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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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Data Wonk: The Curious Case of Brad Schimel
Data Wonk

The Curious Case of Brad Schimel

Why has Attorney General suddenly entered John Doe controversy?

Why State’s Jobs Strategy Isn’t Working

Why State’s Jobs Strategy Isn’t Working

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

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

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

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

Has Walker Shrunk Wisconsin’s Economy?

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

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

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

John Doe Foes Fight High Court Appeal

John Doe Foes Fight High Court Appeal

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

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

Walker Targets Health Care Savings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study Gives State Climate Change Plan C+

Study Gives State Climate Change Plan C+

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

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

Sup. Jursik Calls for Zoning Protection for South Shore Parks

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

Lawyers Grill Supreme Court Candidates

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Walker Agenda Is Failing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor’s Tosa Home Up for Sale

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

Quotations from the campaign trail
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Quotations from the campaign trail

1/17/16 - 1/24/16

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

To Fix Roads, Use Conservative Approach

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

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

Walker Plans Run for Third Term

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

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

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

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

Has Walker Grown Wisconsin’s Economy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Budget Numbers Show $158 Million Drop in Revenue

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

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

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

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

Statement on Civil Service Changes
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Statement on Civil Service Changes

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

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

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

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

Day after speech, Senate GOP to vote against Wisconsin women

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

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

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

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

Walker neglected Wisconsin
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Walker neglected Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innovative program expands under Governor Walker's workforce development agenda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin Student Debt Is Soaring

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

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

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

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

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

Republican agenda features familiar ideas
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Republican agenda features familiar ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin ACT scores plummet
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Wisconsin ACT scores plummet

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

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

Walker’s Secretive Governing Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor refuses bipartisan effort on student loan refinancing

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

The Pothole Repair Act

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

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

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

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

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

Five Things to Watch For in 2016

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

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

Administration confirms worst year yet for mass layoffs in Wisconsin

10 Most Popular Stories of 2015

10 Most Popular Stories of 2015

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

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

A Tough Year for Transparency

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

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

Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015

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

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

Crisis of Gun Violence Calls for Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Save the Middle Class

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

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

Are You Ready for Some Fantasy Football?

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

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

Wisconsin Going Backwards on Achievement Gap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walker Aides Ordered To Avoid State Phones, Email?

Walker Aides Ordered To Avoid State Phones, Email?

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

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

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

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

Minority Group of Supervisors Successfully Blocks Funding Proposal

State Economy Falters as Republicans Open Wisconsin for Corruption
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State Economy Falters as Republicans Open Wisconsin for Corruption

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

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

Walker’s Assault on Open Records

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

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

Ushering In New Era of Corruption

Medicaid Expansion Would Save State $1 Billion

Medicaid Expansion Would Save State $1 Billion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chairman Lipscomb Says John Doe Probe Resolution Unnecessary
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Chairman Lipscomb Says John Doe Probe Resolution Unnecessary

The County Board Has No Role in Decision on Appeal

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

Measure Calls for Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings
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Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings

BadgerCare expansion would generate critical funding for local schools, roads

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

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

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

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

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

Legislative Leaders Could Soon Be Dictators

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

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

Calls for Juvenile Justice System Reform in Wisconsin

Chisholm Considering Appeal of John Doe Ruling

Chisholm Considering Appeal of John Doe Ruling

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

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

Why John Doe Won’t Die

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Property Taxes Will Rise Slightly

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

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

The Soaring Cost of Gun Violence

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

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

After Republican Opposition and Wisconsin Job Loss, Senate Passes Legislation

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

CEO Pay Drives Inequality, Researcher Finds

CEO Pay Drives Inequality, Researcher Finds

Data on Milwaukee CEOs discussed at UWM summit on inequality.

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

No, Walker Didn’t Lose Oscar Mayer

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

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announces bid for 4th term

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

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

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

Businesses’ Unemployment Tax Going Down

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 More Changes Republicans Want

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The Republican WEDC experiment is an outright failure.”

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

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

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

Data Wonk: How Liberals Imitate Right Wing
Data Wonk

How Liberals Imitate Right Wing

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

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

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

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

Clinton holds edge among Wisconsin Democrats

Riemer’s Bill Would Welcome Syrian Refugees

Riemer’s Bill Would Welcome Syrian Refugees

Despite opposition from Republicans, Milwaukee lawmaker still pushing idea.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Reasons Wisconsin Has National GOP Clout

Few states have such power in Republican presidential politics.

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

How Conservative States Use Expanded Medicaid

How Conservative States Use Expanded Medicaid

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

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

New State Budget Also Has Major Implications for Education and Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milwaukee School Named After Ben Carson

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

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

21% of Gas Tax Will Go to Repay Debt

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

Tainted Water: Many Communities Have Unsafe Drinking Water
Tainted Water

Many Communities Have Unsafe Drinking Water

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

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

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

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

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

Legislators Borrow $350 Million for Highways

Legislators Borrow $350 Million for Highways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Has Wisconsin Become a Can’t Do State?

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

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

Allows DCF to move forward with implementation of drug testing requirement

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

“The Answer Is No”

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

Op-Ed: Open Government is Good Government
Op-Ed

Open Government is Good Government

Three bills will rewrite long-standing campaign finance, ethics and anti-corruption laws.

Plenty of Horne: Conservation Voters Convene
Plenty of Horne

Conservation Voters Convene

Former congressmen Obey and Petri make a League of Conservation Voters fundraiser a stop on their bipartisan road trip.

