Jim Steineke

Homeless man & advice on sign in red sleeping bag on the street

A tale of two homelessness bills

BY: - November 27, 2019

On any given night in Wisconsin, nearly 5,000 people are homeless and many more are on the brink of homelessness, staying temporarily on a friend’s couch or other short-term reprieve. In winter weather the crisis becomes acute, and it hits areas all across the state, both rural and urban.  Of the 4,907 homeless in January […]

Members of the state Senate 2019

‘Paralysis by partisanship’

BY: - November 14, 2019

Showing up on the job for just a handful of days out of a year sounds like an easy way to earn a paycheck. And that’s what the state Senate and Assembly, which concluded their business this week, did in 2019. The state Senate met just 8 times this year to take up bills. The […]

The floor of the Assembly, 11/12/19

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas, Assembly style

BY: - November 13, 2019

Merry Christmas! If this seems like an unusually early greeting when Thanksgiving is still more than two weeks away, you must not be a member of the Wisconsin Assembly.  Tuesday was the final day of a very short Assembly floor session for 2019 and the two dominant themes were religion and December holidays — and […]

Gov. Tony Evers announces his call for a special legislative session on gun safety measures at City Hall in Milwaukee on Oct. 21, 2019 (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lt. Governor.)

Anticipating Thursday’s special session on gun safety? Don’t blink.

BY: - November 6, 2019

The Assembly convenes Thursday for its second to last day of the year and Republicans revealed on Tuesday that the surprise focus of that session day will be its attempt to override four of Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes.  It would be easy to lose sight of the fact that Thursday Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. […]

Rep. Jimmy Anderson during his floor speech on Oct. 10 2019 (Wisconsin Eye)

Jimmy Anderson’s moment slips away

BY: - October 11, 2019

The story of the Wisconsin State Assembly debate on Thursday around a quadriplegic lawmaker’s request for reasonable accommodations began before dawn. It started when the state’s long-time political outlet of record, The Wheeler Report, laid out a list of 10 Assembly rules changes that Republicans planned to lump together and pass in a single vote. […]