Politics & Government

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New twists in Wisconsin’s voter purge case

BY: - January 14, 2020

There was a flurry of new developments in the Wisconsin voter purge case on Monday:  Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy found the state Elections Commission in contempt of court for failing to immediately purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls after he ordered them to do so. He imposed fines of $50 per day […]

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Judge finds state Elections Commission in contempt on voter purge

BY: - January 13, 2020

Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy found the state Elections Commission in contempt of court on Monday for failing to immediately purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls after he ordered them to do so. The judge ordered the commission to pay $50 per day, and three individual commissioners to pay $250 per day each, […]

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U.S. House votes to crack down on toxic chemicals; Trump threatens veto

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Friday to pass a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo by Gage Skidmore. (Creative Commons license CC BY-SA 2.0)

U.S. House to vote on upending DeVos student loan forgiveness policy

BY: - January 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on a resolution that would overturn a federal rule that critics say guts protections for defrauded student loan borrowers. The resolution — led by Nevada Democratic Rep. Susie Lee and co-sponsored by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Black Earth) — expresses congressional disapproval of the so-called […]

PFAS contamination of well leads to emergency water for homeowner

BY: - January 10, 2020

A Marinette homeowner has been given emergency water by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), after PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were detected in the person’s private well. The water was tested by the homeowner, and is just one such contaminated well in the Marinette Peshtigo area. Under the oversight of the DNR, Johnson Controls […]

WASHINGTON, DC Protesters hold signs at the US Capitol on January 09. The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

U.S. House votes to check Trump on military action against Iran

BY: - January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday on a resolution to curtail President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without first securing congressional approval.  The chamber voted 224-194, largely along party lines, to approve the resolution from Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), which would direct Trump to halt the use of U.S. armed […]

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Another Walker appointee elevated to top U.S. EPA job under Trump

BY: - January 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — A former senior Wisconsin environmental official who served under Gov. Scott Walker has been elevated to a top job in the Trump administration.  Kurt Thiede, who was deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2015 to 2017, has taken the reins of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional […]

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Water Quality Task Force releases final report on policy recommendations

BY: - January 9, 2020

A final report released by the state’s Water Quality Task Force was described as an “unprecedented, bipartisan effort for clean water in Wisconsin,” by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. The report outlines a package of bills and provides a variety of recommendations for the state’s water policy. One recommendation is the creation of an Office of Water […]

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What’s going on with the voter purge?

BY: - January 9, 2020

A conservative group’s lawsuit demanding that more than 200,000 voters who may have changed address be purged from the voting rolls in Wisconsin has set off a race to state and federal courts by parties on both sides of the issue. The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL), which brought the original lawsuit, the […]

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Occupational licenses: Consumer safeguard or job barrier?

BY: - January 9, 2020

Should a sign language interpreter have to pass a test and obtain a license in order to work? A massage therapist? A real estate agent? A barber or beautician? An architect? A wave of legislation has been spreading across the country relaxing state occupational licensing rules, and for the second legislative term in a row, […]

Trump pushes Iran sanctions, Senate to vote on war powers

BY: - January 8, 2020

In a live, televised address to the nation on Wednesday, President Donald Trump responded to missile attacks by Iran on U.S. military sites in Iraq by announcing tougher sanctions, vowing that Iran will never get nuclear weapons, and praising his administration’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, claiming that U.S. military power is […]

President Trump signs the USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

Tammy Baldwin announces she’ll vote to pass ‘new NAFTA’

BY: - January 8, 2020

Parting company with her Congressional successor, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) Tuesday announced she plans to vote to ratify the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). “President Trump’s trade wars have hurt our Wisconsin economy and more than 1,900 dairy farms have gone out of business since he took office,” Baldwin said in a statement […]