Monkeypox virus, illustration

Why declaring monkeypox a global health emergency is a preventative step — not a reason for panic

BY: - July 27, 2022

Countries that are members of the United Nations are obligated to report cases of unusual diseases that have the potential to become global health threats. In May 2022, more than a dozen countries in Europe, the Americas and other regions of the world that had never before had cases of monkeypox started to report cases […]

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos struggles to maintain control

BY: - January 31, 2022

The Assembly is only two weeks into the 2022 session and it’s already been a bruising one for Speaker Robin Vos. It was clear at Vos’ news conference held before the floor session on Tuesday that he was on edge as he took sarcastic swipes at reporters.  In his remarks, he expanded beyond his usual […]

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A bad week for ‘endangering democracy’

BY: - December 17, 2021

Over the past week, Republicans — including a state senator who chairs the Senate’s election committee — have blasted Speaker Robin Vos’ 2020 election probe as a “charade” that is harmful to democracy. Newspaper editorial boards have also offered  harsh criticism, including the Capital Times, which characterized the ‘audit’ as “looney,” and an “epic train […]

The U.S. Supreme Court is shown June 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. up close reading Equal Justice Under Law

The Supreme Court’s immense power may pose a danger to its legitimacy

BY: - October 4, 2021

The first Monday in October is the traditional day that the U.S. Supreme Court convenes for its new term. Analysts and soothsayers carefully read the signals and forecast the direction the court will take. This year the scrutiny seems a little more intense, as the court takes up several highly charged cases. Alexander Hamilton famously […]

Evers speaking in Assembly chambers with Vos behind him

GOP Legislature’s fall agenda: pummel Evers in a culture war

BY: - September 20, 2021

Wisconsin Republicans set the stage last week for the fall session by painting a clear picture of how governing and campaigning will take shape into 2022, despite partisan elections being more than a year away. While redistricting — drawing new political maps based on the 2020 census — has taken center stage of late, and […]

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Citing COVID risk, Democrats on Assembly education committee walk out 

BY: - September 15, 2021

As students and teachers begin an uncertain school year, with classrooms open for in-person instruction and the delta variant surging, the Assembly education committee met on Tuesday for a hearing on a bill to improve reading scores and tackle the achievement gap. But just as the hearing got underway, all the Democrats on the committee […]

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Kleefisch unveils her nonprofit’s agenda and it reads like a campaign platform

BY: - August 31, 2021

On Tuesday former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who has been touring the state criticizing actions by Gov. Tony Evers, released an “agenda” for her nonprofit foundation — the “1848 Project.” Her foundation’s advocacy mimics a campaign for office in nearly every way possible, except that she has not publicly declared her intention to run against […]

A member of the Senate's election audit team demonstrates how auditors will manually tally each of the 2.1 million ballots cast in the presidential election in Maricopa County in 2020. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Speaker Vos caves on new election audit after another scolding

BY: - July 30, 2021

Last Tuesday, Speaker Robin Vos swatted aside a request for an Arizona-style forensic audit of the Wisconsin election that was being initiated by Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls). Vos responded that he was already conducting such an audit and she should take a look at his scope statement if she had any doubts. He also […]

Which party’s vision will be imprinted on the ‘unprecedented’ state budget?

BY: - July 2, 2021

For legislative Republicans, the biennial budget passed by the Legislature this week represents an “historic investment,” while Democrats repeatedly called it a “missed opportunity.” Both sides agreed that the flood of more than $5.3 billion flowing into state coffers this year was a surprise and “unprecedented,” a description that came from the longtime guru of […]

Empty Assembly chambers taken from the back of the room facing the dais

What Democrats want versus what Republicans got in the budget

BY: - June 30, 2021

Republicans’ large advantage in the Legislature — courtesy of their gerrymandered district maps — means that the focus of legislative action is generally all on the GOP. Their leaders control which bills get considered in committee, which gets a public hearing, which comes to the floor and which gets sent to the governor’s desk. If […]

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The Legislature is but a stage

BY: - May 12, 2021

As the curtain rose on the opening act of Tuesday’s legislative floor sessions — where predictable, partisan outcomes were a near certain conclusion — Macbeth’s famous words could be applied to the lengthy forthcoming script in the Senate and Assembly: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon […]

Green Bay City Hall | Green Bay government photo

‘The goal is a smear campaign’

BY: - March 12, 2021

On Wednesday, Assembly Republicans held a committee hearing examining the logistics of the November election in Green Bay. The only people the committee invited to testify were individuals backing up the baseless assertion that election fraud had taken place. This “informational hearing” of the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee was the second hearing designed to […]