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  • 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>

  • 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>


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