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UPDATE: Brett Hulsey announces run for Governor Video included

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) cleared up months of speculation about his political future in emphatic fashion Monday morning, announcing he will challenge Mary Burke for the Democratic nomination for Governor. More>>

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Democratic aide says Gov. Walker will sign officer-involved shootings bill

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 11:15 PM

MADISON -- An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker said Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths. More>>

Democratic AG hopeful wants to restore public intervenor office

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 11:18 PM

MADISON -- Democratic attorney general hopeful Jon Richards is promising to re-establish the public intervenor office within the state Department of Justice. The position was created in 1967 to act as an advocate for the state's natural resources. More>>

Experts make case for online voter registration at State Capitol Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Online voter registration is already a reality in nearly 20 states and experts on the issue made their case for why Wisconsin should consider adding itself to that list at a Tuesday hearing before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
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First Democrat joins race for District 6 seat in Congress

Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris announced his run for Congress on Tuesday, becoming the first Democrat to join the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Petri in Wisconsin's Republican-leaning 6th District. More>>

Will Brett Hulsey shake up the governor's race? Video included

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>>

Ex-Rep. Roger Roth declares Wisconsin Senate run

Former state Rep. Roger Roth says he is running for the state Senate seat now held by retiring Senate President Mike Ellis. More>>

Governor announces plan to expand Family Care

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has announced plans to expand a state program that provides in-home care for the elderly and disabled to seven more Wisconsin counties.
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First of its kind art exhibit to be displayed at local museum

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is presenting the first exhibition of works by Wisconsin folk artist Paul Seifert. More>>

UPDATE: Rep. Petri says GOP healthcare proposal likely ahead of fall elections Video included

Updated: Apr 20, 2014 05:31 PM

MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican congressman Tom Petri says his party is likely to propose an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system ahead of this November's elections.
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Wisconsin police brace for new probe protocols

MADISON (AP) -- A bill revamping officer-involved death investigations would mean a culture shift for Wisconsin's largest police departments. More>>

Fiery election debate on tap for Capitol City Sunday Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Earlier this week, Scott Walker declined an opportunity to confirm that he would serve all four years of a second term as Governor. Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says that should absolutely be a campaign issue for Democrats.
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Sen. Leibham set to make decision on run for Congress

A Republican state senator says he'll announce next Tuesday whether he'll make a run for Wisconsin's 6th Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. More>>

UPDATE: Vets with claims for benefits could soon see even longer wait times Video included

Both politicians and veterans service professionals are expressing concerns that a new online claims system being initiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could result in longer wait times for veterans in Wisconsin. More>>

Wisconsin job climate to be focal point of 2014 gubernatorial race

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is still comitted to the lofty campaign pledge of creating 250-thousand jobs during his first term in office. Walker made the promise during his 2010 run for the Governor's mansion. "We're still aiming for that," Walker said Wednesday outside a Wisconsin Hospital Association event at Monona Terrace.  More>>

Governor Walker signs 55 bills into law Video included

Among them, a bill legalizing the use of a marijuana by-product to help treat children's seizures. More>>

Walker won't commit to finishing second term as Governor Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) will not commit to fulfilling all four years of a second term if he is reelected in November. More>>

Classic rocker upset with Walker

John Mellencamp wants Governor Scott Walker to think about supporting union rights.
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Lawsuit asks state Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage ban

Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery filed the suit Wednesday, bypassing the trial and appellate courts. More>>

27 News open records request leads DOJ to release names of agents terminated in child porn scandal

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice has identified the two agents terminated for allowing child pornography cases to languish as former Special Agent In-Charge Willie Brantley and Special Agent Anna King, both assigned to the Department of Criminal Investigation's Milwaukee office. More>>

Sharon Corrigan is new Dane County Board Chair Video included

Supervisor Sharon Corrigan of Middleton is the new Chair of the Dane County Board, with outgoing chair John hendrick choosing not to seek another term in that position. More>>

Burke says voters shouldn't be fooled by Walker's record on job growth Video included

ROTHSCHILD (WKOW) -- On the day Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his reelection campaign by highlighting his accomplishments, his Democratic challenger was attacking him for failing to keep Wisconsin competitive among other states. More>>

UPDATE: Gov. Walker kicks off re-election campaign Video included

DANE (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) kicked off his 2014 reelection campaign Tuesday morning by emphasizing lower spending and reduced taxes during a speech at Dane Manufacturing Co.
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Rep. Petri announces retirement Video included

Petri has held his seat representing Northeast Wisconsin since 1979 More>>

UPDATE: Wisconsin GOP will vote on secession resolution at state convention Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Republican Party of Wisconsin will vote on a resolution to support the state's right to secede from the rest of the United States at its annual convention in May. More>>

UW flex offerings don't fit a Walker return

MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker wants to finish his college course work using a new flexible degree option through the University of Wisconsin System.One problem: There are no immediate plans to offer classes in the fields he's interested in. More>>

Janesville man enters race for retiring Sen. Cullen's Senate seat

A former campaign manager has announced he'll run for the state Senate seat held by retiring Senator Tim Cullen. More>>

Stroebel becomes second GOP candidate for Petri seat Video included

Rep. Tom Petri Rep. Tom Petri

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The race to replace retiring Republican congressman Rep. Tom Petri just got a little more crowded. More>>

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri will not run for re-election

U.S. Representative Tom Petri will announce Monday that he will not run for re-election in November. More>>

UPDATE: UW System responds to Gov. Walker's call for another tuition freeze Video included

Governor Scott Walker's office on Friday issued a news release saying the governor is calling for an additional two-year tuition freeze for the UW System in the next budget, since recent projections show the University of Wisconsin System will continue to carry a surplus of more than $1 billion. More>>

UPDATE: Senate President Mike Ellis will not seek re-election Video included

Republican Senate President Mike Ellis will not seek re-election following release of  video. More>>

Gov. Walker signs plan to expand gunshot detection system in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law Friday that's designed to help the Milwaukee Police Department quickly detect gunshots. More>>

Gov. Walker signs Silver Alert bill into law

The law creates a Silver Alert program that operates similar to the Amber Alert system for missing children, using the state's Crime Alert Network to quickly distribute information about missing adults. More>>

UPDATE: Treasurer for Ellis campaign resigns after being named in video Video included

State Senate President Mike Ellis is defending himself after he was secretly caught on video talking about illegal campaign activity. More>>

Wisconsin schools ready for Common Core testing as students in other states opt out Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released results from the final Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) yesterday and now school districts are readying to offer a new standardized test next year. More>>

Wisconsin Democrats demand special session

Assembly Democrats are demanding Republican Gov. Scott Walker call a special legislative session to resurrect dead bills they say would help the middle class. More>>

Pridemore latest to retire from state Assembly

Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore is the latest member of the state Assembly to announce they will not run for re-election in November. More>>

UPDATE: Ozanne faces questions about diversion program for child abusers

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County District Attorney and Wisconsin Attorney General Candidate Ismael Ozanne is trying to reduce the number of criminal convictions for minority parents arrested for child abuse. More>>

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