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Sanctuary rally: “These people are us.”

BY: - August 1, 2019

State Reps. Marisabel Cabrera and Jonathan Brostoff and state Sen. Chris Larson joined immigration activists and advocates outside Milwaukee City Hall on Tuesday to announce new pro-immigrant legislation. The Rally For Sanctuary In Wisconsin sent a clear message that participants stand united in opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies. “It was a good show of […]

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Critics see ‘power grab’ in lawsuit to limit Evers’ veto

BY: - August 1, 2019

On Wednesday, the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) announced that it is filing an original action with the state Supreme Court, seeking to undo several of Gov. Tony Evers’ partial vetoes of the state budget sent to him by the Republican-controlled legislature. “It’s important to get the constitution right,” WILL’s executive director, […]

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris flank former Vice President Joe Biden at the second Democratic presidential debate in Detroit. (Photos by Andrew Roth)

Biden’s record on crime, immigration attacked in 2nd Detroit debate

BY: - August 1, 2019

DETROIT — The Democratic Party brought its two night of debates in downtown Detroit to a close Wednesday, as frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden fended off challengers trying to gain a foothold in what has so far been a mostly static primary since his entrance in April. Tuesday’s debate with the 10 other qualifying candidates in […]

Justice Abrahamson’s last day at work

BY: - July 31, 2019

Today is the last day on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving justice in state history and a pathbreaker who opened the way for women in the legal profession. At a farewell ceremony on June 18, former Gov. Jim Doyle remembered when his father first hired Justice Abrahamson, the former chief […]

Summer work program abused

BY: - July 31, 2019

A special visa program to bring short-term visitors to the U.S. has ballooned into “a source of cheap and exploitable labor,” says a new report — and Wisconsin ranks number three among states making use of that feature. The Summer Work Travel program, which enables foreign visitors to work during their stay in the U.S., […]

Overdose weekend

BY: - July 31, 2019

Over the weekend, 14 fatal overdoses occurred in Milwaukee County, with the Medical Examiner’s office responding to three in just under an hour on Sunday. Although toxicology is still pending for many of the dead, some information is known. They were mostly older than 30, including a 64-year-old woman who died on Saturday, apparently after […]

Dems split on health care, manufacturing in Detroit debate

BY: - July 31, 2019

Ten candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination argued Tuesday night that they represent the best chance to deny President Donald Trump re-election, with their approaches spanning the ideological spectrum as the party moves forward from its 2016 surprise defeat. In this second round of Democratic debates, CNN moderators Jake Tapper, Don Lemon, and Dana Bash […]

Baldwin pushes climate-ready infrastructure

BY: - July 30, 2019

Rebuilding roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects after they are wiped out by storms, floods and other disasters is increasingly urgent as climate change drives severe weather events. But  “too often, highway infrastructure is rebuilt to pre-disaster specifications, leaving roads and bridges vulnerable to another disaster,” U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said in a statement on […]

Scott Walker loves to talk about AOC

BY: - July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was thrilled earlier this year when Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about him.  Speaking Monday night to a crowd of conservative students, Walker bragged about his Twitter spat earlier this year with Ocasio-Cortez (to whom he refers by her initials and Twitter handle, “AOC”).  Back in January, Walker […]

GOP leaders deny “discussion” of redistricting plan

BY: - July 30, 2019

Republican leaders in the Assembly and Senate reacted to yesterday’s report in the Wisconsin Examiner about a possible behind-the-scenes plan to redraw Wisconsin’s voting maps without consulting Gov. Tony Evers. Both told Scott Bauer of the Associated Press that they had never “discussed” a plan to redraw Wisconsin’s political maps by joint resolution. “That approach […]

Evers focuses on lead fight with executive order

BY: - July 30, 2019

Stymied in his efforts to set aside an extra $40 million in the state budget for lead abatement, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday signed an executive order directing the state’s Department of Health Services to name a “lead czar” charged with working across multiple state agencies “to ensure a robust and comprehensive response” to […]

Evers, 4 other Dem. govs urge prez candidates to protect Great Lakes

BY: - July 29, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin and four other Midwest Democratic governors on Monday urged presidential contenders to adopt their Great Lakes agenda. This comes before 20 contenders are set to arrive in Detroit for the second round of Democratic presidential debates on Tuesday and Wednesday. Evers, along with Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tim Walz of […]