Politics & Government

Natural Resources Board won’t hold September meeting amid succession fight

BY: - September 9, 2021

The September meeting of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) has been canceled after the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said it had no pending agenda items that required the board’s action.  The cancellation comes as the board has been in the middle of a game of political tug-of-war between current chair Fred Prehn and the […]

Rebecca Kleefisch is now all in for the 2022 race for governor

BY: - September 9, 2021

It was a very badly kept secret that former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch planned to run against Gov. Tony Evers in the 2022 election. She had been running a nonprofit organization she named the 1848 Project as a shadow campaign for months as she traveled the state campaigning. And after using the nonprofit to release […]

Pro-Trump rally with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol Dec. 7, 2020 (Photo by Luther Wu)

Republican senator schools colleagues on election falsehoods

BY: - September 9, 2021

The state Senate elections committee informational hearing held Wednesday afternoon was quite boring. There were no allegations, voiced by elected officials and Trump lawyers, that votes were stolen with the help of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, as has happened previously at Assembly election committee meetings. There was no meltdown by a CEO of a pillow […]

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We can’t stop climate change by investing in fossil fuels

BY: - September 9, 2021

The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reiterated what we already know: We need to be taking swift, bold action to address climate change.  If we don’t, the consequences are dire.  The report called it a “code red for humanity.”  While Gov. Tony Evers and President Joe Biden have […]

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Uber, DoorDash want lawmakers to guarantee their drivers aren’t employees

BY: - September 9, 2021

Drivers for ride-share businesses such as Uber and app-based delivery services such as DoorDash would be blocked from collecting workers’ compensation or unemployment benefits in Wisconsin under legislation that would define them as independent contractors rather than employees. The proposed measures — Assembly Bill 487 and Senate Bill 485 — would also allow those sorts […]

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U.S. Senate candidate faces charges of embezzlement, fraud

BY: - September 8, 2021

Milwaukee alderwoman and U.S. Senate candidate Chantia Lewis has been charged with defrauding the city and campaign donors of more than $21,000. The charges come from the office of Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm. Lewis is charged with five felony offenses, including misconduct in office, theft by fraud, embezzlement and falsifying campaign finance reports. The […]

Nass asks Republican leadership to sue UW System over COVID mask mandates

BY: - September 8, 2021

Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) wants to pick a fight with Tommy Thompson.   Last month, Nass and his fellow Republicans on the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules passed a motion attempting to force all UW System COVID-19 policies to first be approved by the committee. Thompson, the interim president of the UW System and […]

Lawmakers call foul on referee abuse

BY: - September 8, 2021

A few years ago, an umpire at a softball tournament for 12-year-old girls in Stoughton, Wisconsin, made a call on a play at the plate: The runner was safe. Angry parents hollered it was a “stupid” call, and after the game, the ump recalled, two fathers followed him to the parking lot, “yelling at me […]

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Evers on pace for record pardons, activists push for more

BY: - September 8, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers gathered alongside members of the state’s Pardon Advisory Board and individuals who’ve received recent pardons at the Crossroads Collective in Milwaukee. Evers called the Tuesday morning gathering a celebration, not just for those present, but also for the more than 260 people who’ve received pardons under the Evers administration. “If you hear […]

Federal lawsuit seeks to overturn state ban on jobless pay for disability recipients

BY: - September 7, 2021

Eight Wisconsin residents who receive Social Security disability payments and who have also held part-time jobs sued Wisconsin in federal court Tuesday, charging that a state law that disqualified them from collecting unemployment insurance when they lost their jobs violates federal laws that protect people with disabilities. “Workers who received Social Security Disability Insurance benefits […]

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Court battles over Wisconsin redistricting heat up

BY: - September 7, 2021

The legal wrangling in multiple lawsuits brought by liberal and conservatives groups has intensified in recent days as activists fight over how the state’s new legislative districts will be drawn and who will draw them.  Several lawsuits have already been filed in state and federal court in anticipation of Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-led […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief costs, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and […]