The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday February 12, 2016 - Updated 5:46pm

Department of Corrections

4:23pm
Sen. Larson. Statement on Secretary Wall's resignation.
4:13pm
Rep. Shankland. Responds to Ed Wall's resignation from Secretary of DOC.
3:42pm
Rep. Barca. Walker administration and Republican legislators must also be held accountable for Corrections crisis.
3:09pm
Assembly Democrats. DOC audit request letter.
3:01pm
Rep. Barnes. Statement on Walker's DOC secretary resignation.
2:59pm
Sen. Shilling. Statement on Sec. Wall resignation.
2:54pm
AFSCME Council 32. Corrections Secretary's departure just a start.
2:41pm
Gov. Walker. Announces appointment of new Department of Corrections Secretary.

3:49pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Corrections secretary steps down amid abuse investigation at state youth prison.
2:44pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Corrections secretary resigns amid Lincoln Hills probe.
2:40pm
Wisconsin State Journal. DOC secretary resigns amid Lincoln Hills probe.
2:38pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. FBI assumes lead role in Lincoln Hills probe.
2:38pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Racine case pulled youths from Lincoln Hills because of botched case.
2:37pm
WKOW. Gov. Walker did not see letter about 2012 Lincoln Hills case.
2:36pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker's office warned in 2012 of safety issues at Lincoln Hills.

Governor

4:12pm
Gov. Walker. Signs recruitment and retention reform bill into law.
3:47pm
AFSCME Council 32. Statement on the dismantling of Wisconsin's civil service system.
3:11pm
Gov. Walker. Announces appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents.
1:05pm
One Wisconsin Now. Gov. Walker signs invitation to more scandal, more incompetence and more cronyism in state government.
12:05pm
AFSCME Council 32. Staetment on the dismantling of Wisconsin's civil service system.
12:03pm
Rep. Barca. Governor Walker further opens door for cronyism, corruption in Wisconsin.
10:38am
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin. Applauds Gov. Walker for signing civil service reform.
9:25am
Sen. Taylor. In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker "bans the box."

4:20pm
Wisconsin Radio Network. Walker signs Wisconsin civil service changes into law.
12:50pm
One Wisconsin Now. Gov. Walker signs invitation to more scandal, more incompetence and more cronyism in state government.
5:13am
Fox 11. Walker to sign bill Friday changing Wisconsin civil service.

Assembly Floor Session

9:39am
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Legislature approves manure piping bill.
5:53am
Rep. Brandtjen. Votes to close Planned Parenthood loophole:
5:51am
Rep. Taylor. Republicans slash birth control funding.
5:45am
Rep. Quinn. Minority Leader Barca ignores facts in broadband debate.
5:42am
Wisconsin Right to Life. Applauds state Assembly for passing SB-238.
5:41am
Rep. Barca. Legislative Republicans continue harm to Wisconsin women, children.
5:23am
Rep. Subeck. Republicans attack local control, pass dangerous bill gutting local landlord/tenant laws.
5:22am
Wisconsin Family Action. Commends state Assembly for protecting taxpayers by defunding Planned Parenthood.

1:10pm
Cap Times. Bill limiting Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood heads to Gov. Scott Walker's desk.
5:09am
La Crosse Tribune. Wisconsin Assembly approves bill expanding landlord rights.
5:09am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Vos: Road repair tax plan likely going nowhere.

Legislative

5:46pm
Rep. Steineke. Column: Assembly Republicans solving the student loan debt crisis.
4:55pm
Rep. Zamarripa. Calls for opposition to anti-immigrant bills.
12:49pm
Rep. Hintz. Column: Wisconsin's self-inflicted budget problems.
11:36am
Sen. Carpenter. Legislature passes bill helping protect domestic abuse victims.
11:30am
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. Supports improvements to State's IOH laws.
11:29am
Rep. Rob Brooks. Calls for Legislative Council study to review chapter 157.70 of Wisconsin State Statutes.

3:43pm
Daily Reporter. Milwaukee official blasts state's streetcar bill.
1:35pm
Janesville Gazette. Assembly to vote on drug treatment dollars.
7:16am
Governing. The latest tax battle in states is over tampons.
6:24am
Wisconsin State Journal. Lawmaker pulls bill, backed by Middleton developer, to prolong Middleton tax incentive district.
6:22am
Wisconsin State Journal. Robin Vos on voucher funding proposal: Superintendents' rhetoric 'gets ahead of the reality.'
6:20am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Editorial: Assembly should approve online registration bill.
5:17am
WISN. Wauwatosa School Board wants no guns on school property no matter what.
5:02am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Proposed bill would allow state to scrutinize local police purchases.
4:49am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Lawmakers consider Walker-backed bill to tighten unemployment benefit rules.

