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GOP focus: Re-elect Trump, 2022 auditions

May 13, 2019 at 10:15 am

TWO first-team players are gone - Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan - but the mission of Wisconsin Republicans meeting this weekend has not changed: Make sure President Trump carries Wisconsin again in 2020.Party leaders ar...

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Buckley urges Congress to avoid state affairs

May 06, 2019 at 10:58 am

WASHINGTON - At 96, James Buckley still is, like good cheddar, sharp and savory. Buckley, whose life has been no less accomplished than his brother Bill's, recently said at a National Review gathering that his speech there would be his last...

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WALTERS: Ten Evers priorities the GOP will kill

April 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Prediction: Republican legislators will have built and passed their own 2019-21 state budget in two months, meeting a July 1 deadline.Prediction: These 10 priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won't be in that GOP budget.*No. 1: Republic...

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WILL: A restful break for weary voters

April 29, 2019 at 12:21 pm

WASHINGTON -- Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America's prisons, should be allo...

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WALTERS: 'Dark store' reforms start to move

April 22, 2019 at 11:51 am

Legislators promise to act on the long-running "dark store" controversy, but they won't offer the solution favored by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and leaders of the Wisconsin cities, villages and towns.Local government leaders say court ruli...

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Featured letter NAACP: Beloit schools' bridge too far

April 16, 2019 at 9:03 am

This community was just subject to an act of deceit and injustice that rivals anything I have seen. In a vote of 6-1 the (School District of Beloit) Board of Education demoted and demeaned the service of a man who has devoted the past few y...

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Featured letter Charles: It was our duty to make decisions

April 15, 2019 at 10:19 am

For weeks now, the Beloit School Board and administration have discussed the best way to fill an administrative vacancy at Fruzen School and provide the much-needed stability and support for staff and students in that school.On April 10, th...

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WALTERS: Changes sought in child support, custody process

April 15, 2019 at 9:16 am

A bipartisan group of legislators crafted a package of changes that would rewrite rules governing the emotional issues of child custody and child support payments when parents split up.Last year, court records show, Wisconsin judges handled...

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WILL: Two more tests for Republicans to fail

April 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

WASHINGTON - In 1964, although there was scant chance that Americans would choose to have a third president in 14 months, Lyndon Johnson took no chances. The economy was sizzling and in November Johnson would carry 44 states. Nevertheless, ...

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Featured letter Better way to understand candidates' vote totals

April 08, 2019 at 10:08 am

As shown below, on April 2, 2019, candidates for the Beloit School Board received votes which were publicized in various media along with a percentage figure that is a candidate's total divided by the total votes cast for all candidates. Th...

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