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Recession most hurt black, Hispanic ownership

October 07, 2019 at 9:25 am

A NEW report by the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) documented how the Great Recession most reduced home ownership by African-American and Hispanic families.The report, "Falling Behind," says the statewide failure to add single- and mu...

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Guest commentary Acts Housing helps home ownership in Beloit

October 07, 2019 at 9:27 am

For Wisconsin's low-income families, the dream of owning a home is often just that - a dream. But where home ownership once seemed out of reach for many families, Acts Housing has spent the last 24 years supporting families in turning home ...

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Legislature may have few fall-session issues

September 30, 2019 at 9:53 am

BLINK or get busy and you could miss the Legislature's fall session.The Assembly and Senate may each be in session only one or two days in October and November.Two major reasons:• Republicans in control of the Legislature are leery of...

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Congressional primaries can often surprise

September 23, 2019 at 9:35 am

FACTOID from Wisconsin's political history: Milwaukee-area voters almost didn't send Jim Sensenbrenner to Washington.Sensenbrenner, who has represented Wisconsin's 5th District in the U.S. House since 1979, will not seek re-election next ye...

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All-too-real parable of 'privilege-hoarding'

September 09, 2019 at 10:00 am

WASHINGTON - Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious - meaning, of course, impeccably progressive - Coloradans. Then in ...

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Dems may rethink national popular vote

September 03, 2019 at 10:11 am

WASHINGTON - Let us now praise an insufficiently famous man, Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who in May gave his party's presidential aspirants a much-needed example of prudence. With the national media mesmerized by those aspirants...

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K-12 school spending at record $6 billion

August 26, 2019 at 11:12 am

When Wisconsin's K-12 classrooms open in a few days, expect "first day of school" victory laps from elected officials from both parties.It's traditional for governors to greet students on the first day, so Democratic Gov. Tony Evers - who s...

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Guest commentary The long road home to Beloit Memorial High

August 26, 2019 at 11:18 am

By Jerry HuffmanI graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in the summer of 1974. And I spent most of the next 45 years pretending it never happened. I didn't hate high school. In fact, most of my memories of those years are still good. T...

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Guest commentary Strong, independent hospital yesterday, today, tomorrow

August 12, 2019 at 9:20 am

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Beloit Health System. We're proud to deliver on the vision of the Health System's founders to provide the best care for the community we love. As a strong, independent community hospital, all our deci...

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Briefing memo for Capitol leaders on guns

August 12, 2019 at 10:07 am

Memo to: Gov. Tony Evers, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin VosSubject: Update on Wisconsin gun laws, issuesYou three leaders said you would try to meet this week to discuss potential new legislation in the wak...

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