The Wheeler Report - Covering the Wisconsin Legislature since 1972

Wednesday June 20, 2018 - Updated 4:40pm

Governor

3:23pm
Gov. Walker. ICYMI: Foxconn to adopt world-class water recycling technology, reducing need for Great Lakes water.
1:14pm
Gov. Walker. Participates in ribbon cutting for DuraTech Industries' $7.5 million expansion project.
1:12pm
Gov. Walker. Nelson-Jameson, Inc. expands operations in Marshfield.

Legislative

2:30pm
American Heart Association. Recognizes Sen. Alberta Darling with Friend of Heart award.
1:33pm
Sen. Vinehout. Column: Penalizing people for being poor: Court case challenges policy.
10:46am
Sen. Erpenbach. Calls on governor to end support of "zero tolerance."
9:40am
Sen.-elect Frostman. Announces district swearing-in.

State Agencies

3:38pm
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Approves funding for community projects.
2:28pm
OCI Commissioner Nickel. Statement following Governor Walker's State of Emergency declaration in northwestern Wisconsin.
1:38pm
WEDC. City of Janesville receives $500,000 state grant to support redevelopment of former General Motors plant.
1:11pm
DWD. May jobless rate decline over year in all Wisconsin metro areas, largest cities.
10:45am
DOR. Don't wait to claim your Wisconsin child sales tax rebate. Deadline is July 2.
10:43am
AG Schimel. Announces more than $1.9 million for School Safety Grant funding to 19 school districts.
10:41am
One Wisconsin Now. Attorney general uses state airplane as Schimel shuttle.

2:35pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Janesville gets state money for GM factory demolition.
4:53am
WBAY. State, VA focus on fighting opioid abuse among veterans.

Economy/Business

3:04pm
Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy. Minimum wage increases lead to employment losses in Minnesota.
9:08am
PPG. Appoints John Kovaleski as plant manager, Oak Creek facility.
5:08am
Green Bay Packaging. Applauds city council's unanimous approval of development agreement for new Green Bay mill.

1:56pm
Milwaukee Biz Times. Glass plant not a 'necessity' with Foxconn making smaller screens.
1:43pm
Fox 6. Foxconn exec expresses frustration over politics surrounding project; 'We are trying to do a good thing here.'
5:29am
WKOW. Ariens closing Janesville facility.
4:47am
U.S. News & World Report. Utility buys Wisconsin land for substation to power Foxconn.
4:40am
WKOW. Ariens closing Janesville facililty.
4:38am
WBAY. Green Bay City Council backs Green Bay Packaging plan.
4:36am
The Hill. Trump angers biz groups with $200B tariff threat.

Environment/Outdoors

2:42pm
The Hill. Federal agency releases 'public relations nightmare' water contaminant study.

Statewide

4:40pm
Wisconsin American Legion. 2nd Annual Law Enforcement Academy welcomes high school students to intensive training.
4:32pm
Kids Forward. And other advocates demand an end to family separation and Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy.
4:00pm
Bryce for 1st Congress. Statement on Trump's disgusting immigration policy.
3:31pm
Sen. Taylor. Walker's silence on Trump's immigration policy is deafening.
2:48pm
Rep. Taylor. Experts expose danger of Trump's family separation policy.
2:47pm
Roys for Governor. Demands Walker stop fundraising from inhumane conditions at border.
2:25pm
Transportation Development Association. Announces new element to Just Fix It campaign.
1:50pm
Sen. Risser. Statement on family separations at southern U.S. border.
1:48pm
Kaul for Attorney General. Comments on Brad Schimel's callous reaction to the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border.
1:19pm
NextGen America. Condemns Scott Walker's silence on family separation.
11:57am
Coconino County Arizona. Eric Peterson selected County Public Affairs Director.
11:46am
Michael Best. Names five attorneys to partnership.
11:25am
Milwaukee Aldermen. Separating families at the border is cruel, unnecessary.
11:18am
DPW. Leah Vukmir supports Trump family separation policy.
5:07am
U.S. Rep. Grothman. Speaks about U.S.-Mexico border situation.

11:53am
The Hill. Opioid crisis sending thousands of children into foster care.
5:14am
Madison.com. 'Playrooms of crying children.' U.S. opens more facilities to hold 2,300+ young kids separated so far from parents at border.
5:00am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin Republicans scramble on Donald Trump administration's family separations.
4:58am
Washington Post. A congressman answers the question 'where are the girls.'
4:57am
WXOW. Pocan travels to U.S.-Mexico border.
4:57am
WAOW. Audio tape of 2 migrant children causing stir in central Wisconsin.
4:56am
CBS 58. Local family impacted by separations at the border.
4:55am
WISC. Madison alders call on Congress, president to stop current immigration practice.
4:45am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Salmonella outbreak tied to melons sold at Costco stores, including several in Wisconsin.

