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  1. Mark Westphal speaks in 2011 as Fox Valley Sierra Group members and citizens rally together in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposals at Shattuck Park in Neenah. Post-Crescent photo by Dan Powers

    Westphal becomes fifth candidate for 55th Assembly seat

    Mark Westphal, president of the Fox Valley Area Labor Council AFL-CIO, will run as a Democrat to succeed Dean Kaufert as representative of the 55th Assembly District.

    • 1:35 PM
  2. Gov. Scott Walker File

    Taylor aide: Walker to sign police bill

    An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.

    • 8:29 AM
  3. Gov. Scott Walker File

    Wisconsin facing $700M transportation shortfall

    Gov. Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017.

    • 11:03 AM
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    Justice department: Agent let 43 child porn cases languish

    The former supervisor of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Milwaukee office allowed nearly four dozen Internet child pornography cases to languish for months, agency officials said in his termination letter.

    • 6:18 AM
  5. Joe Leibham

    Sen. Joe Leibham says he's running for U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's seat

    Sen. Joe Leibham announced he will run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by a retiring Tom Petri.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. Mark Harris meets with Oshkosh Northwestern Media Editorial Board April 2014 Joe Sienkiewicz / Oshkosh Northwestern Media

    Winnebago County exec to run for Petri's seat

    Winnebago County executive thinks 6th District is winnable despite GOP's past dominance

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. John Lehman

    Lehman to run for Kaufert's Assembly seat

    John Lehman, a Town of Menasha resident, announced Monday he will run for state Assembly as a Republican in the 55th District to fill Dean Kaufert's seat.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  8. Roger Roth

    Roth to run for Ellis' Senate seat, gets Walker endorsement

    Former Republican state representative Roger Roth announced Monday he will run for state Senate in the 19th District to fill Mike Ellis' seat.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  9. FOX CITIES WATCHDOG | DUKE BEHNKE

    Fox Cities Watchdog: Luck of draw decides local elections

    The Menasha Common Council made headlines last year when it voted 4-4 a whopping 166 times in a futile attempt to elect a council president.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. Brett Hulsey (left) and Mary Burke

    Hulsey announces run for governor

    A Madison legislator who was cited for flipping a young boy off an inner tube at the beach and mused about lugging a musket onto the Assembly floor announced Monday he'll run for governor.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. Gov. Scott Walker File

    Walker announces plan to expand Family Care

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker has announced plans to expand a state program that provides in-home care for the elderly and disabled to seven more Wisconsin counties.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. Swing voters likely will decide next governor: Burke, Walker covet support of undecided 7 percent in the state

    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
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    Tens of thousands of people gather at the State Capitol in Madison in February 2011 to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. File/AP

    Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

    A federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Court to decide on testing drunken drivers: Warrant, consent may be needed to draw blood

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw the blood of a suspected drunken driver without a warrant or the consent of the driver.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Democratic challenger Mary Burke

    Burke doesn't focus on union powers

    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Appeals court revives Capitol protest lawsuit

    A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group protesting Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill at the Capitol in 2011.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Carl Toepel (left) of Howards Grove, shares a Sheboygan Press with U.S. Rep. Tom Petri from Petri's first successful political campaign during the congressman's town meeting Thursday in Sheboygan. Gary C. Klein/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Tom Petri reflects on years in Congress

    In what could be his final stop in Sheboygan County, U.S Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, got a much gentler reception than he did during his last visit here in January.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    Nickels

    Two in Manitowoc may compete for Congress: Both believe a Democrat can replace Petri

    The potential 2009 mayoral election battle between Justin Nickels and Kevin Crawford never came off.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. Mary Burke, a Democratic candidate for governor, speaks Thursday to Post-Crescent Media reporter Nick Penzenstadler during the Newsmakers online issues show in Appleton. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    Burke cites appeal to wide range of voters on socio-economic scale

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says she appeals to a variety of Fox Valley voters, and spelled-out Thursday how her policies would benefit the region.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. Pheifer joins race for Kaufert's Assembly seat

    Clayton resident Ryan Pheifer will run as a Republican to succeed Dean Kaufert as representative of the 55th Assembly District.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. John Mellencamp (right) stands with Barack Obama in 2008. File/Getty Images

    Mellencamp to Walker: You're using a union supporter's songs

    Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union powers and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  19. Bates

    Women expand presence on Neenah council

    For only the second time in the city's 141-year history, the Neenah Common Council elected a woman as its president.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  20. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker AP

    Domestic violence measures signed by Walker

    Gov. Scott Walker signed three bills Wednesday aimed at strengthening domestic violence laws, including one measure proposed after a man fatally shot his estranged wife in 2012 while she was working at a Brookfield spa.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  21. Gov. Scott Walker File

    Walker signs bill legalizing pot byproduct, state senator says

    A state senator says Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children's seizures.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  22. Chris Klein

