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Tuesday January 28, 2020 - Updated 4:55pm

Vice President Pence

3:14pm
U.S. Rep. Steil. Today is a celebration of providing choice to parents and opportunity to students. 
1:32pm
Speaker Vos. Welcomes VP Pence, Se. DeVos to school choice showcase.
12:55pm
Rep. Nygren. Welcomes Vice President Pence. 
10:58am
Church for 7th Congress. Supports school choice rally in Madison.
9:22am
AFT-Wisconsin. Responds to Vice President Pence Visit.

1:37pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. In visit to Wisconsin Capitol, Vice President Pence lauds private school voucher programs. 
1:31pm
Fox 11. Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin.
1:30pm
Wisconsin State Journal. Mike Pence in Madison to celebrate private school vouchers. 
9:24am
U.S. News & World Report. Democratic Gov. Evers won't be in Capitol for Pence visit. 
9:23am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mike Pence may be first from White House to visit Wisconsin statehouse. 

Governor

4:55pm
Gov. Evers. Signs bills relating to employee contracts and funding for homelessness. 
4:25pm
Rep. Steineke. Homelessness bill is now law. 
4:24pm
Rep. Subeck. Applauds signing of Assembly Bill 119 enacting grants to homeless shelters; calls for Senate action on remaining bills to address homelessness. 
12:59pm
Gov. Evers. Requests FEMA damage assessments in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties. 

1:35pm
Fox 6. Gov. Evers requests FEMA damage assessments in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties. 
3:25am
WXOW. Evers, Hughes, speak about jobs, economy at La Crosse event. 
3:25am
WSAW. Governor Evers visits Wausau to announce redistricting commission. 
3:24am
Fox 11. 'We'll see what happens': Evers sets the tone on redistricting, local lawmakers react. 
3:18am
La Crosse Tribune. Gov. Tony Evers says "Wisconsin has a good story to tell" to help it succeed. 

Special Session

4:23pm
Rep. Hintz. Supports Governor Evers' special session on agriculture. 
4:20pm
Rep. Spreitzer. Statement on special session on agriculture. 

3:24am
WSAW. 'It's too little, too late': Mixed local reactions to statewide farming initiative. 

Legislative

4:22pm
Rep. Brostoff. Reintroduces Public Education Reinvestment Act.
4:22pm
Rep. Emerson. Co-authors Public Education Reinvestment Act. 
3:38pm
Rep. Sargent. Calls for passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent sexual assault kit backlog. 
3:34pm
Rep. Neubauer. We can't afford two school systems. 
2:33pm
Wisconsin Public Education Network. Wisconsin public school children deserve reinvestment. 
1:29pm
Sen. Larson. Statement on Public Education Reinvestment Act.
1:27pm
Rep. Subeck. Supporting two school systems means taxpayers pay twice. 
11:57am
Rep. Pope. Voucher lobby misleads taxpayers on negative effects to public schools.
3:34am
Rep. Vining. Joins Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes to support The People's Maps Commission.

11:03am
Racine Journal times. Wisconsin police can't enforce new tobacco 21 law without state law change; change proposed. 

State Agencies

2:50pm
DNR. And EPA sign agreement to proceed on Milwaukee Estuary cleanup to eliminate 32-year-old area of concern designation. 
12:56pm
WHEDA. Issues $140 million Housing Revenue Bond. 
12:53pm
DNR. Weekly news.
10:53am
AG Kaul. Releases first AG opinion under new, transparent process. 
3:33am
WHEDA. CEO Altoro gains national honors with two new advisory roles. 
3:32am
WHEDA. Statewide demand for affordable housing tax credits outstrips federal allocation. 
3:28am
DOT. Secretary-designee Thompson selected to chair regional transportation group. 

3:23am
WISC. New Hampshire general will oversee Wisconsin Guard changes. 
3:19am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Carr promises improvements and new action from Gov. Evers on criminal justice reform. 

Economy/Business

1:12pm
AFSCME Wisconsin. Statement on Aurora Health Care Inc. anti-worker tactics in contract bargaining. 
9:27am
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Announces date for 4th Annual Veterans Light Up the Arts. 

1:15pm
Reuters. Harley-Davidson's shares tumble on steeper fall in revenues. 
3:14am
WKOW. Amazon delivery center planned for Madison.

Statewide

11:17am
Center Square. Report looks at jump in occupational licenses in Wisconsin.
11:16am
Military.com. Army probes handling of Illinois sexual assault complaints. 
3:22am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin tests 6 for possible coronavirus. 
3:16am
The Hill. CDC, State Department warn against any travel to China. 

Courts

9:28am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Terry L. Constant.

3:22am
Courthouse News Service. Seventh Circuit says hands are tied in tribe's fight with EPA over mine. 
3:15am
Reuters. U.S. Supreme Court lets hardline Trump immigration policy take effect. 

