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Washington-to-Madison political hotline cut

January 14, 2019 at 11:08 am

TWO years ago, Gov. Scott Walker could call up his old friend, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with concerns about an issue or controversy involving their beloved Wisconsin.A former Wisconsin Republican Party chairman, Priebus co...

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BARTH: Wait is over! Another year of predictions!

January 07, 2019 at 10:16 am

ACCORDING to Merriam-Webster, here's the definition of clueless: "Completely or hopelessly bewildered, unaware, ignorant, or foolish."As another year closed and a new one began, perhaps the bumbleheads heretofore known collectively as "Fore...

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WALTERS: Governing slows Evers campaign promises

January 07, 2019 at 10:33 am

There won't be any major announcement of a long-range highway funding deal today - Inauguration Day - despite what Democrat Tony Evers said before the Nov. 6 election for governor he won.And, the "middle class" income tax cut Evers promised...

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WILL: Intelligent life in Illinois' Democratic Party?

January 07, 2019 at 10:33 am

WASHINGTON - If Republicans have a lick of sense, they are alarmed by a recent sign of intelligent life in the other party. The sign is the election by Democrats in the House of Representatives of Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos as chair of the ...

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GOP changes give Evers many targets

December 31, 2018 at 9:34 am

DEMOCRATIC Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders have dozens of major things to disagree on in 2019 - so many that Evers and his advisers will have to strategically pick their battles."We will not surrender our conser...

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Guest commentary A response to Rep. Amy Loudenbeck

December 24, 2018 at 9:25 am

The lame duck session bills lauded by Rep. (Amy) Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) in "GOP aims to protect reforms in a new era of divided government" was instead a partisan spiteful reaction to the results of the last election.If the election resul...

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Walters: Shortest-tenured senator leaves office Jan. 7

December 24, 2018 at 11:18 am

Tis the day before Christmas, so a column with a lighter tone - a Capitol politician who doesn't take himself seriously - is in order.Caleb Frostman knows he will be a footnote in Wisconsin's political history. He's OK with it.It's "State S...

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WILL: Sherrod Brown would challenge Trump in 2020

December 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

"The money man dealing himself a hot royal flush. Then giving you and me a phony hand like a pair of tens or something." - Clifford Odets, 1935WASHINGTON - With his gravelly voice and his lack of senatorial sheen - even in a well-pressed su...

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Guest commentary Why GOP legislators took those actions

December 10, 2018 at 9:47 am

What was so important about the Extraordinary Session bills and why would Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature stick their necks out in the face of national media blowback to pass them? Wisconsinites deserve to hear both sides.Was it to...

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Reasons for the GOP's Capitol power play

December 10, 2018 at 10:37 am

THERE are many explanations for last week's power play by Republicans that trampled Democratic lawmakers and took power away from Democratic Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-Elect Josh Kaul.Five of them:First, Repub...

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