Briefs

Is ‘birth-cost recovery’ on its way out?

BY: - December 18, 2019

While a bill languishes in the Legislature that would allow local governments do more to go after fathers for reimbursement after Medicaid pays for the birth of their children, the state’s second largest county has sworn off the practice. And the largest county is considering following suit. “Birth-cost recovery” is the name given to the […]

Gov. Tony Evers addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans fire his cabinet pick for ag secretary, Brad Pfaff.

Flags to fly half-staff for late Oneida Nation chairman

BY: - December 18, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers has ordered that the Wisconsin and U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff On Dec. 18 until Dec. 19, in honor of former Oneida Nation Chairman Rick Hill, who died at the age of 66 Dec. 12. Evers described Hill as an instrumental figure in developing and implementing national regulatory standards […]

Back Forty Mine project continues to raise concerns

BY: - December 18, 2019

A proposed open pit sulfide mine along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, owned by Canada-based Aquila Resources, has stirred controversy ever since the Menominee Tribe first highlighted the danger it would pose to their sacred lands over a year ago. Called the Back Forty mine, it would operate right in the heart of the Great Lakes basin. […]

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Sean Duffy’s former chief of staff sells pot

BY: - December 18, 2019

Chief of staff to former Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy is now working for a company that produces marijuana products. Pete Meachum, who worked for Duffy before the Congressman resigned in September,  is now senior director for government affairs at the Cronos Group, according to a report in the insider government affairs publication Legistorm.  Cronos Group, […]

Paul Ryan speaks from the stage at the CPAC conference in 2016

Paul Ryan, John Boehner & Newt Gingrich have a new thing in common

BY: - December 18, 2019

Former Speaker Paul Ryan has yet another new gig — and he’s teaming up with two prior Republican House speakers this time.  While other Republicans are focused on keeping Donald Trump as president or the GOP in control of the Senate, Ryan, John Boehner and Newt Gingrich are working together on a fundraising campaign to […]

Voces de la Frontera the day José de la Cruz-Espinoza was released. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission votes to approve immigration policy changes

BY: - December 17, 2019

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission voted on Dec. 12 to approve changes to the police department’s standard operating procedure for immigration enforcement, called SPO-130, proposed by the group Voces de la Frontera. If approved in an upcoming meeting this Wednesday, Dec. 18, police would be required to have a warrant signed by a judge […]

DNR to tackle nitrate pollution from manure, fertilizer

BY: - December 16, 2019

By a 5-to-1 vote, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a “scope statement” — the broad outline of a rule related to decreasing nitrate pollution of groundwater in parts of the state and scheduled public hearings on the topic. Nitrates are compounds that are essential for all living things, though they can cause problems at […]

Baby boy Godlewski (via state Treasurer's Office)

State Treasurer Godlewski has a new title: Mom

BY: - December 13, 2019

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski became the second statewide constitutional officer to give birth while holding public office this week. In 1991, former Treasurer Cate Zeuske gave birth while serving in the same office. Godlewski, and her husband Max Duckworth and their dog Tanner, welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday. “He didn’t disappoint at 22 inches […]

Narrower of two PFAS bills advances

BY: - December 12, 2019

One of two bills in the Legislature aimed at the growing concern about PFAS chemicals cleared an Assembly committee Wednesday, but the author of a second says his own measure is essential to providing a more comprehensive solution. AB-323, authored by State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), bars the use of firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl or […]

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New bill to get better look at veteran suicides and over-medication

BY: - December 10, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) has partnered with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Arkansas) to introduce new legislation to help address the over-prescription of medications to U.S. veterans. Called the Veterans Over-medication and Suicide Prevention Act, the measure would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent study on the deaths of veterans under […]

Homeless man & advice on sign in red sleeping bag on the street

Milwaukee officials urge warming shelters and kindness for homeless

BY: - December 10, 2019

Milwaukee County supervisors Steve Shea (Dist. 8) and Sequanna Taylor (Dist. 2) are urging the city’s local warming centers to open once temperatures hit 32 degrees. As the winter continues and hard weather comes and goes, they encourage residents and community members to observe and respect the needs of people caught in the cycle of […]

Gypsy moth (Photo courtesy of 123RF free stock photos)

Invasive gypsy moth population continues to decline

BY: - December 10, 2019

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections’ (DATCP) most recent trapping season for gypsy moths (Lymantria dispar dispar) suggests that the invasive species’ population is continuing to decline in Wisconsin. In 2017, 108,808 moths were captured, followed by a little over 76,000 in 2018. For 2019, the numbers continued to drop to 52,396 captured […]