Marketplace Governor’s Awards Winners Named
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Marketplace Governor’s Awards Winners Named

Top minority, women and veteran-owned businesses honored for their success at annual Marketplace conference

How Talk Radio Hurt The Journal Sentinel

How Talk Radio Hurt The Journal Sentinel

Sykes’ continual bashing -- allowed by corporate bosses -- badly wounded their own newspaper.

Governor Scott Walker Attends Marketplace 2015 Conference
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Governor Scott Walker Attends Marketplace 2015 Conference

Governor Scott Walker joined local business leaders and representatives today in Milwaukee at Marketplace 2015, the Governor’s 34th Annual Conference on Minority Business Development.

Op-Ed: Republicans Ransack Civil Service System
Op-Ed

Republicans Ransack Civil Service System

Cronyism is seeping into our government.

Conservation Advocates Deliver Petition Signatures to Sen. Ron Johnson
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Conservation Advocates Deliver Petition Signatures to Sen. Ron Johnson

Johnson Attempting to Block Clean Power Plan

Governor Scott Walker Appoints District I Court of Appeals Judge
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints District I Court of Appeals Judge

Today Governor Scott Walker is announcing the appointment of Judge William W. Brash, III to the Court of Appeals.

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs

“I look forward to working with Rep. Young and my state legislative colleagues to create a vehicle that will help to reverse Wisconsin’s dismal records of being the worst place in nation to raise a black child.”

Governor Scott Walker Participates in 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summit
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Governor Scott Walker Participates in 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summit

Governor Scott Walker joined cyber security experts today at Marquette University to discuss new cyber security challenges for the state of Wisconsin

Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption
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Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption

Public Interest will take a Back Seat to Political Interests

Governor Scott Walker Unveils “The Big Cheese”
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Governor Scott Walker Unveils “The Big Cheese”

Megabus.com joins Governor Walker in the unveiling Wisconsin-themed bus

Walker Highway Plan May Cause Education Cuts

Walker Highway Plan May Cause Education Cuts

Using general fund rather than highway fund may lead to more cuts for schools and UW.

Murphy’s Law: The Revenge of Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

The Revenge of Scott Walker?

Law killing John Doe law assures no more such probes targeting him. But was reform needed?

Plenty Of Horne: Barrett, Walker, Tout New Freshwater Plaza
Plenty Of Horne

Barrett, Walker, Tout New Freshwater Plaza

$48 million mixed-use development has a little to do with water and a location near inner harbor.

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

Governor Scott Walker today released the following statement regarding the Attorney General’s announcement that Wisconsin is joining a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule.

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Signing John Doe Bill
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Signing John Doe Bill

"Governor Walker and his fellow Republicans have sent strong signals that Wisconsin is open for corruption."

Gov. Walker signs bill limiting John Doe investigations
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Gov. Walker signs bill limiting John Doe investigations

Wisconsin families ignored as GOP enables more political corruption

Governor Scott Walker Attends Freshwater Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony
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Governor Scott Walker Attends Freshwater Plaza Groundbreaking Ceremony

Freshwater Plaza is a mixed-use development that is located in the Fifth Ward and Walker’s Point neighborhood area.

Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Manufacturing First Expo and Conference
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Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Manufacturing First Expo and Conference

Governor Scott Walker spoke today at the 5th Annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference.

“I’m your Lt. Governor. I know my job.”

“I’m your Lt. Governor. I know my job.”

Rebecca Kleefisch offers coy banalities while “On the Issues with Mike Gousha.”

Op-Ed: Why GAB Must Be Disbanded
Op-Ed

Why GAB Must Be Disbanded

Government Accountability Board abused its power and had secret email system.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 236 Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 236 Into Law

The bill relates to temporary alcohol beverage retail licenses.

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Judicial Vacancy
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Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Judicial Vacancy

Governor Scott Walker announced today he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

County Executive Chris Abele “Hiding” From Public
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County Executive Chris Abele “Hiding” From Public

He Refuses Three Requests From County Board to Answer Questions in Public Forum

Transportation borrowing in Wisconsin is out of control
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Transportation borrowing in Wisconsin is out of control

New revenue is needed now while gas prices are at an all-time low

Governor Scott Walker Speaks at 2015 State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon
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Governor Scott Walker Speaks at 2015 State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon

Governor Scott Walker spoke to job creators at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon in Madison today.

Governor Scott Walker Holds Press Conference Regarding Wisconsin Department of Transportation Contingent Bonding Request in Neenah
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Governor Scott Walker Holds Press Conference Regarding Wisconsin Department of Transportation Contingent Bonding Request in Neenah

Governor Scott Walker held a press conference today in Neenah regarding the request by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Data Wonk: Marching Towards Ideological Conformity
Data Wonk

Marching Towards Ideological Conformity

Ideology prevents Republicans from offering real solutions. Ditto for liberal charter school haters.

Wisconsin’s freight rail system keeps the state’s economy on track
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Wisconsin’s freight rail system keeps the state’s economy on track

There are 13 railroads, including four major railroads, which operate more than 3,500 miles of track in the state.

Back in the News: Gov. Walker Did Have Secret Email System
Back in the News

Gov. Walker Did Have Secret Email System

Report shows state business conducted through 300 personal emails, confirms Urban Milwaukee story.

Tales of the WEDC

Tales of the WEDC

Some deals by controversial jobs agency worked, others failed badly

Musical chairs starting again at Milwaukee County Circuit Court
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Musical chairs starting again at Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Black Leaders Demand Changes to Address Poverty

Black Leaders Demand Changes to Address Poverty

State and county criticized for not addressing high city poverty and black unemployment.

