Politics & Government

Pres. Trump from the back leaving UN press conference

U.S. House overwhelmingly votes to condemn Trump’s Syrian troop withdrawal

BY: - October 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.  The resolution passed the House with broad bipartisan support, delivering a stinging rebuke to the president. The final vote was 354-60. Every member of Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation voted for the resolution, including Republicans Mike Gallagher, […]

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Supreme Court will take case on limiting governor’s veto power

BY: - October 17, 2019

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to take a case brought by the right-leaning Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) seeking to undo several of Gov. Tony Evers’ partial vetoes of the state budget. “Gov. Evers used his partial veto to create new laws out of whole cloth,” said Rick Esenberg of WILL. […]

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele

Abele won’t run again for county exec

BY: - October 17, 2019

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced on Wednesday that he will not run for re-election.  “I have approached public service just as I have approached every venture I take on – giving it my all every day, all day, leaving everything on the field. But I also believe public service is about passing the torch […]

Animal rights activists and community members pose for pictures in front of the common council chamber. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Neighbors and activists call for transparency with proposed slaughterhouse

BY: - October 17, 2019

Activists and community members filled the Common Council chambers at Milwaukee’s City Hall Tuesday morning, voicing discontent at a proposed slaughterhouse in a predominantly African American district on the north side of Milwaukee in the Century City Business Park. Holding signs reading, “stop the slaughter,” organizers pressed the council to suspend a vote on the […]

Vice President of the United States Mike Pence speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

Pence Wisconsin visit rescheduled for next week

BY: - October 16, 2019

The on-again, off-again trip to Wisconsin by Vice President Mike Pence to promote the Trump Administration’s revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico is on again. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, Pence’s visit to a Kenosha County company owned by Republican megadonors has now been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Pence is scheduled to […]

Senate committee takes aim at governor’s partial veto powers

BY: - October 16, 2019

At a public hearing on Tuesday, members of a state Senate committee on government oversight heard testimony on a proposed joint resolution that would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment “prohibiting the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures.” Committee Chairman Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend), who sponsored the resolution, argued […]

COMMENTARY

We demand fair maps

BY: - October 16, 2019

When your car gets stolen, you call the police and there’s a chance they will catch the thief and return your car. When your vote gets stolen, where do you turn? Chances are you won’t even know it happened. After all, you stood in line, showed your photo ID, and inked the line by your […]

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Two Dems jump into 7th Congressional District race

BY: - October 15, 2019

Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker announced on Monday that she is running in the 7th Congressional District special election for the seat vacated by Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned last month. “I have become increasingly frustrated watching what is happening in Washington, because Wisconsin isn’t getting a fair deal,” Zunker told supporters who gathered […]

NAFTA 2.0: ‘The benefits are unclear’

BY: - October 15, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Wisconsin later this week to promote the Trump administration’s triumphant view of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, but a couple of early reviews Monday of the deal were more modest. The agreement, officially abbreviated as USMCA but often referred to as “NAFTA 2.0,” was signed almost a year ago […]

Sheriff Earnell Lucus in a suit in a library setting

New sheriff in town 

BY: - October 15, 2019

Earnell Lucas has been Milwaukee County sheriff for less than a year but he celebrated an anniversary recently. Lucas recognized his 44th year in a professional law enforcement career that began when he was a Milwaukee Police Department officer, later a police captain and then a professional security manager for Major League Baseball that led […]

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ICE raids and a battle over Arcadia’s school bus route

BY: - October 15, 2019

Arcadia, a small town in western Wisconsin, near the Minnesota border, has seen a huge influx of immigrants from Latin America in recent years. Some 40% of the town’s 3,000 residents are Latino, according to the Census. In surrounding Trempealeau County, where immigrants make up the bulk of the workforce on local dairy farms, the […]

Rev. William Barber (Center) and Poverty Summit Director Abra Fortson (Right) (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Rev. Barber brings his campaign for justice to Milwaukee

BY: - October 14, 2019

“Wisconsin is one of those states that’s critical for talking about poverty,” Rev. William Barber told Wisconsin Examiner, shortly before taking the stage at the 2019 Summit On Poverty and SWIM (Scaling Wellness In Milwaukee) Conference last Tuesday. “Normally we racialize poverty,” Barber explained. In Wisconsin, where there are more poor whites than poor African […]