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Nicole Safar | Photo courtesy of Law Forward

Safar takes the helm at Law Forward

BY: - September 13, 2021

Law Forward, Wisconsin’s nearly one-year-old public interest law firm, announced Thursday that it has hired its first full-time executive director, Nicole Safar.  Safar helped lead Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for many years, including as the group’s vice president of public affairs and legal advocacy, before leaving to serve as Gov. Tony Evers’ assistant deputy secretary […]

Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition by Tony Webster CC BY 2.0 A yard sign in Mellen, Wisconsin reads: "This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps," paid for by the Fair Elections Project, FairMapsWI.com. The political sign supports redistricting legislation to reform gerrymandering.

Dems seek public hearing on Fair Maps bills

BY: - August 9, 2021

The Democratic co-authors of the bills to ban gerrymandering in Wisconsin have requested a public hearing on them. Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Deb Andraca introduced their bills ( Senate Bill 389  and  Assembly Bill 395) back on May 17. On August 5, they sent a letter to the chair of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Sen. […]

Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" earlier this year in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Fight for fair maps heats up

BY: - May 15, 2021

On Monday, Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) and Rep. Deb Andraca (D-Whitefish Bay) will re-introduce nonpartisan redistricting legislation, unveiling their bill at a noon fair maps rally at the State Street entrance to the State Capitol emceed by Wisconsin comedian Kristin Brey. The battle for a fair process for drawing the state’s political maps is […]

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Shifting the narrative around legalizing Badger cannabis

BY: - February 16, 2021

Ending Wisconsin’s cannabis prohibition is an effort being pushed across multiple fronts. While proposals are hashed out in the halls of government, and not likely to succeed while the GOP controls both Legislative branches, advocates also see the need to shift the narrative around cannabis. From Michigan to Minnesota, Illinois to even Iowa, cannabis is […]

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The Wisconsin GOP’s Trump problem

BY: - October 16, 2020

With just over two weeks to go before the 2020 election, Wisconsin is at the center of our nation’s political upheaval. Democrats are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow election officials more time to count an avalanche of absentee ballots. Meanwhile, a COVID-positive President Donald Trump is coming to Janesville on Saturday. To […]

Eric Holder (By United States Department of Justice, public domain)

Former U.S. AG Holder to testify on Wisconsin maps Thursday evening

BY: - September 30, 2020

There will be a familiar face when it comes to the national topic of gerrymandering at the People’s Maps Commission virtual public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 1. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is now the chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, plans to testify. The news comes from Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green […]

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Raise a toast to non-gerrymandered maps

BY: - September 15, 2020

Calling citizens of all parties or no party who want fair maps that allow the people to pick their representatives, rather than the other way around (as in Wisconsin and other states with gerrymandered maps). You can soon drink to that, with a beer that sends funds and spends time on voter education by the […]

Sen. Luther Olsen (screenshot from Wisconsin Eye)

Republican moderates and the banality of evil

BY: - June 22, 2020

If ever there were a time for so-called Republican moderates to stop making excuses for Donald Trump and stand up for some core values, it has long since come and gone. Yet here was retiring state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), in his farewell interview with WisconsinEye on June 15, answering a question about what grade […]

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 […]

GOP leaders deny “discussion” of redistricting plan

BY: - July 30, 2019

Republican leaders in the Assembly and Senate reacted to yesterday’s report in the Wisconsin Examiner about a possible behind-the-scenes plan to redraw Wisconsin’s voting maps without consulting Gov. Tony Evers. Both told Scott Bauer of the Associated Press that they had never “discussed” a plan to redraw Wisconsin’s political maps by joint resolution. “That approach […]

Protesters attend a rally for "Fair Maps" earlier this year in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

GOP could dodge Gov. Evers to gerrymander Wisconsin again

BY: - July 29, 2019

Advocates on both sides of recent redistricting battles in Wisconsin have told the Examiner they believe that the Republican-controlled legislature might draw new, gerrymandered voting maps after the 2020 census, using a process that would avoid sending the plan to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers for his signature or veto. Democrats and advocates for a fair […]

Assembly chambers (photo by Melanie Conklin)

Vos gives insight into state Assembly’s fall agenda 

BY: - July 19, 2019

Democratic and Republican legislators do a Weekly Radio Address, addressing what they see as the “hot” issue each week. You won’t be surprised to learn from earlier coverage in the Wisconsin Examiner this week that the topic chosen by Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) is “Fair Maps for a Fair Wisconsin.” The key example of the […]