Politics & Government

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Medical marijuana likely dead this session, according to Assembly Speaker

BY: - February 16, 2024

Assembly Republicans’ medical marijuana bill, which received criticism from Democrats and Senate Republicans, likely won’t pass this session, according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).  The restrictive bill, which was unveiled by lawmakers in January, would instruct the state Department of Health Services to operate five dispensaries across the state where registered patients with a […]

GOP Senators circulate PFAS groundwater standards bill while making last push on cleanup measure

BY: - February 16, 2024

Republican Sens. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Eric Wimberger (R-Green Bay) are making a final effort to get their bill aimed at cleaning up PFAS contamination across the state signed by Gov. Tony Evers. At the same time, the pair has begun circulating a bill that would allow the DNR to continue moving forward with […]

Bipartisan bills on artificial intelligence and sex trafficking pass Assembly

BY: - February 16, 2024

Assembly lawmakers passed several bills on Thursday regulating how artificial intelligence is used in political campaigns and in state agencies and to limit sex trafficking in the state. Several of the bills, which are the result of work done by bipartisan task forces that were organized by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) last year, passed […]

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Should Evers sign or veto the voting maps the Legislature gave him?

BY: - February 16, 2024

Democrats and democracy advocates in Wisconsin are divided over what Gov. Tony Evers should do now that Republicans in the Legislature have approved the exact voting maps Evers advocated. Evers has until Tuesday to sign or veto the maps. If he signs them, as he said he would if the Legislature really gave him his […]

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 15, 2024. (Screenshot from committee webcast)

Expanded child tax credit could be in place quickly if passed by Congress, IRS chief says

BY: - February 16, 2024

WASHINGTON — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday that his agency is “poised to move quickly” on a bipartisan tax bill that would temporarily expand the child tax credit and revive several corporate tax breaks. But, he cautioned, taxpayers should not wait to file. The Tax Relief for American […]

Legislation would enable state’s signature small business aid program to bounce back

BY: - February 16, 2024

A pandemic aid program that gave nearly 10,000 small businesses across the state a boost of $10,000 each would get a boost of its own under legislation that got a public hearing this week. The legislation, AB-963 / SB-891, would turn the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) Main Street Bounceback initiative into a continuing source […]

Assembly passes bills to protect judges’ privacy

BY: - February 15, 2024

Assembly lawmakers passed three bills on Thursday aimed at protecting judges’ privacy. The bills come at the request of the state Supreme Court and following threats of violence against judges in recent years.  One bipartisan bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor to picket, parade or demonstrate at or near the residence of a […]

Environmental group alleges illegal logging in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

BY: - February 15, 2024

An environmental group alleged that a logging operation in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) has violated its contract by clear cutting sections of the forest and working while the ground is unfrozen. The group called on the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) supervisor for the forest to immediately halt the operation.  The timber sale is […]

Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends a pre-trial hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court on Feb. 15, 2024, in New York City. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records last year, which prosecutors say was an effort to hide a potential sex scandal, both before and after the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s calendar becoming crowded as legal battles escalate in New York, D.C.

BY: and - February 15, 2024

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s days fighting criminal charges in two courts could be arriving soon. Special Counsel Jack Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday not to pause federal election interference proceedings and a New York state judge on Thursday set a late March trial date on charges related to hush money […]

The Wisconsin State Capitol Building at night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republican bill to limit John Doe law passes Senate and Assembly

BY: - February 15, 2024

Republican legislation designed to restrict the ability of courts to issue criminal complaints under the state’s John Doe law passed in the Assembly and Senate this week. Republican supporters of the bills argue they’re needed to protect police officers from having use-of-force cases reviewed after a district attorney has already found an officer acted in […]

Power line legislation favoring in-state companies passes Assembly

BY: - February 15, 2024

Without debate and on a voice vote — which included audible cries of “No” — the Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would give in-state utilities the right to construct new interstate power lines passing through Wisconsin without competitive bidding. Critics have called the legislation a guaranteed monopoly measure that will drive up utility costs […]

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UW schools benefit financially from thousands of acres of former tribal land

BY: - February 15, 2024

During the fall 2023 semester there were fewer than 700 Native Americans enrolled at Universities of Wisconsin schools, about 0.4% of the total student population, according to system data. Yet despite that minuscule proportion, Wisconsin’s Native American tribes continue to have a large impact on the UW System.  In the 2023 fiscal year, through a […]