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Wis. one of 6 states with better-than-half voter turnout

NH voting

Only about a third of American voters cast their ballots in this year's midterm elections — the worst showing in at least five decades.

Iowans consider 2016 Walker candidacy

High above downtown Des Moines, a group of young Republicans gathered over lunch for the monthly meeting of the "Bull Moose Club" spent an afternoon digesting…

Things to know about immigration in Wisconsin

Obama makes immigration deal

Wisconsin politicians, business and agriculture leaders and advocates are reacting to President Barack Obama's plans to shield as many as 5 million immigrants…

UW expert doubts Republicans can take Obama to court

Obama package on immigration

President Barack Obama's efforts to keep millions of illegal immigrants from being deported are being questioned by Republican opponents, but UW Madison…

Iowans consider 2016 Walker candidacy

While the enthusiasm is clear, Iowa republicans are also quick to mention other names including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former…

State budget agency requests would create $2.2 billion deficit

A first look at the state budget picture for the next two years shows the state could face a potential $2.2 billion shortfall if all state agency requests are…

Immigrants in Madison anticipate order from Obama

It has been 13 years since Maria Martinez moved her life from Mexico to Wisconsin. It was nearly a decade after that when she got an unexpected knock on her…

Lawmaker promises to pass special needs vouchers

A Republican lawmaker whose daughter has Down syndrome says a bill to create a voucher program to help students with special needs attend private school in…

Latino community caught in middle of immigration fight

Obama immigration video

Luis Montoto has been the talk show host of "El Debate" on La Movida radio station for 12 years. He said that most every day for the last six years,…

Council president criticizes Soglin's action on budget

The Madison City Council president said Mayor Paul Soglin is offering "just rhetoric" after forwarding the city budget on without his signature.

County budget will increase Madison taxpayers’ bills by about $23

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Dane County passed its operating and capital budgets almost unanimously Monday night, and it was signed by County Executive Joe Parisi Wednesday.

Soglin will not sign budget; budget with tax levy increase passes

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will not sign the city council's version of the city budget, forgoing a veto and allowing the budget to pass.

Johnson, Baldwin split on Keystone vote

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin's U.S. senators have split their votes as the Senate narrowly rejects legislation to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Wis. senators split on immigration action

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin's senators are split on whether the president should take executive action on immigration.

Ryan to chair tax panel, a possible 2016 platform

House Republican leaders have chosen Paul Ryan to head the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the next two years.

State releases list of potential Hill Farms developers

The Wisconsin Department of Administration releases a list of potential developers for the Hill Farms property on Madison's near-west side.

Walker not sure when he will introduce budget

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn't know when he will introduce his state budget proposal, but he's hoping that meetings he's having now with state lawmakers…

Walker waiting for calling as he mulls 2016 run

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is seriously considering whether to get into the race for president in 2016.

Fox Cities invests in urban runoff management

The proliferation of stormwater ponds over the years has cost taxpayers and developers millions of dollars in the Fox Cities, but officials say they are…

Walker to propose tax, fee increases for transportation

Gov. Scott Walker says significant changes will be made to the state Department of Transportation budget request that would increase taxes and fees by $751…

Walker says changes coming to his cabinet

Gov. Scott Walker says he will be announcing changes to members of his cabinet next month.

County Board approves budget, property taxes to rise

Dane County homeowners will see a rise in the county portion of their property tax bill after the county board approved a budget for 2015 Monday.

Debate over homeless shelter heats up between county, town

porchlight

As the weather cools down, the debate over a homeless shelter expansion heats up between Dane County and the town of Madison.

House GOP delays votes on new committee chairmen

House Republicans are delaying votes on new committee chairmen because some members are experiencing weather delays returning to the capital.

Wisconsin would join electric car tax trend

2011 Chevy Volt

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on electric and hybrid vehicles if the proposed $50 annual charge put forward by the Department…

24-year-old Rice Lake man looks toward Legislature

A 24-year-old who served on the Rice Lake City Council and as mayor when he was only a teen is now joining the Wisconsin Legislature.

Republicans pushing new school accountability bill

Republicans are moving quickly to pass a school accountability early next year, which would give Gov. Scott Walker an early example of how effectively he'll be…

Walker, supporters spent $4 million at end of race

Gov. Scott Walker and his allies spent more than $4 million in television ads in the final week of the race where he defeated Democrat Mary Burke by nearly 6…

Democrat Cates won't seek recount

Republicans will have a 63-36 majority next year in the state Assembly after a Democrat who lost a close election concedes instead of seeking a recount.

Third Republican announces state Senate bid

A third Republican has announced his candidacy to fill the soon-to-be vacated state Senate seat of Sen. Glenn Grothman who was elected to Congress.

City officials approve $1M forestry fee to fight EAB

ash, tree, emerald ash borer, generic

The Madison City Council increased the funding focused on fighting the emerald ash borer at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Family Care expansion to 7 counties approved

The Legislature's budget committee has approved expanding Wisconsin's popular Family Care program that provides in-home care to seven northeastern counties.

Senate Democrats pick Shilling as leader

Wisconsin Democrats have chosen Jennifer Shilling as the new state Senate minority leader.

Stroebel, Schlenvogt both announce runs for Senate

Grothman

Two Republicans have announced bids to succeed state Sen. Glenn Grothman in the state Senate after he won election to Congress.

Court upholds former Walker aide's conviction

A state appeals court says one of Gov. Scott Walker's former aides was properly convicted of campaigning on taxpayers' time.

Assembly Democrats stay with leader

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca

Wisconsin Democrats have decided to stick with Peter Barca as Assembly minority leader despite a lackluster showing in last week's elections.

Ryan: Taking over tax-writing committee won't preclude '16 bid

Rep. Paul Ryan is not bothered by suggestions that taking over Congress' main tax-writing committee might stand in the way of a White House bid.

Larson won't say if he had votes to remain leader

State Sen. Chris Larson

State Sen. Chris Larson says his decision not to seek another two years as leader of state Senate Democrats was a purely personal one, and he doesn't know if…

Burke offers thoughts after gubernatorial loss

One week after her loss to Gov. Scott Walker, Democrat Mary Burke is talking about her run for statewide office.

Burke says she doesn't want to run again statewide

Democrat Mary Burke said Monday that she won't run for U.S. Senate in two years or any other statewide office after she was defeated in the governor's race by…

Walker tells Assembly Republicans they can lead

Gov. Scott Walker tells Assembly Republicans that they have an "incredible opportunity to lead" as they increase their majority heading into his second term.

Sen. Johnson plans border bill

The incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee says he will aim to pass a border security bill once a new GOP-controlled Congress convenes…

Steineke elected Assembly majority leader

State Rep. Jim Steineke

State Rep. Jim Steineke has been elected as Republican majority leader for the Wisconsin state Assembly.

Longtime Wisconsin Rep. Williams dies at 77

The longest-serving woman in Wisconsin's Legislature has died at age 77.

Stroebel announces run for state Senate

Duey Stroebel

Republican state Rep. Duey Stroebel is running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Glenn Grothman after he was elected to Congress.

3 seeking Assembly majority leader post

Republicans in control of the Wisconsin state Assembly are meeting to select a new majority leader.

Walker: Governors make much better presidents

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says governors make much better presidents than members of Congress.

A look ahead to issues facing the Legislature

The Republican majority is solid in the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker will likely be empowered by his third statewide victory in four years.

House GOP boasts diversity, new conservatives

Meet the new House Republicans.

Goyke to challenge for Democratic leadership

Rep. Evan Goyke says he wants to lead Assembly Democrats this legislative session.

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