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2015-02-19

Walker signals support for right-to-work bill

After saying for months that taking up right-to-work legislation would be a distraction from other priorities facing Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker’s staff indicated this morning that he will sign legislation if it makes it to his desk. Republican leaders announced…

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Wisconsin GOP files ethics compaint against Senator Tammy Baldwin

The State Republican Party has filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), saying she acted improperly in offering a severance package to a former aide. Marquette Baylor rejected the deal, which reportedly offered an undisclosed amount of…

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Bill would require more frequent vision checks for older drivers

A state lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation which would require more frequent vision testing for older drivers in Wisconsin. State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) said he was in the process of having the bill drafted even before video of a…

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Wisconsin Republican leaders plan to push for vote on right-to-work

In a surprise move, Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature have announced they plan to introduce right-to-work legislation and pass it through the state Senate by as early as the end of next week. State Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald…

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Wisconsin keeping Drug Takeback Program going

A popular drug takeback program will continue operating in Wisconsin, even though the federal Drug Enforcement Agency has ended support for the effort. Newly-elected Attorney General Brad Schimel says the highly successful program is too important to let die. “In…

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Kenosha casino fight could end up in court

Now that the deadline has passed for a decision on the Menominee Tribe’s proposed off-reservation casino in Kenosha, one expert says the battle could move to the court system. Governor Scott Walker rejected the $800 million casino project last month,…

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Wisconsin dairy farm’s license suspended over raw milk disease outbreak

State officials have suspended the license of a Pepin County dairy farm that supplied the raw milk tied to an outbreak that sickened 32 people last fall. The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection says Roland and Diana Reed…

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DPI concerned about ‘new pathway’ to teaching license

Governor Scott Walker wants to give someone with real life experience the option to pass a competency test and get a teaching license, though not everyone is on board. Tammy Huth is Director of Teacher Education at the Department of…

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Walmart will increase wages

Walmart has announced it’s increasing its base wage to 10 dollars an hour over the next year. The retailer’s plan would boost the rate to 9 dollars an hour by April, and 10 dollars by next February. Lawrence University economics…

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Budget co-chairs critical of UW-Madison chancellor

Recent comments about the state budget by University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank are drawing criticism from two top Republicans in the Legislature. Blank held a series of meetings last week on the Madison campus, where she criticized a proposed…

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AG Schimel shifts focus of Wisconsin anti-drug effort

Look for a slight change in the focus of Wisconsin’s anti-drug campaign. Attorney General Brad Schimel says his predecessor, J.B. Van Hollen, did a wonderful job with “The Fly Effect” campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of heroin. However,…

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Report details spending by Wisconsin lobbyists

A new report shows lobbying groups spent $57.5 million dollars during the last two year session of the Legislature trying to influence lawmakers’ decisions. The report from the state Government Accountability Board shows 743 groups and 685 licensed individual lobbyists…

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