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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
 Ad wars heat up the 2014 Wisconsin governor's race

Like them or not -- and most people don't -- television ads are a mainstay of modern political campaigns. They arguably matter more than debates, websites and media coverage. A cynic might say that explains a lot. >More
 Rivals for Wisconsin governor, attorney general differ on drunken driving

No one disputes that drunken driving is a serious problem in Wisconsin. But the candidates for governor and attorney general differ in how they would address it. >More
 Wisconsin candidates raise campaign cash behind closed doors

On Oct. 8, Mandy Wright held a fundraiser in Madison, at a bar across the street from the Wisconsin Capitol. The event listing said "we will be accepting donations of $250 or $100" from host sponsors, "but please know that donations of any size are greatly appreciated." >More
 Wisconsin lags on developing its renewable energy industry

Matt Neumann needs only one word to describe Wisconsin's recent record on renewable energy. He calls it "rotten." Neumann, president of the Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group, is equally concise in ascribing blame: "The big change happened in 2010, when the Republicans took control of the governorship and Legislature." >More
 Challengers in Wisconsin's 2014 congressional elections hope to defy pundits

No one in America has more faith in democracy than a long-shot candidate for public office. "If I didn't believe that I could win, I wouldn't be doing it," says Dan Sebring, a Republican candidate for Congress in Wisconsin's heavily Democratic 4th District. >More
 State of Wisconsin comes clean on alleged scandal at Department of Revenue

Every scandal needs a name. This one is Dispensergate. In late June, employees at the Madison headquarters for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue were told via email that new hands-free paper towel and soap dispensers would be installed in bathrooms and kitchenettes throughout the building, replacing existing devices. No reason was given. >More
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