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Rule Barring Judges From Joining Parties Remains in Place

Posted: 06/02/2008 - Wisconsin judges still can't join political parties or endorse a candidate for president. A federal judge on Monday denied a request that the rule governing Wisconsin judges' behavior be temporarily lifted while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality continues.

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Wis. Judge Upholds State's Ban on Gay Marriage

Posted: 05/30/2008 - A Wisconsin judge has upheld the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess says a referendum question put to voters in 2006 was not procedurally defective.

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Request for Restraining Order Against Wis. Lawmaker Denied

Posted: 05/29/2008 - A Marathon County judge has dismissed a request for a restraining order against a state representative. Rep. Scott Suder's ex-girlfriend, Lisa Brabazon, filed for the restraining order last week, claiming she was in imminent danger of physical harm.

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Lt. Gov. Lawton Apologizes for "Scabs" Comment

Posted: 05/29/2008 - The lieutenant governor is apologizing for using the word "scabs" to describe replacement workers at Kewaunee Fabrication. Barbara Lawton used the word a couple of times while visiting striking union workers outside the Kewaunee plant earlier this week.

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NEW INFO: McCain to Obama: Go to Iraq

Updated: 05/29/2008 - Sen. John McCain says his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, must go visit Iraq to understand what's happening over there. The Republican made those comments Thursday at a town hall meeting at Martin Luther High School in suburban Milwaukee.

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Wis. Assembly Fails to Override Governor's Budget Vetoes

Posted: 05/28/2008 - Three attempts to override vetoes Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle made to the state budget have failed in the Republican-controlled state Assembly. None of the three override attempts got the 64 votes needed to succeed. Two overrides got 57 votes, one got 60.

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Wisconsin Drops Out of Top 10 Tax States

Updated: 05/28/2008 - New research bumps Wisconsin from the 10 highest-taxed states in the nation for the first time since 1980. Two analyses of recently released U.S. Census Bureau data shows Wisconsin's taxes increased in the fiscal year ending June 2006, the latest figures available - but that other states rose more.

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Antigo Mayor Resigns, City Council President Named Replacement

Updated: 05/28/2008 - Antigo City Council President Tim Kassis has been named mayor following the Friday resignation of Mike Matousek. City Clerk Kaye Matucheski tells NewsChannel 7 that Matousek is accepting a position as Operations Minister at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon.

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Wis. Supreme Court Supreme Court Reprimands Own Justice

Posted: 05/28/2008 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded its newest member for violating the judicial code - the first time the court has disciplined one of its own. Justice Annette Ziegler escaped Wednesday with the lightest punishment possible from her colleagues on the high court.

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Abbotsford Lawmaker's Former Girlfriend Charged with Felony

Posted: 05/23/2008 - A state representative's ex-girlfriend has been charged with 15 felony counts of forging his name on personal checks and using his credit cards. A criminal complaint says Lisa Brabazon told police she had Scott Suder's permission to use his checks and credit cards when they lived together in 2007.

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McCain to Hold $1,000 Per Person Fundraiser in Milwaukee

Posted: 05/21/2008 - Republican presidential candidate John McCain will be in Milwaukee next week for a fundraiser where tickets start at $1,000. The Arizona senator's campaign Web site says he will be at a reception at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on May 29.

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Former Wisconsin Tourism Secretary to Run for Breske's Senate Seat

Posted: 05/21/2008 - A former Democratic state representative and one-time tourism secretary is running for the state Senate. Jim Holperin of Eagle River says he has news conferences planned for Thursday in eight northern cities to announce that he will seek the District 12 Senate seat that Roger Breske is leaving to become state railroad commissioner.

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Wisconsin Governor to Discuss Economy, Environment in Canada

Updated: 05/19/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle plans to head north to discuss the environment and economy with leaders in Canada. Doyle's office says he'll leave Monday to visit Winnipeg, Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto. The secretaries of the Natural Resources and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection departments will go with him.

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GOP State Convention in Stevens Point

Updated: 05/17/2008 - They're here for the state GOP Convention that's taking place at Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point.

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Doyle Signs Budget Repair Bill but Adds Big Spending Cuts

Posted: 05/17/2008 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Jim Doyle signed the state budget repair bill into law, but only after using vetoes to make state agencies cut more spending instead of delaying state aid payments to schools.

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Doyle Orders More Cuts to Budget, Vetoes Delay in School Aid

Posted: 05/16/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle has used his partial veto power to order state agencies to cut deeper and ensure schools will get promised aid payments on time. Doyle signed a bill Friday designed to fill a $527 million deficit in the current state budget brought on by the faltering economy.

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Want Changes in Fishing Tournament Rules

Posted: 05/15/2008 - State lawmakers want changes in Wisconsin's new fishing tournament rules to address fishing groups' complaints. State Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Director Mike Staggs says fishing groups complained about permit fees, letting wardens search live wells and size limits on traditional tournaments.

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Previously Undecided Wisconsin Superdelegate Endorses Obama

Posted: 05/14/2008 - A previously undecided superdelegate from Wisconsin is endorsing Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. College student Awais Khaleel announced his decision in a video posted on YouTube. Khaleel did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Wednesday.

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