Wisconsin was a national pioneer in sending Milwaukee children to private schools with publicly funded vouchers. Now, with the Legislature debating Gov. Scott Walker's plan to expand choice to additional cities, we shed light on some of the key disputes over the choice program.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 07:23 p.m.
The amount of excess cash in the University of Wisconsin System’s bank account is: A) "Nearly $1 billion" B) $648 million C) $207 million Everyone has a different view on how much extra money the UW System has. We dig into the various numbers being tossed about.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 09:40 p.m.
Gov. Scott Walker announced Feb. 13, 2013 that he would reject an expansion of Medicaid offered as part of Obamacare, saying he has a better idea for helping more people get health insurance. Some advocates of making more people eligible for Medicaid say the expansion would create jobs. Is the picture that clear?
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 09:00 a.m.
After -- even during -- Gov. Scott Walker's 2013 budget address, Democrats tried to poke holes in his rosy picture of the state's finances and economy. We get behind the back-and-forth by reviewing Truth-O-Meter rulings and other sources.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 09:00 a.m.
When Gov. Scott Walker proposed reforming Medicaid, food stamps and unemployment compensation, all in one speech, the howls from the left were sharp. But what did Walker, who increasingly is viewed as a presidential candidate in 2016, actually say? We explore with our In Context feature.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 09:00 a.m.
During his 2013 State of the State speech, Republican Gov. Scott Walker made a few familiar claims. So did Democratic leaders in response. Here’s a look at how those past statements fared when we first looked at them.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 04:11 p.m.
On Jan. 15, 2013, Gov. Scott Walker will give the annual State of the State speech. Based on what the first-time Republican executive has said in recent months, we have an idea of what some of the themes likely will be. So, if Walker does make some familiar claims, will you know how they were rated on the Truth-O-Meter? Test yourself with our brief quiz.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 10:04 a.m.
The state senator from Middlesex County has had mixed results on claims about job gains, unemployment benefits and poverty
By Caryn Shinske :: Published on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 01:35 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Illinois conjures images of Bears-Packers, Badgers-Illini and competition for summer cottages. But Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a new wrinkle, budget-bashing, as his administration tries siphoning business from the state to the south. We take a look at one aspect of the border war: corporate income taxes.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 09:00 a.m.
As the campaign heats up, candidates and political groups are incorrectly describing our ratings. We put their claims about the Truth-O-Meter to the Truth-O-Meter.
By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 06:30 p.m.
The final recall debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett covered some familiar ground. Here's a round up of some of the repeat claims and how we rated them the first time they came around.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.
The partisan passion on both sides of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall as taken a toll on truth-telling. We take a look at recent ratings, as the June 5 election approaches.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 09:51 a.m.
In our fourth "Behind the Rhetoric" article, we look at how school districts are situated for the coming academic year after the cuts made in the state budget.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 08:00 p.m.
Both sides say the other is relying on out-of-state contributions in the 2012 gubernatorial recall. We dig into the numbers in the third in our series of background stories on key questions in the race.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 06:00 p.m.
In the second of our-pre-recall backgrounders, we look at the WEA Trust and health care costs for school districts.
By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 05:25 p.m.
Education funding is a major battleground in the 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. We take an in-depth tour of Milwaukee-area school districts to see how they fared under Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts and the limits he put on collective bargaining.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 06:00 p.m.
Gov. Scott Walker's view on extending right-to-work laws to private sector unions in Wisconsin has emerged as a major issue in the June 5 gubernatorial recall election. Here's a quick look at right-to-work's impact in other states, based on Truth-O-Meter rulings past.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 08:54 p.m.
Democrats and their recall allies decry the law that has helped Gov. Scott Walker out-raise his opponents combined by $11 million dollars without regard to normal campaign contribution limits. We take a look at how the provision came about. The answers may surprise you.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.
The pace of claims and counter-claims is accelerating as Wisconsin’s recall election for governor sprints to its June 5, 2012 conclusion. The primary is May 8. We’ve been tracking many of the statements, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at the some of the major emerging issues in the early campaign ads.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 08:00 a.m.
Gov. Scott Walker scored more victories than defeats in 2011 on promises related to creating a more favorable tax climate that he hopes will attract and keep business in Wisconsin.
By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
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