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Economic development agency: Still a mess

The Legislative Audit Bureau has released another audit of the state’s principal economic development agency, and once again it has found a flawed department that does not follow its own policies, much less state law. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Government reform battles in the backwaters

The early years of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration were marked by major upheavals in state politics — demonstrations in the street, recall elections, even death threats. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FCC bids to pre-empt state laws

A civics question: Is it possible for an independent federal agency that does not answer to the president of the United States or to Congress to simply decide to pre-empt a state law and declare it null and void? (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Crying in their red ink: Revenue estimates remain the same

Wisconsin’s weather has been unusually dry and sliding back toward drought lately, but GOP lawmakers might not have noticed after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau rained on their budget parade last week. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tiffany pushes local option sales tax for transportation

State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) have introduced a bill to give Wisconsin voters the legal ability to raise revenue for road repairs and street maintenance through a local-option sales tax. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Just in time for 2016, the economy stalls

There’s a lot of talk about immigration on one side of the political spectrum, a lot of talk about scandals on the other side, and a lot of talk about gay marriage on both sides, but one issue not being discussed much by anyone could be the deciding factor in next year’s presidential election: the economy. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

With Job Creation Act, NRB flouted Legislature

Of all the budget debates going on in Madison, few have stirred more passion, if not general interest, than the debate over the independence of the state’s Natural Resources Board. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 1, 2015

As good as it gets? Common Core registers insignificant gains

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and, in the dish that is Common Core, the early tasters are finding the concoction only a little more nutritional than traditional American education, and a little less imaginative. (Subscriber access)

Friday, May 1, 2015

The bureaucracy rules, with rules

Much is heard these days in the media about the propriety of President Barack Obama’s executive orders — whether he is within his office’s legal bounds or far outside his constitutional jurisdiction. (Subcriber access)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Climate debate erupts like a solar flare

It isn’t being covered much in the national press, but the inaccuracy of catastrophic predictions by advocates of manmade climate change are igniting ever more vigorous debates in academic circles and on Capitol Hill. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 24, 2015

NRB fight lays bare state's ideological divisions

When most people think about Wisconsin’s polarized politics and its struggles between left and right, the usual thought is of unions, public-sector collective bargaining and right to work. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Poll: Thumbs down to Walker, budget, Bucks

The latest poll from the Marquette Law School finds Democrats with a traditionally strong advantage heading into a presidential election year, while it puts the Milwaukee Bucks in a perilous position. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In 2015, federal government keeps on taxing and spending

The story of the federal government for the first half of this fiscal year was a familiar one, as growing entitlements continued to drive taxes and spending higher, while painting the deficit redder than it was a year earlier. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Conservatives take aim at prevailing wage law

Economic conservatives have had a pretty focused agenda in Wisconsin in 2015, and now the second act has begun. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Abrahamson asks court to declare her chief justice

By a margin of 53 to 47 percent, voters ratified last week a state constitutional amendment giving Wisconsin Supreme Court justices the right to select from among themselves the court’s chief justice, and now the current chief justice has headed to federal court to delay its implementation. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walgreens to close 200 U.S. stores as part of restructuring plan

The drugstore chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the U.S. this year.  (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Marenisco police chief wants wolf activity on the record

After nine reported wolf sightings since the first of the year, the police chief of Marenisco, Michigan, has appealed for help from that state’s Department of Natural Resources, saying he wants the town’s citizens protected and the wolf sightings on record. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 10, 2015

USFWS takes middle ground on northern long-eared bat

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service backed away this week from designating the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, opting instead to list it as threatened, in a decision that pleased no one in particular. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Autism awareness: The calm before the storm

It might be called the calm before the storm. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Population on decline in Northwoods
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

High court, high stakes

In about a month, voters in Wisconsin will decide whether to re-elect Justice Ann Walsh Bradley to a third 10-year term on the state Supreme Court, or replace her with James Daley, a Rock County circuit judge.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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