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Democrats won’t file appeal against Michels ballot access

BY: - June 13, 2022

A lawyer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin said on Monday that the party won’t be filing an appeal against the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s decision to allow Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels access to the ballot in the August primary.  Democrats had challenged Michels’ nominating petitions, arguing that he had failed to properly fill out […]

Elections commission chooses newly appointed Millis as new chair

BY: - June 10, 2022

The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) elected Don Millis, the body’s newly appointed Republican member, as its next chair in a 5-1 vote.  As chair, Millis will have the ability to set the commission’s agenda, direct questions to the agency’s nonpartisan staff and certify the results of this fall’s midterm elections. Millis was appointed to the […]

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First Jan. 6 hearing to reveal new evidence of Trump conspiracy, panel aides say

BY: - June 9, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol will use its first public hearing to tie the violent attempt to overturn the election directly to former President Donald Trump, committee aides told reporters Wednesday. In addition to live witnesses — a U.S. Capitol Police officer injured by rioters during the […]

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Republican AG candidates say non-violent felons should get gun rights back

BY: - June 8, 2022

In the first debate in the Republican primary for Wisconsin attorney general, the three candidates advocated for tough-on-crime policies, restoring gun rights to people with non-violent felony convictions, making performing an  abortion a felony and attempting to reshape the law through the U.S. Supreme Court.  At the debate, hosted by the right-wing legal organization the […]

Gov. Tony Evers addresses the crowd at a prochoice rally at the Capitol on May 14, 2022 | Photo by Luther Wu

Evers calls special session to repeal abortion ban

BY: - June 8, 2022

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order on Wednesday calling a special session of the Legislature to repeal a state law from 1849 that makes abortion a crime.  The law, which remains on the books, effectively bans abortion in all circumstances but rape or incest. If, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe […]

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GOP letter asks EPA to relax gas rule to cut costs; environmentalist warns health would suffer

BY: - June 8, 2022

A group of Wisconsin Republican lawmakers wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday asking the EPA to lift the requirement to use reformulated gasoline in the state’s southeastern counties to save drivers money. An environmental advocate warned that even if that does save money in the short term, it would impose higher costs on […]

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UPDATE: Suspect in judge’s death declared dead, DOJ reports

BY: - June 7, 2022

The suspect in Friday’s killing of a retired judge is dead, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) reported Tuesday. Douglas K. Uhde “was declared legally brain-dead on June 4, 2022, at 9:41 a.m.,” according to an update that DOJ distributed at 1 p.m. Tuesday. “His body remained on life-support until today to allow for organ […]

Democrats challenge nominating papers of Republican Tim Michels

BY: - June 6, 2022

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has filed a challenge to the nominating papers of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels, seeking to bar him from the ballot in the August partisan primary and the November general election.  Michels, a latecomer to the race, has surged to the top of recent polls and last week he was […]

UVALDE, TX - MAY 24: Members of the community gather at the City of Uvalde Town Square for a prayer vigil in the wake of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022. According to reports, 19 students and 2 adults were killed before the gunman was fatally shot by law enforcement. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

Fourth grader who survived Uvalde school shooting will testify before Congress

BY: - June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of two horrific mass shootings in New York and Texas will appear before the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday to relate their experiences with gun violence. The witnesses will include fourth grader Miah Cerrillo of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two adults were gunned down at Robb Elementary […]

Lawsuit over Gableman subpoenas extended into September

BY: - June 3, 2022

A lawsuit challenging subpoenas sent by the former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice investigating the 2020 presidential election will extend into September — extending Republicans’ reviews of the election just months away from the 2022 midterms.  The lawsuit, brought by Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, is over Michael Gableman’s ability to request private interviews with state […]

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UW Health can bargain with unions, AG Kaul says in legal opinion

BY: - June 3, 2022

UW Health is free to voluntarily recognize and bargain with employee unions under Wisconsin Law, according to an opinion issued Thursday by Attorney General Josh Kaul. The opinion also holds out the possibility that the UW Hospital and Clinics Authority (UWHCA), the corporate entity that governs the UW Health system, could be bound by state […]

PFAS sample testing bottles | Photo by Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Decision on PFAS regulation expected Monday

BY: - June 3, 2022

In a hearing on Monday, a Waukesha County judge is expected to issue a decision on whether or not he’ll stay his April ruling ending the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ability to regulate chemical spills.  In April, Judge Michael Bohren sided with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the state’s largest business lobby, ruling […]