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Gov. Walker refuses to back down on jobs promise

Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn't think voters will penalize him if he doesn't meet his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of this year. More>>

Wisconsin governor's race: Candidates 180 degrees apart Video included

The race for governor appears to be officially underway, although both candidates have been in campaign mode for months. More>>

Gov. Walker: "'Wisconsin is back."

DANE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he deserves a second term because he turned Wisconsin around by cutting taxes, making sure everyone in poverty has access to health insurance and improved the economy leading to the creation of 100,000 new jobs. More>>

Scott Fitzgerald won't run for open US House seat

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won't run for the congressional seat vacated by longtime Wisconsin Congressman Tom Petri. More>>

CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

A congressional report predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason. More>>

Group asks Supreme Court to stay out of John Doe

A liberal-leaning group has asked the state Supreme Court to stay out of a dispute over subpoenas in a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns. More>>

Longtime Wis. GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican congressman Tom Petri of Wisconsin says he will retire after more than 30 years in Congress. More>>

UPDATE: Ellis says video was 'tipping point' Video included

Republican Senate President Mike Ellis says the release of a secret recording of him discussing an illegal campaign scheme was the "tipping point" that made him decide not to seek re-election.
  
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Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post Video included

A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. More>>

Walker to launch campaign Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to officially launch his re-election campaign with a series of events across the state on Tuesday.  More>>

Gov. Walker dodges question of whether he needs degree

Gov. Scott Walker is dodging the question of whether he needs a college degree in order to run for president.
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Federal judge refuses to toss John Doe lawsuit

A federal judge in Milwaukee says a lawsuit seeking to stop a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns can continue.
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Names for elections board slot sent to Walker

Gov. Scott Walker will decide between four former Wisconsin circuit court judges to fill an opening spot on the Government Accountability Board. More>>

Republican candidate in Georgia uses Obama in ad

A Republican running in the crowded Georgia Senate primary is running ads that feature an imaginary phone call from President Barack Obama, a Democrat. More>>

Democratic governors raise $12.5M in last 3 months

The Democratic Governors Association says it raised $12.5 million in the first three months of this year, roughly half what its Republican counterparts collected. More>>

Conservation Congress hearings set for April 14

Outdoor lovers will get a chance to sound off on a host of issues later this month at the Conservation Congress' annual spring hearings.
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Assembly Republicans call for Kramer to resign Video included

Republican Assembly leaders have sent embattled Rep. Bill Kramer a letter demanding his resignation, but are not saying they will push to expel him from the Legislature. More>>

UPDATE: Walker signs oral chemo drugs bill

Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill into law that is designed to lower the cost of chemotherapy drugs in pill form for cancer patients.

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GOP challenger for longtime congressman

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- State Sen. Glenn Grothman says he plans to run for Congress, challenging fellow Republican Tom Petri for the seat representing east-central Wisconsin. More>>

Dems remove hurdle to clear passage of Ukraine aid

Democrats backed down Tuesday and removed a hurdle blocking passage of legislation to aid Ukraine and sanction Russia for its bold military incursion into Crimea. More>>

First lady bringing soul singers to White House

First lady Michelle Obama is bringing together an impressive group of female artists for a White House concert celebrating women of soul. More>>

House passes debt ceiling increase

The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies. More>>

Wis. GOP AG candidate has raised $176K

Wisconsin attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel's campaign says he raised nearly $177,000 over the last half of 2013. More>>

Wis. committee to hold hearing on 7-day work week

The public will get a chance to sound off on a Republican bill that would allow factory and retail employees to volunteer to work seven straight days without a day off. More>>

Talk of cutting taxes increasing in Wisconsin

Talk of cutting taxes in Wisconsin is starting to grow heading into an election year. More>>

Obama signs up through DC health care exchange

Multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. More>>

Aide: Walker may decide on casino after election

A top aide says Gov. Scott Walker may postpone deciding whether to approve the Menominee tribe's Kenosha casino project until after he runs for re-election next November. More>>

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