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Racine joins trend to ban conversion therapy for LGBT minors

BY: - July 18, 2019

Racine became the fifth city in Wisconsin this week to ban conversion therapy — attempts by professional counselors to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people — from being used on children under the age of 18. The city council voted 11-3 Tuesday night to ban the practice […]

U.S. House quashes effort to consider impeachment

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday refused to consider impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, with most Democrats siding with Republicans to kill the effort. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) attempted to use a procedural mechanism on the House floor to prod his colleagues to vote on his impeachment resolution stating that Trump “is unfit […]

Meet Paul Ryan’s rookie replacement

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — If you can’t name the guy who took over for Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District, you’re not alone. It’s Bryan Steil, a relative political novice who won the seat in a hard-fought race last November after Ryan announced his retirement. Comparisons are frequently made between Steil — who once worked for Ryan […]

U.S. House holds top Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question

BY: - July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday voted to hold two of President Trump’s top officials in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The chamber voted 230-198, largely along partisan lines, to hold Attorney General William Barr and […]

Measures for low-income workers aim to offset 2017 tax law’s tilt toward wealthy

BY: - July 18, 2019

More than a million people in Wisconsin could benefit from proposed changes in two federal tax credits for low- and moderate-income families, according to a new report. New federal legislation expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit would help 394,000 childless adults in Wisconsin, while a companion bill expanding the Child Care Tax Credit would […]

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Student debt earns Wisconsin a bad ranking

BY: - July 18, 2019

Student debt is a hot topic in politics and campaigns, in no small part because after mortgages, it is the largest type of debt in the United States. This month the financial literacy site Wallet Hub ranked the states on “most to least” in student loan debt. Wisconsin placed as the 18th worst on the […]

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Rep. Pocan calls for oversight of private Florida detention center 

BY: - July 17, 2019

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan held a press call to report on his recent trip to the Homestead Influx Facility in Miami, Florida — a temporary shelter for migrant children run by the private prison operator Caliburn International.  Pocan, a Democrat who represents Wisconsin’s 2nd District, sits on the House Committee on Appropriations. He […]

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‘Restorative justice,’ not new youth detention facilities needed, advocates say

BY: - July 17, 2019

Plans to close the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake youth detention facilities in Irma, have quickly evolved since Gov. Tony Evers took office, but the process hasn’t been without controversy. Many are questioning why the state is paying millions to sustain what Sharlen Moore, co-founder of Urban Underground, calls “failed mechanisms.” Moore urges a conversation […]

Fair Maps lawmakers, activists pressure gerrymandering opponents

BY: - July 16, 2019

Lawmakers and activists seeking to end partisan gerrymandering and create a nonpartisan system for drawing legislative districts sought to turn up the heat Tuesday on current Assembly and Senate leaders to give the proposals a hearing. At a crowded Capitol press conference, the sponsors of companion Senate and Assembly “Fair Maps” bills called on the […]

WI Democrats vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

BY: - July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, the only Wisconsin Republican to call President Donald Trump’s tweets about four of his female Democratic colleagues “wrong” on Tuesday joined the rest of the state’s congregational delegation in voting against a resolution condemning the remarks. The state’s Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore (4th), Ron Kind (3rd) and Mark Pocan […]

Wisconsin dairy farmers’ struggle featured on PBS NewsHour

BY: - July 16, 2019

In a PBS NewsHour story that aired Sunday, weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasa visited dairy farms in Clark County, Wisconsin, to tell the story of dairy farmers’ fight for survival in their struggling industry. He began the piece noting that 2,700 dairy farms went out of business last year and that one-third of those farms were […]

Milwaukee’s high homicide rates rooted in segregation

BY: - July 16, 2019

A recent report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel draws an explicit link between the city’s homicide rates and its historic segregation. It’s part of a larger pattern that criminologists have been aware of for years, a leading Wisconsin criminologist tells the Wisconsin Examiner — and one that demands a deeper conversation over social structure that […]