The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Tuesday February 20, 2018 - Updated 1:05pm

Governor

10:53am
Gov. Walker. Tours hospitals in Eau Claire and Wausau to promote Health Care Stability Plan.

4:40am
La Crosse Tribune. Cancer patient at Mayo-Franciscan tells Walker: 'They're saving my life.'
4:37am
NBC 26. Walker makes healthcare pitch in Green Bay.

Senate Floor Session

12:33pm
Sen. Craig. Zero-based budgeting bill passes Senate.
12:15pm
Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Senate will vote on bill to remove protection for thousands of acres of wetlands.

Legislative

1:01pm
Rep. Taylor. Students call for gun safety measures. Letter to Gov. Walker, Sen. Fitzgerald, Speaker Vos.
12:22pm
WISPIRG, Wisconsin Catholic Conference. Rent-to-own carve-outs good for predatory lenders, bad for Wisconsinites.
12:07pm
School Administrators Alliance. Memo regarding AB-693 ASA 2 - Rights of and protections for teachers.
11:11am
Wisconsin Association of School Boards. Memo in opposition to Assembly Sub. 2 to AB-693, relating to rights and protections for teachers.
10:52am
Survival Coalition. Disability advocates make final plea for stakeholder process in welfare reform package.
10:50am
Wisconsin Black and Latino Caucus. Students from Milwaukee Bay View's ProStart Culinary Program help state Capitol celebrate Black History Month.
8:27am
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Bill would rip away essential health benefits & legalize insurance discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.
4:50am
Milwaukee Ald. Murphy. Bill usurps authority of Milwaukee citizens and could bring financial hardship to taxpayers.

4:48am
Wisconsin State Journal. Assembly Republicans rush bill to allow business association to self-insure.
4:47am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Wisconsin lawmaker proposes allowing concealed carry in private schools. WKBT.
4:44am
WISC. Autism and mental health advocates worried about losing insurance coverage.
4:42am
Fox 6. Wisconsin Senate nears final approval for new restrictions on welfare benefits.
4:42am
Wisconsin State Journal. Lawmakers revise juvenile corrections overhaul to address county, state concerns.
4:41am
WBAY. Kimberly-Clark taking tax credit proposal "into consideration."
4:39am
Kenosha News. Village pushes 'dark store' action.
4:36am
WKOW. Senate to honor fallen trooper Anthony Borostowski.

State Agencies

1:03pm
DNR. Weekly news.
10:56am
AG Schimel. Continues 72-county tour to discuss public safety in Door and Manitowoc counties.

Economy/Business

8:22am
Fincantieri Marine Group. U.S. Navy awards concept design contract to Fincantieri to evolve FREMM into FFG(X). 
7:28am
WorkBoat. Marinette Marine awarded Navy design contract.

1:05pm
Miwaukee Journal Sentinel. Eminent domain may be used to acquire land for Foxconn from holdouts.
4:46am
WBAY. Navy awards Lockheed Martin $15 million contract for Frigate design.
4:37am
Racine Journal Times. Foxconn land acquisition hearing set.

Statewide

4:38am
Milwaukee Biz Times. State home sales rose 2.8% in January.

Courts

12:19pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Shannon Olance Hendricks.
12:18pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Daniel J. H. Bartelt.

Local

11:30am
Madison Mayor Soglin. Task force on the structure of city government to hold first meeting Thursday evening.
9:56am
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Julia Nepper announced as featured speaker at Chamber's Fourth Annual IceBreaker.

Congress

11:47am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Visits Superior-Lidgerwood-Mundy.
4:50am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Meets with dairy farmers in La Crosse and Altoona.

11:13am
Cap Times. Immigration reform group to target Paul Ryan, House Republicans on DACA debate.
8:25am
The Hill. Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees.
4:52am
La Crosse Tribune. Despite tweaks, dairy insurance program not saving Wisconsin farmers.
4:36am
WXOW. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks with area farmers.

