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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.

Wisconsin dairy cows in large animal feeding operation

Tougher livestock farm rule dies

By: - November 22, 2019

Years in the making, a plan to change the rules governing large livestock farms is dead — a side casualty of the state Senate’s party-line vote Nov. 5 to fire Gov. Tony Evers’ agriculture secretary. For rural residents who must put up with odors from neighboring livestock operations, the change might have offered new standards […]

Evers signs pipeline protest bill over critics’ objections

By: - November 21, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday signed a widely supported, yet also controversial, bill escalating penalties for trespassing on pipelines and other energy and water sites. Evers signed AB 426, which passed with bipartisan support and was backed by business groups as well as labor unions whose members work in pipeline construction projects. Opponents of the […]

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Contract in hand, Milwaukee bus union looks to 2020 county elections

By: - November 20, 2019

Lingering conflicts over funding, bus route management, and driver security could play a role in next spring's for Milwaukee County elections.

Seeking an Rx for skyrocketing drug prices

By: - November 19, 2019

Although skyrocketing drug prices are a national problem, states can do a lot to help consumers. A new task force invites governors from around the country who are working on drug-pricing policy to present their ideas in Wisconsin, as the Evers administration seeks immediate relief for state residents.

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Wisconsin’s frac sand mining business hits a slump

By: - November 19, 2019

Hi-Crush Inc. laid off 37 workers in October and November.

A man protests against a pumpjack representing the oil industry.

Pipeline bill’s backers, critics both lobby Evers as signing deadline nears

By: - November 18, 2019

Pressure is building on Gov. Tony Evers from both backers and critics of a controversial bill that would make it a felony for protesters to trespass on pipeline sites and other forms of energy and water-transmission infrastructure. Assembly Bill 426 formally reached Evers’ office Thursday, Nov. 14, giving him one week to sign or veto […]

All about the PFAS problem

By: - November 17, 2019

They’ve been a part of life for decades, used for everything from waterproofing clothing to making foam for fighting airplane and industrial fires. But for most of that time, the class of chemicals known as PFAS escaped detection as potentially hazardous to human health. And not until the last five years or so have Wisconsin […]

Newspapers on Bench

Shareholders give the OK to Gannett-GateHouse merger

By: - November 14, 2019

Shareholders for the country’s two largest newspaper groups on Thursday voted to approve the merger of Gannett Co. and GateHouse Media, opening the next chapter in more than a decade of struggle for Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as 11 other dailies in the state. The vote came even as both […]

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Federal bill would cap loan interest for consumers

By: - November 14, 2019

Wisconsin Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) introduced bipartisan legislation this week along with several progressive co-sponsors that aimed at protecting consumers from predatory lenders.  “Just on its face, where you’re getting interest rates up over 300%, it’s immoral,” Grothman said in a telephone press conference on Tuesday to mark the introduction of the bill. Citing a […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin talking to a farmer and petting a cow on a Wisconsin farm.

Democratic report: Trump farm benefits help those who need it least

By: - November 12, 2019

Payments the Trump administration has made to compensate farmers for losses they’ve incurred as a result of the administration’s trade policies have benefited farms with less damage while providing insufficient help to the hardest hit, according to a new report commissioned by Senate Democrats, including Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The report looks at the impact […]

Gun Protest

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

By: - November 8, 2019

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 Geneva) gaveling a special session on gun violence open and shut without action. In between, a Republican bill allowing pharmacists to […]

What hasn’t happened in health care

By: - November 7, 2019

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 Evers’ powers and even his cabinet choices. But the subject was not entirely a no-show.  The Assembly on Thursday will take […]