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Wednesday January 17, 2018 - Updated 5:15pm

Governor

12:00pm
Gov. Walker. Wisconsinj Career Creator plan to support long-term workforce development needs.

12:35pm
Wisconsin Puiblic Radio. Walker unveils $20M technology job training initiative.

Assembly Floor Session

5:14am
Rep. Hintz. GOP hypocrisy on Lincoln Hills reflected in Assembly vote.

4:36am
Fox 6. Assembly approves mandatory sex harassment training, 92-0.
4:28am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Assembly votes to loosen child labor laws, notify women of dense breast tissue.
4:27am
WTMJ. Bill to address mysterious brain disorder in kids passes Assembly.

Legislative

3:16pm
Sen. Cowles, Rep. Tittl. Bills to turn plastics into fuel move forward.
2:50pm
Sen. Marklein. Statement on the status of the state's general fund.
2:49pm
Gov. Walker. Nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau projects state to have $385 million surplus.
1:40pm
Joint Finance Committee Democrats. Letter to DHS Sec. Seemeyer regarding Medicaid benefits budget.
1:38pm
Sen. Cowles, Rep. Mursau. Bill to reestablish the Conservation Corps passes committees.
1:37pm
Sen. Shilling, Rep. Hintz. Urge governor to call special elections.  Letter to Gov. Walker.
12:33pm
LFB. Estimated effect of 2017 Assembly Bill 835/Senate Bill 690 on school districts.
12:19pm
Wisconsin Hospital Association. Praises legislators for introducing innovative solution to improve care, reduce costs in Wisconsin Medicaid program.
11:57am
LFB. Revised estimates for 2017-19 taxes and general fund condition.
11:56am
Joint Finance Co-Chairs Darling, Nygren. Wisconsin on strong fiscal standing; Surplus grows $137.5 million.
9:41am
Rep. Crowley. Proposal expands access to economic security.

12:27pm
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin budget: Projection shows $138 million improvement, giving needed boost for GOP.
12:14pm
Beloit Daily News. ACLU, government watchdog groups defend embattled leaders.
12:14pm
Beloit Daily News. Wisconsin budget forecast improves by $138 million.
12:08pm
Beaver Dam Daily Citizen. Beaver Dam assemblyman highlights new legislation.
4:50am
Madison.com. Memo: Foxconn cost to public nearing $4.5 billion. Kenosha News. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:43am
WUWM. Walker now wants Legislature to approve closing Lincoln Hills this year, GOP leaders won't commit.
4:39am
Wisconsin State Journal. Lawmaker on sexual misconduct allegations: 'I'm not going to be treated like some punching bag.'
4:30am
WTMJ. New push for cameras in Wisconsin's operating rooms.
4:30am
Daily Reporter. Panel advances bills encouraging apprenticeships.
4:28am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Assembly Republicans might not move as fast as Scott Walker wants on Lincoln Hills.
4:26am
U.S. News & World Report. Assembly delays vote on 'catfishing' bill.

State Agencies

5:15pm
AG Schimel. Bipartisan coalition pushes to eliminate job-killing Clean Power Plan.
5:09pm
AFSCME Council 32. Open letter to DOC Sec. Litscher.
3:13pm
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. Approves $7 million for community projects.
3:09pm
AG Schimel. Continues 72-county tour to discuss public safety in Dane County.
3:07pm
SWIB. Announces 2017 WRS preliminary returns; Earns $745 million over market returns.
11:50am
Wisconsin BPDD. Rep. Adam Neylon celebrates disability employment awareness with Rogan's Shoes employee.
10:36am
Wisconsin BPDD. Rep. Adam Neylong celebrates disability employment awareness with Rogan's Shoes employee.
9:43am
AG Schimel. Appoints new Training and Standards Bureau Director Dennis J. Fortunato.
5:13am
DATCP. Produce safety rules take effect Jan. 26 for largest fresh market growers.

4:42am
Wisconsin State Journal. AG warns stores after retailer agrees to pay nearly $1.3 million for selling banned substance.
4:34am
Fox 6. Dept. of Justice launches radio ads to raise elder abuse awareness.

