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Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Former Gov. Scott Walker may be out of office but he's certainly keeping a hand in the political world.

Walker will become national honorary chair of the Institute for Reforming Government, the Wisconsin-based group announced in a news release Monday.

According to its website, the group "seeks to simplify government at every level by offering policy solutions to thought leaders in American government in the areas of tax reform, government inefficiency, and burdensome regulations."

The nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization was formed in November 2017.

Rob McDonald, a former Milwaukee County Supervisor who serves as the organization's board chairman, said: “We couldn’t be more honored to have Governor Walker join the Institute for Reforming Government. The Governor’s experience implementing cutting-edge reforms in the State of Wisconsin makes him a valuable asset to our organization, and his passion for the future of our country and the success of the American people sets us up to achieve something great.

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (left) and former Gov. Scott Walker (right)(Photo: AP,Green Bay Press-Gazette)

Former Gov. Scott Walker might be regretting his decision to stay so politically active after his November defeat. 

Unlike other ex-governors, Walker is keeping a high profile, tweeting regularly, giving speeches and even filling in on conservative talk radio. 

But his comments during one of those talk-radio gigs resulted in his being unceremoniously dumped as a speaker at a recent Republican Party function after he hacked off the often-combustible U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

Reached at a Sussex town hall last week, Sensenbrenner said the chairwoman of the GOP's 5th District Congressional Caucus made the call to remove Walker from the list of speakers at its annual meeting on March 31. But Sensenbrenner said he had her back. 

"I supported her disinviting him," said Sensenbrenner, who was first elected to Congress in 1978.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is scheduled to visit the southwest border Monday and Tuesday around El Paso, Texas.

Johnson chairs the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

According to a news release sent Saturday from Johnson's office, he will be getting a "firsthand look at the growing humanitarian and national security crisis at the border."

He will also talk with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials.

Record numbers of migrant families have crossed the southwest border in recent months, and arrests and denials have skyrocketed, according to the Associated Press.

Johnson's visit comes amid a personnel shakeup by the Trump administration at the Department of Homeland Security.

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This week, Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was more concerned by Congressional inaction on border issues than President Donald Trump's personnel moves.

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned for president Friday, April 12, 2019, in Madison, Wis.(Photo: Susan Walsh, Associated Press)

MADISON - Apparently, it’s never too early to campaign in Wisconsin.

With a year to go to the state’s presidential primary, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders came to Madison late Friday afternoon to fire up his liberal base and show that he’s the Democratic contender who can claw back the state next year from President Donald Trump.

It was the start of a weekend campaign swing for Sanders, which will include stops in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania — all states that Trump won in 2016.

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“Together, we are going to make sure that that doesn’t happen again,” Sanders said. “We’re going to win here in Wisconsin. We’re going to win in Indiana. We’re going to win in Ohio.

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin National Guard received 52 reports of sexual assault between 2013 and 2017, with more than half related to military service, Guard officials said during a round table with reporters.

The U.S. Air Force is investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit dating back to 2002. The investigation came at the request of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin after a master sergeant in the unit, Jay Ellis, told her office that he had learned of six incidents between 2002 and 2016 and high-ranking officers had done little to address them.

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin(Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

That probe spurred a request from Gov. Tony Evers and Baldwin last month to the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C. to review the Wisconsin Guard’s sexual assault and harassment reporting procedures, investigative process and accountability measures.

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