A Republican senator targeted by Democrats in this fall's election. A major employer considering the closing of plants and the layoffs of hundreds of workers. Lingering skepticism surrounding big state subsidies to Foxconn. It all adds up to a sticky situation for the Republican-run state Senate, which is mulling a push to give Foxconn-like incentives to Kimberly-Clark to save jobs in the Fox Valley.
The case of a Marquette University professor could have impact far beyond the Milwaukee campus. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which handled the case for John McAdams, a conservative political science professor at Marquette, said universities everywhere should take notice.
When election-year politics start heating up, some government pros look the other way and focus on the upcoming state budget. The state budget is a two-year document, which gets started well before it's introduced to the Legislature by the governor early in odd-numbered years. Two pieces of recent news — plus a healthy state economy and a record-low unemployment rate — could set the stage for a positive revenue picture entering 2019. Out-of-state online retailers to be taxed
The Democrats' loss of Wisconsin in the 2016 presidential election could prove to be a winner for the state come 2020.
Sometimes, it's more interesting to note what elected officials say on the way out than when they're in office, constantly electioneering, posturing and pleasing all sorts of people. So, let's take note of the reflections of low-key Republican state Assemblyman Ed Brooks of Reedsburg. Brooks is passing on a re-election bid because of health issues. He announced his retirement May 14 due to his ongoing battle with leukemia.
OSHKOSH — More than 23 percent of Democratic Party of Wisconsin conventioneers voting in a WisPolitics.com straw poll favored former state Rep. Kelda Roys for the party's 2018 gubernatorial nomination.
Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn will remain among the field of candidates for Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial primary, despite calls for him to drop out because of his role defending the Milwaukee Archdiocese in sexual abuse lawsuits. Women's March Wisconsin recently called on Flynn to withdraw from the race, but Flynn's campaign manager, Bryan Kennedy, said the criticism amounts to an attempt "to take someone who is a likely frontrunner out of this race, and to attack him for priest sex abuse when he's the one who actually cleaned up the problem."
Nursing homes and assisted living centers in Wisconsin are experiencing an increasing workforce shortage, according to a recent report from a group of provider organizations.
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind has the biggest war chest among Wisconsin's House members going into his 2018 re-election bid, a WisPolitics.com check of the FEC site shows. The La Crosse Democrat, who's facing GOP opponent Steve Toft, ended the quarter with more than $3 million cash on hand after raising $246,573 over the first three months of the year. Kind spent $288,942 over the period, which runs from Jan. 1 to March 31. He outraised Toft, who brought in $82,268 over the period to end with $103,152 cash on hand. Toft also spent $32,224.
Paul Ryan has been a member of Congress, chair of the House Budget Committee, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, GOP vice presidential nominee, and now — departing speaker. While speculation has swirled about his future in early 2018, Ryan has been out raising millions and millions of dollars for his Republican colleagues as they faced the prospect of a blue wave hitting in November.