Courts

9:11am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Joseph T. Langlois.
9:11am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. State v. Andre L. Scott.

4:46am
WUWM. Plaintiffs look forward to reworking Wisconsin gerrymander case.

Education

4:48am
Wisconsin State Journal. Oregon schools add breaks in response to UW-Madison flu study.

Local

1:16pm
Milwaukee Ald. Donovan. Council approves FPC executive director measure, OKs move to push for hiring seasonal police officers.
1:10pm
2020 Democratic National Convention. Milwaukee named finalist for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
11:55am
Mliwaukee Ald. Rainey. Common Council authorizes sale of site planned for 'restaurant classroom.'
11:24am
Milwaukee Ald. Rainey. Statement on children shooting victims.
5:06am
Emergency Management. Incident Report #3 - Northwestern Wisconsin Flooding.

4:50am
WTMJ. MMSD dumps untreated sewage water into rivers, Lake Michigan. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:46am
ABC 5. Officials concerned about additional flooding after northern Wis. dam fails.
4:40am
WJFW. New rules on the books: Oneida County approves overhaul of metallic mining ordinance.
4:39am
Fox 11. Green Bay City Council agrees on $20 wheel tax. Green Bay Press Gazette.
4:37am
WQOW. Eau Claire County Board considers wheel tax at Tuesday's meeting.

Congress

2:21pm
Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. Johnson, senators introduce legislation to keep families together and ensure the integrity of immigration laws.
9:39am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Announces new federal funding available to help Wisconsin combat the opioid epidemic.

1:45pm
USA Today. Trump to sign executive order to end immigrant family separations: What we know now.
10:37am
Reuters. House to vote on Thursday on immigration bills.
4:51am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. With a tweet and a video, Tammy Baldwin reaches out to Donald Trump on Buy American' legislation.
4:43am
Politico. House GOP: Trump's immigration plea may fall short.
4:36am
Reuters. U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs. Israel, alarming critics.

Politics

3:43pm
DSCC. Six months later: Nicholson & Vukmir's #GOPTaxScam still benefits the wealthy at expense of middle class Wisconsinites.
3:02pm
Sumner for 23rd Assembly. Announces endorsement from EMILY's List.
2:50pm
Kaump for State Treasurer. Wisconsin candidates can use campaign funds for childcare.
2:34pm
DPW. Statement in response to today's Marquette University Law School Poll.
2:31pm
RPW. ICYMI: Dangerous race left gets ugly for the Democrats.
2:23pm
Flynn for Governor. Statement on the Marquette Poll.
1:24pm
Marquette University. New Marquette Law School Poll finds many Wisconsin primary voters remain undecided, unfamiliiar with candidates.
1:22pm
Sortwell for 2nd Assembly. Endorsed by Young Americans for Liberty.
1:17pm
Emerson for 91st Assembly. Announces endorsement from Emily's List.
1:15pm
RAGA. AG Brad Schimel continues opioid awareness campaign - with a focus on veterans.
11:58am
DPW. 6 monhts later: GOP tax scam unpopular and harming families.
11:50am
DCCC. Six months after GOP tax scam passage, higher costs for families.
11:13am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Road project companies contributed $220K+ to Walker's campaign.
10:39am
Emily's List. Announces first round of Wisconsin legislative endorsements ahead of August primary.
10:34am
Snodgrass for 19th Senate. Among Emily's List first round of Wisconsin legislative endorsements ahead of August primary.
10:33am
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Yes, Walker tried to kneecap the Department of Natural Resources.
9:38am
Walker for Governor. ICYMI: Gov. Walker: I'm "an education governor."
9:09am
NARAL Pro-Choice America. Endorses Senator Tammy Baldwin for re-election.
9:06am
Roys for Governor. Endorsed by Emily's List.
9:05am
RGA. Wisconsin Dem gov primary gets ugly as candidates fight to prove who is the most far-left.

2:59pm
Milwaukee Biz Times. Poll shows slight Walker lead despite Foxconn skepticism.
2:58pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Foxconn: MU poll shows support for project treading water.
1:39pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Poll: Tony Evers still holds strong lead among field of little known candidates.
4:53am
U.S. News & World Report. Walker's graduation pledge reminiscent of jobs promise.

