Politics & Government

Milwaukee VA Hospital

Health care expert warns of VA privatization risks

BY: - November 6, 2019

Several years ago, as veteran health care journalist Suzanne Gordon was exploring patient safety, her research led her to a model medical provider: the Veterans Administration. “The Veterans Administration is one of the only health care systems in the country that takes teaching teamwork really seriously,” Gordon said in a telephone interview. That’s important, she […]

Ag Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff talks with farmers in Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties (Photos submitted by county farm bureaus with letter to senators and Gov. Evers support Pfaff.)

Evers sits on the Senate floor as Republicans fire his ag secretary

BY: - November 5, 2019

After voting 33-0 on the nominations of two of Gov. Tony Evers cabinet members — Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable and Public Service Commission Rebecca Cameron Valcq —  Senate floor debate took a sharp turn toward the unusual. It began, as is routine, with Democratic and Republican leaders laying out their caucuses’ positions. “I ask you […]

David Riemer with book

Rebooting the New Deal

BY: - November 5, 2019

Eighty-six years ago, a new president undertook the most sweeping revision in American economic and social policy the United States had seen since the nation was born. The New Deal fulfilled what Franklin Delano Roosevelt had called for during his campaign in 1932: “a complete change in concept of what are the proper functions and […]

Ag Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff talks with farmers in Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties (Photos submitted by county farm bureaus with letter to senators and Gov. Evers support Pfaff.)

Full-court press for Pfaff puts GOP senators in a bind

BY: - November 5, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff received a warm reception in his committee confirmation hearing earlier this year. In answering questions, he spoke fondly about growing up on a farm, displaying his passion for agriculture. He was among the very first secretaries to have his confirmation pass through a senate committee  […]

Farmers step in to defend Ag Sec-designee Brad Pfaff

BY: - November 4, 2019

Caught in the middle of political power plays in the Wisconsin Capitol is a dangerous place to be — and it’s a spot that could cost Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff his job. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced last week that Republican senators plan to effectively  fire Pfaff by […]

Man with "Mishicot Supports Sanctuary" sign at a Save Our Sanctuary rally in Wisconsin

Gov. Evers Rescues Marine Sanctuary

BY: - November 4, 2019

On Friday, Gov. Evers rode to the rescue of our Lake Michigan environment and the municipalities of Manitowoc, Port Washington, Sheboygan, and Two Rivers. He did so by expressing support for the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Maritime Sanctuary, which former Gov. Scott Walker tried to deep-six in March of 2018. The sanctuary would cover about 1,075 […]

Wisconsin Voices Census Director Matt Dannenberg AKA Captain Census

Meet three superheroes of the 2020 census effort

BY: - November 2, 2019

Getting an accurate count of the population of the United States every decade, as is mandated in the U.S. Constitution, is not an easy process.  At stake for the state are more than $675 billion in federal funding, the allocation of congressional seats and more — so expect to hear about the 2020 census a […]

CNN-Screen-Grab-Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy’s rocky start

BY: - November 1, 2019

Ten days into the start of his new gig as a CNN commentator, Sean Duffy is off to a rough start. On Oct. 20, his first day in his new role, Duffy pushed a discredited conspiracy theory in defense of President Donald Trump’s request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he investigate former Vice President […]

Joint Finance Committee co-chairs John Nygren and Alberta Darling (Bluebook by Joe Koshollek)

State jobs will go unfilled

BY: - October 31, 2019

Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) sent the Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan an aggressive letter on Oct. 31, instituting a new requirement on executive branch agency positions and simultaneously rejecting a request from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration to create 60 new state jobs. The co-chairs […]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presides over a vote to proceed with the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump on Oct. 31 2019

U.S. House green lights Trump impeachment inquiry

BY: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.  Lawmakers adopted a resolution that lays out procedures for the inquiry that is already taking place in the House. That investigation is centered on whether the president abused his power by attempting to pressure the president of Ukraine […]

Paul Ryan speaks from the stage at the CPAC conference in 2016

Paul Ryan’s new foundation keeps him in the spotlight 

BY: - October 31, 2019

Former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) announced this week that he is using some of the millions of dollars left over in his congressional campaign coffers to launch a nonprofit think tank called the American Idea Foundation. The group’s website features campaign-style videos with images of the Statue of Liberty, George Washington, the Constitution, […]

President Barack Obama embraces Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (left) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in the East Room of the White House, March 23, 2010.

Senate Democrats fail to unravel Trump policy that weakens Obamacare

BY: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.  Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins was the […]