The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday December 2, 2016 - Updated 4:23pm

Governor

12:57pm
Future of the Family Commission. Issues report to Governor Walker. 
12:51pm
Gov. Walker. Lights Capitol Christmas tree.

10:02am
Cap Times. Scott Walker would 'look at' changing recount laws in Wisconsin.
4:52am
Door County Pulse. Mystery surrounds governor's biogas announcement.
4:40am
Wisconsin State Journal. Commission offers 12 recommendations for strengthening Wisconsin families.
4:39am
Ashland Daily Press. Walker holds listening session in Ashland.

Budget

12:04pm
Rep. Ripp. WisDOT questions and invitation to testify at informational hearing.

4:36am
Racine Journal Times. Editorial: Time for Wisconsin to pay as we go on roads.

Legislative

3:49pm
LAB. Letter to Joint Audit Co-Chairs Cowles, Kerkman.
3:47pm
LAB. Wisconsin Retirement System. Briefing Sheet. Mobile Briefing Sheet.
3:45pm
LAB. Wisconsin Retirement System reporting for participating employers. Briefing Sheet. Mobile Briefing Sheet.
10:09am
Sen. Shilling. Appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee.

6:26am
Daily Reporter. GOP lawmaker to push for full prevailing-wage repeal next year.
5:01am
WJFW. Tiffany, Czaja to return to powerful state budget committee.
4:41am
Racine Journal Times. Budget committee gets two new GOP Assembly members.

State Agencies

1:27pm
DWD. Meetings and hearings, Dec. 5-9.
12:59pm
Rep. Taylor. Time for DNR to cut the politics, not staff.
12:06pm
DSPS. Meetings, week of Dec. 5.
9:30am
OCI. Administrative Actions November 2016.
4:49am
DNR. Outdoor Report.
4:48am
DNR Sec. Stepp. Alignment effort emphasizes accountability, provides for greater efficiency in application reviews and permitting.

4:47am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Walker: New farm permit process won't change final approval process.
4:45am
NBC 15. WisDOT: More than 60 dead in November crashes.
4:38am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Milroy criticizes DNR realignment.
4:37am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Jury is out on DNR plans for large farms.

Economy/Business

3:23pm
Daily Reporter. With prevailing-wage overhaul next year, industry enters uncharted territory.
4:37am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin frac sand producers bullish about market rebound.

Statewide

12:54pm
Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Protecting the health and safety of Wisconsin.

5:03am
Wisconsin Public Radio. AIDS cases among Wisconsin's youth have doubled over last decade.

Education

3:21pm
UW-Madison. Weather satellite extends beyond mission, into classrooms.
10:54am
UW-Platteville. PostSecret Live coming.
10:23am
UW-Madison. Novel catalysts improve path to more sustainable plastics production.

4:46am
Wisconsin Public Radio. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank can't declare sanctuary.

Local

10:55am
Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke. Sheriff's deputies, other law enforcement agencies volunteer for 10th annual "Shop With a Cop" Saturday.
10:25am
Madison Mayor Soglin. Meghan Blake-Horst hired as city's new Street Vending Coordinator.

4:36am
Beloit Daily News. Scores sound off on proposed rail plan.

Congress

1:41pm
U.S. Rep. Duffy. On latest Tomah VA scandal: More must be done.
12:12pm
U.S. Reps. Duffy, Neugebauer. And 40+ lawmakers to CFPB: Proposed rules will hurt neediest among us.
11:45am
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Seeks to restore power of the purse to Congress.
11:25am
U.S. Sens. Johnson, Tillis. Request President Obama to implement hiring freeze during transition.
10:57am
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Congratulates House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte on his continued service.
9:59am
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Questions Forest Service on its incompetency addressing sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

11:43am
Janesville Gazette.  Walker talks positively of sheriff looked at by Trump.
4:45am
WSAW. Wisconsin lawmakers respond to latest Tomah VA scandal.
4:44am
Politico. GOP may delay Obamacare replacement for years.

Politics

12:58pm
RPW. Following historic victories, Chairman Brad Courtney seeks re-election.
12:52pm
DPW. Announces new executive director.
12:20pm
Shilling for 32nd Senate. Recount confirms victory.
11:56am
One Wisconsin Now. John Humphries wastes no time pledging allegiance to private school voucher cartel.

4:23pm
WISC. Judge denies temporary restraining order on Wisconsin recount.
4:17pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Federal judge denies quick halt to recount.
1:18pm
Wisconsin State Journal. More write-ins this year in Wisconsin than all previous presidential elections combined.
1:05pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Shilling declares victory after recount with Kapanke.
11:29am
ABC News. Lawsuits seek to block or halt Wisconsin, Michigan recounts.
10:03am
WBAY. Trump supporters file lawsuit to halt Wisconsin recount.
5:02am
WXOW. 32nd Senate recount backs up presidential recount in La Crosse County.
5:00am
WBAY. 2 votes changed in Brown County after first day of election recount.
4:43am
NBC 26. Breakdown of Wisconsin recount costs and methods by county.
4:42am
CBS News. Jill Stein's recount fundraising: What happens to leftover money?

Thursday December 1, 2016

Governor

2:55pm
Wisconsin Technology Council. Applauds state proposal to boost rural broadband.
2:37pm
TDS. Lauds Governor Walker broadband announcement.
1:58pm
PSC. Allocates additional $46 million to rural Wisconsin.
11:27am
Gov. Walker. Weekly Radio Address; Investing in Broadband.
11:18am
Gov. Walker. Calls on state Legislature to pass rural  broadband expansion bill. LRB-0047/1.
10:03am
One Wisconsin Now. The more things change the more they stay the same: Gov. Scott Walker promotes election falsehoods.