Tuesday June 19, 2018

Governor

3:26pm
Various Democrat Legislators. Letter to Gov. Walker regarding family separation/National Guard troops.
11:52am
Gov. Walker. Nelson-Jameson, Inc. expands operations in Marsfield.
11:47am
One Wisconsin Now. Scott Walker's cowardly dodge of questions about Trump policy separating families at U.S. border.
9:23am
Gov. Walker. Announces plan to name future Milwaukee State Office Building after Vel Phillips, civil rights pioneer & former Wisconsin Secretary of State.
4:46am
Gov. Walker. Declares State of Emergency in northwest Wisconsin.

3:29pm
NBC 15. Walker: Separating children at border is federal issue.
4:32am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Governor Walker declares state of emergency for five flood-damaged counties.
4:19am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Scott Walker to name Milwaukee state office building after civil rights leader Vel Phillips.
4:15am
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. Ahead of planned dock repairs, Walker touts car ferry as Great Lakes asset.

Legislative

3:24pm
Rep. Neubauer. Separating immigrant families is reprehensible, unconscionable.
3:22pm
Rep. Bowen. Statement on Juneteenth day of action. YEO Network.
2:36pm
Rep. Vruwink. Appointed to Study Committee on School Trust Funds.
9:48am
Rep. Shankland. To hold office hours on Friday.
9:30am
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Rep. Mursau honored for championing youth health, cancer advocacy.

State Agencies

4:32pm
Rep. Bowen. Governor Walker sends WI National Guard to enforce Trump's inhumane family separations.
3:49pm
DNR. Weekly news.
3:49pm
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board. Approves DNR's Mazo Beach plan.
3:39pm
Rep. Zepnick. Calls on Gov. Walker to end WI National Guard deployment to US-Mexico border.
3:20pm
Gronik for Governor. "Children are being torn from their families as Scott Walker dodges questions."
2:39pm
DATCP. Shining a light on conservation success: New Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Annual Report.
11:50am
DMA. June 26 is Lightning Safety Awareness Day in Wisconsin.
11:20am
AG Schimel. Announces "A Dose of Reality" for military veterans and active service members.
10:37am
DATCP. Storm damage? Watch for travelling contractors.
9:52am
Wisconsin Historical Society. Old World Wisconsin now open 7 days a week!
9:50am
Wisconsin Historical Society. Celebrate a 19th century Independence Day!
9:45am
Wisconsin Historical Society. Laura Boyd to be featured in the "Women of Madeline Island Exhibit."
9:43am
Wisconsin Historical Society. Keiran Murphy presents "How Do Your Restore the Work of a Lifetime?"
4:45am
Roys for Governor. Demands Walker rescind plan to send WI National Guard troops to southern border.
4:44am
Voces de la Frontera. Walker sends National Guard to border to help Trump rip children from their families.
4:42am
DHS. Foodborne illness advisory: Honey Smacks cereal linked to salmonella outbreak.
4:41am
Rep. Hintz. Calls on Governor Walker to suspend troop deployment.
4:40am
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Slams Walker's decision to send Wisconsin National Guard troops to the border.
4:38am
Reps. Zamarripa, Taylor. Statement on Gov. Walker's decision to send Wisconsin National Guard troops to Arizona.

2:43pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Parents ask Gov. Scott Walker to keep Wisconsin troops away from Mexico border.
4:27am
Fox 6.  2 dozen Wisconsin National Guard members head to Arizona to assist in securing border. WISC. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:15am
Daily Reporter. WisDOT names 14 subs on $168M I-94 reconstruction.
4:09am
WBAY. Deer from Marinette County farm tests positive for CWD.

Economy/Business

1:04pm
A Better Mount Pleasant. Village of Mount Pleasant to certify Foxconn redevelopment & blight resolution in illegal meeting.
11:49am
Village of Mount Pleasant, Racine County, RCEDC, City of Racine. Local leaders celebrate Foxconn's commitment to zero liquid discharge.
11:12am
Foxconn. To adopt world-class water recycling technology at Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park.

12:59pm
Chicago Daily Herald. Gurnee raises alarm on $10B Foxconn plan in Wisconsin.
11:28am
Reuters. Wall Street tumbles, Dow erases 2018 gains as trade worries worsen.
11:24am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Foxconn cutting need for Great Lakes water with $30 million system.
4:08am
WQOW. Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs.

