Politics & Government

A resident waits in line to vote at a polling place in Milwaukee for the April 7, 2020, primary election. Residents waited sometimes more than two hours to vote at this site, one of the few polling places open in the city after most were consolidated due to a shortage of poll workers fearful of contracting COVID-19. Photo by Scott Olson | Getty Images

Milwaukee-area Assembly candidate collects 1,000 signatures by mail

BY: - May 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has upended every aspect of political campaigns and elections in Wisconsin, including the process for candidates obtaining ballot signatures.  With door knocking unavailable because of the pandemic, candidates are forced to think creatively to collect the signatures they need to get their names on the ballot. In the hotly contested 23rd Assembly […]

Shilling steps down Friday in western Wisconsin swing district

BY: - May 15, 2020

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling is stepping down earlier than she originally anticipated, effective at the end of the day on Friday, after submitting a letter to Senate President Roger Roth. She said her intention is to “explore career opportunities” and she is looking to make certain she can avoid any conflict of interest.  State law […]

Gov. Tony Evers from his media briefing 5/14/20

At meeting with Vos and Fitzgerald, Evers strives to avoid “fireworks”

BY: - May 15, 2020

The morning after a convoluted decision in which the Wisconsin Supreme Court determined that the state Department of Health Services secretary did not have the authority to issue an extension of the Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers got on the phone for a meeting with the two men who brought the lawsuit on […]

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Supreme Court ruling leaves complicated patchwork of local stay-at-home orders

BY: - May 15, 2020

After a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling struck down the state’s Safer-at-Home order, county and municipal governments were left to fend for themselves, with some instituting their own orders while others encouraged businesses to open “safely.”  At a press briefing Thursday afternoon, Gov. Tony Evers expressed frustration over the chaos caused by the court’s ruling, and […]

Laura Valderrama at the Capitol April 4

Tensions high as Milwaukee reels from Supreme Court Ruling

BY: - May 15, 2020

Even over a Zoom call the disappointment, anger and uncertainty felt by Rev. Greg Lewis, and other community leaders and activists, was palatable. The May 14 conference was quickly organized as a collective response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s overturning of the state’s Safer at Home order. Lewis, executive director of Souls to the Polls, […]

Road sign reads Save Lives Now Stay Home #COVID19

Evers: Stay the course, but voluntarily

BY: - May 15, 2020

The legal authority to enforce Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order was ripped away by Wednesday’s 4-3 state Supreme Court ruling. On Thursday, the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Gov. Tony Evers vowed to press ahead with a voluntary approach to reopening the state’s economy while seeking to curb the virus responsible for COVID-19. “We […]

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Wisconsin joins brief to support Affordable Care Act before Supreme Court

BY: - May 14, 2020

Wisconsin once helped lead a lawsuit to throw out the Affordable Care Act, but on Thursday the state Department of Justice announced it was joining a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to keep the law intact. “This effort to take down the Affordable Care Act threatens to cause severe damage to public health and […]

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Will Congress send aid to ailing local news outlets? 

BY: - May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — Politicians are banding together to try to rescue local news media from economic collapse during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing to fix a small business lending program so that it applies to local news publishers and broadcasters affiliated with […]

Signs from a pandemic election including health alert at the polls

‘Egg on his face’ or ‘decisive victory’

BY: - May 14, 2020

Before the dust had settled in the special election for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, the state’s Democrats were claiming a moral victory in Republican Tom Tiffany’s 14 point win over Democrat Tricia Zunker.  Tiffany’s double digit margin was lower than President Donald Trump’s margin in the 7th district in 2016 and former Rep. Sean Duffy’s […]

Chief Justice Patience Roggensack (photo from Wisconsin Eye video of oral arguments in Wisconsin Legislature v. Andrea Palm)

‘Blatant judicial activism’ as Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns Safer at Home

BY: - May 14, 2020

In a 4-3 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the extension of Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order by Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. The order sought to prevent people throughout the state from gathering in large groups, going to school, church and restaurants, and otherwise participating in social contact […]

Wisconsin Capitol and the Forward statue wearing a protective face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Nazan Gillie

Wisconsinites respond to Supreme Court tossing out Safer at Home

BY: , , and - May 13, 2020

Late Wednesday afternoon, at the request of Republicans in the Legislature, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home plan, which was ordered by Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. Responses came flooding in from local government, elected officials, businesses and groups responding to the chaos created by the late-in-the-day […]

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - One of the new ultra fast broadband towers is seen on a rural farm in Eureka in Hamilton, New Zealand. Vodafone and the New Zealand Government switched on the first wave of newly built cell sites under the Rural Broadband Initiative (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Will the federal government help Wisconsin get better broadband? 

BY: - May 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Baldwin called on Congress Wednesday to narrow disparities in access to broadband internet service.  “The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the reality of how needed it is,” the Wisconsin Democrat said during a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over the Federal […]