Murphy’s Law: Chris Larson’s War Against Abele
Murphy’s Law

Chris Larson’s War Against Abele

State senator running for county executive blasts Abele with personal attacks, will divide Democrats.

Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters
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Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters

Plenty of Horne: Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy
Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Falling Behind on Renewable Energy

These businesses spend much of their time battling political opposition in Wisconsin, an expert notes.

Dave Zweifel’s Madison: ‘Uncle Rodney,’ the last of the great characters
Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Decision to Stay the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Decision to Stay the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule

In June, Wisconsin joined one of the many lawsuits that have been filed challenging this rule.

Truth in Advertising: Games, Claims and Frames
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Truth in Advertising: Games, Claims and Frames

A Review of the Milwaukee County 2016 Budget

Plenty of Horne: Journal Sentinel Will Lose All Local Control
Plenty of Horne

Journal Sentinel Will Lose All Local Control

Gannett purchase will make it part of national chain, integrated into USA Today-centered operation.

Rep. Barca Statement on Governor Walker’s Supreme Court Appointment
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Rep. Barca Statement on Governor Walker’s Supreme Court Appointment

“The Governor making this appointment so close to the election does not serve the public well...”

GOP Cuts to UW System Hurt Wisconsin Students
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GOP Cuts to UW System Hurt Wisconsin Students

Board of Regents approves UW-Madison request to lift nonresident cap

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Spoils System
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Spoils System

The bill to kill civil service aims to create a one-party government, from top to bottom.

Legislative Republicans propose dismantling of Accountability Board
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Legislative Republicans propose dismantling of Accountability Board

“Given the recent attacks on open record laws, high-profile criminal investigations and repeated instances of cronyism, it’s clear that we need more government accountability, not less.”

Wisconsin Has Fewer Employees Than Most States

Wisconsin Has Fewer Employees Than Most States

State has 7.4% less state workers than national average and payroll lower than 40 states.

Wisconsinites Aren’t Fooled by Walker
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Wisconsinites Aren’t Fooled by Walker

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Public Hearing to Gut Civil Service Protections

Murphy’s Law: The Walker Campaign “Scandal”
Murphy’s Law

The Walker Campaign “Scandal”

Something went wrong. And everyone’s blaming campaign manager Rick Wiley. Why?

Op-Ed: How Republicans Will Dismantle Civil Service
Op-Ed

How Republicans Will Dismantle Civil Service

The result will replace hiring and promotions by merit with political appointments.

Transportation Funding too Important to Wait
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Transportation Funding too Important to Wait

“Unfortunately, Republicans in Madison aren’t interested in making decisions. Wisconsin deserves answers, and solutions.”

The State of Politics: How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB
The State of Politics

How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB

Government Accountability Board will be scrapped in favor of weaker commissions.

Torinus: What Is Walker’s New Agenda?
Torinus

What Is Walker’s New Agenda?

Economy, environment, health care, central city problems and UW system all need serious attention.

Uihleins spend big to help Ron Johnson defend Senate seat from Russ Feingold
DNR investigating unauthorized path improvements on state land
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DNR investigating unauthorized path improvements on state land

Governor Scott Walker Announces Workplace Wellness Program Grants Available to Small Businesses
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Workplace Wellness Program Grants Available to Small Businesses

Governor Scott Walker announced today that Workplace Wellness Program grants of up to $15,000 are now available to Wisconsin businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

Longtime AFSCME Council 24 leader Marty Beil dead at 68
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Longtime AFSCME Council 24 leader Marty Beil dead at 68

Op-Ed: 10 Things Walker Can Do To Reunite Wisconsin
Op-Ed

10 Things Walker Can Do To Reunite Wisconsin

Instead of "divide and conquer" why not try a kinder, gentler approach?

Governor Scott Walker Announces 2015 Christmas Tree Theme: Wisconsin Sports
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Governor Scott Walker Announces 2015 Christmas Tree Theme: Wisconsin Sports

Today, Governor Scott Walker began accepting applications to decorate Wisconsin’s 2015 National Christmas Tree Display.

Shilling Calls for Special Session on Transportation Funding
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Shilling Calls for Special Session on Transportation Funding

A July 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation ranked Wisconsin the third worst state in the nation for transportation infrastructure.

Murphy’s Law: 8 Reasons Why Walker’s Campaign Failed
Murphy’s Law

8 Reasons Why Walker’s Campaign Failed

Media analysts nationally have mostly missed the real story.

Transit users encouraged to participate in public transit survey
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Transit users encouraged to participate in public transit survey

The survey is being shared with all 81 of Wisconsin’s public transit systems October 5 to 16.

Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval at 37 percent, following presidential run
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Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker job approval at 37 percent, following presidential run

Trump takes GOP lead, Clinton holds Dem edge in Wisconsin

Data Wonk: Is ObamaCare Working in Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Is ObamaCare Working in Wisconsin?

Yes, because Walker used one part of Obamacare to replace what he rejected.

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare
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Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare

Wisconsin is adding mostly poverty-wage jobs, which is increasing BadgerCare enrollment.

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Governor Scott Walker Seeks Applicants for the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Governor Scott Walker announced today he is seeking applicants for appointment to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

AFP Applauds Efforts to Modernize State Recruitment and Retention
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AFP Applauds Efforts to Modernize State Recruitment and Retention

Bill would reform outdated employment policies improving government efficiency and accountability

Op-Ed: WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency
Op-Ed

WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency

Top brass of jobs agency miss opportunity to apologize and fix problems.

