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Vice President Kamala Harris smiling at a microphone

V.P. Harris campaigns in Milwaukee, praises AG Kaul

BY: - September 23, 2022

In a visit to Milwaukee Thursday in the midst of a tight midterm election season in a critical battleground state, Vice President Kamala Harris praised Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul for fighting the rollback of abortion rights.  The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision “intentionally shifted the fight for reproductive rights to the states,” Harris said […]

A protest held outside of the Milwaukee GOP field office. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Protesters outside Milwaukee GOP office denounce ‘racist’ ads

BY: - September 22, 2022

A group of voters in Milwaukee joined community organizations and elected officials outside the Wisconsin Republican Party’s field office on Martin Luther King Drive. The office, located on Milwaukee’s predominately African American North Side, opened in the Bronzeville neighborhood in 2020. On Wednesday, it became the site of a brief protest organized by community members, […]

Overturning Roe sends approval of U.S. Supreme Court plummeting, Marquette poll finds

BY: - September 21, 2022

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned a national right to abortion, public approval of the Court has fallen dramatically and stayed there, a new national poll from Marquette Law School finds. In the new survey, 40% of respondents said they approved of how the Court was doing its […]

Gov. Tony Evers announces he is calling the Legislature into special session to allow Wisconsin voters to change state laws through referendum, with a focus on amending the state's 1849 abortion ban | Wisconsin Examiner photo

Evers wants referendum on repealing Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban

BY: - September 21, 2022

Standing behind a podium in the ornate governor’s conference room in the east wing of the Capitol on Wednesday morning, Gov. Tony Evers pointed to the ceiling and the gilded words inscribed there that proclaim, “The will of the people is the law of the land.” “Well, right now, today, when it comes to reproductive […]

Small business advocacy group joins National Voter Registration Day campaign

BY: - September 21, 2022

Among the collection of organizations and political figures highlighting National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, members of a group representing small business owners added their voice to the campaign. The message is nonpartisan, but also aimed at showing politicians the power that small business operators have, said Shawn Phetteplace, midwest manager for Main Street Alliance. […]

Milwaukee city hall

Report: With pension bill, revenue constraints, fiscal tipping point looms for Milwaukee

BY: - September 20, 2022

The city of Milwaukee is closer than ever to a major fiscal tipping point that could lead to severe cuts in services in the coming years and require swift action by the city and state lawmakers to avert a crisis, according to a new report released Tuesday. In search of a long-term resolution, “city and […]

Packers quarterback Brett Favre in the pocket during game between the Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on November 5, 2006. Buffalo won 24-10. (Photo by Mark Konezny/NFLPhotoLibrary)

News outlet scrutinizes Favre scandal involving Mississippi welfare money for stadium

BY: - September 20, 2022

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is at the center of a Mississippi scandal that involves $5 million in welfare funds used to finance a volleyball stadium.  On Friday, the Mississippi Free Press published an extensive account of the transactions involved in the scandal.  The story takes readers through the mounting court records in […]

Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman leads the partisan review of the 2020 election. (YouTube | Office of the Special Counsel)

Gableman appears in court to represent man accused of fraudulent ballot requests

BY: - September 19, 2022

Michael Gableman, the former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who spent a year fruitlessly searching for evidence of fraud in the 2020 election, appeared in Racine County court on Monday to represent a man facing criminal charges for alleged fraudulent requests of other people’s absentee ballots.  Until August, Gableman was running a probe into the 2020 […]

Corrections department faces continued population rise, staffing shortages at Lincoln Hills

BY: - September 19, 2022

As of Sept. 9, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC) weekly population report, there were 70 boys at the Lincoln Hills School juvenile correctional facility. The population has risen steadily since June, when it hovered around 58 boys. While the facility was built to hold more than 500, the steady influx of new youth […]

USDA more than triples funding for ‘climate smart’ agriculture

BY: - September 14, 2022

The Biden administration plans to distribute more than $3 billion to fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon in agriculture and forestry — a tripling of its initial commitment in February. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was set to publicly announce the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program […]

Envelope containing voting ballot papers being sent by mail for absentee vote in presidential election

Waukesha Co. Judge denies stay, WEC withdraws guidance on absentee ballot address corrections

BY: - September 14, 2022

On Tuesday, a Waukesha County judge denied a motion requesting a stay of his order last week barring the practice of municipal clerks correcting errors of witness addresses on absentee ballot certificates. In response to that order, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) had voted 4-1 to withdraw its 2016 and 2020 guidance to clerks on […]

Banner at Milwaukee climate march 2019 (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

DNR releases Climate Action Report as state weathers severe flooding

BY: - September 14, 2022

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a climate action report outlining some of the challenges and achievements of  the last year. While efforts are underway to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy, the impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent by the year. “Climate change is one of […]