Politics & Government

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Three homeowners receive emergency drinking water due to PFAS

BY: - April 15, 2020

Johnson Controls Inc. and its subsidiary, Tyco Fire Products, has been ordered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide emergency drinking water to three homeowners in the Marinette and Peshtigo areas. The homeowners’ private drinking wells were found to have high levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), so-called “forever chemicals” used in […]

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COVID-19 bill revives cut in nursing aide training

BY: - April 15, 2020

A reduction in training requirements for certified nursing assistants (CNA) that Gov. Tony Evers vetoed last year, and that was blocked a second time when Republicans failed in their attempt to override that veto, has returned in the Legislature’s massive COVID-19 bill that passed the Assembly on Tuesday. Language in AB-1038 reduces the minimum number […]

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Days after spring election, another hurdle: how do candidates gather nomination signatures?

BY: - April 15, 2020

Before the ink has completely dried on Wisconsin’s 2020 spring election, the state is already moving ahead to the fall primary and general elections. Starting April 15, candidates for elected office can begin circulating nomination papers and collecting signatures — a process made much more complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Normally, the process of collecting […]

Assembling from a social distance on COVID-19 bill

BY: - April 15, 2020

The first roll call in the Wisconsin State Assembly’s COVID-19 extraordinary session took more than 20 minutes for each of the body’s 99 members to say one word as many struggled to stay connected or unmute audio via Skype, despite a dress rehearsal. By the final vote on the main bill, they had the time […]

A yard sign for Justice Daniel Kelly net the governor's mansion in Maple Bluff (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Conservative takeaway from April 7: move judicial races off presidential primary

BY: - April 14, 2020

Acknowledging that Judge Jill Karofsky won the election “by a margin which I suspect exceeds the ability of anyone to challenge the results through litigation,” Rick Esenberg, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, which has frequently sided with Republicans in challenging Gov. Tony Evers’ administration before the state Supreme Court, told participants […]

A yard sign for Supreme Court candidate Judge Jill Karofsky in Maple Bluff (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Jill Karofsky’s victory is a big, surprising win for democracy 

BY: - April 14, 2020

It was over so soon, Jill Karofsky’s supporters were reluctant to believe it. Even after the Associated Press announced that Karofsky had won, beating conservative Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, a Scott Walker appointee, to win a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, on social media Karofsky supporters were warning each other “We’ll know […]

PLAINVIEW, NY - Store employees work to stock shelves at a ShopRite supermarket on April 13, 2020 in Plainview, New York. Grocery stores and supermarkets on Long Island are busy balancing supply chains to keep up with increased consumer demands. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Union seeks ‘first-responder’ status for grocery workers

BY: - April 14, 2020

Think “first responder” and the people that come to mind include firefighters and police officers, emergency medical technicians and nurses, along with other kinds of healthcare workers. But there’s another group of people who believe during the COVID-19 pandemic they should be included: grocery store employees. It’s not a frivolous request, says Melanie Bartholf. She […]

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Judge Jill Karofsky declares victory in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

BY: - April 13, 2020

At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 13, Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky declared that she was “deeply honored” and “absolutely humbled to be the next justice on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.” Karofsky was elected to a ten-year term on the court in a 53% to 47% victory over her opponent, Justice Daniel Kelly, […]

WEC staffers Michelle Hawley and Sara Linski train poll workers in Brookfield, Wis. in 2018

Voters sue Legislature, leaders and WEC demanding April 7 revote

BY: - April 13, 2020

The first of what could be a plethora of lawsuits over the April 7 in-person election was filed Monday, charging that Republican legislative leaders “chose politics over the interests of all Wisconsin citizens in an intentional and self-serving attempt to disenfranchise thousands of voters” when they refused to allow voting to be rescheduled in the […]

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Will Wisconsin embrace an alternative to layoffs in its crisis relief bill?

BY: - April 13, 2020

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) has become an evangelist for a program that allows people to collect part of their salary and benefits from working a percentage of their previous hours while getting the remaining percentage of their pay from unemployment benefits. He says the program — called work share — is good for employers, employees, […]

With no guidance from WEC, 1,850 municipalities left to make 1,850 different ballot decisions

BY: - April 13, 2020

“Each municipality must determine whether the ballot was postmarked timely.” That is the guidance provided by the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) to local election clerks around Wisconsin for how to handle absentee ballots with postmarks that are unclear or that have no postmark at all.  This is important because of a U.S. Supreme Court order […]

Voces de la Frontera challenges anti-democratic Wisconsin election (Photo 4/6/20 submitted by Voces de la Frontera)

Democratic Party chair: ‘All legal options are on the table’ after spring election debacle

BY: - April 13, 2020

In a press call on Monday morning, as Wisconsinites waited for April 7 election results to be announced late in the day, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler denounced Republicans for insisting on going forward with in-person voting. The pair suggested future legal action  in response to […]