Milwaukee Press Club-2022-News

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson argues against direct payments of $1,200 to families during debate on the next round of federal COVID relief on Dec. 18 (Screenshot from C-Span)

How government aid helped Ron Johnson

BY: - September 2, 2022

In his two terms in office, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has run hard against government spending. Since his first Senate campaign in 2010, the Oshkosh Republican has described himself as an outsider and business creator who has succeeded without government help.  He has dismissed big-ticket bills as wasteful, telling a TV host in June that […]

The Milwaukee Police Administration Building downtown. A surveillance van, or "critical response vehicle" is in the background. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

How the Milwaukee PD uses cell phone surveillance technology

BY: - July 15, 2022

Through an open records request, the Wisconsin Examiner has obtained a log from a cell site simulator used by the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). This release marks the second time a log documenting use of the powerful phone surveillance technologies by MPD has been made public. The last time a log was made public in […]

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Companies developing new forestry rules bought timber where the rules were allegedly broken

BY: - July 13, 2022

Four companies on a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources committee developing new logging rules purchased timber from lakes in Northern Wisconsin in which local residents have alleged that those rules are frequently being broken, documents obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner show.  For nearly two years, a group of residents who live and work near the […]

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With abortion blocked, what happens to the health of the mother?

BY: - June 29, 2022

For Wisconsin women who are pregnant and face a life-threatening illness — and for the doctors who treat them — the overnight change in abortion access has upended medical care. Some cancer patients will no longer be able to get lifesaving chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Some people with chronic heart or kidney disease could face […]

Five years after massive manure spill, residents fighting for clean water

BY: - June 2, 2022

In late 2016, a pipe burst at the Emerald Sky Dairy, a factory farm in the town of Emerald in St. Croix County. The resulting leak ended up spilling nearly 300,000 gallons of manure into the surrounding wetlands and water systems.  The farm, which has a permit to operate as a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation […]

Protesters march toward Wauwatosa as the curfew sets in. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa school district pressured after classroom discussions of ongoing lawsuits

BY: - April 5, 2022

The question of what topics should and should not be discussed in the classroom is a political flash point. But while Wauwatosa’s school district says it hasn’t grappled with debates about so-called critical race theory, or discussions of gender and sexuality in class, one topic has generated complaints. That’s the discussion of the protests for […]