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  • 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>

  • Johnson: Obama already lost the Iran nuclear negotiation
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, isn't just skeptical of ongoing negotiations between the West and Iran to curb Tehran's nuclear program, he's convinced they've already failed. "President Obama lost this negotiation even before he started," the Oshkosh Republican told a WisPolitics.com DC break... <more>

  • Affordable Care Act driving changes in health care landscape
    MILWAUKEE -- The 5-year-old Affordable Care Act isn't moving the United States toward a 100-percent, government-run national health care system, but it is driving big changes in the industry, panelists at a WisBusiness.com forum agreed this week. WEA Trust's Mark Moody pointed out that health ca... <more>

  • EPA rep, energy regulator clash on impact of agency's anti-carbon rules
    In a preview of an expected legal battle, President Obama's regional environmental officer and Gov. Scott Walker's public utility chair clashed over the economic impact of coming EPA regulations affecting carbon pollution from state power plants. Susan Hedman, EPA's Midwest chief, and Ellen Nowak,... <more>

  • Lovell: Marquette invested in neighborhood development
    Marquette University's latest attempt to develop its neighborhood is a partnership with 15 other anchors in Milwaukee's Avenues West corridor. The nonprofit group, called Near Westside Partners Inc., includes such neighborhood giants as Harley-Davidson Motor Co., MillerCoors and Potawatomi Hote... <more>

  • Franklin: Peaking too early can be a problem in presidential nomination process
    Gov. Scott Walker may be flying high in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign contest, but can he sustain it? Just days before Walker suggested dealing with protesters had prepared him for taking on terrorists from the self-proclaimed Islamic State during a speech at the annual CPAC o... <more>

  • Kooyenga, Taylor spar over charter school support
    State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, on Thursday accused Wisconsin Democrats of failing to support charter schools, even as Dems nationally embrace the concept. Kooyenga made the comments in a joint appearance with state Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, at a WisPolitics luncheon forum in Milwau... <more>

  • GOP legislative knocks on Walker's budget not extraordinary, speakers say
    With Republican legislative leaders publicly disagreeing with key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget plan, some budget watchers think there could be a greater divide between the governor and GOP caucuses than in previous cycles. Republican leaders from both houses have voiced concerns ... <more>

  • Conservative views rule in 20th SD primary race
    No matter how the race to fill the vacant 20th SD seat shakes out, it appears Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald can count on a reliable vote for two of his legislative priorities: right-to-work and changing the state's prevailing wage law for public works projects. Three Republicans are vy... <more>

  • Cross says UW flexibility won't offset $300 million in cuts over two years
    UW System President Ray Cross says flexibilities proposed in Gov. Scott Walker's upcoming budget plan won't create enough savings to overcome the guv's $300 million in cuts over two years. Cross said the flexibilities will create savings in areas like procurement and construction and through th... <more>

  • Congressional Republicans need to prove themselves, DC panelists say
    Now that Republicans control Congress, they have to prove they can govern effectively, three Wisconsin politicos with deep D.C. experience agreed this week. The message voters sent in November was that they "want doers," not necessarily Republicans, former longtime 3rd District Rep. Steve Gunders... <more>

  • Schutt to stay as chief of staff, providing stability as Walker explores prez bid
    Eric Schutt, who took over as Gov. Scott Walker's chief of staff in October 2011, said he has decided to stay on for the "foreseeable future." "There's a lot to get done in his second term, and I see myself being part of it a good part of that second term," Schutt told WisPolitics.com this week.... <more>

  • Van Hollen praises DOJ’s defense of 'rule of law’ despite voter ID, gay marriage ban setbacks
    The final year of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's tenure leading the state Department of Justice has been headlined by setbacks in two of the most high-profile issues to land in a courtroom. The state's 2011 voter identification law remains shelved indefinitely following the intervention of the... <more>

  • Post-election party features Politco reporter, top legislators, 'Rising Stock' awards
    Mike Allen, Politico's chief White House correspondent, suggested Gov. Scott Walker would run for president while Congressman Paul Ryan would bide his time. "You have Governor Walker, who has a fantastic story to tell, a Republican Legislature -- so he's going to be able to get more done -- and com... <more>

  • Johnson: National environment mirrors 2010 -- but not in Wisconsin
    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's campaign counts 15 events he's done for legislative candidates this fall, three for those running statewide, five for Wisconsin congressional candidates and nine for U.S. Senate candidates around the country. While he senses a divided Wisconsin that's contributing to a tigh... <more>

  • Chvala and Kanavas debate gender gap
    Former GOP state Sen. Ted Kanavas declared that single women pose a problem for the Republican party nationally, but says married women "are more accepting" of Republican messages. His comments followed former Dem state Sen. Chuck Chvala's assertion that "the Republican party, nationally and in Wi... <more>


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