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Fair Maps lawmakers, activists pressure gerrymandering opponents

BY: - July 16, 2019

Lawmakers and activists seeking to end partisan gerrymandering and create a nonpartisan system for drawing legislative districts sought to turn up the heat Tuesday on current Assembly and Senate leaders to give the proposals a hearing. At a crowded Capitol press conference, the sponsors of companion Senate and Assembly “Fair Maps” bills called on the […]

WI Democrats vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

BY: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, the only Wisconsin Republican to call President Donald Trump’s tweets about four of his female Democratic colleagues “wrong” on Tuesday joined the rest of the state’s congregational delegation in voting against a resolution condemning the remarks. The state’s Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore (4th), Ron Kind (3rd) and Mark Pocan […]

Wisconsin dairy farmers’ struggle featured on PBS NewsHour

BY: - July 16, 2019

In a PBS NewsHour story that aired Sunday, weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasa visited dairy farms in Clark County, Wisconsin, to tell the story of dairy farmers’ fight for survival in their struggling industry. He began the piece noting that 2,700 dairy farms went out of business last year and that one-third of those farms were […]

Milwaukee’s high homicide rates rooted in segregation

BY: - July 16, 2019

A recent report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel draws an explicit link between the city’s homicide rates and its historic segregation. It’s part of a larger pattern that criminologists have been aware of for years, a leading Wisconsin criminologist tells the Wisconsin Examiner — and one that demands a deeper conversation over social structure that […]

Appleton’s Rep. Stuck is running for Congress

BY: - July 16, 2019

State Rep. Amanda Stuck doesn’t see a lot of people like herself in Congress. She notes that 16 years ago while a student at UW-Oshkosh working multiple jobs, she became pregnant. After her son was born, she recalls sitting in the hospital holding him, not sure where to go, uncertain if her family would welcome […]

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Wisconsin Republicans largely quiet on explosive Trump tweets

BY: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans from Wisconsin have been mostly quiet this week about President Donald Trump’s continued tirade against four Democratic congresswomen. Trump doubled down on his inflammatory tweets on Monday, saying at the White House that the four Democratic freshmen —  Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of […]

Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" earlier this year in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Fair Maps groups push reform after high court’s gerrymandering decision

BY: - July 16, 2019

Senate and Assembly bills would hand the task of drawing district maps over to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau and a new advisory commission. They could offer the only path to taking politics out of redistricting after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.

Bailey LeRoy and her mother, Tara LeRoy, participated in a march on the Capitol in June to publicize the funding needs of the state's schools. Bailey is a fifth grader at Palmyra-Eagle Elementary, which has been threatened with closure because of lack of funds. (Photo courtesy of Tara LeRoy.)

GOP’s ‘historic investment’ in public schools fails to fill gaps

BY: - July 16, 2019

One of Gov. Tony Evers’ trickier maneuvers in his budget battle with the Republican legislature was to use the line-item veto to actually increase school spending. By crossing out the first year of the legislature’s education spending in the biennial budget, Evers effectively expanded an increase slated for the second year, adding $65 million more […]

Scott Walker’s latest career move follows a pattern

BY: - July 16, 2019

After spending nearly his entire career in elected office before losing reelection last November, Scott Walker has refused to ride his Harley quietly into a Wisconsin sunset. His recent career moves make it clear the former governor is staying deeply involved in efforts funded by some of his wealthiest supporters to change the shape of […]