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February 26, 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter On Lincoln Hills

Reporter Patrick Marley explains how the FBI is now solely in charge of the investigation into the youth prison. The FBI has power to investigate civil rights issues and sexual assault cases. Marley said Attorney General Brad Schimel expects the investigation to continue for another year.

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February 26, 2016

Former State Corrections Secretary On Challenges Ahead

Walter Dickey said the investigation into Lincoln Hills will be a challenge for the new secretary. He said maintaining order and safety for the public and the state's large prison population are also ongoing demands for the position. In regards to Lincoln Hills, Dickey said the new secretary must either fix the system there or relocate inmates to safer places.

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February 26, 2016

Jay Heck Questions Ethics Board, Election Commission Choices

Common Cause Wisconsin's Jay Heck said partisan appointees to the new agencies replacing the Government Accountability Board are harmful to the public interest. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald appointed Republican Party of Wisconsin staffer Katie McCallum to the Ethics Board. Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling appointed attorney and Democratic donor to the Election Commission.

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February 26, 2016

New Numbers In State Races From Marquette Poll

Marquette University Law School Poll Executive Director Charles Franklin reported a tight race between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but a growing lead for Republican Donald Trump among state voters In the race for state Supreme Court, voters are evenly divided between JoAnne Kloppenburg and Rebecca Bradley, with a similar number undecided.

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February 26, 2016

GED Passing Score Lowers After Test Difficulty Increases

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction GED Administrator Beth Lewis explained that changes were made because of newly available data. The data showed the GED's qualifying passing score could be lowered and still equate to high school equivalency. An extra 500 people in Wisconsin will now qualify to pass the exam.

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February 19, 2016

UW Expert Explains History Of U.S. Supreme Court Nominations

UW political science professor David Canon gives context to the High Court's new vacancy since Justice Antonin Scalia's death Saturday. He said the Senate usually approves the president's candidate nomination, even in election years. He said the last time a president had a tough time getting a nomination heard was 1844.

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February 19, 2016

WPR's Shawn Johnson Breaks Down Latest State Capitol Bills

The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a series of bills in its last session of this winter. Johnson said some of the key bills the Assembly passed include one that would issue fines for "sanctuary cities" where police officers cannot question suspects about their immigration status and a bill that would prohibit county executives from concurrently serving in the state legislature.

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February 19, 2016

U.S. Senate Candidate Russ Feingold On High Court Nomination

Russ Feingold said U.S. Senate Republicans are acting "irresponsibly" when they say they will not consider a nomination from President Obama. Feingold said senators should always consider the nominees, regardless of what party makes the nomination, defining the issue as not about "Democrat versus Republican," but about having a functioning Supreme Court.

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February 19, 2016

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Weighs In On Supreme Court Nomination

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said the public should have a voice in selecting the replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia through voting for the next president later this year. Johnson said it is perfectly appropriate for Senate members to withhold their consent on a candidate nomination by President Obama.

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February 12, 2016

Online Voter Registration Bill Passes State Senate

Bill sponsor state Senator Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said the proposed law allowing online voter registration will save time and prevent errors in the process. Critics are concerned that the bill also eliminates special registration deputies who have been allowed to register voters in person.

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