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Michele Catinella, a nurse practitioner at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community receives a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from Carmen Pi, a Registered Nurse with American Medical Response on Dec. 16, 2020 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The facility, one of the first in the country to do so, vaccinated approximately 170 people including healthcare workers and elder care people. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Who will get a booster shot? A Q&A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer—after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be rolling up their sleeves for an additional dose was tricky. The Biden administration had leapfrogged federal regulatory panels in […]

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Attorney General and lawmakers introduce gun control bills

BY: - September 24, 2021

Attorney General Josh Kaul joined state legislators to announce two new bills on gun control. One bill would expand background checks. The other aims to establish an extreme risk protection order system in the state. “You have heard about these bills before,” said Kaul during a press conference Thursday. “You know that the vast majority […]

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 02: Airline passengers are blocked from proceeding through a Passport Control by police and protesters. Due to the failure of discussions between the management of Aéroports de Paris and union officials in employment contracts employees were blocking the boarding of passengers at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle terminal 2E, supervised on site by the police, in protest. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants

BY: - September 24, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

Wauwatosa residents stand outside city hall as curfew approaches. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Detective who labeled Wauwatosa Tosa mayor a “higher value target” is now sergeant

BY: - September 24, 2021

Recently, the Wisconsin Examiner learned that a detective who created a PowerPoint presentation which labeled Wauwatosa’s mayor as a “higher value target” was promoted after an internal investigation of the matter was completed. The PowerPoint, which was obtained through open records requests in January, shone a light on how police viewed those who supported protests […]

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Wisconsin could see major changes if Congress passes ‘Build Back Better’

BY: - September 23, 2021

In Washington, D.C., two intertwined pieces of legislation are ensnared in bickering among House and Senate Democrats while Republicans mostly look the other way. But this week, a pair of conversations 850 miles west of the nation’s capital brought the potential impact of those bills home to Wisconsin — a brief slice of real life […]

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Republicans offer joint resolution on redistricting

BY: - September 23, 2021

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu drafted a joint resolution on establishing new voting maps and referred it to the Legislature’s rules committee Thursday, which put it on the calendar for the Assembly’s floor session next week. The resolution’s first two points are uncontroversial, stating that, in drawing new legislative districts […]

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Health officials underscore need for masks, other measures as COVID-19 surges

BY: - September 23, 2021

The latest COVID-19 surge hasn’t peaked, and increased vaccination, masks, physical distancing and avoiding crowds remain essential if Wisconsin is to reduce the spread sooner rather than later, health officials said Wednesday. The burgeoning caseload and the strain that comes with it “are all due to the highly contagious delta variant [of the coronavirus] that […]

Madison alders pass unanimous resolution backing UW Health nurses’ union

BY: - September 23, 2021

A Madison Common Council resolution calling for a “fair and fast union election” by the end of 2021 for nurses at UW Health garnered unanimous approval from the body this week. The vote, conducted by acclamation Tuesday night, followed testimony from several nurses who support unionization at UW Hospital and Clinics. The resolution was introduced […]

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State and federal courts are both set to draw voting maps — now what?

BY: - September 23, 2021

On Wednesday the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to take a redistricting case brought by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) that could put it in the position of drawing Wisconsin’s next round of voting maps, should the Legislature and the governor fail to agree on a new map following the 2020 census. […]

Ald. Cavalier Johnson speak during the Newsmaker luncheon. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Ald. Cavalier Johnson makes his case to become Milwaukee’s next mayor

BY: - September 23, 2021

Cavalier Johnson, president of the Milwaukee Common Council, laid out his case for becoming Milwaukee’s next mayor at Wednesday’s newsmaker luncheon hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club and WisPolitics.com. Johnson outlined his thoughts on the policies he plans to support, and what a change in leadership could mean for Milwaukee. Johnson revealed that he has […]

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Evers rolls out replacement bill to repeal personal property tax

BY: - September 22, 2021

Having rejected a previous Republican-authored attempt, Gov. Tony Evers unveiled draft legislation Wednesday to carry out the personal property tax repeal that GOP lawmakers had tried to link to the 2021-2023 state budget this summer. The draft bill includes a new state aid program for local governments to replace the revenue they would lose with […]

Children wearing protective face masks sit in classroom for the first day of classes of the new school year at the GuthsMuths elementary school during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 10, 2020 in Berlin. Classes at schools across Germany are beginning this month with face mask requirements varying by state. Coronavirus infection rates are climbing again in Germany, from an average of 400 new cases per day about two weeks ago to over 1,100 yesterday, according to the Robert Koch Institute. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Conservatives, anti-maskers target school boards around the state

BY: - September 22, 2021

A conservative citizens’ group took over the annual Kenosha School Board meeting on Tuesday night, pushing through a cut in school board member salaries and a property tax reduction. “With rage still apparently simmering from a recent school board vote to require face masks in schools, a different crowd outnumbered the regulars Tuesday night,” local […]