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Controversy defined Schimel's first term

December 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

REPUBLICAN Attorney General Brad Schimel has spent the last year picking the controversial issues on which he will base his campaign for a second term.The former Waukesha County district attorney isn't in the media-frenzy orbits of Presiden...

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Republican tax wager is worth the gamble

December 08, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - The Republicans' tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation's shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience m...

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On Moore, power trumps character

December 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The closer election day comes, the looser the interpretation of right and wrong.IT IS A STUNNING turn of events, as the national Republican Party cast caution to the wind and embraced accused juvenile sex predator Roy Moore for the Alabama ...

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Sex plays a role in chemistry at Capitol

December 06, 2017 at 6:55 am

ABOUT 20 years ago, a UW-Madison student with a part-time job as a state Senate messenger asked to talk to her instructor after class.She said she was at her Capitol job when one of the most powerful senators, knowing she was working, calle...

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Capitol Report Electronic voting for in-person absentee ballots

December 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

A bill that would let voters casting in-person absentee ballots use an electronic voting machine is getting widespread support from municipal clerks, who argue the change would reduce costs while increasing public confidence. Currently, tho...

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Your Right to Know Many schools fail test on open records

December 06, 2017 at 6:55 am

State law makes nearly all governmental records open to inspection and copying, and requires custodians to release records "as soon as possible and without delay."So how are they doing?Recently, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty...

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Guest commentary The day President Trump lost his cover

December 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Dec. 1, 2017, will be remembered as the day when the vast majority of Americans fully grasped the consequences of the 2016 elections. They installed a man in the White House "likely to be under investigation for criminality for...

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A stain on the character of conservatism

December 01, 2017 at 4:00 pm

THERE'S an old saying among reporters: "If your mom says she loves you, get a second source."I always thought it was just a laugh line.Even though we journalists do the kind of work that requires us to be professional skeptics, most people ...

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Impeach Trump? Top Dems say it's too soon

November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

BILLIONAIRE Tom Steyer was outraged that Fox News stopped running his ads that call for the impeachment of the network's most famous fan, President Donald Trump.Fox claims the ads received "strong negative reaction" from viewers. That's not...

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Guest commentary How to protect against 'fake' facts

November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Amid the slithering mess of problems that emerged in 2017, the one that bothers me most is that people don't seem to know what's true anymore. "Facts" this year got put in quotation marks. All the other political difficulties o...

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