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December 16, 2017

Walker signs mining bill into law
Jamie Taylor/river news

In a brief ceremony at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Monday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker signed the “Mining for America” bill into law while surrounded by lawmakers, including the bill's authors Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), and several graduates from Northwoods high schools studying mining science at various universities.
Jamie Taylor/river news

In a brief ceremony at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Monday afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker signed the “Mining for America” bill into law while surrounded by lawmakers, including the bill's authors Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), and several graduates from Northwoods high schools studying mining science at various universities.
With the bill's co-authors in attendance, Gov. Scott Walker signed the "Mining for America" bill into law Monday at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

The bill, co-authored by Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), passed the Senate on a vote of 19-14 and was concurred in the Assembly on vote of 53-38. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 15, 2017


Up and Down, Left and Right: A new look at zoning
Though it isn't much covered in national or state headlines, a sea-change is occurring in a long national battle over property rights, land use, and zoning, and it's producing some strange bedfellows of late. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

In escalating battle, Evers tries to take down REINS Act
For everything there is a season, we are told, and in this season of campaigning for governor, state education superintendent Tony Evers thinks he has found an issue ripe with voters - the state's newly minted REINS Act, which curbs the ability of state agencies to enact administrative rules without active legislative and gubernatorial approval. (subscriber access)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Walker proposes $6.8M talent attraction plan
Gov. Scott Walker proposed last week a nearly $7 million plan to attract workers to the state, drawing praise from conservatives and business groups and charges of gimmickry from one Democratic senator. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

GOP lawmakers want air pollution regs repealed
A state Assembly committee held a public hearing last week to consider a measure proposed by Republican lawmakers to end all state-exclusive air regulations, at least temporarily. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Property rights legislation one step closer to law
The Homeowners' Bill of Rights - legislation designed to expand private property rights in Wisconsin - moved one step closer to enactment last week when the measure passed the state Assembly. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Walker officially announces for re-election
Everybody has known for a long time that Republican Gov. Scott Walker was running for a third term in 2018, but his formal announcement last week sounded the gun to the official race, and it's shaping up to be contestable one - and a wild one on the Democratic side. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Walker makes Rhinelander stop in re-election tour
Governor Scott Walker is looking to make more history in 2018. After surviving a recall election in historic fashion back in 2012 and winning re-election in 2014, Walker is seeking to become only the second man since the term of office was changed to four years in 1967 to be elected to a third term as Wisconsin governor. (subscriber access)
Friday, November 10, 2017

Trump wins court battle over insurance subsidies
A federal district court judge has swatted down an effort by 18 states and the District of Columbia to force the Trump administration to resume health care insurance company subsidy (CSR) payments that the president ended earlier this month. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

State presses forward on DNR trespassing case
Despite being rebuked by a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and despite the high court overturning the conviction of a man for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens, the state is pressing forward in the prosecution of a case that demonstrates the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' vast power when it comes to private property. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 27, 2017

Sean Duffy talks immigration at town hall meeting
U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy held three town halls in Vilas, Forest and Florence counties Thursday. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Holy Cow! WMC official wants dairy bumped from license plate
It's a debate that might well last until the cows come home, but the president of the powerful Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce got it started last week when he suggested booting 'America's Dairyland' as the slogan on the state license plate.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What Trump's health care actions mean for Wisconsin
President Donald Trump last week made good on threats to take executive action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order that will loosen marketplace requirements for those buying and selling insurance and ending billions of dollars in subsidies to big insurance companies. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Supreme Court to hear major case on TIF districts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case raising constitutional questions about tax incremental finance districts, a case filed more than two years ago by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on behalf of a group of Eau Claire taxpayers. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mining moratorium bill moves forward
State Sen. Tom Tiffany's bill to repeal Wisconsin's mining moratorium took a major step forward late last week, with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry voting 3-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for action. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DHS: Wisconsin one of 21 states Russia tried to hack in election
Wisconsin was one of 21 states targeted for cyber-hacking during last year's election, the chief of the Wisconsin elections commission said last week, citing a notification from the Department of Homeland Security. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 29, 2017

Johnson, GOP senators launch push on health care
Earlier this year, after Republicans swept to majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and won the presidency last November, almost everybody was surprised when the GOP could not unify long enough to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act that the party uniformly detests. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017

Trump to consider reductions in J1 visa program
The Trump administration is considering implementing a reduction or elimination of visas for United States cultural work and exchange programs, specifically for five of the employment-based cultural exchange visas in the J1 visa program, the Wall Street Journal reported. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 15, 2017

Walker visits Fab Lab, talks school funding in Three Lakes
Governor Scott Walker visited Three Lakes High School Thursday to talk about the $639 million increase in school funding approved by the joint finance committee earlier this week and the need to properly train the workers of tomorrow. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

State Joint Finance yields transportation budget deal
In a move that delighted Gov. Scott Walker but didn't please some other Republicans, or Democrats, the Legislature's joint finance committee (JFC) reached a transportation deal last week as part of the state budget it passed, a package which would, among other things, slap a fee on hybrid and electric vehicles and delay certain major road projects in southern Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WILL: State must do more for special needs children
The conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty wants the state to do more for special-needs students, in particular giving those children and their families a greater ability to choose their own schools and for increased funding to help them do so. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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