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Did a Last Minute Jim Doyle Move Cost the State Millions?

On December 22, 2010, then-Governor Jim Doyle’s Department of Administration renewed a rental lease for the State Department of Corrections offices in Madison that State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk says cost the state millions more than the cost of building a new office building would have. Adamczyk says just two weeks before Republican Scott Walker would […]

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School District Wastes Little Time in Ramping up Post Referendum Defeat Scare Machine

There were 65 school referendums on ballots around Wisconsin Tuesday. Northeast Wisconsin saw several successful ballot initiatives: two in Green Bay and one in the Denmark School District. However, another Brown County School referendum suffered a crushing defeat. The Howard-Suamico School District asked voters for permission to exceed state-imposed revenue limits by $4 million a […]

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Walker Backs Lake Michigan Sanctuary Zone

In recent weeks an opposition group has raised questions about a Lake Michigan Sanctuary proposed for an area off of the lake’s Wisconsin shoreline. The state purpose of the sanctuary is to protect historic shipwrecks. Leaders in communities adjacent to the zone, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Port Washington have expressed strong support for the sanctuary. But […]

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Media Trackers Podcast 4/3/17: PP Felony Charges Could Chill Investigative Journalism

Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader spoke with Rick Esenberg of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty about felony charges filed against two  activists for secretly recording conversations with Planned Parenthood officials. Esenberg is not involved in the case but shared his legal opinion of it with Media Trackers. Esenberg says the charges could […]

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Is This The Paradigm Shift That’s Needed at WiDOT?

First in a series A scathing audit of spending and project efficiency at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has shifted debate in Madison from how to pay for new road projects to how to cure systemic dysfunction at the DOT.  While the deficiencies have been widely reported, here’s a brief recap: Major highway projects in […]

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GOP Lawmakers, Privately, Use Harsh Language to Criticize Walker Budget

In what has become a biennial ritual, the Wisconsin media is crafting alarmist stories about the “structural deficit” in Governor Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-2019 state budget. What is new, however, is the tone of criticism several Republican lawmakers are voicing about the Walker budget in private conversations. The Wisconsin State Journal claimed in a headline: […]

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