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Medical cannabis bill is ‘an issue of compassion’ for suffering patients

BY: - October 3, 2019

Wisconsin legislators pushing a bipartisan bill to legalize medical cannabis hope that the Republican majority will consider it, for the sake of patients suffering debilitating conditions with few treatment options. “It’s an issue of compassion,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) told Wisconsin Examiner. “It’s an issue of making sure people have access to something that […]

Suicide texting hotline money released after (another) fight

BY: - October 2, 2019

After nearly three months of holding back funds for a text-based suicide prevention program, the legislature’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted to release the funds Wednesday.  But not without another battle. Returning to the agenda was the measure to fund HOPELINE at $110,000 per year, which was included in the state budget, approved in July. […]

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Wisconsin lawmakers played key parts in past impeachments

BY: - October 2, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin Republican was among those picked to make the case to the U.S. Senate for ousting the president from the White House.  It was January 1999.  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner had been chosen to be among the 13 U.S. House Republicans urging senators to eject President Bill Clinton from office after the House […]

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Report: Health coverage falls for second year in Wisconsin

BY: - October 2, 2019

After falling for several years, the number of uninsured people in Wisconsin rose for a second year in a row in 2018, according to a new report by Kids Forward, a statewide research and advocacy group for children and families. For people of color, the lack of access to health coverage is especially acute, according […]

Why are private prisons controversial?

BY: - October 2, 2019

Editor’s note: Private prisons have long stirred controversy, most recently over their role in housing undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Several states have banned them, several banks have vowed to stop financing them and more than one presidential candidate has pledged to end them at the federal level. John M. Eason, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has done […]

Two-thirds of Wisconsin counties support redistricting reform

BY: - October 1, 2019

On Sept. 17, Sheboygan County became the 48th of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to endorse the idea of creating a nonpartisan process for re-drawing the state’s voting maps.  The resolution “affirming the right of all Wisconsin citizens to fair and equal representation” and “requesting the adoption of a nonpartisan process for the preparation of legislative and […]

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Bipartisan bill divides unions, environmentalists

BY: - October 1, 2019

Legislation that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline and other energy sites is exposing some divisions among Democrats and making allies of business groups and labor unions. Critics, principally environmental advocates, contend the measure would stifle dissent against controversial projects. Proponents, including Democrats allied with labor, are defending it as a worker […]

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Family left “haunted” after father was taken by ICE

BY: - September 30, 2019

Milwaukee’s City Hall was charged with raw emotion last week as community members packed in, shoulder-to-shoulder, to support a family whose loved one had been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Holding signs reading, “following orders is not an excuse,” “never again is now” and “close the camps, shut down ICE,” they demanded action […]

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Wisconsin to address law-enforcement suicide

BY: - September 30, 2019

The following story is about suicide. For free, confidential help and support, call 800-273-8255 or text HOPELINE to 741741. So far this year, 163 law enforcement officers have taken their own lives nationwide, and those are just the deaths reported as suicides. Those numbers, put out by Blue H.E.L.P., an organization that tracks officer suicides […]

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Wisconsin DNR pledges to treat climate change as major issue

BY: - September 30, 2019

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Tony Evers has pledged to address climate change as a major state-wide issue. Secretary-designee Preston Cole called climate change, “one of the defining issues of our time,” and made it clear that his agency will back pro-climate policies. “The DNR is entrusted to protect the people’s resources, […]

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Rural schools advocate is wary of vouchers

BY: - September 30, 2019

Kim Kaukl, a retired school principal who lives in the little town of Plain, Wis, about seven miles north of Spring Green, is the executive director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance. In his frequent trips to Madison, Kaukl talks to state legislators about the plight of rural school districts across the state that are […]

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Will Wisconsin tourists flock to Illinois to buy pot?

BY: - September 27, 2019

Wisconsin residents soon won’t have to go far to legally consume marijuana. A store that will sell cannabis less than one mile across the Wisconsin state line into Illinois got approved last Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The company plans to begin construction soon. The article, ‘Can Illinois draw marijuana tourists from out of state? […]