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Stadium conferees have major differences to settle fast

After weeks of committee hearings, each one bearing new amendments and surprises, the already-dramatically divergent House and Senate stadium proposals faced an onslaught of on-the-fly amendments on the floor this week, and some major changes were adopted.A conference committee made up of six legislators is expected to meet sometime on Wednesday.

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Supporters of judicial retention elections gearing up for another push

Last year voters in Wisconsin witnessed an ugly campaign for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court between incumbent justice David Prosser and assistant attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg. Some three dozen outside interest groups spent $4.5 million seeking to influence the outcome of the contest, according to a report by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

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Senate, House will hold hearings on daycare union proposal

On Thursday the House and Senate will hold hearings on the possibility of unionizing in-home daycare providers. Gov. Mark Dayton is weighing whether to direct the Bureau of Mediation Services to hold an election to determine whether roughly 11,000 such workers wish to be represented by AFSCME Council 5 and the Service Employees International Union.

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Board plays a critical role in keeping GOP together

Former Republican Rep. Dave Bishop remembers sitting in the office of then-House Speaker Steve Sviggum, trying to calm him down. Sviggum was fuming, as Bishop recalls, because he had just been voted down on an issue by the executive board, a small group of GOP representatives that serve as caucus advisers to the speaker of the House of Representatives.

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