State Agencies

5:45pm
DNR. Sets Ashland public hearing for lake trout emergency rule.
3:54pm
Wisconsin Lottery. Sturgeon Bay man claims portion of Badger 5 $111,000 jackpot.
3:53pm
Wisconsin Lottery. Algoma woman claims $50,000 Powerball ticket from $1.5 billion dollar jackpot run.
3:52pm
Wisconsin Lottery. Calumet County woman claims $350,000 SuperCash! ticket.
2:12pm
GAB. Spring primary voter turnout estimated at 10 percent.
1:09pm
DNR. Hearings and meetings, Feb. 15-21.
9:26am
ETF. EMPOWER Campaign earns financial literacy honor.
9:23am
DWD. Meetings and hearings, Feb. 15-19.
5:47am
DOJ. Wisconsin reaches settlement with MoneyGram.
5:46am
DNR. Outdoor Report.
5:26am
ETF. Group Insurance Board to consider several RFPs.
5:25am
DNR. Customer service and licensing set for transition.

Economy/Business

10:29am
Nasdaq. The impact patent trolls have on innovation.
6:50am
Marshfield News Herald. Neuske's to expand, add 65 jobs thanks to bacon.
5:10am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin ranks 26th in country in solar jobs.
4:47am
Wisconsin State Journal. 5 years after Act 10: State economy putters along in the wake of budget cuts.

Environment/Outdoors

6:38am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Agency: Two deer that escaped had CWD.

Statewide

2:20pm
Wisconsin Economic Development Association. Honors Madison Region Economic Partnership and Shannon Full.
9:28am
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. During National Condom Week urges people to protect their sexual health.

Education

2:13pm
UW-Madison. New method for bio-designing yeast could improve biofuel production.
12:43pm
UW-Stout. Student wins award for innovative coffee table design.
12:06pm
UW-Madison. Specimens from George Washington Carver discovered at UW-Madison.
11:34am
UW-River Falls. MBA program moves up in listing of top programs.
11:32am
DPI. Rules hearing set for March 1 on innovative instructional methods.

5:12am
La Crosse Tribune. UW-Extension announces 80 positions eliminated, $3.6 million in cuts.

Local

5:44pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Recognizes emergency responders.
4:57pm
Milwaukee County Exec. Abele. Stay warm and stay safe: Resources available in Milwaukee County.
12:44pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Congratulates Milwaukee on winning the White House Healthy Communities Challenge.
10:38am
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. AOL co-founder Steve Case to speak at Chamber's annual lunch, IceBreaker.

Congress

2:58pm
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Column: A victory for judicial redress.
11:31am
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Holds IRS accountable for taxpayer service.
10:30am
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Congratulates Senate Judiciary on passage of CARA.
6:18am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Secures $3 million in railroad safety grants for Waukesha County.

2:47pm
The Hill. Ryan floats skipping budget.
6:16am
Reuters. Congress approves permanent Internet access tax ban. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:53am
U.S. News & World Report. A key Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for food stamp recipients and find savings in the program.

Federal Agencies

5:05am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Controversial federal standards pertaining to raw milk cheese won't be implemented.
5:00am
Agri-View. Pesticide proposal draws ire.

Politics

1:29pm
U.S. Rep. Kind. Delivers 162 Veterans History Project stories to Library of Congress.
11:56am
Feingold for U.S. Senate. UAW, SEIU, LIUNA, AFSCME endorse.
10:36am
RPW. Senator Sanders and Senator Feingold agree: Racial ideology before Wisconsin jobs.
6:27am
Ryan for Congress. On Democratic debate in Milwaukee.
5:56am
RPW. Statement on Democrat debate.
5:55am
DPW Wisconsin Chair Laning. Statement on Democratic debate.
5:48am
Americans for Prosperity. 5 questions that should be asked at debate (but probably won't be).

