Matt DeFour

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Matthew DeFour covers state government and politics for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Age: 57

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Matt DeFour

Thanks for the question. We used annual data, which was published Wednesday along with 4th quarter data, to report the figures we used. It turns out WI ranked 35th by both measuring sticks. There's not necessarily a "right" method of doing it, though as the article notes, the gover…

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The Evjue Foundation doesn't have a controlling interest in The Wisconsin State Journal. We're owned by Lee Enterprises. You're thinking of the Capital Times.

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BMan, good catch on that. I updated the story to accurately state that you don't have to live in your Congressional district to represent it.

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CTD, thanks for pointing that out. Alma mater refers to a college or university someone either attended or graduated from. The intention was to be concise, but I updated the post to be clear.

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There's been plenty of skepticism. I've interviewed Kiefert three times, verified his employment with Milwaukee County and asked the county to provide any evidence that would verify or contradict his claims. Kiefert says the only people in county government who would know about his involveme…

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Emgee, thanks for the question. Dane County doesn't have any minority representatives. This story is about lawmakers from the Milwaukee area. That said, I thought an interesting question was being raised: Should race-based legislative associations be based on skin color or the skin color of …

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Check your facts. The caucus never denied her entry into the group. As my original story said, the caucus was planning to discuss the issue at its next meeting. They haven't held a meeting since she was elected.

Matt DeFour

As a journalist I'm not influenced by our editorial page and I'm certainly not rallying anybody. Two political science professors agreed the omission was odd and the Associated Press picked up the story. Why do you think Burke distancing herself from Madison isn't newsworthy?

Matt DeFour

As they explained it to me, the job creation figures are based on the loans that they give out in a given year, not how many actual jobs are created in that year. So if a company gets a loan and promises to create 100 jobs over five years, that counts as 100 jobs toward the goal for the year…

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What's that comment even based on? It's news because of the criticism Burke has faced from several liberal activists that I wrote about last week and the question as to whether there will be a primary.