Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company's alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years.

Milwaukee eyes opioid settlement

BY: - September 19, 2019

Although news of an impending settlement with Purdue Pharma for helping fuel the opioid crisis sounds encouraging, things aren’t so simple. The hundreds of cities, towns and counties involved in opioid cases are now entering a negotiation process with the besieged pharmaceutical giant that makes OxyContin. “The court entered an order naming Milwaukee County one […]

Amy Klobuchar at NAACP forum (Photo by Andrew Roth)

Three-state swing brings Klobuchar to Wisconsin today

BY: - September 19, 2019

The visit is part of a swing taking Klobuchar through three closely watched northern states for the 2020 campaign: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Evers joins 14 governors pushing Congress to address PFAS in defense bill

BY: and - September 19, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers joined a group of 14 other Democratic and Republican  governors in sending a letter Wednesday to both the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees backing provisions related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.  In August, Evers issued an executive order on PFAS chemicals, which […]

Chris Taylor at a rally for common-sense gun laws at the Capitol

‘Our kids are at risk every single day’

BY: - September 19, 2019

At a rally for common-sense gun laws on the steps of the Capitol,by the Wisconsin Coalition for Gun Safety, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) urged a crowd of about 150 people to support universal background checks and other measures to stem gun violence. Instead of progress on gun safety, “what I’ve mostly seen in this building […]

Aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil. Photo by TV NBR (CC BY 3.0)

Potential mining disaster on the Menominee River?

BY: - September 18, 2019

Michigan and Wisconsin could face devastating environmental damage if an open-pit mine near Lake Michigan releases toxic waste into the two states’ waterways, Al Gedicks reports in Urban Milwaukee. The planned “Back Forty” metallic sulfide mine, owned by Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company, would cover 123 acres next to the Menominee River on the […]

state Senator Scott Fitzgerald in casual shirt next to a US flag and white porch rail

The ‘Fitz’ Train

BY: - September 18, 2019

In his campaign kickoff at the Oconomowoc Community Center on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald made official his expected run for Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District to replace retiring 42-year-veteran Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. He also made it simple to discern his core campaign messages: He is a big fan of Donald Trump. He’s a conservative. […]

Wisconsin state flag

All eyes on Wisconsin. Again.

BY: - September 18, 2019

The national sources that weigh in with increasing regularity on whether President Donald Trump can win Wisconsin continue a drumbeat of reporting. Today, Politico wrote this lengthy piece, and did reach out to quite a few people in Wisconsin to support the analysis. The piece, titled “Why it will be hard for Trump to win […]

Marines fighting fires with foam

Bad Chemistry

BY: - September 17, 2019

The Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality is tasked with this mission: “To protect a healthy and stable supply of water for residents and industry.”   To that end it has gone around the state hearing testimony from a wide variety of invited groups and speakers–governmental, environmental, industry, farmers, academics and state agencies, among others. […]

Betsy DeVos at a podium at the US Dept of Education

More controversy around vouchers, DeVos

BY: - September 17, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s “back-to-school” tour kickoff at a private Milwaukee voucher school triggered a passionate response from public-school advocates and voucher-school defenders alike. In her speech at St. Marcus Lutheran School, DeVos denounced “the education cabal” that “puts other issues above what’s right for students.” DeVos blamed school administrators for wasting money […]

Several types of vaping products associated with lung disease

Vaping illnesses show need for regulated THC markets

BY: - September 17, 2019

“One of the things I’m wondering is why is this all of a sudden happening now?” said Eric Marsch, an organizer with the cannabis advocacy organization NORML, pondering the rash of hospitalizations connected with vaping. “I’ve seen these vape cartridges around for years,” Marsch added. Medical investigators are still working out exactly what made people who […]

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Milwaukee County tackles restoring voting rights to ex-offenders

BY: - September 17, 2019

Milwaukee County Supervisors Sequanna Taylor is proposing a resolution to restore and protect the voting rights of people on parole or probation. Nearly 65,000 people in Wisconsin are denied the right to vote after they have served time and paid their debt to society, Taylor explained, because they are still “on paper.” “When a person […]

Firefighters use a foam product to suppress a blaze. Photo from National PFAS Contamination Coalition, licensed under Creative Commons

DNR plans Marinette chemical contamination listening sessions

BY: - September 17, 2019

As worries persist about contamination from chemicals known as PFAS in and around  Marinette and Peshtigo in northeastern Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources will hold the first of six monthly listening sessions on the issue this Wednesday in Marinette. “People asked the DNR to give folks a forum to ask questions and receive […]