The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday September 23, 2016 - Updated 4:51pm

Governor

1:32pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. After Gov. Walker threatens district attorney offices, calls on DOJ to ensure retaliation not occur, may need to intervene.
5:30am
Gov. Walker. Declares state of emergency in response to damaging floods in 13 counties.

4:52am
Wisconsin Radio Network. State of emergency declared in 13 western Wisconsin counties.

Budget

5:38am
Rep. Spreitzer. Statement on Gov. Walker's threat.

12:42pm
Kenosha News. Editorial: State needs better plan for roads.
6:43am
Cap Times. Scott Walker: 'Significant number' of Republicans support my transportation plan.

Legislative

3:53pm
Sen. Taylor. To host "Coffee with the Senator" Oct. 20.
2:05pm
Rep. Jagler. Responds to UW report on remedial education. Report. Appendix.
1:37pm
Rep. Murphy. Receives UW Colleges and UW-Extension Friend and Advocate Award.

State Agencies

2:09pm
DNR. Offers guidance in wake of regional flooding; visitors to parks and forests encouraged to check conditions.
1:41pm
Emergency Management. Storm update 3.
1:39pm
DNR. Hearings and meetings, Sept. 26-Oct. 2.
11:42am
DOJ. Make of opiate addiction treatment drug, Suboxone, accused of conspiring to keep monopoly profits.
11:06am
DOT. Among the valid forms of identification to vote, driver licenses and IDs most common.
9:12am
DWD. Meetings and hearings, Sept. 26-30.
5:37am
DNR. Outdoor Report.
5:33am
Emergency Management. Storm update 2.

4:49am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Pseudo IDs a bad idea.

Economy/Business

3:54pm
Alliant Energy. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Tom Hanson announces retirement.

5:23am
NBC 26. 150 jobs coming to the Fox Valley.
4:50am
WBAY. Group protests outsourcing of jobs in Neenah.

Statewide

4:27pm
Alliant Energy. Advises caution around flooded homes and businesses.
3:01pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Staff in Madison, Wausau and Superior recognized with Chancellor's Awards.

4:51am
Reuters. Severely disabled Wisconsin girl who stopped treatments dies at 14.

Education

4:51pm
UW-Stout. Renovated Harvey Hall draws rave reviews at reopening event.
4:26pm
UW-Rock County. UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Sandeen honors Dr. Ed Stredulinsky.
1:42pm
MPS. And Bartolotta gala event expands culinary arts education.
11:41am
Marquette University. And A.O. Smith Corp. to hold Sept. 27 news conference to highlight national study results on water security threats and solutions.
11:08am
UW-Madison. Student part of convention to select presidential debate questions.
5:34am
UW-Platteville. Has third-largest enrollment ever.

4:54am
Cap Times. UW-Madison students ask Chancellor Rebecca Blank to nix Amazon pick-up point.

Local

4:26pm
Madison Mayor Soglin. Weekly schedule.
5:37am
Milwaukee County Exec. Abele. Applauds Sup. Steve Taylor's support for mental health reform in Milwaukee County.
5:36am
Rep. Zamarripa. Applauds Hector Colon's re-appointment and Supervisor Peggy West's leadership. Spanish.

1:45pm
WDIO. 2nd death reported amid Wisconsin flooding.
5:22am
WXOW. Train derails near Ferryville.
5:13am
Daily Cardinal. Dane County Board passes resolution for independent redistricting.
5:12am
La Crosse Tribune. Man killed in Vernon County mudslide; heavy rains trigger flooding.
5:03am
Green Bay Press-Gazette. UWGB students urge city to fix voting logjam.

Congress

3:04pm
One Wisconsin Now. Calls on Wisconsin congressional delegation to take immediate action on critical Flint water assistance.
11:11am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Touring southwestern Wisconsin communities impacted by severe weather.
11:09am
U.S. Rep. Duffy. Amendment prohibits future cash payments to state sponsors of terror.
5:32am
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Emails show Obama administration intent to expedite citizenship applications before election.

Politics

3:50pm
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee. Provide unprecedented support for candidates.
3:03pm
Odeen for 10th Senate. One week later, Sen. Harsdorf has yet to explain lead paint vote.
2:23pm
White for 68th Assembly. Five years later, incumbent Kathy Bernier still doesn't have responsible solution for roads.
11:12am
Smith for 14th Senate. ICYMI: Senate leaders echo call for immediate action on shovel-ready upgrades at King Veterans Home.
11:07am
Johnson for U.S. Senate. Launches statewide agriculture coalition.
9:54am
Anderson for U.S. Senate. Russ Feingold shares Obama's disdain for whistleblowers.
9:14am
Van Stippen for 12th Senate. Sen. Tiffany backs $270 million property tax hike.
5:42am
RPW. Feingold Foundation facts: Funded by college students.
5:34am
DPW. Sen. Fitzgerald desperately tries to deny knowledge of Republican pay-to-play operation.

