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June 18, 2018

Wisconsin's new DAG from Lac du Flambeau
photo by vaughn Larson

Command Sgt. Maj. Rafael Conde, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s senior enlisted leader, passes the Wisconsin National Guard colors to Brig. Gen. Joni Mathews, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s incoming deputy adjutant general for Army, as part of a formal change of authority ceremony June 1 at Volk Field. Mathews succeeds Maj. Gen. Mark Anderson as Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army.
photo by vaughn Larson

Command Sgt. Maj. Rafael Conde, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s senior enlisted leader, passes the Wisconsin National Guard colors to Brig. Gen. Joni Mathews, the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s incoming deputy adjutant general for Army, as part of a formal change of authority ceremony June 1 at Volk Field. Mathews succeeds Maj. Gen. Mark Anderson as Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army.
She's been the first at many things during her time in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

Joni Mathews, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, can now add Wisconsin's first female deputy adjutant general for Army to the list. (subscriber access)

Friday, June 8, 2018

DOJ picks up the pace for testing sexual assault kits
Wisconsin attorney general Brad Schimel said this week that all 4,155 of Wisconsin's backlogged sexual assault kits have been submitted for testing and the testing will be complete by the end of the year. (subscriber access) (web exclusive)
Friday, June 1, 2018

As recent laws hit home, state's union membership dwindles
Anti-union laws enacted in Wisconsin since 2011 have taken their toll on union membership, recent U.S. Department of Labor statistics show, though other factors also appear to be weighing down union organizing efforts, experts say. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

In win for small banks, Congress passes Dodd-Frank reform bill
In a significant win for Main Street banks and credit unions across the country, not to mention for the Trump administration, Congress passed last week the so-called Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which rolls back major regulatory features of the Dodd-Frank banking act. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Walker directs agencies to ask for no new spending
Gov. Scott Walker kicked off the next state budget cycle this week, sending instructions to state agencies to submit budget proposals with no requests for increased funding, with certain exceptions. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

New report: Opioid prescriptions down 10 percent
Wisconsin and the U.S. are both locked in a deadly battle with opioid addiction, but there was some good news in the state this past week as a new report showed opioid prescriptions dispensed over the last year were down 10 percent in Wisconsin. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 25, 2018

Governor embraces Lionsgate Academy, Lakeland STAR
Gov. Scott Walker toured Lionsgate Academy in Minnesota recently, saying the visit to the pioneering charter school for children with autism was an eye-opening experience for him, and the governor also predicted great things for Lakeland STAR Academy/School in Minocqua, the new charter school being modeled after Lionsgate. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Governor addresses Grow North annual meeting
Gov. Scott Walker was in Rhinelander on May 14 to address the membership of the Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation at the group's annual meeting held at Nicolet Area Technical College. (subscriber access) (web exclusive)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FCC: Net neutrality repeal takes effect June 11
The Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order - otherwise known as the repeal of net neutrality - will take effect on June 11, the agency said last week, returning the regulation of Internet service providers to the light-touch approach that existed before the Obama-era regulatory framework was established. (Subscriber Access) (Web Exclusive)
Friday, May 18, 2018

Never Forgotten Honor Flight takes 88 veterans to D.C.
The freedoms we enjoy as Americans have always come at the highest of costs, the blood, sweat, tears of the men and women who stand between those who would take those liberties away and the rest of the populace. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Democrats: GOP bill would let thousands of children go hungry
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have released their proposed annual farm bill - which includes appropriations for food stamps, or SNAP - and Democrats, both on the national and state level, are up in arms, saying the plan will exacerbate hunger, particularly among children. (subscriber access)
Friday, May 4, 2018

Shock number: Autism rates jump to one in 59
The hopes and expectations of many experts were dashed last week as new official government autism numbers were released, and once again the prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) was marching upward. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Officials mark new certified site in Eagle River
Republican Gov. Scott Walker and representatives from Vilas County and Eagle River unveiled the 20th Certified In Wisconsin site in Eagle River on Tuesday. The program, which allows locations to have quicker turnaround time for business development, launched in 2012 and has certified 20 locations in the state with Eagle River's being the latest and the first north of Wausau. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Only in Wisconsin: Butter law sparks litigation
A federal district judge recently tossed an Ohio dairy's challenge of Wisconsin's ban on the sale of ungraded butter, but the company is keeping the issue churned up, filing an appeal this week with the federal seventh circuit court of appeals. (subscriber access)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Northwoods Rail Transit Commission studies regional use
Sister studies conducted in 2013 and the present confirm the logging industry is the primary driver for railway use in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Walker, GOP target local control once again
Local control once again wore a bullseye on its back this week, as Gov. Scott Walker signed yet another bill to rein in the powers of municipalities, this time a law creating uniform employment standards across the state. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, April 20, 2018

Walker lays out 'ambitious' plan in State of the State
Gov. Scott Walker gave his State of the State speech this past Wednesday, touting his tax-cutting accomplishments over the past seven years and proposing major welfare reform, a $122-million tax credit, and programs designed to boost job creation and prosperity in rural areas. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

State presses forward on DNR trespassing case
Despite being rebuked by a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and despite the high court overturning the conviction of a man for intentionally pointing a firearm at DNR wardens, the state is pressing forward in the prosecution of a case that demonstrates the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' vast power when it comes to private property. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 27, 2017

Sean Duffy talks immigration at town hall meeting
U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy held three town halls in Vilas, Forest and Florence counties Thursday. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Holy Cow! WMC official wants dairy bumped from license plate
It's a debate that might well last until the cows come home, but the president of the powerful Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce got it started last week when he suggested booting 'America's Dairyland' as the slogan on the state license plate.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

What Trump's health care actions mean for Wisconsin
President Donald Trump last week made good on threats to take executive action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, signing an executive order that will loosen marketplace requirements for those buying and selling insurance and ending billions of dollars in subsidies to big insurance companies. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 20, 2017

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