Economy/Business

10:31am
Wisconsin Technology Council. Record number of judges, investors to screen entries for 2018 Governor's Business Plan Contest.

10:44am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin energy grid likely to be less coal-fired in the future.
5:33am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin frac sand producers facing increased competition from Texas in 2018.
4:59am
Portage Daily Register. Energizer acquires Rayovac in $2B deal; future of Portage plant uncertain.
4:37am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Report predicts thousands of 'advanced energy' jobs could be added to state.

Environment/Outdoors

4:32am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Chronic wasting disease, scourge of wild deer, found for first time in Milwaukee County.

Statewide

12:21pm
Wisconsin CASA. Anna & Corey LInsley to be spokespeople.
12:12pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. To host Farm and Rural Lobby Day.

Courts

9:44am
District I Court of Appeals. Steadfast Insurance Company v. Greenwich Insurance Company.

4:59am
Marshfield News-Herald. Saratoga dairy case now in hands of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices.

Education

5:12pm
DPI. Speech: Wisconsin State Education Convention Address.
5:10pm
UW-Stout. Cadaver lab helps authors with book research.
12:39pm
AFT Local 212. Announcing DACA press conference.
12:16pm
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Puts DPI, Evers on notice for ESSA.
10:34am
UW-Madison. As influenza looms, Madison firm advances human trials of revolutionary vaccine.
10:32am
DPI. Evers: Our plan focuses on local strategies to close gaps.

Local

5:13pm
Milwaukee Ald. Stamper. Council stands together against intolerance.
5:10pm
Milwaukee Ald. Bauman. Legislation seeks tighter security requirements for downtown parking facilities.
2:59pm
Milwaukee Ald. Rainey. Healthy juice options legislation approved by Council.
12:04pm
Milwaukee Ald. Bauman. Resolution seeks to spare Milwaukee We Energies ratepayers from huge Foxconn bill.

4:41am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Two former Milwaukee County prosecutors charged with corruption in cover-up of case dismissal.
4:40am
Cap Times. Mayor Paul Soglin proposes moratorium on new downtown Madison alcohol licenses.
4:31am
Fox 6. 'He's got to go:' Activist groups demand Mayor Barrett's resignation over lead testing failure. WUWM.

Congress

5:11pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Introduces legislation to strengthen pension plans.
2:58pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Calls on Congress to stand up to Trump's racist rhetoric.

10:52am
Bloomberg. House GOP bid to avert shutdown gains steam as deadline near.
5:32am
Reuters. House Republicans mull funding extension, 'Dreamer' deal not set.

Politics

5:14pm
DPW. ICYMI: The Daily Beast: Meet the Illinoisan trying to buy a Wisconsin Senate seat.
3:11pm
Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Senate District 10 victory and Assembly District 58 swing shows heathcare professionals engaged in elections.
3:05pm
Vukmir for U.S. Senate. ICYMI - Patrick Testin: I choose Leah.
2:52pm
Walker for Governor. Announces grassroots leadership in every Wisconsin county.
1:39pm
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. People triumph over politics in Senate District 10.
1:34pm
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. High court candidate's campaign finance report lacks required donor ID.
1:33pm
Bryce for 1st Congress. Statement on Paul Ryan's short-term spending bill.
12:37pm
Wisconsin AFLCIO. Democrat Patty Schachtner wins special election in Wisconsin's 10th Senate District held by Republicans for 17 years.
12:07pm
Palzewicz for 5th Congress. Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy endorses.
11:48am
Burns for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton endorses.
5:19am
Wachs for Governor. Statement on Patty Schachtner's victory in 10th Senate District.
5:18am
Shilling for State Senate. Statement on SD10 election results.
5:17am
Schachtner for 10th Senate. Statement regarding election results.
5:16am
Jarchow for 10th Senate. Election night statement.
5:15am
DPW. Democrats triumph in special elections.

