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State News

Republicans Won’t Let Attorney General Pull Out Of ACA Lawsuit

A Republican lawmaker says members of his party won’t let the attorney general pull Wisconsin out of a federal lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act.  Representative John Nygren says Assembly Republicans haven’t officially discussed the idea, but he says G-O-P members still fundamentally oppose the law known as Obamacare.  He expects a request from Attorney More >

Columbia County Correctional Institution Ending 23-Day Lockdown

The state Department of Corrections says it is ending a 23-day lockdown at a center Wisconsin facility.  Normal scheduled visitations will resume tomorrow (Friday) and all other inmate activities and programs will start up again over the next few days.  The lockdown at the Columbia County Correctional Institution went into effect January 14th.  At that More >

Legislative Leaders Talk Tolls As A Way To Pay For Needed Highway Work

Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate suggest that highway repairs could be funded by establishing toll roads.  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald broached the subject at a Wisconsin Counties Association meeting Wednesday.  Fitzgerald says tolling could be the only way to solve transportation infrastructure problems.  He says collecting More >

Governor “Can’t Support” GOP Tax Cut Bill Without Funding To Pay For It

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says there’s not enough money to pay for a Republican tax cut plan moving through the Legislature this week.  Party leaders held a public hearing on the plan Tuesday.  They call it a compromise with the governor, but he basically said he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk.  More >

Evers:  Directs DNR To Review Foxconn Air Permits

Wisconsin’s governor says he is keeping a campaign pledge by directing the Department of Natural Resources to review the air permits granted for the Foxconn project.  Governor Tony Evers says he has discussed the review with Foxconn officials and they aren’t concerned.  After a brief discussion of a possible change in focus, the Taiwan-based electronics More >

Barron City Council Primary Features Wisconsin’s First Somali Candidates

The primary election for the Barron City Council is believed to be the first time Somali candidates are running for public office in Wisconsin.  Somali Americans Isaak Mohamed and Faisal Ahmed, and Paul Solie will face off in the February 19th primary.  The two top vote-getters will meet in an April 2nd special election for More >

3rd Lawsuit Filed Challenging Laws Passed During Lame-Duck Session

A third lawsuit has been filed challenging the laws approved during December’s lame-duck session of the Wisconsin Legislature.  Five unions joined Democratic State Senator Janet Bewley in the legal action filed in Dane County Circuit Court Monday.  The latest filing alleges the laws illegally weaken the governor and attorney general’s powers while shifting a financial More >

Milwaukee:  Front-Runner To Host 2020 Democratic National Convention

One national publication lists Milwaukee as the favorite among three finalists to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.  Politico-dot-com reports Milwaukee is the odds-on favorite.  A local public relations expert, Evan Zeppos, is quoting well-connected sources with the selection process as saying as signs point to Wisconsin’s largest city.  Other finalists are Houston and Miami.  More >

Governor Says Foxconn Needs To Do A Better Job Of Communicating Its Plans

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says he is confident Foxconn Technology Group is committed to its huge, multi-billion dollar project in Mount Pleasant.  Evers says the Taiwan-based electronics giant needs to do a better job communicating about its plans.  Last week was filled with twists and turns concerning the future for the location in southeastern Wisconsin.  More >

Canadian Aluminum Manufacturer To Build $80M Plant In Wisconsin Rapids

A Canadian company which makes aluminum is promising to hire 80 permanent, full-time employees when it opens its new plant in Wisconsin Rapids.  Matalco, Incorporated, plans to spend 80-million dollars constructing the facility on the northeast side of the city.  Local officials give credit to the city’s pro-business “Grow Rapids” initiative for the new development.  More >