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UPDATE: Federal appeals court reinstates voter ID law

Federal appeals court reinstates Wisconsin's voter photo identification requirement. More>>

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UPDATE: WEDC outsourcing plan may not catch all cases Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- A key committee within the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will meet Monday afternoon to finalize the language on a proposal to prevent companies that accept awards from outsourcing jobs. Assembly Minority Leader and WEDC board member Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) made the proposal after a 27 News investigation found a number of companies had outsourced jobs to other countries after accepting tax credits from WEDC.Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) voiced his suppo... More>>

DOJ asks for more money to investigate officer-involved deaths

The state Department of Justice believes it needs an additional $738,600 to cover the cost of investigating police officer-involved deaths. More>>

Walker promises more tax cuts in second term

Gov. Scott Walker's promises for a second term include cutting property and income taxes for individuals and requiring drug tests for those seeking unemployment and food stamp benefits. More>>

Van Hollen, ACLU react to voter ID ruling Video included

Attorneys for both sides were quick to react to Friday's federal appeals court ruling reinstating Wisconsin's voter ID law. More>>

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson nominated for U.N. post

President Obama nominated Wisconsin's U.S. Senator Ron Johnson to be a representative in the 69th Session of the U.N. General Assembly. More>>

UPDATE: Three top executives in Walker administration have no college degrees Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- A heated email exchange between top officials at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation became public earlier this week, showing a top manager there questions whether Chief Operating Officer Ryan Murray lacks the "talent or experience" necessary to hold that job.Murray has no direct experience in economic development and, like Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin), does not hold a college degree. But Murray is not the only top executive in the Walker administration with no... More>>

State Senate leaders debate who will have upper hand in November Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Democratic leader in these Wisconsin Senate believes Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) sagging poll numbers will lead to his party regaining a majority in the chamber, but the top Senate Reopublican says President Obama's sinking popularity will have a bigger impact in helping his candidates.Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) debated that issue at a luncheon presented by WisPolitics on Thursday.Governo... More>>

Wisconsin group sues Madison School Board over Act 10

A Wisconsin group is suing the Madison Metropolitan School District for violating the state's collective bargaining law, Act 10. More>>

AFSCME leader says beating Walker top priority

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign spokeswoman says the fact that the nation's largest public sector union is making his ouster their top priority shows that they are bitter. More>>

Burke Calls Walker "one-trick pony" due to $1.8 billion structural deficit Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Democrat Mary Burke is pouncing on the news that Wisconsin faces a $1.8 billion structural deficit, while Governor Scott Walker says that number is being blown out of proportion. Gov. Walker, who has always run on a platform of fiscal responsibility, is now trying to defend his record. The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau announced Monday that Wisconsin is projected to face that deficit at the end of next state budget cycle which runs from June of 2015 to June of 2017.... More>>

Federal judges will decide if John Doe investigation continues

Prosecutors investigating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign and possible illegal coordination with conservative groups hope to convince a federal appeals court to eventually allow them to resume their probe. More>>

Wisconsin appeals gay marriage case to high court

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
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State's projected budget shortfall now at $1.8 billion

The Legislature's nonpartisan Fiscal Bureau says Wisconsin's projected shortfall for the next two-year state budget ending in mid-2017 stands at nearly $1.8 billion. More>>

Top WEDC official blasts policies in letter

A vice president at Gov. Scott Walker's job-creation agency resigned his position in August after complaining about being forced to comply with "misguided policies," but rescinded his decision two days later after. More>>

Common Core remains point of contrast in race for governor Video included

WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) – Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday he will move to replace the Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin in January if he is re-elected. More>>

Federal court to hear WI voter ID lawsuit this week Video included

Multiple lawsuits have been filed since the state Legislature passed the voter ID measure in 2012. A federal judge panel will be asked this week to reinstate Wisconsin's voter ID law in time for the November elections. More>>

Hunters seek access to more Gogebic Taconite land

Conservationists are calling for the reopening the Ashland County part of a proposed iron mining site to hunting and fishing. More>>

Mayor Soglin says AG should support lifting gay marriage ban Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen should abandon his defense of Wisconsin's gay marriage ban in light of this week's federal appeals court ruling affirming that the ban is unconstitutional. More>>

Wisconsin Senate loser won't pursue court case

A Democrat who narrowly lost a bid for the party's nomination for a southwestern Wisconsin state Senate seat says he won't challenge recount results in court. More>>

UPDATE: Court rules against gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana Video included

A U.S. appeals court in Chicago has ruled that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.
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Wisconsin is granted special Obamacare enrollment period Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- 38,000 Wisconsin residents are getting a second chance to enroll in private health insurance through Obamacare's federal marketplace. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) asked the Obama Administration to allow a special enrollment period for those people who lost their BadgerCare coverage earlier this year, and didn't sign up through the federal marketplace before the initial enrollment period ended. For months, Sen. Baldwin had been pressing Governor Scott Walker (R-Wiscons... More>>

Wittwer still looking into possible legal challenge in 17th Senate District

Ernie Wittwer tells 27 News he is heading to Grant County on Thursday to look at what caused his opponent Pat Bomhack to pick up 5 votes in the recount for their 17th District Democratic Senate Primary. More>>

Congresswoman arrested at fast food wage protest

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is among demonstrators arrested at a Milwaukee rally over fast food wages.
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Gogebic Taconite may take Ashland County out of iron mine equation

MADISON (WKOW) -- The company looking to establish a 3,200 acre iron mine in northern Wisconsin's Penokee Hills may rework its plans to exclude Ashland County from the project, due to obstacles put in place by leaders there.Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) Spokesperson Bob Seitz tells 27 News the company is now looking at redesigning the layout of the mine site to keep it within the borders of Iron County, where it has support from local officials.Ashland County officials have already put several ordi... More>>

New mobile app allows you to consider politics when buying groceries Video included

A new mobile phone now makes it possible to buy grocery store items only from companies that share your political beliefs. More>>

Sen. Johnson supports U.S. intervention against ISIS

PLYMOUTH, MN -- Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson says the U.S. should intervene in the Middle East to defeat the Islamic State extremists reported to have beheaded a second American journalist.Johnson did not specify the intervention he supports.The group ISIS released a video Tuesday that appears to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff. If confirmed, it would be the second such video in two weeks after the killing of journalist James Foley, a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee.Johnso... More>>

Group accuses Happ of going easy on child molester

A conservative investigative group is accusing Democratic attorney general hopeful Susan Happ of letting a child molester off easy because he was in a contract to purchase her house More>>

Madison company lands $550,000 WEDC loan

MADISON (WKOW) -- Forte Research Systems plans to use a $550,000 loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to add 55 jobs over the next three years.The company develops specialized computer software for clinical research and executives say the jobs will pay more than $33 per hour to start. WEDC is providing the loan to help Forte with its $4.3 million overall expansion plans. More>>

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