Politics

Senator Johnson Pioneers 'Tele-Town Halls'

Sep 18, 2013
Senate website

For years, local town hall meetings have been a venue enabling people to have access to their elected officials. But politics and technology are changing the town hall dynamic for at least one Wisconsin politician.

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Update: High-stakes talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov continued on Friday in Geneva. They say they are continuing to negotiate a deal on Syria's chemical weapons, as well as try to renew talks on ending the Syrian civil war.

It has been a roller coaster week for U.S. policy toward Syria. 

Urban Milwaukee

News of suspended Brewer Ryan Braun’s apology dominated much of the local news this week.

What Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About Politics

Aug 20, 2013
The University Press of Kentucky

The idea that pop culture is filled with parables and stories beneath the surface is nothing new.

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Halfway through his first term in office, Republican Ron Johnson is now the senior senator from Wisconsin.

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The future of immigration reform efforts in Congress remains in question two days after House Speaker John Boehner held a closed door meeting with leading Republicans.

Former Journalist to Head Wis. Think Tank

Jun 28, 2013
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As one of Wisconsin's think tanks, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute strives to shape public policy and bring transparency to government.

So it comes as no surprise that its new director spent years as a journalist doing just that.

Wisconsin soon could see a big increase in funding for mental health services.

With election day coming up next Tuesday, education activists on both sides of the aisle are anticipating the outcome of one of the biggest races - that for state superintendent of public instruction.

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments for and against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which the Obama Administration has declined to defend.  A ruling on DOMA could impact federal benefits for same-sex couples.  The Proposition 8 case before the court yesterday could have a broader impact.  The justices could use it to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage – though they signaled hesitation to issue such a broad determination.

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