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  • Where are the now? Cate Zeuske
    THEN: State Treasurer, Republican state legislator, Revenue Secretary under Gov. Tommy Thompson, president of Forward Wisconsin, the state's former Economic Development Marketing Agency, and deputy of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. NOW: Deputy director of the Wisc... <more>

  • WEDC's Braun: Look beyond jobs to gauge agency's effect
    WEDC officials heard calls from Dems last week to end the agency, but a top WEDC leader says they’ve turned the agency around and hope to earn “the respect that we believe we deserve.” “We all feel like we’re right there [and] poised to be the economic development organization that everyone will b... <more>

  • Schimel's open government push goes a step further
    Attorney General Brad Schimel, in the midst of his ninth month on the job, initially sidestepped questions this week about whether lawmakers' communications with constituents should be shielded from the open records law. The former Waukesha County DA finally did say he favors "openness in governme... <more>

  • ‘Something to build upon,’ Badger says of revamped AFSCME
    This Labor Day, Rick Badger sees reasons for optimism despite a political environment that has decimated AFSCME’s power, cut its membership and forced it to merge three councils into one. The new executive director of AFSCME’s Unified Council 32 says he can’t yet pinpoint the exact number of memb... <more>

  • Schutt says 'nothing left in the bucket' as he exits chief of staff post
    As Eric Schutt considered whether to continue as Gov. Scott Walker's chief of staff, he kept going back to his something his son Matthew said. The boy pointed out he was in first grade when Schutt started working for Walker. If Schutt stayed through the end of the guv's second term, his son would ... <more>

  • Ground game a focus for new state GOP exec
    Mike Duffey got his start in politics as an intern in Scott Walker's old state Assembly office. He'll now be part of the effort to build a ground game in Wisconsin for 2016 that could help the guv in his pursuit of the presidency. Duffey, a 2001 graduate of UW-Madison, has returned to his home... <more>

  • Wiley says top-three finishes in early states would sustain Walker campaign
    A win, place or show in the first four presidential primary states would be good enough to punch Gov. Scott Walker's ticket to the second round of the GOP nomination fight, his campaign manager said. That second round, in many ways, is the money round for candidates. If they can get a strong sh... <more>

  • Will Abele controversies turn into political winners?
    Chris Abele doesn't have an announced re-election opponent for next spring. Not yet. Judging by some of the hostile questioning he got at a Thursday WisPolitics.com luncheon in Milwaukee, some might think he could be earning a spring 2016 opponent from the left via a trio of controversies: t... <more>

  • Bucks arena, prevailing wage, roads driving 33rd SD Republican primary debate
    All three GOP candidates in the 33rd SD can agree on the Bucks arena proposal and prevailing wage: Each would vote against the present deal, and each wants full repeal. Their reasons vary, but Brian Dorow, Chris Kapenga and Mikael Langner said the revised Bucks proposal, as presented by Gov. Sco... <more>

  • Tate: Walker lacks moral compass but don't underestimate him
    Mike Tate's distaste for Scott Walker's politics is clear, but the outgoing Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair dug deeper with his criticism, saying the governor lacks a moral compass. Tate compared Walker to prominent Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, of Janesville; Assembly Speaker Rob... <more>

  • Milwaukee, Madison chancellors cautiously optimistic on UW System funding, autonomy
    UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone said that prior to last week's release of revenue projections, he was "guardedly optimistic" about seeing a reduction to the $300 million in cuts Walker proposed to the UW System. During a WisPolitics luncheon in Milwaukee yesterday, Mone said he's not sure if leg... <more>

  • State GOP chair: Winning 2016 electoral votes would take care of 'unfinished business'
    State GOP Chair Brad Courtney says the road to the presidency runs through Wisconsin. And that's not just because of who the nominee may be. As Republicans prepare to gather in La Crosse for their annual convention, the GOP is enjoying one of its strongest holds on power in Wisconsin in decad... <more>

  • Kastenmeier hailed as a legislative giant
    "Bob deserves this moment," former Rep. David Obey said of the late Bob Kastenmeier during a memorial for the former long-time Democratic congressman who represented the Madison area for 32 years. "His demeanor was restrained but his determination was dogged," Obey eulogized as he noted that his fr... <more>

  • Ryan reflects on Baltimore riots, trade and transpo fix
    House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan says the unrest in Baltimore is further evidence that the U.S. has lost the "War on Poverty." "We need a solutions-based focus to fix these neighborhoods," the former GOP vice presidential nominee said, adding that clearly the current approach isn't working. To... <more>

  • Obey, Petri advocate for empowering committee chairs
    Having spent their careers on opposite sides of the aisle, former Congressmen Dave Obey and Tom Petri have found common ground in arguing the power shift toward party leadership is unhealthy. The two say the leaders of committees, both at the federal and state levels, used to hold more power and ... <more>

  • Pocan wary of Obama's international trade plan
    If Congressman Mark Pocan had his way, he would tap the brakes on President Barack Obama's far-reaching multinational trade pact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership involves nine countries, including the U.S., and is designed to, among other things, promote innovation, economic growth and job creati... <more>

  • State Medicaid director says proposed changes meant to improve health care quality
    Kevin Moore, the state's new Medicaid director, says the Walker administration's proposed changes to programs like FamilyCare and IRIS were meant to improve coordination across the services offered to improve the quality of care. He said in a new WisPolitics.com interview that means trying to ma... <more>

  • Bradley says Daley misunderstands role of Supreme Court justice
    Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley said she has a very different vision of a justice's role than James Daley, her opponent in the April 7 election. In an interview with WisPolitics.com, she cited a radio ad Daley has run accusing her of being an activist who "has consistently used her position... <more>

  • Daley insists he wouldn't be rubber stamp for GOP agenda, but will 'stay in lane'
    James Daley, who has been a Rock County Circuit Court judge for more than 25 years, said he is not sending signals in this campaign that he would back Gov. Scott Walker's agenda if elected to the Supreme Court, but the courts "must stay in our lanes." Daley said his radio ad knocking incumbent Jus... <more>

  • Experts divided on fallout from potential Supreme Court decision on Affordable Care Act
    MADISON -- Health care industry experts are divided on what will happen if the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer that Affordable Care Act subsidies affecting tens of thousands of Wisconsinites are illegal. One expert at a WisBusiness.com forum "Assessing the ACA" yesterday in Madison said Cong... <more>


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