1:59pm
Chippewa Herald. Donald Trump to visit Waukesha next week.
5:04am
Daily Reporter. Feingold gets backing of carpenter group.
4:53am
Bloomberg. A Trump road to 270 could go through Wisconsin.
4:52am
NBC 26. Candidates in State Senate Dist. 18 race go head to head in forum for voters.

Thursday September 22, 2016

Governor

3:57pm
Gov. Walker. Announces disaster assistance for homeowners and businesses in west central Wisconsin.
2:47pm
Take Back Your Meds Milwaukee Coalition. Lauds Walgreens' drug drop boxes.
2:07pm
Wisconsin Medical Society. Eager to share physician expertise on Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse.
12:49pm
Rep. Billings. Named to Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse.
12:01pm
Wisconsin Hospital Association. Statement on creation of Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse.
11:57am
Rep. Nygren. To co-chair Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse.
11:51am
Gov. Walker. Announces Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse, participates in Walgreens' launch of drug take back program. Executive Order #224.

2:14pm
Janesville Gazette. Governor creates task force on opioid abuse.

Budget

4:47pm
Rep. Ripp. Statement regarding transportation informational hearings.
3:51pm
Wisconsin Towns Association. Response to vigorous transportation dialogue.
12:56pm
Rep. Kremer. Joins Governor Walker, local officials at Walgreens "Take Back" event in Milwaukee.
12:16pm
Transportation Development Association. Statement on robust transportation dialogue.
10:18am
Wisconsin County Highway Association. Statement in response to Governor Walker and Speaker Vos.

4:22pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker questions need for more district attorneys if prosecutors pursue John Doe.
4:20pm
Cap Times. Scott Walker: If Chisholm continues John Doe, some may question need for more district attorneys.
12:02pm
Minneapolis Star-Tribune. GOP Senate leader says his caucus is divided on roads.
12:00pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Senate leader won't buck Scott Walker on roads.
4:31am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin DNR looks to expand CAFO permit staff.
4:27am
Wisconsin State Journal. Assembly Republicans to offer alternative to Scott Walker's plan for road funding.
4:24am
Wisconsin State Journal. Single license plate, county-paid parole under ideas for state budget cuts.
4:20am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. State school funding changes urged.

Legislative

2:46pm
Sen. Stroebel. Column: Sen. Stroebel visits every school district in 20th Senate District.
2:06pm
Wisconsin Grocers Association - "Friend of Grocers" awards: Rep. Katsma. Sen. LeMahieu. Rep. Macco. Sen. Cowles. Rep. Steffen. Rep. Vorpagel.
10:32am
Sen. Ringhand. Weekly Democratic Radio Address: "Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day."
10:26am
County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin. Position in response to allegations at King Veterans Home.

4:26am
Cap Times. Wisconsin Joint Legislative Audit Committee votes to conduct audit at King veterans home. Wisconsin State Journal. 

State Agencies

2:10pm
Emergency Management. Storm update 1/Sept. 22/1:30 pm.
11:54am
DATCP. 2015 Wisconsin Conservation Report: Technology, partnerships protect soil and water.
11:34am
SPD. Three assistant State Public Defenders to be honored as up and coming lawyers.
11:29am
DATCP. Big storms=big business for travelling contractors.

4:11pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. EPA to inspect DNR records in Madison.
4:07pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin fighting 'epidemic' of falls among older adults with county programs.
9:42am
Cap Times. Six months after Wisconsin student loan debt specialist appointed, website set to launch.

Economy/Business

4:24pm
Midwest Food Processors Association. Wisconsin food processing "stars" in manufacturing survey.
2:49pm
Gov. Walker. Joins in Riverside Energy expansion groundbreaking ceremony.
2:48pm
Alliant Energy. Breaks ground on Riverside Energy Center expansion.

4:19am
USA Today. Report: Yahoo may confirm massive data breach.

Statewide

3:55pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Outsourced Wisconsin Tour visits Fox Valley & Wausau. 
1:58pm
Wisconsin Counties Association. Annual conference to bring together county officials in Milwaukee County next week.
12:14pm
U.S. Chamber of Commerce. New Energy Institute report examines what America would look like if the energy renaissance never happened. Report.