2:26pm
Bloomberg. How to give back $157 million.
7:05am
USA Today. Top takaways from the Milwaukee Democratic debate.
7:00am
Mantiowoc Herald Times Reporter. Kloppenburg pledges no partianship.
6:36am
Chippewa Herald. Baldwin's advice to Clinton: 'Be Hillary.'
6:34am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin set to play a larger-than-expected role in presidential primaries.
6:31am
Chippewa Herald. AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders on health care, donors.
6:18am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Obama's presidency front and center at Sanders, Clinton debate.
5:14am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker says Republicans could win Wisconsin with Donald Trump.
4:57am
NBC News. Democratic debate: Clinton and Sanders face off in Wisconsin.
4:56am
Boston.com. Protesters storm press area at Democratic presidential debate.
4:55am
Wisconsin State Journal. Hillary Clinton swipes at Scott Walker, Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee debate.
4:54am
CNN. Democratic debate: Clinton clings to Obama.
4:50am
The Hill. Clinton hits Scott Walker in his home state.

Thursday February 11, 2016

Governor

2:40pm
DOR. Targeting fraud and identity theft.
2:29pm
Gov. Walker. Announces DOR anti-fraud initiatives save taxpayers $192 million over five years.
12:09pm
Gov. Walker. Attends 78th annual Wisconsin Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition.
11:01am
Gov. Walker. Weekly radio address.

Assembly Floor Session

4:14pm
Pro-Life Wisconsin. State Assembly passes bill defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
3:59pm
Rep. Kremer. On passage of bill to prohibit abortion providers from overbilling Medicaid.
3:27pm
Rep. Subeck. Wisconsin Republicans put politics ahead of women in quest to defund Planned Parenthood.
3:22pm
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. Assembly Republicans vote again to block essential health care services at Planned Parenthood.
2:47pm
Reps. Kerkman, Taylor. Liquid nicotine safety cap bill passes Assembly
2:44pm
Rep. Mursau. Bill to allow College of Menominee Nation to operate public library passes Assembly.
1:35pm
Rep. Jarchow. Five bills pass Assembly this week.
1:34pm
Rep. Subeck. Legislation to aid disabled taxicab riders passes the state Assembly.
1:20pm
Rep. Barnes. Welcomes Janan Atta Najeeb to the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Legislative

3:31pm
Wright for 85th Assembly District. Calls on parents to speak out against more than $1.5 million local tax dollars siphoned from Wausau Public Schools.
3:02pm
Rep. Hintz. #TBT: State of the State promises, one month later.
2:42pm
Rep. Loudenbeck. Receives Wisconsin Library Champion award.
2:39pm
Sen. Larson. Statement on the MPS Takeover Repeal Act.
1:33pm
Rep. Hutton. Wisconsin's juvenile justice system.
1:28pm
Rep. Subeck. Healthy Babies, Working Mothers Act receives hearing with strong public support.
10:27am
Sen. Lassa. Weekly Democratic radio address.
10:04am
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Memo in opposition to AB-568.
8:43am
PROFS. Statement on college affordability package.
6:14am
Rep. Krug. Listening sessions cancelled.

12:04pm
Appleton Post Crescent. Lawmakers running out of time on mental health bills.
12:01pm
Cap Times. Budget committee shaves spending to stay under Scott Walker's $20 million directive.
6:17am
Wisconsin Radio Network. 'Double-dipping' bill gets public hearing.
5:57am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bill closing gap in combat sport regulation passes Senate.
5:56am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bill would give lawmakers access to John Doe records.
5:46am
Wisconsin State Journal. Paul Soglin blasts legislative Republicans over Airbnb, local control.
5:44am
Wisconsin State Journal. School funding proposal faces uncertain future.
5:41am
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Regional leaders oppose ban on sand-mining moratorium.
5:33am
Pierce County Herald. 'A challenging time' in Madison; Harsdorf holds listening session in River Falls.
5:26am
Wisconsin Public Radio. 'Sanctuary city' bill gets Senate hearing without much fuss.
5:23am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Democrats propose statewide body camera standards.
5:20am
Wisconsin Public Radio. High-capacity well overhaul dead this session, says GOP sponsor.
5:14am
Milwaukee Business Journal. Lawmaker suggests tapping Visit Milwaukee sales tax funds to expand convention center.
5:12am
La Crosse Tribune. Lawmakers decry ban on county executives in Legislature.

State Agencies

10:28am
DFI. Lending up 9.6% at state-chartered credit unions in 2015.
6:17am
DFI. Honors Wisconsin citizens and organizations with the 2015 Governor's Financial Literacy Award.

5:59am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. After losing a leg, state trooper travels long road back.

Environment/Outdoors

5:22am
Ashland Daily Press. Council passes CAFO moratorium resolution.