1:20pm
WBAY. Gov. Walker: President-elect Trump wants to visit Wisconsin soon.
1:00pm
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Walker pushes for expanded rural broadband.

Budget

4:25am
Advance-Titan. Chancellors talk budget woes.
4:22am
Beloit Daily News. Editorial: Vos should take lead on highways.
4:19am
WBAY. UW System officials express concerns over upcoming budget.

Legislative

3:58pm
Rep. Czaja. Re-appointed to the Joint Committee on Finance.
2:57pm
Rep. Rohrkaste. Appointed to Joint Committee on Finance.
2:34pm
Rep. Zepnick. Speaks at Milwaukee Domes grand re-opening, calls for community engagement on Domes' next steps.
1:43pm
Sen. Tiffany, Rep. Jarchow. Wolf delisting on the bubble.
1:42pm
Rep. Kooyenga. Re-appointed to serve as Vice-Chair on Joint Finance Committee.
1:17pm
Rep. Born. Appointed to Joint Committee on Finance.
1:16pm
Rep. Loudenbeck. Re-appointed to Joint Committee on Finance.
1:06pm
Speaker Vos. Announces Assembly members of Joint Finance Committee.
10:31am
Sen. Shilling. Weekly Democratic radio address: "Expanding Workplace Flexibility."

2:35pm
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen. Rep. Mark Born appointed to Joint Finance Committee.
4:55am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Voucher advocate, critic spar at Marquette.

State Agencies

3:56pm
DOT. 62 people died in traffic crashes last month.
12:24pm
State Public Defender. Staff recognized as 2016 Unsung Heroes.
10:24am
Rep. Milroy. Proposed DNR reorganization and regulatory privatization threatens Wisconsin's natural resources and sporting heritage.
10:17am
Rep. Taylor. Group Insurance Board should halt self-insurance deliberations.
9:22am
Cap Times. State human resources manager files federal discimination complaint against Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.
5:29am
ETF. GIB selects data warehousing vendor, deliberates program changes.

4:47am
Daily Cardinal. UW-Madison staff uncertain on move to self-insurance.

Economy/Business

9:47am
Bloomberg. Navy's troubled Littoral Combat Ship at crossroads, GAO says.
4:26am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin bank profits slip, while banks nationwide earn more.

Statewide

2:56pm
Natural Resources Foundation. Conservation grants available for hiking trails, state parks, habitat restoration, and more!
2:54pm
WMJ. Obesity in Wisconsin.
11:02am
Michael Best. Welcomes Real Estate Associate Jonathan T. Luljak.
8:58am
Wisconsin Women's Network. Announces the 2016-17 Policy Institute and 25 participants.

4:32am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Speaker: Wisconsin truth in sentencing 'evil.'
4:18am
WAOW. Plan sought to reduce flame retardant toxins in Great Lakes.

Education

2:59pm
Great Lakes.  Commits $2.1 million to help 16 community colleges create paid internships for low-income students.
2:03pm
UW-Madison. Magnetic brain simulation can bring back stowed memories.
12:52pm
DPI. Wisconsin earns 'Bright Spot' mention from Data Quality Campaign.
11:25am
UW-River Falls. Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities showcased.
10:45am
MPS. And TCF Bank partner to keep kids in need warm this winter.
10:30am
UW-Stout. Hmong New Year to be celebrated Dec. 3 with daylong event.

12:56pm
Wisconsin State Journal. UW-Madison puts raises on hold after Obama overtime rule blocked.

Local

3:00pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Omokunde. Sheriff Clarke must resign before more people die.
2:32pm
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lipscomb. New $17 million pension administration error disclosed.
2:05pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Dane County opposed to Dakota Access Pipeline project.

4:18am
CBS 58. Survey shows majority of people support tearing down, replacing domes.

Congress

3:55pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Johnson statement on veteran health care issues at the Tomah VA.
1:41pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Column: With new opportunity, it's time to deliver.
10:44am
DPW. Rep. Sean Duffy chooses Trump's swamp over Wisconsin.
5:24am
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Steve Mnuchin prioritized profits above livelihoods of working class Americans.

5:27am
The Hill. Jim Sensenbrenner: No online taxation without representation.
4:19am
WEAU. Baldwin: Simcakoski Act saving lives.
4:17am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Sean Duffy joins Trump transition team.

Politics

1:01pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Presidential recount begins in Dane County, statewide.
12:59pm
La Crosse Tribune. Senate recount: Vernon County upholds absentee ballots despite clerical errors.
5:22am
U.S. News & World Report. Presidential election recount set to begin in Wisconsin.
4:50am
Green Bay Press-Gazette. Some recount workers getting up to $25 an hour.
4:32am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Mliwaukee County officials to begin recount Thursday morning.
4:30am
WTMJ. Voters' reactions split on upcoming Wisconsin recount.
4:27am
CNBC. Clinton team sees recount effort as waste of resources.
4:27am
Rivertowns. Local officials brace for Wisconsin recount.
4:20am
WKBT. Shilling campaign: Kapanke challenging absentee ballots in Vernon Co. 

Local Politics

3:57pm
Wales for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 47. Grassroots effort launched as 9 more judges endorse.