Politics & Government

Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" earlier this year in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

GOP could dodge Gov. Evers to gerrymander Wisconsin again

BY: - July 29, 2019

Advocates on both sides of recent redistricting battles in Wisconsin have told the Examiner they believe that the Republican-controlled legislature might draw new, gerrymandered voting maps after the 2020 census, using a process that would avoid sending the plan to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for his signature or veto. Democrats and advocates for a fair […]

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Legislators urge new approach to Milwaukee after bruising budget fight

BY: - July 26, 2019

The budget battle is over, but Milwaukee representatives are still struggling with the repercussions of a fight in which Republicans made a point of cutting state money flowing into Milwaukee. “It’s not a new battle,” says Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), “and it’s not uncommon.” Goyke told the Wisconsin Examiner he felt that Milwaukee was a […]

Heated weekly radio addresses throw shade

BY: - July 26, 2019

Mental health of farmers This week state Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) stepped up to the Democratic plate for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s Democratic weekly radio address — on a tense topic that had Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff feuding this week. […]

10 presidential hopefuls stress civil rights bona fides at NAACP forum

BY: - July 25, 2019

DETROIT — Ten candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential field made their case as civil rights champions Wednesday, on the closing day of the national NAACP convention in Detroit. Each candidate, including nine of the 20-plus contending for the Democratic nomination and one Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, was questioned by White House correspondent […]

Tax reform bus tour rides into Wisconsin

BY: - July 25, 2019

The message on the big green bus that rolled into Madison on Wednesday morning was a succinct three words: “Tax the Rich!” It’s a message that Dana Bye, campaign director for the group Tax March, which sponsored the bus tour, says has special salience in the wake of the Trump Administration’s sweeping 2017 tax overhaul.  […]

Sensenbrenner presses Mueller on ‘impeachable conduct’

BY: - July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who was a central figure in President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, thinks it’s noteworthy that former special counsel Robert Mueller didn’t use the term “impeachable conduct” in his report into Russian election interference.  Sensenbrenner, a longtime member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, was one of dozens of lawmakers […]

Wisconsin voters surveyed say “Tax the rich!”

BY: - July 24, 2019

Nearly four out of five Wisconsin voters support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, with three out of five “strongly” in favor, according to a survey released today. The poll was commissioned by Tax March, a campaign to repeal the Trump Administration’s 2017 rewrite of federal tax laws, and was conducted by Public Policy Polling. […]

Corporate political money swings heavily to GOP groups

BY: - July 24, 2019

Republican state political campaigns raked in five times the amount of corporate money that Democrats did in the first half of this year, the campaign finance watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Tuesday. Before then-Gov. Walker rewrote campaign-finance law in 2015, those contributions would have been illegal to make or for any political party or […]

Food stamp cuts harm low-income working families

BY: - July 24, 2019

Trump administration plans to cut nearly 10% of recipients from the federal food stamp program could hit school lunch programs and cut savings rates for the working poor, a University of Wisconsin expert on hunger and food assistance programs warned Wednesday. The administration announced plans on Tuesday to cut people with incomes from 130% to […]

Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban could come back in force

BY: - July 24, 2019

Back in 1849, construction began on a railroad running westward from Milwaukee. That same year,  the state’s first telegram arrived. Wisconsin also passed a law in 1849 making it a felony to perform an abortion. In 2019, 170 years later, that law remains on the books. There have been attempts to get rid of it, […]


The scourge of privacy

BY: - July 24, 2019

I like privacy as much as the next person. I don’t want anybody tapping my phone or peeking through my windows. I’m even irked that whenever I go online to shop for, say, chainsaws or hiking boots, every other web site I go to afterward reminds me of my interest in these products. But as […]

Gonzo journalist who antagonized Scott Walker dies

BY: - July 23, 2019

Friends and colleagues of journalist and satirist Ian Murphy, former editor of the recently revived Buffalo Beast, an alternative online news site in Buffalo, NY, report that Murphy has died. Murphy passed away on July 17, 2019, Buffalo Beast staff said. He was 40 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed. Murphy […]