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The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday handed Gov. Walker a major victory – just days after he officially launched his bid for President. The court effectively ended an investigation into Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. Prosecutors had been examining whether the campaign illegally coordinated activities with conservative funders such as Wisconsin Club for Growth.

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The plan to use public funding to help build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks has cleared a major hurdle. Wednesday evening, the state Senate approved the deal on a vote of 21 to 10.

Republicans had to convince a number of Democrats to go along with the plan.

Before the vote, senators made a few revisions to the bill they took up last week in the Joint Committee on Finance.

Agents in 20 countries helped coordinate a series of arrests on Wednesday, to bring down a computer hacking forum known as Darkode. The alleged creator is 27 year old Daniel Placek of Glendale, Wisconsin, also known in circles as Nocen, Loki, Juggernaut and M1rror. He will face charges in federal court in Milwaukee, including conspiracy to commit computer fraud.

Fugitive Safe Surrender : Cleveland

Fugitive Safe Surrender programs let people wanted for non-violent offenses turn themselves in at a church. The planning required for the July 2016 Milwaukee event is extensive, but the results could be remarkable, if they mirror what other cities have experienced.

As many as 50,000 fugitives have peacefully surrendered across the county since communities began offering the program a decade ago.

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The state Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on a financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

It would include contributions from state and local government, in addition to the funding the Bucks’ current and former owners have committed.

Under the plan the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance held a hearing on last week, Milwaukee County’s share would come, in part, from $4 million a year in debt collections. The arena plan calls for the state Department of Revenue to assume the county’s role in debt collection.

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Supporters cheered on Gov. Scott Walker as he announced his presidential bid on Monday. At the same time, his detractors gathered outside the Waukesha County Expo Center to share their views.

Tom Mulvenna, a local leader of the American Federation of Teachers, summed up the crowd’s sentiments.

“So we are here today to warn America: Scott Walker has been wrong for Wisconsin, and he’d be even worse as president of the United States,” Mulvenna said.

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Gov. Walker, with his family at his side, on Monday formally announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for President. Several thousand supporters turned out for the event at the Waukesha Expo Center.

Walker came out with his shirt sleeves rolled up and spoke without notes or a podium. Walker pledged to fight for the rights of all Americans.

“Healthy or sick, born or unborn, I will fight and win for you. Young or old, or anywhere in between, I will fight and win for you,” Walker says.

Now that the Wisconsin Legislature has wrapped up its budget work, Republican leaders are setting their sights on a new goal — overhauling the state’s Government Accountability Board.

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After months of anticipation, Gov. Scott Walker announced via Twitter that he is seeking the Republican nomination for President. 

Gov. Walker signed a $72 billion, two-year spending plan into law for  Wisconsin on Sunday at a manufacturing plant in Waukesha, as he prepares to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for president. He will make his announcement at the Waukesha Expo Center late Monday.

In signing the dense budget bill into law, Walker said it is all about keeping taxpayers first. He says his actions lower the average property tax bill, freeze UW System tuition for two more years, put resources into working training and require drug testing for many people receiving public benefits.

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