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April 24, 2018

Northwoods Rail Transit Commission studies regional use
Sister studies conducted in 2013 and the present confirm the logging industry is the primary driver for railway use in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Walker, GOP target local control once again
Local control once again wore a bullseye on its back this week, as Gov. Scott Walker signed yet another bill to rein in the powers of municipalities, this time a law creating uniform employment standards across the state. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Walker signs welfare reform package into law
Gov. Scott Walker signed nine welfare reform bills into law late last week as part of his Wisconsin Works for Everyone welfare reform plan, which, among other things, will require able-bodied adults to complete a work requirement or participate in a workforce development course to maintain eligibility for the FoodShare program. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Walker, Pocan spar over border security
Far from the nation's southern border, two major Wisconsin politicians got into a fight this week over border security, specifically, the Trump administration's plan to send National Guard troops to help defend it. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 13, 2018

Work Zone Awareness Week promotes highway safety
Governor Scott Walker proclaimed April 9 to 13 as Work Zone Awareness Week as part of efforts to prevent traffic crashes, deaths and injuries in construction and maintenance areas along Wisconsin's roadways.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The blue wave continues as Dallet smashes Screnock
Wisconsin voters took a sharp turn to the left in Tuesday's election, electing the first non-incumbent liberal to the state Supreme Court in a generation and voting by a wide margin to keep the state treasurer's office, which conservatives wanted to abolish. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 6, 2018

Wisconsin Wins: A statewide tobacco movement
Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) is a science-based, state-wide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. It began in the spring of 2002.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Legislature set to change special-election law
The state Assembly and state Senate are set to convene in an extraordinary session on April 4 to change the law governing special elections, in a bid to override a Dane County judge's order that Gov. Scott Walker call special elections forthwith to fill two vacant legislative seats. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 30, 2018

Expert witness: No need for DOJ to redact informants' real names
A retired supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program in Los Angeles is challenging the Wisconsin Department of Justice's redaction of law enforcement names requested by The Lakeland Times in an open-records request.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

DATCP extends EAB quarantine across entire state
The entire state of Wisconsin will be placed under quarantine for emerald ash borer (EAB), the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced last week. The quarantine will be effective Friday, March 30.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dallet makes campaign stop in Rhinelander
On April 3, voters will be asked to choose the successor to retiring Justice Michael Gableman of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Either Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet or Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock will get the nod. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 23, 2018

Walker calls special session on school safety
Gov. Scott Walker has unveiled a $100 million school safety plan for the state, and last week called for a special session of the Legislature to pass it.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

CCAP changes coming by the end of March
While lawmakers have haggled for years over making changes to the state's online circuit court records database, known popularly as CCAP, without much success, an oversight panel within the court system has quietly recommended a series of significant changes, and the director of state courts, Randy Koschnick, has begun implementing them. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

WILL takes lawmaker to court over records
In yet another open-records dispute involving the state Legislature, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has sued state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) for refusing to turn over electronic records, opting to print them instead and charge what WILL says are unnecessary fees.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Audit: Oversight over UW, related foundations needed
The UW System needs increased oversight and monitoring of the relationships between UW institutions and affiliated organizations, a Legislative Audit Bureau report concluded after reviewing the UW System's connections with primary fundraising foundations and other groups. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nicholson, Evers jump into lead in primaries
A new Marquette Law School poll gives an early edge to businessman Kevin Nicholson in the contested Republican race for the U.S. Senate and to state superintendent Tony Evers in the congested Democratic primary for governor. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump tariffs draw negative Wisconsin reaction
Trade is a big issue that drives a wedge between President Donald Trump and the traditional pro-business wing of the Republican Party, and so mainstream Republicans were hardly surprised but mighty exasperated last week when the president announced major tariffs on steel and aluminum products coming into the United States. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Legislature could entertain school safety measures
When it comes to guns and Wisconsin politicians, the last few weeks have pretty much been a free-for-all brawl in Madison.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Legislature passes reform of civil asset forfeiture
After years of debate, the state Legislature has passed a bill to reform the state's civil asset forfeiture procedures, a statute by which law enforcement can seize property used in the commission of a crime.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Unions file another lawsuit to toss Act 10
Many times could be the charm as two more unions are going to court to try and overturn the state's 2011 Act 10, which effectively ended collective bargaining for most state public employees. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 2, 2018

Bill targets coercive strings attached to federal funding
A bill before the state Legislature is taking aim at what the bill's author says is coercive federal funding, or restrictive conditions attached to so-called 'free' federal dollars, by establishing a mechanism for transparency to ensure those conditions are publicized and reviewed.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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