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Your Right to Know Can courts exempt themselves from the law?

July 09, 2018 at 9:32 am

A few weeks back, while looking into a court case in Waukesha County, I went to the court's website seeking contact information. There were a few phone numbers but no email addresses. So I called one of the numbers and asked for the judge's...

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First school safety grants stir controversy

July 09, 2018 at 9:32 am

THE first school-safety grants from a $100 million fund approved by Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature don't provide enough mental health training and subsidize church-run schools, critics say.State Department of Justice (DOJ) records sh...

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Foxconn deal adds to political divides

July 02, 2018 at 10:03 am

WHILE the nation and Washington officials fight over immigration and how to treat the children of border-crossing immigrants, $4.5 billion in state and local tax breaks and other incentives for Foxconn's proposed Racine County manufacturing...

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Guest commentary To Trump voters, on why there's still concern

June 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

By John Rapp and Anita AndrewEven though the Trump administration has now issued an Executive Order stating that it will stop taking children and babies from their parents when they attempt to enter the United States along our southern bord...

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In November, cast your vote against the GOP

June 25, 2018 at 8:30 am

WASHINGTON -- Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, which was merely the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified somethin...

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Reasons why fascinating election year looms

June 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

WISCONSIN voters, now it gets interesting. Republicans ended Democrats' three-win run in special and Supreme Court elections by holding onto the 42nd Assembly District. Billboards blaming the governor for vehicle-damaging "Scottholes" have ...

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'Absolute' power? Not in the United States

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

IF YOU live long enough, and I have, you come to comprehend what the old sayings mean: "The more things change, the more they stay the same," and, maybe, "What goes around, comes around" ... again and again.When I began my career as a newsp...

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State tribes study sports betting ruling

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

NATIVEW-American tribes that operate Wisconsin casinos are carefully reviewing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision giving all states the option of legalizing and regulating sports betting.But doesn't the Wisconsin Constitution now prohib...

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Loose lips sank Colorado baker's case

June 06, 2018 at 9:34 am

WASHINGTON -- "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships' sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases...

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Abrahamson's dominate-to-dissent court career

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

SUPREME Court Justice William Bablitch was mad. For years, he had started his Capitol work day by picking up one of the Court's copies of the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper and catching up on the news.But, without consulting her fellow j...

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