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March 25, 2016

Elected State Democrats Prefer 'Party-Builder' Clinton

State Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempeleau) said the likely reason no Wisconsin Democratic elected officials have endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the state's presidential primary contest is that Clinton is seen as interested in helping to build the party in the state. Sanders, an elected independent, may not share that interest, claimed Danou, a Clinton supporter.

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March 25, 2016

Trump On Ticket May Spell Trouble For GOP Legislators

State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) said Donald Trump's focus on economic issues may hold appeal for voters in his central Wisconsin district, but he is not encountering many Trump supporters at GOP events. Krug had endorsed Marco Rubio, but recently gave his support to Ted Cruz, concerned that high negative opinions about Trump could damage support for other Republicans also running this fall.

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March 11, 2016

UW System President On Faculty Tenure Policy Changes

UW System President Ray Cross said the changes make UW tenure policies compatible with those at other universities across the country. He said faculty members' concern that they will be laid off due to programs being discontinued for political or financial reasons is "very unlikely." He said tenure is supposed to protect faculty with different views, but it does not guarantee a "job for life."

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March 11, 2016

UW-Madison Professor Leaving UW After Tenure Policy Changes

Educational Policy Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab will start at Temple University in July. She cited the UW System's new tenure policy changes as a motivation for leaving UW. The Board of Regents approved a policy Thursday that now allows faculty members to be laid off after their academic program is discontinued, rather than for just cause or financial reasons only.

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March 11, 2016

CDC Specialist Explains Bacterial Outbreak In Wisconsin

The outbreak of Elizabethkingia has infected 48 people and killed 15 since November. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pathogen specialist Dr. Michael Bell said the exact source of the outbreak is unknown, and CDC officials continue to research it. The most recent information can be found here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/elizabethkingia.htm

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March 11, 2016

Partisans Differ On Meaning Of Bradley's College Columns

Left-leaning group One Wisconsin Now uncovered state Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley's college editorials in which she made harsh anti-gay comments. The group's director, Scot Ross, claimed Bradley's opinions likely reflect her current values, while Bill McCoshen, former commerce secretary for Gov. Thompson, disagreed, saying what Bradley wrote as a college student should not matter today.

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March 4, 2016

Trump Succeeding Despite GOP Backlash

Donald Trump won big on Super Tuesday even while facing strong criticism from House Speaker Paul Ryan and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. University of Wisconsin journalism professor Michael Wagner said Trump could use the fight with the GOP establishment for his electoral advantage.

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March 4, 2016

Jon Peacock On Wisconsin's Affordable Care Act Participation

Wisconsin and six other states are involved in a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. Governor Scott Walker chose not to accept federal dollars that would expand the federal Medicaid program. Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Research Director Jon Peacock said the ACA actually saves the Medicaid program money by increasing federal reimbursement rates and access to preventative care.

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March 4, 2016

Dr. Floyd Rose On New Minority Youth Mentoring Program

100 Black Men of Madison recently launched Project SOAR to boost high school graduation rates of 300 black males in Dane County. The organization's president, Floyd Rose, said 38 percent of African American students attending the Madison Metropolitan School District fell under "chronic absenteeism" during the 2015 school year, meaning they missed at least 10 percent of school days.

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March 4, 2016

Harvard Professor, UW Grad On His New Book About Eviction

Matthew Desmond's book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" covers Milwaukee's eviction epidemic, most common in poor neighborhoods. He said black, low-income women and children are most affected. Desmond lived in Milwaukee for months to gather research for the book, studying eight evicted families and their landlords.

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