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Dana Wachs

Dana Wachs (Dem.), 91st Assembly District

Born Eau Claire, August 25, 1957; married; 3 children. Graduate Memorial H.S. (Eau Claire) 1975; attended UW-Eau Claire 1975-76; B.S. Marquette U. 1981; J.D. Valparaiso U. 1985. Attorney. Member: American Bar Assn.; Wis. State Bar; Eau Claire County Bar Assn; Wis. Assn. of Justice; Rotary; Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra (bd. mbr.); Wis. Farmers Union; Muskies, Inc. Eau Claire City Council 2009-12 — Eau Claire City County Bd. of Health, Eau Claire Transit Comn., Eau Claire Affirmative Action Com., Eau Claire Parks and Waterways Com., L.E. Phillips Memorial Library (bd. mbr.), Eau Claire Economic Policy Adv. Com.

Elected to Assembly 2012. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Colleges and Universities; Constitution and Ethics; Judiciary; Workforce Development.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-7461; (888) 534-0091 (toll free); District (715) 552-1439.
E-mail: Rep.Wachs@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: Eau Claire 54701.
Mailing address: Office: Room 302 North, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708.

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Poll Good News for Evers, Vukmir

Poll Good News for Evers, Vukmir

Evers lead widens in gubernatorial primary, Vukmir nudges ahead of Nicholson.

Race for Governor: Roys Leads Democrats in Money Raised
Race for Governor

Roys Leads Democrats in Money Raised

Also leads seven other Democratic candidates for governor in cash on hand.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson Endorses Evers for Governor
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Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson Endorses Evers for Governor

George Christenson is the second County Clerk to endorse Tony Evers.

Dana Wachs Endorses Tony Evers for Governor, Encourages Unity to Defeat Scott Walker
New Marquette Law School Poll finds many Wisconsin primary voters undecided, unfamiliar with candidates
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds many Wisconsin primary voters undecided, unfamiliar with candidates

Walker, Baldwin hold modest advantages over challengers

Race for Governor: Wachs Says He’ll Fight for ‘Regular Folks’
Race for Governor

Wachs Says He’ll Fight for ‘Regular Folks’

Legislator and trial attorney calls himself a fighter, not an “elitist,” in Democratic primary for governor.

Murphy’s Law: Candidates for Governor Hold Debate
Murphy’s Law

Candidates for Governor Hold Debate

But not on TV. And not every Democratic candidate. So who won?

Dana Wachs Stands with UPS Workers as They Vote to Authorize Strike of 260,000 Workers
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Dana Wachs Stands with UPS Workers as They Vote to Authorize Strike of 260,000 Workers

"It’s about time that every worker be able to earn a fair, living wage at a safe job with decent working conditions."

Dana Wachs Gains Ballot Access Despite GOP Attempts to Disenfranchise Voters
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Dana Wachs Gains Ballot Access Despite GOP Attempts to Disenfranchise Voters

"Their challenge was ridiculous and that’s why the Elections Commission rejected it."

The State of Politics: Six Questions for Democratic Convention
The State of Politics

Six Questions for Democratic Convention

Can the party revive in Wisconsin? That depends on these six questions.

Rep. Wachs Responds to News That Foxconn is Cutting Its Investment in Wisconsin
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Rep. Wachs Responds to News That Foxconn is Cutting Its Investment in Wisconsin

"Wisconsin taxpayers are left holding the bag while Foxconn rolls back its investment in our state."

Rep. Dana Wachs Reiterates Support for Child Victims Act
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Rep. Dana Wachs Reiterates Support for Child Victims Act

"There is simply no justification for a statute of limitations on child sex abuse."

Rep. Wachs Says Walker is Using Taxpayer Money to Line the Pockets of His Donors
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Rep. Wachs Says Walker is Using Taxpayer Money to Line the Pockets of His Donors

"That’s outrageous and I think anyone with even a little common sense gets that it is corrupt."

