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DNR begins PFAS rule-making process

Updated, 12:15 PM, 1/23/2020 As concern continues to grow about PFAS contamination, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced plans Wednesday to institute rulemaking procedures to govern the family of ubiquitous chemical substances found in...
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Trump promises kept on Rx reform? More like promises broken   

As the Democratic candidates for president sparred in Iowa this week, it was inspiring to hear some bold ideas on a topic where solutions are long overdue: the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. While...
Members of the state Senate 2019 (Photo by Melanie Conklin)

Impassioned debate and limited action in the state Senate

There was a running pattern to the state Senate’s first floor session of the year on Tuesday.  Time after time, a bill would come up that narrowly addressed an ongoing issue — one for which...
Matt Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign points to the growth in spending by outside groups in Wisconsin elections at a press conference in the Assembly parlor on the anniversary of Citizens United. (Photo by Ruth Conniff)

Citizens United and the Big Picture

As this week’s floor sessions began in both the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday, a group of legislators and campaign finance reform advocates held a sparsely attended press conference in the Capitol to...
Assembly chambers (photo by Melanie Conklin)

The Assembly dabbles in bipartisanship — then gets derailed

Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) offered his take on the theme of Tuesday’s Assembly floor session an hour before it even began, describing “a pattern ... where Democrats offer a more comprehensive solution on...
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate chamber during a brief recess during the impeachment trial proceedings at the U.S. Capitol. The Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump resumed on Tuesday and is expected to last several weeks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump impeachment trial gets personal

WASHINGTON — Even before opening arguments were made in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, things got testy.  U.S. House Democrats and Trump’s lawyers sparred for hours Tuesday over the parameters for...
GUANICA, PUERTO RICO - JANUARY 7: A man walks past a destroyed store after a 6.4 earthquake hit just south of the island on January 7, 2020 in Guánica, Puerto Rico. The earthquake was preceded by a series of smaller quakes in the south of the island with the epicenter in Guánica. (Photo by Eric Rojas/Getty Images)

Earthquakes in Puerto Rico touch Wisconsin

“Anxiety is the word everyone is using right now,” says Mabel Maldonado. She is a vice-president for the Milwaukee chapter of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women. A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southern...
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Citizens United in Wisconsin: a decade of disaster

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on January 21, 2010 has had a powerful – and profoundly negative – effect on Wisconsin politics. Spending in Wisconsin state elections by outside special interest groups has...
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Activist, professor Angela Davis ties MLK’s legacy to current fight for equity, justice

During her 45-minute speech on the campus of the University of Michigan Monday, Angela Davis urged 3,500 attendees to push back against the prison industrial complex, recognize the negative effects of climate change, speak...
Rep. Sheila Stubbs at a rally for gun safety at the Capitol.

Bill introduced to address “race out of place” police calls

Over two years ago, Rep. Shelia Stubbs found herself at the other end of what she calls “profiling by proxy,” also known as “race out of place,” which is a form of racial profiling...
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