Politics & Government

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How does the Wisconsin Legislature COVID-19 response stack up?

BY: - March 13, 2020

Where does Wisconsin stand in comparison to other states on its response to COVID-19, the coronavirus that has been declared a pandemic? The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) is tracking various responses and legislation around  the country aimed at combating COVID-19, noting that while the Centers for Disease Control is in charge of the […]

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Electoral math for toss-up Wisconsin in a “disorienting” week

BY: - March 13, 2020

This week’s Cook Political Report shows Wisconsin to be where we’ve come to expect our state to be for the 2020 presidential election — a true toss up.  The report, which divides the states into “solid,” “likely” and “lean” for Republican and Democratic states, keeps a running tab on where it predicts the electoral college […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening COVID-19 crisis. Trump said the US will suspend all travel from Europe - except the UK - for the next 30 days. Since December 2019, COVID-19 has infected more than 109,000 people and killed more than 3,800 people in 105 countries. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

COVID-19 changes the political landscape

BY: - March 13, 2020

This week marked a turning point. Even President Donald Trump seemed to recognize it. In his address to the nation on Wednesday night, Trump appeared off-balance, his voice dropping to a whisper at several points as he acknowledged the seriousness of the global COVID-19 pandemic, after weeks of calling the disease a hoax, then downplaying […]

Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference declaring a public health state of emergency due to COVID-19 3/12/20

Evers talks COVID-19 impact on gatherings, homeless, meals and voting

BY: - March 12, 2020

Thursday morning Gov. Tony Evers declared a public health state of emergency due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, saying the declaration would give the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and other agencies the tools needed to prevent the spread of this coronavirus.  Topping the news from a press conference, Andrea […]

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Indian Country leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census

BY: - March 12, 2020

Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders throughout the U.S. are urging American Indians and Alaska Natives to be seen and counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. The Census, mandated by the Constitution, counts all people living in the […]

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Sen. Luther Olsen challenges school-choice advocates over open enrollment

BY: - March 12, 2020

Should students across the state of Wisconsin be allowed to spend part of their day outside their regular school, taking classes at public schools in other districts or at private and charter schools? That was the contentious subject of debate at Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee hearing. Senate Bill 789, introduced by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River […]

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U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they’re finalized. The U.S. House […]

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) asks questions during a House Appropriations Committee hearing (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis.  The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested in Trump’s fiscal year 2021 […]

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Bills to add penalties for threatening probation agents spur debate

BY: - March 11, 2020

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety (JPS) held a hearing Tuesday morning to discuss several bills on the periphery of Wisconsin’s ‘tougher on crime’ debate. Four of the bills aim to increase penalties for offenses committed against prosecutors and probation agents. JPS vice-chair Sen. Andre Jacque (R-DePere), repeatedly called the bills “common sense” […]

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Report ties Trump, trade wars to jobs slowdown

BY: - March 11, 2020

Slower job growth and an increase in mass layoffs and plant closings in Wisconsin make President Donald Trump vulnerable in the state during this year’s reelection campaign, according to a report by a progressive  policy organization, released on Tuesday. Trump’s trade war, which began in 2018 and included tariffs on imported goods from China, Europe, […]

Hand sanitizer sits on a table during a news conference with healthcare workers at the National Nurses United offices in Oakland, California. The National Nurses United held a news conference to express concerns that the Centers for Disease Control is not doing enough to help protect and test healthcare workers who are exposed to patients with the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State ramps up testing capacity for COVID-19

BY: - March 7, 2020

The number of people in Wisconsin who are being or have been tested for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus now spreading worldwide, had risen to 44 as of Friday. To date only one person in the state has tested positive, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). “We want to […]

Melissa Ludin, state board member at Ex-incarceraed Peopl Organizing (EXPO) (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Some ‘tougher on crime’ bills were vetoed and some passed

BY: - March 6, 2020

The Wisconsin Legislature’s “tougher on crime” push ran into a partial roadblock, with Gov. Tony Evers vetoing four of bills that were part of the crime package as February drew to a close. These measures represented some of the more controversial aspects of the legislative package, covering parole revocations and juvenile incarceration. Spearheaded by Rep. […]