Briefs

DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman

Evers fires DWD chief over unemployment comp woes

BY: - September 18, 2020

The embattled head of the state’s labor department quit Friday on orders of Gov. Tony Evers amid continued delays in Wisconsin’s unemployment compensation system, which has been overwhelmed by record job losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. Evers asked for and received Caleb Frostman’s resignation as secretary of the state Department of Workforce Development (DWD), and […]

PSC extends moratorium on utility shutoffs again

BY: - September 18, 2020

With COVID-19 cases continuing to spike, the Public Service Commission is continuing the agency’s ban on utility shutoffs, this time until Nov. 1. Commissioners voted 2-1 on Thursday to extend the moratorium on disconnecting utility customers for nonpayment. The agency also is urging customers behind on their bills to arrange payment plans with utilities or […]

Wisconsin jobs come back, but at a slower pace

BY: - September 18, 2020

Unemployment in Wisconsin dipped again in August, but the state still had more than 200,000 fewer jobs than a year ago, according to data released Thursday. Service and hospitality industry jobs continue to be among the hardest hit, a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced restaurants, bars, entertainment spots and other such establishments to […]

Ron Johnson with his mouth open in a yell

Ron Johnson quarantined for COVID exposure, skips Trump rally

BY: - September 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office announced on Thursday that Johnson will be under quarantine until Sept. 29 after being exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. Johnson, who had been planning to travel with President Donald Trump to a rally in Mosinee, Wis. on Thursday night, tested negative for the virus on Wednesday. “Sen. Johnson was […]

Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Report shows 19 cases of voter fraud over two years, five elections, nearly 7 million votes

BY: - September 17, 2020

In the six elections since the 2018 midterms, Wisconsin elections clerks have reported 19 cases of voter fraud, irregularities or violations, according to data released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.  In those five elections, the 2018 general, 2019 spring, 2020 February primary, 2020 April and 2020 August elections, nearly 7 million votes were cast […]

Wisconsin dairy cows in large animal feeding operation

Oconto County manure spill released 790,000 gallons of waste

BY: - September 17, 2020

In July, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a manure spill near the village of Pulaski, in Oconto County. At the time, it was known that the spill entered the Little Suamico River, though exactly how much contamination entered the waterway remained  to be determined. Brian Hanson, a DNR agricultural runoff specialist, recently […]

DNR PFAS Graphic

Deer liver found to have high levels of PFAS

BY: - September 17, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a report on its examination of the liver of a deer, which was found to have high levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluroalkyl substances). As a result, the DNR and Department of Health Services (DHS) have issued a Do Not Eat advisory for the liver of deer […]

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Report: Early outside money leans heavily for GOP candidates in legislative races

BY: - September 16, 2020

Republicans are benefiting from nearly two-thirds of the political spending by groups outside of the campaigns or the political parties so far this fall, according to the campaign financing watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. In a preliminary report released Tuesday, the Democracy Campaign calculated that of $613,000 spent so far ahead of the November […]

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Raise a toast to non-gerrymandered maps

BY: - September 15, 2020

Calling citizens of all parties or no party who want fair maps that allow the people to pick their representatives, rather than the other way around (as in Wisconsin and other states with gerrymandered maps). You can soon drink to that, with a beer that sends funds and spends time on voter education by the […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack is seen before the start of the 2019 State of the State speech. Photo by Emily Hamer/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Green Party denied access to Wisconsin ballot

BY: - September 14, 2020

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court denied a request to be allowed on the ballot from the Green Party’s candidates for president and vice president, Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.  The decision was made days after the court ordered that elections clerks across the state halt the mailing of absentee ballots. Clerks are […]

"Cave Point, Door County, Wisconsin" by James Jordan bluffs on water edge at sunrise

Evers aims to boost tourism industry

BY: - September 14, 2020

The governor and state tourism head have an acronym for their latest pandemic-time economic boost: TRAVEL. That stands for Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift — an $8 million travel grant program to support the tourism industry. On Monday Gov. Tony Evers and Tourism Secretary-designee Sara Meaney announced the grants which will be […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court (photo by Ruth Conniff)

A census win for immigrants without documentation

BY: - September 11, 2020

Attorney General Josh Kaul was on the winning side against the Trump administration in its attempts to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count.  Wisconsin joined a coalition of states and local governments in July that filed a lawsuit after Trump issued a presidential memorandum declaring his intent to exclude immigrants without documentation from being […]