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Moose population decline: Researchers say don't overlook wolf impact
It's all the rage to blame a precipitous decline in the Minnesota moose population on climate change, but a 2014 study by a well-known wolf researcher concludes that wolves may play a more significant role than believed. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sen. Baldwin tours CNNF logging site
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made a stop in Rhinelander Thursday to meet with forestry leaders in the wake of a key component of the 2014 Farm Bill that made it possible for timber harvesting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to increase by 25 percent. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lawmakers ignore Times' open records request
Three lawmakers who led the recent ill-fated attack on the state's open records laws have failed to respond to a request by The Lakeland Times for all their correspondence and legislation-related records during the closing days of work on the state budget.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DNR drowns water division in reorganization
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources unveiled a significant reorganization Tuesday, among other things abolishing its water division and moving its major environmental management programs into a newly minted bureau. (Public access)
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

County panel tweaks regs for boathouses, piers
Oneida County has a habit of twiddling around with its ordinances governing piers and boathouses - they've argued about them for years - and the county's zoning panel was back at it again recently at a public hearing in Woodruff. (Subscriber access)


Friday, July 24, 2015

State Technology Council meets in Minocqua

The Wisconsin Technology Council’s board of directors held its quarterly meeting at the Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua last Tuesday. The council discussed rural health care, the outcome of state budget deliberations and Wisconsin’s non-compete employment laws. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Walker signs budget: A historic day for property rights

On the eve of announcing his bid for the presidency, Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget bill Sunday that struck a historic blow for northern Wisconsin shoreland property owners, blocking the state or any county from requiring approval for, or otherwise prohibiting or regulating in any way, the replacement of a nonconforming structure in the shoreland zone. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Common Core opponents take Walker to task

If state government were a school house run by opponents of Common Core, then Gov. Scott Walker might be sitting in time out in the corner, or worse, he might be in the woodshed out back. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Times seeks documents related to open records attack

In a bid to find out who orchestrated last week’s ill-fated attack on the state’s open records laws, The Lakeland Times has filed open records requests with an array of GOP officials, Times publisher Gregg Walker has announced. (Public Access)


Friday, July 10, 2015

Walker, GOP leaders pull open records provisions

After a firestorm of criticism from across the political spectrum and after scrambling on the holiday weekend, Gov. Scott Walker and GOP legislative leaders said late Saturday afternoon they would pull provisions to kill the state’s open records law from the state budget. (Public access)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Governor Scott Walker and Legislative leaders make statement on government transparency

Madison – Today, 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 on the provisions related to the state's open records law included in the Motion 999:


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Updated: Republicans vote to gut open records law

In what could be a historic action, the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted on the eve of the nation’s Fourth of July holiday to effectively repeal the state’s open-records laws. (Public access)


Friday, July 3, 2015

Republicans vote to gut open records law

In what could be a historic action, the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted on the eve of the nation’s Fourth of July holiday to effectively repeal the state’s open-records laws. (Public access)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Independence Day: Enjoy the celebration!

It could be the most significant day in the history of this nation — the most important day we celebrate as a country. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

DNR officials, staff disagree over shoreland zoning rule

It is said that the view from the top can sometimes be a lonely one, and that might just be the case for Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp, whose take on nonconformity in the state’s revised shoreland zoning rule is decidedly different from that of the agency’s shoreland zoning policy coordinator. (Subscriber access)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Room tax changes afoot in budget bill

Among the many policy items tucked into this year’s budget bill and passed by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is a change in the state’s room tax statutes, by which municipalities levy a tax on lodging, ostensibly to promote tourism. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Walker seeks far-reaching revisions in state regulations
The administration of Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to rewrite hundreds of regulations – and to eliminate two scores more – as the governor continues to act to reduce what he calls the state’s still onerous regulatory infrastructure.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Federal appeals court upholds Act 10 in its entirety
Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers scored a major victory Friday, as a federal appeals court rejected union challenges to the constitutionality of Act 10, the state’s controversial collective bargaining reform law.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Walker hits familiar themes in State of the State
Gov. Scott WalkerGov. Scott Walker
With a re-election campaign now less than two years away, Gov. Scott Walker delivered his third State of the State speech Tuesday night, waxing familiar on themes ranging from tax cuts to regulatory reform, and urging the Legislature to get a mining bill passed.
Friday, January 18, 2013

Vocke named chairman of state's Government Accountability Board
Judge Timothy VockeJudge Timothy Vocke
Judge Timothy Vocke of Rhinelander was named this week as the chairman of Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board for 2013.
Friday, January 18, 2013

New rules, and more, on horizon in the wake of the wolf hunt
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Lands Division Administrator Kurt Thiede indicated there is a lot to do and watch for following the state’s first modern wolf season – permanent rules, for instance. 
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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