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  • 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>

  • Closing skills gap atop Walker's 2016 list
    Gov. Scott Walker says the big "to do" on his list for 2016 is matching workers with the skills they need to fill open jobs in Wisconsin by getting "more people off the sidelines and into the game." He also told WisPolitics.com his State of the State address Jan. 19 will touch on addressing student ... <more>

  • Sensenbrenner says Rubio using ‘McCarthyism’ in NSA records collection debate
    U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner accused Marco Rubio of "McCarthyism" as the GOP hopeful has ramped up criticism of the USA Freedom Act co-authored by the longtime Wisconsin congressman. That includes Rubio's suggestion ISIS would have supported the bill, a comment Sensenbrenner said he resents. "I don't... <more>

  • Where are they now? Roth Judd
    Roth Judd knows how to logroll -- the sport, not the felony. The man who headed the Wisconsin Ethics Board for more than 30 years doesn't actually compete -- he judges logrolling events and holds judging clinics. Judd left the State Ethics Board in 2008 when the ethics and elections boards were ... <more>

  • WisPolitics.com 15th anniversary event: Chuck Todd sees long GOP prez fight
    Republican nomination fight could go all the way to Cleveland, 'Meet the Press' moderator says See more pictures from the event... <more>

  • Kloppenburg focused on Supreme Court's integrity in second run for a seat
    JoAnne Kloppenburg is making her 2016 bid for the Supreme Court with an improved resume compared to the one she had in 2011, when she lost a close race with Justice David Prosser. But she says she's running for the same reason -- to maintain the integrity of the high court. "I am building on tha... <more>

  • Supreme Court candidate Covelli: Election process for Supreme Court undermines independence
    Many see a lack of judicial experience as a hurdle for anyone seeking a spot on the state Supreme Court. Claude Covelli insists it's a strength. The longtime Madison attorney says his background, which includes defending insurance companies in personal injury cases as well as lawyers and doctors... <more>

  • Supreme Court candidate Donald: High court has 'credibility problem'
    Supreme Court candidate Joe Donald says the John Doe II ruling justices handed down this summer has contributed to a "credibility problem" for the high court because of citizen concerns the case was improperly handled. The Milwaukee County judge says in a new WisPolitics.com interview some justic... <more>

  • Ryan says 'two-week conversion' led him to speaker's post
    Rep. Paul Ryan may be speaker of the House now, but he's "still Paul Ryan, living in Janesville," he told Wisconsin reporters today. He said his newest job isn't "all that different than other responsibilities" he's assumed since first taking office in 1999 at the age of 28. As chairman of the Budg... <more>

  • Where are they now? David Helbach
    THEN: A Democrat from Stevens Point, Helbach served 16 years in Wisconsin's Legislature, including four years in the Assembly and 12 years in the Senate. He rose to Senate majority leader from 1991 to 1993. NOW: Retired, with focus on travel and his three grandchildren. Helbach, who will be 67 ... <more>

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