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The next battle lines over labor in Wisconsin have apparently been drawn. 

Federal Judge Charles Clevert ordered the Government Accountability Board to post links for four years, to emphasize that certain state laws no longer apply.

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It’s been a busy week for big announcements by lawmakers.

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Governor Walker laid out a basic agenda for the coming months - including shrinking the size of state government further, eliminating Common Core standards from schools and decreasing property taxes- during his State of the State Address last night.

Congress is taking up a one trillion dollar spending bill that would keep the federal government in business through the end of the fiscal year. But that news is unlikely to signal a watershed new era in bipartisan cooperation in the capital.

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It’s been just over a month since sweeping victories by Republican candidates around the country, and here in Wisconsin. 

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Scott Walker was elected to another four-year term as Wisconsin governor yesterday, beating back a challenge from Trek bicycle executive Mary Burke.  

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The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed the races for governor and attorney general in this state were dead even.  It was the latest in a series of polls showing very close races.

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Monday is the 40th anniversary of President Gerald R. Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, the only President in American history to resign.

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A report last year by the American Civil Liberties Union tried to shed light on how the nation’s marijuana laws were being enforced differently, depending on demographic group.

That report came amid a changing climate in many parts of the country regarding the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana.

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service examined disparities in marijuana law enforcement in the state’s major population centers.

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Both the Democrats and Republicans are trying to close ranks ahead of this year’s mid-term elections – and ahead of the bigger prize in 2016 – the White House. Lake Effect political satirist Will Durst says that led to the most strained meeting he can imagine since Cain attended Abel’s funeral.

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Now that the primary election votes have been counted and the results are in, we need to take a look at how the votes cast will impact Wisconsin's future as the winners now move forward to the November elections.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich spoke with Julia Azari, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marquette University, about the meaning of voter turnout in the primary, the results themselves, and what voters should look for as the candidates gear up for the main elections. 

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Wisconsin’s primary elections are next Tuesday.  But it will be the general election in November that many believe will effectively be a referendum, another one, on the course Scott Walker has set as governor of Wisconsin.

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[Originally aired September 2012]

225 years ago, on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed their names to the final draft of the United States Constitution.  Less than a year later, on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it, it became, as it states in its own Article VI, the supreme law of the land. 

Essay: Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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[originally aired in August 2011]

Picture this. You are a woman lawyer clerking for a federal judge, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. It is September of 1970, with revolution in the air, a time of long hair on men and short skirts on women.  You join a group of fifteen or so of your male law school classmates (women had constituted less than 3% of the class) for lunch in the restaurant at the top of the Marine Bank (now the Chase Tower).  

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