- Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump Updated: Jul-03-15 5:13 am
WASHINGTON - Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.
- Wisconsin budget passes committee, heads to full Legislature Updated: Jul-03-15 2:28 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee finally completed its revisions to Gov. Scott Walker's state budget plan after a five-week delay early Friday morning, clearing the way for votes in the full Senate and Assembly.
- Republicans approve limiting public access to records Updated: Jul-02-15 10:31 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Nearly all records created by state and local government officials, including bill drafts and communications with staff, would not be subject to the Wisconsin open records law under a sweeping surprise change Republicans introduced in committee Thursday as an amendment to the state budget.
- Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans Updated: Jul-02-15 5:39 pm
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.
- The Latest: Whistleblower asks Obama to appoint VA watchdog Updated: Jul-02-15 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest on President Barack Obama's visit to La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Thursday (all times local):
- Highlights of Wisconsin budget up for final committee vote Updated: Jul-02-15 2:04 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The two-year state budget up for passage Thursday by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee is expected to be taken up by the Assembly on Tuesday. It's unknown when the Senate will vote on it. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday that he does not have the votes for the budget in its current form.
- In Wisconsin, Sanders appeals to like-minded liberals Updated: Jul-01-15 10:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touted his progressive credentials before his largest crowd to date Wednesday night as he pushed his campaign into Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's backyard.
- Sanders attracts 10,000 boisterous supporters in Madison Updated: Jul-01-15 9:02 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attracted about 10,000 boisterous supporters at a rally in Madison to show that his bid to snatch the Democratic nomination from front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't a longshot after all.
- The Latest: Cuba embassy plan riles Republican hopefuls Updated: Jul-01-15 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba will open embassies in their capital cities after more than 50 years of hostilities between the two countries. The latest developments (all times local):
- Senate leader promises vote on Bucks arena plan next week Updated: Jul-01-15 11:41 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Senate's Republican leader says he plans to vote on a bill to fund a new Milwaukee Bucks arena next week.
- News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT Updated: Jul-01-15 7:32 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that drops a financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium and changes to the prevailing wage law, co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee said Tuesday.
- Obama's Wisconsin visit comes as Walker prepares campaign Updated: Jun-30-15 9:27 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - President Barack Obama is bringing his push to raise salaries for low-income workers to Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker angered set off a firestorm and built his expected run for the White House around curtailing collective bargaining powers and enacting a right-to-work law.
- Vos says he has votes to pass Bucks deal in Assembly Updated: Jun-29-15 3:53 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he has enough votes to pass a financing plan for a $500 million Milwaukee Bucks arena that relies on $250 million from state and local taxpayers.
- Religious liberty is rallying cry after gay marriage ruling Updated: Jun-29-15 1:02 am
NEW YORK - Now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably that gay relationships are morally wrong.
- Conservative group wrapping up Denver meeting Updated: Jun-28-15 4:04 am
DENVER - About 4,000 conservative activists gathered in Denver this weekend are wrapping up their meeting Sunday after hearing from six presidential hopefuls.
- GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling Updated: Jun-28-15 12:04 am
DENVER - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.
- Walker calls gay marriage ruling a 'grave mistake' Updated: Jun-26-15 2:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to launch a run for president within weeks, on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide a "grave mistake" and renewed his call for an amendment to the Constitution allowing states to determine who can marry.
- Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials Updated: Jun-26-15 1:02 pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 22
- Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical Updated: Jun-25-15 6:08 pm
MIAMI - Thursday's Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans had consumers breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to afford their policies, but the reaction was markedly different from governors and lawmakers in states that have fought against the Affordable Care Act.
- Reaction to health care ruling breaks along party lines Updated: Jun-25-15 2:36 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Democrats and advocates for the poor in Wisconsin cheered the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday to uphold subsidies under President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul, while Republicans renewed their calls to repeal the 2010 law.
- Wisconsin justice wants to reconsider ex-Walker aide case Updated: Jun-25-15 1:58 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - In an unusual move, a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has asked his colleagues to reconsider their decision not to hear an appeal of a felony conviction from a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.
- Walker says Obama, federal government must fix subsidies Updated: Jun-24-15 6:19 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down health care subsidies available under federal law, it's up to President Barack Obama and Congress to fix it - not the states, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday.
- Walker: Haley asked that he not talk about Confederate flag Updated: Jun-24-15 5:29 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he didn't initially offer his opinion on whether the Confederate flag should be taken down from the Capitol grounds in South Carolina because Gov. Nikki Haley asked him to hold off speaking about it.
- Democrats call for WEDC head to resign Updated: Jun-24-15 12:16 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Two Democratic members of the board that runs Gov. Scott Walker's troubled economic development agency are calling for the CEO of the organization to resign.
- Panel OKs new state trooper raises, no increases for others Updated: Jun-23-15 5:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The legislative committee that handles state workers' contracts approved a raise Tuesday for state troopers but decided to give thousands of other state employees no increases over the next two years.