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November 20

If passed, GOP transgender bathroom bill would be first in the nation - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 469 and 524

Wisconsin Republicans defend transgender restrictions bill - WSJ

Bill on restrooms for transgender students stirs emotions - MJS

Wisconsin transgender ‘bathroom bill’ draws emotional public hearing - CT

Transgender bathroom bill vetted, two Racine teen’s stories at heart of debate - RJT

Democratic bill gives doctors right of conscience to perform abortions - MJS

Damaging energy infrastructure would become felony under new bill - Wisconsin Public Radio

Commerce, WEDC may have illegally granted $21.3 million in tax credits - WSJ

Slight property tax increase projected in Wisconsin - MJS

Related: LFB Memo

Missed connections: Policymakers misdiagnose skills needed to fill jobs gap - Isthmus

Labor secretary: Wisconsin needs to raise its minimum wage - MJS

State, local homeless count stable in 2015 compared with last year - WSJ

Report: Time to address corrections spending - CT

Related: Wisconsin Budget Project Report

That new mine up north? Much promised, nothing delivered - Isthmus

Scott Walker elected vice chair of Republican Governors Association - WSJ

New poll: Scott Walker approval rating stays near historic low - WSJ

Gov. Walker’s approval ratings among lowest in country - MJS

Russ Feingold keeps double-digit lead over Ron Johnson in new poll - WSJ

Carson, Trump, Rubio top GOP field in new Marquette Law School poll - MJS

November 19

Taxpayer cost of John Doe investigation lawsuits now tops $1.2 million - WSJ

WEDC may have illegally awarded $21 million in tax credits - MJS

Wisconsin transgender bathroom bill set for public hearing Thursday - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 469 and 524

Another delay in hiring chief of state agency with climate change ban - WSJ

UW System police chiefs oppose concealed carry in campus buildings - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 4802015 Senate Bill 363 and Letter

With revenue dwindling, UWM sees a future doing less, better - MJS

‘Five strikes’ OWI bill gains momentum - GBPG

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 432

Wisconsin can turn to New York for tougher OWI penalties - GBPG

Republicans consider ending moratorium on nuclear power plants - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 384

State kills 228 deer at game farms after CWD found - MJS

Gov. Scott Walker administration not discussing Syrian risk assessment - MJS

State lawmaker defends Walker’s stance against Syrian refugees - Wisconsin Public Radio

GOP governors push back against Obama, seek halt to refugee flow - WaPo

Bradley: No politics in Supreme court race - APC

In a year of Trump and Carson, GOP governors struggle in presidential race - WaPo

November 18

Consultant: State could save $40 million with self-insurance program - MJS

Related: Report

Public employee health insurance: Who pays out? - WSJ

High court hears arguments on state superintendent’s powers - MJS

Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments on state superintendent’s powers - CT

Related: Supreme Court Document

Assembly panel advances combat sports bill on bipartisan vote - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 76

Wisconsin Assembly committee backs hunting harassment bill - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 433

Bill proposes tougher sex offender restrictions - Fond du Lac Reporter

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 497 and Press Release

Discovery of Census flub tempers state’s tax hell status - MJS

UW-Madison plans changes to graduate student pay, hours - WSJ

UW graduate school dean: Students should have been consulted on new pay plan - CT

Related: Press Release

Scott Walker to John Kerry: State wouldn’t help bring Syrians to Wisconsin - WSJ

Related: Press Release and Letter

Walker directs state agencies not to cooperate on Syrian refugee resettlement - Wisconsin Public Radio

Paul Ryan calls for ’pause’ in Syrian refugee program - MJS

Petition asks Gov. Walker to remove Milwaukee County DA Chisholm - MJS

November 17

Assembly GOP approves rewritten campaign finance laws - MJS

Elections and ethics bills headed to Scott Walker’s desk after Assembly votes - WSJ

Wisconsin Assembly approves modified GAB, campaign finance bills - CT

Highlights of elections board, campaign finance bills - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 387 and 388

Assembly approves self-insurance oversight bill - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 394

State could save $42 million a year through self-insurance, consultant says - WSJ

Related: Report

Wisconsin Republicans push to lift nuclear plant moratorium - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 384 and Senate Bill 288

Lawmakers to consider new rules for accessing marijuana-based medication - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 228

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says state won’t accept Syrian refugees - MJS

Scott Walker, GOP lawmakers say Syrian refugees unwelcome in Wisconsin - WSJ

Related: Statement and Press Release

Scott Walker: Wisconsin will not accept Syrian refugees - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 506

Governors rush to slam door on Syrian refugees - WaPo

Graphic: Where Syrian refugees are in the United States - NYT

Governors have little power to block refugees - USA

Feingold calls for bolstering intelligence efforts in wake of Paris attacks - MJS

November 16

Assembly expected to pass campaign disclosure bill - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 387 and 388

Democrats unveil campaign money plan, but GOP’s has support - RJT

Effort to curb schools superintendent’s powers goes before Wisconsin Supreme Court - MJS

Related: Supreme Court Document 

Bill to regulate kickboxing bouts to get Assembly panel vote - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 76

Wisconsin lawmakers propose Iran business prohibition - RJT

New deer hunt practice may further weaken state tracking of deadly CWD - WSJ

State senator targets oil-carrying trains in bill - RJT

Judge: DNR can’t impose requirements on wells at large farms - WSJ

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 291

Nitrate in water widespread, current rules no match - ON

Sen. Ron Johnson: Federal water rules unneeded - Stevens Point Journal

Derailments of crude, ethanol trains on the rise - MJS

Related: DOT Rule Summary

Prison wait lists prompt longer sentences - APC

With Paul Ryan as speaker, what’s in it for Wisconsin? - MJS

Supreme Court takes up major challenge to abortion restrictions - WaPo