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Eric Hamilton

Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps look like an official lottery, but state officials have spent years fighting its maker in court. The game has become an institution at bars around the state — even though the game’s legality depends on a dubious claim. more

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David Michael Miller

Rep. Melissa Sargent has proposed two gun control bills, including one that would give families and police a mechanism for removing guns from people they fear will harm themselves or others. That proposal even has some Republicans on board. more

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David Michael Miller

The Republican Assembly speaker’s travel scandals are only the latest in a long line of abominations. Robin Vos is unfit to be a government leader. more

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Wisconsin Digital Collections

Founded in 1901, the Legislative Reference Bureau has become a national model for actively disseminating information about government. But former employees say the library is now neglecting its duty to archive state documents. more

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Documents obtained through an open records request from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection show that Gov. Scott Walker’s office recommended a young, inexperienced lawyer for a top state post. more

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David Michael Miller

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has already lost twice to Scott Walker… but now he’s making noise about getting into the crowded field of gubernatorial challengers. more

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David Michael Miller

King George III tried to exact taxes from subjects in the colonies, who did not have representation in Parliament. Gov. Walker tried the same thing in his own state, refusing to call two special elections for some 175,000 Wisconsin residents. more

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Dylan Brogan

Madison elects first Latina to the board while Adamczyk's bid to shut down his own office fails. more

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Judge Rebecca Dallet’s election will alter the state Supreme Court’s ideological balance, leaving conservatives with just a 4-3 edge instead of a 5-2 domination. more

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker has refused to hold a special election in two districts despite a judge’s court order. Instead, he and his GOP cronies promise to rewrite the law. They will do anything to preserve power. more

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Conservative Judge Michael Screnock has benefited from the state’s new campaign spending limits in his Supreme Court bid, raking in $260,000 more than he would have under the old rules. Opponent Judge Rebecca Dallet has seen a negligible bump. more

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The duties of the state treasurer have been systematically eliminated for years. But the treasurer plays an important role in preserving school libraries and public lands. more

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David Michael Miller

It’s only childish political grievances between the state’s top three Republican leaders that will prolong the misery at Lincoln Hills. more

Citizen Dave

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Sean Kennedy

A month after the deadly shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, thousands of Madison-area students rally to demand gun control and measures to improve school safety. more

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Among politicians, it’s called earned media. And one way to earn media is through political stunts. more

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Todd Hubler

A bill working its way through the state legislature would overhaul the regulatory system for taxicabs, which has traditionally been left to cities and towns. But even cab companies are split on the legislation. more

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker ignores the state’s new economy, while doing everything we can to prop up the old economy of manufacturing. His strategy seems to be to spend billions on subsidies — the recipients of these giveaways give Walker campaign donations. more

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Wisconsin lawmakers have stripped away power from the State Treasurer for decades. In April, voters will decide whether to get rid of the office altogether. more

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David Michael Miller

The latest Marquette Law School poll shows that northern Wisconsin residents are not thrilled with the Foxconn deal, believing it will mainly benefit the Milwaukee area. Gov. Scott Walker’s divide-and-conquer political strategy could backfire on him more

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David Michael Miller

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature have fast-tracked a set of bills that make sweeping changes to assistance programs for low-income families. Sadly, this so-called welfare reform does little to improve the well-being of families. more

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