Education

2:38pm
UW-Eau Claire. On-campus Martin Luther King Jr. celebration set for Feb. 5. 
2:37pm
UW-La Crosse. Public lecture shares how new discoveries about the way nature works are being used to restore it. 
2:35pm
DPI. Public comment sought on draft English language arts, personal financial literacy, physical education standards. 
1:33pm
Marquette University. Doctoral student named Aurora Research Institute Colton Scholar.
12:54pm
Uw-Eau Claire. Barron County student teams win top prizes in Foxconn-sponsored competition. 
10:54am
MacIver Institute. As K12 education funding jumps dramatically, still just 54% of funding spent on instruction.
10:29am
UW-Stout. Professor receives grant to study community responses to PFAS contamination. 
9:11am
UW-Madison. 'Lucky Dog' Scout and UW School of Veterinary Medicine star in WeatherTech Super Bowl commercial. 
3:29am
School District of Thorp. Uses Science of Reading to raise achievement and close gaps. 

11:17am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Conservative think tank says more private school vouchers would give Wisconsin an economic boost. 
3:14am
Racine Journal Times. Unified Board OKs putting $1 billion referendum to voters. 

Local

12:53pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Dimitrijevic. Calls for elimination of single-use "forever plastics."
10:32am
Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lipscomb. Proposes $100,000 for county parks. 
3:37am
Racine Mayor Mason. And Gatehouse unveil redesign of proposed hotel and expanded convention center in downtown Racine. 

Congress

10:30am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. And colleagues press health secretary for updates on noval coronavirus, call for continuing robust, science-driven reponse. 

1:19pm
The Hill. Deficits projected at $1.3 trillion through 2030: CBO.
1:10pm
MarketWatch. U.S. national debt projected to rise to $31.4 trillion by 2030: CBO.

Politics

9:12am
Tiffany for 7th Congress. Releases new ad 'Dam Man.'
9:10am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces endorsement from Frances Huntley-Cooper. 
3:32am
RPW. ICYMI: Judge Jill Karofsky compared getting an abortion to getting wisdom teeth removed, said the Constitution allows limiting possession of firearms. 

11:05am
Wausau Daily Herald. Q&A: Tiffany and Church, Republican candidates for 7th Congressional District, answer 6 questions. 
3:20am
NBC 15. REAL ID not required for voting purposes, says DMV.
3:17am
Chippewa Herald. Another candidate lines up for Mark Miller's Senate seat. 

Monday January 27, 2020

Governor

4:09pm
Rep. Taylor. Applauds Gov. Evers' People's Maps Commission.
12:09pm
Gov. Evers. Announces General to oversee Wisconsin National Guard's corrective action, contact information for Guard Ombudsman.
9:13am
Gov. Evers. Signs Executive Order #66 establishing The People's Maps Commission.

11:37am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Lobbyists and lawmakers barred from sitting on Gov. Evers' redistricting commission.
11:30am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Gov. Tony Evers orders creation of nonpartisan redistricting commission. 
4:03am
Wisconsin State Journal. Tony Evers' nonpartisan redistricting commission to offer courts an alternative to GOP maps. 
3:56am
WISN.  'UPFRONT' recap: Gov. Evers says it's too early to decide what to do with extra tax revenue. 

Budget

8:28am
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin. Calls on Legislature to return budget surplus to Wisconsinites. 

Special Session

3:32pm
Speaker Vos. "Agriculture should be a bipartisan priority."

1:21pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Vos says Republicans could work with Democrats on dairy crisis proposals, but not yet. 
3:50am
WAOW. State officials tour rural businesses in Wisconsin to address workforce development. 
3:49am
WJFW. Evers, cabinet members promote State of the State agenda in North and Central Wisconsin.

Legislative

12:07pm
Rep. Shankland. Introduces "Better Broadband" legislation to support farmers and rural communities.  LRB-4877. LRB-4874.
11:28am
Sen. Smith. Statement regarding introduction of "Better Broadband" bill package.  Bills.
11:26am
Sen. Schachtner. Works to expand broadband access.
8:17am
Rep. Quinn. This week proves Republican road is best bet. 

4:23am
WKOW. Wisconsin can't enforce tobacco age at 21 because of state law, causing confusion at stores. 
3:59am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Dueling voucher views: Pence to attend rally as lawmaker demands end to Wisconsin programs. 
3:58am
Fox 11. New bill proposed would allow WI hospitals to hire more physician assistants. 
3:47am
Center Square. University of Wisconsin president wants tuition hike, doesn't support lawmakers' plan. 

State Agencies

4:42pm
DHS. State health agency responds to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.
4:38pm
DWD. Looks to enhance Wisconsin apprenticeship with insight from world's foremost experts. 
4:07pm
DOR. Kicks off tax season.
1:49pm
DOT. Start the process now for a free ID to vote. 

