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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly passes gun sales bill

Posted: 01/21/2014 - UPDATE: Wisconsin residents would be able to buy rifles and shotguns from dealers anywhere in the nation under a bill the state Assembly has passed.

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UPDATE: Charter school expansion bill draws opposition

Posted: 01/09/2014 - UPDATE: Making it easier to open independently operating charter schools is drawing support from national and local groups that have tried and failed to open such schools in Wisconsin.

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Burke to report raising nearly $1.8 million

Posted: 01/09/2014 - Democrat Mary Burke has tapped $400,000 of her own money in the opening months of her campaign for governor on her way to raising $1.8 million through the end of 2013.

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UPDATE: Budget committee votes to keep WEDC surplus

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: The Legislature's budget committee has voted to release about $59 million in funding to Wisconsin's chief jobs agency it had held in reserve on the condition that problems cited in an audit were addressed.

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UPDATE: Money for student information system approved

Posted: 01/08/2014 - UPDATE: A divided state budget committee voted to spend $7.1 million on a new student information system, with some lawmakers voicing concerns about data being collected by the state.

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Wis. lawmakers demand Legislature revisit mine law

Updated: 01/08/2014 - Three lawmakers want to revisit Wisconsin's iron mining laws after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined the state's request to work together toward permits for Gogebic Taconite's potential mine near Mellen.

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Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

Posted: 01/07/2014 - Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

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UPDATE: Sales tax holiday bill gets mixed reception

Posted: 01/07/2014 - UPDATE: Two of the nation's largest and best-known corporations are lobbying in support of a bill that would waive sales taxes on purchases of some computers, back-to-school supplies and Energy Star products one weekend a year.

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UPDATE: Senator sues over Congress' health coverage

Updated: 01/06/2014 - UPDATE: Sen. Ron Johnson is suing to stop the government from paying most of the medical insurance premiums for members of Congress and their aides now required to obtain coverage through the new health care law's state exchanges.

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Report: Cuts to teachers offset aid reduction

Posted: 01/06/2014 - A new study says that cuts to teachers' benefits pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature in 2011 offset a $450 million state aid reduction.

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Closures could affect election deadlines

Posted: 01/06/2014 - The closing of schools and government offices due to the cold weather could delay the deadline for candidates for local office to file nomination papers.

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Video shows Wis. execs lobbying for tax breaks

Posted: 01/03/2014 - A newly released video shows Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch asking business leaders for ideas on tax cuts, saying, "We want to know how we can love you more."

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Wisconsin minority caucus invites white lawmakers

Posted: 12/30/2013 - The Wisconsin Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus is inviting white lawmakers who represent largely minority districts to participate in its meetings for the first time.

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Fitzgerald: Senate won't do campaign finance bill

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the Senate will not vote on a bill that would double the amount people could donate to political campaigns.

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Health care law worries some Wis. businesses

Posted: 12/23/2013 - Some Wisconsin business owners say companies are putting off decisions to hire or expand because they're not sure how the new health care law will play out.

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Vos plans to end spring session by March

Posted: 12/19/2013 - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants lawmakers to complete the bulk of their work for the spring session in January and February.

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