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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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Billy Graham: Neither prophet nor theologian

February 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many "miracles around us today, including television and airplanes." Graham was no theologian. Neither was he a prophet. J...

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US still in denial about war on drugs

February 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

FENTANYL is hazardous even to an arresting officer's health.Officer Chris Green in East Liverpool, Ohio, found out last summer.The Drug Enforcement Administration warned police nationwide that fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid that kill...

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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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