Gov. Tony Evers

Rep. Shae Sortwell (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Sortwell hopes social media bills have uniting principles

BY: - September 17, 2021

When it comes to censorship on social media, Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) hopes to find bipartisan ground to stand on. Recently, he introduced three bills which aim to both combat online censorship and provide new avenues for free-speech challenges. “Big tech has long been violating people’s free speech rights through deleting, censoring and shadow-banning […]

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After another state budget failure, we need a Democratic realignment in Wisconsin

BY: - September 14, 2021

As the leader of a large-scale grassroots group that urged a full veto of the state budgets in both 2019 and the 2021, you may expect me to rail against Gov. Tony Evers’ decision this summer to sign largely intact the GOP’s latest instrument of fiscal sabotage. This is not that column. Endless hand-wringing over what […]

A Green Bay Correctional Institution watch tower and guard. (Photo | Isiah)

Prison abolition activists join nationwide actions

BY: - September 3, 2021

Prison abolitionist activists in Wisconsin are joining others across the country in a series of actions to shine a light on conditions inside prisons and jails across the country. The actions, collectively called Shut’em Down 2021, range from community discussion events to protests outside state incarceration facilities. Wisconsin’s actions involve members of a variety of […]

Congresswoman Gwen Moore joins others in signing a bar used in the construction of the new mental health facility. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee mental health emergency center to open by 2022

BY: - September 2, 2021

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley and Gov. Tony Evers attended a ceremony in  Milwaukee on Monday to announce plans to construct a new mental health facility in the city. The facility, slated to open in early 2022, will be located in a neighborhood where it will serve local residents. It’s a strategy Rep. Kalan Haywood […]

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Poll: Two-thirds of voters have started the COVID-19 vaccine, but there’s a partisan divide over the shot

BY: - August 12, 2021

Wisconsin voters are sharply divided along party lines in their attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccines, according to the newest Marquette University Law School poll. Overall, 68% of registered voters told pollsters they have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. In that age range, 26% say they have not been vaccinated and 7% […]

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State puts $130M into projects to provide worker training, address hiring challenges

BY: - July 15, 2021

Wisconsin will use $130 million from the state’s federal pandemic relief funds to pay for new programs that aim to help employers find new workers and people without jobs find new work. The three programs, which Gov. Tony Evers announced at a news conference in Green Bay Wednesday morning, include: $100 million in so-called Workforce […]

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

With double-barreled vetoes Evers rejects gun ‘sanctuary’ bill, local redistricting delay

BY: - July 9, 2021

With a pair of end-of-the week vetoes, Gov. Tony Evers rejected bills Friday afternoon that would have postponed redistricting for local elections and hampered attempts to enforce federal firearms laws in Wisconsin. The redistricting bill, AB-369, would have delayed new maps for county board districts and ward boundaries until after the 2022 spring elections. New […]

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Evers embraces income tax cut, delays its impact on paychecks

BY: - July 9, 2021

By using the diminished but still extensive partial veto power that Wisconsin governors wield, Gov. Tony Evers managed to tinker with the margins of the new 2021-2023 state budget — temporarily capturing a $700 million windfall, but also clawing back for the executive branch powers that Republican lawmakers had tried to assume for the Legislature. […]

Gov. Tony Evers signs the 2021-23 biennial budget at Cumberland Elementary School in Whitefish Bay, after making 50 partial vetoes (screenshot | Gov. Evers Facebook video)

Gov. Evers gives Legislature a ‘second chance’ to fund schools

BY: - July 9, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers signed the state budget on Thursday at an elementary school in the Milwaukee suburb of Whitewater, emphasizing the importance of funding for schools and handing out pens to a group of schoolchildren who stood behind him.  “I am proud to be the ‘Education Governor,’ and I believe, as I have often said, […]

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Advocates hold their breath for Evers’ budget announcement

BY: - July 7, 2021

With the deadline upon the governor to either sign, partially veto, or veto the entire state budget presented to him by the Republican-led Legislature, advocates hope Evers will find some way to preserve his vision for increasing support for schools, which the Legislature decimated in the version it sent to his desk last week. “I’m […]

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Opioid settlement resources could be transformative for communities, leaders say

BY: - July 7, 2021

Gov. Evers joined local elected officials and advocates in Waukesha on Tuesday To announce a new step in addressing the opioid and overdose crisis across the state. “There’s no way around it folks,” Evers said during a press conference, “we have got to come together to put an end to this epidemic that shatters lives […]

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Our 4th of July crisis

BY: - July 3, 2021

Americans have two new things to celebrate on the 4th of July this year — pandemic restrictions have lifted, and Donald Trump is no longer president of the United States. To underscore both of these happy facts, the Democratic National Committee hired a plane to fly over Lake Michigan on Friday afternoon, visible to Milwaukeans […]