The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Is DACA doomed? Supreme Court may side with Trump

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear...
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As DPI releases school report cards, public school advocates give legislators report cards of their own 

Today, as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction issued its annual school and school-district report cards, a public-school advocacy group released its own ratings — grading state legislators. The report cards, created by the Wisconsin...
Rep Cabrera, Rep Brostoff, Sen. Larson and immigration rights advocates in Milwaukee

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday

WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider...
Rally for Fight for $15 minimum wage in Milwaukee via MTEA flickr

Chancellor Blank and Gov. Evers lay out a $15 minimum wage for their workers

While the push on state government to raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 appears to be nothing more than a Democratic pipe dream, low-wage earners with the UW-Madison and state employees could...

Gov. Evers to have a scientific holiday tree

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced the imminent arrival of the tree that will grace the Capitol throughout December and in his release he referred to it as the "holiday tree." It's a return to the...
Official portraits of Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald

Wisconsinites need to tune into state politics

Walking through the coffee shop downstairs from the Examiner office this week, I bumped into a neighbor who is smart, well-read and pays attention to national politics. I was just coming from the Capitol, less...
Gun Protest

Legislators end session with little consensus, no action on gun control

In a floor session that opened after 2 p.m. and didn’t end until 9:30, the state Assembly on Thursday began with three failed veto-override attempts and ended with President Pro Tempore Tyler August (R-Lake...

What hasn’t happened in health care

In the legislative floor session that ends Nov. 12,  health care — a topic that ranks as a top concern for Wisconsinites — has taken a back seat to contentious battles over Gov. Tony...
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Sen. Johnson ducks questions about Trump and Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson dodged questions this week about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, which are the subject of a U.S. House impeachment inquiry.  Asked whether he has any concerns about...
Wisconsin State Capitol

Senate approves constitutional amendment to curtail governor’s veto

Democrats pleaded with Republicans on the Senate floor yesterday in a fruitless effort to persuade them not to push forward with a Constitutional amendment that would curtail the governor’s veto powers. “I hope we don’t...
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