Politics & Government


Senate power-plant effort fails, but Wisconsin moving forward on clean energy

BY: - October 21, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected Democrats’ attempt to overturn a controversial Trump administration power plant regulation.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant rule, which was seen as a weaker replacement for an Obama-era regulation to clamp down on power plants’ […]

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Sean Duffy’s new gig

BY: - October 21, 2019

Former Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy made his debut on CNN on Sunday morning talking about Wisconsin with “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper:  “Thank you for being here and congratulations on joining the CNN family,” began Tapper by way of introduction.  Duffy has frequently taken on the role in state and national media of […]

Gov. Tony Evers calls for a special session on gun violence

BY: - October 21, 2019

On Monday morning, Gov. Tony Evers issued a call for a special session to address gun violence. In it he sets the date, time and agenda for a Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. with two items he has been promoting for months.  Evers is making good on what he and others call a promise. But […]

Mother holding her son as he gets a vaccination

Vaccine waivers are hyper-political in Wisconsin

BY: - October 18, 2019

Winter is coming. In Wisconsin, that’s flu season and reminders are all around to get your annual flu shot. With measles spreading again in other states, those public service announcements abound, too. Vaccines are strongly supported by most doctors, medical associations, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Yet the topic of […]

A man protests against a pumpjack representing the oil industry.

Pipeline protest bill has evolved from state to state

BY: - October 18, 2019

Bills like the one pending in Wisconsin have passed several states in various forms.

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Wisconsin’s school voucher expansion costs districts millions

BY: - October 18, 2019

The public can now find out how much each school district in Wisconsin will have to levy in property taxes to make up for the cost of paying for private school vouchers. But you’ll need to put on your reading glasses and brush up on Excel to hunt down the numbers. Data released this week […]

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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 […]