U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to take over one of the most powerful committees in Congress could hit a snag when lawmakers return after the midterm elections.
Ryan, the Republican Party's candidate for vice president two years ago, has been telling colleagues for much of the past year that he wants to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in the new Congress next year. The post could provide a platform for the Wisconsin Republican to launch a possible bid for president in 2016.
A federal appeals court on Sept. 24 overturned a ruling halting an investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups for alleged illegal campaign activity.
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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to ask wolf hunters and trappers to let a federal wildlife specialist watch them skin their kills to determine whether hunters' dogs are attacking the wolves in the woods.
The state tactic comes as animal rights advocates and conservationists continue to challenge the state on its policies of allowing a wolf hunt and allowing hunters to use hounds to chase the wolves, which until recent years were considered endangered species across the United States.
With the November election six weeks away, neither Republican Gov. Scott Walker nor Democratic challenger Mary Burke have put forward any grand strategies for new environmental or outdoors policies.
In a race that has largely revolved around who can create jobs, both candidates are sticking to general comments about balancing the need to protect natural resources with economic development.
Wisconsin’s largest police union has endorsed Democrat Mary Burke for governor and Republican Brad Schimel for attorney general.
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, praised U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — who announced today that he will be resigning — for leading the charge for marriage equality at the federal level.
Moore, in a statement released this afternoon, said, "The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is a great loss for our country. As one of the Obama Administration’s leading progressive voices, Attorney General Holder led the charge in support of same-sex marriage, protecting our voting rights and addressing the inequities in our criminal justice system. As the first African-American to serve as attorney general, his honorable legacy of justice is nothing less than historic."
Two Wisconsin groups, the NAACP Milwaukee Branch and Voces de la Frontera, filed an emergency motion with the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Their goal is to block enforcement of the state voter ID law for the November election.
The two groups, longtime opponents of the legislation, asked the state's highest court to modify its July decision, which said that the measure is constitutional.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced on Sept. 26 that it closed its fifth family planning health center — a center in Fond du Lac County — as "a direct consequence of Gov. Scott Walker’s targeted elimination of all state funds supporting preventative patient care at Planned Parenthood in the state budget."
A news release from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin said all of the impacted health centers provided "essential health care including breast and cervical cancer screens, health exams, birth control and testing and treatment of STD’s to women in need of affordable reproductive care. None of the affected health centers provided abortion services or referrals due to state laws that prohibit the use of state funds for anything abortion related."
The Obama administration this week announced a new 5-year plan for the Great Lakes that will accelerate efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species, farm runoff and restoring plant and wildlife habitat.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy released the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's action plan on Sept. 24 during a meeting of Great Lakes mayors in Chicago, saying it is a roadmap for federal agencies to target the "biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem."
First lady Michelle Obama will head to Milwaukee next week to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.
The visit on Sept. 29 comes the same day that Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is to be campaigning across the state in Hudson, near the Minnesota border, for Republican Gov. Scott Walker.