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  • Wisconsin postpones restructuring of cancer screening program amid backlash

    Following negative headlines and protests by women's health advocates, the Walker administration, already under fire over a hasty, end-of-session GOP bill limiting oral chemotherapy insurance payments, backs down for the second time in a month over a cancer-related issue: The Well Woman Program is saved, for the time-being, although new details are sparse.
    (March 24, 2014)

  • Women's health advocates question state plans for Well Woman Program

    I broke this story in WisPolitics that the Scott Walker administration had quietly moved to end a Wisconsin program that offers cancer and multiple sclerosis screenings for low-income or uninsured women. Following my story in WisPolitics, national media picked up on it and the Walker administration back-pedaled.
    (March 12, 2014)

  • HHS Secretary Sebelius pushes Gov. Walker on Medicaid Expansion

    Sebelius calls out Walker; predicts last-minute rush to enroll in Obamacare; could there be Dec. 15 website crash?
    (November 16, 2013)

  • Johnson seeks to unify conservatives amid national security, Obamacare issues

    In an exclusive interview, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), laments the growing division in the Republican party, defends his testy exchange over Benghazi with Hillary Clinton and his use of filibuster to defeat Obama nominees; but backs off on tactic of "defunding" Obamacare.
    (Aug. 2, 2013)

  • Ryan predicts Obamacare will ‘collapse under its own weight’

    GOP Congressman Paul Ryan chooses Tea Party event where attendees call President Obama a “lyin’ African” for one of his first public speeches since losing the vice presidential election in November.
    Ryan announced that he was still intent on repealing Obamacare. Other media didn’t cover this much, but sure enough, Ryan’s new budget proposal a month later made national headlines.
    (Jan. 14, 2013)

  • Why Tammy beat Tommy

    Top strategists analyze Tammy Baldwin’s defeat of former Gov. Tommy Thompson to become Wisconsin’s first female U.S. Senator and the state’s first openly gay senator.
    (Dec. 7, 2012)

  • Tommy Thompson: no further need to apologize for Kenya remark

    U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson says his son need not apologize for telling a fundraising crowd that President Obama should go back to Kenya.
    (Oct. 16, 2012)

  • Congressman Paul Ryan touts Wisconsin roots; criticizes Obama on the economy

    Ryan tells crowd that "After this election, I will be sitting in a deer stand with my 10-year-old daughter, her very first deer hunt, after Mitt Romney is elected president."
    (Oct. 15, 2012)

  • Michelle Obama touts health care reform

    In a fiery half-hour speech in Milwaukee, First Lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 people packed into the gym at Bradley Tech High School to "help us finish what we started" as she detailed President Barack Obama’s accomplishments since taking office.
    (Aug. 23, 2012)

  • Mitt Romney wins Wisconsin GOP primary

    I posted quotes from Romney’s acceptance speech within moments of his win, along with updates, before and after, for WisPolitics Election Blog, including remarks by national GOP strategist Stuart Stevens.
    (April 3, 2012)

  • Obama calls for tax changes to help companies that stay in U.S., punish
    those moving jobs overseas

    When President Barack Obama visited Milwaukee, I produced a story that not only covered his remarks, but included interviews with other politicians in attendance and comments from employees at the MasterLock plant that hosted the event. Although there were dozens of reporters there from state and national media outlets, I managed to get an exclusive interview with MasterLock’s CEO as well. I promptly submitted a thorough story, an audio clip of the president’s speech and a slideshow of photos on quick deadline, matching that of competing media. My interview with MasterLock CEO John Heppner was part of a longer version published for WisPolitics subscribers.
    (February 16, 2012) 

  • Clinton advocates ‘shared responsibilities and shared sacrifice’

    When former President Bill Clinton visited Milwaukee to stump for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett, I captured the story, of course, but also managed to catch a rare split-second photo of Clinton and Barrett  together at the podium, along with closeups of Clinton shaking hands with the crowd.  I filed the story and an audio of Clinton’s remarks from a picnic table in the 50-degree drizzle where the event took place, and submitted an extensive slideshow of photos as well.
    (June 1, 2012) 

  • Comprehensive look at Wisconsin’s 22nd Senate District Recall Race

    In 2011, Wisconsin experienced an unprecedented nine recall elections of state legislators in one year, after newly elected Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled legislature rushed through a state budget that carried a provision that virtually ended collective bargaining rights for public employees. When Republicans refused to allow debate on the measure, a group of 14 Democratic state senators fled to Illinois for nearly three weeks to prevent a quorum and stall for time. Meanwhile, voters reacted strongly, and the state became highly divided.

