The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Friday April 20, 2018 - Updated 4:17pm

Governor

9:32am
Gov. Walker. Newly signed talent attraction legislation to support future launch of mobile job center.

Legislative

4:17pm
Rep. Taylor. Statement on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre.
4:13pm
Rep. Neylon. Statement on employment and jobs report.
2:47pm
Sen. Nass. DPI Assistant Superintendent - only 'Social Justice Equity Warriors' need apply.
12:13pm
Educators for Gun Safety Reform Now! On 19th Columbine anniversary, teachers, students and parents gather for gun safety day of action.
12:04pm
One Wisconsin Now. 999 motion gets Robin Vos a free European vacation?
12:02pm
Sen. Shilling. Column: Protect Wisconsin's conservation legacy.
10:38am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. New state law prohibits communities from regulating drones. 

State Agencies

4:16pm
DNR. Baiting and feeding ban renewed in Oneida County following new CWD detection.
4:15pm
DNR. Meeting scheduled to review Potawatomi State Park observation tower removal.
1:49pm
DWD. BLS data: WI ranks 4th nationally in private sector jobs gained over-the-month, 1st in manufacturing jobs added in 2018.
1:46pm
DOC. Stanley inmates participate in spring graduation ceremony.
10:43am
DOT. When the snow finally melts...watch for Adopt-a-Highway crews.
5:20am
DNR. Outdoor Report.

Economy/Business

10:35am
M-WERC. WERCBench Labs to host Pitch Night on May 1.

4:55am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Rockwell, Manpower aiming to hit veteran training target by 2020.
4:49am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin unemployment rate in March remained at record-low 2.9% for second month.

Statewide

12:09pm
Wisconsin Medical Society. Honors Gloria Halverson, MD, as Physician Citizen of the Year.
12:07pm
Wisconsin Medical Society. Timothy McAvoy, MD, receives Directors Award.
12:06pm
Wisconsin Medical Society. Honors physicians with Presidential Citation Awards.

5:14am
The Hill. Drug industry facing onslaught from frustrated states.
4:44am
NBC 15. Cyber attack at UnityPoint Health puts 16,000 people at risk.
4:43am
WISC. Study shows number of opioid prescriptions declining.

Courts

9:33am
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Appellate court overturns ruling on 2012 Brookfield spa shooting case, increases accountability for online firearm dealers that facilitate illegal gun sales.

10:42am
Cap Times. Wisconsin Supreme Court justices full of questions at hearing on professor's suit against Marquette.
4:57am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin's medical malpractice cap goes before the state Supreme Court. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:54am
Oshkosh Northwestern. Federal judge: UWO Foundation's lawsuit against UW System will go to trial.
4:51am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In McAdams vs. Marquette hearing, justices focus on speech rights for professors.
4:50am
Bloomberg. U.S. online gun market takes a hit from Wisconsin court ruling.

Education

12:10pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. To DPI: Proposed ESSA rules violate state law.
12:03pm
Marquette University. CBS Sports' Bill Raftery to speak at Axthelm Lecture.
12:01pm
UW-Stout. Construction majors receive industry advisory board scholarships.
10:39am
UW-Madison. Curious Madisonian still innovating, designing, improving 35 years after UW-Madison graduation.
9:34am
UW System. Receives $4 million in broadband funding.
9:12am
UW-Rock County. Janesville native & comedian Pete Lee performs May 1.
5:32am
DPI. April 23 hearing set on choice and tribal revitalization grant scope statements.
5:22am
MPS. And UWM, MATC develop path for future teachers.
5:21am
DPI. Four scope statements are subject of morning preliminary hearing April 23.

4:58am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee-area students will march on Columbine anniversary as they continue to seek gun reform.
4:43am
WKOW. Students prepare to walk out for 2nd time to demand action on gun reform.

Local

5:23am
Milwaukee Ald. Stamper. FPC poised to approve new firefighter eligible list.

1:50pm
Green Bay Press-Gazette. Door Co. Board adopts resolution regarding anonymous funding in election campaigns.

Congress

12:12pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Secures $55 million for Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
10:40am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Joins colleagues to call on administration to take immediate action to reduce price of life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug.

4:46am
Washington Post. Republicans fear political risk in Senate races as House moves to extend tax cuts.
4:44am
CBS 58. Wisconsin police chiefs joining fight against pro-gun legislation in Washington.

