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  • 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>

  • WEDC’S Hall has 'eyes wide open' in mission to restore credibility, create jobs
    Reed Hall only planned on the “interim title” during his time as Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. CEO. He had just retired to Madison and thought that taking the helm at WEDC would be an opportunity to give back to the community after spending years in the private sector. “I really hadn’t given... <more>

  • Mining discussion reveals divides, from jobs to environment
    Sen. Tom Tiffany made clear during a WisPolitics.com luncheon on Thursday with Dem Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville that he was still looking at ideas from Cullen’s mining panel for possible inclusion in the final bill. “I really say this in all sincerity: We’re really looking closely at some of the s... <more>

  • Cullen lays out parameters of his mining bill ahead of today's unveiling
    Dem state Sen. Tim Cullen says it will be difficult for anyone to win approval to mine for iron ore in northern Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills because the area is too environmentally sensitive. But he’s convinced a GOP mining bill unveiled this week all but guarantees such a mine would be tied up in t... <more>

  • Tech college system ready for performance-based approach
    Wisconsin Tech College System President Morna Foy says that performance-based funding is certainly the right direction to go in paying for the state’s higher education efforts. She just wants to see it done in steps, not all at once. “Our budget request actually requests a performance funding compo... <more>

  • No complaints from Baldwin as she transitions from House to Senate
    Look at any list of the most high-profile incoming freshmen to the U.S. Senate, and you’ll find Tammy Baldwin’s name on the list. Just don’t go looking for her permanent Senate office anytime soon. Not that she minds. “Please don’t think I’m complaining. I’m so excited about what’s happening,” Bal... <more>

  • Pocan settling in but searching for across-the-aisle cooperation
    Dem Mark Pocan’s friendship with Republican Robin Vos in the Assembly made them a political odd couple – a liberal from Dane County and a conservative from Racine County who disagreed on almost everything, but touted their ability to get along on a personal level. Finding the same kind of across-th... <more>

  • Abele prefers to avoid political labels
    Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele knows he’s not easy to pin down politically. While the first-term county exec has advocated for liberal causes -- the philanthropist has donated largely to Democratic campaigns and pushed for marriage equality -- his budgeting philosophy has been more fiscally... <more>


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