Opponents flood Wisconsin ‘sanctuary cities’ hearing

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Hundreds of people flooded the Wisconsin Capitol Thursday to oppose legislation targeting “sanctuary cities,” as state Republicans align with President Trump’s attempts to crack down on local laws aimed at protecting immigrants who are illegally living in the U.S. > Associated Press

Hearing Thursday for Wisconsin bill targeting immigrants, sanctuary cities

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A proposal targeting Wisconsin sanctuary cities that offer protections for immigrants living in the country illegally is up for a public hearing in the Legislature. Introduced by Republican Sen. Steve Nass, the proposal will receive a public hearing Thursday. > FOX 11 Green Bay

Legislators’ free speech talk is a bad joke

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From columnist Bill Berry: “Some state lawmakers would like to expel students who disrupt presentations by controversial speakers. Oddly, though, some of the same lawmakers who bill themselves as guardians of free speech for campus speakers don’t think citizens have the same rights.” > Cap Times

Vos slams three holdout GOP senators for poor budget behavior

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said although he’s satisfied with Wisconsin’s state budget, he’s dismayed at several GOP senators’ handling of the budget, saying “the renegade senators decided to hijack what we normally do, and instead of negotiating, gave a ransom list to Gov. Walker.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Nass and Loudenbeck headline for Paul Ryan, telling Rock County GOPers to ‘stay active’

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Ahead of what’s expected to be a hotly-contested 2018 election cycle, Rock County Republicans heard from top GOP state and federal leaders Saturday at a party gathering in Clinton. Over 200 current and prospective members, residents and GOP officials heard from Paul Ryan, State Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), and State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton). > Beloit Daily News

Proposed Budget Transparency Act is long overdue

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Racine Journal Times editorial: “We’ve not been shy to criticize government conducted in secret, so it seems only fair that we say thank you to the state lawmakers who introduced the Budget Transparency Act, which would make it more difficult for the Legislature to make sweeping budget changes outside of public view.

Bill would require you be told what’s proposed for the state budget

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A new proposal would make it more difficult for the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee to make sweeping budget changes outside of public view. Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) sought support from colleagues last week for the so-called “Budget Transparency Act.” > Wisconsin State Journal