AP photoHONEST ABE: A statue of Abraham Lincoln sits directly in front of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where Chancellor Rebecca Blank's office is located. UW officials plan to hike tuition on out-of-state students and students in certain professional programs in the upcoming years in light of the state budget cuts.

Don’t want to pay for ‘Sex Out Loud?’ Walker’s budget offers opt-out on student fees

Published on: March 28, 2017
NEW WAR ON DRUGS? Lawmaker suggests Western Europe could hold the solution to Vermont's drug crisis

Liberal, conservative groups unite against Pennsylvania mandatory minimums

Published on: March 27, 2017
Shutterstock ImageBLIND INJUSTICE: Our laws are being misinterpreted and bastardized to advance a progressive agenda, and it begins at the local level, writes William Haupt III.

Attorney’s group calls for due process in campus sexual assault investigations

Published on: March 27, 2017

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SIGN OF THE TIMES: Republican Gov. Phil Scott signs controversial immigration bill S.79 on Tuesday.

Gov. Scott signs immigration bill despite legal concerns, federal funding threats

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Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday signed an immigration bill that could cause the federal government to designate Vermont as a sanctuary jurisdiction.
Published on: March 28, 2017
President Donald Trump signs the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) executive order, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room in the White House in Washington, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which expands the number of waterways that are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump purges Obama’s ‘blacklisting’ rule

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Critics said the rule was overly expensive and deprived potential contractors of due process rights.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Photo by UW-Platteville'SABOTAGED': UW-Platteville professor Sabina Burton says her attorney failed to include broader evidence of retaliation in her civil rights case. She lost her appeal earlier this month, and alleges big-union attorney Timothy Hawks "sabotaged" her case because of her appeal to Gov. Scott Walker.

UW-P professor blames union attorney with political ax to grind for appeals court loss

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“Burton’s problem is that she did not make these broad arguments to the district court,” the 7th Circuit ruling states in a recent ruling.
Published on: March 27, 2017
PACKING THEM IN: Without additional taxes, the Philadelphia School District might have classes of 40 students next year - or it might not open its doors at all - according to district and city officials.

Contract negotiations underway for Jefferson County charter takeover

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Somerset Academy has a record of raising the achievement levels of poor minority students. Will it work in Jefferson County?
Published on: March 27, 2017
MORE OVERSIGHT: State. Sen. David Craig, R-Town of Vernon, is circulating a bill that would bring an inspector general to the troubled state Department of Transportation.

Report: Pennsylvania illegally funded police with more than $222 million of highway money

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Pennsylvania violated its state constitution last fiscal year by diverting more than $222.2 million away from state roads and giving it to the state police.
Published on: March 24, 2017

Wisconsin family awaits Supreme Court ruling in property-rights case

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The United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a property rights case that has plagued a Wisconsin family since 2004.
Published on: March 24, 2017

Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies

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Anti-smoking nannies have pushed their crusade further and further, and in California they’re increasingly reaching into peoples’ lives. Next up? They’re trying to prohibit smoking inside your own home.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Parents, students and administrators take part in a rally in support of school choice, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin , Texas. Past voucher programs seeking to provide public money to families who send their children to private and religious schools have sailed through the state Senate but fizzled in the House, where lawmakers from both parties worry about hurting rural classrooms _ but rally organizers are hoping that added political pressure could change that this session. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

School choice proponents hope for a ‘grand bargain’

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“There are people who want more money for schools, but only if there’s something for parents," says former school lobbyist Allan Parker.
Published on: March 24, 2017
AP file photosGOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Wisconsin continues to see monthly job growth and business expansion announcements. That's good news for the economy and Gov. Scott Walker. Not so good for the partisans hoping that he fails.

400 new jobs, low unemployment bad news for Walker foes

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Candy-maker Haribo plans to spend $242 million building a plant in Kenosha County in an economic development deal expected to create 400 jobs/
Published on: March 23, 2017

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Shutterstock ImageGOVERNMENT HACKS: States could be making the same mistakes that the federal government made when setting up cybersecurity protocols.

Vermont seeking recourse in Joblink employment cyber attack

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Vermont may seek legal recourse against America’s Joblink Alliance after job-seekers and the Vermont Department of Labor were affected by the firm's data breach.
Published on: March 24, 2017
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EPA cuts could push environmental activists, regulators to reconsider priorities

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President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent will force Vermont’s green energy groups to rethink how to tackle Vermont’s various environmental challenges.
Published on: March 23, 2017

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out

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A lawsuit argues that President Obama's creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.
Published on: March 24, 2017