Twelfth Annual Nohl Fellowship Exhibition Opens at INOVA, October 9
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Twelfth Annual Nohl Fellowship Exhibition Opens at INOVA, October 9

Each autumn, the Nohl exhibition affords us an opportunity to stop and consider what it means to be an artist in greater Milwaukee at a specific moment in time.

The State of Politics: Walker’s Post-Campaign “To Do” List
The State of Politics

Walker’s Post-Campaign “To Do” List

Back from his failed presidential campaign, what are his policy priorities for the state?

What the GOP Debates Didn’t Address

What the GOP Debates Didn’t Address

They offered great entertainment, but candidates are missing some huge issues.

Uline founders want massive effort to anchor floating bog
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Uline founders want massive effort to anchor floating bog

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Caterpillar Announcement to Cut Jobs
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the Caterpillar Announcement to Cut Jobs

“Walker’s Wisconsin already has the fastest shrinking middle class in the U.S., is last in the nation for new business startups, and lags in job creation.”

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

Time to Revisit Transportation Funding Solutions

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

Republicans Again Put Extreme Special Interests above People
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Republicans Again Put Extreme Special Interests above People

Republican Legislature Passes Bills to Endanger Health Care Access for 50,000 Patients While Refusing to Protect Taxpayers

Wisconsin Republicans Double Down on Betrayal of Wisconsin Women
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Wisconsin Republicans Double Down on Betrayal of Wisconsin Women

“...Wisconsin Republicans’ campaign to attack and betray Wisconsin women remains a very clear and present danger to Wisconsin families.”

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Recruitment and Retention Reforms
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Recruitment and Retention Reforms

Governor Scott Walker today released the following statement regarding recruitment and retention reform legislation to be introduced by Senator Roger Roth and Representative Jim Steineke

Plenty of Horne: Restoration Hardware to Third Ward?
Plenty of Horne

Restoration Hardware to Third Ward?

Architectural Review Board creates confusion. Plus: New beats for Journal Sentinel reporters.

Data Wonk: The Fall of Scott Walker
Data Wonk

The Fall of Scott Walker

Did the Club for Growth contribute to the rise of Donald Trump and the fall of Scott Walker?

DNR board tables sale of lakefront land to Walker donor
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DNR board tables sale of lakefront land to Walker donor

Governor Scott Walker Requests Nominations for 1st Annual Wisconsin Job Honor Award
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Governor Scott Walker Requests Nominations for 1st Annual Wisconsin Job Honor Award

Nomination period runs through October 15, 2015

Chris Abele’s Pledge to MPS and its Students Neglects Democracy
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Chris Abele’s Pledge to MPS and its Students Neglects Democracy

We are engaged in a struggle for democracy against the oligarchs, influential capitalists who want to control the government in order to benefit personally, often at the expense of the common citizen.

Milwaukee’s Infrastructure Challenges

Milwaukee’s Infrastructure Challenges

Public Policy Forum panelists agree: Federal money is becoming a less reliable source of infrastructure funding.

Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks
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Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks

Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #176 today ordering the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff in memory of state Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks.

Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes
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Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes

Despite stunning presidential collapse, GOP continues effort to block birth control access and obstruct lifesaving medical research

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

Franklin and Mike Gousha will go inside the numbers of the poll

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension

“The citizens of Wisconsin said loud and clear that Governor Walker’s divide and conquer philosophy is not how we should do business in America.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Ending His Presidential Campaign
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Ending His Presidential Campaign

“Gov. Walker has pushed far right wing policies through Wisconsin hoping that extreme element of his party would propel his presidential campaign to win the nomination.”

The State of Politics: New Tax Auditors Target Out-Of-State Firms
The State of Politics

New Tax Auditors Target Out-Of-State Firms

Including many firms whose accounts have never been scrutinized before.

Jobs Lacking After State Subsidy of Kohl’s

Jobs Lacking After State Subsidy of Kohl’s

After qualifying for up to $62.5 million in state taxpayer subsidies, the retail giant is falling short of creating jobs and making capital investments

Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan
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Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan

State high court reinstates law license for Hurtgen
Citation

State high court reinstates law license for Hurtgen

Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease
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Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease

Wisconsin schools remain resilient
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Wisconsin schools remain resilient

Historic K-12 cuts and massive voucher expansion can’t stop local schools

Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education Address
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Statement from Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education Address

"The most-recent voucher school to close its doors did so just nine days into the school year"

Milwaukee’s poverty rate is unacceptable
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Milwaukee’s poverty rate is unacceptable

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. September 17, 2015

Data Wonk: Why Was Cindy Archer Lawsuit Pursued?
Data Wonk

Why Was Cindy Archer Lawsuit Pursued?

It’s certainly not helping conservatives who filed it. Another John Doe mystery.

Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena
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Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena

Walker Should Compromise on Immigration

Walker Should Compromise on Immigration

Business and farmers want immigrants. A middle ground solution is needed.

Protect Wisconsin students; Pass voucher school accountability
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Protect Wisconsin students; Pass voucher school accountability

“While Republicans focus on cutting local school funding and turning the state’s superintendent into a partisan political position, Wisconsin students and families are being left behind.”

