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Assembly Democrats will face 22 more contested races this November than they did in 2018. Still, only a handful of those seats were even close to competitive in the 2016 presidential race, and only one is among Republicans’ top targets this fall.

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Gov. Tony Evers’ declaration of a public health emergency and subsequent stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic set off an unprecedented flurry of lobbying, according to a WisPolitics.com review of records submitted to the state Ethics Commission.

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Manufacturers in Wisconsin are ramping up their efforts to supply personal protective equipment such as face shields, as well as crucial parts for medical devices used in the pandemic response.

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Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Chief Missy Hughes says agency staff are “working through the process” of determining which businesses are essential after a spike in related web traffic contributed to the agency’s site crashing.

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What happens when the supposed dictator won't dictate? This is the conundrum confronted by the harshest critics of President Donald Trump who have gone from warning he is a budding despot to complaining he hasn't done enough to impose his will during the coronavirus crisis.

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Admit it. Many of you who heard that President Donald Trump had finally decided to take a coronavirus test were rooting for it to come back positive, meaning he had contracted the disease and at the very least would have to self-quarantine.

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Do you remember the old DeForest Opera House? The big two-story building stood on South Main Street where it met Commerce Street on DeForest’s old main square.

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This year’s theme for National Newspaper Week, observed next week Oct. 7-13, is “Journalism Matters.” Look no further than the comments of Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about why press freedom and journalism matters to all.

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In a victory for newspapers across the country, the International Trade Commission voted unanimously last week to reverse tariffs imposed on newsprint imported from Canada -- thanks in part to the role Wisconsin newspaper professionals played.

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Quick -- if a fire started in your home, how would you get out safely? Chances are, if you answered that question succinctly, you’ve already made an escape plan from your home in the event of a fire or other disaster.

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OK, OK, OK, you say. Enough already. We in the media have made our point. In fact, we have made it ad nauseum. We are alarmed over Donald Trump’s vicious descriptions of us. Besides, our precious little feelings are hurt. According to our current president, we are “dishonest.” He also implie…

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Saint Patrick’s Day is next Friday which means it’s time to get ready for the Emerson Irish Feast. Every year around Saint Patrick’s Day the Emerson family gathers around the table and enjoys a boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, and all the trimmings.

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The last few weeks, angry voters have greeted Republican congressmen in districts around the country. As someone who has confronted similar crowds before — and lived to tell about it — I have a simple message for those lawmakers: It’s put-up or shut-up time.

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Remember the early days of television? I remember how I envied my cousins in Milwaukee and Waukegan who had televisions in their livings room way before we ever did in DeForest. They could pull in the Milwaukee and Chicago stations while there were no stations in Madison.

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William Proxmire ran three times (unsuccessfully) for governor of this great state before he was appointed in 1957 to fill the U.S. Senate seat made available with the passing of Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

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There are 12 members of the most powerful legislative committee in Wisconsin who think that the less you know about what government is doing the better. 

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Sincere thanks are extended to representatives with the DeForest Veterans Memorial Foundation (DVMF) and local American Legion and VFW posts for all of their labor in once again offering an exceptional Memorial Day ceremony this week at Veterans Memorial Park.

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Leading up to Tuesday's election, we often wondered aloud why it seemed so difficult to find someone in the DeForest and Windsor area who adamantly opposed the school district's $41 million bond referendum.

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The last few weeks have been trying for both Madison and its surrounding communities as the search continues for answers and understanding following the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson.

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We have repeatedly praised officials with the DeForest Area School District for the immense amount of transparency and public inclusion that has been exhibited throughout the referendum process.

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Many of our faithful readers surely noticed that D News, the weekly column penned by longtime Times-Tribune publisher and local historian Dick Emerson, was nowhere to be found in this issue.

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Earning the public’s trust is an important first step when asking them to then turnaround and support a $41 million referendum. That trust will be earned by school officials continuing to make smart decisions leading up to the April 7 vote on the matter.

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As DeForest Area School District representatives continue to set the table for what it hopes will be a successful referendum come April, now is the time to applaud the work of district officials and community members to this point in the process.