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Burke supports sticking with Common Core in WI Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger says she doesn't agree with the governor's call for change in education standards.This week Gov. Walker issued a statement asking the state Legislature to pass a bill next year repealing the Common Core educational standards and replace the policy with standards "set by people in Wisconsin."27 New caught up with gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke at an appearance in Madison Saturday. Burke, a Madison School Board member, says she dis... More>>

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78th Assembly District forum held Video included

Candidates for a local assembly seat tackled the issues Monday night. More>>

Scott Resnick officially joins Madison's mayoral race Video included

After months of rumors and assumptions by many who are involved in Madison city politics, 8th District Alder Scott Resnick has officially announced his candidacy for mayor.    More>>

UPDATE: GAB refuses to allow election observers to use cameras at the polls Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board (GAB) will discuss several changes Monday afternoon to rules governing the conduct of election observers, including a provision that would allow those observers to take still photos and record video at polling locations.Republican leaders on the Assembly and Senate election committees believe state statute does not prohibit the use of cameras and that any such restriction should be determined by the legislature, not the GAB.But GAB... More>>

Wisconsin officials to discuss changing poll laws

Wisconsin officials are considering lifting the ban on camera usage by election observers. More>>

Republican says replacing standards difficult Video included

The Republican leader of the state Senate says replacing Common Core education standards as Gov. Scott Walker wants will be "difficult." More>>

Illegal child immigrants may be in Madison longer than 60 days Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- As city leaders look for a place to house up to 250 undocumented children there are questions being raised about just how long those kids would have to stay here as they go through the legal immigration process. Mayor Paul Soglin says those illegal immigrants would be in Madison 30 to 60 days, but a local immigration attorney says that timeline doesn't seem realistic. Mayor Soglin is trying to help the federal government by taking in children detained after trying to illegal... More>>

Medicaid referendum to be on Nov. ballot in Dane County

Referendum question to appear on Nov. 4 ballot More>>

Media group files appeal to get probe records

A coalition of five media groups is appealing a federal judge's order refusing to unseal the entire record in a lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth against prosecutors investigating the conservative group, Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and others. More>>

Governor Scott Walker calls on the State Legislature to pass legislation to repeal Common Core

Governor Scott Walker released statement calling for the Wisconsin State Legislature to repeal Common Core More>>

Trek president calls on Walker to take down ad

John Burke, the president of Trek Bicycle Corp. and the brother of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, says Republican Gov. Scott Walker's latest campaign ad is false and should be taken down. More>>

Rep. Petri racking up legal fees in ethics investigation

The Fond du Lac Republican asked for the investigation after a media report drew a link between companies that have business before Congress and the amount of stock he owns in those companies. More>>

Gov. Walker announces $28 million in grants for tech colleges

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker intends to award more than $28 millionGovernor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin ) intends to award more than $28 million in grants to the Wisconsin Technical College System to train workers in multiple high demand fields, his office announced Thursday morning.The Department of Workforce Development will administer the grants as part of its Fast Forward worker training program."Our administration has made worker training a top priority, allocating more than $13... More>>

Forum held for Rock County Sheriff candidates Video included

Voters learned more about the candidates for Rock County Sheriff Wednesday night. More>>

UPDATE: Outsourcing war blows up in race for Governor Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- On the same day Gov. Scott Walker's campaign released an ad painting Mary Burke as millionaire who outsources jobs to China, his top economic official said some companies need to outsource jobs in order to make money. More>>

Democrats ask Walker to drop gay marriage lawsuit

Democrats in the Wisconsin state Senate are asking Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to drop defense of the state's gay marriage ban.
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UPDATE: Epic adds another 500-plus jobs, local economic impact grows Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The exponential growth of new jobs at medical software giant Epic Systems in Verona is providing both great opportunity and challenges for the local economy. More>>

Wisconsin bid for full gay marriage hearing nixed

A federal appeals court has rejected Wisconsin's initial bid to join Indiana in seeking a full-court hearing on the two states' bans on gay marriage. More>>

Governor Walker defends high security costs Video included

Governor Scott Walker is defending the high cost of security for himself, the First Lady and the Lieutenant Governor. More>>

UPDATE: Local Israeli, Palestinian discuss impact of latest Gaza violence Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Over 170 Palestinians living in Gaza have now died in the ongoing Middle East violence between Hamas and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) that started on July 8th. The impact of the violence is being felt by hundreds of people living in south central Wisconsin that are either from that region or have family living there. More>>

Attorneys ask full court to hear gay marriage case

Wisconsin attorneys want all 10 judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider upholding the state's gay marriage ban.
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Gov. Walker lifts moratorium on historic preservation tax credit

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Walker announced Monday morning the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will lift the moratorium it imposed just three weeks ago on the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. More>>

Burke taking donations from companies that got Dept. of Commerce money Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Democrat Mary Burke has raked in over $40,000 in donations for her run for Governor from companies she awarded money to as Secretary of Commerce. More>>

Security costs for WI total $5.7 million

Security costs for Governor Walker, the First Lady and the Lieutenant Governor are in the millions.
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UPDATE: Companies that outsourced jobs donated primarily to Walker campaign

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin companies that outsourced jobs after receiving financial incentives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) made 85 percent of their state political donations to the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) from 2011 to 2013.
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UPDATE: WEDC award recipients outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries Video included

At least two companies that received financial awards from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) later outsourced jobs to foreign countries, with one of those companies receiving a second WEDC award after outsourcing those jobs. More>>

WI manufacturing, agriculture leaders frame immigration as economic issue

State leaders in manufacturing and agriculture say immigration reform is essential to their businesses.
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Gov. Walker won't say whether he thinks relative's same-sex marriage is legal Video included

OREGON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he knew his 19 year-old son Alex would serve as an official witness at the same-sex marriage of a family member in Waukesha County on June 9th, but would not say whether he considers that marriage to be legal. More>>

Walker and Burke spar over new campaign ad Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- In a new campaign ad, Governor Scott Walker goes after his Democratic opponent Mary Burke over a $12.5 million decision she made as Wisconsin commerce secretary.
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Numbers show Gov. Walker the big winner in individual out-of-state contributions

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign(WDC) on Tuesday released numbers from its study on donations to Wisconsin political candidates in 2013 that came from individuals out-of-state. More>>

UPDATE: Government attorney asks judge to toss Sen. Johnson's Obamacare lawsuit Video included

GREEN BAY (AP) -- A government attorney is trying to persuade a federal judge in Green Bay to toss out U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit challenging rules forcing congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges. More>>

Wisconsin oil pipeline to triple capacity with little public input

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin oil pipeline will triple its capacity from 400,000 barrels a day to 1.2 million barrels by the year 2016, but environmentalists say its being done out of the public eye. More>>

Will Brett Hulsey shake up the governor's race?

Updated: Apr 21, 2014 10:05 PM

MADISON (WKOW) -- Brett Hulsey's entry into the Governor's race could shake up the Democratic field. But political scientist Ken Mayer said it's not likely to. "I dont think this is a serious challenge for the nomination," said Mayer, a professor of political science at the UW-Madison. Hulsey announced his candidacy for Governor on Monday. Mayer said Hulsey is among the most liberal members of the state assembly, where he was first elected in 2010. But he said Hulsey lacks name recognition ar... More>>

UPDATE: e-cigarette bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee

A bill that would allow the use of electronic cigarettes indoors in Wisconsin cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 3-2 vote on Thursday. More>>

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