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Walker forms first committee for 2016 run Submitted: 01/27/2015
MADISON - Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has taken the first formal step toward running for president. He has formed a new tax-exempt group that can facilitate paying for his activities as he seriously eyes a 2016 White House bid.

The group, Our American Revival, was formed on Jan. 16. Walker's campaign issued a statement Tuesday to The Washington Post announcing formation of the committee.

Walker has talked about "our American revival" in recent speeches to conservatives, including one Saturday night in Iowa. The group borrows that rhetoric.

Walker has been bolstering staff as he considers a presidential run, hiring a former Republican National Committee political adviser and a strategist to oversee efforts in Iowa.

Walker began his second term as governor this month and is best known for taking on public union rights four years ago.

Story By: Associated Press
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MADISON - Governor Scott Walker wants to cut state funding for the University of Wisconsin System by 13 percent.

At the same time he thinks campuses should have more freedom.

Walker told The Associated Press he will be proposing that future funding to the UW system be a block grant funded by sales tax revenue.

It would be adjusted annually for inflation.

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MADISON - One of the University of Wisconsin System's toughest critics in the Legislature is blasting Gov. Scott Walker's proposal give the system more autonomy.

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MADISON - A Republican state senator says he does not believe the state can force failing public schools to be converted into independent charter schools

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MADISON - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald says he will investigate a Tomah VA medical center that has come under scrutiny for overprescribing opiates.

McDonald's says in a Monday press release that the probe will look into allegations of overuse of opiates and retaliation against employees.

McDonald says the month-long investigation will begin this week. A 35-year-old former Marine died of an overdose in the hospital's inpatient unit in August.

McDonald says inquiries from Rep. Ron Kind and Sen. Tammy Baldwin brought the issue to his attention. The Wisconsin Democrats wrote to McDonald last week.

Baldwin says in a column published Sunday in newspapers across the state that she took responsibility for not acting sooner in the matter. Baldwin says she should have listened and communicated better with a constituent.

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CABLE - Supporters of North America's largest cross country ski race want to raise $2.3 million to renovate the trails where it's held in northern Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1EnzFlb ) reports the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has raised more than half of the $650,000 needed for the first of three phrases.

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MADISON - The punk rock band Dropkick Murphys is asking Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop playing one of their songs, saying in a message on Twitter that ``We literally hate you.''

The band sent the message Saturday night after Walker took the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to their song ``I'm Shipping Up to Boston.''

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OSHKOSH - An accident on Lake Winnebago has taken another life.

The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says an 8-year-old boy has died after he was pulled from the icy lake water Sunday.

The child's father died shortly after their Jeep broke through the ice about 7:00 a.m.

The victims were from Sussex.

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