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State Public Defender Kelli Thompson.
Sep 15, 2023

State Public Defender Kelli Thompson resigns

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson's daughter says low pay, long hours, heavy caseloads and burnout had nothing to do with her resignation.

Jun 5, 2023

Bipartisan election integrity group launched in battleground Wisconsin

In other states, the group has collaborated with universities, legal organizations, and other groups to conduct research, issue recommendations, and offer training sessions.

Jun 2, 2022

New UW president wants to continue tuition freeze

The University of Wisconsin System's new president said Thursday that he wants to continue a freeze on tuition for in-state graduates through at least the next academic year.

Apr 18, 2022

Tommy Thompson decides against run for governor

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, a Republican elected to four terms starting in the 1980s, announced Monday that he will not run again in a bid to take on the Democratic incumbent in the battleground state.

Apr 1, 2022

Thompson and Trump meet to ‘talk politics,’ ex-aide says

Tommy Thompson, just weeks removed from leading the University of Wisconsin System, met with former President Donald Trump on Thursday for a talk about "Wisconsin politics," a former aide said.

Feb 1, 2022

Plan proceeds to offer college classes to Wisconsin inmates

An effort to expand higher education offerings for state prison inmates is taking shape under interim University of Wisconsin President Tommy Thompson, who oversaw the largest expansion of prisons in the state's history during his 14 years as governor.

Jan 7, 2022

Tommy Thompson stepping down as UW president in March

Interim University of Wisconsin President Tommy Thompson on Friday submitted his letter of resignation effective in March, a move that comes as the committee working to name a permanent leader prepared to name finalists for the position.

Dec 20, 2021

First female state public defender leads staff of 620

While at Marquette University Law School, Kelli Thompson said she didn't envision herself practicing law. She wasn't sure what she wanted to do, but knew a law degree would lead to other paths.

Dec 13, 2021

Bill allows UW System to negotiate tuition reciprocity

A bipartisan bill introduced in the state Assembly would give the University of Wisconsin System authority over tuition reciprocity with Minnesota.

Aug 24, 2021

Thompson won’t give lawmakers control of UW’s COVID policies

University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson pushed back Tuesday against Republican lawmakers who claim campuses need their permission to implement COVID-19 policies, insisting university leaders don't need legislative approval to manage the system.

Dec 15, 2020

Report: UW System schools are falling behind their peers

Freezing tuition at the University of Wisconsin without adding more state money to offset the loss has contributed to the system falling behind similar institutions and harming its ability to compete, according to a report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum released on Tuesday.

Sep 29, 2020

Records: Failed UW president search costs about $216,000

A failed search for a person to lead the University of Wisconsin System has cost taxpayers about $216,000, a cost unlikely to be recouped because of contract language with the company hired to help find the next president.

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