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  • Ellis: What Surplus?
    -- While colleagues and Dem Gov. Jim Doyle are talking about how to use a projected state surplus for energy assistance, Medicaid or other needs, GOP Sen. Mike Ellis is warning that the state is actually engaged in deficit spending and that the next governor -- be it Doyle or his challengers -- will... <more>

  • Basting: Coming Ethics Rules Will Redefine Lawyer Business
    Thomas J. Basting Sr. knows his way around the ethics game.Basting was a special prosecutor in the Wisconsin ``lobby scandal’’ of the late 1980s and early 1990s that nicked lawmakers and lobbyists. He comments on that, the current scandal known as the ``caucus scandal,’’ new lawyer ethics rules now ... <more>

  • WisPolitics: 2005 Fundraising Roundup
    Fundraising reports for 2005 were due for state and federal candidates on Jan. 31. WisPolitics has compiled a list of fundraising results for top statewide and congressional races. See the fundraising chart ... <more>

  • Whistleblower Woodliff: Working for Change Not Futile
    At the ``People's Legislature'' public hearing on Jan. 23 at the Capitol, former GOP Assembly aide Lyndee (Wall) Woodliff, credited as the whistleblower in the so-called ``caucus scandal,'' gave an impassioned account of her fear in releasing the documents that started the biggest legislati... <more>

  • McCann: Stop the Washing Machines
    Retiring Milwaukee Co. District Attorney E. Michael McCann is on the campaign finance reform bandwagon.McCann, who recently criticized Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle for his ties to tribal donations, declares it's time to clean up Wisconsin government. McCann said sophisticated and subtle donation patter... <more>

  • Ellis: Will Keep "Hammering Away'' at CFR
    Mike Ellis isn't running for governor, but he isn't giving up on major campaign finance reform.Ellis, the veteran Neenah Republican who flirted with a governor's race this year in part to make real change in how politicians fund their campaigns, now is focusing on passing his Senate B... <more>

  • State of the State Coverage 2006

  • Bugher: Time to Appreciate UW as Economic Engine
    By Brian E. ClarkWisBusiness.com MADISON - University Research Park head Mark Bugher, a former Republican cabinet officer, is spreading the message that UW and its research assets are a treasure often unappreciated close to home. After r... <more>

  • Appling: Can't Take DOMA Approval for Granted
    Julaine Appling, executive director of the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin and a leading advocate for the passage of the "Defense of Marriage" amendment, knows that polling taken on the issue is on her side. ... <more>

  • WisPolitics Web Cast: Doyle Defends Integrity, Touts Economic Development
    In a year-end interview with WisPolitics, Gov. Jim Doyle said he welcomed scrutiny of his campaign finances, and bristled at what he called attacks on the integrity of the Public Service Commission. "Obviously, what's driving it ... these (press) releases come out daily by the Republican Part... <more>

  • Tate: Voters' Sense of Fairness will Help Defeat "Defense of Marriage" Amendment
    The early polling, and 2004 results in other states, says the ``Defense of Marriage’’ amendment making its way through the state Legislature and on its way to the November 2006 ballot is a political winner. But if amendment opponents are underdogs, they figure to be organized and well-funded underdo... <more>

  • Courtwatch Blog: Webcast of Chvala Sentencing Hearing
    In a courtroom packed with media, family and curious citizens, Former Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala was handed a 9-month jail sentence Thursday on two felony counts. The Madison Democrat was facing 19 felony counts but entered an agreement in October to plead to one of misconduct in office a... <more>

  • Webcast: GOP AG Debate Shows Contrast in Candidates' Styles

  • AFT-Wisconsin Pres. Gussert: Unions Must Sell Value in Bi-Partisan Way
    Andy Gussert has been known in political circles as an operative. Now he’s got a more impressive title: President. The son of a state trooper and recently married, Gussert, 36, is the new president of AFT-Wisconsin, a union that represents many state employees at a time when it’s been tough to work... <more>

  • Courtwatch Blog: Burke Gets 6 Months in Jail
    Former state Sen. Brian Burke was sentenced today to six months in jail after pleading guilty in October to one felony count of misconduct in office and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. Dane County Judge William Foust said Burke can serve the term in Milwaukee, near his home, and he... <more>

  • Courtwatch Blog: Kesterson Sentenced in E-mail Smear Case
    Dane County Board Chair Kevin Kesterson was sentenced Tuesday to 100 hours of community service and fined $1,000 for his actions during an investigation of a smear campaign against another Dane County supervisor. Kesterson was sentenced by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess. Kesterson, ... <more>

  • Web Cast: Supreme Court Hears Key Pier Case
    As Realtors and Republican lawmakers protest proposed DNR pier regulations, the state Supreme Court is mulling a closely-watched case from Green Lake County. According to the Supreme Court-provided summary, the case involves a homeowners’ association that owns a 77-foot stretch of lakeshor... <more>

  • Magnum: Running Again to Bring 'Effective Leadership' to 2nd CD
    On Nov. 2, 2004, as Dave Magnum was learning that he would lose his first campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives, he was already thinking about starting his second. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin defeated Magnum 63 percent to 37 percent in the heavily Democratic 2nd CD, but his adv... <more>

  • Web Cast: Wis. High Court Mulls First Amendment Political Mailer Case
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Nov. 9 heard arguments in a political court case involving an elected Democratic politician from the Stevens Point area, Sen. Julie Lassa, a Republican political direct mail specialist, Todd Rongstad, and a fallen Democratic leader from Madison, former Senate Majority ... <more>

  • WisPolitics: Falk Challenges Lautenschlager in Dem AG Primary
    Kathleen Falk is challenging Democratic incumbent Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, saying a vote for her will make the state "safer, stronger and more secure." Ending months of speculation, the Dane County executive announced Monday she is entering the race. Falk will face Lautenschlager... <more>

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