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Pushing the reset button on state highway project panel

BY: - December 9, 2019

Playing catch-up after five years on ice, a state panel on major highway projects has canceled three proposed projects and added no new ones to the state’s road-building agenda. The panel met for the first time in half a decade last week. In contrast to the last two governors, Gov. Tony Evers and the acting […]

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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 8, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

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Poor Wisconsinites hit again by food stamp cuts

BY: - December 6, 2019

On Wednesday, the Trump administration finalized a rule change that will make it more difficult for people to get food stamps — a change based around a model created by former Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans. The changes, which will take effect next April, will reduce benefits people can receive food via the Supplemental […]

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Baldwin-backed bill gives volunteer firefighters housing break

BY: - December 5, 2019

Hoping to attract more rural residents to join their local volunteer fire departments, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill colleagues on Thursday introduced legislation to add volunteer firefighters and first responders to the list of people eligible for federal housing assistance. “These communities cannot afford to move to fire departments […]

Maj. Gen. Donald P. Dunbar, Wisconsin adjutant general delivers remarks at the 2014 Executive Safety Summit at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center, Wis., May 13, 2014. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Marvin Preston/ Released)

Outrage even before report’s release on sex assault in Wisconsin National Guard

BY: - December 5, 2019

A report looking into potentially egregious sexual assault and abuse in the Wisconsin National Guard is now in the hands of Gov. Tony Evers, and will be released to the public, likely early next week. The Wisconsin National Guard has been in the news throughout 2019 for problems with sexual assault and possible punishment of […]

School officials talk about safety in wake of shootings

BY: - December 5, 2019

On Monday morning at Waukesha South High School, a police officer shot a 17-year-old student who pulled out a gun and pointed it at an officer. It was just the beginning of a week of gun scares and lockdowns at eight different Wisconsin high schools. On Tuesday, a student was shot after stabbing a school […]

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 4: Ranking member Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) speaks as Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) listens during testimony by constitutional scholars before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill December 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Abuse of power, bribery, obstruction: Democrats’ impeachment plan takes shape

BY: - December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are laying out their framework for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  As the House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Democrats signaled that they intend to accuse Trump of abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice.  The lawyer for Judiciary […]

Cooper Dandaneau holds hands with his mother, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Julie Dandaneau, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron surgical services flight chief, in Newport News, Va., Nov. 16, 2013. Dandaneau adopted Cooper, 2, when he was a week shy of his first birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Stephanie R. Plichta/Released)

Lawyers, tribes raise concerns about adoption bills

BY: - December 4, 2019

A package of bills aimed at streamlining adoption, ensuring more stable lives for adopted children and their new families and expanding the rights of foster parents could produce more litigation, making the process more complex and lengthy, witnesses warned a state Senate public hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday. The cautionary testimony came alongside comments […]

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Police investigating multiple possible school threats

BY: - December 4, 2019

The confrontation between police officers and a high school student in Waukesha was followed by a rash of other incidents and lockdowns at Wisconsin schools this week. An Oshkosh West High School student and officer were injured after the student stabbed the police officer. Separately, Sparta-area schools were closed as a precautionary measure due to […]

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Nine-day deer hunting season draws to a close

BY: - December 4, 2019

Wisconsin’s nine day deer hunting season has come to an end, the state’s 168th season. Numbers for not only license purchases but also harvested deer were down this year as compared to 2018. The 2019 season also saw a lower than average number of reported hunting accidents, which the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attributes […]

Representative Greta Neubauer (D- Racine) joins other supporters of the bill package. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

New “Forward On Climate” bills target climate adaptation

BY: - December 4, 2019

A new package of bills introduced by Representatives Greta Neubauer (D- Racine), Dianne Hesselbein (D- Middleton ), Gary Hebl (D- Sun Prairie) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D- Green Bay), is aiming to jump-start Badger State climate policy. Collectively named the Forward On Climate package, the bills focus on financially supporting climate-resistant infrastructure for schools and […]

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Wisconsin ranks 17th in generosity

BY: - December 3, 2019

On #GivingTuesday, and throughout December, nonprofits focus on charitable giving. It’s the time of year when people think about charitable contributions to reduce their tax bills, and Giving Tuesday is a fitting  follow-up to the consumer-spending spree of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And souls may be in a generous holiday mood.  So how does […]