Briefs

Democrats unify to push gun sale background checks

BY: - August 15, 2019

Democrats showed what a difference it makes in being able to magnify their voices by having statewide-elected officials that come together behind an issue that is popular with the majority of the public. Today Attorney General Josh Kaul, Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) unveiled […]

Wisconsin dairy cows in large animal feeding operation

Hearings focus on rules for CAFOs

BY: - August 15, 2019

Hearings begin today on proposed revisions to state rules affecting CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and similar large scale livestock facilities, and they promise to generate opposition from farm operations the rules target, support from environmental and small farm groups — and demands for even stricter regulation of the operations.  The state regulations under review […]

COMMENTARY

Evers bows to WMC

BY: - August 14, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers bowed down to the biggest business lobby in Wisconsin yesterday. In a speech to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which spent more than $1 million in nasty ads against him in his race for governor, Evers acted like they were his buddies. “Thank you,” he said, shockingly. “My administration continues to support the […]

Nygren highlights his Texas southern border tour

BY: - August 14, 2019

On Monday, state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) took a tour of the U.S. southern border in Texas that was organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) working with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the state of Texas. In a statement after the tour he said it provided “an opportunity […]

Newspaper faceoff: Frying pan, or fire?

BY: - August 14, 2019

There’s a new wrinkle in the pending GateHouse Media bid to merge with Gannett, owner of the state’s largest daily newspaper. Last week, the hedge fund subsidiary that owns Digital First Media, MNG Enterprises, told the SEC it had taken a 9.4% stake in New Media Investment Group, the owner of GateHouse and the vehicle […]

Elected officials express privacy concerns over surveillance balloons

BY: - August 12, 2019

The Pentagon and Department Of Homeland Security’s ongoing high-altitude surveillance blimp tests are raising serious privacy concerns for people in the Midwest. First reported by The Guardian and last Thursday in the Wisconsin Examiner,  the Pentagon blimps are  scanning parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, potentially for “narcotics trafficking and homeland security threats.” […]

Media storm over ‘Barnestorming’

BY: - August 12, 2019

This week Isthmus writer Dylan Brogan wrote an in-depth story on what makes Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes tick.  About 20 paragraphs into the story, Barnes divulges that he received an incomplete in a class at Alabama A&M and never turned in his paperwork to rectify that, so he never completed his degree. Isthmus could have […]

Divergent Dem and GOP radio addresses

BY: - August 12, 2019

In picking Republican and Democratic radio address topics for the week, the two parties went in completely different directions. Not on the same issue — rather in the divergent nature between the topics each party chose. State Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) gave the Weekly Republican Radio Address: ‘Get Out and Enjoy Wisconsin!’ Feyen […]

Surviving gun violence, opposing the death penalty

BY: - August 9, 2019

Pardeep Kaleka knows what it’s like to lose loved ones to violent extremism. The executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, who lost his father in the 2012 Sikh temple mass shooting in Oak Creek, has also developed an understanding that mass shootings committed in the name of white supremacy, like the one […]

Proposal to tax guns to aid to gun-crime victims

BY: - August 9, 2019

A proposed Wisconsin bill would tax firearms and use the funds to pay for services to gun-crime victims, who are barred by federal law from suing firearms manufacturers for their injuries. State Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) and State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) are circulating the bill for cosponsors; a similar bill from the 2017-18 session […]

Teens hospitalized after vaping

BY: - August 7, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has launched an investigation after 11 Wisconsin youths were hospitalized with lung damage, possibly due to vaping. Although investigations are ongoing, DHS points to the recent use of e-cigarettes by the teens and urges anyone who has chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, or weight loss after vaping to […]

Employees union watches what’s next for Gannett and GateHouse

BY: - August 6, 2019

It became official Monday: Gannett and New Media Investment Group, the parent company of GateHouse Media, will merge to form the largest newspaper chain in the nation, owning one of every six newspapers in the country, including Wisconsin’s largest daily newspaper and 10 more in the state. But what that means for the newsroom at […]