Politics

12:34pm
Gronik for Governor. #GroWis: A 21st-century jobs plan.
11:49am
Walker for Governor. ICYMI: Cancer patient at Mayo-Franciscan tells Walker: 'They're saving my life.'
11:09am
Anderson for Governor. Plan for criminal justice reform.
10:01am
McCabe for Governor. Proposes test run for Basic Income program.

4:39am
WUWM. State officials promise election is secure on two year anniversary of voter ID.

Monday February 19, 2018

Governor

2:42pm
Gov. Walker. Visits hospitals in La Crosse and Green Bay to promote Health Care Stability Plan.
5:45am
Gov. Walker. Visits Martha Merrell's Bookstore to promote child sales tax rebate and sales tax holiday package.

Legislative

3:24pm
One Wisconsin Now. Republican bill would put guns in Wisconsin schools.
2:38pm
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. Who benefits from the public benefits reform bills?
2:03pm
LFB. Assembly Bill 944/Senate Bill 799, and Senate Bill 798: One-time sales tax rebate and sales tax holiday.
1:49pm
WHA. Wisconsin hospitals ask for support of Health Care Stability legislation - Assembly Bill 885.
1:48pm
WHA. Wisconsin hospitals ask for support of Health Care Stability legislation - Senate Bill 770.
1:01pm
Rep. Quinn. Chides Sen. Vinehout for "false facts."
11:30am
Rep. Kremer. Column: Correlating fire prevention and school security. LRB-0044 Cosponsorship Memo.

11:53am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Scott Walker's plan to hold down Obamacare is likely to pass Assembly, Senate this week.
10:33am
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin Legislature to vote on reinsurance, tax cuts.
10:32am
WUWM. Senate votes Tuesday on controversial bill allowing some Wisconsin wetlands to be filled.
10:27am
Fox 6. 'All-out assault:' Barrett blasts bill that would require pay for officers, firefighters under disciplinary review.
10:06am
Chippewa Herald. Bill may hamper local gay rights landmark.
5:57am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The plan to close Wisconsin's problems-plagued Lincoln Hills teen prison hits obstacles.
5:34am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mayor criticizes effort to repeal law cutting pay to officers and firefighters charged with crimes.
5:24am
WUWM. Wisconsin Assembly committee advances legislation to overhaul juvenile corrections.
5:23am
Fond du Lac Reporter. Wisconsin legislator, school principal deletes tweet about guns, apologizes.
5:19am
Wisconsin State Journal. Republicans want income tax rate cut paid for with tax code tweaks. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
5:16am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. City takes on 'dark store' tax strategy.
5:15am
Wisconsin Law Journal. Bill ratcheting up penalties for jobless benefits fraud heads to Senate.
5:10am
Wisconsin State Journal. Study of 'alcohol czar' idea pushed after vote canceled.
5:09am
Cap Times. At the center of Wisconsin's 'alcohol czar' debate: Inconsistencies, misunderstanding of the law.
4:59am
Racine Journal Times. Wanggaard bill looks to aid the wrongfully convicted.
4:56am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Youth Justice Milwaukee opposes Lincoln Hills plan.
4:54am
Cap Times. Conservative firm sues Milwaukee Democrat for failing to turn over electronic copies of emails.

State Agencies

2:39pm
DOT. It's not too late to obtain an ID to vote in the Spring Primary.
1:11pm
Kimberly-Clark. Response letter to WEDC Sec. Hogan
11:33am
AG Schimel. Continues 72-county tour to discuss public safety in Lincoln and Oneida counties.
11:05am
OCI. Administrative Actions, January 2018.
5:37am
Ready Wisconsin. Significant winter storm to hit Wisconsin.

2:47pm
Fox 6. Elections Commission warns clerks of primary election weather problems.
5:53am
Chippewa Herald. Sheila Harsdorf makes strong first impression as state's new ag leader.
5:08am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin DNR and Kohler plan land swap to allow company to use state park land for golf course.
5:06am
Wisconsin State Journal. Planned expansion of state Historical Museum could be city's biggest project ever.

