CHARGE IT: Wisconsin lawmakers charged taxpayers $140,370 for subscriptions to newspapers and online news services in FY 2013.

Wisconsin’s top headlines – April 21

Published on: April 21, 2017
Photo courtesy of Flickr.FRESH INK: Tennessee's four largest newspapers seem preoccupied only with out-of-state money going to right-of-center groups in Tennessee.

Wisconsin’s top headlines: April 20

Published on: April 20, 2017

Wisconsin’s top headlines – April 18

Published on: April 18, 2017

UW-Platteville whistleblower professor fighting on

Published on: April 13, 2017

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Shutterstock ImageTAXPAYERS BURNED: Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $2 million for a police officer on paid suspension.

Treasurer: ‘Glaring example of stupidity’ to cost taxpayers $90 million in rent payments

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Over the 20-year life of the lease, total rent payments on the Department of Corrections building are expected to hit $90 million.
Published on: April 5, 2017
AP file photoTHIS IS WHAT SOCIALISM LOOKS LIKE: Here's a spoiler alert: Medicaid expansion is paid for by taxpayers somewhere.

Commentary: Refusing Medicaid expansion frustrates dependency democracy crowd

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The money didn’t just magically appear on the table. It was taken from taxpayers everywhere.
Published on: April 6, 2017

Voters choose Evers, $464.7 million in new bonding for schools

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Voters re-elected Tony Evers for Superintendent of Public Instruction and to raise taxes and borrowing in school referendums.
Published on: April 6, 2017
AP file photoSEEKING JUSTICE: President Donald Trump introduces appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Filibusters and a so-called 'nuclear option' loom before Gorsuch's confirmation vote this week.

Schimel receives an attaboy as Senate’s Gorsuch war intensifies

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RAGA is making a digital ad buy in Wisconsin saluting Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for his support of would-be Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Published on: April 5, 2017

SSA whistleblowers ask, where’s the justice?

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Amid multiple federal investigations last fall, two top administrators for the Chicago region said they would be stepping down. They haven't.
Published on: April 5, 2017
Photo by Roger Burton.REMOVED: Professor Sabina Burton looks on as UW-Platteville Police Chief Joe Hallman signs off on Burton’s return of her office keys. In January, Burton was ordered to clean out her campus office. Now the chancellor who she accuses of retaliation is moving to fire her.

UW-Platteville chancellor prepares to fire whistleblower professor

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UW-Platteville Associate Professor Sabina Burton on Thursday received a letter from Chancellor Dennis Shields advising her that he has “found just cause” to dismiss her.
Published on: April 3, 2017
Photo by IndivisibleINDIVISIBLE INDIGNATION: While the left-wing 'resistance' movement known as Indivisible doesn't like to be described as 'scripted,' some of its members are complaining about the script.

‘Spontaneous’ left-wing group with scripts hates being described as ‘scripted’

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“Well I have lots of HOPE. I believe in Obama and I believe in US. We just have to be logical and how we help Jim see our position,” the Indivisible member wrote.
Published on: April 4, 2017
AP file photoGREEN PROSECUTION: A coalition of Democrat state attorneys general a year ago announced a campaign to investigate so-called 'climate change deniers.' Former Vice President Al Gore was on hand to applaud the effort.

First Amendment rights still in peril following climate-change probes

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute was caught in the crosshairs of an aggressive prosecutorial campaign led by climate change zealots in state attorneys general offices.
Published on: March 30, 2017
Photo by Findgrave.comVICTIMS' RIGHTS: – Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Her death spawned a national Victim's Bill of Rights movement, now coming to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin AG, lawmakers seek victims’ Bill of Rights amendment

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“Marsy’s Law for All seeks to amend state constitutions that don’t offer protections to crime victims."
Published on: April 4, 2017

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Photo contributedA WHISTLEBLOWER'S STORY: Social Security Administration employee and federal whistleblower Machelle Keller says her health has rapidly declined since she first brought allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse to light.

A whistleblower’s story: Paying the price for shining a light

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“I’m so tired of it. I don’t know how much more I can take,” the Social Security Administration employee said.
Published on: March 8, 2017

Assembly passes state treasurer amendment, issue goes to voters

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The proposal to eliminate the position of state treasurer goes to referendum in April 2018.
Published on: March 10, 2017
Photo by politicalpoint.netCALLING ALL STATES: State Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, says his bill calling for Wisconsin to join a convention of states to discuss a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. constitution is moving forward.

Article V balanced budget resolution working way through Legislature

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“We’re excited about it. We’ve got a good list of cosponsors so it looks pretty good for this resolution to go through,” Kapenga said.
Published on: March 6, 2017

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ohio dairy sues Wisconsin over butter dispute An Ohio-based dairy has sued the state of Wisconsin over its ban on the sale of ungraded butter. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, for the Western District of Wisconsin, Minerva Dairy argues that the ban is an anti-competitive restriction that protects Wisconsin […]

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Green Bay Press-Gazette: County arena proposal concerns lawmakers GREEN BAY – Some Brown County lawmakers are raising concerns about a multimillion-dollar proposal to replace the aging Veterans Memorial Arena and upgrade a neighboring exhibition hall. A briefing about the proposal Wednesday lasted more than an hour as a half dozen lawmakers raised issues ranging from costs to […]

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Obamacare repeal-and-replace efforts revived

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Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are gaining new momentum in Washington D.C. weeks after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pulled a replacement bill from the floor after it failed to gain enough Republican support. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he has been asked by the White House to revive plans to change the nation’s health […]

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Wisconsin’s top headlines – April 18

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President Trump’s in Wisconsin Tuesday, technology jobs are growing in the state and more headlines from around Wisconsin. CNN: Trump to push ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy at Wisconsin visit President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” rhetoric of his campaign. The order […]

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Not-so-free speech: Don’t call a cop an ‘a-hole’ in Hammond, Wisconsin

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“People need to watch the police. Don’t be afraid of the police or the government. They serve us, not the other way around.”

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UW-Platteville whistleblower professor fighting on

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“I wasn’t willing to give up my integrity and forego the safety of our students for the carrot they offered,” Burton wrote.

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