Politics & Government

Rep. Jimmy Anderson during his floor speech on Oct. 10 2019 (Wisconsin Eye)

Jimmy Anderson’s moment slips away

BY: - October 11, 2019

The story of the Wisconsin State Assembly debate on Thursday around a quadriplegic lawmaker’s request for reasonable accommodations began before dawn. It started when the state’s long-time political outlet of record, The Wheeler Report, laid out a list of 10 Assembly rules changes that Republicans planned to lump together and pass in a single vote. […]

Mayor Tom Barrett (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Community outpouring over Milwaukee budget

BY: - October 11, 2019

Dozens of Milwaukee residents gathered at City Hall on October 7, criticizing Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposed 2020 budget plans for nearly four hours. Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton remarked during the meeting, “This has probably been the most people that we have had show up to a community hearing on the budget,” and said he […]

Walker and Cheney

At Beloit, Cheney talk goes on

BY: - October 11, 2019

Students, alumni avoid confrontation without suppressing their opposition to former V.P.

Animal rights activists march in Milwaukee (Photo courtesy of Direct Action Everywhere)

Animal rights activists focus on Wisconsin

BY: - October 11, 2019

Animal rights activists are promoting the idea of an animal bill of rights with protests in 26 cities worldwide, which launched last weekend. Milwaukee was the only city in the Midwest targeted by  demonstrators, who assembled outside Gov. Tony Evers’ Cream City office on Saturday, October 4. The demonstration was part of a Global Lockdown […]

Tom Palzewicz photo.

‘We moved the needle’

BY: - October 10, 2019

Tom Palzewicz lost to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) with 38% of the vote in 2018, but he has already had plans in the works for some time for a second run for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District.  The Brookfield Democrat figured he’d go public sometime over the next several months in his bid for a […]

Assembly set to take another major Republican power grab

BY: - October 10, 2019

The Assembly will vote on job accommodations for Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg), who became quadriplegic when the rest of his family was killed after being hit by a drunk driver as they were heading out to celebrate his birthday in 2010. Due to injuries from the accident, Anderson has a routine that requires hours to […]

F_35 fighter jet

Little debate on Senate resolution supporting F-35

BY: - October 9, 2019

A resolution supporting a U.S. Air Force plan to bring F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field in Madison passed on a voice vote without any audible “nay” votes from the Senate floor on Tuesday. An amendment offered by Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) that would have added a request to […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul joins with Fox Valley mayors and law enforcement in supporting Extreme Risk Protection Orders, also known as Red Flag laws.

Fox Valley law enforcement favor red-flag law

BY: - October 9, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul has taken the issue of Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws out of the State Capitol and to communities around the state. Tuesday, he was at the Appleton Police Department with area mayors and law enforcement who support passing legislation that would allow law enforcement officers and family to take firearms […]

U.S. Capitol

Bipartisan Senate report urges White House to combat 2020 election interference

BY: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections.  The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The warning […]

Reps. Dianne Hesselbein, Chris Taylor, Shiela Stubbs, Melissa Sargent and Sen. Mark Miller at the Forward Together news conference on the Democratic legislative agenda, fall 2019

The ‘inaction’ of the ‘gerrymandered majority’

BY: - October 8, 2019

On Monday, Democratic members of the State Assembly and Senate held press conferences across Wisconsin near their hometowns to announce the Democratic legislative agenda in advance of the first fall meeting of the legislative session in the Senate on Tuesday. The priorities echo familiar themes and legislation Republicans have shot down before, refusing to allow […]

Black and Latino Round Table (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Black and Latino Roundtable focuses on immigration, incarceration reform

BY: - October 4, 2019

The negative fallout from decades of mass incarceration was a major topic of discussion during the second annual State of Wisconsin Black and Latino Caucus Roundtable held at the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 3. Eleven state representatives hosted the event, alongside two dozen participants from various criminal-justice and community-advocacy backgrounds. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Pro-choice protesters gather at the Supreme Court on May 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court takes on high-stakes abortion case

BY: and - October 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a high-profile case that could have major implications for abortion rights in states across the country.  The justices announced that they will hear an appeal in a case over a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at […]