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Trump reverses block on Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

Construction will advance on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines following President Donald Trump signing an executive order Tuesday, in a move that directly opposes an environmental action taken by former President Barack Obama. Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, were denied a permit by the Obama administration late last year after months of protests at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which would be affected by the oil line.


“Wisconsin Works for Everyone” seeks to reduce barriers to work while ensuring “able-bodied” people receiving government assistance are working.
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Walker proposes requiring welfare recipients to work 80 hours per month

Gov. Scott Walker announced a welfare reform initiative Monday that aims to increase investment in skills training for the unemployed while also requiring “able-bodied” people receiving government assistance to work at least 80 hours per month. The plan, titled “Wisconsin Works for Everyone,” is part of Walker’s upcoming budget proposal, and builds on welfare reform initiatives originally signed into law by former Gov.


Thousands joined the Women’s March in Madison this Saturday where the protection of Planned Parenthood and women’s reproductive rights were a major theme.
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Planned Parenthood patients could lose care without Medicaid funding, report finds

There will be a severe shortage of family planning services for Medicaid participants in Wisconsin if Planned Parenthood health centers are cut off from the state’s Medicaid program, a recent report shows. The study found that “without Planned Parenthood health center’s participation in the state’s Medicaid program, low income women, particularly low income women of color, will face significant barriers to accessing family planning services and other reproductive health care.” One of those barriers is the lack, or absence of, an alternative family planning service.


U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced he will not be attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and that he would be attending the Women’s March in Madison the following day.
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Congressman weighs in on tuition cut proposal and upcoming Capitol marches

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said financial aid is a bigger issue than the cost of tuition and encouraged Wisconsin residents to participate in grassroots movements during an intimate news conference Thursday. The congressman was hesitant to support Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed in-state tuition cut for all UW System undergraduates, stating that if Walker doesn’t cover the costs of lost revenue the system will no longer be a renowned institution.


President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of voucher and charter school proponent Betsy DeVos to Secretary of Education has become one of the most controversial of his cabinet picks.
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UW-Madison expert: Secretary of Education nominee DeVos is ‘anti-public school,’ ‘anti-teacher’

Wisconsin legislators and public school supporters remain wary following controversial Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of billionaire DeVos to the position has been hotly contested both in Washington and throughout the nation. Criticism stems from DeVos’s lack of experience in public education and that neither she nor her children have attended a public school. DeVos’s advocacy for school choice in the form of taxpayer-funded voucher schools and charter schools has also raised concern.


Gov. Scott Walker's new proposal will end the current tuition freeze at UW System schools and lower tuition for Wisconsin residents. The percentage tuition will be reduced by has not been disclosed.
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In-state tuition cut aims to make college more affordable for Wisconsin students

Gov. Scott Walker plans to cut in-state undergraduate tuition, which many view as a move that could help ease the burden of college costs and propel Wisconsin students to a dream of receiving a higher education. The state hasn’t seen a tuition reduction since 1982. Although Walker didn’t elaborate on the details of the proposed tuition reduction when he announced it during his State of the State address last week, he did explain that the cut would extend to all of the 26 UW System schools. The tuition cut does not apply to out-of-state students or graduate students.


President-elect Donald Trump visited West Allis Tuesday as part of his “Thank You Tour” Jill Stein’s recount resulted in an additional 131 votes for Trump.
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President-elect Donald Trump visits Milwaukee County on 'Thank You Tour'

WEST ALLIS, Wis.—Dressed in matching black “Make America Great Again hats,” Trump pins and white Trump t-shirts, Juliana McMan and her three sisters stood together, eagerly waiting to see President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday night. McMan, a day-one Trump supporter and a recent DePaul University graduate, traveled two hours from her home in western Illinois to the State Fairgrounds where she was one in a crowd of thousands that attended Trump’s “Thank You Tour.” “The Chicago rally got shut down because crazy protesters and stuff,” McMan said.


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Student climate activists brace for Trump

As last week’s election shock dissipates, climate change activists and policy professionals are coming to terms with a president-elect who rejects climate science as conspiracy and promises to roll back regulatory regimes and international agreements meant to curtail carbon emissions.


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