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Sexual harassment claims became public last week, regarding Democratic state Rep. Josh Zepnick.  Two women allege Zepnick kissed them against their will.  In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com whether he expects to learn about more harassment complaints in Madison.

Leaders in the state Assembly -- from both parties -- stated last week that they won't release records related to claims of sexual harassment within the chamber, in order to protect victims' privacy.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com how the decision might sit with constituents.

Ross also talks about the likelihood of the state Legislature approving Gov. Walker's request for $7 million to launch a massive ad campaign to attract Foxconn workers -- and we discuss whether the governor will appoint a conservative candidate for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

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The 2018 governor's race continues to take shape.  Democrats are still entering -- or considering getting into -- the race.  And, Republican incumbent Scott Walker has officially launched his re-election bid.  For a look at where things stand today, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson checked in with JR Ross of wispolitics.com.

Ross says Democrats Tony Evers, Dana Wachs and Andy Gronik appear to be top-tier candidates at this stage of the game.

The biggest issues in the race will likely be Foxconn, Gov. Walker's jobs promise, transportation and education.

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson broke with fellow Republican lawmakers last week.  He announced he would not vote for the tax package that many in the GOP are eager to approve.  This isn't the first time Johnson has separated himself from the pack. 

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wiscpolitics.com to share his thoughts on Johnson's actions, as part of this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation.

The state agency tasked with overseeing the huge Foxconn incentives package is expected to vote on it this week.  Under the deal, brokered by Gov. Walker's team, the state will give the Taiwanese electronics giant $3 billion -- and ease environmental regulations -- to help Foxconn build a massive LCD screen plant in Racine County. 

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Wisconsin's troubled juvenile prison, Lincoln Hills, keeps making headlines.  Investigations into the state-run facility in northern Wisconsin began over two years ago, over claims that the teenage inmates were being mistreated. 

The race for governor is more than a year away. But, the field of Democratic hopefuls seems to grow just about every week. More than a half-dozen have entered the race – or are seriously considering making the move.

JR Ross of wispolitics.com says some of the candidates have overlapping constituencies, and likely will have to work to “carve out a lane” for themselves. Ross talks about the race and other matters with WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson, for this week’s “Capitol Notes.”

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Gov. Scott Walker had been expecting Foxconn officials to sign a deal with the state any day now.  The Taiwanese company plans to build a huge LCD screen manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, with the help of $3 billion in state incentives.  But late last week, the board that will oversee the deal, delayed voting on it.

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Gov. Scott Walker signed two huge pieces of legislation into law last week -- the state budget and the Foxconn deal.  The state would give the Taiwanese electronics giant $3 billion to build a huge LCD manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin.  

While the Foxconn deal looks like a victory for Walker now, things could get dicey as we head into the 2018 gubernatorial election.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke about the developments with JR Ross of wispolitics.com in this week's "Capitol Notes" segment.

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Gov. Scott Walker will sign the huge Foxconn incentives package in Racine County today.  It will help the Taiwanese electronics giant build a massive plant, to manufacture LCD screens in southeastern Wisconsin. Lawmakers in Madison put the final touches on the deal -- and the overdue state budget -- last week.

Republican leaders faced stiff opposition from Democrats on both measures, as well as challenges from some in the GOP.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with JR Ross of Wispolitics.com, about the developments, in this week's Capitol Notes segment.