Paul is a policy reporter for focused on the state of Wisconsin. He joined Watchdog in 2013 as an Iowa bureau chief. Previously, Paul spent much of his career writing for alternative weekly newspapers in California including OC Weekly and LA CityBeat. Paul can be reached by email at

Waiver will allow Amish family to keep house, hold strong to beliefs

By   /  November 20, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A state issued waiver will keep a Eau Claire County Amish family from being evicted from their home. They were facing eviction for not following the UDC.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mentions petition to remove Milwaukee DA — finally

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


Better late than never seems to be the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s attitude to reporting on an effort to oust Milwaukee DA John Chisholm.

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Court will choose ‘the real boss’ when it comes to education rules in Wisconsin

By   /  November 18, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday about who is “the real boss” when it comes to setting rule for education in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin city finally giving all private school students a seat on the bus

By   /  November 16, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Racine Unified School District is changing its busing policy and will no longer discriminate against certain families whose kids attend private schools.

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Walker, Bush visit charter school; manage to avoid a couple 800-pound gorillas

By   /  November 10, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s visit to La Casa de Esperanza on Monday afternoon was notable for what wasn’t said. La Casa, which has been helping children for 50 years, couldn’t open its charter school until state law was changed.

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Milwaukee finds new way to delay selling empty school buildings

By   /  November 2, 2015  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Milwaukee claims a new state law intended to make the city sell its many surplus school buildings is preventing it from offering those buildings for sale.

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