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Fight over local wheel taxes isn't over

January 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WHAT ONE senator calls local governments across Wisconsin - ranging from the Village of Tigerton (population 716) to Milwaukee County (population 957,735) - "rushing" to levy wheel taxes could still set off fireworks in the Legislature.The ...

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Capitol Report Some victims could get more compensation

January 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

By WisPolitics.comIn an era of extreme partisanship, here's an example of bipartisanship at the Capitol: An Assembly committee has unanimously approved legislation that would boost compensation for people wrongfully imprisoned. The Committe...

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Merit-based college admissions became unfair

January 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so c...

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Guest commentary Thoughts on making Beloit schools better

January 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

I am worried about the future of the School District of Beloit. There are so many challenges and grim statistics.A scenario can be imagined where things get so bleak that outside forces take over: a reaction to poor student performance comb...

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Politics may ambush school fund panel

January 08, 2018 at 4:00 pm

MEMBERS of the Legislature's Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding may have drawn this year's Mission: Impossible assignment. The 16-member commission is made up of six Republican and three Democratic legislators, Green Bay and Grantsbur...

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Guest commentary Iranian people show hunger for change

January 08, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - After visiting Tehran in 2013, I wrote that the Iranian capital seemed suspended somewhere between Pyongyang and Los Angeles. We've seen this past week how passionately Iranians want the latter, not the former - as they denounc...

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Guest commentary How government and politics have changed

January 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm

As I retire after almost 25 years as president of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, I can't help but reflect on how Wisconsin government and politics have changed over the decades.Perhaps the most significant change that has occ...

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A balanced-budget amendment is needed

January 05, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Today's political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should b...

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Forecasters take another stab at predictions

January 03, 2018 at 4:00 pm

ONE MIGHT think, to be included in a group known for making bold predictions each New Year, individuals would have to possess a long and impressive record of seeing over the horizon.Such individuals would be uncommonly wise, with extraordin...

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Top 10 stories of 2017 Wisconsin politics

January 03, 2018 at 4:00 pm

THE envelopes, please, because it was another historic year in Wisconsin politics.No. 1: Foxconn's build-here incentives.No state has ever placed a bigger - $4 billion, if you total state and local governments' antes - bet on a foreign-owne...

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