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Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.

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New populations of rare plants discovered during DNR survey

By: - April 22, 2021

Volunteers working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have discovered new populations of some of the Badger State’s rarest plants, including orchids and milkweeds, through the department’s Rare Plant Monitoring Program. A new population of calypso orchid, which is a state threatened plant, was found in a white cedar swamp near Crandon. Fewer than […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin’s climate future weighs heavy on the minds of elected officials

By: - April 22, 2021

Earth Day serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to care for the environment. And this year, policies that address climate change continue to be among the most pressing priorities for Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. The effects of climate change in Wisconsin vary depending on the season. Currently, Wisconsin remains […]

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Juvenile detention report shows improvements

By: - April 21, 2021

A ninth and latest report on the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake School (LHS/CLS) juvenile detention facilities, compiled by a court-ordered monitor, was released Tuesday. Although the Department of Corrections (DOC) is highlighting the report’s observation of a “significant improvement in many key areas and in the overall atmosphere,” at the facilities, concerns continue to linger. The […]

Elected officials call for additional JFC virtual hearing on budget

By: - April 19, 2021

Four Wisconsin elected officials have issued a joint letter to the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), requesting that an additional virtual public hearing be held on the 2021-23 state budget. Sens. Jon Erpenbach (D-West  Point) and LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), along with Reps. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and Greta Neubauer (D-Racine), issued the letter to […]

Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

IRS urged not to allow opioid companies to file ‘abusive’ tax deductions

By: - April 16, 2021

Sen. Tammy Baldwin has joined other Senate colleagues in calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to challenge tax deductions by opioid companies which the senators have called “abusive.” Such deductions could stem from settlements opioid companies have paid because of their role in the opioid epidemic. Signed by 12 elected officials, including Baldwin, the […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his 2021-23 budget address (via YouTube).

Evers pushes legal cannabis and justice reform as Badger State reinvestment

By: - April 16, 2021

Cannabis legalization and other criminal justice reform strategies took center stage Wednesday in Gov. Tony Evers’ live stream discussion of his Badger Bounceback plan. “This budget isn’t my budget, it’s your budget,” the governor said during the event. “Our justice system has put a strain on our state, and on our communities, and on our […]

Protesters gather outside of the Milwaukee Safety Building waiting for the Cole family to come out with DA Chisholm's decision. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee DA discusses timing of Alvin Cole decision

By: - April 15, 2021

On April 8, Wisconsin Examiner reported on documents indicating that the Milwaukee District Attorney’s announcement of a decision in the shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole by a former Wauwatosa officer was delayed due to the ongoing unrest in Kenosha. The records, obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests with the U.S. Marshals Service, also suggested […]

Police watch as protesters gather on August 24th, 2020 in Kenosha. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Marshals saw Kenosha as ‘unique opportunity’ to get ‘what we all know we need’

By: - April 13, 2021

When federal law enforcement operations like Relentless Pursuit and Operation Legend first began under the Trump Administration, local communities expressed concerns about being targeted. At face value, these programs focused on violent crime in a handful of cities, including Milwaukee. But residents and elected officials shared concerns that the operations could be used as proxies […]

Protesters gather to march in Wauwatosa in response to the deaths of Alvin Cole, Jay Anderson Jr., and Antonio Gonzalez. All were killed by the same Wauwatosa officer, Joseph Mensah. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Was the Alvin Cole shooting decision delayed by Kenosha unrest?

By: - April 8, 2021

On Aug. 25 2020, someone within the Operations Bureau of the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) contacted members of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to assist in curfew enforcement after the announcement of the decision in the shooting of 17-year-old Alvin Cole. This was 43 days before Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced that no […]

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Preston Cole (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Joint Finance Committee grilling of DNR shows split in priorities

By: - April 8, 2021

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary Preston Cole came before the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday to discuss the department’s budget, more than a year after the onset of the pandemic. Throughout the hearing, Cole was grilled by Republican members of the committee on DNR policies, from changes the department has made to its […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his 2021-23 budget address (via YouTube).

Wildfire state of emergency declared in Wisconsin

By: - April 6, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency, as all of Wisconsin is currently at a high wildfire risk. A combination of unseasonable warm weather, dry vegetation fresh from the thaw, and low humidity has fueled these concerns. The executive order issued by Evers will allow the National Guard to assist by mobilizing its […]

Pictures posted by WPD's Facebook page, one of which shows the flag in the background. (Screenshot | Wauwatosa PD Facebook page)

Wauwatosa police sport thin blue line flag during children’s book reading event

By: - April 6, 2021

The Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) caught online criticism after a picture of an officer participating in a book reading event at the local middle school surfaced with a “thin blue line” flag in the background. Particularly after the protests of 2020, which focused on acts of police violence and misconduct, the flags are sometimes regarded […]