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Wisconsin Supreme Court measure, billed as move toward congeniality, seen as rip on Shirley Abrahamson

The left-leaning Center on Media and Democracy called it "a coordinated GOP attack" on Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Neil Heinen, editorial director of WISC-TV in Madison, said it "borders on frivolous abuse of the constitutional amending process." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized that Republicans apparently want "to retroactively overturn an election." >More
 Wisconsin state agency spending on outside service contracts continues to rise

Each year, as a state law requires, the Wisconsin Department of Administration produces a "Contractual Services Purchasing Report." It tracks spending by state agencies and the University of Wisconsin to outsource tasks ranging from information technology to janitorial work. State workers have long argued that they could be doing many of these jobs for less. >More
 Bullets exacted terrible toll on children, African Americans in Wisconsin

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer's son wanted to know why his dad was going into work on a Sunday. And although the boy is only 9, Stanmeyer, spokesman for the Milwaukee Police Department, decided to tell him. "A little boy was in his home and someone shot bullets into it and he was killed," Stanmeyer related of the incident. He found it difficult: "How do you look your child in the face and tell him that?" >More
 Gov. Scott Walker sees end to sky high spending in Wisconsin's gubernatorial races

This, too, shall pass. That, in a nutshell, is Gov. Scott Walker's prediction regarding the vast sums spent in the recent gubernatorial elections. He doesn't expect it to keep happening. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker noncommittal on right-to-work, firm on no pardons in second term

Gov. Scott Walker boldly titled his 2013 book, seen as a sign of his presidential ambitions, Unintimidated. Perhaps a better title for his mindset on the cusp of his second term would be "Undecided." >More
 'Twas a night in Wisconsin

Twas a night in Wisconsin, when all through the state,
Not a conservative was feeling anything but great. >More
 State of Wisconsin focuses on downside of EPA's Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions

In mid-November, the environmental advocacy group Clean Wisconsin held a press conference to announce some excellent news. Its in-house analysis showed Wisconsin well-positioned to meet the challenge posed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. >More
 Wisconsin prison system revamps disciplinary rules

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is quietly preparing to make significant changes to its rules governing inmate discipline, amid heightened discomfort over the state's use of solitary confinement. >More
 American Federation for Children played major role in Wisconsin's 2014 elections by exploiting other issues

At a recent board meeting of the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause in Wisconsin, executive director Jay Heck mused, "I get the feeling that nobody remembers Scott Jensen anymore, even though he probably plays a greater role now than he did then." >More
 Wisconsin's congressional delegation reports assets between $54 million and $174 million

Congressional members and candidates must disclose their personal financial assets, as a check on possible conflicts of interest. This also lets inquiring minds -- i.e., nosy reporters -- get a sense of how wealthy they are. >More
 Robin Vos' attacks on Wisconsin Government Accountability Board draw return fire

No one in Wisconsin has been more forceful in demanding changes to the state's Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections, campaign finance, ethics and lobbying, than Robin Vos. >More
 On the death of my monkey

My monkey died as he lived -- in seclusion, for the benefit of others. His name was r04040. He was euthanized on April 28, 2010, two days after his sixth birthday. More than four years would pass before I made the records request that reacquainted me with his reality, and apprised me of his fate. >More
 Wisconsin's GOP candidates dominated in cash, turnout in 2014 election

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans rode to victory in the Nov. 4 elections because they got more votes. Period. Redistricting may have produced fewer competitive districts. But unlike 2012, when the GOP won big despite getting fewer overall votes, this time the party maintained its 5-3 edge in Congress and tightened its control of both legislative houses by dominating turnout. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker has sizable cash advantage over Mary Burke on the eve of election

No one can deny that spending by often-shadowy outside groups plays a huge role in elections. But much of the cash lavished on elections still flows directly to and from the candidates' campaigns, which must make detailed public disclosures. >More
 Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson gives $650,000 to Wisconsin GOP as election draws near

Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has waded into the state's looming Nov. 4 election with a $650,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Wisconsin. The contribution is listed as having been received Oct. 23. That puts it outside of the reporting window for campaign finance reports due Oct. 27, but the party reported it Sunday as a late contribution, as required. >More
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