Briefs

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Kaul, other AG colleagues condemn food stamp cuts

BY: - September 25, 2019

Calling a Trump administration proposal to cut up to 3.6 million people off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits “nothing short of cruel,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul signed on as one of 24 state attorneys general filing a joint comment opposing the measure. “If it goes into effect, thousands of Wisconsinites will lose […]

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Milwaukee holds hope in face of record number of drug overdoses

BY: - September 24, 2019

Milwaukee is on it’s way to having a record number of drug overdose deaths this year. The Medical examiner’s office documented 127 probable deaths between July 1 and September 11. In the face of the epidemic, advocates and recovering drug users continue spreading awareness of the issue, and providing the hope some people need in […]

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Senators: Don’t cut food-stamp eligibility

BY: - September 23, 2019

3.6 million could lose nutritional SNAP (food stamp) benefits under rule change.

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Rep. Sean Duffy’s last day—special election date set

BY: - September 23, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers announced he will order a special election to fill the seat in the 7th Congressional District left open as Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wausau) officially steps down at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept 23. The governor issued an executive order setting the election date for Jan. 27, 2020. The primary election, if there […]

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Walker to headline prayer breakfast of preacher who called for hanging Obama

BY: - September 22, 2019

Last Thursday, David Pautsch, the executive director and founder of Thy Kingdom Come Ministries in Davenport, Iowa, appeared on the local ABC affiliate WQAD to make a big announcement:  Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had agreed to headline Pautsch’s annual prayer breakfast on Sept. 28. For $12 per person or $48 per table, people can […]

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Leah Vukmir taunts Gov. Evers with rifle on Twitter

BY: - September 20, 2019

In a tweet with a photo of herself aiming a hunting rifle, former state Sen. Leah Vukmir, the Republican candidate for Senate who lost to Tammy Baldwin in 2018, tagged Gov. Tony Evers, challenging the governor to “come and take it.” Come and take it, @GovEvers. #2A pic.twitter.com/mbrqnvEuzh — Leah Vukmir (@LeahVukmir) September 20, 2019 […]

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Bad debt, charity care rise in state’s hospitals

BY: - September 20, 2019

High-deductible insurance, weaker ACA, other problems are to blame, depending on whom you ask.

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Rep. Goyke and Sen. Johnson introduce “Moving Milwaukee Forward” bill

BY: - September 19, 2019

Milwaukee Rep. Evan Goyke and Sen. LaTonya Johnson have introduced a new bill to help Milwaukee gain more control over its revenue streams. The move comes as a coalition of local leaders seeks new ways to enhance and secure Milwaukee’s public services and revenues. “It’s time to Move Forward Milwaukee,” Goyke declared in a statement […]

Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

Milwaukee eyes opioid settlement

BY: - September 19, 2019

Although news of an impending settlement with Purdue Pharma for helping fuel the opioid crisis sounds encouraging, things aren’t so simple. The hundreds of cities, towns and counties involved in opioid cases are now entering a negotiation process with the besieged pharmaceutical giant that makes OxyContin. “The court entered an order naming Milwaukee County one […]

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Three-state swing brings Klobuchar to Wisconsin today

BY: - September 19, 2019

The visit is part of a swing taking Klobuchar through three closely watched northern states for the 2020 campaign: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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Potential mining disaster on the Menominee River?

BY: - September 18, 2019

Michigan and Wisconsin could face devastating environmental damage if an open-pit mine near Lake Michigan releases toxic waste into the two states’ waterways, Al Gedicks reports in Urban Milwaukee. The planned “Back Forty” metallic sulfide mine, owned by Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company, would cover 123 acres next to the Menominee River on the […]

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The ‘Fitz’ Train

BY: - September 18, 2019

In his campaign kickoff at the Oconomowoc Community Center on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald made official his expected run for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District to replace retiring 42-year-veteran Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. He also made it simple to discern his core campaign messages: He is a big fan of Donald Trump. He’s a conservative. […]