Briefs

No suspects in arson of Madison anti-abortion group, police say

BY: - May 10, 2022

Madison police and federal investigators said in a Monday afternoon press conference that they don’t have any suspects in the arson of the Madison offices of Wisconsin Family Action, an anti-abortion advocacy group. Officials said they are still analyzing forensic and video evidence of the event, which occurred early Sunday morning.  On Sunday, two molotov […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives the 2022 State of the State address in the Capitol | Screenshot via YouTube

Evers and cabinet secretaries tour western Wisconsin touting economic recovery efforts

BY: - May 9, 2022

Gov. Tony Evers and a number of his cabinet secretaries spent Friday traveling across western Wisconsin to highlight the administration’s economic recovery efforts.  Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, along with the secretaries of the Departments of Financial Institutions; Transportation; Tourism; Natural Resources; Administration; Revenue; Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Children and Families; Workforce Development […]

Milwaukee People's Climate March. Photo by: Isiah Holmes

Study sounds alarm over decline of world’s reptile species

BY: - May 6, 2022

A study conducted by NatureServe, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Conservation International has revealed that a fifth of all the world’s reptile species are at risk of extinction. Published in the journal Nature, the analysis found that 21% of all reptile species globally are threatened with extinction. Wisconsin has 37 species […]

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Police union survey shows Wisconsin’s views on policing largely unmoving

BY: - May 4, 2022

A survey of community attitudes toward police and reforms of the state’s criminal justice system released by the state’s largest police union on Wednesday shows that Wisconsinites’ attitudes toward the police have become more entrenched in the two years since George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer in May of 2020.  The survey, released […]

Evers appoints three new members of UW System Board of Regents

BY: - May 4, 2022

Gov. Tony Evers appointed three new members to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Wednesday, replacing two former members of the board leadership who were appointed by former Republican Gov. Scott Walker and were in charge of the system’s failed search for a new president in 2020.  Evers, a former member of […]

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Wisconsinites support pollinators by taking part in No Mow May

BY: - May 4, 2022

Wisconsin’s transition from cold winter weather to the wetter conditions of spring offers many things for residents. Migratory birds return as habitats and ecosystems across the state prepare for warmer days. Pollinators return as well, either coming out of over-winter dormancy or returning from their own migrations. Once May rolls around, some Wisconsin communities make […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives the 2022 State of the State address in the Capitol | Screenshot via YouTube

Evers leads letter from governors calling for passage of federal abortion rights bill

BY: - May 3, 2022

Responding to the  leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion, a group of 17 governors led by Gov. Tony Evers called on Congress Tuesday to pass legislation guaranteeing abortion rights under federal law. “Reproductive healthcare decisions are deeply personal and should be made by patients […]

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In interview, Sen. Johnson says it ‘may be true’ that COVID vaccines cause AIDS

BY: - May 3, 2022

In a video interview published on the right-wing social media platform Rumble, Sen. Ron Johnson said it “may be true” that vaccines against COVID-19 cause AIDS.  Johnson was being interviewed by anti-vaccine lawyer Todd Callender, who alleged that the shots induce AIDS and that the FDA knew so when the vaccines were approved for emergency […]

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Justices are hearing arguments in a Mississippi case that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade. Photo by Jane Norman/States Newsroom.

Draft U.S. Supreme Court decision overturns Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 3, 2022

Politico reported Monday on a leaked draft opinion circulated among justices of the U.S. Supreme Court calling for overturning the Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing abortion rights. “The immediate impact of the ruling as drafted in February would be to end a half-century guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and allow each state […]

Michael Gableman talks about election audit and fraud

Gableman, addressing rally of election deniers, says it’s time to ‘support the people who see it our way’

BY: - May 2, 2022

At a rally outside the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on Saturday, Michael Gableman accused election officials and the Democratic leaders of the state’s largest cities of fraud and urged attendees to fight for action from Republican legislators.  Gableman has been conducting a partisan review of the 2020 presidential election since last summer. His work […]

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Six Wisconsin tribes write letter opposing bill to delist wolves

BY: - May 2, 2022

Six Ojibwe tribes in Wisconsin wrote a letter this week to Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson opposing a bipartisan bill co-authored by Baldwin (a Democrat) and Johnson (a Republican) that would remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes region and Wyoming.  Delisting of the gray wolf […]

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EPA issues waiver for sales of 15 percent ethanol blend during summer driving season

BY: - May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The EPA issued a fuel waiver Friday afternoon to allow for a heightened ethanol gasoline blend to be sold at service stations this summer, an attempt by the Biden administration to lower soaring fuel prices.  In a letter to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, EPA administrator Michael S. Regan wrote that the waiver will […]