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League of Women Voters files motion to intervene in voter roll purge

BY: - November 25, 2019

Responding to a lawsuit that seeks to purge 234,000 Wisconsin voters who might have changed addresses from the voting rolls, the League of Women Voters filed a motion last Friday to intervene in Ozaukee County Circuit Court. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed the lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) for not […]

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Could Wisconsin see a broadly bipartisan bathroom bill?

BY: - November 25, 2019

Bathroom bills are making a comeback in some states, including Wisconsin.  But this time, it’s a completely different toilet equity issue. This one might stand a chance of becoming a broadly bipartisan bathroom bill, as has happened with similar bills in other states. Today three legislators introduced LRB-4562 to “ensure gender parity and greater access,” […]

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Report: Watch out for dangerous toys when holiday shopping

BY: - November 24, 2019

From choking hazards to poisonous metals and compounds, the toy aisle still poses a danger to children, a report released Thursday warns. The report, Trouble in Toyland, published by the WISPIRG Foundation and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, urges parents and caregivers to exercise caution in choosing children’s playthings. The groups have published the report […]

Evers signs pipeline protest bill over critics’ objections

BY: - November 21, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday signed a widely supported, yet also controversial, bill escalating penalties for trespassing on pipelines and other energy and water sites. Evers signed AB 426, which passed with bipartisan support and was backed by business groups as well as labor unions whose members work in pipeline construction projects. Opponents of the […]

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Update: Marathon County manure spill released 40,000 gallons of liquid waste into creek

BY: - November 21, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is continuing to address a manure spill in Marathon County, which occurred in early October. The agency monitored clean up, and is tracking areas the waste may have contaminated. The spill occurred near the city of Colby, in a popular region for Wisconsin’s dairy industry. “The Department jointly […]

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Milwaukee County budget signed with some dissent

BY: - November 19, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed the 2020 County budget Tuesday, which focuses on public transportation, public safety, and investing in struggling communities. The budget was approved by the Board of Supervisors with no vetoes, but is just one step taken along a long road. “The tough choices we have made over the years have […]

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Ron Johnson slams Vindman, says only president can determine foreign policy

BY: - November 19, 2019

In a letter to House Republicans on Monday, Wisconsin’s U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson evoked Hillary Clinton’s emails and questioned the loyalty of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Johnson, a Republican, addressed the letter to Reps Jim Jordan of Ohio and and Devin Nunes of California, who had requested “any firsthand information … about President Trump’s actions […]

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Wisconsin’s frac sand mining business hits a slump

BY: - November 19, 2019

Hi-Crush Inc. laid off 37 workers in October and November.

Tammy Baldwin pushes investigations into vaping illness

BY: - November 19, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) is continuing to push for a wider response to the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses reported across the country. Over 2,100 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), across every state except Alaska. Cases have also been reported in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and […]

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Ron Johnson: Ukraine talks should never have been public

BY: - November 18, 2019

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday to decry the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, saying the whistleblower who first flagged Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate the Biden family, even as military aid to the country was delayed, “exposed things that didn’t need to be exposed.” “Those individuals that leaked […]

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Pipeline bill’s backers, critics both lobby Evers as signing deadline nears

BY: - November 18, 2019

Pressure is building on Gov. Tony Evers from both backers and critics of a controversial bill that would make it a felony for protesters to trespass on pipeline sites and other forms of energy and water-transmission infrastructure. Assembly Bill 426 formally reached Evers’ office Thursday, Nov. 14, giving him one week to sign or veto […]

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Shareholders give the OK to Gannett-GateHouse merger

BY: - November 14, 2019

Shareholders for the country’s two largest newspaper groups on Thursday voted to approve the merger of Gannett Co. and GateHouse Media, opening the next chapter in more than a decade of struggle for Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as 11 other dailies in the state. The vote came even as both […]