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DRUG CRISIS: Opioid abuse in Vermont has increased tenfold since the year 2000.

Wisconsin Medicaid panel decides to keep Suboxone on its preferred list

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WISCONSIN – Suboxone, a medication that aids in the recovery of opiate addiction, will remain a preferred Medicaid-covered drug in Wisconsin despite complaints from state jail officials that it’s too easy to smuggle into prisons because of its film form. A state Medicaid pharmacy committee decided this week to add a pill form of the drug to its preferred […]
Published on: May 12, 2017

REINS Act headed to Wisconsin Assembly for a vote

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Wisconsin is one step closer to reining in regulatory rules and putting the power back into the hands of the people they elected to make the decisions. On April 26, the Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection recommended the passage of the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act. The […]
Published on: April 28, 2017

Wisconsin community banks hopeful for Dodd-Frank rollback

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The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was sold as a way to rein in a freewheeling Wall Street, but Wisconsin bankers say the law has burdened community banks to the point of accelerating mergers and consolidation. “2016 saw a significant jump in merger activity here in Wisconsin,” Rose Oswald Poels, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association […]
Published on: April 24, 2017
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Coal mining is the biggest U.S. energy employer.

Congressional plan for coal miner health care bailout begs question: Who’s next?

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Republican members of Congress face a dilemma, particularly those from coal-mining states. As Congress considers a $1.3 billion bailout of health benefits for retired union coal miners, they must weigh the arguments for and against such federal bailouts.   “My district has more United Mine Workers members than any other Congressional district in the nation,”Congressman Mike […]
Published on: May 3, 2017
.OOPS! Turns out Gov. Scott Walker is not at the center of some sinister "criminal scheme." A John Doe prosecutor is force to correct the record Thursday.

Wisconsin in focus: U.S.-Canada trade battle heats up

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: U.S. slaps Canada with tariffs on lumber A week after President Donald Trump called Canada a “disgrace” for policies that hurt Wisconsin dairy farmers, he’s slapping tariffs on Canadian lumber. “It has been a bad week for US-Canada trade relations,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday. The tariffs, of up to […]
Published on: April 26, 2017

Guest Voice: How the New York Times misrepresents the U.S. Supreme Court

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A recent New York Times story, titled “A Polarized Supreme Court, Growing More So,” illustrates how left-of-center media distort perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The story’s problems begin with the lead paragraph’s assertion that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment is “a conservative replacing another conservative.” What the Times probably intended to say is that the […]
Published on: May 6, 2017

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.
Published on: April 13, 2017
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

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 […]
Published on: April 18, 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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Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefit

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefit Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.Republicans on the […]

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McCaleb: Public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“In a world full of lies, the most dangerous ones are those we tell ourselves.”  ― Diana B. Henriques HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques’ book “The Wizard of Lies,” the film (and book) tells the chilling tale of Madoff’s fraudulent investment scheme in which more than […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Milwaukee’s population declines while Madison and surrounding areas continue to grow

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee’s population declines while Madison and surrounding areas continue to grow The City of Milwaukee’s population declined by 4,366 people from 2015 to 2016, erasing much of the slow but steady gains the city experienced since 2010, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. For the first part of […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Gov. Scott Walker tweets he’ll veto state budget if it raises property taxes

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker tweets he’ll veto state budget, if it raised property taxes Gov. Scott Walker, in another sign of escalating tension with fellow Republicans who control the Legislature, vowed Monday to take the unprecedented step of vetoing the entire $76 billion state budget if it raises property taxes on homeowners. Walker issued […]

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Colorado in focus: In Colorado, gas line damage from digging happens as often as four times a day. Getting punished for it is much more rare.

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The Denver Post: In Colorado, gas line damage from digging happens as often as four times a day. Getting punished for it is much more rare. Nearly four times a day in Colorado, developers, homeowners or builders hit gas pipelines while excavating or digging into the ground, sometimes with deadly consequences such as the fatal […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Lawmaker upset possible bailout of UW-Oshkosh Foundation could cost taxpayers

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Lawmaker upset possible bailout of UW-Oshkosh Foundation could cost taxpayers Worried that student scholarships and other support for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh could be at risk, a settlement that could cost state taxpayers millions of dollars is being discussed to protect assets in the university’s beleaguered private foundation. A state senator warned Thursday such a “bailout” could have implications […]

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