City panel OKs $47 million for Bucks arena; opening may be delayed to 2018
GOP lawmaker moves to have governor, not voters, pick schools chief
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GOP lawmaker moves to have governor, not voters, pick schools chief

The State of Politics: Budget Forces ‘20% Reduction’ In Highway Projects
The State of Politics

Budget Forces ‘20% Reduction’ In Highway Projects

Budget reduction will raise the final costs of all projects

Plenty of Horne: Hillary Clinton Comes to Town
Plenty of Horne

Hillary Clinton Comes to Town

UWM Union once again site of presidential candidate visit and a tribute to the late Art Elkon

Governor Scott Walker Announces Three Appointments to Wisconsin Center District Board
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Three Appointments to Wisconsin Center District Board

Today, Governor Scott Walker announced three appointments to the Wisconsin Center District Board.

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Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act
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Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act

“John Doe Reform Bill” Would Eliminate Tools for Rooting Out Political Corruption

Comedy: Jen Kirkman Delights Turner Hall Crowd
Comedy

Jen Kirkman Delights Turner Hall Crowd

The former comedy writer has become a stand-up champ.

Data Wonk: The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm
Data Wonk

The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm

His unwillingness to answer challenges to John Doe raises questions.

Back in the News: Walker “Worst” Candidate on Wind, Solar?
Back in the News

Walker “Worst” Candidate on Wind, Solar?

State is worst for home solar and stagnant on wind power, Bloomberg story suggests.

Bucks hope to break ground this year on Park East practice facility
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Bucks hope to break ground this year on Park East practice facility

Governor Scott Walker Approves Scope Statements Relating to Entitlement Reform
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Governor Scott Walker Approves Scope Statements Relating to Entitlement Reform

Allows state agencies to begin implementation of drug testing requirement

Weeks after uproar, Robin Vos sought open records law change
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Weeks after uproar, Robin Vos sought open records law change

Op-Ed: A World Without Walls
Op-Ed

A World Without Walls

Freeways create concrete walls that divide the city. Their expansion is unneeded.

GOP shuns accountability, opts for further voucher expansion
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GOP shuns accountability, opts for further voucher expansion

Cost of Gov. Walker’s $1.1 billion entitlement program set to grow again

Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies
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Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies

Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain
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Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain

“Today’s column proves that Scott Walker will say anything to get elected.”

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Mark Hogan as Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints Mark Hogan as Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

“I am honored to join the team at WEDC, and look forward to putting my experience to work for the people of Wisconsin,” Hogan said.

Murphy’s Law: The Meltdown of Scott Walker
Murphy’s Law

The Meltdown of Scott Walker

Onetime frontrunner for Iowa primary is “finished,” most covering presidential campaign say.

Back in the News: Minority Women-Owned Firms Rise 97%
Back in the News

Minority Women-Owned Firms Rise 97%

State still ranks low in entrepreneurship but new firms by women and minority owners soar.

Government Policies Tough on Working Poor

Government Policies Tough on Working Poor

Many work for fast food chains and are hurt by Badger Care changes.

Governor Scott Walker Proclaims September as Workforce Development Month
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Governor Scott Walker Proclaims September as Workforce Development Month

Throughout the month of September, DWD leaders and regional workforce partners will recognize Workforce Development Month through a variety of events.

Once Again, Republicans in the State Legislature Propose to Cut Off Access to Essential Health Care
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Once Again, Republicans in the State Legislature Propose to Cut Off Access to Essential Health Care

Planned Parenthood remains committed to providing the compassionate, quality and safe medical care and education services that Wisconsin women rely on.

Barca, Lassa Demand that WEDC Board Discuss Eaton Clawback, Other Outsourcing Issues
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Barca, Lassa Demand that WEDC Board Discuss Eaton Clawback, Other Outsourcing Issues

The latest WKOW report found that Eaton Corporation is sending another 83 jobs from its Pewaukee facility to Mexico.

Walker Administration’s Lax Health Insurance Regulation Costly for Wisconsin Consumers
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Walker Administration’s Lax Health Insurance Regulation Costly for Wisconsin Consumers

Wisconsin has among the highest health insurance rates in the nation on the individual insurance market, and inflation rates that are well above average.

Op-Ed: Schools Need Help For Hungry Children
Op-Ed

Schools Need Help For Hungry Children

Assembly bill seeks to give more kids access to quality meals for breakfast and lunch.

$1.1 Billion and Counting…
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$1.1 Billion and Counting…

GOP vouchers undermine public education in Wisconsin

Don’t Dabble With Future of UW, Tech Colleges

Don’t Dabble With Future of UW, Tech Colleges

Republican proposal to merge them is neither timely nor well thought out.

Panel goes “On the Issues” to discuss Walker presidential campaign
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Panel goes “On the Issues” to discuss Walker presidential campaign

In this hour-long conversation, we’ll take a closer look at Walker’s bid for national office with two award-winning reporters.

Many Killed by Teens Illegally Carrying Guns

Many Killed by Teens Illegally Carrying Guns

Laws make possession illegal, but 6% of MPS teens reported having guns.

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

ALEC Aims to Privatize All Schools

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

Murphy’s Law: How Walker Wasted Pricey Legal Help
Murphy’s Law

How Walker Wasted Pricey Legal Help

He ignored $2.2 million report concluding Kenosha casino had no legal risks.

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement Congratulating Oshkosh Corporation
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement Congratulating Oshkosh Corporation

"On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I congratulate them on being awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract by the U.S. Army. "

Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on WEDC CEO Retirement Announcement
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on WEDC CEO Retirement Announcement

"Reed has overseen a transformational period at WEDC with a steady hand."

Op-Ed: Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”
Op-Ed

Questions Remain on “Opportunity Schools”

Republican plan giving Abele power over low-performing MPS schools offers few details.