“Wisconsin knows the real Scott Walker,” Says Rep. Dana Wachs as GOP Convention Begins
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“Wisconsin knows the real Scott Walker,” Says Rep. Dana Wachs as GOP Convention Begins

"While wealthy out-of-state donors are busy holding court, waiting for Walker to kiss the ring, so many Wisconsin families are struggling just to put food on the table."

Kelda Roys Wins 2nd Congressional District Democratic Straw Poll
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Kelda Roys Wins 2nd Congressional District Democratic Straw Poll

"Today’s results show that Wisconsin Democrats are looking for hope, optimism, and someone to vote for, not just something to vote against."

Elevating the Next Governor of Wisconsin; Wisconsin’s Choice Campaign Narrows Field to Nine Candidates in Endorsement Process
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Elevating the Next Governor of Wisconsin; Wisconsin’s Choice Campaign Narrows Field to Nine Candidates in Endorsement Process

Thousands vote in poll to find people’s champion to challenge Scott Walker and win

Alex Lasry Endorses Dana Wachs for Wisconsin Governor
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Alex Lasry Endorses Dana Wachs for Wisconsin Governor

Alex Lasry is senior vice president for the Milwaukee Bucks and a former Obama White House Staffer.

Statement from Rep. Dana Wachs in Remembrance of Peg Lautenschlager
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Statement from Rep. Dana Wachs in Remembrance of Peg Lautenschlager

"My heart goes out to her family and friends in their time of loss."

Rep. Dana Wachs Says Foxconn Contracts Already Going Out of State
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Rep. Dana Wachs Says Foxconn Contracts Already Going Out of State

"I’ve had it with Gov. Walker’s special-interest politics. He works for us, not for Foxconn."

Rep. Dana Wachs Announces Plan to Help Seniors Maintain Financial Security, Health, and Independence
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Rep. Dana Wachs Announces Plan to Help Seniors Maintain Financial Security, Health, and Independence

"It is our responsibility to make sure that Wisconsin seniors cans continue to thrive in the years to come."

Campaign Cash: Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017
Campaign Cash

Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017

Most of it to Republicans, who have 3.2 times more campaign cash than Democrats.

Dana Wachs Responds to Gov. Walker’s Short-Sighted School Safety Plan
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Dana Wachs Responds to Gov. Walker’s Short-Sighted School Safety Plan

"If Walker was serious, if he was committed to protecting our students, he would disavow the NRA."

Dana Wachs Campaign Launches Worst of Walker March Madness Bracket
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Dana Wachs Campaign Launches Worst of Walker March Madness Bracket

"The bracket also reminds voters of the upcoming April 3 election and the gubernatorial election dates."

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin voters divided on benefits of Foxconn deal, but together in support of background checks for gun sales
Dana Wachs Calls for an Overhaul of Assault Weapon Laws and Other Measures to Fight Domestic Terrorism
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Dana Wachs Calls for an Overhaul of Assault Weapon Laws and Other Measures to Fight Domestic Terrorism

"We can and must do something. And it cannot wait."

Dana Wachs Critiques Gov. Walker’s Photo Op with President Trump, Calls for Real Transportation Solutions
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Dana Wachs Critiques Gov. Walker’s Photo Op with President Trump, Calls for Real Transportation Solutions

"Look, we can all see through Gov. Walker's fancy trip to Washington. It's all about Foxconn."

Dana Wachs Responds to Gov. Walker’s Tweetstorms and Photo-Ops on Foxconn and Kimberly Clark
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Dana Wachs Responds to Gov. Walker’s Tweetstorms and Photo-Ops on Foxconn and Kimberly Clark

Wachs calls for real leadership focused on Wisconsin job retention

Dana Wachs Says Gov. Walker Subverting Democracy by Refusing to Hold Timely Special Elections for Legislative Seats
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Dana Wachs Says Gov. Walker Subverting Democracy by Refusing to Hold Timely Special Elections for Legislative Seats

“Scott Walker is nervous. He watched Sen. Patty Schachtner win a seat Republicans thought belonged to them."

