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Republicans plan to appeal decision allowing Wolfe to stay at WEC

BY: - February 28, 2024

Republican lawmakers said they are planning to appeal a January Dane County Circuit Court decision which found Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe is legally allowed to stay in her position.  In a legal filing Monday, an attorney for Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Senate President Chris […]

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley featured at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County Exec. approves $1 million for affordable housing

BY: - February 28, 2024

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley approved $1 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding Monday to  develop new affordable and emergency housing opportunities for residents in the city’s Uptown Neighborhood. “As we keep working to expand affordable housing options across Milwaukee County, we must ensure that people experiencing emergency housing situations and dealing […]

Migrants cross the U.S. Mexico border after obtaining appointments to enter the U.S. legally in May 2023.

Biden and Trump both heading to the southern border on Thursday

BY: - February 26, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will visit the southern border in Texas on Thursday, according to a White House official, the same day as the GOP presidential front-runner, Donald Trump. Their visits are a sign of the importance the immigration issue has assumed in what’s expected to be a 2024 rematch in November between Biden […]

Members of the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU) join other Milwaukee residents in a protest calling for a freeze to rents and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee landlord Berrada drops lawsuit against tenants union

BY: - February 26, 2024

A lawsuit filed against the Milwaukee Autonomous Tenants Union (MATU), a local network of housing activists, by one of Milwaukee’s largest landlords, Berrada Properties, has been dropped. On Saturday, the tenants union celebrated the dismissal of the lawsuit, which revolved around claims made and issues raised publicly by MATU organizers. The tenants union organizers have […]

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Assembly amendment sends EV charging station bill back to Senate

BY: - February 26, 2024

Legislation that will open the door to more electric vehicle charging stations in Wisconsin passed the Assembly after being amended last week, sending it back to the state Senate before it can go to the governor’s desk. If the Senate gives its final OK and SB-791 is signed by Gov. Tony Evers, it will allow […]

Rep. Janel Brandtjen speaking on the Assembly floor into a microphone

State ethics commission alleges illegal scheme by Trump joint fundraising committee, Rep. Brandtjen

BY: - February 23, 2024

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission alleges that Donald Trump’s joint fundraising committee and state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) were involved in a $40,000 campaign finance scheme to illegally funnel money to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ 2022 primary challenger.  The committee, Brandtjen and the challenger, Adam Steen, along with three county Republican parties and several other […]

Activists and the family of Jacob Albright gather in Kenosha to hold a rally and spread awareness of his death in the custody of local police. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Pleasant Prairie officers violated policy in Albright arrest

BY: - February 23, 2024

The Pleasant Prairie Police Department found that officers had violated policies related to searches after they arrested Jacob Albright for weapons charges in July 2023. Police say that Albright shot himself while under arrest with a firearm they hadn’t discovered on him before they transported him to the local jail. The shot was fired while […]

A Planned Parenthood Clinic in downtown Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

WI Planned Parenthood asks state Supreme Court to declare abortion a constitutional right

BY: - February 22, 2024

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed a petition Thursday asking the state Supreme Court to declare that the Wisconsin Constitution establishes a right to bodily autonomy, including in the case of abortion.  The lawsuit comes as a lower court’s decision that an 1849 criminal statute doesn’t apply to abortion is being appealed to the state Supreme […]

Republican-led Assembly passes truancy bill package, including retention policy

BY: - February 21, 2024

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would hold students back for truancy. The bill is part of a package aimed at tackling concerns about school attendance that are partly the result of reports of rising rates of chronic absenteeism.  Under the bill, public schools, private voucher schools and independent charter schools would be […]

Assembly passes constitutional amendment to limit partial veto power

BY: - February 20, 2024

The Assembly passed a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday that would bar the governor, in using the line-item veto, “from creating or increasing or authorizing the creation or increase of any tax or fee.”  The proposal — AJR 112 — is a reaction to Gov. Tony Evers’ veto last year that extended school funding increases for […]

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‘Monday processing’ bill appears unlikely to become law

BY: - February 20, 2024

Wisconsin Assembly leaders urged the Senate Tuesday to pass a bill that would allow for “Monday processing” of absentee ballots, saying that it will help increase transparency and help voters have more faith in the system.  “I have no idea why Senators would not want to solve the problem of late night ballot dumps,” Assembly […]

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Medical marijuana likely dead this session, according to Assembly Speaker

BY: - February 16, 2024

Assembly Republicans’ medical marijuana bill, which received criticism from Democrats and Senate Republicans, likely won’t pass this session, according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).  The restrictive bill, which was unveiled by lawmakers in January, would instruct the state Department of Health Services to operate five dispensaries across the state where registered patients with a […]