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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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Plan to Fix Wisconsin Budget Expected to Pass Assembly

Posted: 05/14/2008 - A proposal to fix Wisconsin's $527 million budget shortfall is just a vote away from being sent to Gov. Jim Doyle for vetoes. The Republican-controlled Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday. The Senate passed it Tuesday on a 17-16 vote, with one Democrat switching sides to vote against it.

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Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Budget Deal

Posted: 05/13/2008 - The budget plan expected to pass the Wisconsin Legislature this week largely delays the state's fiscal problems. And it assumes the state will win three pending legal fights. Gov. Jim Doyle has indicated he will veto all or part of two of the deal's main parts.

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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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