Newsmakers

Newsmakers: Representative-Elect Howard Marklein

As a CPA who has specialized in forensic financial reconstructions, Republican Representative-elect Howard Marklein is not afraid of complex issues and asking tough questions. The Republican from Spring Green has begun studying 2011-13 budget requests submitted by state agencies, for example, and found the pay-and-fringe-benefit package he will get as a lawmaker “generous.” In a […]

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Newsmakers: U.S. Representative Ron Kind

Third District Congressman Ron Kind said keeping the federal health-care reform law is one of the most important needs facing the nation, despite rulilngs by federal judges that parts of it are unconstitutional. The Democrat, elected to an eighth term in November, also said health care and other emotional issues triggered more angry exchanges with […]

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Newsmakers: Senator Tim Cullen

Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) in this Newsmakers interview on March 18, 2011.  They discussed Sen. Cullen’s time in Illinois, the state of the Democratic Caucus, a constitutional amendment the senator is crafting, and the notion of future legislators leaving the state to stall legislation in the Senate.

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Newsmakers: Conservative Leaders, What's Next?

In a Newsmakers taped on May 2, three leaders of conservative groups — Nancy Mistle of The Founders Compass, Meg Ellefson of the Wausau Tea Party and Matt Seaholm, Wisconsin director of Americans for Prosperity — talked about their groups’ emerging political strategies and goals. They also angrily denied claims by Democrats that their groups […]

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Newsmakers: First-Term Republican Legislators

The 27 first-term Assembly Republicans were the foot soldiers in Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s revolution of changes to collective bargaining and budget cuts in state aid to public schools, local governments and the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges. In a June 21 Newsmakers, three of the 27 — Reps. Dale Kooyenga, of Brookfield; […]

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Newsmakers: Women's Equality Day

A Women’s Equality Day event on Aug. 25 honored the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. Wisconsin was the first state to ratify that amendment. In an Aug. 25  Newsmakers, two leaders of that event, Judy Patrick, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California, and Eve Galanter, […]

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Newsmakers: Public Employee Union Leaders

Three leaders of large public employee unions said they are not going away, despite Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s win in a June 5 recall election over union-backed Democratic candidate Tom Barrett. Marty Beil, executive director of AFSCME Council 24; Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, and Bryan Kennedy, president of American Federation […]

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