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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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Late yesterday afternoon, Dutch investigators were finally allowed access to the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine.  The bodies that have been recovered are being transported back to the Netherlands, where the flight took off last week.  

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There’s no doubt we live in a highly politicized, highly polarized time.  As we enter the mid-term elections, there are a number of Republican candidates who are running with the promise of trying to impeach President Obama in the last two years of his term.

A variety of challenges, both foreign and domestic, have President Obama’s popularity at a low point, even among people who have historically supported him.  It’s a far cry from the mandate that the President and his political allies cited after his re-election two years ago.

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The start of July means we are roughly four months away from Election Day, the first Tuesday in November.  Wisconsin’s race for Governor will be among the most closely watched in the country, with Scott Walker facing his second challenge since he was elected four years ago.

Walker, who dispatched a recall challenge in defeating Tom Barrett two years ago, will likely face businesswoman and former state Commerce Secretary Mary Burke.

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down how much donors can give to multiple candidates, Wisconsin plans to stop enforcing its $10,000 limit.

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