Opponents of campus speech bill accuse GOP of being free expression hypocrites and UW enemies


In debate on the Assembly floor Thursday, Democratic opponents of a Wisconsin campus speech bill accused Republicans of hypocrisy in presenting themselves as champions of free speech while they routinely squelch protest in the Capitol and try to silence speech at the UW that they don’t like. > The Cap Times

Assembly approves bill on campus free speech, sending it to Senate


UW students who repeatedly disrupt campus speakers or presentations could be suspended or expelled under a Republican-backed bill the state Assembly passed Wednesday, with no Democrats in support. The controversial bill now heads to the Senate. > AP News / Washington Post

Assembly voting today on campus free speech, voucher school changes, election recounts, groundhogs and more


Stories on each vote available at these links: campus free speech bill (Wisconsin Public Radio); voucher school background checks (AP News); limiting election recounts (AP News); allowing hunting of woodchucks (AP News); allowing chiropractors to perform sports exams (AP News); and relaxing the deer baiting/feeding ban in counties with CWD (AP News).


UW System regents hoping pay raises for faculty will blunt talent drain


UW System leaders will soon know whether state lawmakers will fund pay raises for employees, as well as critical repairs to aging campuses’ buildings. Faculty continue to leave UW campuses in large numbers because average pay is far below that at peer institutions, several chancellors told the regents. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

UW officials make pitch for employee raises, maintenance funding


Institutions around the UW System are being held back by outdated facilities and low employee pay, according to campus leaders, who made their pitch last week for lawmakers to chip in more state funding to remedy those problems. > Wisconsin State Journal

UW Board of Regents selects John Behling as president


The UW Board of Regents has elected John Behling as president. Behling is an attorney with the Eau Claire law firm Weld Riley and specializes in representing frac sand mining companies in regulatory matters. He served as VP of the board since 2015, leading a controversial revision of the tenure policy that year. > The Cap Times