MADISON — Former longtime Republican lawmaker Mike Ellis, a legend in Wisconsin politics known for his tinted glasses, bad toupee and encyclopedic knowledge of the state budget, died Friday. Ellis’ brother Mark Ellis said he appears to have died in his sleep at home in Neenah. He was 77. Ellis was a true character, short in stature but oversized in personality. He served from 1970 until 2014 in the Legislature, a tenure that spanned eight governors and began when current Gov.
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has asked President Donald Trump’s administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for six northwestern Wisconsin counties that saw flood damage in June. Heavy rains fell across northwestern Wisconsin beginning June 16, washing out many roads and culverts. Walker sent a letter to Trump on Friday asking for federal aid to help local governments in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas and Iron counties recover. The governor’s office
Change needed Have you thought about clean water lately? Where does it come from — how and why? That has been on the minds of many in the town of Emerald (and beyond), especially after learning of a massive manure spill at a local CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) which was not reported for three months following its occurrence. Now we learn they were issued a citation in May for pumping animal waste into a facility under construction (not completed or functional). Also,
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker attended a White House ceremony with President Donald Trump and members of his Cabinet focused on bolstering American workers including at the planned Foxconn Technology Group project in Wisconsin. Walker was among many other elected officials, business leaders and others who were at the event Thursday. Trump signed an executive order establishing a new council focusing on creating solutions for the country’s most urgent workforce issues. It is to be
Tariffs hurtful The most iconic Wisconsin industry (cheesemaking) and company (Harley-Davidson) are under siege from the trade practices being implemented by our president and his economic advisors. By slapping tariffs on our longtime allies, they have foolishly started a trade war that is already having a serious economic impact on Wisconsin businesses. The start of a trade war with our allies would’ve been repugnant to Republicans pre-Trump, but our state Republican Party leaders have
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interaction with a woman accused of being a Russian operative, saying Wednesday that they only met one time in 2015 when she showed up at a National Rifle Association convention and had her picture taken with him. Maria Butina was charged Monday with being a covert Russian agent who gathered intelligence on American officials and political organizations and worked to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin.
MADISON — Former state Rep. Kelda Roys, of Madison, led the field of eight Democratic candidates for governor in fundraising over the first six months of the year, thanks to a $255,000 personal loan she made to her campaign. Roys raised nearly $677,000 through the end of June and had $667,000 cash on hand, the most of any Democratic candidate, according to reports filed with the state this week. She has now loaned her campaign a total of $350,000. The fundraising totals provide a
Prioritizing education What happens when you subtract $648 million from $900 million? That would be a good question I’d like to ask Scott Walker and the Republican Party to answer. As a part of Act 10 in 2012 proposed by Walker and passed by our Wisconsin Legislation, $900 million was taken away from the education system in our state. Now, hoping we have all forgotten that fiasco, he is proposing to boost the state’s commitment to education by $648 million. Sounds like a tidy sum
Gov. Scott Walker was expected to make a “major economic development announcement” in relation to Foxconn at 9 a.m. today at Phoenix Park, 330 Riverfront Terrace. According to a news release from Walker’s press office, he was joined by Foxconn Technology Group director U.S. strategic initiatives Alan Yeung, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan and Momentum West executive director Steve Jahn to make the announcement. This event is not open
MADISON — Lisa Neubauer, the chief judge on the state appeals court, announced Thursday she is running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a bid to replace retiring liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson next year. Neubauer, who was appointed to the appeals court in 2007 by Abrahamson’s friend and former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, is the first of what could be a large field of candidates to join the race for the open seat. Neubauer, who turns 61 next week, tried to establish herself as