Wisconsin's elections and ethics agency refuted in a court filing this week claims that it had improperly participated in a campaign finance investigation into Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that supported him.
The Government Accountability Board's filing comes after the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the groups targeted in the probe, alleged in a complaint unsealed earlier in December that top GAB officials launched the investigation without first getting approval from the agency's six-member board. The GAB then continued with the investigation, even after the board voted to end its involvement in July, the group's complaint alleges.
Wisconsin anti-abortion groups are gearing up for another legislative session, with plans to push for a new ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and to revive a host of initiatives that went nowhere last time around.
Last session, the anti-abortion lobby lobbied the GOP-controlled Legislature to pass a law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Republicans retained their majorities in the Assembly and Senate in November’s elections, setting the stage for more wins for anti-abortion groups. Republican leaders aren’t publicly committing to anything, but Democrats are already preparing for a fight.
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, wants the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review Wisconsin’s parental choice voucher program.
A GAO review will provide a thorough examination and shed light on the program’s shortcomings, Pocan's office said in a news release. This non-partisan review would help to better inform the national discussion on the importance of supporting public schools.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s decision to “actively explore” a presidential run will not impact his decision on running.
A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a theft conviction against a former aide of Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.
A team of “Sweet Scientists” from the UWisconsin-Madison has become the latest winner of The Amazing Race.
Wisconsin’s top story in 2014 was a historic one, as the state joined the ranks of those that allow gay marriage.
But plenty of other headlines are worth remembering from the year that was, including Gov. Scott Walker demonstrating his resilience by winning his third election in four years, the theft of a 300-year-old violin and the disturbing case of the Slender Man stabbing.
A U.S. District judge on Dec. 19 overturned the Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes from the endangered species list.
An early review of the order indicated that the decision by U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Howell said removal of the species was arbitrary, capricious and violated the federal Endangered Species Act.
This year’s Mendota Freeze Contest, says local nonprofit Clean Lakes Alliance, is anyone’s game.
For the fourth year in a row, the organization is holding a free contest to guess the date when the Wisconsin State Climatology Office will declare Lake Mendota officially frozen.
Already suffering the winter blues? Talk to Leslie Bellais about the big, bad blizzard of 1881.