Economy/Business

5:52am
Appleton Post-Crescent. Angry Kimberly-Clark workers vent about planned mill closures in Fox Cities. WBAY.
5:26am
Daily Reporter. Illinois company moving to Kenosha in hopes of working with Foxconn.
4:55am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Report: Milwaukee ranks among last in nation for millennial population growth.
4:53am
Beloit Daily News. Wisconsin bankruptcy filings in 2017 lowest in 10 years. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Statewide

4:13pm
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Wisconsinites support updateing state law to protect transgender community. Poll Results.
10:43am
Midwest Food Products Association. Partners in PACKEXPO East.
10:40am
Cooperative Network. Smith named President & CEO.
9:57am
Wisconsin Realtors Association. Home sales increase in January as prices continue to rise.

10:31am
Sheboygan Press. How many AR-15-style guns in Wisconsin? No one knows.
10:25am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In eastern Wisconsin, we're using fewer health-care services and still paying more.
9:53am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. Wisconsin students celebrating National FFA week. 
9:52am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. Zimmermanns earn top honors at national NOFA Congress.
5:51am
Governing. Implementing states' Medicaid wishes won't be  cheap.
5:17am
CBS 58. Wisconsin "prime target" for future Russian meddling, professor says.
5:10am
Washington Post. State elections officials fret over cybersecurity threats.

Education

2:17pm
Marquette University. University of Tokyo professor Kubo goes 'On the Issues' to discuss U.S.-Japan relations.
2:16pm
UW-River Falls. To join Small World Initiative research program.

5:25am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Students upset over new UW-Madison dining plan.
5:00am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin terror threat law, digital surveillance used in efforts to thwart school threats.
4:58am
WISC. Most Wisconsin schools districts offering 4K programs.

Local

11:58am
Milwaukee County Sheriff Schmidt. Operation Drive Sober results in 13 arrests.
9:55am
Waukesha County Parks and Land Use. Donation merges STEM learning with environmental education in Waukesha County.
5:43am
Milwaukee Ald. Witkowski. Congratulates new interim police chief.
5:42am
Milwaukee Ald. Donovan. Even car thieves think judges are soft.

5:27am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With Foxconn in wings, Racine County executive seeks transportation upgrades.
5:04am
Daily Cardinal. County launches petition to demand state and national leaders pass gun reform.

Congress

5:44am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Urges DOT to prioritize consumers over airlines.

5:13am
Reuters. 'Sinister and systematic attack' by Russians prompts U.S. Congress calls for action.
5:12am
The Hill. GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction in new indictments.

Politics

11:04am
Vukmir for U.S. Senate. ICYMI - Kevin Nicholson still faces questions about his Democratic past.
9:50am
Walker for Governor. ICYMI: Ragin anti-Scott Walker fever has Wisconsin Democrats twisted in knots.
5:46am
Bryce for 1st Congress. Speaker Ryan chooses campaign donors over South Florida teacher.
5:39am
DPW. Report: Kevin Nicholson declined to register as a Republican in 2010.
5:30am
Common Cause in Wisconsin. Be sure you are ready to vote in Tuesday's primary election.

3:25pm
U.S. News & World Report. Republican Schroeder announces Secretary of State run.
1:22pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Trump. partisanship front and center in Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
10:28am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Democrats line up to challenge northern Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy.
5:20am
Baraboo News Republic. State superintendent: More must be done to prevent gun violence in schools.
5:15am
Racine Journal Times. Ryan backs former running mate Romney for Senate.
5:14am
Politico. Ryan pushes GOP to close fundraising gap in midterm races.
5:07am
Duluth News Tribune. Cable businessman running for Wisconsin Senate.
5:03am
Chippewa Herald. Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson still faces questions about his Democratic past.
5:01am
WISC. Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates do last-minute campaigning before primary.
4:51am
Beloit Daily News. What to know about Wisconsin Supreme Court primary. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.