Election 2020

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What will Wisconsin Republicans do after Spindell spilled the beans on suppressing Black votes?

BY: - January 12, 2023

Thanks to the excellent reporting of Bruce Murphy in Urban Milwaukee, we now know that fake Trump elector and Wisconsin Elections Commissioner Robert Spindell crowed about Republicans’ successful efforts to suppress the Black vote in Milwaukee in the November 2022 elections. The quotes Murphy pulls out of Spindell’s congratulatory message to Republicans, as party chair […]

A Stop The Steal is posted inside of the Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows in the deadly insurrection attempt aimed at stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden's win in the November election. Photo by Jon Cherry | Getty Images

Report argues for criminal charges against Wisconsin’s fraudulent electors

BY: - December 19, 2022

A report published last week by online democracy protection outlet Just Security makes the case that the 10 Wisconsin Republicans who cast false Electoral College votes for former President Donald Trump in 2020 can and should be charged with felonies. The report argues that the false electors possibly violated a number of state laws and […]

Nitrate groundwater contamination widespread in De Pere

BY: - October 28, 2022

Groundwater pollution in several parts of Assembly District 2 have reached unsafe levels, according to data collected in Brown and Mantiwoc counties. Wells around Greenlake, Cooperstown, Maribel, and north of Kellnersville and Francis Creek have all tested for high levels of nitrate. Nitrate is the state’s most common groundwater contaminant. Drinking water with high levels […]

The Milwaukee Press Club Luncheon on Latino voters. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Examining the power of Latino voters

BY: - October 27, 2022

The power Latino voters could demonstrate in the Nov. 8 midterm elections was the  topic of a panel discussion at a Milwaukee Press Club on Wednesday. But the subject is a complex. Increasing economic prosperity, immigration reform and access to education are issues that  continue to motivate Latino communities in Milwaukee. Yet there’s also what […]

Anthony Davis, head of the Kenosha NAACP

Dead bird with images of Mandela Barnes left outside Kenosha NAACP president’s home

BY: - October 25, 2022

For Anthony Davis, president of Kenosha’s chapter of the NAACP, the weekend brought more than just warm October weather. On Saturday morning as he ate breakfast, Davis heard a package arrive at the front door. He found a dead bird lying on top of campaign literature for Sen. Ron Johnson. One side showed Johnson and […]

Michels proposes breaking up DNR, prioritizes businesses and hunters

BY: - October 19, 2022

Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels set his sights on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Tuesday, suggesting the agency should be broken up to  better serve what he sees as the agency’s customers: businesses and hunters. “It’s not my opinion that the DNR is broken,” Michels said in a talk to members of the […]

A Stop The Steal is posted inside of the Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows in the deadly insurrection attempt aimed at stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden's win in the November election. Photo by Jon Cherry | Getty Images

U.S. House passes bill reforming Electoral Count Act to stop Jan. 6 repeat

BY: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed on Wednesday a bill updating a 19th-century law in an attempt to prevent the subversion of future presidential elections. The Presidential Election Reform Act, which passed 229-203, is meant to deter a repeat of the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, in which the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a […]

Poll workers on election day (Photo: City of Madison Clerk's Office)

Election officials can’t access federal funding for security as violent threats mount

BY: - August 21, 2022

Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated how much in funding an advisory board awarded to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The award totaled $241,000 in emergency funding.  Colorado’s election officials, like so many across the country, faced a surge of violent threats after the 2020 election.  Federal authorities are prosecuting a man […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Thousands of Donald Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. The protesters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police. Trump supporters had gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

How Wisconsin voters are reacting to the Jan. 6 committee revelations about Trump

BY: - August 17, 2022

Former Wisconsin Republican U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble joined a panel on Tuesday hosted by the Defend Democracy Project to discuss the House Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings and how they are affecting voters’ attitudes in Wisconsin. Ribble is one of a handful of Republicans nationwide who have been outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump […]

Former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman leads the partisan review of the 2020 election. (YouTube | Office of the Special Counsel)

Vos fires Gableman, ending scandal-plagued 2020 election investigation

BY: - August 12, 2022

On Friday, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos fired Michael Gableman, the former Supreme Court justice Vos had appointed last year to lead the Office of Special Counsel, investigating Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election.  After spending more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars to investigate election conspiracy theories over the last 14 months, threatening to jail the […]

Democratic legislators demand audit of Gableman’s 2020 election review

BY: - August 11, 2022

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers are urging Republicans to join in commissioning a nonpartisan state audit of the partisan election review office established by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos a year ago. The Office of Special Council (OSC) that Vos established under the leadership of  former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman has already racked up at least […]

WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 09: Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels greets guests at an election-night rally on August 09, 2022 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Michels, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican nomination against former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Michels wins GOP nod for governor’s race; Vos narrowly wins Assembly primary

BY: - August 10, 2022

Updated Wisconsin Republicans nominated Tim Michels as the party’s 2022 candidate for governor Tuesday night, choosing the construction company owner who has never held political office over former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to run against Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in November.  In a stunning near-upset, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) squeaked to a reelection victory […]