Baylor Spears

Baylor Spears

Baylor Spears is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner. She’s previously written for the Minnesota Reformer and Washingtonian Magazine. A Tennessee-native, she graduated with a degree in journalism from Northwestern University in June 2022.

Wisconsin’s least competitive legislative races happening Tuesday

By: - November 8, 2022

A handful of Wisconsin’s legislative races are expected to be competitive and play a decisive role in whether Republicans win supermajorities in the Senate and Assembly. The remaining races are mostly noncompetitive with candidates facing weak opposition or none at all. While election seasons typically include less competitive races, recent redistricting has played a role […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies young people ahead of Election Day in Madison

By: - November 7, 2022

UW-Madison students with their phone cameras trained on stage waited in anticipation to catch the moment Senator Bernie Sanders emerged at the Orpheum Theater on Friday night.  The Vermont senator and unsuccessful presidential candidate visited Madison in a last-ditch attempt to get out the vote for Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is challenging […]

Lawmakers and government officials highlight open enrollment, encourage people to vote

By: - November 1, 2022

Sen. Tammy Baldwin along with other lawmakers and government officials spent Halloween day encouraging Wisconsinites to take advantage of the health insurance open enrollment period and touting Democrats’ recent health care accomplishments. “Halloween is a celebration of scary things, and what’s most scary to me is people who don’t have health insurance,” Baldwin said at […]

Health care providers march to GOP headquarters to rally support for abortion

By: - October 28, 2022

The mere mention of Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban, which includes no exceptions for rape or incest, elicited boos and disapproving shouts from nurses, doctors and other health care professionals at a rally Thursday.   Attendees, organized by SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, the state’s largest health care union, the Working Families Party and several other organizations, gathered on […]

Teen boy getting a vaccine | Photo CDC

Wisconsin prepares for rising respiratory illness among children

By: - October 27, 2022

Rising respiratory illness rates — including an unseasonably early spike of respiratory syncytial virus — among children in Wisconsin is a cause of concern, according to state health officials. Tom Haupt, a respiratory disease epidemiologist and DHS’ influenza surveillance coordinator, spoke about the increasing rates of RSV, flu and COVID-19 along with other illnesses at […]

a long line of parked school buses in a field

Wisconsin school districts to receive over $25 million for electric school buses

By: - October 27, 2022

Wisconsin will receive a total of $25.8 million in federal funds to purchase 72 new electric school buses across 19 school districts, according to an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency.  The investment is a part of the agency’s Clean School Bus program, which focuses on replacing existing school buses with zero- and low-emission buses. […]

The Wisconsin State Capitol Building at night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Twelve competitive legislative races could determine whether Republicans win a supermajority

By: - October 26, 2022

Wisconsin’s elections are underway with early in-person voting starting this week and Election Day on Nov. 8 less than two weeks away.  High-profile races — like the gubernatorial race between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican businessman Tim Michels and the U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes — […]

Evers campaign highlights education issues with endorsement from national teachers union

By: - October 20, 2022

The leader of the nation’s second largest teachers’ union stressed on Wednesday the urgent need to increase public school funding and to vote in the Nov. 8 election at a rally in Green Bay for Gov. Tony Evers in his reelection campaign against Republican businessman Tim Michels. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called Evers’ […]

Republican and Democratic strategists debate likelihood of Republican supermajority

By: - October 19, 2022

Democratic and Republican strategists detailed their midterm election forecasts on Tuesday, disagreeing over Republicans’ potential for achieving supermajorities in both of Wisconsin’s state houses.  With election day less than three weeks away, the significance of Republicans’ supermajority potential has been magnified. A two-thirds majority in the state Senate and Assembly would allow Republicans to overturn […]