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US needs third way out of this mess

December 02, 2019 at 10:29 am

THERE'S good advice in the old saying one should avoid talking about politics or religion over Thanksgiving dinner.Now that the turkey is settled, though, let's consider the effort to impeach President Trump.Washington politics customarily ...

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New push to fix state workforce crisis

November 18, 2019 at 9:58 am

A conference next Monday at Carroll University will begin the process of drafting a new statewide plan to make sure Wisconsin meets its changing workforce needs.Business, civic, academic and government leaders - including Gov. Tony Evers - ...

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The historic firing of governor's ag secretary

November 12, 2019 at 9:29 am

TWO of the last six Wisconsin governors never served in the Legislature.Democratic Gov. Tony Evers paid a high price last week for being one of them.In a historic rebuke, all 19 Senate Republicans refused to confirm Brad Pfaff, who had just...

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Online journalism reshapes Capitol press corps

November 04, 2019 at 10:00 am

MORE journalists than ever may be covering the Capitol. The new 2019-20 Blue Book lists 42 Capitol reporters for news organizations.But dozens of reporters don't work out of the Capitol's second-floor Dick Wheeler Press Room. It was named ...

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Task Force confronts 'retirement crisis'

October 28, 2019 at 10:42 am

THE numbers in the first paragraph of Gov. Tony Evers Oct. 21 executive order were scary."In the United States, the typical working-age household has less than $3,000 in retirement savings and the average retirement-age household has only $...

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Andrews-led WEAC dominated Capitol

October 21, 2019 at 10:16 am

WHEN he ran the state's largest teachers union, Morris Andrews joked that - from his Nob Hlll Road office on Madison's south side - he could monitor Republican Gov. Tommy G. Thompson's Capitol office.It wasn't true; Andrews had no view of T...

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Insiders ponder post-Fitzgerald Capitol

October 15, 2019 at 9:59 am

SINCE 2004, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has either led or been a leader of Wisconsin Senate Republicans. He's been majority leader for eight years.But Fitzgerald is now running for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House that Republican Jim Sense...

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Your Right to Know Gov. Evers should do better on openness

October 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

Early in his administration, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers was asked to produce a letter he'd gotten from departing Gov. Scott Walker, during the transition. He initially refused, claiming it was a "purely personal" communication outside of the...

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Recession most hurt black, Hispanic ownership

October 07, 2019 at 9:25 am

A NEW report by the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA) documented how the Great Recession most reduced home ownership by African-American and Hispanic families.The report, "Falling Behind," says the statewide failure to add single- and mu...

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Guest commentary Acts Housing helps home ownership in Beloit

October 07, 2019 at 9:27 am

For Wisconsin's low-income families, the dream of owning a home is often just that - a dream. But where home ownership once seemed out of reach for many families, Acts Housing has spent the last 24 years supporting families in turning home ...

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