The sound bite is a sound bite
"A bag of Cheetos costs less to buy than an apple," and in some Milwaukee neighborhoods "good luck trying to find an apple or a banana or some sort of healthy option"
Not the leader, but up there
Wisconsin has "one of the most progressive tax codes in the country."
If you're a woman who weighs about a hundred, yes
Tavern League of Wisconsin
A 0.05 standard for drunken driving means having a glass of wine at dinner could make a person drunk.
Not as clear-cut as described
A Wisconsin bill to limit use of food stamps for junk food would also "prevent -- or limit -- the extent to which" food stamps could be used for organic foods.
Makeover from Madison is in image of smaller counties
Says a state bill checks the spending habits of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors by "bringing it in line with other county boards around the state."
More like 15%
"Taxes and fees amount to about 20 percent of a typical $300 round-trip domestic ticket. That’s higher than taxes on products like alcohol, tobacco and firearms."
Individual gifts outpace union PAC money
"The majority of my contributions have been from private individuals" giving $125 on average, "not from PACs, not from groups."
It's tough to shoot a deer without a bullet
A proposed ban on hollow-point bullets and bullets that expand upon impact "essentially bans deer hunting."
But serious mental illness is different
"In Wisconsin, only half of all the adults with serious psychological distress received mental health treatment or medication."
Yes, but why is important
Two-thirds of Wisconsinites receiving unemployment checks "are not required to search for work due to current work search exemptions."
Right on guns, iPad; but pencil and paper?
"You can't bring an iPad or a piece of paper and a pencil in the (Wisconsin Assembly) gallery to take notes of what's going on," but "you can bring a gun up there."
Plenty of cuts, but growth overall
"Nobody in total is proposing cutting anything. We’re trying to reduce the rate of growth in government."
Decides a lot, authors fewer
Says she heard more than 2,400 cases as a Wisconsin appeals court judge
Board budget grew at twice the inflation rate
The Milwaukee County Board’s staff grew from four workers to 38 over four decades and now costs taxpayers "a lot more," while the total county workforce was more than cut in half in the same period.
The governor is among them
"Nearly a quarter of all adults in this state have some college credit without a degree."
Figure nearly correct; factors other than the law also at work
Since the federal Violence Against Women Act was adopted in 1994, "cases of domestic violence have fallen by 67 percent."
Newer figure slightly lower
"Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns."
On target, for public schools
"One out of every four students fails to earn a high school diploma. In our major cities across America, half of our kids don’t graduate."
Lost the war but won this talking point
Democratic Party candidates for the state Assembly "actually received 200,000 more votes statewide" than their Republican counterparts in the 2012 election
State leans heavily on middle class
When it comes to income taxes, Wisconsin is "one of the best places in the country to be poor" but "top 4 or 5 worst" for middle-income earners.
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