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  • Feigin recognizes Bucks arena hurdles, remains optimistic
    Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin says he rode out the intense politics surrounding a proposed new arena in downtown Milwaukee by "playing dumb." But he fully understands the hurdles to creating a "best of class" sports facility and training center along with an exciting retail, office and resi... <more>

  • Miller, a Trump delegate, predicts easy win, minimal controversy for businessman
    Jim Miller isn't buying the predictions the GOP will roll into Cleveland embroiled in controversy and division over presumptive nominee Donald Trump. The Republican Party of Wisconsin's 7th CD chairman also doesn't agree with recent comments by Gov. Scott Walker that delegates should vote their cons... <more>

  • Politicos predict nasty election cycle will continue
    A pair of Politicos weighed in on a most extraordinary election season in D.C. last week. Jim VandeHei, Politico co-founder and a UW-Oshkosh grad who's forming a new media company, joined Politico star Mike Allen in assessing the presidential race, House Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional races Jun... <more>

  • Challenges to Evers taking shape
    Tony Evers' first announced opponent is calling the incumbent "politically impotent" thanks to what he says are two public stances the state superintendent took in the past six years. Germantown Superintendent Jeff Holmes, one of several candidates likely to run next spring, says Evers publicly back... <more>

  • State Dem Party Chair Laning expects smooth convention, Dems to unify in opposition to Trump
    Dem Party Chair Martha Laning isn't worried about this weekend's state convention looking like the chaos in Nevada earlier this month. And she isn't fretting about Dems being able to unite once the presidential primary finally ends. She says the party's transparent delegate selection process and... <more>

  • Party execs see different outcomes in swing-state status
    The executive directors of the state's Dem and GOP parties agree Wisconsin is a swing state. The direction of that swing, though, is a matter of debate between Dem Kory Kozloski and Republican Mike Duffey. The two party execs agreed on Wisconsin's swing-state status at the start of a WisPolitics... <more>

  • Nehlen says he likes his chances in primary against Ryan
    Delavan businessman Paul Nehlen says he has a "great path to victory" in his bid to unseat 1st CD Rep. Paul Ryan in an Aug. 9 primary. One reason for his confidence: Ryan's role as House speaker. Nehlen, 46, told WisPolitics.com this week that Ryan, R-Janesville, is much more in the open as speaker ... <more>

  • State GOP chair: Wisconsin Republicans 'taking care of business'
    State GOP Chair Brad Courtney says he believes Wisconsin is in a golden age of conservative and Republican politics. And he plans to deliver a message at next week's state convention that Republicans need to return sizable majorities in the state Legislature to let Gov. Scott Walker keep up the good... <more>

  • Russ Feingold: Term limits would make Washington worse
    Russ Feingold has some ideas for how to fix Washington -- but term limits is not one of them. Some tout the idea as a way to oust entrenched politicians who are no longer looking out for their districts. Others, though, warn that would give more power to congressional staff members and lobbyists who... <more>

  • WEAC will focus on school funding, not merger
    When WEAC's incoming president said a merger with the American Federation of Teachers was off the table, he set a course contrary to that of another public employee union in post-Act 10 Wisconsin. Declining rolls and resources, not to mention diminished bargaining power, led AFSCME to seek strength ... <more>

  • Where are they now? Tom Loftus
    Tom Loftus, who served eight years as speaker of a rambunctious state Assembly starting in 1983, has successfully transitioned from the Avenue Bar for lunch most Fridays to the Tip Top Tavern on North Street near the old Oscar Mayer plant in Madison. Loftus, who splits his time between Arizona and S... <more>

  • Kind not ready to commit on run for guv
    U.S. Rep. Ron Kind this says it's too "premature" to say whether he would run for governor in 2018. But the La Crosse Dem certainly didn't hold back in comparing his politics to that of Gov. Scott Walker's or in criticizing his decisions on a range of issues. Kind, speaking to a March 29 WisPolitics... <more>

  • Five years later, Act 10 still stirs emotions
    The emotions may have ebbed, but the disagreements over Act 10 can be just as sharp now as they were five years ago when the legislation became law. Those opposing views resurfaced between former Dem Sen. Tim Cullen, of Janesville, and conservative political strategist Brian Fraley, of Edge Messag... <more>

  • Baldwin to Republican colleagues: 'Do your job'
    U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin challenged majority Republicans to "do your job" on presidential judicial appointments. Baldwin, at a WisPolitics.com breakfast in DC this week, talked about Republicans' stand against considering President Obama's Supreme Court pick and his languishing appointment of Madis... <more>

  • Ribble offers straight talk on Trump, Congress, media
    Reid Ribble's penchant for straight talk is ticking up as he gets closer to his last day in Congress. The 8th District Republican recently announced he won't run for re-election. Appearing with Dem Rep. Mark Pocan at a WisPolitics.com breakfast in DC this week, the former roofing contractor knocked ... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com panel: Wisconsin April 5 open primary could be pivotal in presidential race
    WAUWATOSA -- Wisconsin's April 5 open primary could prove pivotal for the remaining presidential candidates, a panel of political experts told a WisPolitics.com luncheon on Feb. 11. Democratic pollster Paul Maslin predicted the Republican race would be down to three candidates by then and that th... <more>

  • Barry looking to enhance future of state's oldest agency
    Just weeks into his job with the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, Jonathan Barry is focused on the agency's future rather than the friction in its past. But the controversy that ultimately opened the door to Barry's becoming the board's executive secretary is still fresh, and he discussed ... <more>

  • Where are they now: Scott McCallum
    Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum still plays lunchtime basketball at the old Central YMCA in Madison. The group, which has been playing together for 40 years, is an example of what politics used to be, McCallum said. It's a sweaty mix of Democrats, Republicans, lobbyists and lawyers. Democr... <more>

  • PSC chair warns against rapid shift to renewables
    Public Service Commission Chairwoman Ellen Nowak cautions the state can't move to renewables too quickly. That's largely because energy utilities still would need to pay for the existing, often coal-fueled plants those energy sources would replace, potentially raising prices for consumers as util... <more>

  • Schimel raises idea of penalizing agencies that illegally destroy open records
    Attorney General Brad Schimel might seek statutory penalties for agencies that illegally destroy documents, a sign he's staying focused on open records as he starts his second year on the job. The AG brought up the idea during a WisPolitics.com interview Thursday. He also touched on several other ... <more>

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