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Truth, and the America we live in today

May 07, 2018 at 9:34 am

WRITE IT off to my advanced age and general crankiness after more than four decades as a journalist, but I grow increasingly weary of real news people being painted with the same brush as the celebrity-obsessed, navel-gazing, bobbing-talkin...

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Guest commentary Power of innovation drives Wisconsin Idea

April 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

Last August, we stood in together in Rock County to commemorate breaking ground on the first building for SHINE Medical Technologies, a Janesville-based spinoff from technology developed at the UW-Madison College of Engineering.While it may...

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Striking blow against administrative state

April 25, 2018 at 7:58 am

WASHINGTON - Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to t...

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'Little Pink House' speaks truth to power

April 25, 2018 at 7:58 am

WASHINGTON - Coming soon to a cinema near you -- you can make this happen; read on -- is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains and a history-making struggle over ... the Constitution's Takings Clause. Next Feb. 24...

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Steve Walters: Capitol 'dark store' controversy grows

April 23, 2018 at 9:46 am

THE "dark store" controversy now ranks with the failure to pay for long-term highway construction as the most difficult issues facing the governor and legislators elected Nov 6.Consider:• More than half of all legislators - including t...

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School safety bill renews state gun debate

March 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

THE latest statewide poll numbers on gun ownership, and tougher gun laws, provide a fascinating backdrop to the coming Capitol debate over school safety.According to the new Marquette Law School Poll, 44% of voters responding statewide said...

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GOP senators judge Walker, Assembly deals

March 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm

NO CAPITOL institution has undergone more change in recent years than the state Senate that will soon decide the fate of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's re-election priorities.When the new Senate convenes in January, 17 new senators - more t...

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Capitol Report Dispute ends as administrator steps down

March 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The drama at the state Elections Commission is coming to at least a partial close.Mike Haas, who came under fire from Senate Republicans, will be easing out of his job as the top administrator at the commission.Haas said on Feb. 27 he decid...

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Capitol Report Tax overhaul could curb state exemptions

March 02, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Rep. John Macco, chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, suggests a comprehensive tax overhaul could include cutting $2.5 billion worth of state exemptions. "I think there's several anomalies," he said at a panel discussion Jan. ...

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Legislative effort to expand county executive's powers dies

February 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

A CAPITOL push to dramatically increase the powers of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, and allow local government leaders to switch to biennial budgets, is now opposed by other county and local officials.As a result, although the bil...

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