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President Trump Signs the Families First Coronavirus Response Act President Donald J. Trump is joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin as he displays his signature on H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Trump’s failed leadership on coronavirus pushes nation to the brink

BY: - March 30, 2020

As the nation reels from the novel coronavirus and its impacts, each new day brings fresh evidence of President Donald Trump’s failed leadership. Trump has failed to prepare; he continues to fail to tell the truth; and he continues to ignore science and the experts while daily misleading the public. The same man who once […]

A sign urging people to vote by mail in Maple Bluff, a few blocks from the governors mansion (photo by Ruth Conniff).

Our democracy on life support

BY: - March 30, 2020

Adding to the general anxiety and gloom of these uncertain times is the up-in-the-air status of Wisconsin’s April 7 election. Will our democracy be another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic? We’ve been reporting every day on the efforts by citizens’ groups pushing for the postponement of Election Day, or an all mail-in vote, or at […]

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Abortion is essential health care

BY: and - March 25, 2020

This week, the governors of Texas and Ohio banned abortion as “non-essential” health care.  As midwives, doctors, doulas and health care activists, we at Pregnancy Options Wisconsin can affirm that abortion health care is just as essential as health care for pregnancy and birth. During the shutdown of non-essential services in Wisconsin, pregnant people must […]

White House Continues To Check Temperatures Of Press Members In Response To Coronavirus Spread WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16: Workers from the White House Physician's Office check the body temperatures of people entering the White House with a forehead temperature scanner on March 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. The White House is now routinely checking the temperatures of people who may be in close contact with President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence as efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus continue. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

We Need Paid Sick Leave Now!

BY: and - March 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has made it painfully obvious: We need access to paid sick time to care for all in Wisconsin, we need it across the country and we need it now more than ever. In Wisconsin, only 27% of workers have access to any form of employment-protected leave, paid or unpaid. And nearly 30% […]

Plaintiffs file a lawsuit against Marsy's Law constitutional amendment being on the April 2020 ballot as worded. 12/19/19 on left, Craig Johnson and Matt Rothschild, Jerome Buting speaking.

Take a stand against fatally flawed Marsy’s Law

BY: - March 18, 2020

When you go into the voting booth in Wisconsin on April 7, you’ll see a referendum question about whether you want to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to give crime victims additional rights. Now while that might sound good, this amendment, which goes by the name Marsy’s Law, is fatally flawed. First of all, it would […]

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Mail the ballots now!

BY: - March 17, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, states are struggling with how to proceed with upcoming elections. Some states have postponed elections and others are moving forward, while encouraging voters to cast absentee ballots to reduce the risk of exposure. However, neither of these solutions are sufficient. On one hand, postponing democracy is simply never a good idea […]

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Democrats’ coronavirus divide

BY: - March 16, 2020

Last night’s Democratic candidate debate, held amid the coronavirus crisis in a nearly empty CNN studio in Washington, D.C., provided voters with what might be their final chance to see, in stark relief, the choice between the two remaining contenders for the Democratic nomination: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. With Biden on a path to […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening COVID-19 crisis. Trump said the US will suspend all travel from Europe - except the UK - for the next 30 days. Since December 2019, COVID-19 has infected more than 109,000 people and killed more than 3,800 people in 105 countries. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

COVID-19 changes the political landscape

BY: - March 13, 2020

This week marked a turning point. Even President Donald Trump seemed to recognize it. In his address to the nation on Wednesday night, Trump appeared off-balance, his voice dropping to a whisper at several points as he acknowledged the seriousness of the global COVID-19 pandemic, after weeks of calling the disease a hoax, then downplaying […]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a Super Tuesday campaign event at Baldwin Hills Recreation Center in Los Angeles, California. Biden is hoping his make- (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Uncle Joe is not so bad

BY: - March 10, 2020

A few years ago, I wrote an “Uncle Fred” column. I was seeking an explanation for why Donald Trump could be attracting so much support, even though he was saying and doing outrageously offensive things.  Partly, I reasoned, it was because many Americans have an Uncle Fred in the family. You know, the guy who […]

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 03: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) poses for a selfie. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As the Democratic primary field narrows, women watch from the sidelines

BY: - March 6, 2020

A lot of Democratic primary voters are still getting their bearings after the political winds shifted on Super Tuesday to fill Joe Biden’s sails, followed by Elizabeth Warren dropping out.  Women, in particular, are struggling with a race that started out featuring so many strong female candidates only to narrow to two white, male septuagenarians […]

NUTLEY, NJ - FEBRUARY 28: A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Wisconsin schools are ill-prepared for coronavirus

BY: - March 6, 2020

My nine-year-old granddaughter became visibly upset watching TV, as images of people in surgical masks walking the streets in panic over the coronavirus crossed the screen. She wanted to know if she or her family was in danger. With television and social media, our children know about the global virus pandemic. What should we be […]

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I’m grateful my Republican parents reluctantly signed up for Obamacare

BY: - March 5, 2020

When I learned that the Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act later this year, I thought of my parents immediately. My parents were reluctant to sign up for Obamacare. In fact, for as long as I can remember, my parents, a preschool teacher and self-employed tile installer, didn’t […]