Dana Wachs Challenges Gov. Walker’s Record on Jobs and the Economy
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Dana Wachs Challenges Gov. Walker’s Record on Jobs and the Economy

Wachs releases part two of #WIRemember campaign

Dana Wachs Called on Gov. Walker and AG Schimel to Sue Big Pharma Over Misleading Opioid Marketing
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Dana Wachs Called on Gov. Walker and AG Schimel to Sue Big Pharma Over Misleading Opioid Marketing

"Wealthy drug companies have been peddling highly addictive painkillers for decades while telling Americans that they were safe. It’s about time they are held accountable for their lies."

Dana Wachs Campaign For Governor Raises More Than $514,000 To Take On Scott Walker
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Dana Wachs Campaign For Governor Raises More Than $514,000 To Take On Scott Walker

Strong fundraising numbers signal enthusiastic support for Dana Wachs across Wisconsin

Dana Wachs Outraged by Gov. Walker’s Push to Let Out-of-State Companies Pave Over Wisconsin Wetlands
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Dana Wachs Outraged by Gov. Walker’s Push to Let Out-of-State Companies Pave Over Wisconsin Wetlands

SB 600 will be heard by Senate & Assembly committees tomorrow over objections from Democrats, hunting, fishing, outdoor and environmental groups

Gov. Walker’s Foxconn Scam Already Starting to Unravel as News Breaks of Additional $134 Million Cost to Taxpayers
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Gov. Walker’s Foxconn Scam Already Starting to Unravel as News Breaks of Additional $134 Million Cost to Taxpayers

"Now that the Foxconn deal has started to unravel, so has Walker’s hope of a third term."

Gov. Walker Flew to Private Campaign Event in Taxpayer-Funded Plane
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Gov. Walker Flew to Private Campaign Event in Taxpayer-Funded Plane

"I’m appalled that Gov. Walker thinks he can use our tax money for his own political gain."

Statement from Dana Wachs regarding new UW teaching load requirement
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Statement from Dana Wachs regarding new UW teaching load requirement

“Wisconsinites deserve a governor who is unafraid to support higher education.”

Gov. Walker’s climate of corruption allows whistleblowers to be silenced, says Dana Wachs
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Gov. Walker’s climate of corruption allows whistleblowers to be silenced, says Dana Wachs

"Gov. Walker seems more than happy to turn a blind eye to corruption and fraud happening in his administration."

Dana Wachs calls on Rep. Josh Zepnick to resign following news that he assaulted female staffers
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Dana Wachs calls on Rep. Josh Zepnick to resign following news that he assaulted female staffers

"Frankly, I’m disgusted by the accounts of Rep. Zepnick assaulting two young women at work-related events."

Dana Wachs calls out Gov. Walker’s request to spend millions more attract out-of-state workers for Foxconn
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Dana Wachs calls out Gov. Walker’s request to spend millions more attract out-of-state workers for Foxconn

"Gov. Walker is spending taxpayer money like he’s got holes in his pockets."

Dana Wachs calls for overhaul of workplace protections against sexual harassment in the legislature
Dana Wachs calls out Walker administration for its attempt to silence political opponent
The State of Politics: Will Democrats Set Record for Governor Race?
The State of Politics

Will Democrats Set Record for Governor Race?

A record 16 candidates have registered, making predictions difficult.

Dana Wachs calls on Walker administration to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake
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Dana Wachs calls on Walker administration to close Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake

"It’s clear that we have serious safety and civil liberties issues at these facilities."

Dana Wachs says GOP tax plan is a “nightmare”
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Dana Wachs says GOP tax plan is a “nightmare”

"This isn’t a tax plan designed to grow the economy; it is designed to make the 1 percent even richer."