Politics

12:46pm
Ringhand for 15th Senate. To run for second term.
12:05pm
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Top individual Democratic and Republican contributors, 2008-2017.
10:28am
Roys for Governor. Marks 19th anniversary of Columbine shooting.
8:59am
Allen for 97th Assembly. Announces campaign for re-election.
8:54am
Soglin for Governor. Latest poll shows Paul Soglin and Tony Evers in a virtual dead heat for the Democratic nomination for governor. Memo.

10:44am
U.S. News & World Report. Multiple candidates register to run for state treasurer.
5:10am
Wausau Daily Herald. Sen. Jerry Petrowski to seek re-election in Wisconsin 29th Senate District.
5:09am
Janesville Gazette. Governor candidate Gronik says he's the one to beat Walker.
4:53am
U.S. News & World Report. Conservative PAC announces $1 million ad buy for Nicholson.
4:52am
Winona Daily News. Trempealeau County supervisor Jon Schultz joins race to fill Vinehout seat.
4:50am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Barrett says possible bid for governor not a criticism of other Dems.
4:48am
CNBC. More House seats are open in 2018 than in at least a dozen years, but it's no slam dunk for Democrats.
4:46am
U.S. News & World Report. Legislative candidate pledges to work for free in 2018.
4:42am
WQOW. Protecting kids is Altoona Police Chief's main reason for running for Assembly.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Governor

10:07am
Gov. Walker. Wisconsin adds 8,900 private sector jobs, unemployment rate holds at all-time low 2.9% in March.
8:53am
Gov. Walker. Submits health care stability plan for federal approval.

8:23am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Obamacare costs could drop 5% in 2019, under plan by Gov. Scott Walker.
4:52am
U.S. News & World Report. Walker sees federal waiver for reinsurance program.

Legislative

4:18pm
Rep. Steineke. Column: Study Committee on Minor Guardianship aims to advocate for vulnerable kids.
10:06am
Sen. Hansen. Weekly Democratic radio address: Prescription Drug Price Gouging.
9:59am
Sen. Shilling. Affordable Care Act is working in Wisconsin.

4:57am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Lawmakers approve new funding formula for UW System schools. U.S. News & World Report.
4:44am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Finance committee OKs additional $7.1M for prison care.
4:42am
NBC 26. Union wants vote on Kimberly-Clark incentives package.

State Agencies

4:20pm
DATCP. Nominees announced for Diary Farmers of WI Board.
9:56am
DWD. BLS data: State adds 8,900 private sector jobs, 2,100 manufacturing jobs in March: Unemployment rate holds at historically low 2.9%.

1:09pm
Milwaukee Biz Times. Wisconsin added 8,900 private sector jobs in March.
8:42am
Wisconsin State Journal. AG charges law enforcement officer with felony for unauthorized release of police records.
5:25am
NBC 15. Schimel rips state bar for handing award to felon.
5:10am
Wisconsin State Journal. State treasurer recommends buying, replacing Downtown building, moving state offices into new facility at site.
5:06am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Release programs for sick and elderly prisoners could save millions. But states rarely use them.
4:56am
WQOW. State DOT secretary discusses road funding in Chippewa Falls.

Economy/Business

4:00pm
Linetec. Wins Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award.
1:33pm
M-WERC. Leads discussion on energy efficiency.
10:01am
Diaryland Power Cooperative. Announces more solar energy sites.
10:00am
Wisconsin Technology Council. Engaging state, federal policymakers is topic of May 10 Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon.

8:21am
Racine Journal Times. Foxconn director: Why we came here.
5:17am
La Crosse Tribune. Proposed Jackson County frac operation sued for breach of contract; appeals court considering challenge from neighbors.
4:49am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Haribo gummy bear factory in Kenosha County could have up to 1,450 workers.
4:48am
Fox 6. 'Very disappointed:' Bon-Ton to shutter all stores; more than 2,000 employees affected in Wisconsin.
4:48am
U.S. News & World Report. Liquidation firms win bid for the Bon-Ton stores.
4:43am
WJFW. Chinese tariffs hurt two major Wisconsin industries.
4:42am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Badger Meter CEO 'disappointed' in companies tying raises to tax cuts.

Statewide

4:20pm
Wisconsin Medical Society. Report shows 25 percent decline in opioid prescribing in Wisconsin.

