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New federal report shows improving state economy

A Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Thursday shows Wisconsin has had more private-sector jobs in recent months and that the unemployment rate has dropped slightly in March. The state Department of Workforce Development released the report, covering unemployment and employment statistics based on seasonally adjusted estimates in Wisconsin. 


State elections will now be managed by two new commissions comprised of bipartisan members. 
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Attorneys selected for new commissions set to replace GAB

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, announced this week his appointments to the new Ethics and Elections commissions, which are set to replace the nonpartisan state election board by early summer. Barca appointed Milwaukee attorneys David Halbrooks, a former member of the state elections board, to the new state ethics panel and Mark Thomsen to the state election panel.


STATE NEWS

Madison socialists still skeptical of Sanders

Despite enthralling thousands of frustrated Madison progressives living under austerity minded Republican rule and winning 62 percent of Dane County’s democratic vote in the process, a small but persistent band on the liberal fringe remains reserved in their support of Vermont Sen.


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Federal court ruling could help those without voter ID cast their ballot

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday that a lower court should consider whether certain demographics of voters who face more difficulty getting photo IDs are unduly punished by Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The ruling keeps the law in place but could open the door for those who cannot get voter IDs to find other ways to vote.


A narrow group of voters could be able to vote without IDs, after a ruling from a federal court Tuesday.
STATE NEWS

Federal court ruling could help those without voter ID cast their ballot

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday that a lower court should consider whether certain demographics of voters who face more difficulty getting photo IDs are unduly punished by Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The ruling keeps the law in place but could open the door for those who cannot get voter IDs to find other ways to vote.


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Dane County judge strikes down Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, state vows legal fight

In a staggering decision Friday, a Dane County judge threw out Wisconsin’s year-old right-to-work law, saying it violated Wisconsin’s constitution. In the first known instance of a right-to-work law being struck down by a court, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust wrote that the law, which prohibits union membership as a condition of employment, blocked the property rights of unions. “Unions] have a legally protectable property interest in the services they perform for their members and non-members,” Froust wrote.


CAMPUS NEWS

Few issues reported in UW-Madison’s first election with voter ID

Despite fears of long lines and unprepared voters, for the most part UW-Madison’s first major election under the state’s new voter ID laws went smoothly. The state’s flagship public university was spared hour-plus wait times that existed at colleges elsewhere in Wisconsin, including Marquette University and UW-Green Bay. Nate Moll, social media specialist for UW-Madison Communications, attributed the lack of problems to a robust campaign designed to inform students of what they needed to vote.


STATE NEWS

Sanders cruises past Clinton in Democratic primary

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders surged ahead in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Wisconsin, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with ease. Although this win doesn’t secure the likelihood that Sanders will take the Democratic nomination, it does increase the momentum needed in the April 19 battle for New York.



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