Briefs

Farmers step in to defend Ag Sec-designee Brad Pfaff

BY: - November 4, 2019

Caught in the middle of political power plays in the Wisconsin Capitol is a dangerous place to be — and it’s a spot that could cost Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff his job. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced last week that Republican senators plan to effectively  fire Pfaff by […]

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DNR seeking input today on boat launch impact on rare frog

BY: - November 4, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources has issued a notice of an incidental take of a rare plant and frog species in Walworth County. It stems from the proposed construction of the Army Lake boat launch improvement project, in the town of East Troy. An incidental take notice is issued when individual members of a protected […]

Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes make a pitch to get Wisconsinites signed up for healthcare in Milwaukee.

Paging the 402,000 Wisconsinites without healthcare

BY: - November 1, 2019

For any Wisconsinites in need of health insurance, November 1 is an important day. State, local and federal officials are banding together to get out the word that open enrollment is now live for insurance plans in the health insurance marketplace. And in Wisconsin, people are standing by to help navigate that bureaucratic process. In […]

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Small time cannabis, a “victimless crime”

BY: - November 1, 2019

Legislation co-authored by Reps. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) and Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) and would decriminalize possession of one ounce, or 28 grams of cannabis. “While black men, women and children are just 6% of the population, we make up nearly 40% of the prison population. This disparity is a direct result of the unequal enforcement of […]

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Mark Pocan submits public comment on F-35

BY: - October 30, 2019

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) submitted a public comment today on the United States Air Force’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed F-35 mission at Truax Air National Guard Base in Madison. Pocan repeated his concern about the EIS and “the inability of an average person to understand the technical descriptions of anticipated […]

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Wisconsin joins states opposing proposed EPA rule

BY: - October 30, 2019

Attorneys general across the country are uniting to oppose proposed rule changes to the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed changes would allow federal agencies to circumvent or ignore state-issued regulations that protect water resources. “At a time when we need to step up our efforts to safeguard access to […]

Committee passes pipeline protest bill with only one Democrat voting no

BY: - October 30, 2019

The Senate version of a bill that would enhance criminal penalties for  trespassing on pipeline sites and other energy- or water-related infrastructure passed out of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday on a 4-1 paper-ballot vote. Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) cast the lone vote against SB 386, which has been promoted by […]

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Tammy Baldwin pushes for action on lead poisoning

BY: - October 29, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is joining 16 Senate colleagues in calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to tackle the looming issue of childhood lead exposure. The Senators sent a letter to Sema Verma, administrator for CMS, calling for renewed efforts to address issues in lead screening data. Current federal law requires lead […]

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Drug disposal part of clean water effort

BY: - October 28, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is uniting with allies to tackle the growing issue of prescription pill contamination in water. As part of this new initiative, officials are promoting the use of drop boxes for unused medications, and debuting new boxes in Milwaukee. This new effort comes in the wake of the Oct. 23 […]

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Ron Johnson played a key role in Trump’s Ukraine negotiations

BY: - October 28, 2019

The Washington Post reports that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) held a previously unreported July meeting with Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko. Telizhenko said Johnson reached out to hold the meeting, and the two men discussed “the DNC issue”—a reference to unsubstantiated claims that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather […]

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New rule-making push on PFAS water contamination

BY: - October 24, 2019

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday moved to establish a rule making process for PFAS levels in water sources for Wisconsinites. The unanimous vote represents another step in addressing water contamination issues statewide. PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals used in products like non-stick cooking supplies, fast food […]

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Arcadia school board votes to restore bus service

BY: - October 23, 2019

On Monday night the Arcadia school board reversed a controversial decision to deny bus service to students who live within two miles of school.  The board voted unanimously to add the entire two-mile area around the school to the district’s “unusually hazardous transportation plan,”  The decision to cut back bus service this year, after years […]