The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Thursday May 26, 2016 - Updated 9:23am

Governor

5:29am
Cap Times. Scott Walker, veterans agency and county service officers set to meet on funding issue.
5:22am
Wisconsin State Journal. Gov. Scott Walker: Despite doom-and-gloom rhetoric, we didn't eliminate tenure.

Legislative

5:57am
Sen. Vinehout. Column: School funding hits home.

State Agencies

6:09am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Natural Resources Board OKs 7,000 acre land easement.
5:49am
WJFW. Langlade County hopes to host new state forestry headquarters.
5:39am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State confirms new case of Elizabethkingia infection.
5:16am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Ex-DNR secretary says agency not doing enough to enforce Wisconsin's pollution laws.

Economy/Business

5:25am
Duluth News Tribune. Study: Nearly half of U.S. households would struggle with unexpected $400 expense.

Statewide

6:01am
Wisconsin Association for Justice. Dying by the numbers.

6:15am
CNN. The U.S. is still using floppy disks to run its nuclear program.
5:48am
WXOW. New research shows opioid prescriptions dropping nationwide.
5:33am
Duluth News Tribune. Poll: America split over transgender bathroom issue.
5:20am
WTMJ. Wisconsin roads repairs face a shortfall of $650 million a year; local leaders look for a solution.

Courts

9:23am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Fitzgerald's aides give dubious testimony on rigged Wisconsin maps.
8:51am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Luis C. Salinas.

6:11am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Riverkeeper group sues DNR over Estabrook Dam.
5:26am
Wisconsin Public Radio. GOP staffers deny partisan motives in drawing legislative districts.
5:21am
WISN. Local LGBT leaders react to state's suit over transgender guidelines.
5:18am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State witness: Voter ID law is 'fairly restrictive.'

Education

5:59am
MPS. Top grads heading to Air Force Academy, Jackson State, MATC, MSOE, U. of Chicago, U. of Southern California, UW-Madison, UWM, Wash. U. in St. Louis, Wellesley and more.

5:32am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. MPS initiative tied to Black Lives Matter movement wins support.
5:30am
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. Officials question bomb threat response.
5:27am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. UW-Eau Claire faculty vote no confidence.

Local

5:56am
Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke. Visits charter high school.

5:49am
WISN. Sheriff on sex offender placement: State was not truthful.
5:31am
Racine Journal Times. Sturtevant starts eminent domain despite county's objection.
5:28am
Wisconsin State Journal. Dane County issues first opposite-sex domestic partnership declaration since state banned them.

Congress

5:23am
La Crosse Tribune. Tomah VA focus of May 31 hearing.

Politics

5:56am
Vruwink for 43rd Assembly. Releases new endorsements.
5:55am
RGA. Vice Chair Scott Walker: America needs more leaders like Susana Martinez.

9:22am
Politico. Sanders fundraising for Russ Feingold.
5:24am
ABC News. Paul Ryan, Republicans, and the art of the non-endorsement endorsement.
5:21am
Fox 6. Top aide who was Gov. Scott Walker's campaign manager, departs Trump campaign.
5:17am
The Hill. Poll: Clinton leads Trump in Wisconsin by double digits.

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Governor

4:14pm
Gov. Walker. Announces a $1 million transportation grant to the City of Fitchburg.
3:43pm
Gov. Walker. Releases video to encourage participation in "If You See Something, Say Something TM" campaign.
3:14pm
Gov. Walker. Building Commission approves projects.
11:14am
Gov. Walker. Encourages farmers impacted by recent frost to contact FSA.
4:32am
Gov. Walker. Congratulates Skyward on grand opening of new world headquarters in Stevens Point.

4:29am
WAOW. Governor Walker visits Central Wisconsin business.

Legislative

3:47pm
Sen. Nass, Rep. Kremer. Issue open letter to Wisconsin's parents and children.
12:05pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Legislators announce accountability plan for excessive prescription drug costs.
11:33am
Rep. Hutton. West Virginia seeing savings from complete prevailing wage repeal.
8:49am
Sen. Carpenter. Our great lakes must be protected from pipeline spills. Letter to U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Letter to U.S. Sen. Johnson.

4:16am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Chiropractors push for ability to prescribe painkillers.

State Agencies

3:46pm
DNR. Weekly news.
2:27pm
DWD. Wisconsin local employment & unemployment estimates released.
12:37pm
DNR. State secures 7,090 acres of land for forestry, recreation with $3.5 million easement.
10:38am
DNR. Natural Resources Board approves 2016 deer harvest quotas and season structure.
10:23am
DATCP. Custom programs to assist WI food, beverage and agricultural companies grow beyond U.S. borders.
9:39am
WI Lottery. Sparta man claims $68,000 Badger 5 jackpot.
4:31am
ETF. Office closures observe Memorial Day.

12:57pm
Fond du Lac Reporter. DA with oversight of Lincoln Hills won't run again.
12:32pm
Chippewa Herald. Wisconsin DNR board approves reducing buck-only counties.
12:30pm
Milwaukee Biz Times. State insurance regulator takes $360,000 Ambac consulting job.
4:29am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Douglas County forestland a bargain.
4:12am
WJFW. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch gets first-hand look at Sartori Foods' family-run business in Antigo.

Economy/Business

1:38pm
Janesville Gazette. Local unemployment rates drop in Wisconsin cities, counties.
8:10am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. Badgerland, AgStar & 1st Farm Credit discuss potential merger.
4:13am
Sheboygan Press. Muslims file complaint against Ariens Co.
4:09am
NBC 15. TreeHouse Foods to close 2 plants it bought from ConAgra.