10:42am
Politico. Scott Walker calls Dem victory in GOP-leaning Wisconsin Senate seat 'a wake up call.'
4:47am
Chicago Tribune. Democrats flip state senate seat in rural Wisconsin as 2018 election season kicks off.
4:47am
U.S. News & World Report. Dem Schachtner beats Jarchow to take Senate seat. Hudson Star Observer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
4:45am
Fox 6. Special election: Rick Gundrum wins race for Assembly District 58, replacing the late Bob Gannon.
4:44am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker has nearly four times more cash than the Democratic field.
4:36am
Racine Journal Times. Greta Neubauer wins state Assembly race.
4:33am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 6th Congressional district: Glenn Grothman raised $241,000 in fourth quarter of 2017.

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Governor

11:48am
Sen. Shilling. Statement on delayed action at Lincoln Hills.
9:05am
Gov. Walker. Calls on Legislature to pass bipartisan reform for Wisconsin's juvenile corrections system in 2018.

2:45pm
U.S. News & World Report. Vos noncommittal on Walker juvenile prison plan.
4:08am
Wisconsin State Journal. Scott Walker call on lawmakers to pass youth prison reorganization this year.
4:07am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gov. Scott Walker now wants to close Lincoln Hills teen prison more quickly than he had proposed.

Assembly Floor Session

5:06pm
Reps. Rodriguez, Goyke. Assembly approves bipartisan alternative drug treatment program.
5:04pm
Rep. Edming. Rusk County deputy honored as an Assembly Hometown Hero.
4:14pm
Sen. Petrowski, Rep. Spiros. Assembly Bill 475 increases safety for all drivers.
4:09pm
Rep. Rohrkaste. Breast density notification bill approved by Assembly.
3:25pm
Rep. Taylor. Assembly GOP votes against Lincoln Hills reforms.
3:24pm
Sen. Testin, Rep. Ott. Defend Wisconsin consumers.
3:24pm
Rep. Subeck. Legislation to allow municipal officials to serve as election officials passes state Assembly.
3:23pm
Rep. Spreitzer. Votes to address sex offender loophole.

2:40pm
Cap Times. Assembly votes to require sexual harassment training at start of each legislative session.

Legislative

4:13pm
Sen. Risser. Bills would end hunting and trapping in state parks, and discontinue payments to hunters whose dogs used in hunting are killed or injured by wolves.
4:08pm
Rep. Steineke. A 2018 agenda that reflects what matters.
4:07pm
Rep. Kitchens. Statement on Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding receiving Harbor Assistance grant.
11:54am
Rep. Hintz. Selling Wisconsin's future: FoxConn's $4.5 billion price tag. LFB Memo.
4:55am
Common Cause in Wisconsin. Unjust and unwarranted attack by Fitzgerald and Vos on state elections and ethics administrators.

1:39pm
NBC 15. Fitzgerald, Vos to meet on prison plan.
12:38pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Legislative leaders to meet on youth prison closure, removing DOC oversight of juvenile offenders.
4:52am
The Hill. Net neutrality advocates look to states after FCC repeal.
4:15am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Amid John Doe fallout, heads of Wisconsin ethics and elections commissions fight for their jobs.
4:14am
Racine Journal Times. Mason reflects on time in Legislature; his last day as rep is Monday.
4:12am
La Crosse Tribune. Jill Billings, Jennifer Shilling push bills to require DNR notice of water pollution permit violations.
4:11am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wrongful conviction compensation bill resurfaces in state Legislature.
4:11am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Proposed grant could lead to sending more Wisconsin produce food banks.
4:10am
Cap Times. Wisconsin Republican bill would eliminate 12 protected classes under Equal Opportunity ordinance.

State Agencies

4:18pm
DATCP. Wisconsin forest product businesses invited to attend woold trade mission to northern China, March 20-30.
4:11pm
DNR. Weekly news.
1:20pm
WEDC. Now accepting applications for Certified in Wisconsin Program.
12:34pm
Wisconsin Elections Commission. Haas nominated for leadership position in NASED.
11:47am
AG Schimel.Settles synthetic cannabinoid case, warns other companies about consequences of illegal sales.
9:13am
AG Schimel. Launches public awareness campaign for reporting elder abuse.
9:00am
Office of Children's Mental Health. Releases 2017 report to the Legislature.

