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Erik Gunn

Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor 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.

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‘Bipartisan’ bills divide Assembly along party lines

By: - January 16, 2020

In the first Assembly floor session of the new year, the Republicans who make up the majority lost their second veto-override attempt and passed a series of controversial bills that would make it easier to terminate parental rights and streamline the process for adopting children who have entered the child welfare system. It was an […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 14: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at UW Milwaukee's Panther Arena. Trump, who is the third president to face impeached, now faces an impending trial in the Senate. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

At Milwaukee rally, Trump’s facts launch flights of fancy

By: - January 15, 2020

He promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions, while his administration pursues a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions. He insisted unemployment had hit the lowest point in history at 3.3% — ignoring that it was less than half that toward the end of World War II. […]

Wind turbine on field in hill

Report ties green energy to economic growth

By: - January 9, 2020

Although the growth of renewable energy has stalled in the last decade, a new report promises Wisconsin has the potential to make major strides in moving to earth-friendly power production that can be an economic boon to the state. The report, “Wisconsin Clean Energy Business Supply Chain: Good for Manufacturing Jobs, Good for Economic Growth, […]

Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform

Occupational licenses: Consumer safeguard or job barrier?

By: - January 9, 2020

Should a sign language interpreter have to pass a test and obtain a license in order to work? A massage therapist? A real estate agent? A barber or beautician? An architect? A wave of legislation has been spreading across the country relaxing state occupational licensing rules, and for the second legislative term in a row, […]

President Trump signs the USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

Tammy Baldwin announces she’ll vote to pass ‘new NAFTA’

By: - January 8, 2020

Parting company with her Congressional successor, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) Tuesday announced she plans to vote to ratify the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). “President Trump’s trade wars have hurt our Wisconsin economy and more than 1,900 dairy farms have gone out of business since he took office,” Baldwin said in a statement […]

Downtown Baraboo

Not just a picture: Baraboo one year later

By: - January 6, 2020

It was the pre-prom picture that went around the world.  It was supposed to be a lighthearted, celebratory snapshot. It turned into anything but that: A picture of teenage boys, the majority of them with their arms stuck out in the air, parroting a Nazi salute to the camera.  Many were grinning — smiles that […]

Hand on trigger of military weapon

Wisconsin lawmakers, activists respond to Iranian general’s assassination, U.S. troop escalation

By: and - January 3, 2020

Wisconsin has a history of strong protests, from the anti-war rallies during Vietnam to more recent protests over Act-10 gutting of workers’ rights, women’s marches and climate strikes.  So it isn’t surprising that after President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, followed by an order to deploy an additional […]

"We Love Obamacare" by LaDawna's pics is licensed under CC BY 2.0

AG warns of impact if ACA is struck down

By: - December 23, 2019

His hands tied by his Republican predecessor and restrictions imposed in the state legislature’s lame-duck session before he took office, Attorney General Josh Kaul says the state still needs to counteract the continuing legal attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Kaul spoke during a media conference call last week in reaction to a federal appeals […]

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Raises, bargaining agreements get the OK, but not $15 an hour

By: - December 20, 2019

An Assembly committee this week voted to approve six collective bargaining agreements for three Wisconsin government entities with the only union that still negotiates wages with the state.  Meeting on Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Employee Relations also approved 2% raises in the state’s compensation package for non-union employees that were recommended earlier this fall […]

view of UW hospital across Lake Mendota

UW Hospital nurses seek union recognition

By: - December 19, 2019

Five-and-a-half years after their collective bargaining rights were stripped in the aftermath of Act 10, registered nurses working for the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Authority (UWHCA) on Thursday confronted the board of directors demanding recognition for a new union. “Unacceptable changes to staffing levels, nurse/patient ratios and the dissolution of key nursing departments […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul in Marinette (Photo by Erik Gunn)

AG Josh Kaul listens to Marinette residents’ fears about PFAS

By: - December 19, 2019

For two hours in Marinette on Wednesday, the state’s chief prosecutor sat in a room full of angry people and heard their stories of illness, death, and fear. And stories there were plenty — some told with fury, others through tears, and others simply with calm resignation. The stories were told by residents of Marinette, […]

Is ‘birth-cost recovery’ on its way out?

By: - December 18, 2019

While a bill languishes in the Legislature that would allow local governments do more to go after fathers for reimbursement after Medicaid pays for the birth of their children, the state’s second largest county has sworn off the practice. And the largest county is considering following suit. “Birth-cost recovery” is the name given to the […]