City comptroller recommends approval of Milwaukee Bucks arena plan
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City comptroller recommends approval of Milwaukee Bucks arena plan

Murphy’s Law: The Twisted Tale of Talgo
Murphy’s Law

The Twisted Tale of Talgo

Settlement forces state to pay more for trains it didn’t get, leaving it with slower Amtrak trains.

Wisconsin ports and waterways help chart the course for Wisconsin’s growing economy
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Wisconsin ports and waterways help chart the course for Wisconsin’s growing economy

Governor proclaims this week as Ports Week across the state

Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap
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Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap

Chairman Lipscomb Responds to Five-Year Financial Forecast

Rep. Shankland, Sen. Hansen Unveil Proposal to Protect Wisconsin Taxpayers
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Rep. Shankland, Sen. Hansen Unveil Proposal to Protect Wisconsin Taxpayers

Bill Would Require Gov. Walker, Others Running for Federal Office to Report and Swiftly Reimburse Travel Expenses

Data Wonk: Will Walker Plan to Replace ObamaCare Work?
Data Wonk

Will Walker Plan to Replace ObamaCare Work?

He’s the only Republican to present a specific plan, but its results might explain why.

Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Judge
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Governor Scott Walker Appoints Milwaukee County Judge

Throughout her career, Havas has distinguished herself as a leader in the legal community.

Cruel and Unusual: Wisconsin Curbs Solitary Confinement
Cruel and Unusual

Wisconsin Curbs Solitary Confinement

State joins national reform movement, but prisoner advocates say more could be done.

GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle
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GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Staff Promotions
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administrative Staff Promotions

Current Chief of Staff Eric Schutt is leaving the administration to pursue other opportunities and to spend more time with family.

Walker’s Health Plan Would Make Wisconsin One of the Most Expensive States, Minnesota Lowest
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Walker’s Health Plan Would Make Wisconsin One of the Most Expensive States, Minnesota Lowest

Walker’s tax credit plan worse for states like Wisconsin with high health insurance costs. Regional health insurance price changes provided in analysis

Governor Scott Walker, DWD Secretary Newson Announce $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grant Awards
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Governor Scott Walker, DWD Secretary Newson Announce $2.2 Million in Youth Apprenticeship Grant Awards

The graduation rate for eligible youth apprentices was 84% last year.

State Sees 50% Drop in Uninsured Adults

State Sees 50% Drop in Uninsured Adults

Since Obamacare, percent of Wisconsinites lacking health coverage dropped from 11.7% to 5.6%.

Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker, Clinton leading primary fields among Wisconsin voters
Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Growing Teacher Shortage

The number of education majors and teaching candidates is drastically declining. Why?

Talgo to receive up to $9.75 million from Wisconsin over train lawsuit
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Talgo to receive up to $9.75 million from Wisconsin over train lawsuit

Data Wonk: The John Doe Fiction Continues
Data Wonk

The John Doe Fiction Continues

National Review doubles down on dubious claim of “paramilitary raids.”

Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s proposal to restrict health care access
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Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s proposal to restrict health care access

“Gov. Walker’s plan will end up costing working families more while largely benefiting the big insurance companies and wealthy special interests who are backing his presidential campaign.”

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

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

Scott Walker’s “Bait and Switch” Health Care Plan Would Force Millions Off Health Coverage
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Scott Walker’s “Bait and Switch” Health Care Plan Would Force Millions Off Health Coverage

Supposed plan is a thinly veiled excuse to go backwards and to legalize discrimination

Walker the War Hawk

Walker the War Hawk

As presidential candidate, Walker offers bellicose policies that would provoke Russia.

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

Budget Included Big Changes on Taxes

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

Scott Walker to Announce Health Repeal Plan in State That Shows Value of Working to Improve the Law
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Scott Walker to Announce Health Repeal Plan in State That Shows Value of Working to Improve the Law

Health care law is here to stay; It’s time to work together to make it better, bring costs down

ICYMI: Milwaukee, San Francisco Rank High in Manufacturing Job Growth
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ICYMI: Milwaukee, San Francisco Rank High in Manufacturing Job Growth

Industry Week reports on analysis by Wanted Analytics

Plenty of Horne: Scott Walker Peddles Bull
Plenty of Horne

Scott Walker Peddles Bull

No stranger to peddling bull, governor hosts Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at State Fair

Drug Testing Law In Legal Limbo

Drug Testing Law In Legal Limbo

Few details available about FoodShare drug testing program.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 209, Relating to Milwaukee Bucks Arena
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 209, Relating to Milwaukee Bucks Arena

Senate Bill 209 – relates to the appropriation of funds to construct a sports and entertainment arena and related facilities in Milwaukee.

Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law
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Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law

“The Milwaukee Bucks mean big bucks not just for Milwaukee, but for our entire state.”

Bucks Statement on Arena Bill Signing
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Bucks Statement on Arena Bill Signing

The Milwaukee Bucks released the following statement from President Peter Feigin:

Citizen Action Applauds WEDC Outsourcing Accountability Bills
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Citizen Action Applauds WEDC Outsourcing Accountability Bills

The bills are AB 340 in the Assembly and SB 211 in the Senate.

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

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

Data Wonk: About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”
Data Wonk

About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”

Are right-wing accounts of the Doe investigation fictional?

Murphy’s Law: Walker Flubs First GOP Debate
Murphy’s Law

Walker Flubs First GOP Debate

His tepid style hurt him. Who won and where does this leave Walker?

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 40
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 40

Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 40 into law.

