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Walker appointments restocked state's judiciary

December 03, 2018 at 11:02 am

IT WAS about the 65th time that Republican Gov. Scott Walker had appointed a Circuit Court judge, but this one was big news."Brad Schimel has shown a commitment to the rule of law and the State of Wisconsin," Walker said in a Nov. 20 statem...

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Case study: Why people loathe politicians

November 19, 2018 at 10:14 am

ASSEMBLY Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester: "(Governor-elect Tony Evers' win) cannot be seen as any kind of mandate for change. ... Assembly Republicans won't allow Wisconsin to slide backward." Vos tied his comments to GOP moves to enact meas...

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Advice Gov. Evers can take or leave

November 19, 2018 at 10:15 am

GOVERNOR-elect Tony Evers:You didn't ask for advice, but here is some anyway.• Enter the Capitol through the main doors, and with work-the-room energy that says you enjoy being governor.You tend to be more shy and reserved than past go...

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BARTH: Dear voters: Keep jerking on that chain

November 13, 2018 at 11:20 am

THE MESSAGE delivered by voters in this consequential 2018 mid-term election was fairly simple and straightforward.A divided America now has the divided government that looks and feels like the prevailing political winds.The deep blue and d...

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WALTERS: Veteran Dems eye Evers administration exits?

November 12, 2018 at 12:56 pm

NOTES from a fascinating midterm Wisconsin election:• Democratic legislators reworking resumes for Gov. Evers?If you're a veteran Democratic legislator earning about $51,000, and facing two more frustrating years of having Republicans ...

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Walters: Wisconsin pre-election numbers that matter

November 05, 2018 at 3:08 pm

SOME numbers to consider before you vote Tuesday.• 231,175.That's the number of new private-sector jobs created in Wisconsin between the first three months of 2011 and the first three months of 2018.Context: When he ran for governor in...

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Your Right to Know Racine case shows folly of official secrecy

November 05, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Secrecy in government, compounded by court-ordered secrecy, gives rise to speculation and rumor. That never serves the public interest.A case involving Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney and Racine Alderperson Sandy Weidner illustrates tha...

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Governor's race enters 'wishlist' phase

October 22, 2018 at 10:01 am

TONY Evers, the Democratic candidate for governor, taught science before he became a principal, school district administrator, deputy state superintendent of public instruction and, in 2009, was elected state superintendent.Republican Gov. ...

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Controversies slow panel on alcohol enforcement

October 15, 2018 at 11:04 am

A MOVE to create a state "czar" who would regulate Wisconsin's $7.92 billion in annual alcohol sales resulted in a special study committee so bogged down in controversies it may be unable to make any recommendations.First, though, the chair...

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BARTH: Storming the last redoubt of constitutionalism

October 09, 2018 at 10:15 am

HERE'S my number one takeaway on the controversial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.Almost everybody involved ought to be ashamed.Remember, at the heart of this process is the court itself. It is the highest ...

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