    Chris Klein to run for Bernard Schaber Assembly seat

    Former Menasha alderman Chris Klein announced Wednesday he will run as a Republican for Assembly in District 57 to replace Penny Bernard Schaber, who's running for state Senate.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  23. Gillespie to run for Kaufert's Assembly seat

    Steven Gillespie, of Appleton, announced Tuesday he will run for state Assembly as a Republican in the 55th District to fill Dean Kaufert's seat.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Schroeder will run for Kaufert's Assembly seat

    Town of Menasha resident Jay Schroeder has abandoned his candidacy for secretary of state and will run as a Republican to succeed Dean Kaufert as representative of the 55th Assembly District.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  25. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announces his bid for re-election at ACE Marine in Green Bay on Tuesday as his family, right, watches the event. Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette Media

    Walker promotes job, tax record during re-election campaign stop

    Gov. Scott Walker officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across the state that included a stop in Green Bay, where he promised 'hope for the future.'

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  26. Gov. Scott Walker AP, file

    Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  27. Ellis

    Videographer vows more oversight on politicians; conversation with Ellis spurred end of campaign

    The cameraman behind the video that led Republican state Senate President Mike Ellis to announce that he would not seek re-election has a message for politicians across the country: You could be next.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  28. Rep. Tom Petri confirms decision to retire in 2015

    Fond du Lac Rep. Tom Petri thanked his constituents Monday and commented publicly for the first time on an ethics probe into his affairs just days after announcing he would not seek re-election after 35 years in Congress.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    Group asks Supreme Court to stay out of John Doe

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court should stay out of a dispute over subpoenas in a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative organizations and recent recall campaigns, a liberal group said Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  30. Bill Kramer AP, file

    Lawyer: Kramer to plead not guilty to sex assault

    State Rep. Bill Kramer will plead not guilty next month to charges that he groped a woman's breasts after a Republican fundraiser, his attorney told reporters Monday following Kramer's initial court appearance.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    We're ready for a fascinating election season

    The April 1 election is just behind us, but we're already looking ahead to the fall elections.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  31. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau. AP

    Scott Fitzgerald won't run for open U.S. House seat

    Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won't run for the congressional seat vacated by longtime Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  32. Gov. Scott Walker has said he would finish his degree through the UW System's new Flexible Option Degree Program if it offered the right course load. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

    UW flex offerings don't fit Walker's needs for degree

    Gov. Scott Walker may want to finish his college course work using a new flexible degree option through the University of Wisconsin System, but there are no immediate plans to offer classes in the fields he's interested in.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
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    Appeal vowed in Outagamie County supervisory race

    Outagamie County election workers randomly removed nearly two-thirds of ballots cast in a Kaukauna ward, based on a polling place mix-up April 1.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. Aileen Andrews / Action Reporter Media

    U.S. Rep. Tom Petri won't run for re-election

    Fond du Lac Republican Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he won't seek re-election after 35 years in Congress, a surprise reversal from just last week when he said he planned to 'run a strong campaign' and 'win in August and November.'

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Wisconsin State Senator Mike Ellis, 19th Senate District Republican in his Neenah office May 11, 2007. Post-Crescent photo by Sharon Cekada

    Citing 'gotcha' politics, Mike Ellis won't seek re-election

    State Sen. Mike Ellis told Post-Crescent Media today that he will not run for re-election in November, saying it's time to yield his seat to someone who's better prepared to deal with 'new-era politics and the culture of gotcha.'

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  34. American Flag Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

    Luck of draw decides Clintonville election

    The District 4 aldermanic election between incumbent Mike Hankins and challenger Mary-Beth Kuester was decided Friday by the luck of the draw, and Kuester won.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  35. Gov. Scott Walker File

    Walker calls for additional UW tuition freeze

    Gov. Scott Walker on Friday called for another two-year tuition freeze throughout the University of Wisconsin System, citing concern over a projected year-end surplus topping $1 billion.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  36. Tom Petri

    Petri defends Sheboygan's sausage rights in speech

    Rep. Tom Petri took to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday to defend Sheboygan's favorite meat product bratwurst in the wake of efforts by the European Union to mandate that moniker be reserved only for sausages made in Europe.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Libertarian gubernatorial candidate to bring message to Neenah

    Libertarians will gather for their state convention in Neenah on Saturday, spreading a message of reducing bureaucracy and protecting simple liberties.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
  37. Ozanne

    Attorney general candidate defends parents policy

    A Democratic candidate for state attorney general on Wednesday defended a Dane County program in which parents accused of disciplining their children too harshly could avoid abuse charges by taking parenting classes, a policy that drew skeptical reactions

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    Wisconsin seeks answer to student achievement gap

    Wisconsin had the worst achievement gap between black and white students among states last year, and officials shouldered the blame Wednesday while putting the onus on teachers to address the issue.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  39. Gov. Scott Walker AP

    Walker to launch re-election campaign Tuesday

    Gov. Scott Walker plans to launch his re-election campaign with a series of events across the state on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 10, 2014

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