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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Senior Reporter Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.

Factory Worker

Midwest racial gaps grow

By: - October 17, 2019

Industrial expansion and unionization helped improve the lives of many black families even in the face of segregation. When industry declined and unions shrank, their fortunes reversed.

Vice President of the United States Mike Pence speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

Pence Wisconsin visit rescheduled for next week

By: - October 16, 2019

The on-again, off-again trip to Wisconsin by Vice President Mike Pence to promote the Trump Administration’s revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is on again. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, Pence’s visit to a Kenosha County company owned by Republican megadonors has now been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Pence is scheduled to […]

NAFTA 2.0: ‘The benefits are unclear’

By: - October 15, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Wisconsin later this week to promote the Trump administration’s triumphant view of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, but a couple of early reviews Monday of the deal were more modest. The agreement, officially abbreviated as USMCA but often referred to as “NAFTA 2.0,” was signed almost a year ago […]

Walker and Cheney

At Beloit, Cheney talk goes on

By: - October 11, 2019

Students, alumni avoid confrontation without suppressing their opposition to former V.P.

Tom Palzewicz photo.

‘We moved the needle’

By: - October 10, 2019

Tom Palzewicz lost to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) with 38% of the vote in 2018, but he has already had plans in the works for some time for a second run for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District.  The Brookfield Democrat figured he’d go public sometime over the next several months in his bid for a […]

Marines fighting fires with foam

DNR unveils PFAS test database

By: - October 8, 2019

Test results from around Marinette and Peshtigo haven't yet been posted.

Pipeline protest bill passes committee unanimously

By: - October 3, 2019

With no dissent and no protest from either legislators or onlookers, a controversial bill ratcheting up penalties for trespassing on energy sites including pipeline projects passed out of an Assembly committee Wednesday. The Energy and Utilities Committee approved AB 426 in less than 10 minutes on a 14-0 vote. Both the Assembly bill and its […]

Pile of US bills with a doctor nurse stethoscope on top taking pulse

Report: Health coverage falls for second year in Wisconsin

By: - October 2, 2019

After falling for several years, the number of uninsured people in Wisconsin rose for a second year in a row in 2018, according to a new report by Kids Forward, a statewide research and advocacy group for children and families. For people of color, the lack of access to health coverage is especially acute, according […]

"Happy" American Horse locks himself to excavation equipment, protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bipartisan bill divides unions, environmentalists

By: - October 1, 2019

Legislation that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline and other energy sites is exposing some divisions among Democrats and making allies of business groups and labor unions. Critics, principally environmental advocates, contend the measure would stifle dissent against controversial projects. Proponents, including Democrats allied with labor, are defending it as a worker […]

Food Mart sign

Kaul, other AG colleagues condemn food stamp cuts

By: - September 25, 2019

Calling a Trump administration proposal to cut up to 3.6 million people off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits “nothing short of cruel,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul signed on as one of 24 state attorneys general filing a joint comment opposing the measure. “If it goes into effect, thousands of Wisconsinites will lose […]

Rival restaurant lobby says it wants to put employees first

By: - September 25, 2019

When teacher-turned-restaurant-proprietor Ryan Clancy attended his first restaurant industry lobbying day, he was already a little skeptical of the organization that purported to represent his business interests. Clancy wanted to know why the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) was lobbying to block local laws protecting the rights of LGBTQ employees and ordinances that would set higher […]

Food stamps sign

Senators: Don’t cut food-stamp eligibility

By: - September 23, 2019

3.6 million could lose nutritional SNAP (food stamp) benefits under rule change.