Governor Scott Walker Seeks Local Applications for Increased Broadband Grants
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Governor Scott Walker Seeks Local Applications for Increased Broadband Grants

Governor Scott Walker announced the state Public Service Commission is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2016 Broadband Expansion Grants.

Op-Ed: Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case
Op-Ed

Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case

State Supreme Court had huge conflict, Schmitz should appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.

Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement
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Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement

“Despite frequently speaking the words, it’s almost like Governor Walker is allergic to economic growth and prosperity.”

Murphy’s Law: The Tragedy of David Prosser
Murphy’s Law

The Tragedy of David Prosser

Recusal ruling adds to his image as the symbol of a dysfunctional Supreme Court.

Governor Scott Walker Statement on EPA’s Final Rule
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Governor Scott Walker Statement on EPA’s Final Rule

"Yet again, President Obama is taking unilateral action and overstepping the limits of his authority to pursue a political agenda."

AFP Reacts to “Clean Power Plan” Rule
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AFP Reacts to “Clean Power Plan” Rule

"Wisconsin doesn't need more regulation from Washington..."

Your Right to Know: How Republicans Worked to End Public Records
Your Right to Know

How Republicans Worked to End Public Records

Planning began last September and would have ended open records for all local governments as well.

The State of Politics: Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?
The State of Politics

Get Ready for Gov. Kleefisch?

If Walkers wins the presidency or gets a federal appointment, Kleefisch must be ready to serve.

Walker Obstructed Probe of Missing Veterans Funds?

Walker Obstructed Probe of Missing Veterans Funds?

In newly unsealed records, investigators say then-county exec was uncooperative, triggering first John Doe.

Scott Walker super PAC nets nearly $20 million
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Scott Walker super PAC nets nearly $20 million

Governor Scott Walker Announces Special Election for 99th Assembly District
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Special Election for 99th Assembly District

Governor Scott Walker today announced a special election for the 99th Assembly District.

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

The Attack on Planned Parenthood

Abortion opponents harass clinic staff and oppose birth control.

Murphy’s Law: Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?

One publication says yes. But most donors to his presidential campaign are secret.

Black City Residents Not Sold on NBA Arena

Black City Residents Not Sold on NBA Arena

African American leaders who support it face skepticism from constituents.

Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal
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Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal

“Today is a great day for Wisconsin’s economy.”

Murphy’s Law: Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?
Murphy’s Law

Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?

Its takeover by new “Super District” running Bucks arena looks fishy.

UW System Needs Reorganization

UW System Needs Reorganization

Create true regional governance and move power away from Madison.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Changes

Governor Scott Walker announced the following administrative staff changes today.

As Hermening’s role in Walker campaign grows, his views draw scrutiny
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As Hermening’s role in Walker campaign grows, his views draw scrutiny

The State of Politics: Will Walker Kill Government Accountability Board?
The State of Politics

Will Walker Kill Government Accountability Board?

He risks having a new, untried agency run 2016 spring and fall presidential elections.

More Problems at Gov. Walker’s Jobs Agency

More Problems at Gov. Walker’s Jobs Agency

Two companies fail after getting $1.4 million from WEDC.

Op-Ed: Walker Policies Will Increase Violence
Op-Ed

Walker Policies Will Increase Violence

Watering down gun laws makes it easier for criminals to get firearms.

Republican Legislator Quietly Plots Partisan Attack on Access to Women’s Health Care
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Republican Legislator Quietly Plots Partisan Attack on Access to Women’s Health Care

Republican Representative Andre Jacque circulates trio of anti-women’s health bills for co-sponsorship to Republicans only

Feds Push Wisconsin to Review Excessive Health Insurance Rate Increases
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Feds Push Wisconsin to Review Excessive Health Insurance Rate Increases

Citizen Action Calls for Public Hearings on Large Premium Hikes

Murphy’s Law: Cost for Taxpayers In Latest Bucks Deal?
Murphy’s Law

Cost for Taxpayers In Latest Bucks Deal?

Bucks gave ground. But it’s still a huge bite for taxpayers.

Data Wonk: Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court
Data Wonk

Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin justices knew coordination was occurring. So they simply tried to rewrite federal law.

Walker jobs agency “in disarray”
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Walker jobs agency “in disarray”

Republican lawmakers stonewall reforms and block accountability

Scott Walker gets $10,000 each from Roy Reiman; We Energies and Northwestern Mutual PACs
Gov. Scott Walker raises $32M; $6M is from Wisconsin committee
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Gov. Scott Walker raises $32M; $6M is from Wisconsin committee

Murphy’s Law: Why Crooks Opposed Court’s John Doe Ruling
Murphy’s Law

Why Crooks Opposed Court’s John Doe Ruling

He votes 90% of time with conservatives, but blasted Gableman’s majority opinion.

Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order to Arm Wisconsin National Guard
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Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order to Arm Wisconsin National Guard

Governor Scott Walker today issued Executive Order #168 allowing Wisconsin National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Three Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Three Bills Into Law

Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed three bills into law today at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh.

Rep. Barca Proposes Steps to Address Jobs Agency Shortfalls
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Rep. Barca Proposes Steps to Address Jobs Agency Shortfalls

Governor Departs as Chairman of Distressed WEDC to Focus on Presidential Run

Governor Walker Throws Women Under the Bus to Iowa
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Governor Walker Throws Women Under the Bus to Iowa

Governor Walker puts presidential ambitions ahead of women’s health and safety

Doug La Follette sues Scott Walker over state budget measures
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Doug La Follette sues Scott Walker over state budget measures

Bar Exam: Saz’s, Where Scott Met Tonette
Bar Exam

Saz’s, Where Scott Met Tonette

Famed as the place where Scott Walker met his future wife, Saz's colorful history goes back to 1895.

