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Henry Redman

Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.

Rep. Ron Kind on a Wisconsin dairy farm (Kind via Facebook)

Van Orden announces a second run against Rep. Kind

By: - April 8, 2021

Derrick Van Orden, who last year lost to Rep. Ron Kind in the closest race of the congressman’s career, announced Thursday he’d be trying again to unseat Kind from his 3rd Congressional District seat in 2022.  Kind is one of a few congressional Democrats who won a seat in 2020 in a district that was […]

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - One of the new ultra fast broadband towers is seen on a rural farm in Eureka in Hamilton, New Zealand. Vodafone and the New Zealand Government switched on the first wave of newly built cell sites under the Rural Broadband Initiative (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Evers’ broadband budget proposal survives Joint Finance hearing largely unscathed

By: - April 7, 2021

In his proposed 2021-23 budget, Gov. Tony Evers included a massive increase in funding for the state’s broadband expansion program — one of the few Evers initiatives that enjoys bipartisan support.  Evers proposal includes spending more than $150 million over two years on grants to help municipalities work with internet service providers to expand access. […]

Jill Underly

Money, party support lead to wins in Wisconsin’s nonpartisan races

By: - April 7, 2021

In several races on the ballot on Tuesday, the support of the state’s political parties and the money that comes with it helped boost nonpartisan candidates into office. Neither major party focused on the same races, allowing each to cruise to wins in their own lanes.  In the only statewide race on the ballot, for […]

The polling place inside Washington High School in Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

A year after Wisconsin’s first chaotic pandemic election, lower turnout but smoother process

By: - April 6, 2021

On Tuesday, Wisconsin held its fifth statewide election since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wisconsinites are choosing their local representation on city councils, school boards and courts — and in the marquee race, a new superintendent of schools.  Last year’s spring election took place just weeks after Gov. Tony Evers instituted a statewide stay-at-home […]

Gavel courtroom sitting vacant

Wisconsin’s contested circuit court races draw nearly $200,000 in 2021

By: - April 5, 2021

Wisconsin’s circuit court system makes an overwhelming majority of the judicial decisions in the state, yet the money that flows into circuit court elections pales in comparison to races for higher courts.  Despite making up just a fraction of the cost of Wisconsin’s supreme court races, the source of funding for the state’s circuit judges […]

Underly calls Kerr ‘transphobic’ over position on youth sports bills

By: - April 2, 2021

The two candidates for state superintendent continued to swipe at each other from opposite ends of the ideological spectrum in a Milwaukee Press Club forum Thursday, this time over controversial bills that would prohibit transgender girls from participating in youth sports.  In a nominally nonpartisan race, Deborah Kerr, former superintendent of Brown Deer Schools, is […]

Rachel Maes

Trans judicial candidate, ignored by incumbent and harassed by right wing groups, wants to focus on local issues

By: - March 31, 2021

Green Bay City Attorney Rachel Maes says she decided to run for Judge Kendall Kelley’s seat on the Brown County Circuit Court after frustrating experiences arguing a case in his courtroom.  In her campaign, she says if elected she’ll work to reduce the racial disparities in Wisconsin’s prisons, cut down a backlog in cases and […]

Wisconsin providing drinking water to French Island residents during PFAS investigation

By: - March 29, 2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and several other state agencies are working to provide bottled water to residents of French Island with private drinking wells that may be contaminated with harmful “forever chemicals.” The island has 1,200 private wells and PFAS chemicals have been found in 180 of them, while other residents await […]

Baraboo-Nazis

Ukrainian Association in Baraboo honors Nazi collaborators with statues at children’s summer camp

By: - March 29, 2021

A Chicago-based Ukrainian Youth Association owns a property in Baraboo where kids attend summer camp in the bluffs near the Wisconsin Dells — it’s also the location of statues honoring four Ukrainians who aided the Nazis during the Holocaust.  The property is miles away from downtown Baraboo and the front gate keeps out members of […]

CAMBRIDGE, WI - APRIL 25: Cows walk from a barn after being milked on Hinchley's Dairy Farm on April 25, 2017 near Cambridge, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Pandemic assistance feeds hopeful outlook in 2021 for Wisconsin farmers

By: - March 29, 2021

A new round of COVID-19 relief is set to go to a broader subset of farmers in 2021, promising to help parts of Wisconsin’s agricultural industry bounce back from the pandemic.  The USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers includes at least $6 billion in new programs and is aimed at parts of the industry that were […]

Classroom of desks row after row that are all empty

Reopening debate injects school board races statewide with divisiveness

By: - March 26, 2021

Across the state, the intensity, confusion and frustration of local debates over the reopening of schools to in-person instruction has carried over to school board races.  In districts big and small, parents animated by their attempts to push districts to reopen faster than health guidelines suggested have jumped into school board races to avenge their […]

Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) speaks at a US Fish and Wildlife event.

Kind one of two Democrats to vote against recent background check bill

By: - March 25, 2021

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) was one of two House Democrats to vote earlier this month against the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021. The bill is meant to close the so-called “Charleston loophole” which allows for some gun sales to go through before the completion of a background check. The bill was introduced […]