Politics & Government

Front of a closing Shopko stores with a clearance sign

Sharing solidarity long-distance

BY: - March 20, 2020

Just a day after Wisconsin banned face-to-face meetings of 10 or more people to help curb the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19, more than 75 people gathered in cyberspace to mark a grim anniversary: Wednesday, March 18, one year to the day since the bankrupt Shopko retail chain announced it would close all […]

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Ron Johnson sold his company’s stock before the market tanked

BY: - March 20, 2020

Sen. Ron Johnson sold between $5 million and $25 million in stock in his family’s plastics company, PACUR LLC, on March 2, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high, shortly before the stock market plummeted after news about the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.  The sale prompted speculation that Johnson, who is chair of […]

Congressman Mark Pocan

Rep. Mark Pocan on rent relief, evictions in the pandemic

BY: - March 20, 2020

Among the most pressing questions looming for the majority of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck is, if they can’t go to work, how will they pay their rent? Will they have to contend with landlords who, regardless of the circumstances presented by COVID-19, give them a choice between payment and eviction? During a Facebook […]

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

Major coalition lays out how Wisconsin lawmakers can run elections with fairness, ease and accessibility

BY: - March 19, 2020

The cluttered letterhead at the top of a March 18 letter sent to Gov. Tony Evers, legislative leaders and Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson includes 10 major good-government advocacy groups that banded together to lay out steps they say would make the April 7 elections fair and keep the public — particularly the most […]

WEC staffers Michelle Hawley and Sara Linski train poll workers in Brookfield, Wis. in 2018

Elections Commission searching for answers on safety of April election

BY: - March 19, 2020

This story has been updated to reflect the accurate deadline to request an absentee ballot online. The deadline is April 2.  For nearly three hours Wednesday, as the clock ticked and the COVID-19 pandemic continued to worsen, the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) debated what it should do to ensure a safe and fair election can […]

COVID-19 price gouging complaints against Menards

BY: - March 19, 2020

The famous slogan is “save big money at Menards,” but the Michigan attorney general’s office has put the Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer on notice for allegations of price-gouging on products in high demand during the COVID-19 emergency. “Big box stores are not immune to the Michigan Consumer Protection Act or the Governor’s Executive Order,” […]

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski reads to elementary school students in Eau Claire (photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer).

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski on COVID-19’s economic fallout 

BY: - March 19, 2020

“We can’t wait for the federal government to act,” says State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski. She has just hung up from a call with other state treasurers from around the country to discuss their responses to the economic damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. Declaring a state of emergency, closing schools, restaurants and bars and banning […]

Novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is shown here in orange and yellow. Microphotography by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

‘It’s gonna be tough.’ Wis. lawmakers brace for coronavirus impacts

BY: - March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — What support is available for people who have been laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic? Can health professionals get into locked-down nursing homes? Will state labs analyze test kits on weekends?  Those were some of the questions asked of Rep. Mark Pocan, a Madison-area Democrat who held a virtual town […]

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson meets with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, December 7, 2018

Ron Johnson looks on the bright side of COVID-19

BY: - March 19, 2020

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) has made national news multiple times now by taking a contrarian view on the coronavirus pandemic. This week he spoke out against paid sick leave, suggesting it would only make people more likely to stay home from work, and voted against an aid package that passed Congress with Donald Trump’s support. […]

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Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. The package […]

Coronavirus COVID-19 up close

New order bans mass gatherings; COVID-19 testing limited

BY: - March 17, 2020

Bars must close, restaurants can only serve take-out meals, and with exceptions, gatherings of 10 or more people are banned under a new statewide public health order issued Tuesday as the number of active cases of COVID-19 continued to mount. Wisconsin public health officials also are limiting tests for the illness caused by the novel […]

Voters casting ballots. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Mail the ballots now!

BY: - March 17, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, states are struggling with how to proceed with upcoming elections. Some states have postponed elections and others are moving forward, while encouraging voters to cast absentee ballots to reduce the risk of exposure. However, neither of these solutions are sufficient. On one hand, postponing democracy is simply never a good idea […]