Politics & Government

New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills

BY: - December 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Most Wisconsinites favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the state legislature.  That disconnect is likely due in part to partisan gerrymandering, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that advocates progressive policies.  […]

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Wisconsin remains a purple, scrutinized, swing state

BY: - December 15, 2019

The message from this month’s Marquette poll is less than exciting: Registered voters who are polled are generally paying far less attention to the daily drama of politics than all the insiders who expectantly wait for the poll’s results of the Marquette poll every month do. Wisconsinites, to sum the polling up in brief, are […]

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State Treasurer Godlewski has a new title: Mom

BY: - December 13, 2019

State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski became the second statewide constitutional officer to give birth while holding public office this week. In 1991, former Treasurer Cate Zeuske gave birth while serving in the same office. Godlewski, and her husband Max Duckworth and their dog Tanner, welcomed a baby boy on Tuesday. “He didn’t disappoint at 22 inches […]

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee votes to impeach Trump

BY: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday morning, setting up a likely vote next week in the full House.  The Judiciary Committee voted 23-17 to advance the two articles, which charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in response to allegations that […]

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Push to purge Wisconsin voters goes to court Friday

BY: - December 13, 2019

Update: On Friday afternoon Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy ordered the state to purge the rolls of voters who may have moved. He also denied the League of Women Voters’ petition to intervene in the case. In issuing a writ of mandamus, the judge took the strongest action he could take, ordering the state to immediately comply […]

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)

DeVos under fire during testy Capitol Hill hearing

BY: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Florida Democratic congresswoman on Thursday told Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, “You are the most unpopular person in our government.”  Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) was among the many Democrats who berated DeVos at a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s controversial rewrite of a student loan forgiveness policy. […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) (L) gavels to adjournment for the evening the committee's markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on December 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

House moves to impeach; Sensenbrenner calls it ‘weakest case in history’ 

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee kicked off a vote on impeachment articles Wednesday night with a plea to his Republican colleagues.  “I know you,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). “I have worked with many of you for years. I consider you to be good and decent public servants.” He spoke […]

Narrower of two PFAS bills advances

BY: - December 12, 2019

One of two bills in the Legislature aimed at the growing concern about PFAS chemicals cleared an Assembly committee Wednesday, but the author of a second says his own measure is essential to providing a more comprehensive solution. AB-323, authored by State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), bars the use of firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl or […]

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PFAS provisions struck from must-pass defense bill

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and environmental advocates suffered a stinging setback with the release of a defense policy bill this week that lacks key provisions to crack down on a widespread class of chemicals linked to serious health problems.  The must-pass legislation represented the lawmakers’ best hope this year for enacting a comprehensive set of […]

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Pay raise approval process drags for state workers

BY: - December 11, 2019

After several months delay, contracts covering unionized state workers could finally go before state lawmakers for their required review next week. A spokeswoman for state Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) said Tuesday that the Joint Committee on Employment Relations has penciled in a meeting for Wednesday, Dec. 18, pending confirmation that all members can attend. Roth […]

President Trump signs the USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive trade deal

BY: - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president.   If ratified, the deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took […]


New bill to get better look at veteran suicides and over-medication

BY: - December 10, 2019

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) has partnered with Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Arkansas) to introduce new legislation to help address the over-prescription of medications to U.S. veterans. Called the Veterans Over-medication and Suicide Prevention Act, the measure would direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct an independent study on the deaths of veterans under […]