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GOP poised to pass historic right-to-work bill

Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly called it a distraction, so no doubt the announcement last Friday by legislative leaders of a fast-tracked right-to-work bill has distracted him even more from his budding presidential campaign. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Northern lawmakers: Lots of problems, same old problems

In a way, it felt like deja vu all over again.

The Lakeland Times editorial board met with local lawmakers recently in an annual sit down to discuss regional and state issues, and the discussion was remarkably similar to the exchanges of past years. (Subscriber access)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Scott Walker's budget returns governor to the conservative fold

News analysis

Gov. Scott Walker recently unveiled his 2015-17 state budget, and, in a move that caught both the left and the right by surprise, the governor offered up a number of startling reforms that are sure to hearten even the most skeptical conservatives and dismay the most seasoned liberals. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Woman gets prison for not declaring embezzled money

In the wrap-up of yet another embezzlement case in the Northwoods, a former Trig’s employee has been sentenced to prison for filing a false income tax return after embezzling $1.1 million from the company, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Northwoods transit systems in governor's budget bill

Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed biennium budget would help two Northwoods public transit systems get general subsidies, but special funding specifically requested for the systems is not part of the spending plan. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Is income inequality being caused by illegal immigration?

Income inequality is increasingly recognized by both the left and the right as a major problem in the United States, but, at a U.S. House judiciary committee hearing last week, a Temple law school professor said it was due in part not to growing government dependence, as the right proclaims, or to policies favoring the wealthy, as the left believes, but to an another high-profile problem: illegal immigration. (Subscriber access)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Keys to stopping embezzlers: Rigorous oversight, prosecution

Fifth in a series

A top expert in white-collar crime calls the rate of embezzlement in the United States – and its growth – “gangbusters,” and Chris Marquet isn’t exaggerating: Embezzlement rates increased 5 percent in 2013 over 2012, he reports, which itself was a record year for the crime. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Northwoods embezzlers: A little jail, lots of money

If you could pocket $50,000, and all you had to do was sit in jail for 74 days – about 10.5 weeks – would it be worth it? (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Embezzlement becoming a booming business in US

First in a series

Call it a growth industry. 

Embezzlement, that is.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Republican bills quietly accept Common Core

The education debate dominating the first weeks of the new legislative session in Madison have been all about school accountability, but at the heart of two major legislative initiatives is an underlying acceptance of Common Core education standards. (Subscriber access)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Could Abrahamson's days be numbered?

April 7 could be a date to remember.

That’s the date of this year’s spring election, and it could be the day Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice Shirley Abrahamson is effectively deposed. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In State of State, Walker moves boldly to the middle

News Analysis

He didn’t mention right to work. He never once called for smaller government. He castigated those who disdain government as much as those who never question its growth. (Subscriber access)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Severe flu season kills at least 26, two in Wisconsin

In northern Wisconsin and across the state and country, this year’s flu season has become especially severe, landing thousands of patients in the hospital and, as of Jan. 3, killing at least 26 children nationwide. (Subscriber access)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Flu season makes Northwoods particularly vulnerable

The 2014-15 flu season is widespread across the entire country, and it is dangerous everywhere it appears, but its virulence and persistence may well pose added dangers for the Northwoods. (Subscriber access)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Congress gets ready to re-redefine the full-time work week

It has become something of a rallying cry as Republicans begin to pass legislation as the majority party in both chambers of Congress: a bill to redefine the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time work is likely to be one of the first passed and sent to the president. (Subscriber access)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Court of Appeals takes Chagnon case

The state Court of Appeals will consider whether a sex offender who collected hundreds of images of Northwoods girls did anything illegal. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tiffany, Czaja, Swearingen, Mursau to host joint listening sessions

State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) will be holding joint listening sessions for constituents Monday, Jan. 19, 23, 24, and 26 with state representatives Mary Czaja (R-Irma), Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), and Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz).  


Monday, January 12, 2015

Convictions upheld in blood-draw cases
It might not be a criminal offense in Wisconsin to drink and drive unless you already have a DWI, as it is in every other state, but, if something serious happens, don’t expect the U.S. Constitution to necessarily protect you.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Making your own copies of court records? No fee, AG says
Wisconsin attorney general J.B. Van Hollen closed out his term by striking a small but still significant blow for open records, declaring that court and probate officials cannot charge for copies of court documents made with a person’s cell phone or personal device.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Federal agency collects personal data on millions of consumers

So you think the National Security Agency knows a lot about you?

OK, they probably do, but they don’t have anything on a little-publicized federal agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Subscriber access)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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