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Wis. Governor Finds Fault with Legislature's Budget Fixes

Posted: 05/12/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle says he hopes he doesn't have to veto the Legislature's entire proposed fix to the state's $527 million budget shortfall, but that is an option. Doyle said Monday he doesn't think it will come to that, but he does have problems with major parts of the plan reached by legislative leaders.

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NEW INFO: Wis. Budget Deal Delays School Payments, Cuts State Spending

Updated: 05/12/2008 - A deal to solve Wisconsin's $527 million shortfall relies on a $125 million delay in aid payments to schools but not a new hospital tax advocated by Gov. Jim Doyle and Democrats. The Legislature is to vote later this week on the deal announced Monday.

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Fralick Removed as Lac du Flambeau Tribal Treasurer

Posted: 05/09/2008 - The Lac do Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal Council has voted to remove Muriel Fralick as Tribal Treasurer. An interim Tribal Treasurer will be appointed based on results from the last general election.

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Another Wisconsin Republican Legislator to Call it Quits

Posted: 05/09/2008 - Rep. Sheryl Albers of Reedsburg says she's having problems with her left leg, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament and plans to have surgery at the end of May. She says she won't be able to campaign for this fall's elections.

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Former Wisconsin Governor Denies Wrongdoing in Hiring Scandal

Posted: 05/09/2008 - Former Gov. Tony Earl says he did nothing wrong in helping an acquaintance land a top legal job at the Department of Workforce Development. Earl says he didn't know the hiring scandal had cost taxpayers $346,000 in legal settlements with candidates passed over for the job as the state's top unemployment insurance lawyer.

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Wisconsin Legislative Leaders Continuing Budget Talks

Posted: 05/09/2008 - Legislative leaders are still trying to find a solution to the state's $527 million budget shortfall. They were scheduled to continue talks by phone Friday, but Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch and Democratic Minority Leader Jim Kreuser were not planning on being in Madison.

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Wis. Democratic Leader Says to Prepare for Budget Deal

Posted: 05/07/2008 - The leader of Democrats in the state Assembly is telling lawmakers to prepare for debate Tuesday of a bill fixing the state budget shortfall. Assembly Minority Leader Jim Kreuser of Kenosha sent an e-mail to other Democrats a day after he blasted the budget plan being negotiated.

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No Sign of Undecided Superdelegates Picking Obama or Clinton

Posted: 05/07/2008 - None of the five remaining undecided superdelegates from Wisconsin committed Wednesday to supporting Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton. The focus on undecided superdelegates is sharpening after Obama's North Carolina win on Tuesday moved him closer to securing the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Poll: Majority of Wis. Residents Support Leaving Iraq

Posted: 05/07/2008 - A new poll shows that 63 percent of Wisconsin residents support a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. The poll released Wednesday also shows 55 percent support decreasing the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. Only 15 percent support an immediate withdrawal.

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Poll: Majority of Wis. Residents Want Universal Care

Posted: 05/06/2008 - 61 percent of those who responded to the University of Wisconsin Survey Center's Badger Poll say they favor replacing the current health care system with one that covers everyone and is run entirely by the state.

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Wis. Capitol Hearing Room Prepared for Filming of Depp Movie

Posted: 05/01/2008 - Furniture is being removed from a state Capitol hearing room in preparation for filming of the Johnny Depp movie "Public Enemies." The state has given the filmmakers a permit to shoot in and around the second-floor hearing room, in a ground floor hallway, inside a staircase and outside the Capitol near State Street.

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Wis. Governor Says He Hopes Meeting Gets Budget Deal

Posted: 05/01/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle says he would like a meeting with legislative leaders to result in an end to the stalemate over how to solve a $527 million budget shortfall. But Doyle says he doesn't know if a Thursday meeting he is having with leaders of the Senate and Assembly will result in a deal.

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Stevens Point Strives to Save Downtown Economy

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Stevens Point's Mayor says it's time to bring life back to the downtown area. On Monday, Mayor Andrew Halverson proposed the revitalization plan of downtown and says making changes will help boost the dwindling downtown economy.

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Wis. State Employees Union Reaches Tentative Deal with State

Posted: 04/29/2008 - The union representing more than 23,000 state employees says it has reached a tentative two-year labor contract with the state. No details of the deal were released on Tuesday pending approval by members of the AFSCME union. Votes were to be counted on May 12.

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Wis. Governor's Costsaving Plan Fell Short

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Governor Doyle said in 2005 his administration would save up to $200 million over four years by better managing the state bureaucracy. Three years later, that hasn't happened and the program known as the ACE initiative is dead.

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Former Top Detective: Year Under Van Hollen Was Terrible

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Wisconsin's former top detective says he couldn't stand working for Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's administration. Jim Warren led the Division of Criminal Investigation in the state Justice Department for 10 years. He resigned in January.

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Wisconsin Governor Leaving for Ireland, UK Trade Mission

Posted: 04/21/2008 - Gov. Jim Doyle is embarking on a six-day trade mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom. Doyle will leave on Wednesday and return April 28. He says the trade mission is designed to build relationships with business and government officials.

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