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Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of State AFL-CIO (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Union backers rally to urge Colectivo to drop appeals, start contract talks

BY: and - January 13, 2022

A band of pro-union employees of Colectivo Coffee and their supporters marched on the company’s Milwaukee headquarters Wednesday, demanding that management end its litigation seeking to overturn the 2021 union election at the coffeehouse chain. Acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, who along with several other alders had endorsed the union organizing drive as it got […]

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Tommy Thompson won’t rule out run for 5th term as governor

BY: - January 12, 2022

Former Republican governor and current interim UW System President isn’t ruling out running for a fifth term as governor.  The 80-year-old said in an interview with WISN12 on Tuesday that he’s still able to do the job.  “Everything is on the table,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s in the cards. But, I’m physically and […]

Speaker Robin Vos at 11/17/20 news conference

Supreme Court rules Vos must be deposed about Gableman investigation records

BY: - January 12, 2022

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) must sit for a deposition in a public records lawsuit filed against him by government watchdog group American Oversight.  American Oversight is seeking records pertaining to the partisan review of the 2020 presidential election by former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman. American […]

COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to soar

BY: - January 12, 2022

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 reached a new peak in Dane County, officials said Tuesday, while in Wisconsin as a whole, it reached a number just short of the record set 14 months ago. The number of people in Dane County hospitals with COVID-19 was at an all-time high of 184 on Monday, […]

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Republican congressmen can’t submit amended map proposal

BY: - January 11, 2022

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 4-3 decision that the state’s Republican members of Congress won’t be able to submit a new version of their proposed state political maps in the case to decide the boundary lines for the next ten years of Wisconsin elections.  The court’s three liberal-leaning justices were joined […]

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Hearing set for three bills to soften employer vaccine mandates

BY: - January 10, 2022

A state Senate public hearing will take up a trio of bills Tuesday aimed at undercutting COVID-19 vaccine requirements. The Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee hearing was postponed from December. According to a published report, the original hearing was canceled in response to a report of COVID-19 in the office of state Sen. Steve […]

COVID-19 test swab and gloved hands testing demonstration

Hospitals: Don’t use emergency rooms to get COVID-19 tests

BY: - January 10, 2022

Wisconsin hospitals urged the public Monday not to go to hospital emergency rooms in search of a COVID-19 test. Patients with COVID-19 and people with health emergencies such as stroke, heart attacks, injuries from car crashes and other urgent problems are already overwhelming hospital emergency rooms, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). In a […]

Johnson will seek third Senate term

BY: - January 9, 2022

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Sunday that he will run for a third term in the U.S. Senate, despite his earlier pledges not to seek re-election. He released a statement Sunday and also explained his decision in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal under the headline “Why I’m seeking a third Senate Term: I’d […]

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Tommy Thompson announces resignation as president of UW System

BY: - January 8, 2022

Tommy Thompson, former Republican governor and interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, announced in a letter on Friday that he’d be resigning from the role on March 18.  Thompson has held the position for 18 months, taking the job after the UW System’s search for a permanent president after the retirement of Ray […]

Sen. Kathy Bernier calls it quits

BY: - January 7, 2022

After garnering statewide — and even national — attention with her criticism of the Wisconsin 2020 election probe run by Speaker Robin Vos and Michael Gableman, Sen. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) said she had been considering stepping down but began to “rethink it” after “right wingers” called for her resignation. In fact, Gableman himself said […]

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6: In this satellite handout image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows the entry of a large area of low pressure, from the Polar Vortex, into the Northern U.S. January 6, 2014. The weather system is bringing dangerously cold temperatures not seen in half of the continental United States in about 20 years. It is expected to move northward back over Canada toward the end of the week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Wisconsinites urged to brace for arctic cold

BY: - January 7, 2022

The Department of Military Affairs is sounding the alarm about extreme cold conditions which are due to persist into the early part of Saturday. The National Weather Service is warning of arctic air which may cause temperatures to plummet into the double digits below zero in some areas. A wind chill of negative 20 degrees […]

COVID-19 Vaccination Site | Photo by U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. government works

State breaks new COVID record, announces health care help

BY: - January 7, 2022

For the second day in a row, Wisconsin reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases, with 11,574 added to the state’s rolls on Thursday. That follows a previous record, 10,288 new cases that were reported on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health Services (DHS) The new surge is driven by the fast-spreading […]