Politics & Government

U.S. House quashes effort to consider impeachment

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday refused to consider impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, with most Democrats siding with Republicans to kill the effort. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) attempted to use a procedural mechanism on the House floor to prod his colleagues to vote on his impeachment resolution stating that Trump “is unfit […]

Meet Paul Ryan’s rookie replacement

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — If you can’t name the guy who took over for Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District, you’re not alone. It’s Bryan Steil, a relative political novice who won the seat in a hard-fought race last November after Ryan announced his retirement. Comparisons are frequently made between Steil — who once worked for Ryan […]

Measures for low-income workers aim to offset 2017 tax law’s tilt toward wealthy

BY: - July 18, 2019

More than a million people in Wisconsin could benefit from proposed changes in two federal tax credits for low- and moderate-income families, according to a new report. New federal legislation expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit would help 394,000 childless adults in Wisconsin, while a companion bill expanding the Child Care Tax Credit would […]

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‘Restorative justice,’ not new youth detention facilities needed, advocates say

BY: - July 17, 2019

Plans to close the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth detention facilities in Irma, have quickly evolved since Gov. Tony Evers took office, but the process hasn’t been without controversy. Many are questioning why the state is paying millions to sustain what Sharlen Moore, co-founder of Urban Underground, calls “failed mechanisms.” Moore urges a conversation […]

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Two battles for democracy in Wisconsin

BY: - July 17, 2019

At the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, two of our key issues are banning gerrymandering and cleaning up money in politics. Both reforms are crucial here in Wisconsin if we are going to have a democracy where everyone has an equal voice. And when we all have an equal voice, the will of the people won’t be […]

Fair Maps lawmakers, activists pressure gerrymandering opponents

BY: - July 16, 2019

Lawmakers and activists seeking to end partisan gerrymandering and create a nonpartisan system for drawing legislative districts sought to turn up the heat Tuesday on current Assembly and Senate leaders to give the proposals a hearing. At a crowded Capitol press conference, the sponsors of companion Senate and Assembly “Fair Maps” bills called on the […]

WI Democrats vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

BY: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, the only Wisconsin Republican to call President Donald Trump’s tweets about four of his female Democratic colleagues “wrong” on Tuesday joined the rest of the state’s congregational delegation in voting against a resolution condemning the remarks. The state’s Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore (4th), Ron Kind (3rd) and Mark Pocan […]

Appleton’s Rep. Stuck is running for Congress

BY: - July 16, 2019

State Rep. Amanda Stuck doesn’t see a lot of people like herself in Congress. She notes that 16 years ago while a student at UW-Oshkosh working multiple jobs, she became pregnant. After her son was born, she recalls sitting in the hospital holding him, not sure where to go, uncertain if her family would welcome […]

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Wisconsin Republicans largely quiet on explosive Trump tweets

BY: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans from Wisconsin have been mostly quiet this week about President Donald Trump’s continued tirade against four Democratic congresswomen. Trump doubled down on his inflammatory tweets on Monday, saying at the White House that the four Democratic freshmen —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of […]

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Fair Maps groups push reform after high court’s gerrymandering decision

BY: - July 16, 2019

Senate and Assembly bills would hand the task of drawing district maps over to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau and a new advisory commission. They could offer the only path to taking politics out of redistricting after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

Scott Walker’s latest career move follows a pattern

BY: - July 16, 2019

After spending nearly his entire career in elected office before losing reelection last November, Scott Walker has refused to ride his Harley quietly into a Wisconsin sunset. His recent career moves make it clear the former governor is staying deeply involved in efforts funded by some of his wealthiest supporters to change the shape of […]