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DOT Audit Hearing Gives No Easy Answers in Transportation Debate

There were no easy answers, but plenty of questions in the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday during a hearing of the legislature’s Joint Audit Committee. At issue were the findings of a January audit of the state Department of Transportation’ state highway program and how best it could implement its recommendations going forward. By the […]

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TV Headline: “Future of Education Depends on Referendum”

Hyperbole in teases and headlines has become a staple of the television news industry. In the 1970’s and 80’s it became industry standard to instill a threat of risk or loss in  viewers: “are you children safe at school,” “is the food you’re feeding your family safe.” A television station in Milwaukee actually did a […]

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Packers Will Look Into Use of Team Logo by Holtz Campaign

Green Bay Packers Spokesman Aaron Popkey said Friday there will be internal discussions concerning the use of legendary coach Vince Lombardi’s image and the Packers logo on posts on the Twitter feed of Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Lowell Holtz. Numerous posts on Holtz’s feed use the image. Holtz campaign spokesman Briton Schiel told Media […]


Prevailing Wage Repeal Foes Play Veterans Card, Again

In July 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed into law a partial repeal of the state’s repealing wage lifting the requirement for local projects around the state. With the newly announced 2017-19 biennial Wisconsin state budget, Walker now hopes to see the Republican-led state legislature to fully repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage laws; a […]

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WI Supreme Court Case Could Limit WI Open Meetings Act

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday morning in a case whose outcome observers say could provide local governments with a workaround to compliance with the Open Meetings Act. At the heart of the case is this question: can local governments evade the Open Meetings Act by having administrators create committees instead of […]

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Green Bay Mayor Sat for a Year on Letter Clearing 3 Aldermen

Media Trackers has learned that Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt was told a year ago that a campaign finance investigation against three aldermen had been closed but said nothing. Schmitt, in December 2015, requested the investigation after one was launched into his campaign finances. The probe into the Mayor’s finances ultimately led to misdemeanor conviction charges […]