New NBA Arena
Murphy’s Law

Myths About a New NBA Arena

In their zeal to build new, publicly-funded arena, proponents are misleading the community.

The Fight Against Wisconsin’s Iron Mine

The Fight Against Wisconsin’s Iron Mine

Tribal leaders, environmentalists and local officials have united to fight a massive mine which could be toxic to a water-rich area known as “Wisconsin’s Everglades.”

Act 10 Hits Jail Employees

Act 10 Hits Jail Employees

Counties across Wisconsin are slashing benefits for correctional employees, but some sheriffs say it's causing staffing problems.

House Confidential: Sue Black’s Cape Cod Cutie
House Confidential

Sue Black’s Cape Cod Cutie

The Milwaukee Wave owner and former parks director lives modestly near the Waukesha county line.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Are Wrong About Recalls
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Are Wrong About Recalls

The bill to restrict recalls is a naked attempt by political officials to protect their jobs.

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

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

Legislators Raising Questions About State’s Tracking of Ex-Offenders

Legislators Raising Questions About State’s Tracking of Ex-Offenders

Legislative committee members have concerns about accuracy of GPS tracking system.

The Preacher’s Kid

The Preacher’s Kid

The early years of Scott Walker, including his much discussed time at Marquette University. Excerpted from a new book.

County Executive Abele Asks the State to Restore Transit Funding
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County Executive Abele Asks the State to Restore Transit Funding

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele testified in front of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) today.

Murphy’s Law: Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

Winners and Losers

It was a good election for Scott Walker and conservatives but there were some bright spots for liberals.

Milwaukeeans Inspired by Steinbeck’s Social Message

Milwaukeeans Inspired by Steinbeck’s Social Message

Milwaukee-born actor and educator Paul McComas performed from John Steinbeck's work at Marquette, and local activists testified to the novelist's impact.

Wisconsin down to 44th in job creation, still dead last in Midwest
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Wisconsin down to 44th in job creation, still dead last in Midwest

State’s average weekly wages fall 2.16 percent

Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy
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Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Attack on residency continues Governor’s “divide and conquer” strategy
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Attack on residency continues Governor’s “divide and conquer” strategy

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy February 25, 2013

Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl
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Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik

Dear residents, The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that’s of critical importance to our future. Since 1938, Milwaukee has required all city employees to live within its municipal boundaries. The residency requirement has helped maintain a strong middle class in our neighborhoods, bolstered property values and ensured that municipal employees live […]

Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?

The race between Rebecca Bradley and Janet Protasiewicz is hard to call.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Story Doesn’t Hold Water
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Story Doesn’t Hold Water

Story slams Milwaukee water utility though it’s actually cheaper than others in the region.

Data: Richest Public Pensions in State History
Data

Richest Public Pensions in State History

Here are the backdrop payments received by 1,712 county employees. 255 collected anywhere from $255,000 to $1 million -- plus a monthly pension.

State’s Sex Offender Tracking System Often Fails

State’s Sex Offender Tracking System Often Fails

GPS monitoring system often goes haywire, causing problems and wasting police resources. Part I of a series.

Rent-To-Own Industry Wants Less Disclosure

Rent-To-Own Industry Wants Less Disclosure

Seeks to overturn law making it disclose interests rates. Industry supported Gov. Walker, who backs the change.

First budget day showcases a Tale of Two Budgets
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First budget day showcases a Tale of Two Budgets

Democratic JFC members note the Walker budget repeats the mistakes of the last budget that left Wisconsin 44th in the nation in job creation.

Thousands Could Lose Food Stamps Under Walker Proposal

Thousands Could Lose Food Stamps Under Walker Proposal

Job training requirements could mean more hunger in Milwaukee, advocate predicts.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin a Tax Heaven for Businesses
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin a Tax Heaven for Businesses

The evidence suggests taxes are low on businesses, and have been for many years.

Yes, End the Residency Requirement

Yes, End the Residency Requirement

But in return the legislature must give Milwaukee the powers it needs to create a great city.

State Department Has Not-So-Open Records

State Department Has Not-So-Open Records

Department of Administration takes a long time to respond to records requests, especially from journalists.

Rep. Goyke Statement on Governor Walker Signing Mining Bill
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Rep. Goyke Statement on Governor Walker Signing Mining Bill

State Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to Governor Scott Walker signing the controversial mining bill, Senate Bill 1.

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

Democrats in Disarray

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

New Front Door for Lakefront

New Front Door for Lakefront

Dramatic plan moves freeway ramps and creates a grand boulevard that connects downtown and the lakefront.

Supervisor Mayo Sounds Alarm on Transit Funding
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Supervisor Mayo Sounds Alarm on Transit Funding

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr., District 7, is calling on Milwaukee County residents to contact their state representatives and senators to demand changes to the way Milwaukee County Transit services are funded in the state budget.

Murphy’s Law: The World According to Tim Sullivan
Murphy’s Law

The World According to Tim Sullivan

The business leader's unproven idea of a “skills gap” is misleading state policymakers.

Murphy’s Law: Mystery Around Dennis Smith Deepens
Murphy’s Law

Mystery Around Dennis Smith Deepens

Departure of state health department secretary leaves many questions unanswered -- and lots of secrecy.

Double-Decker Freeway For Milwaukee?

Double-Decker Freeway For Milwaukee?

Rising 40 feet high, it could be destructive to the Story Hill neighborhood.

Why We Need the Liberal Arts

Why We Need the Liberal Arts

Gov. Walker’s plan pushing colleges to prepare students for the current job market will actually hurt our economy.

How Sand Mines Pollute

How Sand Mines Pollute

Wisconsin is the leading supplier of sand for oil and gas fracking. But nearly one-fifth of sand mines have environmental violations.

Statement from Rep. Barca on the conclusion of the John Doe investigation
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Statement from Rep. Barca on the conclusion of the John Doe investigation

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office announced the conclusion of the John Doe criminal investigation surrounding Gov. Walker and many of his former aides.