4:50am
Fox 6. Violence Policy Center analysis: Wisconsin ranks #2 in the nation for 'black homicide victimization.'

Courts

3:25pm
Marquette University. Emphasizes employer rights in oral arguments to Wisconsin Supreme Court.
1:31pm
WMC. Fights back against big government special interests.
8:54am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. David Hager, Jr.
8:54am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Brandon Buchanan.
8:47am
District I Court of Appeals. Susan L. Baldwin v. Milwaukee County.
8:46am
District IV Court of Appeals. Sara J. Scace v. Bryan J. Schulte.
8:45am
District I Court of Appeals. Yasmeen Daniel v. Armslist, LLC.
8:31am
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Argues two cases at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
5:05am
Wisconsin Justice Initiative. Justice requires judges to speak out on lawyer compensation proposal.

1:12pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Justice Shirley Abrahamson, undergoing medical tests, has been participating in Wisconsin cases only by phone.
1:06pm
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin appeals court reinstates spa shooting lawsuit.
4:47am
WTMJ. Marquette conservative speech case going to Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Education

3:26pm
WTCS. Recognizes student ambasadors.
3:11pm
UW-Stout. Student newspaper receives three state-level awards.
3:09pm
UW-Madison Chancellor Blank. Confronting our campus history.
1:08pm
UW-Stout. Chinese children enjoy visit to campus as part of American experience.
10:04am
Marquette University. Five journalists to join the Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism.

4:55am
Stevens Point Journal. UW-Stevens Point students march, sit-in in Madison to protest cuts to liberal arts majors. Wisconsin Public Radio.

Local

4:01pm
Madison Department of Civil Rights. Statement on the passing of Vel Phillips.
1:02pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Moore Omokunde. Celebrates the life and legacy of attorny, alderwoman, judge and Secretary of State Velvalea Phillips.

5:24am
Cap Times. Vel Phillips encountered discrimination at UW that would shape her activism in Milwaukee. Fox 6.
4:55am
Kenosha News. Somers officials seek monthly Foxconn updates.
4:51am
WTMJ. Ascension to hold off on St. Joseph Hospital cutbacks.
4:45am
U.S. News & World Report. Demolition work begins on Wisconsin General Motors plant.

Congress

3:35pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Applauds more than $7.5 million federal investment for Wisconsin to combat opioid epidemic.
12:56pm
U.S. Sens. Baldwin, Ernst. Introduce legislation to support resources for farmers in crisis.
5:04am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And Wisconsin Vietnam war veterans secure Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crewmember Monument in Arlington National Cemetery.

5:01am
Racine Journal Times. U.S. Senate blocks bill on ballast water; EPA continues oversight.
4:46am
The Hill. Dems: Ryan 'sole impediment' to DACA deal.

Politics

1:04pm
McCabe for Governor. Gains Moms Demand Action's Gun Sense Candidate Distinction.
1:00pm
Gronik for Governor. Earns endorsement of Wisconsin Gazette.
12:59pm
Nicholson for U.S. Senate. Announces additional Finance Committee Co-Chairs.
12:57pm
Duchow for 99th Assembly. Seeks re-election.
12:55pm
One Wisconsin Now. Scott Walker ad declares 'Democrats are winning.'
10:34am
Nass for 11th Senate. Calls on Bryan Steil to run for Congress.
10:03am
Renard for 1st Senate. Makes "no pay, no per diem" pledge.

2:32pm
Fox 11. Pence to participate in Milwaukee forum to tout tax overhaul.
1:21pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wary of GOP complacency, Gov. Scott Walker braces for a possible 'blue wave.'
8:33am
Racine Journal Times. Candidates focus campaigns after Ryan withdrawal.
8:28am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sen. Ron Johnson won't say if he will endorse Trump for re-election in 2020.
8:20am
The Hill. GOP senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems.
4:59am
Kenosha News. County supervisor, police officer Jeff Wamboldt to run for Ryan's seat.
4:59am
ABC News. Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival.
4:58am
Chippewa Herald. Altoona police chief announces bid for 68th Assembly.
4:53am
Daily Reporter. GOP candidate contends push for prevailing-wage repeal costing him support.
4:52am
Fox 6. Tom Barrret for governor? Milwaukee's mayor isn't ruling out another bid.
4:46am
Fox 6. Paul Nehlen's wife made $37,000 from his congressional campaign.