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Supreme Court race shaping up to be marquee match
The 2015 spring race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court was a mild-mannered event, but experts don't expect the same next spring in the race for the seat now held by justice Patrick Crooks. (Subscriber access)
Friday, September 11, 2015

Tiffany's John Doe reform moves toward approval
State Assembly speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said this week their respective chambers of the Legislature will take votes in October on a major John Doe reform bill authored by Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst).
Friday, September 18, 2015

Great Lakes' water levels make a comeback, race past historical averages
After a plunge in the late 1990s, and virtually no recovery through 2013, water levels in the Great Lakes have made a startling comeback, with every lake charging past its historical average as of Sept 4. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Do GOP governors limit size of government? Not so much
Republican presidential candidates are pretty vocal about their plans to cut taxes and reduce the size of government, and Republican governors running for president this year have been especially emphatic about their tax-cutting records.

(News analysis)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Federal court halts Waters of the U.S. rule in 13 states
A controversial new rule that would expand federal regulatory jurisdiction over many waters now under state authority has been blocked by a federal judge from taking effect in 13 states, but the Environmental Protection Agency says it will press ahead with the regulations in the 37 other states. (Subscriber access)
Monday, September 7, 2015

CBO: For the long term, more of the same
In the short-term, the nation's debt situation is relatively OK, but after 2018 Americans can once again expect a growing national debt, thanks to - the same old, same old - increases in health care spending, rising interest payments on the debt itself, and entitlement programs. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Times files open-records complaint against Paszak
The Lakeland Times has asked Oneida County district attorney Michael Schiek to open an investigation into the possible destruction of public records by Oneida County supervisor Sonny Paszak, and is urging the prosecutor to cite Paszak for infractions of the open records law. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 28, 2015

Poll: Wisconsin U.S. Senate race tightens
It's not all wine and Wisconsin cheese for presidential candidates Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton, though each maintains the lead in their respective party's contest for president in the Badger state, according to a new Marquette Law School Poll released last week. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 28, 2015

Wisconsin joins lawsuit against Waters of the U.S. rule
The state of Wisconsin has joined eight other states in a legal bid to block the Obama administration's pending Waters of the United States rule, bringing to 27 the total number of states involved in various lawsuits to stop the rule's implementation. (Subscriber access)
Friday, August 28, 2015

Moose population decline: Researchers say don't overlook wolf impact
It's all the rage to blame a precipitous decline in the Minnesota moose population on climate change, but a 2014 study by a well-known wolf researcher concludes that wolves may play a more significant role than believed. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sen. Baldwin tours CNNF logging site
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made a stop in Rhinelander Thursday to meet with forestry leaders in the wake of a key component of the 2014 Farm Bill that made it possible for timber harvesting in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to increase by 25 percent. (Subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Lawmakers ignore Times' open records request
Three lawmakers who led the recent ill-fated attack on the state's open records laws have failed to respond to a request by The Lakeland Times for all their correspondence and legislation-related records during the closing days of work on the state budget.

Wednesday, August 5, 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.

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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