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Bipartisan Senate report urges White House to combat 2020 election interference

BY: - October 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report Tuesday calling on the Trump administration to take steps to combat foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. elections.  The bipartisan recommendation was part of the committee’s new report detailing Russia’s attempts to use social media to sway the 2016 presidential election. The warning […]

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Hemp: “Wisconsin’s comeback crop”

BY: - October 8, 2019

Cannabis remains a contentious topic in Wisconsin, be it for medicinal use or full legalization. But Wisconsin’s 2017 Act 100 and the federal 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to grow industrial hemp and Wisconsin farmers have taken an interest in the program. “Hemp is Wisconsin’s comeback crop,” said Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stephens Point), author […]

Reps. Dianne Hesselbein, Chris Taylor, Shiela Stubbs, Melissa Sargent and Sen. Mark Miller at the Forward Together news conference on the Democratic legislative agenda, fall 2019

The ‘inaction’ of the ‘gerrymandered majority’

BY: - October 8, 2019

On Monday, Democratic members of the State Assembly and Senate held press conferences across Wisconsin near their hometowns to announce the Democratic legislative agenda in advance of the first fall meeting of the legislative session in the Senate on Tuesday. The priorities echo familiar themes and legislation Republicans have shot down before, refusing to allow […]

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Wisconsin DHS testing of vapes underway

BY: - October 8, 2019

Investigations continue into an outbreak of hospitalizations for lung damage nationwide, likely related to vaping products. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently tracking 69 probable cases of vaping-related lung disease, though a single cause remains elusive. Dr. Jonathan Meiman, a DHS chief medical officer, told Wisconsin Examiner, “a big part of this […]

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DNR unveils PFAS test database

BY: - October 8, 2019

Test results from around Marinette and Peshtigo haven't yet been posted.

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Elder poverty rising in Wisconsin

BY: - October 7, 2019

The median retirement account balance of working-age Americans is $0. And elder poverty is on the rise in Wisconsin with longer retirements, rising healthcare costs and flat incomes with little savings.  In Wisconsin, 9.5% of older residents were living in poverty in 2017, up from 9% in 2016, according to the Institute for Research on […]

Activists flood the Fire and Police Commission (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Immigration activists push Milwaukee to clarify policy

BY: - October 7, 2019

Momentum continued to build in Milwaukee as immigration activists flooded City Hall on Thursday for a third time in two consecutive weeks. Dozens of community members marched and chanted through the halls before entering a Fire and Police Commission meeting, calling on officials to protect immigrant families. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission’s scheduled vote […]

Black and Latino Round Table (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Black and Latino Roundtable focuses on immigration, incarceration reform

BY: - October 4, 2019

The negative fallout from decades of mass incarceration was a major topic of discussion during the second annual State of Wisconsin Black and Latino Caucus Roundtable held at the Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 3. Eleven state representatives hosted the event, alongside two dozen participants from various criminal-justice and community-advocacy backgrounds. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Pro-choice protesters gather at the Supreme Court on May 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court takes on high-stakes abortion case

BY: and - October 4, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a high-profile case that could have major implications for abortion rights in states across the country.  The justices announced that they will hear an appeal in a case over a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at […]

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The teacher’s life: K-12 teachers plagued with high college debt, low wages

BY: - October 4, 2019

Young teachers attempting to start their careers with K-12 students are burdened by high college debt, which might be one more factor behind the teacher shortage. According to the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), Wisconsin ranks in the nation’s top ten states for students leaving college with loan debt. In 2018, graduates with loans […]

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Second chances: No apology from Perdue

BY: - October 4, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made national headlines on Tuesday when he visited America’s Dairyland and went to the World Dairy Expo to deliver a message that corporate farms are the industry’s future and increasingly there is no place left for small, family farms. Perdue’s statement was this: “In America, the big get bigger […]

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Rare bipartisan unity on 4-year-old kindergarten

BY: - October 4, 2019

In a rare display of bipartisan agreement, the Senate and Assembly education committees held a joint meeting on Thursday, Oct 3, to take up a series of bills including an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten that has the support of a lot of people who rarely find common ground, from School Choice Wisconsin to the Milwaukee […]