Environment/Outdoors

5:00am
Baraboo News Republic. Sauk County sportsmen back proposal to pay hunters, landowners for CWD infected deer.

Statewide

3:28pm
RPW. Statement celebrating Juneteenth.
12:54pm
Xcel Energy. Redevelops butterfly and bee habitat.
10:35am
PDPW. Wisconsin dairy tours to focus on creating efficiencies.
4:50am
Cornucopia Institute. Looking at fraud: Industry watchdog releases comprehensive report documenting suspicious organic grain imports.

2:46pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Limited housing supply continues to drive up Wisconsin home prices.

Courts

3:38pm
Wisconsin Family Action. Federal court upholds Wisconsin's Unborn Child Protection Act.
2:41pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Contintues to call for fair maps in the wake of SCOTUS remand. Info Sheet.
1:01pm
Wisconsin Right to Life. Mothers and their unborn children battling addiction still protected under WI law.
9:31am
Rep. Considine. Statement on Gill v. Whitford.
9:29am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Suzanne E. Kitto.
9:28am
District I Court of Appeals. State v. Theoris Raphel Stewart.
9:24am
AG Schimel. Statement on Seventh Circuit ruling in Unborn Child Protection Act case.
4:43am
McCabe for Governor. Understands the sting of disappointment, but won't stop fighting.

9:32am
WFRV. Local lawmakers looking to redraw political map. WBAY.
4:28am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Democrats seek to bring redistricting case back to Supreme Court before 2020 elections.
4:21am
WISC. Case challenging Wisconsin's 'cocaine mom' law is dismissed.
4:17am
WKOW. Gov. Walker calls legislative maps fair, lawmakers react to redistricting case.

Education

3:18pm
UW-Stout. Spring Move Out cuts waste, encourages reuse of clothing, furniture.
2:37pm
DPI. Transition Readiness Grant Program recpients selected.
9:34am
UW-Madison. Today's middle school students study yesterday's people of Aztalan.

Local

1:03pm
Madison Ald. Cheeks. To introduce resolution calling for an end to child separations at the border.
4:48am
#CloseMSDF. And families of detainees demand immediate relief from extreme life-threatening heat inside Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility.

4:33am
Twin Cities Pioneer Press. 2 dead in northwestern Wisconsin flash floods; waters breach earthen dam.
4:32am
Duluth News Tribune. Northland looks ahead after weekend floods.
4:25am
Green Bay Press-Gazette. Improved economy, low gas prices contribute to fewer people riding Green Bay Metro Transit.
4:24am
Wisconsin State Journal. Dane County voters could voice opinion on marijuana legalization in November election in proposal before the Board.
4:23am
Milwaukee Biz Times. Racine launches $1.5 million training program for Foxconn construction work.

Congress

3:19pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Leads bipartisan amendment to support medical innovations.
12:55pm
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin. To Tammy Baldwin: Stop overspending!
12:54pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Votes for National Defense Authorization Act, funds troops.
4:39am
U.S. Reps. Pocan, Ellison, Johnson. Urge Columbia's new president-elect to advance peace process.

Politics

4:34pm
Nicholson for U.S. Senate. Statement on illegal immigration and family separations.
3:37pm
DPW. Reality check on Scott Walker's latest TV ad.
2:38pm
RPW. In the News: U.S. Senate Candidate Leah Vukmir won't be intimidated by the Left's anger.
1:05pm
Whelton for 9th Senate. Highway 23 must be a priority. 
10:36am
Walker for Governor. Video: New campaign TV ad highlights governor's education reforms.
10:34am
Roys for Governor. Endorsed by Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa.
9:49am
Palzewicz for 5th Congress. Sends Sensenbrenner open letter on family separation.
9:37am
Bodden for 59th Assembly. Sheboygan County Sheriff, Cory Roeseler, endorses.
9:27am
Kaul for Attorney General. American Medical Association, others blast Schimel's attack on Affordable Care Act.

2:45pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Democratic gloves come off two months away from primary for Wisconsin governor.
4:35am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Scott Walker: Wisconsin's high school graduation rate should top nation in four years.
4:22am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Vukmir's 1st ad in Senate race plays up death threats.
4:20am
Racine Journal Times. House Speaker Ryan backs Steil; opponents attack endorsement.
4:17am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Democratic candidates for governor lay out plans at forum in Milwaukee.
4:14am
Cap Times. In re-election push, Scott Walker proclaims himself 'the pro-education governor.'
4:13am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker: 'I'm a pro-education governor.'