The bag is mixed
"Nationally, the unemployment rate for veterans is far greater than the national unemployment rate," and Wisconsin is "one of those rare examples where unemployment is actually lower for veterans than it is for the population as a whole and certainly lower than it is nationally."
A big statement based on a tiny sample of voters
My support from young voters -- those 18 to 24 -- in November 2014 was "largely unheard of for a Republican."
Reversal from previous stance that state budget must be completed first
On timing of announcement for president.
Longtime critic of federal role
Says U.S. Senate opponent Ron Johnson "is opposed to all government-assisted student loans."
Ranking is for wired broadband. We fare much better on mobile
"The United States still ranks 20th in the world in access to broadband -- over 50 percent below the best nations."
Says Scott Walker runs a state government that bans "employees from talking about climate change."
Survey results not that precise
"Twenty-five percent of people in the country have said they changed their email and phone habits because of" the collection of data allowed by the Patriot Act.
No evidence the law improved rank
Thanks to the Act 10 collective bargaining law that took effect four years ago, ACT scores in Wisconsin "are now second-best in the country for states where more than half the kids take the exam."
Eliminating bachelor's degree requirement key change
A Republican budget proposal "would have Wisconsin have the weakest standards for who can be a teacher in the classroom in the country."
Many factors at work
Since Republicans took over after the 2010 election, "the graduation rate in Wisconsin has gone from 86 percent to 88 percent. The black graduation rate has gone from 60 percent to 65 percent. The Latino graduation rate has gone from 65 percent to 71 percent."
Yes, though impact on students limited
Says Scott Walker "cut back early voting and signed legislation that would make it harder for college students to vote."
No loophole for illegal workers to slip through
A measure to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law would "make it easier for state contractors to hire illegal workers for Wisconsin construction jobs" through an "illegal worker loophole in the state budget."
By one measure, but not others
"Two of the top three (rated) public high schools in Wisconsin — Ronald Reagan College Prep and Rufus King International — are MPS schools."
Many explanations for the gap
"Thanks to restrictive and anticompetitive ballot laws," candidates in November 2014 ran unopposed in nearly half of Wisconsin’s state representative races but in Michigan and Minnesota nearly all races had challengers.
Some maximum bike forfeitures are higher; but the standard forfeiture is lower
If Milwaukee approves reducing its maximum forfeiture for marijuana possession to $50, the city would have "23 different bicycle violations that have a higher forfeiture."
Mopping up is part of the messy process
Says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget contained 110 pages of errors -- an unusually high number -- "and millions of dollars’ worth of mistakes" that were corrected with a follow-up document.
Taxpayers have paid well over 50% for most NBA arenas built since 1999
A 50-50 public-private split for paying for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena would "be much better -- in terms of the portion of the public financing -- than most of the other arena projects done around the country."
His vote was 1 of 60
Says Democratic challenger Russ Feingold "was the deciding vote on Obamacare."
Positive signs but prediction a bit premature
"For our next two years in my state, we will end with a structural surplus of $499 million."
Dramatic drop in reported crashes
"Accidents are down 50 percent and injury accidents are down 60 percent" in the rebuilt Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee.
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