Courts

4:23am
Beloit Daily News. Editorial: The investigation should be resumed.

Education

4:45pm
UW-Platteville. Conference brings together community and police.
3:59pm
DPI. Evers commends Presidential Teaching Award recipients.
2:00pm
UW-Stout. Sex Speak Sessions aim to provide answers in public places.
12:16pm
UW-Madison. A marriage made in sunlight: Invention merges solar with liquid battery.
11:33am
UW-Stout. New green cleaning system began as student research project.
10:30am
UW-River Falls. Environmental science program conducts Kinni Blitz.
10:24am
UW-River Falls. Kernahan receives Dykstra Faculty Excellence award.
4:31am
UW-Whitewater. Record enrollment.

1:01pm
Cap Times. Wisconsinites need to stand up for UW, says former legislator Dale Schultz.
4:54am
WTMJ. Kenosha district appealing ruling allowing transgender student to use boy's bathroom.
4:29am
WISC. UW-Whitewater reports record enrollment.
4:28am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Enrollment growing at UW-Stout, UW-EC.
4:25am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Report: National teacher shortage a result of low wages, tough political environments.
4:22am
La Crosse Tribune. Enrollment numbers up for Western, UW-L and Viterbo.
4:21am
Stevens Point Journal. Teacher shortages open career opportunities.

Local

4:44pm
Mliwaukee County Sup. Nicholson. I stand with my constituents.
4:15pm
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lipscomb. County Board votes to confirm Hector Colon as Director of DHHS.
4:05pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Announces bold action on climate change.
4:02pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Alexander. Statement on the passnig of River Hills Village President Robert C. Brunner.
3:53pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Alexander. Milwaukee County Board confirms Hector Colon Director of DHHS.
1:59pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Weishan. County Board supports lead abatement financial assistance program.
11:32am
Freedom from Religion Foundation. Wisconsin county should not contract with Catholic group on homeless center.

4:53am
Oshkosh Northwestern. DOJ probe leads to county meetings changes.

Congress

3:50pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Introduces bill to strengthen corporate tax disclosure and transparency.
2:14pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Johnson calls on fellow senators to pass bill to give terminally ill patients hope.
11:32am
U.S. Rep. Kind. Working to provide local responders & communities resources to deal with train derailments.
10:13am
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Questions Mylan CEO on rising price of EpiPens.
9:41am
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Chairman Johnson opening statement: "Exploring a Right to Try for Terminally Ill Patients."

2:12pm
WKOW. Wisconsin congressman grills CEO of company that makes EpiPen.
8:57am
The Hill. Sen. Ron Johnson: Strong, committed leadership needed to destroy ISIS.
4:29am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Sen. Baldwin reintroduces startup bill to boost Wisconsin's lagging startup economy.

Politics

1:02pm
Penebaker for 5th Congress. Rep. Sensenbrenner silent on request for debates.
12:55pm
One Wisconsin Now. New polls find overwhelming support for allowing refinancing of student loans.
11:57am
RPW. Senator Feingold dodges his own national security record.
9:40am
Johnson for U.S. Senate. What they're saying: Ron Johnson's TV ad on the Joseph Project and "giving back to the community.
9:38am
Feyen for 18th Senate. Earns A(q) rating and endorsment from NRA.
8:56am
Shrader for 50th Assembly. Racks up endorsements.
4:38am
Solen for 1st Congress. Paul Ryan is out of touch with working class Americans.
4:37am
Ferriter for 42nd Assembly. GOP legislators run for cover on transportation issues.
4:34am
DPW. ICYMI: With controversy growing, Sen. Johnson refuses to be honest about his $10 million corporate payout.
4:33am
DPW. Minnesota Daily: Slashed budgets pushing University of Wisconsin faculty to Minnesota.

11:59am
Cap Times. Wisconsin Senate GOP leader says he had no knowledge of donations from lead manufacturer.
10:35am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Fitzgerald says he didn't know of cash.
10:34am
WISC. Senate Republican leader said he was unaware of donations.
5:14am
Bloomberg. Wisconsin voters unmoved by battle between Trump and Clinton.
4:30am
Bloomberg. U.S. Election Wrap: Senate Democrats find silver lining in Wisconsin.
4:22am
Janesville Gazette. Voter-registration mailings questioned.
4:18am
WUWM. While Clinton, Feingold maintain lead, Marquette Law School poll director looks to polling's future.