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Hillary Clinton calls for more sanctions on Russia

 Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she believes that the outcome in Ukraine will be a bad one for Russia.

Wausau lawmaker announces re-election bid

WAUSAU (WAOW) – State Rep. Mandy Wright announced Wednesday that she will seek re-election to a second term.

Clemency after 10 years in prison

The Justice Department will begin considering clemency applications from nonviolent federal inmates who have already served 10 years or more in prison. 

Appointed sheriff to seek election to the job Video included

RHINELANDER (WAOW) – Some 16 months after being appointed sheriff, Oneida County Sheriff Grady Hartman announced he would seek election to the job in November.

Hulsey announces run for governor

 State Rep. Brett Hulsey has announced his candidacy for governor, forcing a Democratic primary against Mary Burke. 

Appeals court upholds Walker's union law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions. The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Video included

Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

Wisconsin jobless rate drops to 5.9 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's unemployment is down to 5.9 percent, its lowest level since November 2008.

Van Hollen, Stepp promote drug take-back day

 The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
  

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Talk of cutting taxes increasing in Wisconsin

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

Obama signs up through DC health care exchange

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

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.

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