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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

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, 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

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

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

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