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Jobless workers demonstrate in Miami Springs, Florida, in support of continued federal unemployment benefits in the pandemic economy. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

GOP rejects special session on unemployment

BY: - January 19, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers cited fixing the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system as a high priority during his State of the State speech on Jan. 12. He called a special session of the Legislature to take place Tuesday to take up bills to fix the problems that have plagued the UI benefits office during the COVID-19 […]

Co chairs of the new task force on policing and racial justice Rep. Jim Steineke and Rep. Shelia Stubbs hold a press conference. 9/8/20

Task force is “not a substitute for action,” on racial justice, but it “is what we have”

BY: - September 9, 2020

Rep. Shelia Stubbs marched in the streets after the police killing of George Floyd and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. At protests of police brutality and racial disparities in Wisconsin she was often handed a microphone. It is safe to say her rallying cry was not, “Let’s form another task force to […]

Asse,bly and Senate Democrats in Capitol news conference

Bucks, sports world dunk on Wisconsin Legislature

BY: - September 3, 2020

The Legislature blowing off Gov. Tony Evers’ calls to act on pressing issues in a special legislative session is no longer news in Wisconsin, it has happened so often (on education funding, farming, pandemic voting, gun-safety measures). But unlike those past sessions, Monday’s punt on taking up bills tied to police reform and racial justice […]

Milwaukee Bucks, led by George Hill (center) call on the Wisconsin Legislature to act on racial justice and police brutality.

If Fitzgerald and Vos won’t listen to Evers will they listen to the Bucks?

BY: - August 28, 2020

If you plan to place a bet on whether or not the Legislature will meet in a special session on Monday and take up measures tied to racial injustice and police reform — be careful how you phrase the bet. It’s not completely clear what will happen in the Legislature on Monday. On Monday Aug. […]

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (Screenshot from his statement on 8/24/20 regarding Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back by Kenosha police on Sunday.)

Stalemate looms large around state action on racial justice and policing

BY: - August 24, 2020

Saying that we must “rise to this moment,” Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Legislature in for a special session next week to take up legislation tied to racial injustice and policing reforms from a package of bills he worked on with the Black Legislative Caucus and unveiled over two months ago. “These are common […]

Hand draw Juneteenth Freedom Day flag in vector format. Flag with words Emantipation Day for poster. Juneteenth symbol background. Concept design. Getty Images

Police reform bills — but no session — mark Juneteenth

BY: - June 21, 2020

Ten days before the Juneteenth holiday, on June 9, the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers asking him to call a special session specifically on June 19 to pass bills tied to racial justice and police reform. “At this session, we wish to convene to discuss and enact pertinent legislation […]

The Black Legislative Caucus members meet with Gov. Tony Evers (photo courtesy of the Black Legislative Caucus Facebook page).

Will police reform get a hearing in the Wisconsin Legislature?

BY: - June 17, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers announced on Tuesday that the Juneteenth flag will fly over the Capitol building for the first time. It’s a gesture of solidarity and support during a time of Black Lives Matter marches and protests sweeping the country over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and many other people of color […]

Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaking at a podium

Sen. Baldwin: Wisconsin Legislature, meet ASAP on COVID-19 funding waivers

BY: - April 3, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers isn’t the only one pushing the Wisconsin Legislature to come into a special session. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is making the same request — for a different reason.  Baldwin is asking the Legislature to convene ASAP to remove impediments to Wisconsin securing federal waivers related to COVID-19. The governor and the state […]

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Girl in a medical mask on the street during the coronavirus epidemic in Russia by Drug Addiction Clinic Vita

Free COVID-19 treatment is a critical missing link

BY: - April 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic confronts us with a cascading medical emergency that would challenge the greatest leaders. Fatefully, at a moment when hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance, the Trump Administration has made the threat exponentially worse. The administration’s catastrophic failures include a delay of at least a month in ramping up testing, […]

Tony Evers speaks to the Wisconsin Public Education summit in 2019.

Gov. Evers vetoes tax cut bill

BY: - February 26, 2020

On Wednesday, Feb. 26 Gov. Tony Evers held a news conference in Wauwatosa to announce his veto of Senate Bill 821. The plan, passed by both houses of the Legislature, would have used the state’s projected revenue surplus to cut income and business taxes. The measure “failed to fulfill Republicans’ own promise to get to […]

Speaker Robin Vos and Assembly Republicans at a news conference

Assembly Republicans tout future bills to help agriculture

BY: - February 4, 2020

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and a group of more than a dozen Republican Assembly representatives announced they plan to focus on agriculture and helping farmers during what remains of the legislative session.  Despite the session nearing what Republicans have set as the end date, Vos said he was considering a mix of bills that might […]

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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.)

Evers takes his fight to the streets

BY: - October 24, 2019

It sure appears that Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos are not so much against the two gun safety bills that Gov. Tony Evers’ ordered a special session to consider.  It’s that they are terrified of those bills. On Monday, Evers issued an executive order to force the legislature to convene […]