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Water becomes a defining political issue

January 13, 2020 at 9:26 am

THE quality of water you drink and splash in at waterpark resorts and the water that vegetable growers, dairy farmers and manufacturers need to stay in business played no major role in the 2016 election for governor.The winner of that elect...

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Wait no more: Here's what '20 will bring

January 06, 2020 at 10:05 am

IF I was a betting man this would be a pretty safe wager: One could pick a few dozen random names from the phone book and they'd do a better job predicting the future than the hapless wonders who comprise Forecasters Anonymous.Regular reade...

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State credits lower your property tax bill

January 06, 2020 at 10:05 am

THAT property tax bill in your December mail - the piece of mail that was the opposite of all those holiday greetings - could have been much higher.Sure, you focused on that bill's bottom line: How much do I owe in taxes on my home? How muc...

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Guest commentary Loudenbeck lead bill author in Assembly

December 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

As 2019 draws to a close, a significant portion of the legislature's work for the 2019-2020 session has been completed, but a few months still remain for us to finish consideration of the numerous bills that have been introduced to date.As ...

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Holiday gift ideas for political leaders

December 23, 2019 at 10:11 am

LET'S peek at the Christmas lists of some top Wisconsin officials.• Gov. Tony Evers: The first-term Democrat needs the state's healthy economy to continue, so he can recommend another big increase in spending on K-12 schools in the 202...

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$96.2 million spent on 'hardening' schools

December 16, 2019 at 10:09 am

POLICE officers shot two high school students charged with stabbing or threatening the officers and students. Wisconsin schools close daily as a precaution after threats of violence. Parents ask, "How safe is my kid's school?"Time for an up...

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Taking ACA's temperature in Wisconsin

December 09, 2019 at 10:31 am

SUNDAY is the deadline for adults who want to sign up for health care in 2020 through marketplace exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).How healthy is the ACA in Wisconsin?First, consider ways the ACA reformed the national rule...

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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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