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Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin
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Tony Evers gives two thumbs up after being sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor during a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Jan 7, 2019. Also sworn in were Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Photo by Coburn Dukehart.
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Tony Evers gives two thumbs up after being sworn in as Wisconsin’s 46th governor during a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Jan 7, 2019. Also sworn in were Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Photo by Coburn Dukehart.
Friday, January 11, 2019 7:30 AM
Tony Evers took the oath of office this week as Wisconsin’s 46th governor, pledging to always keep the people of Wisconsin as his top priority. (subscriber access)
  • Evers sworn in as 46th governor, vows to put people first
    Tony Evers took the oath of office this week as Wisconsin’s 46th governor, pledging to always keep the people of Wisconsin as his top priority. (subscriber access)
  • Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) is circulating a bill to end the Legislature’s exemption of itself from the state’ open-records retention law, though it remains to be seen whether Republicans will support the effort. (subscriber access)
  • The race is on to fill an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and, with filing deadlines past, two state appeals court judges will face each other in the April 2 contest — one backed by liberals and Democrats, and one supported by conservatives and Republicans. (subscriber access)
  • In what could be a landmark decision, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a previous federal decision it says relegates property rights to second-class status compared to other constitutional rights such as due process and free speech. (subscriber access)
  • Evers selects Preston Cole to run DNR
    Gov.-elect Tony Evers made a slew of cabinet appointments in the week before Christmas, heavily dominated by individuals from Madison and Milwaukee and including Natural Resources Board member Preston Cole to run the Department of Natural Resources. (subscriber access)
  • A federal school safety report issued by the Trump administration in response to a spate of school shootings is recommending doing away with Obama-era policies on school discipline. (subscriber access)
  • In a deal brokered by Gov. Scott Walker, the Kimberly-Clark corporation and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation reached agreement a couple weeks ago on a five-year pact giving the company up to $28 million in tax incentives. (subscriber access)
  • Four northern Wisconsin tribes, including the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, have sued the state of Wisconsin and 11 towns, asserting they are illegally assessing and collecting property taxes on reservation fee lands. (subscriber access)
  • Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes announced this week the formation of a Next Generation Workforce and Economic Development Policy Advisory Council which they say will bring experienced economic development stakeholders from across Wisconsin to work with their transition team to create an economy that works for everyone. (subscriber access)
  • The Mercer School District has until the end of this month to respond with a plan for corrective action to the most recent decision against it by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  (subscriber access)
  • In a newsletter and Facebook post released this week, outgoing Gov. Scott Walker generally defended the bills passed by the GOP-dominated Legislature in special session last week as good public policy and dismissed any notion they represent a power grab by the Legislature. (subscriber access)
  • The Wisconsin Department of Justice will pay $10,000 in Lakeland Times’ legal fees and costs — and more could be on the way — after the agency reversed course earlier this year and released the names of law enforcement officers disciplined for abuse of the state’s TIME (Transaction Information for the Management of Enforcement) system between 2013 and 2015. (subscriber access)
  • A Dane County circuit judge ruled in favor of The Lakeland Times last week, ordering the state Department of Justice to release the names of 19 disciplined employees which the agency had withheld. (subscriber access)
  • Moustakis challenges constitutionality of Woznicki law
    In a case in which The Lakeland Times is seeking Department of Justice investigation files concerning former Vilas County district attorney Albert Moustakis, the former DA is challenging the constitutionality of the state’s so-called Woznicki law, claiming the 2003 act fails to protect his constitutional rights to equal protection, among other things. (subscriber access)
  • There’s good news and bad news in the Department of Administration’s latest tax revenue estimates released just before Thanksgiving. (subscriber access)
  • The drumbeat of Fourth Amendment decisions coming from the state Supreme Court continued last week as justices unanimously ruled that search warrants to place GPS trackers on cars do not have to comply with statutory time limits placed on other search warrants. (subscriber access)
  • House passes Duffy’s bill to de-list gray wolves
    U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin, 7th District), fresh off winning re-election to a fifth term earlier this month, scored another impressive victory last week as the U.S. House of Representatives passed his bill to de-list the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species Act. (subscriber access)
  • A Dane County circuit court judge heard oral arguments this week in The Lakeland Times public records case against the Wisconsin Department of Justice, pressing the state’s attorney to explain why previous case law supporting the release of names of employees disciplined for misconduct should not hold sway. (subscriber access)
  • When it comes to the Fourth Amendment, recent state Supreme Court decisions have come under fire from both civil-libertarian conservatives and liberals, and now yet another potentially important search and seizure case is headed its way. (subscriber access)
  • Logging continues to be the primary reason driving efforts to keep and enhance railways in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (subscriber access)
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