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Secretary-designee Crim inspects a rollercoaster (photo courtesy of DSPS)

Dawn Crim plays a long game 

BY: - December 24, 2019

Dawn Crim toured Europe as a college basketball player, and served as an assistant coach at Penn State and the UW-Madison before Gov. Tony Evers chose her to lead the Department of Safety and Professional Services. That sports background has served her well in her new job, she says. “If you think about a basketball […]

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AG warns of impact if ACA is struck down

BY: - December 23, 2019

His hands tied by his Republican predecessor and restrictions imposed in the state legislature’s lame-duck session before he took office, Attorney General Josh Kaul says the state still needs to counteract the continuing legal attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Kaul spoke during a media conference call last week in reaction to a federal appeals […]

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Milwaukee man dies of possible hypothermia in his home

BY: - December 23, 2019

The Medical Examiners Office of Milwaukee is currently investigating the death of a 61 year old man who was found in his home last Wednesday. Operations Manager for the ME Office Karen Domagalski emailed Wisconsin Examiner, “hypothermia or CO poisoning has not been ruled out.” Investigative reports note that power to the man’s home was […]

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Trump has appointed judges at breakneck speed. More are coming

BY: - December 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate heads into 2020 with few major legislative victories but a significant one on the judicial front: a dramatic reshaping of the federal bench. Over the past three years, the Senate has confirmed 185 of President Trump’s judicial nominees, more than any of the last five presidents at the same […]

Plaintiffs file a lawsuit against Marsy's Law constitutional amendment being on the April 2020 ballot as worded. 12/19/19 on left, Craig Johnson and Matt Rothschild, Jerome Buting speaking.

Voting in the dark on victims’ rights?

BY: - December 23, 2019

A group of defense attorneys joined the Wisconsin Justice Initiative in filing a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court last week, seeking either to block a controversial victims’ rights constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law from appearing on the April 2020 ballot or to require it be rewritten to reflect “the sweeping changes” it could […]

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Raises, bargaining agreements get the OK, but not $15 an hour

BY: - December 20, 2019

An Assembly committee this week voted to approve six collective bargaining agreements for three Wisconsin government entities with the only union that still negotiates wages with the state.  Meeting on Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Employee Relations also approved 2% raises in the state’s compensation package for non-union employees that were recommended earlier this fall […]

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USMCA passes on bipartisan vote, Rep. Pocan votes no

BY: - December 19, 2019

The House of Representatives voted today  to ratify a massive trade deal with Mexico and Canada, allowing both House Democrats and the Trump administration to declare a legislative victory on the day after the House voted to impeach the president.  The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which […]

FoxConn deal appears to be dead

BY: - December 19, 2019

From Urban Milwaukee: On December 12 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a story quoting Foxconn Vice Chairman Jay Lee that the company now had more than 520 employees in Wisconsin and would therefore be eligible for job tax credits for the 2019 year. In fact the company knew full well that the state wouldn’t be […]

view of UW hospital across Lake Mendota

UW Hospital nurses seek union recognition

BY: - December 19, 2019

Five-and-a-half years after their collective bargaining rights were stripped in the aftermath of Act 10, registered nurses working for the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Authority (UWHCA) on Thursday confronted the board of directors demanding recognition for a new union. “Unacceptable changes to staffing levels, nurse/patient ratios and the dissolution of key nursing departments […]

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and other House Democrats gather outside of the Agriculture Department’s headquarters to protest a policy expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamps nationwide

House Dems decry Trump’s food stamp cuts: ‘Ebenezer Scrooge would be proud’

BY: - December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — The morning after they voted to impeach President Donald Trump, a group of U.S. House Democrats gathered outside of the Agriculture Department’s headquarters to berate the administration for a policy that’s expected to knock about 700,000 people off food stamp benefits nationwide. As about a dozen House lawmakers huddled against the cold, Rep. […]

Attorney General Josh Kaul in Marinette (Photo by Erik Gunn)

AG Josh Kaul listens to Marinette residents’ fears about PFAS

BY: - December 19, 2019

For two hours in Marinette on Wednesday, the state’s chief prosecutor sat in a room full of angry people and heard their stories of illness, death, and fear. And stories there were plenty — some told with fury, others through tears, and others simply with calm resignation. The stories were told by residents of Marinette, […]

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presides over Resolution 755 as the House of Representatives votes on the second article of impeachment of President Donald Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump becomes 3rd president impeached by U.S. House

BY: - December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, making him the third president to be impeached in U.S. history.  Trump was impeached largely along party lines on charges that he abused power and obstructed Congress. The charges surround allegations that Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival […]