GovBeat: wisconsin


Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 01/30/2014

The Scott Walker-Paul Ryan bromance

The Wisconsin boys get along well -- and we reveal Walker’s Super Bowl picks.

By Jackie Kucinich and Theresa Poulson  |  11:56 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, wisconsin

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Republican governors taking comfort in improving economic conditions

A governor’s policies don’t matter much in a global economy. But when jobs return, political fortunes rise.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, Florida, governors, newsletter, Ohio, Pennsylvania, States, wisconsin

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Walker signs bill rolling back road blocks on Indian team names

The bill ends orders requiring three school districts to change their mascots.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:39 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mascots, Scott Walker, States, wisconsin

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Wisconsin’s Walker thinking about ending income tax

The Wisconsin governor may be building a platform for a 2016 presidential bid.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:07 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, republicans, taxes, white house 2016, wisconsin

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Walker calls special session on BadgerCare

Wisconsin legislators will delay moving 77,000 residents off the state’s Medicaid program.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:13 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, medicaid, newsletter, obamacare, States, wisconsin

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/25/2013

In 16 states, unemployment is at its lowest in at least four years

But the nation is still far from enjoying a full jobs recovery.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, employment, Florida, georgia, indiana, jobs, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Unemployment, Wages & Employment, wisconsin

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Wisconsin could become the latest state to offer a pro-life license plate

More than half the states currently offer pro-life specialty plates.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, wisconsin

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 11/18/2013

People in the Northeast and Midwest (and Texas) pay the highest property taxes

Depending on which county you live in, property taxes can amount to anywhere from 0.2 percent to 3.1 percent of a home’s value.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:38 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, housing, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, taxes, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 11/15/2013

These are the 15 gubernatorial races to watch for 2014

Democrats and Republicans split the 2013 gubernatorial races. Now it’s on to 2014, where Republicans are playing a lot of defense.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:34 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, Arizona, Arkansas, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, wisconsin

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/15/2013

Wisconsin Republicans move to cut early voting hours

Assembly Republicans voted to cut early voting hours in a contentious session on Thursday.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, voting, voting rights, Voting Wars, wisconsin

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 11/14/2013

After spate of recalls, Wisconsin Republicans hope to raise the bar

The proposal to change recall procedures is likely to end up on the statewide ballot in 2014.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:31 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, elections, recall, Scott Walker, States, wisconsin

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Wisconsin voter ID law heads to trial

Voting-rights groups are suing under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, voter id, voter identification, voting rights, wisconsin

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Scott Walker’s low ceiling, high floor

The Wisconsin governor has as many detractors as fans. That will complicate his re-election bid.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign, Campaigns and Elections, election, Ohio, poll, Scott Walker, voting, wisconsin

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Anti-‘revenge porn’ group focusing on state bans, for now

The group is working states to criminalize the practice there, with an eye toward federal legislation

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, washington, wisconsin

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Voting wars coming to Wisconsin

Party-line votes on minor tweaks hint at distrust in a deeply-polarized state.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:50 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  States, voting rights, Voting Wars, wisconsin

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Many states with few insured citizens aren’t expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Many of the states whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured have no plans to expand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, coverage, Delaware, District of Columbia, expansion, Florida, georgia, Hawaii, health, Healthcare, insurance, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, medicaid, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/16/2013

The state pension situation is improving, but most plan funding is still low

Wisconsin has the strongest pension plan; Illinois the worst.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2012, Connecticut, illinois, kentucky, liability, Morningstar, New York, North Carolina, pension, pensions, South Dakota, Tennessee, unfunded, washington, wisconsin

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Don’t expect Iowa to revoke gun permits for the blind. It’s not even the only state that offers them

It’s doubtful the state legislature will revisit the issue next year, and Iowa isn’t the only state that grants such permits to the blind.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blind, gun permits, iowa, Michigan, new jersey, texas, visually impaired, wisconsin

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

Cities and counties facing the prospect of paying new health-care costs are opting instead to reduce the hours their part-time employees work.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  affordable care act, economy, jobs, new jersey, obamacare, taxes, texas, virginia, wisconsin