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President Donald Trump (left) and Special Counsel Robert Mueller (right)(Photo: Associated Press)

It's an odd-numbered year, which means polling season should be slowing down.

But not in Wisconsin.

The Marquette University Law School Poll comes out Wednesday beginning at 12:15 p.m., with results expected on such items as Wisconsin voter reaction to the Robert Mueller probe, President Donald Trump's approval rating and perceptions of the candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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It's the second Marquette poll of the year. After a break for the summer, there could be two or three more surveys in the fall, according to poll director Charles Franklin.

"During the spring of these odd-numbered years we focus on state budget and policy issues because, obviously, it's when the budget is being proposed and debated," Franklin said.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer speaks during a debate with opponent Brian Hagedorn at the Wisconsin State Bar Center in Madison on Friday night.(Photo: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

State Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer on Wednesday conceded a race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court to her colleague Brian Hagedorn.

The concession comes more than a week after an election during which Neubauer trailed Hagedorn by about 6,000 votes and concludes a bitter competition for the 10-year term. 

"I love being a judge. I treasure our state, our judiciary and its role in our democracy but this race was never about me. It was really about the integrity and the independence of our courts," Neubauer said in an interview Tuesday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We knew it was going to be close. We laid it all out there. We put everything we had into this race."

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester, left) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). Fitzgerald is holding off confirming cabinet appointments by Governor Tony Evers.(Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - An appeals court Tuesday declined to reinstate 15 appointees of former Gov. Scott Walker, handing a victory to Gov. Tony Evers amid an escalating fight over attempts to limit the powers of the Democratic governor. 

The unanimous decision came just hours after the leader of the state Senate said he was holding off on confirming Evers' cabinet because of the dispute over the Walker appointees.

"I think some of those cabinet members are going to be in trouble," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau said of Evers' top advisers.

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Fitzgerald staked out his position before the District 3 Court of Appeals ruled and stressed that the legal dispute would ultimately be resolved by the state Supreme Court.

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Wisconsin Capitol.(Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - With Wisconsin's government divided, the state Legislature isn't doing much. 

That was underscored Tuesday when lawmakers began their sole session for the month. The day's plans for lawmaking are not robust.

The most substantive legislation they're taking up is Senate Bill 19, which would replace the phrase "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in state rules.

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But last month Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order to do just that — minimizing the effect of the legislation, which is meant to make Wisconsin a more welcoming state by taking an offensive term out of state rules. 

Also Tuesday, lawmakers will hear from Tehassi Hill, chairman of the Oneida Nation, for the annual State of the Tribes address.

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Beyond that, they're doing little.

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Gov. Tony Evers leaves the assembly chamber following his budget address to a joint session of the legislature February 28 at the Capitol in Madison.(Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - A federal appeals court dropped Wisconsin Tuesday from a lawsuit over Obamacare, allowing Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul to secure one of their campaign goals.

The ruling was the latest in a string of court decisions allowing Wisconsin to get out of lawsuits over Obamacare, widely known as the Affordable Care Act. Tuesday's ruling was the last one Evers and Kaul needed to get Wisconsin out of all litigation on the issue. 

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Obamacare will continue to face legal challenges because other states continue to fight it. But Evers and Kaul can say they fulfilled a pledge to end Wisconsin's participation in the litigation.