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February 5

GOP lawmakers agree with $20 million limit on new spending this year - WSJ

Districts with voucher students fear funding cut - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 751 and Assembly Amendment 2

Committee pulls proposed amendment to public school revenue limits that could cost schools $22 million - WSJ

Lawmakers advance bills on heroin, dementia care - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 657787408, 788, and 790

Budget committee expands funding for addiction, dementia efforts - CT

Stalking, domestic abuse and human trafficking protection bill clears Wisconsin Assembly committee - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 673

Scott Walker signs bill allowing florescent pink for hunters - MJS

Related: 2015 Wisconsin Act 131

Gov. Scott Walker signs host of bills into law - The Daily Cardinal

Lawmaker aims to ban late-night budget votes - WSJ

Bipartisan bill would require life jackets for children under 13 in Wisconsin - CT

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 597

Rebecca Blank: UW-Madison spent $8M to retain professors after budget cuts, tenure changes - WSJ

State action alone won’t “defund” Planned Parenthood of federal family planning dollars - Isthmus

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 310

Term limits proposed for Wisconsin governor, lawmakers - Wisconsin Radio Network

Related: 2015 Senate Joint Resolution 75

Number of Wisconsin residents enrolled in Obamacare climbs 16% - MJS

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa score too many F's on smoking report card - LT

February 4

Senate majority leader predicting tough 2017 state budget - Wisconsin Public Radio

Scott Walker sets $20 million bar for spring legislation - WSJ

Scott Walker: State will ‘persevere’ if faced with another tough budget - CT

Wisconsin Counties say belt-tightening UW-Extension plan violates ‘Wisconsin Idea’ - CT

Bills to allow online voter registration, bar local IDs - MJS

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 295 and 533

Elections committee backs bill limiting local photo IDs - WSJ

Immigrant advocates blast proposed limits on local ID cards - Wisconsin Public Radio

Assembly bill aims to ease regulations on state’s fish farm industry - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 640

Dredging is point of concern in GOP bill aimed at changing DNR authority over Wisconsin lakes - CT

Related: Senate Substitute Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 459

Opponents decry water utility privatization bill - GBPG

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 554

Assembly committee OKs Dane County zoning bill - WSJ

Assembly committee approves bill allowing towns to opt out of Dane County zoning - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 563

New bill would forgive student loans for fledgling farmers - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: Press Release

GOP Senators waiting on DOT audit before moving on road funding - Wisconsin Public Radio

Corrections official: Lincoln hills supervisor cleared - MJS

Scott Walker not focused on sagging poll numbers - CT

Scott Walker says he will pay off presidential debt by year’s end - MJS

Scott Walker: Presidential campaign on track to repay debt this year - WSJ

Outside spending begins in Wisconsin Supreme Court race - WSJ

February 3

Lawmakers push bills on public benefits fraud, waterway regulations - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 600, 640, 563, and 533

Wisconsin Assembly panel passes major rewrite of water protections - WSJ

Bills targeting Planned Parenthood may end up doing nothing - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 310 and 311

Bill changing definition of child abuse, neglect fails to get support - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 489

Rural broadband bills would boost funding, streamline local approvals and fees - WSJ

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 798 and 820

Bill would provide steeper penalties for unemployment insurance fraud in Wisconsin - CT

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 533

Proposed legislation could make it tougher to cheat a drug test - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Senate Bill 499

Better services proposed for human trafficking victims - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2013 Senate Bill 618

Top GOP lawmaker wants AG to open spigot on high capacity wells - WSJ

Lincoln Hills supervisor still on job despite probe into broken arm - MJS

Rebecca Bradley campaign footage featured in outside group’s ad - WSJ

Harris believes GOP ‘very nervous’ about 18th Senate District race - Wisconsin Radio Network

February 2

In state voter ID campaign, Wisconsinites urged to ‘bring it to the ballot’ - WSJ

Related: Voter Photo ID Law Information

Wisconsin elections board pushes voter ID information - WSJ

Here’s how to vote now that Wisconsin’s voter ID law is in place - CT

Seniors can get non-expiring ID in Wisconsin; drivers doing so have to give up license - WSJ

Scott Fitzgerald wants to bar county executives from Legislature - WSJ

Walker vs. Legislators: Addressing student loan debt crisis - The Badger Herald

UW System finances still relatively strong as reserves drop - MJS

Chris Larson pushes bill on sale of county-owned land - MJS

Amish deaths roil debate over traffic laws - Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Lawmaker continues to push for Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage trail - Wisconsin Public Radio

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 512

Scramble begins after Reid Ribble decides not to seek re-election - MJS

Rep. John Nygren considering bid to replace Reid Ribble in Congress - CT

Walker hints at run for third term in Neenah visit - APC

Wisconsin pols in Iowa to boost their favorite presidential candidates - CT

Six months ago, Walker led Iowa - The Hill

GOP-led states increasingly taking control from local school boards - WaPo

February 1

Scott Walker’s presidential exit still felt in Iowa - MJS

Scott Walker still owes $1 million for presidential campaign - MJS

Scott Walker’s presidential campaign still owes $1.2 million - WSJ

Related: FEC Report

State’s low-key educational effort on new voter ID requirement irks critics - WSJ

Related: Voter ID Information

Conservative groups plan to spend $415K on Wisconsin Supreme Court election ads - CT

Party politics color governor’s judicial picks - GBPG

Democrats propose bill to ban outsourcing by WEDC recipients - CT

Is Wisconsin lagging nation in support for higher ed?  - MJS

Related: Grapevine Report

UW-Extension considers service cut due to budget - ON

Ray Cross says there’s a ‘delicate balance’ between tackling student debt, making college more affordable - CT

Related: Interview

Critics say UW tenure policy up for adoption won’t protect academic freedom - CT

Nation’s prominent public universities are shifting to out-of-state students - WaPo

Wisconsin activists push student free-press protections - WSJ

Concerns raised about bill allowing purchase of municipal water systems - MJS

Related: 2015 Assembly Bill 554

Years before Flint’s scandal, Madison did unusual, costly lead pipe fix - WSJ

Brad Schimel: Prosecutors shouldn’t retain Doe materials - MJS

Attorney general asks federal court to stay out of John Doe - WSJ

Related: News Release