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Climate debate erupts like a solar flare

It isn’t being covered much in the national press, but the inaccuracy of catastrophic predictions by advocates of manmade climate change are igniting ever more vigorous debates in academic circles and on Capitol Hill. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 24, 2015

NRB fight lays bare state's ideological divisions

When most people think about Wisconsin’s polarized politics and its struggles between left and right, the usual thought is of unions, public-sector collective bargaining and right to work. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Poll: Thumbs down to Walker, budget, Bucks

The latest poll from the Marquette Law School finds Democrats with a traditionally strong advantage heading into a presidential election year, while it puts the Milwaukee Bucks in a perilous position. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In 2015, federal government keeps on taxing and spending

The story of the federal government for the first half of this fiscal year was a familiar one, as growing entitlements continued to drive taxes and spending higher, while painting the deficit redder than it was a year earlier. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Conservatives take aim at prevailing wage law

Economic conservatives have had a pretty focused agenda in Wisconsin in 2015, and now the second act has begun. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Abrahamson asks court to declare her chief justice

By a margin of 53 to 47 percent, voters ratified last week a state constitutional amendment giving Wisconsin Supreme Court justices the right to select from among themselves the court’s chief justice, and now the current chief justice has headed to federal court to delay its implementation. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walgreens to close 200 U.S. stores as part of restructuring plan

The drugstore chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the U.S. this year.  (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Marenisco police chief wants wolf activity on the record

After nine reported wolf sightings since the first of the year, the police chief of Marenisco, Michigan, has appealed for help from that state’s Department of Natural Resources, saying he wants the town’s citizens protected and the wolf sightings on record. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 10, 2015

USFWS takes middle ground on northern long-eared bat

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service backed away this week from designating the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species, opting instead to list it as threatened, in a decision that pleased no one in particular. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Autism awareness: The calm before the storm

It might be called the calm before the storm. (Subscriber access)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Population on decline in Northwoods
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

High court, high stakes

In about a month, voters in Wisconsin will decide whether to re-elect Justice Ann Walsh Bradley to a third 10-year term on the state Supreme Court, or replace her with James Daley, a Rock County circuit judge.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Government paid nearly $125B in improper benefits

The U.S. government made $124.7 billion in improper payments to individuals in fiscal year 2014, up significantly from the previous year’s total of $105.8 billion, a new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Public records become a political football

In an age of political polarization, the government’s commitment to transparency and openness has become noticeably diminished, and seems to be decreasing at an exponential rate, to the concern of many open-records advocates. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Governor's budget takes aim at building commission

When it comes to redistributing power, Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget is a mixed bag ideologically. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 20, 2015

State Senate confirms Rhinelander attorney John Hogan

Tuesday, March 17, the State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Rhinelander attorney John Hogan to serve on the State Public Defender Board.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tiffany says he will take a look at open-records legislative fix

Should government officials be able to fabricate a document and then protect it from disclosure by using a statutory open-records exemption? (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Unholy Alliance: Special interests, bureaucrats, and the media

Conservatives — and some liberals — like to rail these days against what they call the ever-increasing overreach of the executive branch and the unconstitutional usurpation of power by federal and state agencies — all in collusion with left-wing identity groups and crony special interests. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ATF withdraws proposed AR15 ammo ban

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has withdrawn, at least temporarily, a proposal to ban M855 ‘green tip’ ammunition for one of the nation’s most popular hunting rifles, the AR15. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Stepp defends DNR budget proposals

Agency secretaries made their way to the capitol’s hot seat last week to defend Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals — many of which differed radically from their own initial budget requests — but nobody was in the hot seat more than Department of Natural Resources secretary Cathy Stepp. (Subscriber access)

Friday, March 13, 2015

ATF moves to ban ammo for popular hunting rifle

In a move condemned by gun-rights groups, the Obama administration is moving to ban ammunition for one of the nation’s most popular hunting rifles, the AR-15. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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