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UW political groups scramble to stop Trump

After months of waiting for the insult slinging author of “Art of the Deal” to stumble, students are soberly staring down the possibility of Donald Trump being the Republican party’s presidential nominee. Trump’s success prompted the mobilization of campus political groups who vow to blunt the mogul’s momentum ahead of Wisconsin’s April 5th primary.

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Liberal history, conservative momentum in Madison ahead of 2016 election

It’s not exactly a state secret that Madison is politically liberal. Famously derided by Republican Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus as “30 square miles surrounded by reality,” the city and its college campus are notorious bastions of liberalism in a state which swings between political parties. At first glance, voting data from the UW-Madison campus seem to unquestionably support Dreyfus’ quip; no Republican has garnered more than 30 percent of the vote in campus precincts since 2000 and in most elections the campus was even more liberal than the city of Madison as a whole. 2014 marked a significant shift, however.

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Soglin squares off with state Republicans over Oscar Meyer

City, county and state officials are locked in a battle over whether more should have been done to prevent the closing of Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant last year. Legislative Democrats and city officials have pointed the finger at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the state’s chamber of commerce, saying both entities knew Kraft-Heinz was considering shuttering the east Madison facility but didn’t do enough to keep the company in the Badger State. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, countered Tuesday by announcing that he was submitting open records requests to determine if Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi could have prevented Oscar Mayer’s departure. "If the Mayor did have advance knowledge of changes at the Madison location as he has suggested, the city’s residents deserve an explanation as to why no action was taken,” Fitzgerald said in the statement. “His misguided attempts to shift blame onto WEDC or other state business groups are no more than a smokescreen to disguise his office’s culpability.” Fitzgerald added that since the Oscar Mayer facility was located in Madison, the closure happened “under Mayor Soglin’s watch.” Soglin held a press conference Thursday in which he claimed the Walker administration has caused Wisconsin’s economic performance to lag.

State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley is facing criticism for a 1992 editorial she penned where she called the actions of gays “immoral.”

State Supreme Court Justice apologizes for 1992 comments toward gays

State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley came under fire Monday after a liberal advocacy group released an editorial penned by the justice in which she described the actions of gay members within her college community as “immoral.” One Wisconsin Now released the letter to the editor that Bradley wrote as a college student at Marquette University 24 years ago.

Gov. Scott Walker signed almost 60 bills into law Tuesday, including one making it easier for law enforcement to perform strip searches.

Walker approves strip search bill, 57 others

Gov. Scott Walker signed 58 bills into law Tuesday, including a strip search bill and a bill that allows the UW System’s Board of Regents to regulate agricultural land without oversight of the Building Commission. Governor approves strip search bill Walker signed Senate Bill 248, which dismisses the requirement that a person who is arrested or taken into custody can only be strip searched if they are going to be held with other detainees for a minimum of 12 hours.

The Department of Corrections has come under fire after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation allegedly showed instances of abuse and assault at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities.

Democrats renew call for Lincoln Hills investigation

Democratic leaders renewed their calls Monday for an audit of the state Department of Corrections after allegations of abuse at the Lincoln Hills juvenile facility in Irma. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, and three other top Democrats sent a letter to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in an effort to spur on a closer look at the state’s correctional facilities.  Public outcry has mounted after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation alleging that workers at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities committed acts of abuse, sexual assault and intimidation of inmates. The scandal has forced the resignation of former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall, and over a dozen prison staffers have been placed on leave. Lawmakers said in the letter that an audit of the DOC would hold staff accountable, as well as provide a plan for future reforms within the state prison system. “The situation can no longer be ignored,” the letter said.


Walker signs bill barring county executives from serving in Legislature

Gov. Scott Walker signed 46 bills into law Monday, including one prohibiting legislators from concurrently holding office as county executives. Written by Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, Senate Bill 707 passed the Senate with a 19-13 vote. The measure is intended to prevent government officials from taking two salaries from taxpayers’ dollars, Fitzgerald said in a Feb. 2 Wisconsin State Journal article.

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