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  • Jacque says he plans on bringing back personhood amendment
    Andre Jacque makes clear the abortion issue isn’t his only legislative focus. This session alone, he's put his name to legislation on tort reform, domestic abuse and setbacks for wind farms. He admits that for a younger member of the Assembly, he’s been fairly active. But the sophomore representat... <more>

  • Common Cause president says 'Citizens United' decision, ALEC harming democracy
    The national president of government reform group Common Cause says the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2010 decision on campaign finance regulations is "soiling democracy in a very negative way" -- particularly in Wisconsin. Bob Edgar, in the state for a conference on the impacts of the Citizens Uni... <more>

  • Larson optimistic about Dem electoral prospects
    Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson says he's optimistic about Dems’ future electoral success, but notes it's still early in the process. The Milwaukee Democrat acknowledged some Dems are “kicking the tires” on a possible guv bid against Scott Walker in 2014. He declined to say if he was among tho... <more>

  • JFC co-chairs: It’s our budget, too
    The co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee say legislators are determined to leave their mark on the 2013-2015 state budget. "That's what our job is. We’re not just going to automatically bless a budget," Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said at a WisPolitics luncheon last week as JFC prepare... <more>

  • Riemann uses PR skills, 'lunch-pail work ethic' to boost state interests in D.C.
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Saving whooping cranes, “connecting the capitals” and fixing a dilapidated bridge spanning two states is all in a day’s work for Sheboygan native Wendy Riemann. Well, not quite a day, but in nearly two years on the job, the 33-year-old has already racked up these accomplishments ... <more>

  • Evers focused on boosting funding for public schools
    Superintendent Tony Evers makes it clear: his main concern with K-12 education in Wisconsin is the level of funding. After a large cut to K-12 funding in the 2011-13 budget, Evers proposed increasing the revenue limits by $200 per pupil for Wisconsin schools. He said he felt the proposal was “polit... <more>

  • Pridemore looks for education to get 'back to basics'
    Don Pridemore’s skepticism of modern education techniques is what fuels his approach to public education in the state of Wisconsin. He says problems such as “revisionist history” and “fuzzy math” are examples of the way the education system has lost its way in teaching the state’s students. “Look ... <more>

  • Pollster Ulm says firms changing techniques after 2012
    After being caught off guard by some of the results in the presidential election, Republicans have been taking a second look at how they conduct their polls. The conclusion, according to GOP pollster Gene Ulm, is that polling has to include more cell phone users, reach more minority voters -- parti... <more>

  • Duffy, Pocan weigh in on federal budget turmoil
    Two members of the Wisconsin House delegation portrayed a dysfunctional congressional budget process as a big part of the reason for federal programs -- good and bad -- facing $85 billion in across-the-board cuts. U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy and Mark Pocan appeared at a WisPolitics.com luncheon last week... <more>

  • Kind blames House GOP for sequestration
    U.S. Rep. Ron Kind slammed House Republicans Friday for their role in federal sequestration, saying they are abdicating lawmakers' responsibility for making tough decisions with a move to give the White House more flexibility on spending cuts. "I think it's the biggest political cop-out there is, a... <more>

  • Similar on substance, Rhoades may break from Smith's style
    Kitty Rhoades doesn’t see herself as having a philosophy all that different from former Health Secretary Dennis Smith. Rhoades intends to follow most of the same policies as Smith, who left his position at the end of February to take a job at a D.C. law firm. They follow a similar philosophy when i... <more>

  • Target of income tax cuts up for debate
    Two members of the Joint Finance Committee debated last week whether Gov. Scott Walker’s $343 million income tax cut plan really helps the middle class as advertised. Reps. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, and Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, also clashed on school choice and Medicaid at a WisPolitics.com lun... <more>

  • Ribble portrays sequester as awkward first step toward better fiscal situation
    Republican U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble disagrees with the way the sequester has unfolded, but not the sequester itself. The sophomore U.S. representative from northeastern Wisconsin’s 8th CD said while he wants to give government agencies the flexibility to better manage the $1.2 trillion in across-the-b... <more>

  • Medicaid drives Walker budget
    The Department of Health Services, at $763 million over two years, accounts for by far the largest increase in state funding in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal -- more than the overall GPR increases for the UW System, K-12 education and transportation combined. But while available federal mo... <more>

  • Supreme Court candidates differ on approach to court's internal strife
    Justice Pat Roggensack wants this spring’s Supreme Court race to be about experience. Challengers Ed Fallone and Vince Megna are trying to make it about the court’s dysfunction. Round one of that debate ends Tuesday with a three-way primary that will winnow the field to two candidates for the April... <more>

  • In first political run, Baumann brings police, management experience
    Ed Baumann has never held elected office before. But he says his experience makes him the best candidate in a crowded 98th AD field. That includes owning a security business, teaching at Marquette University and, for nearly three decades, overseeing community relations and a multi-million dollar bu... <more>

  • Tarantino says no to sales, gas tax boosts
    Jeanne Tarantino says raising taxes is never a good idea in a struggling economy. So as members of her party consider tax reform in heading into budget season, the former aide to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says the sales tax and gas tax should be off the table. In an interview last week with WisPo... <more>

  • First-timer Greenwald open to raising sales tax, eliminating income tax
    Todd Greenwald says when he's campaigning, he often stresses support for "user fees" to fund state government. So he says he'd "absolutely" be open to a proposal that would raise the sales tax in order to potentially eliminate the income tax. "Rather than penalizing those for being successful and ... <more>

  • Morzy sees income tax cut as 'a good start'
    Matt Morzy calls the income tax cut floated by Gov. Scott Walker ahead of his budget address "a good start," but adds he’d need to look at the full budget picture to see if a cut of more than $350 million would be possible. But the Waukesha Republican, one of five candidates in the Feb. 19 GOP prim... <more>

  • Neylon sees need for business tax relief
    Adam Neylon, a veteran of both Waukesha County and Capitol politics, says lawmakers should be discussing tax reform for businesses in addition to an imminent plan to cut income taxes. "It's nice that we're talking about (the) income tax ... but I'd also like to see us start talking about offering t... <more>


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