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Happy second birthday, Foxconn

BY: - July 26, 2019

Two years ago today Foxconn announced its plan to build a new factory in Southeastern Wisconsin and a promise to employ 13,000 people in return for more than $3 billion in aid from the state.  The project has sparked enthusiasm from its backers, starting with then-Gov. Scott Walker, and opprobrium from critics who questioned the […]

Rust belt leaders rip Trump for ‘selling out’ workers

BY: - July 26, 2019

Labor allies from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin on Thursday pushed back against President Donald Trump’s afternoon event celebrating the one-year anniversary of his executive order establishing the National Council for the American Worker.   U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint ); U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.); Sylvia Wilson, executive vice President of the Allegheny County, Pa., […]

New bills ‘unlock the vote,’ end ‘prison gerrymandering’

BY: - July 25, 2019

Two bills introduced by three state legislators Wednesday aim to restore voting rights for formerly incarcerated Wisconsinites and end “prison gerrymandering.” Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) Rep. Jodi Emerson, (D-Eau Claire) and Rep. David Crowley  (D-Milwaukee), joined activists for ex-prisoners’ rights to announce their “Unlock The Vote” campaign. “Our democracy is based on the fundamental principle […]

10 presidential hopefuls stress civil rights bona fides at NAACP forum

BY: - July 25, 2019

DETROIT — Ten candidates in the crowded 2020 presidential field made their case as civil rights champions Wednesday, on the closing day of the national NAACP convention in Detroit. Each candidate, including nine of the 20-plus contending for the Democratic nomination and one Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, was questioned by White House correspondent […]

Data shows massive over-prescription of opioids in Wisconsin

BY: - July 25, 2019

From 2006 to 2012, Wisconsinites received 1,283,958,368 prescription pain pills. That’s according to a Drug Enforcement Administration database detailing the flow of pills nationwide. The database was released by order of a federal judge in Ohio and first reported on by the Washington Post. The DEA’s Automated Report and Consolidated Ordering System (ARCOS) reveals a […]

Tax reform bus tour rides into Wisconsin

BY: - July 25, 2019

The message on the big green bus that rolled into Madison on Wednesday morning was a succinct three words: “Tax the Rich!” It’s a message that Dana Bye, campaign director for the group Tax March, which sponsored the bus tour, says has special salience in the wake of the Trump Administration’s sweeping 2017 tax overhaul.  […]

Sensenbrenner presses Mueller on ‘impeachable conduct’

BY: - July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who was a central figure in President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, thinks it’s noteworthy that former special counsel Robert Mueller didn’t use the term “impeachable conduct” in his report into Russian election interference.  Sensenbrenner, a longtime member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, was one of dozens of lawmakers […]

Wisconsin voters surveyed say “Tax the rich!”

BY: - July 24, 2019

Nearly four out of five Wisconsin voters support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, with three out of five “strongly” in favor, according to a survey released today. The poll was commissioned by Tax March, a campaign to repeal the Trump Administration’s 2017 rewrite of federal tax laws, and was conducted by Public Policy Polling. […]

Corporate political money swings heavily to GOP groups

BY: - July 24, 2019

Republican state political campaigns raked in five times the amount of corporate money that Democrats did in the first half of this year, the campaign finance watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Tuesday. Before then-Gov. Walker rewrote campaign-finance law in 2015, those contributions would have been illegal to make or for any political party or […]

Food stamp cuts harm low-income working families

BY: - July 24, 2019

Trump administration plans to cut nearly 10% of recipients from the federal food stamp program could hit school lunch programs and cut savings rates for the working poor, a University of Wisconsin expert on hunger and food assistance programs warned Wednesday. The administration announced plans on Tuesday to cut people with incomes from 130% to […]

Students, state officials wrestle with student-loan debt crisis

BY: - July 24, 2019

A 12-person panel, including state and local officials and community members, gathered at Milwaukee’s Washington Park Library to discuss tackling the student-loan debt crisis. The meeting drew a crowd of about 30, including current loan borrowers, social workers, teachers and the parents of indebted students. Panelists, including Alex Brower, a substitute teacher in the Milwaukee […]

Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban could come back in force

BY: - July 24, 2019

Back in 1849, construction began on a railroad running westward from Milwaukee. That same year,  the state’s first telegram arrived. Wisconsin also passed a law in 1849 making it a felony to perform an abortion. In 2019, 170 years later, that law remains on the books. There have been attempts to get rid of it, […]