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Steineke and Fitzgerald: Dueling Interviews on Budget Stalemate

The Republican Majority Leaders for the state Senate and Assembly both said they’re close on a budget deal Friday. Yet their positions still sounded worlds apart in separate interviews with Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader. Governor Scott Walker offered Fitzgerald and Speaker Robin Vos the use of $200 million proposed tax cuts to instead […]

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The Complexity of Aggressive Recusal Laws

The five conservative jurists on the Wisconsin Supreme Court were heavily criticized in April for rejecting proposed rules that would have forced judges off of cases involving those who helped get them on the bench. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported back then: The retired judges who asked for the rule to be rewritten argued there should […]

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Investigation Finds USPS Hatch Act Violation

An investigation requested by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has found that  U.S. Postal Service practices during the 2016 election cycle violated the Hatch Act. Media Trackers exclusively reported last week that the investigation would likely find Hatch Act violations and we obtained the U.S. Office of Special Council’s final report on the probe Tuesday. Media […]

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Proposed Craft Brew Rules Would Kill New Brewery in the Cradle

Joint Finance Committee member, State Representative Dale Kooyenga, declared as dead this week a proposal that would prohibit craft brewers, wineries and distilleries from selling their product directly to customers. If the proposal is included in the state budget, it would set up a new regulatory body to oversee the alcoholic beverage industry and would mean producers […]

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Conservatives Introduce DOT Reform Legislation

The debate over Wisconsin’s state transportation spending took a new turn on Thursday when a number of legislative Republicans introduced a “Department of Transportation Reform Package” they hope will change the way the state agency operates. The proposed legislation, introduced by state Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and state Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), is the […]