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Capitol Report Lobbyists spent $18.4M in last half of '17

February 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

By WisPolitics.comInterest groups spent about $2.7 million more to lobby the Capitol in the last half of 2017 as the state budget dragged on, compared with the same period in 2015, a WisPolitics.com review shows. But the WisPolitics.com che...

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Infrastructure dollars won't transform America

February 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

"Mason City. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new." - Robert Penn Warren, "All the King's Men" (1946)WASHINGTON - Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American popu...

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Counting down to the Capitol 'chaos'

February 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WHY DID the veteran Republican state Senate leader predict Capitol "chaos," as the Legislature struggles to end its two-year session?Because everywhere Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald looks, he faces demands to schedule Senate votes...

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Snakes on plane for emotional support?

February 09, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America's ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize - say, 7-feet long - boa con...

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Don't take away body-cam video access

February 09, 2018 at 4:00 pm

EDITOR'S NOTE: Attorney Dustin Brown, who represents the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, testified before a Wisconsin Senate committee about a bill to limit public access to video created through police body cameras. The WNA and other open...

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Beware of Trump derangement syndrome - By Clarence Page

February 07, 2018 at 4:00 pm

BACK in 2003, conservative writer Charles Krauthammer coined the term "Bush derangement syndrome" to describe people who had gone off the rails with their hatred of President George W. Bush.The crazy was only starting to begin.Six years lat...

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Court primary mirrors state political divides

February 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm

IT'S THE first state Supreme Court election without an incumbent since 2007, and the three-candidate race mirrors the divides in American politics.Bernie Sanders still your political idol?Madison attorney Tim Burns has the same outrage, and...

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Your Right to Know Citizens have right to electronic records

February 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Computers have made examining government records easier than ever. The smallest townships across Wisconsin post the meeting agendas and minutes online. And websites for government agencies at all levels contain an enormous amount of other i...

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Frederick Douglass, champion of individualism

February 02, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - It was an assertion of hard-won personal sovereignty: Frederick Douglass, born on a Maryland plantation 200 years ago this month, never knew on what February day because history-deprivation was inflicted to confirm slaves as no...

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Capitol Report Work requirements and anti-fraud provisions

January 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Republicans in Madison and Washington are working to rein in those who get taxpayer-funded aid amid worries from social service advocates that the poor and underemployed are being unfairly targeted.In Madison, a Republican bill would up the...

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