One Week Later: Dana Wachs challenges Gov. Walker’s use of taxpayer money to benefit campaign supporters
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One Week Later: Dana Wachs challenges Gov. Walker’s use of taxpayer money to benefit campaign supporters

"Gov. Walker’s re-election announcements were a slap in the face to Wisconsin taxpayers."

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

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

Wisconsin Building Commission Approves Key Projects
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Wisconsin Building Commission Approves Key Projects

"The State Building Commission approved a number of important projects today, which will positively impact Wisconsin residents."

Capitol Eye: Will “Riot Bill” Threaten Non-Violent Protestors?
Capitol Eye

Will “Riot Bill” Threaten Non-Violent Protestors?

Even some GOP legislators have qualms about proposed law.

Plenty of Horne: We’re All Running For Governor
Plenty of Horne

We’re All Running For Governor

Ten Democrats are running, and most were at this forum, chastising Walker.

Wachs for Wisconsin: State Rep. Dave Considine endorses Dana Wachs for Governor
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Wachs for Wisconsin: State Rep. Dave Considine endorses Dana Wachs for Governor

"I'm proud to have earned Dave's support."

Wachs for Wisconsin: Statement on appointment of new DNR Secretary
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Wachs for Wisconsin: Statement on appointment of new DNR Secretary

"Governor Walker has decided to again puts politics over people in his appointment of an insider to head the agency."

The State of Politics: Would Democratic Governor Kill Foxconn Deal?
The State of Politics

Would Democratic Governor Kill Foxconn Deal?

Democratic candidates for governor oppose deal. Could they kill it if elected?

The State of Politics: Foxconn Biggest Deal in State History
The State of Politics

Foxconn Biggest Deal in State History

Review of past deals shows its 35 times more than biggest prior state payout.

Dana Wachs Announces Opposition to Foxconn Package
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Dana Wachs Announces Opposition to Foxconn Package

"A bad deal for Wisconsin"

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

The Building Commission is chaired by Governor Walker.

Campaign Cash: How Much Do DOJ Civil Suits Cost?
Campaign Cash

How Much Do DOJ Civil Suits Cost?

Bill requires state AG to disclose cost of many suits against federal government.

Dana Wachs Announces Candidacy for Governor of Wisconsin
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Dana Wachs Announces Candidacy for Governor of Wisconsin

Western Wisconsin lawyer, fighting the rigged system for Wisconsin workers

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

Including the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship on the campus of UW-Milwaukee.

“Save Our Deer” Proposal Gains Support
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“Save Our Deer” Proposal Gains Support

"This is about ensuring the health of our deer herd and the future of hunting in Wisconsin."

Rep. Wachs Comments on “Wisconsin Campus Free Speech Act”
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Rep. Wachs Comments on “Wisconsin Campus Free Speech Act”

This legislation uses draconian sanctions to try to strong-arm students into staying silent.

The State of Politics: Bill Would End “Revolving Door” Lobbyists
The State of Politics

Bill Would End “Revolving Door” Lobbyists

Would require one-year wait for ex-legislators and legislative aides to become lobbyists.

Campaign Cash: Bill Reveals School Voucher Costs
Campaign Cash

Bill Reveals School Voucher Costs

Democratic bill says property tax bills must show cost to local school district.

Building Commission Approves Capital Budget
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Building Commission Approves Capital Budget

Governor Walker’s Capital Budget recommended $803 million in total projects.

Building Budget Slams Universities
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Building Budget Slams Universities

Wachs: Delays will further damage Wisconsin’s economy

Rep. Wachs Comments on Significant Delays in Capital Budget
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Rep. Wachs Comments on Significant Delays in Capital Budget

"This style of delayed budgeting isn’t fiscally or structurally sound."

Building Commission Approves Projects
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Building Commission Approves Projects

"I would like to thank the members of the Building Commission for taking action on these projects..."

