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Federal judge throws out D.C. ban on guns outside home

A federal judge tossed Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying guns outside of the home last week, saying the nation’s capital’s public handgun ban was unconstitutional. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Heavy traffic and potential delays across the state this weekend
Major statewide events, heavy travel, construction zones may cause backups across the state this weekend.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Tennessee restaurant owner hits bullseye with pro-gun sign

Maybe it’s a sign, or signs, of the times, but in Wisconsin and across the nation these days people entering government and public buildings are sometimes greeted with the following message: No guns allowed. (Subscriber access)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Guv's race reaches Rhinelander
The state Republican Party launched a billboard campaign on Wednesday across several cities in Wisconsin, including Rhinelander.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Conservancy: USFWS guilty of violating Bald Eagle Act
For years the United States Fish & Wildlife Service teamed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to try and nab Paul and Alvin Sowinski of Sugar Camp for killing protected wildlife on their family property, finally nailing each on a single misdemeanor count of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. (Public access)
Thursday, July 24, 2014

DNR officials: It's all about balance

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ officials want shoreland property owners in northern Wisconsin to know they care about their concerns and rights. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, July 24, 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, July 24, 2014

Walker changes course, calls for repeal of Common Core

It was a short and simple statement, but it took everyone by surprise and will likely shake up Wisconsin’s education debate, not to mention this year’s gubernatorial race: Gov. Scott Walker has formally called for the state to abandon Common Core standards. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DNR surveilled Sowinskis since the early 1990s

In the eyes of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, its wardens and special agents were carrying out a ticklish and precarious mission when they raided the Sugar Camp property of Paul and Alvin Sowinski with the assistance of 50 agents in May 2010. (Public access)

Friday, July 18, 2014

AG says audit bureau can't see GAB files

Lawmakers of both parties roundly criticized an opinion by the attorney general late last week, in which the state’s top cop said the Legislative Audit Bureau isn’t privy to the investigative files of the Government Accountability Board. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Conservative, retailer groups spar over Internet tax
A conservative taxpayer group said this week a poll it commissioned in Wisconsin shows voters overwhelmingly disapproving of a proposed Internet sales tax, but at least one retailer association says the poll is bogus. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Law enforcement amassed 50 agents for Sowinski onslaught
Its efforts had sputtered on and off for several years, and had only intensified in the early months of the fateful year, but by May 12, 2010, law enforcement was finally ready to strike, amassing approximately 50 federal and state agents to assist in a raid of property owned by Paul and Alvin Sowinski of Sugar Camp. (Public access)
Thursday, July 10, 2014

White House says state Medicaid decision hurting residents
On the face of it, a new White House report about the effects of various states rejecting federally expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is pretty depressing reading: The report says 10,000 fewer people in the state would be depressed if the state had embraced the expansion. (Subscriber access)
Monday, July 7, 2014

Judge rules against Moustakis in records case
A judge this week ruled Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis cannot use the courts to prevent disclosure of records about him.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Study: Immigrants account for all net job growth since 2000
Remember the theory advanced by advocates of increased immigration that there are some jobs Americans just won’t take. Well, according to a new report, that apparently would be all net jobs created since 2000.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Gossip triggered government search of Sowinski property
It was April 2010, the calm before a May storm, and federal and state agents in northern Wisconsin were putting the final touches on their investigation of alleged wildlife poisoning activities. (Public access)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

High court to police: Search a cellphone? Get a warrant
For years – practically since the beginning of cellphone time – police have routinely checked the digital contents of suspects they arrest, searching for incriminating emails, texts and other information, but the nation’s Supreme Court this week struck down the practice. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Government tried various tactics to incite Sowinskis to act
On Aug. 4, Alvin Sowinski and Paul Sowinski of Sugar Camp will be sentenced in federal court for their roles in a wildlife poisoning scheme that included a plea deal in which the Sowinskis each pleaded guilty to a single count of illegally possessing a bald eagle. (Public access)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gubernatorial campaigns get down to the nitty gritty of jobs
The political headlines swirling around Wisconsin this past week have been about the John Doe probe and the prosecutors’ view of the governor’s role in it, but the real news was buried far away from most newspapers’ front pages: the jobs numbers, and what they say about the condition of the state’s economy. (Subscriber access)
Friday, June 27, 2014

New report: Small business gets big burden with Obamacare
As the provisions of the Affordable Care Act finally begin to take effect for most employers, a new study says the law’s employer mandates will impose a significant burden on America’s businesses, especially its small businesses. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Critics say DPI allied with feds on school-choice probe
U.S. attorney general Eric Holder likes to take on school-choice programs in various states – his lawsuit against Louisiana’s voucher program stands out – and Wisconsin is no exception. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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