Scott Walker Push For Milwaukee Bucks Arena Subsidy Could Benefit His Fundraising Chief
Rep. Moore to Governor Walker: Proposal to Drug Test the Poor is Wasteful and Unconstitutional
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Rep. Moore to Governor Walker: Proposal to Drug Test the Poor is Wasteful and Unconstitutional

In response to his lawsuit against the federal government over drug testing food stamp recipients, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) sent the following letter to Governor Scott Walker:

Murphy’s Law: Who is Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Who is Scott Walker?

The real, profusely documented story of the man who would be president.

Will Teachers Desert Wisconsin?

Will Teachers Desert Wisconsin?

Many teachers say they feel undervalued. And statistics show turnover of teachers and a reduction in education candidates.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II
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Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II

“It is not only regrettable; it is downright dangerous,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Statement of Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin on Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Ending Walker John Doe Investigation
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Statement of Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin on Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision Ending Walker John Doe Investigation

Four of the justices of the court were the beneficiaries of dark money spent in their behalf and which was the heart of this case.

Data Wonk: Why Is Minnesota Outperforming Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Why Is Minnesota Outperforming Wisconsin?

Does having a Republican or Democratic governor explain the difference?

Op-Ed: Walker Is Radical Even Among Republicans
Op-Ed

Walker Is Radical Even Among Republicans

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca calls Walker a "petri dish" for extremism.

State Budget Doesn’t Reflect Wisconsin Values
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State Budget Doesn’t Reflect Wisconsin Values

From beginning to end, it is difficult to imagine a budget that less reflects the values of Wisconsinites.

Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors
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Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors

The Democracy Campaign filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board.

Op-Ed: Freedom and Prosperity for All
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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?
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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
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Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Voter ID

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject a challenge to the Voter ID law.

Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Change
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Governor Scott Walker Announces Administration Staff Change

Governor Scott Walker announced Kurt Thiede as the new Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Battle Over Iron Mine Leaves Scars

Battle Over Iron Mine Leaves Scars

The battle "tore the community apart" for mine that was never going to happen, Jauch charges.

Murphy’s Law: A Whole New Class of Poor People?
Murphy’s Law

A Whole New Class of Poor People?

Walker plan to quietly slash Food Stamps for 62,000 people will cost state $58 million to lose $92 million in federal funding.

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

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

Plenty of Horne: Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar

His claim on streetcar turns out to be false. Meanwhile, new city assessor appointed with little fanfare.

Plats and Parcels: Indianapolis Comes to Bay View?
Plats and Parcels

Indianapolis Comes to Bay View?

New $40 million, 307-apartment proposal for Bay View offered only a rendering of an Indianapolis project by the developer. When do we get the full package?

Wendell Harris urges Milwaukee residents to speak for MPS at JFC hearing
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Wendell Harris urges Milwaukee residents to speak for MPS at JFC hearing

I have been encouraging concerned people of Milwaukee to oppose the draconian budget cuts to K-12 public schools and the cuts to the University of Wisconsin system.

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

Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

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

Freedom of Information Council Gives ‘Opee’ Awards

Freedom of Information Council Gives ‘Opee’ Awards

Big loser was state Department of Administration; one winner was Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

The Growth of UWM Research Foundation

The Growth of UWM Research Foundation

It's processed 41 patents in last nine years. But state funding cuts could endanger its growth.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Slams Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Proposal
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. Slams Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Proposal

Mayo Says Budget Would Hurt Senior Citizens, Persons with Disabilities

Murphy’s Law: The Quick-Law Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Quick-Law Governor

Countless sweeping changes have been proposed almost overnight, with no study, no rationale and no known author.

Plenty of Horne: Wikipedia Edits for President Walker
Plenty of Horne

Wikipedia Edits for President Walker

Oh, the records Walker would set, including first county exec rising to president and biggest age deficit between president and first lady.

Justice Bradley Has Republican-Leaning Challenger

Justice Bradley Has Republican-Leaning Challenger

April election pits 20-year liberal incumbent against circuit court judge getting Republican Party support.

Plats and Parcels: 229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill
Plats and Parcels

229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill

But one of the two new buildings being developed generated grr-ipes from Matt Wild and Mary Louise Schumacher. Dare we disagree?

Federal Cuts Challenge Local Food Programs

Federal Cuts Challenge Local Food Programs

Funding reduced though number of county Food Share recipients hasn't declined.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation

New law makes Wisconsin 25th state to give workers power to choose

Walker Signs So-Called Right to Work at Outsourcing Multinational Corporation
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Walker Signs So-Called Right to Work at Outsourcing Multinational Corporation

"Walker’s economic policy is based on the blind trust of corporate CEOs who sell out working families."

State Ending Long-Term Institutional Care for Disabled?

State Ending Long-Term Institutional Care for Disabled?

Walker budget continues years-long trend, experts disagree on its impact.

The State of Politics: Gogebic Mine Dies Without a Whimper
The State of Politics

Gogebic Mine Dies Without a Whimper

After all the controversy, it’s been killed, with barely a word from partisans on either side. Why?

House Confidential: Jabari Parker’s $570,000 Grafton Home
House Confidential

Jabari Parker’s $570,000 Grafton Home

The 19-year old Bucks player and Mormon probably won't use the wet bar. But he'll love those high ceilings and lake views.

Republicans pass harmful Union busting, low-wage bill
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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:
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
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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
Press Release

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
Press Release

More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens

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