In times of war and national crisis, Congress has had to respond nimbly, passing laws without going through the usual legislative process, which includes “readings” — dissemination of proposals to legislators — along with holding debates and public hearings. For example, Congress bypassed normal protocol to enact laws responding to the Great Depression, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, said David T. Canon, professor of political science at UW-Madison.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department says the cost of its benchmark plan on HealthCare.gov will go up less in Wisconsin than the national average.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has spent his entire life preparing for a job he says he never wanted.
Ryan worked as a congressional intern in college, returning later to work as a paid staffer on Capitol Hill. By 28, he was a member of the House. By his early 40s, he was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and then the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. In 2012, he was a vice presidential candidate and a talked-about future presidential contender.
A legislative committee is set to vote next week on a bill that would legalize blaze pink hunting gear. Who says the state’s legislative leaders aren’t taking up the important issues facing Wisconsin?
A federal district court today rejected a request to increase access to the ballot for Wisconsin voters. The American Civil Liberties Union sought to expand the list of acceptable identification to include IDs for veterans and students attending technical colleges, as well as out-of-state driver's licenses.
New figures show a record number of campers visited Wisconsin state parks this year.
Treasure lies at the bottom of Lake Michigan.
Emails obtained by WKOW-TV in Madison show that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his top advisers used private email accounts to send hundreds of messages early in the Republican's term in 2011.
WKOW reported recently that in response to an open records request Walker's office turned over nearly 1,000 pages of emails sent by top aides in 2011.