8:32am
DrydenWire. Three Wisconsin state secretaries visit Shell Lake. 

Economy/Business

12:05pm
Wisconsin Technology Council. More women entering, writing winning plans in Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest. 
9:11am
PEW. Federal aid boosts personal income in farm states. 
8:23am
WEC Energy Group. To acquire 80% ownership in Blooming Grove Wind Farm. 

3:59am
Minneapolis Star Tribune. Bio-methane from cow manure could be a 'new gold rush' on the farm. 
3:46am
WAOW. Central Wisconsin farmers continue to feel impact of U.S.-China trade war. 

Environment/Outdoors

3:54am
WJFW. Wild deer tests positive for CWD in Marathon County; bail and feed ban renewed. 

Statewide

3:30pm
Wisconsin Center for Nursing. 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 
1:01pm
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. $15 million challenge announced to support mental health initiatives at Children's Wisconsin.

2:02pm
Milwaukee Biz Times. Children's Wisconsin receives $15 million donation for mental health services. 
8:20am
Wisconsin Ag Connection. Marinete County farm couple wins 67th state OYF Award. 
3:52am
WISC. Census Bureau still needs nearly 25,000 Wisconsin census-taker applications. 

Education

3:18pm
DPI. Open enrollment application period opens Feb. 3.
1:34pm
UW-Madison. Driven by Earth's orbit, climate changes in Africa may have aided human migration.
1:02pm
UW-Stout. Eastman new program coordinator for LGBTQIA+ program. 
12:57pm
UW-River Falls. 'Peter Mak: A Legacy' exhibition.
9:37am
UW-Stout. Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate forum scheduled Feb. 3.
9:02am
UW-Extension Sheboygan county. Youth speak-up about community issues. 
8:21am
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Study: $3.2 billion in economic benefits with growth of school choice. 

9:06am
Wisconsin Public Radio. These rural Northwoods schools have a teacher-sharing agreement.
9:05am
Fox 11. UW-Green Bay waives application fee for Wisconsin technical college transfers. 
4:02am
Fox 11. Local tribal members react to rejected proposal to ban the use of Native American mascots. 
3:57am
Beloit Daily News. Voter registration mailer confuses some residents. 
3:51am
NBC 15. UW System looks to double online enrollment. 

Local

3:25pm
Kane Communications Group. Announces addition of brand journalism to firm's services. 
3:23pm
Waukesha County Exec. Farrow. Help Waukesha County preserve the Moor Downs property the right way and protect taxpayers. 
1:03pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Dane County to purchase 74 acres, expanding site of oldest remaining schoolhouse in the county.
12:59pm
Waukesha County Public Works. Reaches memorandum of agreement to preserve Moor Downs history, protect taxpayers. 

1:04pm
Dane County Board. Analiese Eicher to chair the Dane County Board. 
9:08am
Stevens Point Journal. Portage County voters will get to vote their opinion on gerrymandering in the April 7 election.
4:21am
Kenosha News. County declares state of emergency in light of shoreline storm damage; communites seeking federal help in making repairs. 
4:01am
Racine Journal Times. No easy answers; communities across Great Lakes struggle with erosion. 
3:45am
NBC 15. Southwest Wisconsin counties call for more action to fix rural roads. 

Congress

11:40am
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. Joins bipartisan colleagues to request $320 million for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in president's FY 2021 budget request. 
9:25am
American Dairy Coalition. Dairy farmers applaud letter to FDA urging action on milk labeling issue. 

1:24pm
Wisconsin Public Radio. Baldwin: It's 'gut check time' for U.S. Senate in impeachment trial. 
11:34am
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bolton manuscript offers different account than Sen. Ron Johnson's of Ukraine discussions with Trump.
4:20am
Politico. Trump moves to gut Obama housing discrimination rules. 
3:44am
MarketWatch. VFW calls on Trump to apologize for comments about brain injuries suffered by U.S. troops in Iran attack on Iraqi base.

Politics

3:49pm
Tiffany for 7th Congress. Endorsed by the NRA.
1:10pm
Hansen for 30th Senate. Sen. Dave Hansen endorses.
8:27am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces endorsement from Andy Gronik.
8:26am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces endorsement from Dane County Treasurer Adam Gallagher. 
8:18am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces endorsement by Dana Wachs. 

9:07am
Wausau Daily Herald. Q&A: Dale and Zunker, Democratic candidates for 7th Congressional District, answer 6 questions. 
3:48am
Green Bay Press Gazette. Wisconsin's Supreme Court candidates' opinions on past cases show their views on abortion, guns and voter ID. 
3:45am
WJFW. Tom Tiffany holds a 2nd amendment rally in the Northwoods.