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Ryan predicts Obamacare will ‘collapse under its own weight’

GOP Congressman Paul Ryan chooses Tea Party event where attendees call President Obama a “lyin’ African” for one of his first public speeches since losing the vice presidential election in November. Ryan announced that he was still intent on repealing Obamacare. Other media didn’t cover this much, but sure enough, Ryan’s new budget proposal a month later made national headlines.

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Wisconsin postpones restructuring of cancer screening program amid backlash

Following negative headlines and protests by women’s health advocates, the Walker administration, already under fire over a hasty, end-of-session GOP bill limiting oral chemotherapy insurance payments, backs down for the second time in a month over a cancer-related issue: The Well Woman Program is saved, for the time-being, although new details are sparse.

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Assistant Labor Secretary Borzi says Affordable Care Act is on solid ground

The Affordable Care Act is on solid legal ground, having passed six sets of government legal reviews, Marquette University Law School students were told today by Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi, who contributed to earlier health reform attempts under President Bill Clinton, became an expert on the ERISA employee benefit system and helped draft the COBRA provision for federal employees.

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Do Democrats support women, minorities enough?

Wisconsin Dem political leaders appear to be sharpening their focus on women’s issues, but some rank-and-file Dem voters say they’re still not reaching out enough to women and minorities. Several speakers at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Founders Day Gala on Saturday mentioned women’s issues — some hurling jabs at Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans over equal pay and new laws regulating women’s health.

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Martin O’Malley not waiting on Hillary; blasts Scott Walker

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley touted Mary Burke’s candidacy for Wisconsin’s chief executive, but largely directed his remarks at Gov. Scott Walker, calling
him “a devoted follower of trickle-down economics if ever there was one.” O’Malley, who spoke Saturday evening in Milwaukee at the Democratic Party of
Wisconsin’s 2014 Founder’s Day Gala, said, “Prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top and it never has.

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Ron Johnson says no need for any minimum wage — except for guest workers

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he’s “100 percent supportive” of a minimum wage for immigrants coming to America for a guest worker program but opposes a federally mandated minimum wage for all. “The only area that I would agree with minimum wages is in immigration reform, for the guest worker program,” Johnson told a WisPolitics.com luncheon Wednesday in Milwaukee in response to an audience question.

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