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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

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 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

WPS seeks to change rates

Wisconsin Public Service has asked state regulators to change rates for electricity and natural gas next year. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Threatened species, threatened industry: Endangered designation for northern long-eared bats could exact heavy price from loggers

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing to list the northern long-eared bat – which is found in Wisconsin – as an endangered species, and that has set off concerns it could shut down northern Wisconsin’s timber industry if it does. (Subscriber access)

Monday, August 25, 2014

In trek for governor, Burke touts economic clusters

 In her trek toward the governorship, the newly minted Democratic nominee, Mary Burke, is recycling an economic idea from the early days of former Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration, namely, that establishing industrial and regional economic clusters can nurture a vibrant business climate and create good-paying jobs. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Man in child sex case involving LUHS student is now in prison

A man hired by high schools around Wisconsin to consult on and assist in certain student-related projects – including Lakeland Union High School – is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of multiple felony charges of exposing a Wisconsin child to harmful sexual descriptions. (Subscriber access)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Clarke defeats Moews, Bloomberg in Milwaukee sheriff battle

Controversial Milwaukee County sheriff David A. Clarke turned back a challenge from Milwaukee police lieutenant Chris Moews in this month’s Democratic primary, scoring a big re-election and a huge victory for gun-rights advocates. (Subscriber access) 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assessors in your home: Illegal government search?

A couple in Racine County are suing their hometown of Dover for an alleged violation of their constitutional rights, saying town officials wanted to conduct an illegal search of their house and then penalized them when they didn’t oblige. (Subscriber access)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Few primary surprises in Northwoods

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke handily won Tuesday’s partisan primary in Oneida and Vilas counties and across the state, becoming the first woman to be nominated for governor in a major political party. (Public access)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obama's impeachment numbers recall Watergate era

News Analysis 

The talk of impeachment is once again swirling in the Washington air, as well as on the social media pages of the political pundits, as President Barack Obama’s disappearing approval ratings have emboldened those who believe he has breached acceptable constitutional boundaries. (Subscriber access)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Van Hollen files motion to lift federal injunction on voter ID

Following a voter ID victory in the state Supreme Court, state attorney general J.B. Van Hollen has filed an expedited motion in federal appeals court to lift a permanent injunction against the state’s law pending appeal in two federal court cases. (Subscriber access) 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The importance of your vote

Wisconsin’s partisan primary is Tuesday, Aug. 12. – the day when voters will narrow the field of candidates by political party for the fall general election. (Public access)


Monday, August 11, 2014

Study: Obamacare eroding employer-based insurance

Market data numbers are in for the first six months of official open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and supporters – including the media – have touted the numbers as a huge success, with 2.2 million people enrolling in private individual market coverage for the six-month period ending March 31. (Subscriber access)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Supreme Court finally puts Act 10 legal saga to rest

It’s been three long years of litigation in state and federal courts, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court effectively put an end to the legal wrangling last week, upholding in its entirety Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reform law known as Act 10. (Subscriber access)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sowinskis to be sentenced Monday
A federal judge next week will decide the fate of two Sugar Camp men who admitted to illegal possession of American bald eagles.
Saturday, August 2, 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

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

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