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Airport Near GOP Donor's High-End Golf Resort Gets $4M in State Aid

A small Wisconsin Rapids airport may get $4 million in state aid for improvements to accommodate increased private jet traffic at a nearby high-end golf resort built by a Republican campaign contributor, as Scott Bauer of the Associated Press reported in a blockbuster story on Friday.

Walker Approves Koch Bills to Loosen Licensing

November 29, 2017

GOP bills backed by a Koch brothers group, which loosen education requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, manicurists and others, were signed into law by Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Monday.

WDC Testimony on Proposed Article V Constitutional Convention

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign testimony opposing the proposed Article V Constitutional Convention.

Walker Signs Lax Land-Use Bill Backed by Big Boys

A GOP legislative plan that would make it easier for people to sell substandard lots and generally use their land for things that it was not zoned for was signed into law by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

GOP Sweetheart Bill for the Rent-to-Own Industry

A Republican legislative proposal would exempt rent-to-own stores from the state consumer protection laws, and help the controversial industry grow in Wisconsin, according to the bill’s authors.

Gun Lobby Pushes No Age Limit for Hunters

A bill that is slated to be voted on in the Wisconsin Assembly this week would let anyone go hunting, no matter how young. That bill, AB 455, is supported by the powerful gun lobby.

Senate to Vote on GOP Bills for Constitutional Convention

The state Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on two measures pushing for a constitutional convention sought by business and rightwing ideological interests to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Polaris, ATV Association Win in State Forest Plan

The decision this week by the DNR’s policy board to open up a huge forest up north to all-terrain vehicles is a victory for Polaris, the Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association (WATVA), and all-terrain-vehicle enthusiasts.

The Big Boys Fight in Wisconsin Over 'Dairyland' Name

Two of the most powerful industry groups in Wisconsin are in a spat over "America's Dairyland."

DNR Caves to Big Dairy

This week, the DNR caved to the Dairy Business Association, one of the most powerful special interest groups in the state.

Walker, Four Dozen Legislators Accepted $3.6M in Pro-Gun Lobby Support

The mass shooting in Las Vegas has once again propelled the gun control debate to center stage at the federal and state levels where pro-gun advocates have used lobbying and campaign contributions to move their agenda.

Special Interest Giants Face Off on Worker's Comp Law Changes

Doctors and the state's largest business group are at odds over proposed changes to the state worker’s compensation law.

Beware, New Front Group Formed on Water Policy!

A new group that says it supports policies to protect the state's waters appears to be a front group with ties to powerful business, agriculture and manufacturing interests.

Bill to Legalize Hemp Moving Along

A bill that would once again allow Wisconsin farmers to grow hemp is moving along in the legislature, but GOP Gov. Scott Walker said he has concerns about signing it into law.

Walker's DNR Appointee Draws WMC Praise

A former northern Wisconsin Republican lawmaker was appointed as the next head of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), drawing praise from the state’s largest business group.

'Riot Bill' Amended, Still Flawed

At an executive session of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary on Oct. 12, in a rare bipartisan effort, legislators amended the so-called “riot bill” to fix some of the problems that the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and Democratic lawmakers had drawn attention to at the public hearing on the bill back on Sept. 21.

The Money Behind Dumping the State's For-Profit College Watchdog

A state watchdog that oversees controversial for-profit colleges would be dumped under a plan by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has received about $56,000 in campaign contributions from for-profit college owners and employees.

Democrats Offer Bill to Increase Wisconsin Elections Commission Staff

Assembly Democrats are sponsoring a bill that would spend $304,100 to pay for five additional full-time staff positions at the state’s elections watchdog.

School Voucher Lobby Succeeds Again

A GOP plan is moving forward to expand the statewide school voucher program. School voucher supporters mostly from outside Wisconsin have spent millions of dollars to help elect Republican legislative and statewide candidates.

UW Regents Gave 100x More to GOP than to Dems

As another school year gets underway on University of Wisconsin campuses, students may be surprised to learn that the UW System is governed by a Board of Regents who overwhelmingly support Republican legislative and statewide candidates despite the liberal reputation of its flagship Madison campus.

GOP Wants to Restrict Local Control Over Quarries, Sand Mining

Communities would be restricted from regulating air and water quality and blasting at sand mines, gravel pits and quarries under a plan approved by the legislature’s GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee.

NRA Behind No-Permit Gun Bill

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is behind a bill that would allow adults to carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin without a permit or training.