Politics & Government

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Could Medicaid expansion get a second life?

BY: - July 23, 2019

It was a key plank in candidate Tony Evers’ campaign health-care platform during last year’s governor’s race: Reverse former Gov. Scott Walker’s rejection of federal funds to expand Wisconsin’s Medicaid coverage. But with his Medicaid expansion plan stripped out of the budget by the Republican-dominated legislature, the governor and health care advocacy groups are looking […]

Ron Johnson: ‘I don’t agree’ with Trump’s tweet

BY: - July 22, 2019

In  an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Oshkosh, said he didn’t agree with President Donald Trump’s latest attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color, but fell short of calling the president racist. When host Dana Bash first asked if Johnson agreed with the president’s Sunday morning […]

COMMENTARY

At rally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands her ground

BY: - July 22, 2019

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit back at President Trump on Thursday night, proclaiming in a speech in Silver Spring that she and other newly elected female lawmakers have no intention of stepping back from policy debates — or returning to the land of their ancestors. Speaking to a large, jubilant crowd of left-leaning activists in […]

Tour to protect immigrants, restore driver’s licenses

BY: - July 22, 2019

On a humid Saturday morning, with temperatures climbing into the 90s, about 100 community members gathered at the Centro Hispano community center in Madison for a bilingual teach-in on what to do in the event of an ICE raid, and to organize a statewide campaign to restore driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The two issues […]

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Vos gives insight into state Assembly’s fall agenda 

BY: - July 19, 2019

Democratic and Republican legislators do a Weekly Radio Address, addressing what they see as the “hot” issue each week. You won’t be surprised to learn from earlier coverage in the Wisconsin Examiner this week that the topic chosen by Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) is “Fair Maps for a Fair Wisconsin.” The key example of the […]

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John Nichols: Crisis in journalism is a crisis for democracy

BY: - July 19, 2019

There is no more ardent champion of Wisconsin’s progressive tradition than John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times and the author of many books, including “The Genius of Impeachment,” “The Death and Life of American Journalism” (with Robert McChesney) and “The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper’s […]

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New legal threat to ACA sparks call for state to step in

BY: - July 19, 2019

Facing a new legal threat to the 9-year-old Affordable Care Act, some Wisconsin lawmakers want the state to step in with new patient health care protections they fear could be wiped out if the ACA is overturned. At stake are key provisions that enabled former President Barack Obama’s health reform law to expand health care […]

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U.S. House approves boosting minimum wage to $15 per hour

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of […]

Racine joins trend to ban conversion therapy for LGBT minors

BY: - July 18, 2019

Racine became the fifth city in Wisconsin this week to ban conversion therapy — attempts by professional counselors to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people — from being used on children under the age of 18. The city council voted 11-3 Tuesday night to ban the practice […]

U.S. House quashes effort to consider impeachment

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday refused to consider impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, with most Democrats siding with Republicans to kill the effort. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) attempted to use a procedural mechanism on the House floor to prod his colleagues to vote on his impeachment resolution stating that Trump “is unfit […]

Meet Paul Ryan’s rookie replacement

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — If you can’t name the guy who took over for Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District, you’re not alone. It’s Bryan Steil, a relative political novice who won the seat in a hard-fought race last November after Ryan announced his retirement. Comparisons are frequently made between Steil — who once worked for Ryan […]

Measures for low-income workers aim to offset 2017 tax law’s tilt toward wealthy

BY: - July 18, 2019

More than a million people in Wisconsin could benefit from proposed changes in two federal tax credits for low- and moderate-income families, according to a new report. New federal legislation expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit would help 394,000 childless adults in Wisconsin, while a companion bill expanding the Child Care Tax Credit would […]