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March 23, 2018

CCAP changes coming by the end of March
While lawmakers have haggled for years over making changes to the state's online circuit court records database, known popularly as CCAP, without much success, an oversight panel within the court system has quietly recommended a series of significant changes, and the director of state courts, Randy Koschnick, has begun implementing them. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 16, 2018

Walker calls special session on school safety
Gov. Scott Walker has unveiled a $100 million school safety plan for the state, and last week called for a special session of the Legislature to pass it.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

WILL takes lawmaker to court over records
In yet another open-records dispute involving the state Legislature, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has sued state Rep. Jonathan Brostoff (D-Milwaukee) for refusing to turn over electronic records, opting to print them instead and charge what WILL says are unnecessary fees.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Audit: Oversight over UW, related foundations needed
The UW System needs increased oversight and monitoring of the relationships between UW institutions and affiliated organizations, a Legislative Audit Bureau report concluded after reviewing the UW System's connections with primary fundraising foundations and other groups. (Subscriber Access)
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Nicholson, Evers jump into lead in primaries
A new Marquette Law School poll gives an early edge to businessman Kevin Nicholson in the contested Republican race for the U.S. Senate and to state superintendent Tony Evers in the congested Democratic primary for governor. (Subscriber Access)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Trump tariffs draw negative Wisconsin reaction
Trade is a big issue that drives a wedge between President Donald Trump and the traditional pro-business wing of the Republican Party, and so mainstream Republicans were hardly surprised but mighty exasperated last week when the president announced major tariffs on steel and aluminum products coming into the United States. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, March 9, 2018

Legislature could entertain school safety measures
When it comes to guns and Wisconsin politicians, the last few weeks have pretty much been a free-for-all brawl in Madison.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Legislature passes reform of civil asset forfeiture
After years of debate, the state Legislature has passed a bill to reform the state's civil asset forfeiture procedures, a statute by which law enforcement can seize property used in the commission of a crime.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Unions file another lawsuit to toss Act 10
Many times could be the charm as two more unions are going to court to try and overturn the state's 2011 Act 10, which effectively ended collective bargaining for most state public employees. (subscriber access)
Friday, March 2, 2018

Bill targets coercive strings attached to federal funding
A bill before the state Legislature is taking aim at what the bill's author says is coercive federal funding, or restrictive conditions attached to so-called 'free' federal dollars, by establishing a mechanism for transparency to ensure those conditions are publicized and reviewed.(subscriber access)
Tuesday, February 27, 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

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

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