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State Dem party raised nearly 2.5 times more than state GOP in 2020

The state Democratic Party raised more than $23.6 million last year, nearly 2.5 times more than the $9.8 million accepted by the state GOP.Year-end...
A Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe (Getty Images)

Vaccine bills get public hearing; DHS says they duplicate work underway

Two bills that would impose new requirements on the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program sailed through an Assembly Health Committee public hearing Wednesday and could...
Inauguration Day Sunrise by Geoff Livingston.

Excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech

Below are excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural address, following his swearing-in as the nation’s 46th president: We'll press forward with speed and urgency, for...
National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a message for the ages

In a country painfully and deeply divided in so many ways, Amanda Gorman stepped up to the podium at Joe Biden’s inauguration and delivered...
Jobless workers demonstrate in Miami Springs, Florida, in support of continued federal unemployment benefits in the pandemic economy. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

GOP rejects special session on unemployment

Gov. Tony Evers cited fixing the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system as a high priority during his State of the State speech on Jan....
Karen Timberlake will take over as interim secretary at the state Department of Health Services.

Timberlake takes over leading DHS as Palm departs for the Biden administration

Andrea Palm, the state Department of Health Services secretary-designee, is leaving Wisconsin to join the Biden administration as its number two person in the...
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: Members of the National Guard prepare to distribute weapons outside the U.S. Capitol on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential Inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

More than 21,000 Guard members from 50 states headed to D.C., and numbers may...

WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony may have a scaled-down audience due to the pandemic, but the security presence on hand to ensure it...
COVID-19 mask spray painted in black on white wall

New health emergency and mask order comes with new vaccine channels

Gov. Tony Evers announced a new 60-day health emergency on Friday, while also extending the statewide mask order, in response to the continuing COVID-19...
Male caretaker helping senior man with walker in nursing home

AARP Report: COVID-19 deaths rose, but cases fell, in nursing homes through mid-December

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin nursing homes fell slightly in the four weeks ending Dec. 20, but the rate of deaths from the...
Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein (Screenshot from the New York Times YouTube video "Meet the Billionaire Couple Trying to Reshape the Republican Party")

Uihleins, owners of Wisconsin company, gave millions to group sponsoring the Jan. 6 March...

Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, owners of Uline shipping supply company located in Pleasant Prairie, WI, and major donors to Republican candidates including President Donald...
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