Statewide

3:42pm
WHCA/WiCAL, Residential Services Association of Wisconsin, WALA, Leading Age Wisconsin. Wisconsin provider survey confirms workforce shortage is at crisis level.
2:27pm
WI Corn Growers Association and American Lung Association in WI. Promote clean air and clean fuel.
10:38am
DPW Chair Laning. Statement on anniversary of the Fair Minimum Wage Act.
10:04am
State Bar of Wisconsin Executive Director Brown. Announces 2017 retirement date.
9:39am
Wisconsin Technology Council. 'Diligent Dozen' selected to present live June 7 at Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Conference.

4:14am
Green Bay Press-Gazette. Expert: Concussions will change, not kill football.

Courts

4:39pm
Rep. Subeck. Condemns AG Schimel's decision to join lawsuit challenging President Obama's directive to public schools protecting the rights of transgender students.
4:24pm
Rep. Zamarripa. Disappointed in AG Schimel's anti-transgender lawsuit support.
4:13pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Statement on AG Brad Schimel's decision to join challenge to president's transgender student guidance.
3:40pm
Wisconsin Family Action. Wisconsin joins states protecting privacy and safety of students.
2:28pm
One Wisconsin Now. Indefensible: Eligible voters stripped of constitutional right to vote by decisions of Department of Motor Vehicles.
1:15pm
AG Schimel. Joins lawsuit challenging Obama administration's unlawful new Title IX Policy.
10:34am
Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Statement on Court of Appeals District 3 decision to stay Judge Foust's ruling on Right to Work.
4:35am
DOJ. Statement in response to new development in Wisconsin's right-to-work lawsuit.
4:34am
WMC. Statement on right to work decision.
4:33am
District III Court of Appeals. Machinists Local Lodge 1061 v. Scott Walker - order.

2:06pm
Wisconsin State Journal. AG Brad Schimel joins suit against federal guidance regarding transgender students.
2:05pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Expert: GOP election changes don't supress minority votes.
1:32pm
Reuters. Eleven states sue U.S. government over transgender bathroom policy.
12:55pm
Cap Times. Free ID program can mitigate racial disparities in Wisconsin's voter ID law, says political scientist.
4:22am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Suburban clerks testify in favor of voter ID.
4:21am
Courthouse News Service. Federal redistricting trial begins in Wisconsin.
4:21am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Legislative district trial opens with charges of 'extreme' gerrymandering.
4:20am
Chicago Tribune. Court puts ruling striking down Wisconsin's right-to-work law on hold. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:18am
Cap Times. Waukesha county clerk: Weekend voting gave 'too much access' to Milwaukee, Madison.
4:17am
Wisconsin State Journal. Arguments begin in legal challenge to 2011 political redistricting plan.
4:09am
WKOW. Wisconsin redistricting trial could produce historic legal precedent.

Education

2:10pm
UW-Stout. 'Cinderella' to 'Harry Potter.'
12:08pm
UW-Stout. Art education majors complete mural at Downsville School.
9:40am
UW-Madison.  Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife.
8:04am
MPS. First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes MPS to national Turnaround Arts program.

4:17am
Beloit Daily News. Complaint accuses district of violating law.
4:11am
WTMJ. MPS "black lives matter" budget item raises questions.
4:10am
CBS 58. Communication stalled in plan to fix failing schools.

Local

11:34am
Madison Mayor Soglin. June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Madison.
10:13am
Miwaukee Riverkeeper. Challenges Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Estabrook Dam repair.

4:27am
Racine Journal Times. Decision handed down in sex-offender placement case.
4:14am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Milwaukee willing to revisit Waukesha water sale, but it's likely too late.

Congress

4:47pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Johnson, Carper applaud committee passage of DHS Accountability Act.
4:40pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. EPA renewable fuel standard proposal hurts the American consumer.
4:18pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Civil asset forfeiture bill moves forward to a full House vote.
3:53pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Chairman Johnson statement on Department of State Inspector General report.
1:29pm
U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Approves 14 bills and FDIC Inspector General.
1:21pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Announces staff mobile office hours.
12:04pm
U.S. Rep. Kind. Introduces comprehensive action plan to address Wisconsin's growing drug epidemic.
9:37am
U.S. Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Chairman Johnson opening statement for business meeting May 25, 2016.

4:10pm
Bloomberg. Clinton E-mail use violated rules, Inspector General finds.
4:08am
WFRV. Sen. Tammy Baldwin calls for increased TSA funding.

Politics

3:46pm
Karweik for 83rd Assembly. Senator Van Wanggaard endorses.
3:44pm
DPW. Students and elected officials call on Sen. Johnson to end his opposition to refinancing student loans.
12:07pm
Fitzpatrick for District 4 Court of Appeals. To run for Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
11:13am
Loudenbeck for 31st Assembly District. Seeks fourth term.
10:32am
Johnson for U.S. Senate. Senator Feingold's dark money hypocrisy is hurting Wisconsin farmers and families.
8:09am
Cabrera for 9th Assembly. Issues policy position on public education.
8:07am
Swearingen for 34th Assembly. Announces bid for reelection.
8:05am
Feyen for 18th Senate. Announces new and improved website.

10:08am
The Hill. Ryan decries 'bitterness' in politics.
4:48am
Bloomberg. Ryan said to tell confidants he's ready to end Trump standoff.
4:22am
Wisconsin State Journal. Bernie Sanders backs Wisconsin state lawmaker.
4:19am
Fox 11. Key Walker supporters to help Trump raise money.
4:16am
Chippewa Herald. Bernier seeking re-election in 68th District.