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'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

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"… election law, enjoyed a $30.5 million to $4.4 million advantage over Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett. Outside groups funded by national union …"

Claims processors received bonuses while backlog more than doubled

By Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich

Veterans Affairs processors shared millions in awards while claims piled high, News21 investigation finds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… a national representative for the AFGE and former claims processor at the Milwaukee regional office. “I think after a couple of years of seeing things pili …"

"… al office has to shoulder the load for poorly managed offices. Workers in Milwaukee received more than 5,000 old claims from Houston and Los Angeles beginning …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

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"… al arm of the Laborers International Union of North America ($10,000); the Milwaukee, Wis., chapter of LiUNA ($10,000); the International Association of Fire F …"

Only a few states enact evidence-based care for troubled youth

Amid widespread inaction on evidence-based treatment for delinquent youth, a few states get it right.

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"… youth with severe emotional disturbances and achieve impressive outcomes. Milwaukee County, Wisc.: Wraparound Milwaukee, which pools funding from child w …"

"… and achieve impressive outcomes. Milwaukee County, Wisc.: Wraparound Milwaukee, which pools funding from child welfare, Medicaid, juvenile justice and me …"

"… d youth each year. With an annual budget of nearly $50 million, Wraparound Milwaukee has dramatically reduced the county’s use of psychiatric hospital and re …"

"… found that just 15 percent of delinquent teens participating in Wraparound Milwaukee — about half of the total program population — re-offended during thei …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

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"… lenged in court by unions representing Madison school teachers and City of Milwaukee workers. Last September, a Dane County judge overturned the law, ruling th …"

Jeb Bush's education nonprofit rakes in cash

By Michael Beckel

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

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"… 3.15 million to the committee pushing for the proposal, records show. The Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has also been a major financial b …"

Super PACs spend big for Romney in final weeks of campaign

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Super PACs and nonprofits spent $190 million in the last three weeks of the election on the presidential race

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"… emocratic groups, led by the Obama campaign, enjoyed an edge in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Norfolk and Roanoke, Va.Last-minute ads from conservative groups slammed …"

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

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"… The changes in billing patterns vary sharply by region. For instance the Milwaukee area saw a steep jump in use of the two highest codes, from 19 percent at …"

Green Party nominee rails against 'corporate rule'

By Michael Beckel

Constitutional amendment urged to invalidate Supreme Court decision.

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"… lities — from the liberal bastion of Boulder, Colo., to the conservative Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis. — have passed ballot measures in a similar ve …"

Walker wins Wisconsin recall election flooded with outside spending

By Paul Abowd

Record campaign spending followed by record turnout in Wisconsin recall vote.

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"… Scott Walker defeated a union-led recall challenge by Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett.The Wisconsin vote captured national attention, and a flood of …"

"… signaling an influx of new voters registering at the polls. In Barrett’s Milwaukee, poll workers reported running out of voter registration forms.The state …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… suggesting that national unions have propped up his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.While Barrett has received about 26 percent of his $4 mi …"

"… Barrett during the Democratic primary for trying to wring concessions from Milwaukee public employees.But when Falk lost to Barrett in the May 8 Democratic pri …"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grants significant access to companies, donors

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon

TK

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… s, who have largely been a partner in economic development.”Walker faces Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on June 5 in a nationally watched recall election.This t …"

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s conservative media appearances pay off as he raises millions from out-of-state donors

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national conservative media appearances have helped him to raise millions from out-of-state donors

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"… rly twice as much as to his hometown newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which had endorsed him in 2010.Walker’s spokesman, Cul …"

"… conservative-leaning outlet Walker favors. Charlie Sykes, a radio host of Milwaukee’s WTMJ, was scheduled for more interview time with Walker than any other …"

"… 0 campaign, records show.However, Mike Gousha, a television news anchor of Milwaukee’s WISN whose work long has been respected by conservatives and liberals …"

"… times by these storytellers.”Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee, in a nationally watched election on June 5.Distant with liberal mediaDuri …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

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"… etition drive that has forced Walker into a recall election June 5 against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Spending on the race is expected to hit $80 million, mu …"

"… onth, the calendars clocked just two hours for media: two TV interviews in Milwaukee, an open press call and a conference on his children’s reading initiativ …"

"… e entry. Rindfleisch, who was Walker’s deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee county executive, was charged in January this year with four felony counts …"

Minor offenders, major consequences

By Julie Strupp

Why Wisconsin’s justice system continues to treat 17-year-olds as adults

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"… sconsin.In three previous legislative sessions, state Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, has introduced a bill that would place 17-year-olds back in juvenile cour …"

"… olds back in juvenile court. He plans to offer it again. Kessler, a former Milwaukee juvenile court judge, says the existing law is too harsh for most young of …"

"… les in serious cases to be tried in adult court.State Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, is introducing legislation that would put 17-year-olds back in the juveni …"

A long wait yields expansive new freedoms in Wisconsin

By Bill Lueders

NRA calls state's new concealed-carry law 'one of nation's strongest'

