Politics & Government

New report shows high levels of uninsured children

BY: - October 30, 2019

After falling steadily for at least eight years, the number of children without health insurance rose nationwide for the second year in a row in 2018, according to a new report released on Wednesday.  Nationwide, 5.2% of children were without health insurance in 2018, according to the report, produced by the Georgetown University Center for […]

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Tammy Baldwin pushes for action on lead poisoning

BY: - October 29, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin is joining 16 Senate colleagues in calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to tackle the looming issue of childhood lead exposure. The Senators sent a letter to Sema Verma, administrator for CMS, calling for renewed efforts to address issues in lead screening data. Current federal law requires lead […]

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) on stage

Donald Trump’s Man in Ukraine, Sen. Ron Johnson

BY: - October 29, 2019

Not all that long ago, Ron Johnson was running a Fox Valley plastics manufacturing company given to him by his in-laws. Now a United States senator, Ron Johnson has bumbled his way into the center of an impeachment investigation and looks very much like one of Donald Trump’s men in Ukraine.   According to new media […]

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Drug disposal part of clean water effort

BY: - October 28, 2019

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is uniting with allies to tackle the growing issue of prescription pill contamination in water. As part of this new initiative, officials are promoting the use of drop boxes for unused medications, and debuting new boxes in Milwaukee. This new effort comes in the wake of the Oct. 23 […]

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc) on stage

Ron Johnson played a key role in Trump’s Ukraine negotiations

BY: - October 28, 2019

The Washington Post reports that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis) held a previously unreported July meeting with Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko. Telizhenko said Johnson reached out to hold the meeting, and the two men discussed “the DNC issue”—a reference to unsubstantiated claims that the Democratic National Committee worked with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to gather […]

Chris Taylor and Ret. Col Greco at the Burlington air field

Rep. Taylor takes Madison team to Vermont to learn about F-35s

BY: - October 28, 2019

A group of community leaders led by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) flew to Burlington, Vermont, last week to see firsthand how a community that has recently begun hosting F-35 fighter jets is responding to the jets’ arrival. Madison Ald. Rebecca Kemble and community activist Brandi Grayson also joined the tour. The Air Force has chosen […]

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‘Shhh! It’s a Secret’

BY: - October 28, 2019

Wisconsin, over the last few years, has entered a new era, one marked by open contempt for the state’s tradition of open government from the people charged with serving the public interest. I don’t say this lightly. As president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, an all-volunteer group that advocates for access to public […]

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Gov. Tony Evers announces his call for a special legislative session on gun safety measures at City Hall in Milwaukee on Oct. 21, 2019 (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lt. Governor.)

Evers takes his fight to the streets

BY: - October 24, 2019

It sure appears that Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are not so much against the two gun safety bills that Gov. Tony Evers’ ordered a special session to consider.  It’s that they are terrified of those bills. On Monday, Evers issued an executive order to force the legislature to convene […]

Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) speaks at a US Fish and Wildlife event.

Ron Kind stockpiles cash ahead of 2020

BY: - October 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ron Kind has built up a massive war chest for his 2020 re-election bid.  The 12-term Wisconsin Democrat has raised more than $750,000 so far this election cycle and is sitting on nearly $3 million in campaign funds, according to his latest campaign finance report. He’s got more in the bank than […]

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New rule-making push on PFAS water contamination

BY: - October 24, 2019

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday moved to establish a rule making process for PFAS levels in water sources for Wisconsinites. The unanimous vote represents another step in addressing water contamination issues statewide. PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals used in products like non-stick cooking supplies, fast food […]

Marquette University Law School Poll announced during an "On the Issues" taping with Mike Gousha and Charles Franklin.

Taking Wisconsin’s pulse on Democrats, Trump & guns

BY: - October 24, 2019

On Wednesday the first Marquette Law School Poll results came out since congressional committees initiated impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. A national poll on similar topics was released the same day taking the public’s temperature on impeachment, offering a good comparison between Wisconsin and the rest of the nation. The latest national Quinnipiac University […]

Public urged to weigh in on water quality

BY: - October 24, 2019

Safe drinking water is receiving significant attention this year, from proposed rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to creating new incentives for companies to clean up and reduce pollution. But advocates pushing for safer drinking water are still looking for more. “It’s about time EPA takes the crisis seriously by putting forth much […]