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July 1, 2016

Non-Partisan Government Accountability Board Ends Its Work

The non-partisan Government Accountability Board ceased operation this week with its responsibilities being taken over by ethics and elections commissions headed by partisan appointees. Outgoing GAB director Kevin Kennedy said the difference in approach may only become visible in a crisis. Kennedy praised his staff for handling the "tumultuous and turbulent times" of recounts and recalls.

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July 1, 2016

Millis Says Elections Commission Will Be More Transparent

Newly appointed member of the new Elections Commission, Don Millis, claimed that too much of the now defunct Government Accountability Board's work was done in secret. Millis also said that having partisan members make up the commission means real election expertise would be drawn on to improve the state's election process.

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July 1, 2016

University of Wisconsin Gets Involved In Local Buy Movement

Andy Soth reports on UW's affiliation with the science behind the Farm to Table shift. The idea of the movement is to source food from local farms, as opposed to larger and more industrial facilities farther away.

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July 1, 2016

What The Future Holds For Former Propellant Facility

The site was once the world's largest military propellant manufacturing facility. Today, contamination problems linger. Here's a look into the master plan for the area of the DNR, USDA and Ho-Chunk Nation.

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July 1, 2016

Here and Now #1501 — Full Episode

Former GAB director Kevin Kennedy and newly appointed elections commission member discuss the Government Accountability Board's past and the new commissions' future. Also, University of Wisconsin gets involved in the science side of the Farm to Table movement. And a look into the future of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant site.

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June 24, 2016

Stepp Responds To DNR Audit

The Department of Natural Resources secretary said the department faces challenges in staffing and funding. Stepp says when she took her position, the department faced a 30 percent vacancy in the water division due in part to the technical nature of those jobs.

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June 24, 2016

Ross And Esenerg Discuss New Report On Act 10

Scot Ross is the executive director of One Wisconsin Now. Rick Esenberg is president and general counsel of Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, the organization which conducted the report. The report found there have been few impacts on the state's eduction workforce since the act's passage.

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June 24, 2016

Waukesha To Draw Water From Lake Michigan

The first of-its-kind vote happened at this week's Great Lakes hearing. Some have criticized the decision for promoting suburban growth. Others, including Gov. Scott Walker, insist the decision is instead a step for public health.

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June 24, 2016

Hilgenburg On DNR Audit And Hearing

Terry Hilgenburg is the Department of Natural Resource's board chairman. The Legislative Audit Bureau found the department has sent notices to only a small percentage of wastewater facilities and concentrated animal feeding operation that could be committing violations.

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June 24, 2016

Here and Now #1499 – Full Episode

Scot Ross and Rick Esenberg discuss report on effects of Act 10 on state's education workforce. Terry Hilgenberg and Amber Meyer Smith on the Department of Natural Resources audit and recent hearing. Frederica Freyberg reports on recent vote to divert water from Lake Michigan to Waukesha.

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