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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 […]

Sen. Darling blames Milwaukee

BY: - July 29, 2019

While Republicans organized in the legislature to make cuts to Milwaukee’s share of the state budget, Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) focused on child welfare. Darling stated during a Joint Finance Committee hearing that improving child care in Milwaukee “can’t happen at the state level.”  “We need to get the community to care about these […]

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

GOP could dodge Gov. Evers to gerrymander Wisconsin again

BY: - July 29, 2019

Advocates on both sides of recent redistricting battles in Wisconsin have told the Examiner they believe that the Republican-controlled legislature might draw new, gerrymandered voting maps after the 2020 census, using a process that would avoid sending the plan to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for his signature or veto. Democrats and advocates for a fair […]

If GateHouse swallows Gannett, what will that mean for Wisconsin?

BY: - July 29, 2019

A looming media mega-merger is likely to cast a long shadow over Wisconsin journalism. The Wall Street Journal reported 10 days ago that GateHouse Media and Gannett were in merger talks that would combine the two newspaper chains under the GateHouse umbrella.  “It’s increasingly likely to happen,” wrote news business analyst Ken Doctor earlier this […]

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Legislators urge new approach to Milwaukee after bruising budget fight

BY: - July 26, 2019

The budget battle is over, but Milwaukee representatives are still struggling with the repercussions of a fight in which Republicans made a point of cutting state money flowing into Milwaukee. “It’s not a new battle,” says Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), “and it’s not uncommon.” Goyke told the Wisconsin Examiner he felt that Milwaukee was a […]