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February 25, 2018

Legislature passes GOP welfare reform package
A special session to reform the state's welfare programs bore fruit for Republicans this week as both the state Assembly and the Senate passed a comprehensive package of bills, including work requirements for able-bodied adults, child support compliance for Medical Assistance eligibility, and asset limits for welfare eligibility. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 23, 2018


Senate committee passes wetland reform bill
A state Senate committee has recommended passage of an amended wetland reform bill that both liberalizes wetland permitting regulations and seeks to allay the concerns of environmentalists concerned about the rollback of protections for non-federal wetlands.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DCI issues statewide alert for Valliere murder suspect
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has sent out a statewide alert for a 19-year-old Arbor Vitae man who is accused of participating in the murder of a Lac du Flambeau man in December. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

High court: OK to delay release of union election records
The Wisconsin Supreme Court disappointed open-records advocates last week when it ruled 5-2 that officials could delay the release of voter lists during union elections because those records could be used to harass eligible voters during those elections. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 16, 2018

Tim Burns embraces progressive agenda in Supreme Court run
Middleton attorney Tim Burns hasn't been shy about taking partisan positions in his campaign to win a seat on the state's high court, and indeed he thinks his embrace of progressive values might just be the ticket to winning. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Dallet says she's the candidate with commitment, experience
Milwaukee County circuit court judge Rebecca Dallet is touting her experience and values as she competes in the Feb. 20 primary against two opponents.

The race pits one conservative - Sauk County circuit court judge Michael Screnock - against two liberals - attorney Tim Burns and Dallet. With no other conservatives to divide the vote, no one expects Screnock to be eliminated, so the primary likely will come down to an elimination match between Dallet and Burns. (subscriber access)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Michael Screnock focuses on the rule of law
Sauk County circuit court judge Michael Screnock is one of three candidates in the Feb. 20 primary for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, but he is one of one candidate that conservatives are supporting. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Walker touts child tax credit in Rhinelander
Gov. Scott Walker made a brief stop at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport last Friday morning as part of a tour of state airports to promote his $100 a child tax credit proposal and other ideas unveiled in his State of the State speech on Jan. 24. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 2, 2018

Large lot zoning has its proponents
Large lot zoning has taken it on the chin for more than a decade now - even environmental and pro-smart growth groups and Obama's EPA have cautioned against it, saying there are better methods of environmental regulation - but the zoning mechanism that gained steam in the 1950s still has its proponents, and, what's more, it's still the water-quality regulation of choice for local governments. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 2, 2018

Walker lays out 'ambitious' plan in State of the State
Gov. Scott Walker gave his State of the State speech this past Wednesday, touting his tax-cutting accomplishments over the past seven years and proposing major welfare reform, a $122-million tax credit, and programs designed to boost job creation and prosperity in rural areas. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

NHALSF ranger was fired for harassment, unsafe behavior
A former DNR ranger was fired this past year for multiple incidents involving serious misconduct and unsafe behavior, including harassing a coworker while on duty, spraying window cleaner in a dog's water bowl, striking a co-worker's chair with an ax-like tool while she was sitting in it, rubbing pepper spray on a co-worker's car door handle, firing a pellet gun at state vehicles and at a coworker, and urinating on the tires of a co-worker's vehicle, among other things. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, January 19, 2018

Walker backs GOP sparsity aid increase for rural schools
Gov. Scott Walker said last week he is supporting legislation authored by Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) to provide additional sparsity aid and a low revenue ceiling increase for rural schools. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Employment integration bill gets positive hearing
A bipartisan bill that supporters say will promote state agency collaboration to enhance competitive integrated employment and workplace choice for people with disabilities sailed through a public hearing last week. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

State presses forward on DNR trespassing case
Despite being rebuked by a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and despite the high court overturning the conviction of a man for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens, the state is pressing forward in the prosecution of a case that demonstrates the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' vast power when it comes to private property. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 27, 2017

Sean Duffy talks immigration at town hall meeting
U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy held three town halls in Vilas, Forest and Florence counties Thursday. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Holy Cow! WMC official wants dairy bumped from license plate
It's a debate that might well last until the cows come home, but the president of the powerful Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce got it started last week when he suggested booting 'America's Dairyland' as the slogan on the state license plate.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What Trump's health care actions mean for Wisconsin
President Donald Trump last week made good on threats to take executive action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order that will loosen marketplace requirements for those buying and selling insurance and ending billions of dollars in subsidies to big insurance companies. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

Supreme Court to hear major case on TIF districts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case raising constitutional questions about tax incremental finance districts, a case filed more than two years ago by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on behalf of a group of Eau Claire taxpayers. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mining moratorium bill moves forward
State Sen. Tom Tiffany's bill to repeal Wisconsin's mining moratorium took a major step forward late last week, with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry voting 3-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for action. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DHS: Wisconsin one of 21 states Russia tried to hack in election
Wisconsin was one of 21 states targeted for cyber-hacking during last year's election, the chief of the Wisconsin elections commission said last week, citing a notification from the Department of Homeland Security. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 29, 2017

Johnson, GOP senators launch push on health care
Earlier this year, after Republicans swept to majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and won the presidency last November, almost everybody was surprised when the GOP could not unify long enough to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act that the party uniformly detests. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017


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