Politics & Government

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Evers announces another $30M in regional workforce expansion projects

BY: - June 30, 2022

In the last batch of state grants for programs to address persistent workforce shortages in Wisconsin, six projects across the state will share in more than $30 million for training and for  addressing problems that have been identified as potential work barriers, including housing, child care and transportation. Gov. Tony Evers announced the grants Wednesday. […]

State Supreme Court rules holdover Natural Resources Board member can remain in seat

BY: - June 29, 2022

In a 4-3 decision on Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a member of the Natural Resources Board (NRB), who has refused to leave his seat since his term expired last May, can remain in the position indefinitely as long as his replacement is not confirmed by the state Senate.  The decision, made by […]

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U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 29, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […]

Over 4,000 people gather for the Voces de la Frontera march for immigrant rights on May Day, 2022. This was part of a two day action. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Voces de la Frontera demands Biden act to protect immigrants

BY: - June 29, 2022

Voces de la Frontera Action, the Milwaukee-based immigrant rights group, is denouncing a decision by a federal judge in Texas suspending a Biden administration policy that prioritized the arrest of undocumented immigrants who present public safety threats. The ruling opens  the door for all 11 million undocumented immigrants nationwide to become vulnerable to deportation, regardless […]

Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies during the sixth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told

BY: - June 28, 2022

Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a former top White House aide. Trump, spewing expletives, was so angry at […]

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Kaul files lawsuit challenging 1849 abortion ban

BY: - June 28, 2022

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit on Tuesday arguing that the state’s abortion ban, which was enacted into law in 1849, is unenforceable.  The 1849 law maintains that it is illegal for a physician to perform an abortion unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. After the U.S. Supreme […]

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Small business owners grill Democrats running for Senate

BY: - June 28, 2022

Corrine Hendrickson operates a child care center in New Glarus. She wants to know  what the Democrats vying to run against Sen. Ron Johnson plan to do about child care.  “Do you support investments in the child care workforce, and also increasing subsidies to make child care more affordable, accessible and available and higher quality? […]

A patient from central Texas waits to leave after getting an abortion in October in Shreveport, La.

Liberal prosecutors in red states vow not to enforce abortion bans

BY: - June 28, 2022

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, more than half of all states are poised to ban abortion immediately, forcing hundreds of abortion providers to close their doors. Anticipating the legal tumult to come, Democratic county prosecutors, mayors and city council members in at least seven conservative states have vowed not […]

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U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.  The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […]

Pro- and anti-abortion rights protesters clashed outside the Capitol in Madison on the day Roe v. Wade was overturned | Photo by Rose Cooper

Bad news Wisconsin women: The state Legislature is now in charge of your body

BY: - June 27, 2022

Knowing it was coming did not make it any less of a kick in the gut. On Friday the highest court in the land officially revoked women’s status as full people.  The Court made history, as Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote in their scathing dissent, “rescinding an individual right in its […]

A Planned Parenthood Clinic in downtown Milwaukee. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Doctor says her patients who live in poverty will be hardest hit by high court abortion ruling

BY: - June 27, 2022

On Milwaukee’s North Side, Dr. Stephanie Findley operates a clinic that serves uninsured and under-insured residents of the community, many of them people of color. Her patients, she says,  will be among those most drastically affected by Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and stripping away the federally recognized right to abortion. […]

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Wisconsin’s disappearing Democrats

BY: - June 27, 2022

It’s probably just as well that my parents and grandpa are in heaven, sipping whatever nectar they serve there, because they wouldn’t be happy with the state of politics today. Our two-flat, working-class home in Green Bay was union proud, with railroad man grandpa upstairs, my dad the union electrician and mom the Roosevelt Democrat […]