Statewide

12:10pm
Gov. Walker. ICYMI: Act 10 saves Wisconsin taxpayers more than $5 billion over 5 years, MacIver analysis finds.
9:58am
MacIver Institute. Act 10 saves Wisconsin taxpayers more than $5 billion over 5 years, MacIver analysis finds.
9:55am
One Wisconsin Now. Gov. Scott Walker divided Wisconsin in 2011, five years later Wisconsin uniting in opposition to his agenda, disapproval of job he's done.
9:53am
Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians. Family physicians participate in Doctor Day.
8:54am
Wisconsin Association of Mobility Managers. No ID and no way to get one. There is help!
8:22am
American Forest & Paper Association. Participates in first Papermakers Day in Madison.

12:00pm
Wisconsin State Journal. 5 years after Act 10: Politicial division still pervasive.
8:57am
Wisconsin State Journal. 5 years after Act 10: Union membership, clout has suffered.
8:36am
Wisconsin State Journal. Assessing the impact of Act 10 on Wisconsin, 5 years later.
8:34am
Wisconsin State Journal. 5 years after Act 10: Teachers, the face of Act 10 opposition, may see long-range pay changes.
8:24am
Twin Cities Pioneer Press. They ran Spotted Cow beer across the Minnesota border, charges say.
5:48am
Wisconsin State Journal. Front pages from historic Scott Walker protests. Photos.

Courts

2:49pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. John Doe: Letter regarding DAs' motion to strike.
1:23pm
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Schimel angles for an invite to block John Doe.

11:18am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. State high court broadens police search and seizure power.

Education

3:58pm
MPS. State honors 15 MPS schools for 'Beating the Odds.'
1:19pm
DPI. Three nominated for 2016 Green Ribbon Award.
11:58am
UW-Stout. Professors' paintings, film work, photography to be featured.
11:14am
UW-Madison. Wisconsin researchers transform common cell to master heart cell.
11:10am
UW-Stout. Couples can recharge with Relationship Check-up program.
10:59am
UW-River Falls. Student part of NSF Antarctic Research Team.
10:31am
UW-River Falls. (Updated) To host TEDx event Feb. 27.
9:56am
UW-Stevens Point. And Cornell partner on global environment course.

Local

2:46pm
Milwaukee Mayor Barrett. Staetment regarding juvenile car thefts in Milwaukee.
11:03am
Milwaukee County Sup. Taylor. One work for Department on Aging: "Instability."
10:02am
Center for Media and Democracy. WI Supreme Court again tries thwarting SCOTUS review of its conflicts of interest.

5:42am
La Crosse Tribune. Extra potent heroin raises alarm about overdoses, potential deaths.
5:16am
Petoskey News. Michigan leaders oppose Wisconsin town's Great Lakes diversion request.

Congress

3:19pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Senators Johnson, Ernst and Booker legislation to combat terrorists' use of social media approved.
3:04pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Calls on Republican majority to take action on emergency funding to tackle prescription opioid and heroin crisis.
1:25pm
U.S. Sen. Johnson. Comments on passage of Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act Conference Report.
6:16am
U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner. Applauds the Senate passage of the Judical Redress Act.

5:08am
Fox 11. Connect to Congress: Rep. Grothman says Obama's budget isn't serious.

Politics

4:15pm
RPW. What debate? Sanders and Clinton offer continuation of failed Obama years.
3:08pm
Feingold for U.S. Senate. Seniors advocates endorse.
1:26pm
One Wisconsin Now. Presidential candidates with college affordability plans come to Wisconsin.
11:12am
RPW. ICYMI: Senator Feingold sprints away from his party's candidates.
11:11am
Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Endorses Justice Rebecca Bradley for Supreme Court.
11:04am
MCTS. Announces free bus pass program to help people register to vote of obtain a picture ID.
9:50am
RPW. Unveils billboard to welcome Hillary Clinton to Wisconsin.
8:30am
Feyen for 18th State Senate District. Conservative activists endorses
8:21am
Bradley for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Wisconsin Restaurant Association endorses.

5:54am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee's Sanders-Clinton debate to be pivotal.
5:35am
Sauk Prairie Eagle. School administrator seeks Assembly seat.
5:24am
The Hill. Supreme Court climate fight shakes up Senate races.
5:19am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Low turnout expected for Wisconsin Supreme Court primary.
5:09am
Appleton Post Crescent. Mike Gallagher considers run for Congress.
5:07am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Clinton and Sanders find dedicated volunteers in Wisconsin.
5:06am
The Hill. Two green groups back Feingold in Wisconsin Senate race.