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"… arrow list of exemptions would not include, for instance, a gang member in Milwaukee with multiple felony charges that were all pleaded down to misdemeanors.Co …"

"… weapons on the premises, period,” says Keith Kopplin, a lawyer with the Milwaukee law firm of Krukowski & Costello, which advises employers. Yet now any …"

"… cle absent any specific or imminent threat, but tosses the conviction of a Milwaukee shop owner in a high-crime Milwaukee neighborhood who kept a loaded gun hi …"

"… hreat, but tosses the conviction of a Milwaukee shop owner in a high-crime Milwaukee neighborhood who kept a loaded gun hidden behind a counter. Late 2003 …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

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"… s for the Cain campaign, according to financial documents disclosed by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.One financial document cited by the paper shows …"

"… s not have to identify its donors or disclose how much money they gave.The Milwaukee newspaper, which relied heavily on Prosperity USA’s financial documents …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

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"… anes, iPads and other items, according to financial documents cited by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.Cain’s campaign disclosure reports fail to li …"

"… ights and $15,000 for a trip to Atlanta, according to records cited by the Milwaukee paper.Before Cain’s campaign launched, Block was the Wisconsin state lea …"

Back to school for the billionaires

By Rita Beamish

Business titans find reforming schools much harder than just writing checks

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"… itute.The Walton Family Foundation hoped that its $8-million investment in Milwaukee charters would produce strong schools and a competitive environment to rai …"

"… petition can raise scores across school districts, and still hope that all Milwaukee schools will improve.The charter movement has yet to fulfill another key g …"

Unproven for older women, digital mammography saps Medicare dollars

By Joe Eaton, Elizabeth Lucas and David Donald

High-tech, digital mammography may not be any better at detecting breast cancer in women over 65 than older film-based systems, but Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "Milwaukee":

"… at’s life. I’m willing to accept it,” Casano said.Sharon Huizenga of Milwaukee, 65, has only recently signed up for Medicare, and like Casano, she prefer …"

Paul Ryan — Budget Committee

By Caitlin Ginley

Paul Ryan went to Congress at the age of 28, representing Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes farm communities as well as

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"… ongressional district, which includes farm communities as well as southern Milwaukee suburbs. Now 40, Ryan is the senior Republican on the House Budget Committ …"

Obama proposal aims at problems highlighted in Center series

By Gordon Witkin

President Barack Obama’s proposal to spur the ailing U.S. economy by investing in transportation infrastructure is an effort to restart a st

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"… he Center for Public Integrity last year.In a campaign-style appearance in Milwaukee on Sunday, the president proposed $50 billion in new spending next year on …"

The not-so-dangerous zones?

By Caitlin Ginley

An independent review panel found last week that the Center’s Great Lakes Danger Zones project was based on a Centers for Disease Control an

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"… ncluding such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee — may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pes …"

Great lakes: Danger zones?

By Sheila Kaplan

A report that top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thought was too hot for the public to handle

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"… ncluding such major metropolitan areas as Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee—may face elevated health risks from being exposed to dioxin, PCBs, pesti …"

A poisoned prosecution

By Brooke Williams

Misconduct in sexual abuse cases damages reputations—and can ruin lives

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"… from Wisconsin Lutheran College, a four-year, coed liberal arts school in Milwaukee. Wasser found a handwritten note from Samantha to her boyfriend, a man she …"

"… Samantha about the note. Later, he drove her back to college.The drive to Milwaukee was tense—but still, the conflict with Samantha seemed minor to Wasser, …"

"… Before Resch filed the charges against him, he was the head director of a Milwaukee boarding school. Now he can't step foot on campus."It's a loss of professi …"

Anatomy of misconduct

By Steve Weinburg

There's much to learn when a trial goes terribly wrong

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"… al politics will play a role. E. Michael McCann, the elected prosecutor in Milwaukee, Wis., since 1968, has stood for re-election several times and understands …"

"… imes filled with error for all sorts of well-intended or nefarious reasons.Milwaukee District Attorney E. Michael McCann says that decades of working closely w …"

"… Police who question eyewitnesses can exercise a huge influence. McCann in Milwaukee worries about the "overzealous officer who inappropriately suggests inform …"

Captive audience

By John Dunbar

A few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometownsA few big media firms dominate 4 of 5 FCC commissioners' hometowns

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"… y four companies. AOLTime Warner owns systems in Charlotte, N.C., and Milwaukee; Birmingham's system is owned by Advance/Newhouse, which is also programme …"

"… e on telephone competition, and will be a key vote on the ownership issues.Milwaukee and the historianMilwaukee is home to Journal Communications Inc. The empl …"

"… and will be a key vote on the ownership issues.Milwaukee and the historianMilwaukee is home to Journal Communications Inc. The employee-owned company owns the …"

"… . The employee-owned company owns the dominant newspaper in town, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, as well as two television stations in the city – WTMJ- …"