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Evers plan pours 45% of taxes into schools

February 19, 2019 at 10:14 am

THERE'S one more important Capitol budget debate coming between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republicans who control the Legislature: Should 45% of all state tax collections - not counting transportation revenues - go for K-12 public scho...

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Your turn to solve highway-funding shortfall

February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

YOUR assignment, Mr. and Ms. Wisconsin Driver, is to decide how to raise an additional $500 million by mid-2021 to maintain highways and streets you have watched break down.It's a timely request, since Gov. Tony Evers will recommend a two-y...

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Your Right to Know Racine officials' bad judgment on records

February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

The more we know about the efforts by officials in Racine to shield public records from public view, the more outrageous it seems.In late January, the office of Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney disclosed a summary of records it has fough...

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Record number of women advise Evers

February 04, 2019 at 11:28 am

FOR the first time in Wisconsin history, a majority of those working in the Office of the Governor are women.Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has women as his chief of staff and three deputy chiefs of staff, negotiating with Republicans who contr...

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Only Democrats can save this president

February 04, 2019 at 11:28 am

Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. - Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar"WASHINGTON - Hakeem Jeffries has, it is whispered, ambitions. Th...

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WILL: Dems have their Thatcher in Elizabeth Warren

January 28, 2019 at 9:44 am

WASHINGTON - Margaret Thatcher's description of herself as a "conviction politician" alarmed some Britons but delighted others because her convictions were incompatible with the flaccid centrist consensus that had produced their nation's 19...

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WALTERS: Capitol setback for medical marijuana advocates

January 28, 2019 at 9:44 am

HOW Democratic Gov. Tony Evers answered a question on legal marijuana use may have given Republican legislators afraid of "pot on every corner" reasons to take no action on legalizing medical marijuana.At a recent Wisconsin Technology Counc...

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Guest commentary Dr. King's words still resonate for America

January 22, 2019 at 10:29 am

EDITOR'S NOTE: For the Martin Luther King Day observance, we are publishing the text of a speech given during the recent commemoration at Blackhawk Technical College by Marc Perry, Director of Community Programs, for Community Action. - WRB...

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WILL: Trump an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

January 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

WASHINGTON - Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is e...

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WALTERS: Drug abuse breaks county child-care budgets

January 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

The epidemic of drug abuse and addiction forced the removal of so many children from their homes that one western Wisconsin social worker had a caseload of 54 children last year.That was more than three times the rule - one caseworker for e...

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