4:41am
Wisconsin Radio Network. Citizen Action's Kraig on Medicaid 'work requirements.'

Economy/Business

11:45am
E.M. Wasylik Associates. Increases focus on global research capabilities; names full-time research lead.

4:41am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin corn, soybean crops down, potato crop up in 2017.
4:30am
WEAU. Low unemployment rate pushes companies to change hiring strategies.

Statewide

12:04pm
Marsy's Law for Wisconsin. ICYMI: Intern recognized for advocacy work.

4:52am
Governing. With gas taxes in peril, more states study alternatives.

Courts

12:05pm
Wisconsin Supreme Court. Accepts eight new cases.
11:50am
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. And Voters With Facts challenge Eau Claire TIF District #12.

Education

4:15pm
UW-Stout. Chancellor recaps 2017, looks ahead to 2018 to kick off semester.
2:34pm
UW-Stout. DECA District One state qualifiers led by West Salem HS.
1:18pm
Milwaukee Ald. Donovan. Commissioner Baker's departure leaves us all with many, many questions.
12:07pm
UW-Madison. Radar adds technological twist to age-old cranberry counting process.
8:55am
Heal Without Harm Coalition. Efforts to advance ethical research thwarted by Senate leaders.

Local

4:52pm
Milwaukee Ald. Zielinski. Resolution calls for comprehensive audit of Milwaukee Health Department. 
11:55am
MCTS. Tips for riding in winter weather.
11:52am
Madison Mayor Soglin. Announces appointment of Human Resources Director.

4:42am
Hudson Star Observer. Opioid, methamphetamine addiction strains CPS resources.
4:40am
Janesville Gazette. Street killer: Fentanyl seen as root of Janesville overdose deaths.

Congress

2:34pm
U.S. Rep. Pocan. Calls on Trump to make an investment in rural broadband.
11:57am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Fighting for Wisconsin's dairy farmers, urges Senate leadership to strengthen dairy margin protection program.

2:43pm
The Hill. Chamber of Commerce to call for gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure.
4:16am
Governing. Work requirements may be just the beginning of Medicaid changes under Trump.
4:06am
Politico. Ryan squeezed by conservatives on DACA vote.
4:05am
USA Today. The four big fights Trump and Congress must resolve to avert a government shutdown.

Politics

4:56pm
Gronik for Governor. It's time to take stock of where the Democratic primary stands.
3:22pm
Walker for Governor. And Wisconsin Republicans demonstrate strong finance period with nearly $7 million cash on hand.
9:51am
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. State's 'whitest' distiricts tend to elect GOP legislators. 
9:15am
Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee. Reports its best off-year fundraising to date.
9:14am
McCabe for Governor. Principle over Party campaign breaks 6-figures in 3-plus months relying on small donations.
9:03am
DPW. Response to Walker's revisions last night on Lincoln Hills.
9:02am
Roys for Governor. In 18 days, raises over $163,000, has over $151,000 cash on hand.
8:58am
Mitchell for Governor. Announces raising nearly $310,000 in 7 weeks, reports $242,000 in cash on hand.
8:52am
Flynn for Governor. Campaign displays fundraising strength - raises over $350,000 in 82 days,  has nearly $305,000 on hand.
4:54am
Jacque for 1st Senate. Announces endorsements from Brown County and Manitowoc County officials.

1:36pm
NBC 15. Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik defends self-financing gubernatorial run.
1:23pm
U.S. News & World Report. Dallet outraises Screnock in Wisconsin Supreme Court race.
1:17pm
Beloit Daily News. Democratic candidates file first fundraising reports.
4:14am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Rep. Dana Wachs, Dem challenger to Gov. Scott Walker, brings in $514,500.
4:13am
Hudson Star Observer. Jarchow takes aim at taxes, regulations.
4:09am
River Falls Journal. Schachtner on a quest for solutions.
4:05am
ABC News. Dems aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave.
4:04am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce reports raising $1.2 million at the end of 2017.
4:03am
WKBT. Candidate for Wisconsin state Supreme Court visited La Crosse during MLK day.