Politics & Government

Politics & Government
10:55 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Milwaukee's Streetcar Project Suffers Setback at Hands of Joint Finance

The Joint Finance committee Thursday essentially killed plans to run a streetcar through downtown Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar project has hit a bump in the road. The Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Thursday approved a provision in the Public Service Commission’s budget, that would shift any related costs for the streetcar from utility ratepayers to the city.

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Politics & Government
10:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Walker Gives WEDC Vote of Confidence in Light of Criticism

Gov. Scott Walker says his job creation agency overall is doing good work
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Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday presided over an emergency meeting of the board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC.

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Politics & Government
11:12 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Watchdog Group Warned of Potential Problems Prior to WEDC Creation

The executive director of a Washington DC watchdog organization published a report prior to the creation of WEDC warning of potential transparency and accountability problems with similar public-private economic developments groups elsewhere.

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wisconsin Republican Leaders Work to Rally Party Faithful

Gov. Walker lobbied for voucher expansion, income tax cuts and Medicaid reform
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UW Madison Political Scientist Charles Franklin discusses this weekend's state Republican convention in central Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Republicans rallied near Wausau over the weekend - during their annual convention.

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Politics & Government
11:28 am
Mon May 6, 2013

City Considers Changes For Milwaukee Taxi Industry

Drivers await fares outside a downtown Milwaukee hotel
Credit Bob Bach

More taxicabs could soon be rolling on Milwaukee streets. In 1992, the city capped taxi permits at 350. Now a group of cab owners and at least one alderman want to lift the cap. This afternoon, a Common Council committee will solicit opinions about the quality of taxi service today and whether or not the city needs more.

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Politics & Government
10:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawmakers Push to Strengthen Drunken Driving Laws

It’s not uncommon to tune into the news and learn of another drunken driving arrest or accident. Oftentimes, the perpetrators have numerous offenses.

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Politics & Government
10:09 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Council Approves TIF Plan to Help Pay for $400 million Northwestern Mutual Office Tower

The new office tower will replace the brown building from the 1970s
Credit Northwestern Mutual

The insurance giant Northwestern Mutual wants to build a $400 million office tower, that would be at least 30 stories tall, on the corner of Cass and Mason, in downtown Milwaukee. It would replace a 16-story building from the 1970s.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State Lawmakers Grapple With Huge Transportation Deficit

The Joint Finance committee will take up the state transportation budget on Tuesday.
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One of the big budget items coming before the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Tuesday will be transportation.

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Election
11:58 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Roggensack Turns Back Challenge from Fallone on Supreme Court

Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack will serve another ten years on the state Supreme Court.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack has won a second ten year term. Roggensack handily defeated Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone in Tuesday’s election.

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Politics & Government
11:53 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Former Justice Geske Concerned about Wisconsin Supreme Court

Former justice says court faces serious differences, challenging issues.

Following the results of Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court Election in which incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack won another 10-year term, former Justice Janine Geske shared her thoughts about the race and concerns about the court.

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