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Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.

Sen. Jacque’s wife asks public to get vaccinated

By: - August 31, 2021

DePere Republican Sen. Andre Jacque’s wife is publicly recommending the COVID-19 vaccine after Jacque was hospitalized with COVID-19 and placed on a ventilator. The couple has six children including an infant, and Renée Jacque stated that five out of their eight immediate family members have tested positive. Sen. Jacque has been an outspoken opponent of […]

GOP to spend “$680,000, at least, to start” in hunt for disproven “steal”

By: - August 25, 2021

On Wednesday dueling releases from the Republican and Democratic leaders of the state Assembly addressed the election audit that Speaker Robin Vos assured former President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 election, he would perform while riding  on Trump’s plane to a rally on Saturday. The so-called audit is part of the project for which […]

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Trump’s valentine to Brandtjen as Vos-Gableman are “going off the rails”

By: - August 13, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has found a new Wisconsinite worthy of his praise — and taken another shot at beleaguered Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Vos is fast becoming a scapegoat for the QAnon-wing of the Republican party despite his having waded very deep into the falsehoods and misinformation about the 2020 presidential election, spreading  them […]

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First shots in the redistricting wars come with census data arrival

By: - August 13, 2021

Thursday’s release of the delayed census data for each state was the official kickoff of the redistricting process — and officials and groups throughout Wisconsin reacted less to the new information and more to the battles about to ignite as the process of drawing legislative maps gets underway.  Redistricting takes place every 10 years as […]

Marquette poll underscores the Wisconsin voter divides

By: - August 12, 2021

New Marquette poll shows long-standing divides persist among voters over politics, policy in Wisconsin One of the most closely watched portions of the Marquette Law School Poll for political observers is which politicians are above and underwater in their favorability ratings.  Pollster Charles Franklin released the first poll of 2021 on Wednesday with new information […]

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Walker appointee chairs heated meeting hiking quota for fall wolf hunt

By: - August 11, 2021

Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) went to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting in Milwaukee on Wednesday, where he approached the board chair, Frederick Prehn, who has refused to step down even though his term expired on May 1 and the governor has replaced him with a new member, who Prehn refuses to allow to be […]

Sen. Agard crosses the border to unveil full cannabis legalization bill

By: - August 10, 2021

In the large parking lot in front of the Sunnyside Dispensary— right across the border from Wisconsin in South Beloit, Illinois — Sen. Melissa Agard (D-Madison) announced a bill to fully legalize cannabis in Wisconsin, for medicinal purposes as well as for adult use over the age of 21.  “Wisconsin is ready for legal cannabis,” […]

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Evers blasts GOP legislators on anti-voter bills before vetoes

By: - August 10, 2021

Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers took to the rotunda of the state Capitol to publicly sign his vetoes on six election bills  passed by the Legislature’s Republican majority to make it more difficult to vote.  The bills are a reminder of “how precious our democracy is and how quickly it can be taken away,” Evers said. […]

Darrell Williams poetically joins the race for U.S. Senate

By: - August 6, 2021

Darrell Williams, who serves as Gov. Tony Evers’ Administrator of the Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Military Affairs, announced his run for the U.S. Senate on Friday morning with a video.  His background and his announcement highlight education, diversity, military service, taking on climate change, combating COVID and other issues that — […]

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Let the people speak first, lobbyists and politicians last at public hearings

By: - August 5, 2021

For an ordinary citizen, testifying at a public hearing in an Assembly committee often means a very long wait in a crowded seating area, hoping that the legislators on the committee will not have left for lunch, coffee, backroom talk or started playing Candy Crush on their phones when they speak. After watching too many […]

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Evers and Subeck pitch bipartisan plan on drug costs

By: - August 4, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers and Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) stood on a noisy street Wednesday afternoon in Wausau to push cheaper drugs.  More specifically, they were advocating for a package of 13 bills they are calling “Less for Rx” that would lower costs for prescription drugs, as well as making costs more transparent, less haphazard and […]

Rep. Moore leads on bill to help pregnant women experiencing intimate partner violence

By: - August 3, 2021

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) has introduced the Protect Moms from Domestic Violence Act to require a variety of studies examining the effect intimate partner violence (IPV) has on maternal health outcomes and a follow-up grant program because research on adverse outcomes, she noted, tends to focus on clinical factors rather than conditions for the mother.  […]