Briefs

How the public sees the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 21, 2019

On Monday, the Marquette Law School Poll, in its first nationwide poll, explored opinions on the U.S. Supreme Court and public trust in government institutions. (Its closely watched Wisconsin poll will still be released on Wednesday, Oct. 23.)  The focus of the poll released Oct. 21 was public opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, and […]

US Rep Sean Duffy official portrait

Sean Duffy’s new gig

BY: - October 21, 2019

Former Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy made his debut on CNN on Sunday morning talking about Wisconsin with “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper:  “Thank you for being here and congratulations on joining the CNN family,” began Tapper by way of introduction.  Duffy has frequently taken on the role in state and national media of […]

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DNR investigating manure spill in Marathon County

BY: - October 17, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently responding to a manure spill in Marathon County. The DNR is working with the Marathon County Land and Water Conservation District to assess the full impact of the spill. First reported to the DNR on October 7, the spill near Huckleberry Road in northeast Colby has […]

Wisconsin Constitution

Supreme Court will take case on limiting governor’s veto power

BY: - October 17, 2019

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to take a case brought by the right-leaning Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) seeking to undo several of Gov. Tony Evers’ partial vetoes of the state budget. “Gov. Evers used his partial veto to create new laws out of whole cloth,” said Rick Esenberg of WILL. […]

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

Abele won’t run again for county exec

BY: - October 17, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced on Wednesday that he will not run for re-election.  “I have approached public service just as I have approached every venture I take on – giving it my all every day, all day, leaving everything on the field. But I also believe public service is about passing the torch […]

Vice President of the United States Mike Pence speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

Pence Wisconsin visit rescheduled for next week

BY: - October 16, 2019

The on-again, off-again trip to Wisconsin by Vice President Mike Pence to promote the Trump Administration’s revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is on again. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, Pence’s visit to a Kenosha County company owned by Republican megadonors has now been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Pence is scheduled to […]

US Capitol Building exterior

Two Dems jump into 7th Congressional District race

BY: - October 15, 2019

Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker announced on Monday that she is running in the 7th Congressional District special election for the seat vacated by Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned last month. “I have become increasingly frustrated watching what is happening in Washington, because Wisconsin isn’t getting a fair deal,” Zunker told supporters who gathered […]

Bascom Hall on the UW Madison campus in fall

Sexual assault on the UW-Madison campus

BY: - October 15, 2019

Resources and services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are available on campus and in the Madison community or email [email protected]  Today UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank addressed the campus and community in an open letter after results of a national 2019 survey on sexual assault on campus showed […]

Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, speaks at a town hall

Two weeks later, Perdue controversy continues

BY: - October 15, 2019

Two weeks after U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Wisconsin and made comments about small, family farms and their chance of survival at the World Dairy Expo, the controversy continues. Late last week, as Wisconsin Examiner reported here, The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) president, Jim Holte put out a statement saying that “Agriculture Must […]

Animal rights activists march in Milwaukee (Photo courtesy of Direct Action Everywhere)

Animal rights activists focus on Wisconsin

BY: - October 11, 2019

Animal rights activists are promoting the idea of an animal bill of rights with protests in 26 cities worldwide, which launched last weekend. Milwaukee was the only city in the Midwest targeted by  demonstrators, who assembled outside Gov. Tony Evers’ Cream City office on Saturday, October 4. The demonstration was part of a Global Lockdown […]

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue in front of cameras

Wisconsin Farm Bureau president: Reporters misquoted Sonny Perdue

BY: - October 10, 2019

The president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau accused Wisconsin reporters of misleading the public by not accurately quoting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and insisted reporters revise their stories. Perdue drew negative attention when he visited the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin on Oct. 2 and was widely quoted as telling reporters that when […]

field of hemp growing

Hemp: “Wisconsin’s comeback crop”

BY: - October 8, 2019

Cannabis remains a contentious topic in Wisconsin, be it for medicinal use or full legalization. But Wisconsin’s 2017 Act 100 and the federal 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to grow industrial hemp and Wisconsin farmers have taken an interest in the program. “Hemp is Wisconsin’s comeback crop,” said Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stephens Point), author […]