Politics & Government


Raises, bargaining agreements get the OK, but not $15 an hour

BY: - December 20, 2019

An Assembly committee this week voted to approve six collective bargaining agreements for three Wisconsin government entities with the only union that still negotiates wages with the state.  Meeting on Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Employee Relations also approved 2% raises in the state’s compensation package for non-union employees that were recommended earlier this fall […]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 19: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden listens during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Seven candidates out of the crowded field qualified for the 6th and last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019 hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A smaller, whiter, meaner Democratic debate

BY: - December 20, 2019

Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang got unprecedented air time in the sixth and final, seven-person Democratic debate in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Yang lamented the fact that he was the lone remaining person of color on stage (but predicted Cory Booker would be back), and made good use of his time by talking about […]

USMCA neon sign

USMCA passes on bipartisan vote, Rep. Pocan votes no

BY: - December 19, 2019

The House of Representatives voted today  to ratify a massive trade deal with Mexico and Canada, allowing both House Democrats and the Trump administration to declare a legislative victory on the day after the House voted to impeach the president.  The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which […]

Foxconn deal appears to be dead

BY: - December 19, 2019

From Urban Milwaukee: On December 12 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a story quoting Foxconn Vice Chairman Jay Lee that the company now had more than 520 employees in Wisconsin and would therefore be eligible for job tax credits for the 2019 year. In fact the company knew full well that the state wouldn’t be […]

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and other House Democrats gather outside of the Agriculture Department’s headquarters to protest a policy expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamps nationwide

House Dems decry Trump’s food stamp cuts: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud’

BY: - December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — The morning after they voted to impeach President Donald Trump, a group of U.S. House Democrats gathered outside of the Agriculture Department’s headquarters to berate the administration for a policy that’s expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamp benefits nationwide. As about a dozen House lawmakers huddled against the cold, Rep. […]

Rep. Gwen Moore at a Milwaukee early vote rally (Creative Commons CC BY 2.0)

It’s all about Black Milwaukee

BY: - December 19, 2019

Apparently, the 2020 presidential election is all about Black Milwaukee. The national consensus, after the 2016 election that delivered Donald Trump to the White House against most predictions of a Hillary Clinton landslide, is that the relatively low turnout in several Midwest states — including Wisconsin — caused the stunning results that turned America on […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul in Marinette (Photo by Erik Gunn)

AG Josh Kaul listens to Marinette residents’ fears about PFAS

BY: - December 19, 2019

For two hours in Marinette on Wednesday, the state’s chief prosecutor sat in a room full of angry people and heard their stories of illness, death, and fear. And stories there were plenty — some told with fury, others through tears, and others simply with calm resignation. The stories were told by residents of Marinette, […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over Resolution 755 as the House of Representatives votes on the second article of impeachment of President Donald Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump becomes 3rd president impeached by U.S. House

BY: - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.  Trump was impeached largely along party lines on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival […]

Is ‘birth-cost recovery’ on its way out?

BY: - December 18, 2019

While a bill languishes in the Legislature that would allow local governments do more to go after fathers for reimbursement after Medicaid pays for the birth of their children, the state’s second largest county has sworn off the practice. And the largest county is considering following suit. “Birth-cost recovery” is the name given to the […]

Gov. Tony Evers addresses reporters after the Senate Republicans fire his cabinet pick for ag secretary, Brad Pfaff.

Flags to fly half-staff for late Oneida Nation chairman

BY: - December 18, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers has ordered that the Wisconsin and U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff On Dec. 18 until Dec. 19, in honor of former Oneida Nation Chairman Rick Hill, who died at the age of 66 Dec. 12. Evers described Hill as an instrumental figure in developing and implementing national regulatory standards […]

Back Forty Mine project continues to raise concerns

BY: - December 18, 2019

A proposed open pit sulfide mine along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, owned by Canada-based Aquila Resources, has stirred controversy ever since the Menominee Tribe first highlighted the danger it would pose to their sacred lands over a year ago. Called the Back Forty mine, it would operate right in the heart of the Great Lakes basin. […]

Cooper Dandaneau holds hands with his mother, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Julie Dandaneau, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron surgical services flight chief, in Newport News, Va., Nov. 16, 2013. Dandaneau adopted Cooper, 2, when he was a week shy of his first birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Stephanie R. Plichta/Released)

Assembly adoption bills pass committee, despite criticism

BY: - December 18, 2019

Assembly lawmakers advanced eight measures Tuesday to change Wisconsin laws governing adoption and termination of parental rights, but only after rewriting them, in some cases making them substantially different from the  Senate versions. Five of the eight bills approved Tuesday by the Assembly Committee on Family Law have already had a public hearing in the […]