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Gov. Scott Walker: Wisconsin comeback is real
Walker
Walker
It's way too early to know if Gov. Scott Walker can come back from dismal approval ratings in the wake of his failed presidential campaign, but, in his State of the State address this week, he wanted Wisconsin residents to know that the state's rebound is real, if not his own. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Dems, vets cry foul on CVSO legislation
A proposed bill in the state legislature to shift power over veteran's benefits from the counties to the Wisconsin Department of Veteran's Affairs is going back to the drawing board after it incited harsh criticism from Democrats and local officials alike. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Walmart to close three stores in state
Three Walmart stores in Wisconsin are among 154 stores in the U.S. and 269 worldwide that will soon close their doors. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 22, 2016

Public records board abandons exemption expansion efforts
Its members probably didn't text about it afterward, but the state's Public Records Board this week abandoned language it adopted last August that would have allowed records' custodians to immediately destroy many records - especially text messages and other digital documents - they previously had to keep. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 15, 2016

Feds end Wisconsin school-choice probe
The Obama administration has ended a four-year probe of Milwaukee's school-choice program without any finding of major wrongdoing. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 8, 2016

A new year, a new effort at gun control
President Barack Obama kicked off the new year with yet another round of executive actions on guns, a routine that has become increasingly familiar during his tenure as commander in chief. (subscriber access)
Friday, January 8, 2016

Supreme Court: DOJ did not violate whistleblower law
The state Department of Justice demoted a bureau director after she raised concerns about providing protection for the state attorney general at a political convention, but there was no violation of whistleblower statutes, the state's highest court ruled this week. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New open enrollment laws not good news for public schools
Through changes in open enrollment laws in Wisconsin, public schools will be faced with the prospect of less money to assist with special-education students.

In fact, they quite likely will lose money. (subscriber access)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Wolf delisting bill does not make it to a vote
An attempt to delist wolves from the federal endangered species list by attaching it to last week's omnibus appropriations bill in Congress has failed, and the future of the legislative effort is in doubt. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cost for insurance in state through the ACA increases
The cost of health insurance in Wisconsin through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has increased, but, the good news is, the price hikes haven't been as large as elsewhere. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Report: Obamacare to cost the economy 2 million jobs
If those who think the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, is making things bad now, the Congressional Budget Office has bad news for you: By 2025, things will be worse, much worse, especially when it comes to jobs. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Survey: Wisconsin 23rd in nation in business competitiveness
Wisconsin gets mixed reviews on a range of perception and economic scores, from entrepreneurial spirit to business competitiveness, according to two new surveys released this past week by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, December 15, 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

Cathy Stepp: DNR has become an entirely different agency
Cathy SteppCathy Stepp
As 2012 draws to a close, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp has surveyed the government landscape that is her agency, and, quite like a proud farmer viewing a full field of ripened crop, she says she is proud of her work these past two years.
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Crabb ruling: Tribal night deer hunt won't go forward this year
Tribal hunting of deer at night in the ceded territory, authorized by the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) last month, will not be allowed to go forward for now.
Friday, December 21, 2012

Audit points to more oversight of state rehiring policy
During the past five years, thousands of former employees in the Wisconsin Retirement System took advantage of a state policy permitting them to retire, draw their pensions, then return to work and draw two checks, a new audit has found.
Friday, December 21, 2012

Proposed DNR, North Lakeland Discovery Center land swap put on hold
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wednesday was to discuss a possible agreement between the state and the North Lakeland Discovery Center, Inc. for a land exchange that would allow the center to own the property it currently leases from the state.
Friday, December 14, 2012


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