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Number of Wisconsin absentee ballots has doubled

October 01, 2018 at 10:14 am

ONE-THIRD of Wisconsin's 2020 vote for President could come from absentee ballots, as more and more voters make their choices early.Records of state agencies that have overseen elections show that the percentage of Wisconsin voters casting ...

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WALTERS: Emerge is Politics 101 for Democratic women

September 25, 2018 at 11:04 am

IT'S NOT a secret weapon of Wisconsin Democrats, but the party's Emerge program gives women wondering about politics the tools to decide whether to run for local or state office, how to campaign and - often - win.The 11-year-old Emerge trai...

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WILL: Confirmation process a maelstrom of insincerities

September 25, 2018 at 11:04 am

WASHINGTON - The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington home. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulte...

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BARTH: The Founders would demand a do-over

September 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

LET'S TAKE a look at a recent day in the news - just one day - and see what it tells us about government, and your wallet.• Rock County, Wisconsin, officials are poised to consider a multi-year facilities plan following a needs study. ...

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Firm won't get tax-break vote by Sept. 30

September 17, 2018 at 10:24 am

THERE are several reasons why Republican Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers won't meet Kimberly-Clark's ultimatum to approve Foxconn-like tax breaks by Sept. 30."We've requested that the vote occur by the end of September," Kimberly-Clark offi...

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Fights over assessments, property tax loom

September 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Manawa in Waupaca County boasts this motto: "Celebrating small town life."But, in the looming Capitol brawls over how property is assessed and whether the property tax is a sustainable way to pay for important local services, tiny Manawa (p...

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WALTERS: Catching up on summer news run

September 04, 2018 at 12:12 pm

It was another much-too-busy summer. Your days off were too packed to make time for news. The kids are heading back to school.This is your annual "summer's over, what did I miss" column?Q. Is it too late for me to claim that $100-per-child...

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America overdue for Lehman-like episode

August 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

WASHINGTON -- Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America's economy, prudent people should reverse that.This Wednesday, accord...

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First vote to pay drug-abuse costs loses

August 21, 2018 at 10:13 am

DRUG addiction and abuse costs - largely methamphetamine - has decimated the operating budgets of the Ashland County sheriff, district attorney, clerk of courts and Health and Human Services Department. So county officials last week asked r...

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Guest commentary Tax-funded lobbyists advocate higher taxes

August 20, 2018 at 10:54 am

Your taxpayer dollars are hard at work right now pushing a series of biased referenda questions on the fall ballot around Wisconsin, including southern Wisconsin, that ask you to vote in favor of higher taxes.Quite literally, local governme...

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