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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Is bipartisanship impossible?

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Greg Peck
July 23, 2013

We hear a lot about bitter partisanship and a lack of cooperation in our state Capitol.

More evidence emerged last week, however, that sets aside the notion that lawmakers can’t work together.

On Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker signed a venture capital bill that had widespread support. Sens. Tim Cullen, a Janesville Democrat, and Alberta Darling, a River Hills Republican, were co-authors. The legislation provides $25 million in state support—with matching private money—for startup companies. Cullen says the legislation includes a “strict firewall” that will keep politicians from meddling in investment decisions.

Also Thursday, two local assemblywomen, Reps. Amy Loudenbeck, a Clinton Republican, and Debra Kolste, a Janesville Democrat, announced they’ve written legislation to help free medical clinics. The bill is designed to boost volunteerism at clinics such as HealthNet of Rock County and Open Arms Clinic in Walworth County. It would plug a gap in state law that prevents advanced nurse practitioners with prescription authority—as well as several other professions—from fully volunteering at such clinics because of liability issues.

We’ll share our perspectives on these developments in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook


Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.


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