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‘Rewind’: Assembly GOP transpo plan; state budget update

On this week's episode, WisPolitics.com's JR Ross and WisconsinEye's Steve Walters discuss the transportation package, high-capacity wells and Joint Finance Committee votes on the governor's budget.

‘Rewind’: JFC backs Medicaid, food stamp reforms; Walker’s budget wins and losses

WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters and WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross looked back on the week in politics in Wisconsin.

‘Rewind’: Plans for ageing state prisons; sex offender placement; WEDC audit

WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters and WisPolitics.com editor JR Ross talk about the biggest stories of the week as they relate to Wisconsin state government.

‘Rewind’: Self insurance, transportation, state GOP convo

WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters and WisPolitics.com editor JR Ross review the week's biggest news stories in state government.

‘UpFront’: Kind knocks Trump over sharing classified information

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, says Congress needs assurances that President Trump will not again share classified information with people who aren't supposed...

‘UpFront’: McCabe says he’s likely to run for governor

Mike McCabe says a run for governor next year looks likely, and he expects to make an announcement sometime after Labor Day. More than 200...

‘UpFront’: Vos confident agreement can be reached on transportation

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he's confident an agreement can be reached on the transportation budget, but the end result may be neither side...

‘UpFront’: Walker expresses support for GOP campus speech bill

Gov. Scott Walker expressed support for a bill that calls for suspending or expelling students who disrupt free speech on college campuses. "To me, a...

Adamczyk asks convo attendees to make him last state treasurer

This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See the rest of our coverage here. State Treasurer Matt...

Bill to eliminate personal property tax sees support at public hearing

A bill that would eliminate the state's personal property tax starting next year was largely supported Wednesday in a public hearing, where backers touted...

Bill would require periodic reviews of administrative rules

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke says his new bill aimed at setting up periodic reviews of administrative rules would help lawmakers avoid the "logistical...

Clarke says he’s headed to DHS, Walker to pick replacement

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who announced in a radio interview today he's leaving his post to join the Trump administration, said he has several...

Competing version of campus speech bill would let schools set sanctions

The backers of two competing bills aimed at preventing the "heckler's veto" on college campuses disagree on which version is stronger. But liberal critics are...

Dem Rep. Subeck circulates bills to fight homelessness

One Dem lawmaker is circulating her own legislation to combat homelessness following the Assembly's passage of four GOP bills last week. Rep. Lisa Subeck,...

DOR memo highlights tax hikes in Kooyenga’s transportation plan

A Wisconsin driver who owns a typical sedan would pay $39 more in taxes on their fuel purchases annually, while the owner of an SUV would pay $54 more a year, under Rep. Dale Kooyenga's transportation and tax plan, according to a DOR memo.

GOP activists prefer Vukmir for U.S. Senate

Republican activists attending this weekend’s Wisconsin Republican Party convention prefer to see state Sen. Leah Vukmir as the party’s nominee next year to take...

GOP campus speech bill passes Assembly committee

A GOP-backed campus free speech bill passed the Assembly higher ed committee Tuesday, after a few heated debates and over Dem objections it would...

GOP convo kicks off with fish fry, dueling pianos

This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Scott Walker...

High-capacity wells bill heads to governor’s desk

The Assembly last night passed and sent to the guv on a 62-35 vote a bill that would loosen regulations of high-capacity wells. Also getting...

Joint Finance Committee approves drug testing for some Medicaid recipients

The Joint Finance Committee Thursday green-lighted Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to drug test Medicaid recipients, adopting a GOP motion that also left intact many...

Kleefisch: We need to bring it in 2018

This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See more coverage here. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said...

Kooyenga on ‘UpFront’: Assembly GOP transportation plan a ‘conversation starter’

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga says Wisconsin's transportation fund is a "complex problem" that requires a "complex solution." Kooyenga and Assembly Republicans last week issued a...

Kremer, Vos open to changes to campus speech bill

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday the free speech bill he co-authored looks to solve the "crisis on campus" of protesters shutting down controversial...

Nass warns against using state funds to ‘bail out’ UW-Oshkosh Foundation

Sen. Steve Nass clashed with the UW System Thursday on whether it's trying to use public funds to "bail out" the UW-Oshkosh Foundation. The UW...

New UW-Madison public policy center to be named after Thompson

Wisconsin Republicans Tuesday announced plans for a center at UW-Madison named after former Gov. Tommy Thompson, whose tenure was highlighted at an all-day symposium...

Potential guv candidates won’t address convention, but two will have hospitality suites

Two potential Dem guv candidates will have hospitality suites at next weekend's state convention, but none of them will have a speaking spot. State Dem...

Prevailing wage repeal supporters dispute study on impact of partial repeal

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and state Dems are seizing on a new study showing a jump in public works contracts to out-of-state companies...

Roth praises Fitzgerald for his early backing of Trump

This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See the rest of our coverage here. Senate President Roger...

Sale of public lands would fund merit-based scholarships for UW System students

High-achieving Wisconsin students would get $5,000 scholarships each year to attend UW System schools under a new bill two GOP lawmakers laid out Tuesday. The...

Schimel slams possible Dem opponent

This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See more coverage here. AG Brad Schimel slammed possible...

State GOP Chair Courtney: Republicans focused on beating Baldwin in 2018

Since becoming state GOP chair in 2011, Brad Courtney has seen Scott Walker become the first governor in U.S. history to fend off a...

State GOP convention kicks off today

Republicans are gathering in the Wisconsin Dells this weekend for their annual state convention, and state party chair Brad Courtney has declared a win...

Vos decries ‘plague of political correctness on college campuses’

This post is part of our coverage of the 2017 state GOP convention in Wisconsin Dells. See the rest of our coverage here. Assembly Speaker Robin...

Walker moves up his GOP convo speaking time to attend son’s graduation

Gov. Scott Walker will have his annual reception for GOP county chairs to open this weekend's state convention. He also has double duty with his...
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