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Voters won't need photo ID after all

Recent polls show that large numbers of voters didn’t know a photo ID requirement was in place for the state’s Nov. 4 general election – even though most supported it – and now, it turns out, they didn’t need to know, after a U.S. Supreme Court split decision late last week put the law on hold. (Subscriber access)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Taxpayer dollars flow to tribes to sue .... taxpayers

A recent court decision has put a spotlight on the ability of Native American tribes to use federal tax dollars to fund litigation to protect treaty rights – essentially using tax dollars to sue taxpayers – and it turns out the spigot is wide open. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Into the home stretch, Walker takes the lead by a nose

The Wisconsin gubernatorial race is heading into its final weeks, and, as it does, the contours of the election are returning to normal for a mid-term election in the Badger state. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Court OKs resumption of John Doe probe against Walker

A federal appeals court has given prosecutors a green light to resume the John Doe probe of Gov. Scott Walker and various conservative groups, throwing out an earlier lower court injunction that blocked the state from conducting the investigation. (Subscriber access)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Agriculture keeps on trucking

Neither sleet nor wind nor rain nor snow can stop the Post Office, but, in Wisconsin, agriculture is even tougher, as neither recession nor drought can slow it down. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The self-driving car: Coming to a policy initiative near you

Everyone has heard for a while now about the imminent arrival of autonomous cars – the kind that drive themselves while you read The Lakeland Times – but what most people haven’t considered are the policy implications of the Jetson-style cars. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Political Digest: A look at state and local issues
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where's the money? New jobs are paying much lower

The nation has regained all of the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, a recent report says, but that doesn’t mean the economic landscape is the same as it was before. (Subscriber access)

Monday, September 22, 2014

The hidden half: Nonteaching staff explodes in schools

Nobody is really sure if it’s a good or bad trend – or even why it’s happening – but the number of nonteaching staff positions in America’s schools has exploded since the middle of the last century, so much so they now comprise half of all school personnel. (Subscriber access)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Most absentee voters must show photo ID

Nearly all voters who choose to cast absentee ballots in November’s general election will have to present a photo ID, according to the head of the state’s election oversight agency. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

LUHS wins appeal on records dispute in Fortier case

Public officials have every right to refuse to disclose such things as letters of reference and notes used for staff management planning, an appeals ruled this week, even if those officials fabricated the notes and letters to undermine the employee. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In latest report card, a mixed bag for Lakeland schools

Some Lakeland-area schools bolstered student performance last year, while other schools moved backward, newly released data show. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DOT kicks off procedure to verify voter eligibility for free

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced a new process by which it will distribute state photo identification cards to those in need without requiring a government fee, the agency announced last week. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Coming to (already at) a town near you: Militarized police

In the wake of the riots in Ferguson, Mo., where police engaged in much criticized conduct to control and disperse crowds protesting the shooting of an unarmed teen, a national discussion has emerged about the wisdom of arming local law enforcement with military-grade weaponry and equipment. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Court reinstates state voter ID law

A federal appeals court last week reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law for the upcoming general election, marking a victory for the law’s proponents and prompting elections officials to swiftly adjust course. (Public access)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Study: Cost of federal regulations tops $2 trillion annually

The cost of complying with federal regulations has topped $2 trillion a year, and that’s $2 trillion sucked right out of the nation’s economic growth, a new study by the National Association of Manufacturers finds. (Subscriber access)

Monday, September 15, 2014

LFB: State's structural deficit estimated to be $1.76 billion

Gov. Scott Walker likes to talk about the $3.6-billion structural deficit he wiped out when he took office – an accurate assessment of his accomplishment –  but these days Democrats like to talk about the new structural deficit Walker has created since then. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In turnaround, DNR to name disciplined employees

Officials at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have had a change of heart and now say they will release the names of all 26 employees disciplined during the 2013 calendar year. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Study: New EPA ozone regulations could choke economy

It isn’t getting much press, but the controversial Environmental Protection Agency – which in the Obama administration has itself become a legislative powerhouse – is preparing to make a decision that some business groups say could become the most expensive regulation in the nation’s history. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

In Pennsylvania, environmental groups pounce on logging
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service will make a final decision by next April about whether the northern long-eared bat deserves to be listed as an endangered species – it has already said it believes it does – and some environmentalists appear ready to use the designation to shut down the timber industry. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

As fall campaigns opens, Burke leads Walker

It’s still a statistical tie but a widening political gulf – and a landslide in terms of expectations – as the latest Marquette poll puts Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke ahead of Gov. Scott Walker among likely voters. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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