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News flash! Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos agree on something. Don't get too excited. This relates to an earlier column on a legal challenge to the state's … more
It’s never too early to start talking about an election. Especially when considering what could be at stake. While much of the attention in Wisconsin is focusing on the run-up to November 2024, … more
When Ron Kind, the veteran Democratic member of Congress from La Crosse retired from office, Democrats battled in a primary to vie for the nomination to run in the November 2022 to succeed him. State … more
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos continues to talk about the possibility of impeaching liberal Justice Janet Protasiewicz, while state Democrat Party Chair Ben Wikler announces a $4 million campaign to … more
There was the high-spending, high-stakes battle in the spring election for a state Supreme Court seat to determine the philosophical balance of the high court. Now there's the muti-front battle over … more
To invest in Wisconsin’s transportation system, Gov. Tony Evers has signed a $1.06 million contract with prime contractor A-1 Excavating of Bloomer for a culvert replacement project on WIS 35 … more
Teacher turnover surged in Wisconsin in 2023 as record numbers of teachers moved between districts, and the most teachers since 2012 left public school classrooms altogether. Coming into the … more
Wisconsin's sprawling university system is under a lot of stress. A few years ago we saw the merging of two-year campuses into regional schools. And now we're seeing the shrinking of some of those … more
Candidates can be measured on several levels. Press coverage. Polling. And fundraising. The polling seems to favor Donald Trump as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. But he seems to be showing … more
It's the middle of summer. But the school year is just around the corner. So it's a good time for an update on the state's new approach to reading. Some Democrats in the Legislature voted for it, and … more
After a developer began eyeing rural northwest Wisconsin for a large swine farm, five small towns enacted ordinances aimed at curbing environmental and health impacts. Then, the state’s … more
Despite some narrowing over the years, Wisconsin's governor still has very broad partial veto power. And Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, in his third budget go-round, emphasized that point in signing the … more
Getting good broadband to every corner of the state has been an elusive goal. Now a $1 billion investment from the federal government makes "internet for all'' more realistic. Public Service … more
While top legislative Republicans work on the next two-year spending plan, others are working on ideas for softening the GOP stance on abortion. The abortion issue helped Gov. Tony Evers win … more
Statements of economic interest show lawmakers reported $112,850 in travel expenses paid by outside groups last year, a WisPolitics review found. The travel included events organized by groups such … more
RIVER FALLS - Wisconsin State Sen. Jeff Smith fielded a variety of questions on the future funding of the River Falls School District after a May 22 presentation discussing Gov. Tony Evers’ … more
It's been a long time in coming, but help finally appears to be on the way for local prosecutor offices around the state. And the fact that the Republican-dominated budget-writing committee took … more
Around 175 million tons of freight travels on the Mississippi River each year, and from the river’s headwaters to southern Illinois, a series of locks and dams guide barges through the journey. … more
A lot of the economic stats are very, very good. Record low unemployment. Unprecedented state budget surplus. Resilient consumer spending. Easing of pandemic-era shortages, inflation, housing … more
The spring election isn’t over until April 4. But already spending in this year’s state Supreme Court has demolished the state and national judicial spending records. The most expensive … more
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