- Budget-writing committee unlikely to finish work this week Updated: Jun-02-15 5:50 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker's hopes are fading for a quicker-than-normal passage of the state budget, even as Republican legislative leaders met privately Tuesday with individual lawmakers to try and broker a deal on outstanding issues including roads funding and financing a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.
- High stakes for Bush, Rubio in Florida presidential primary Updated: Jun-02-15 3:57 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida - Some of the leading Republican presidential prospects faced off at an event Tuesday in battleground Florida, a state that could prove pivotal to the Florida heavyweights seeking the nomination, not to mention any rival who manages to win here instead.
- THE LATEST: GOP presidential candidates gather in Florida Updated: Jun-02-15 9:26 am
ORLANDO, Florida - The latest from an "economic summit" hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, where several of the leading Republican candidates, and expected candidates, for president are speaking Tuesday:
- GOP presidential candidates in Florida for economic summit Updated: Jun-02-15 3:05 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida - Six Republican presidential candidates or potential candidates will speak at an economic summit organized by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
- Legislature ends with Lt. Gov. Patrick denying 2018 plans Updated: Jun-01-15 6:32 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The first legislative session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ended Monday with conservatives claiming victory on tax cuts, a big boost in border security spending and looser gun laws in a state already known as among America's most firearms friendly.
- Walker says Paul not helped by Patriot Act position Updated: Jun-01-15 12:15 pm
DELAVAN, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he does not think Rand Paul's opposition to allowing the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records in bulk is not helping the Kentucky senator's presidential run.
- %headline(Panel votes to cut University of Wisconsin $250 million Updated: May-29-15 9:55 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget-writing committee voted Friday to cut the University of Wisconsin's budget by $250 million and eliminate tenure protections for faculty from state law - moves derided by Democrats who argued the changes would hurt both higher education and the state's economy.
- Wisconsin governor: Obama power plant rule 'unworkable' Updated: May-28-15 7:24 pm
WASHINGTON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican eyeing a presidential run in 2016, says President Barack Obama's plan to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants is "unworkable."
- Memo: Eliminating DNR positions could take more jobs with it Updated: May-28-15 5:33 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate about 30 scientist and educator positions in the Department of Natural Resources could result in the agency losing dozens of additional positions his proposal doesn't account for, according to a report from state fiscal analysts.
- Analysis says voucher expansion could divert $800 million Updated: May-28-15 3:52 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A Republican-approved expansion of the private-school voucher program could divert an additional $600 million to $800 million from public schools over the next decade, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released by Democrats on Thursday.
- Panel OKs seeking office space outside Madison, Milwaukee Updated: May-27-15 8:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's budget committee has approved a Republican plan that calls for looking to lease state office space outside Madison and Milwaukee.
- Budget committee approves long-term care changes Updated: May-27-15 7:15 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers have tweaked Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand the state's Family Care program and wrap the IRIS program into it.
- Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials Updated: May-21-15 6:48 pm
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- Huckabee is latest straw poll no-show. Is event in jeopardy? Updated: May-21-15 4:28 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing - fewer candidates.
- Oklahoma GOP roiled by infighting as conference looms Updated: May-20-15 8:04 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - As Republicans prepare for some of the party's biggest names to descend on Oklahoma for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the state party is being rocked by infighting over its new chairman's decision to retain a staffer who pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge.
- Democrats decry police video hearing as political hit Updated: May-20-15 5:59 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Republican lawmakers got no closer Wednesday to figuring out how the Milwaukee Police Department's data storage system crashed after most city leaders skipped a hearing on the matter.
- Republicans to increase school funding, expand vouchers Updated: May-20-15 12:35 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin public schools would get $100 more per student in the second year of the state budget but lose money when students opt to take a voucher to attend private school, under a Republican-backed proposal the Legislature's budget committee debated Tuesday.
- Cannabis therapy bill heading to Texas Gov. Abbott Updated: May-19-15 4:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil. The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott's desk, marking a milestone that marijuana-reform advocates say is nothing short of historic in Texas.
- Correction: Senate-Wisconsin-Johnson story Updated: May-18-15 4:43 pm
MILWAUKEE - In a story May 15 about Sen. Ron Johnson's expected electoral rematch in 2016 with former Sen. Russ Feingold, The Associated Press erroneously quoted Johnson on their first race. He said Wisconsin voters "term-limited" Feingold in 2010, not that they "terminated" him.
- Lawmakers set to deal with growing female prison population Updated: May-17-15 9:53 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - The Legislature's finance committee is set to decide this week how to handle the state's growing number of women prisoners after forecasts show the population likely will grow faster than Gov. Scott Walker anticipated in his budget proposal.
- Republican Sen. Johnson takes swipes at Democrat Feingold Updated: May-16-15 6:13 pm
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson took swipes at his newly announced Democratic challenger Russ Feingold on Saturday, alleging the former senator is unwilling to face the biggest issues facing the country, his signature campaign finance law was an "abject failure" and that he will never hold a leadership position in the Senate.
- Warren lashes GOP 2016 field, warns of 'American nightmare' Updated: May-16-15 6:03 pm
ANAHEIM, California - Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations.
- Ryan tells Wisconsin Republicans to expand appeal Updated: May-16-15 3:47 pm
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan tells Wisconsin Republicans that the party needs to expand its appeal in order to win the presidency.
- Memo: Voucher plan could mean $48M hit for public schools Updated: May-15-15 6:46 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Public school districts could face an additional $48 million hit over the next two years under the voucher program included in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget, according to a new memo from state financial analysts.
- Walker wants lawmakers to reform economic development agency Updated: May-15-15 5:40 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker called on legislators Friday to reform his economic development agency in the wake of another scathing audit that found the organization hasn't followed state law or tracked job creation.