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  • Wisconsin close to becoming 25th right-to-work state Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    Following in the footsteps of Indiana and Michigan, the two most recent states to approve legislation making the paying of union dues voluntary, Wisconsin would become the 25th right-to-work state. During the two weeks that the bill rocketed through the Legislature, both supporters and opponents turned to the experiences of Indiana and Michigan to get a...

  • Scott Walker's plan to merge Wisconsin's two major economic development agencies would create a new unaccountable entity, minority Democrats on the Legislature's budget committee said Wednesday. The governor's 2015-17 budget proposal calls for merging the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic...

  • MADISON, Wis.— Opponents of right-to-work have dominated more than eight hours of testimony in a Wisconsin state Assembly committee that's hearing the fast-tracked proposal. A Senate committee hearing on the measure was cut about 40 minutes short. The Senate passed the bill last week and the Assembly is expected to vote on it Thursday.

  • Ted Cruz of Texas told an influential anti-tax group Friday that he opposes Common Core education standards, a day after potential GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush endorsed the program. Cruz described Common Core as "national standards being dictated from Washington" during an appearance at the Club for Growth's annual winter meeting. Cruz and Bush are among...

  • OXON HILL, Md.— Wisconsin Gov. The likely Republican presidential contender sparked pointed criticism from labor union leaders across the country after remarks delivered on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Washington. Islamic State militants have captured large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria over the last...

  • MADISON, Wis., Feb 25- The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led...

  • Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president, but they've still got day jobs as governors— and face another round in the ring with organized labor. For Christie, that means trying to reach a deal to fix New Jersey's underfunded pension system by working with a teacher's union that he's repeatedly...

  • MADISON, Wis.— For two straight days this week, 2,000 union members converged on Wisconsin's Capitol to rally against a new right-to-work bill, chanting, marching and hurling profanities at GOP lawmakers and Gov. They introduced the measure on Friday and the Senate began debating it Wednesday, making it difficult for unions to mobilize large-scale protests...

  • MADISON, Wis., Feb 25- The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday began debating a proposal to make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation, as thousands of demonstrators protested the measure at the state capitol. The Republican-led state Senate is expected to approve the bill, which would prohibit requiring private sector workers to join or...

  • GOP ends right-to-work hearing early, enraging unions Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 1:24 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— Republicans on the state Senate's labor committee ended a public hearing on contentious right-to-work legislation early and sent it on to the full Senate Tuesday, enraging dozens of people who had been waiting all day to speak and sparking a demonstration in front of the Senate chamber. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican and the committee's...

  • "That's the stick we'll use to measure every candidate," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. As an example, he cited the success of Wisconsin Gov. Walker survived a subsequent recall attempt and then won re-election, and lawmakers in Wisconsin are now pushing to pass right-to-work legislation that would limit the organizing power of private-sector unions.

  • Second fight over union rights comes to Wisconsin Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The fight over union rights returns to Wisconsin this week, four years after a debate that sparked massive protests and catapulted Gov. This time, the focus is on private-sector workers and it's the Republican Legislature taking the lead, planning to act within days on a measure that would make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state.

  • WASHINGTON— Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. Governors in both parties meeting in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security...

  • WASHINGTON— Pay little attention to the official agenda for this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association. And for none is the scrutiny more heightened than for New Jersey Gov. Christie aides, making the rounds in a luxury Washington hotel on Friday, sought to project a sense of calm in the face of news that some longtime backers, both in New Jersey...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 15- When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, traveled on a trade mission to Britain last week, he brought along top officials from his economic development agency to help drum up jobs. "The idea was that Wisconsin policies are better than the national policies and we were going to move ahead of the...

  • This new governor moves against unions Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 7:59 AM ET
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    Labor leaders say the governor's executive order is aimed at shrinking union membership and diminishing labor's power. The NYT reports.

  • Politics comes down with measles, GOP on defensive Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 12:15 PM ET
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Medicine, morality and free will are colliding in the debate over requiring measles vaccines. The NYT reports.

  • What to expect from Washington, or NOT, in 2015 Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A woman jogs near U.S. Capitol building in Washington.

    Washington was vastly transformed in 2014 with a very uncertain outlook for the year ahead. Politico's Ben White offers some predictions.

  • Congress just slipped this into the spending bill Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    While political focus was on a Senate Intelligence Committee report, Congress snuck in two measures to its must-pass spending bill. NBC News reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 26- Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb Bush with 11 percent, New...