Rep. Wachs Statement on Introduction of 2017-2019 Budget
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Rep. Wachs Statement on Introduction of 2017-2019 Budget

"My Democratic colleagues and I have consistently pushed for greater investment in K-12 schools, universities, and technical colleges"

Opposition to Health Care Repeal Building Across Wisconsin
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Opposition to Health Care Repeal Building Across Wisconsin

Turnout was large in all the rallies.

Campaign Cash: Sand Mining Project Targets Wetlands
Campaign Cash

Sand Mining Project Targets Wetlands

Meteor Timber donates $23,000 to state politicians, wants to destroy 17 acres of forested wetlands.

The State of Politics: 11 Predictions for 2017 Politics
The State of Politics

11 Predictions for 2017 Politics

Scott Fitzgerald gets Trump appointment, redistricting is upheld and more.

Wachs Responds to Yet Another Republican Attack on UW-Madison
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Wachs Responds to Yet Another Republican Attack on UW-Madison

“...Republicans only seem to care about the University of Wisconsin when they are offended by what is being taught, and not when it comes to properly funding our UW System to compete in today’s economy.”

The State of Politics: Final Notes From The Campaign-Trail
The State of Politics

Final Notes From The Campaign-Trail

After 210 interviews with candidates, some observations on a crazy election.

Op-Ed: Assembly Dems Point Way to Reform
Op-Ed

Assembly Dems Point Way to Reform

Their Clean Elections Act seeks to fix broken campaign finance law.

State Representative Dana Wachs Statement on Ivanka Trump’s Wisconsin Visit
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State Representative Dana Wachs Statement on Ivanka Trump’s Wisconsin Visit

"No matter who Donald Trump sends to Wisconsin to argue his case, his record speaks for itself," said Rep. Wachs.

Op-Ed: Walker’s Pay to Play Revealed
Op-Ed

Walker’s Pay to Play Revealed

Why the D.A. should investigate deals made by the governor.

Statements from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Delegates on Hillary Clinton Accepting the Democratic Nomination for President
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Statements from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Delegates on Hillary Clinton Accepting the Democratic Nomination for President

"Hillary Clinton will lead the charge from the White House to win social, economic and racial justice for all working families from and we are with her," said Peter Rickman, Bernie Sanders Delegate

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

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

Rep. Wachs Calls for Hearings on UW System Cuts
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Rep. Wachs Calls for Hearings on UW System Cuts

"We simply cannot sustain the continued attack on higher education in Wisconsin."

Rep. Wachs to GOP U.S. Senators: Do Your Job!
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Rep. Wachs to GOP U.S. Senators: Do Your Job!

"Those who have sworn to uphold the Constitution are mandated to hold hearings and take action on the President's selection."

Rep. Wachs Statement on Justice Bradley
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Rep. Wachs Statement on Justice Bradley

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

Rep. Wachs Urges U.S. Senator Ron Johnson to Call for Supreme Court Hearings
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Rep. Wachs Urges U.S. Senator Ron Johnson to Call for Supreme Court Hearings

"Over the past 30 years, the longest confirmation process took 99 days."

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

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

Rep. Wachs Announces Bipartisan Support for “Revolving Door” Bill
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Rep. Wachs Announces Bipartisan Support for “Revolving Door” Bill

This is a similar proposal to one that was introduced by Rep. Wachs during the previous legislative session.

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

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

Rep. Wachs Calls for State Action on Student Loans
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Rep. Wachs Calls for State Action on Student Loans

End of longtime Federal Perkins Loan Program hurts Wisconsin students

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
Redistricting reform the antidote to Republican extremism
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Redistricting reform the antidote to Republican extremism

Assembly Democratic freshmen urge support for non-partisan redistricting reform as fall session ends

How to Reelect Freshmen Legislators

How to Reelect Freshmen Legislators

Party leaders let them sponsor high-profile bills likely to win votes.

How Former Lawmakers Cash In

How Former Lawmakers Cash In

16 ex-lawmakers -- including former Assembly speakers and Senate majority leaders -- make big money lobbying the legislature.

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

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