    This overview offers a comprehensive look at one district where a longtime Democratic senator faced recall, and was challenged by a political newcomer. The article and sidebar offer a look at the district and its voters, historical trends, and current campaign strategies by each party. Each candidate is interviewed, as are other area legislators and voters throughout the district. Candidates’ answers to a list of questions is provided in the sidebar. Audio of each interview is attached.
    (Aug. 8, 2011) 

    Sidebar  Audio 1  | Audio 2  | Audio 3

  • Challengers decry ‘dysfunction’ of state Supreme Court
    Three candidates vying to replace Justice David Prosser said the Wisconsin Supreme Court has become divisive and dysfunctional, claiming new blood was needed to restore the public’s confidence in the body. But Prosser insisted he wasn’t the source of any divisiveness on the court and instead blamed the perception, in part, on Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
    (Jan. 28, 2011) 
  • Walker promises educators tools, but few details
    Gov. Scott Walker told a standing-room only crowd of Wisconsin school board members that he would give them "tools" to manage district budgets and to hire and fire teachers based on performance. But he offered no specifics other than calling for assurance that all future fourth-graders can read at a third-grade level.
    (Jan. 21, 2011) 
  • Jensen agrees to civil forfeiture to settle three felony charges
    President Obama Monday proposed a $50 billion plan to rebuild America’s roads, rails and runways, calling it an investment that will move the country’s economy forward and leave the next generation something lasting.
    (Sept. 20, 2010) 
  • President calls for $50 billion investment in roads, rails, runways
    President Obama Monday proposed a $50 billion plan to rebuild America’s roads, rails and runways, calling it an investment that will move the country’s economy forward and leave the next generation something lasting.
    (Sept. 7, 2010)
  • Johnson jumps in Senate race to stop national health care
    (Submitted photo, video clip and audio clip, in addition to online story on deadline)
    Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson formally entered the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate this morning – his first attempt at any elected office – saying he was inspired to run in an effort to stop national health care. 
    (May 18, 2010)

    Video clip

  • Biden, Geithner call for financial reform in Milwaukee
    Vice President Biden and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday that new sweeping financial "rules with teeth, enforced by people who care" must pass to protect the middle class and prevent the current recession from morphing into a depression.
    (April 28, 2010)
  • Speakers urge Dems to do better job touting their successes
    Dems must do a better job of communicating their positive accomplishments and appealing to working- and middle-class voters if they are to hold on to key political offices in Wisconsin, supporters were told Saturday evening at the state Democratic Party’s major annual fundraising event.
    (April 11, 2010)
  • Barrett announces Spanish manufacturer coming to Milwaukee in State of City address
    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett today announced Spanish manufacturer Ingeteam will build a wind-turbine parts plant in Milwaukee, as he touted the city’s successes on the jobs front in his annual State of the City speech.
    (Feb. 15, 2010 )
  • Prospect of Barrett V. Walker Gov. race raises worries about city-county cooperation 
    Now that the Democratic mayor of Wisconsin’s largest city is battling in the governor’s race with the Republican administrator of his city’s own county, several thousand city and county employees, as well as dozens of elected officials, face an unusual situation.
  • Walker, Barrett pledge cooperation
    Tom Barrett and Scott Walker admit they haven’t always been in agreement on joint city-county issues. But they say the governor’s race won’t mean a breakdown in city-state relations.
  • Thousands of conservatives rally on Milwaukee lakefront against too much government
    MILWAUKEE -- Conservative speakers, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker (left) and Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke, got cheers from thousands at Veterans Park on the lakefront as they called for limited government, lower taxes and more freedom.
    (Sept. 20, 2009)