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July 19, 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


State Supreme Court upholds warrantless blood draw of unconscious driver
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last week that the state was within its rights to withdraw blood without a warrant from an unconscious person who had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

NRB discusses deer farm fencing, carcass movement
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal brain disease affecting cervids such as white-tailed deer and elk. The first case of CWD was found in Wisconsin in 2002. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Wisconsin doles out $11.6M in 2018 bonuses
The state of Wisconsin has handed out $11.6 million in 2018 lump-sum bonuses to almost 4,700 employees, The Lakeland Times has found in a records investigation. (subscriber access)
Friday, July 6, 2018

Municipalities seek tax dollars to lobby for higher taxes
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities (LWM) has launched an effort to get local governments to pitch in financially in a campaign to advocate for higher taxes on many businesses. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, July 3, 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

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)
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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

Supreme Court to hear major case on TIF districts
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case raising constitutional questions about tax incremental finance districts, a case filed more than two years ago by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty on behalf of a group of Eau Claire taxpayers. (subscriber access)
Friday, October 13, 2017

Mining moratorium bill moves forward
State Sen. Tom Tiffany's bill to repeal Wisconsin's mining moratorium took a major step forward late last week, with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry voting 3-2 to move the bill to the full Senate for action. (subscriber access)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DHS: Wisconsin one of 21 states Russia tried to hack in election
Wisconsin was one of 21 states targeted for cyber-hacking during last year's election, the chief of the Wisconsin elections commission said last week, citing a notification from the Department of Homeland Security. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 29, 2017

Johnson, GOP senators launch push on health care
Earlier this year, after Republicans swept to majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and won the presidency last November, almost everybody was surprised when the GOP could not unify long enough to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act that the party uniformly detests. (subscriber access)
Friday, September 22, 2017


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