Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Riot bill’s penalties are as broad as they seem

BY: - September 17, 2021

A bill that would create a felony penalty for people who were part of a protest where rioting broke out appears to be as broad as it sounds. During a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, on Thursday, questions persisted as to who exactly the bill would apply to if […]

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 […]

Water protectors conducting a blockade against the Line 3 pipeline. (Photo | Giniw Collective)

Wisconsin joins the Enbridge Line 3 resistance

BY: - September 14, 2021

Across Wisconsin’s western border with Minnesota, Indigenous people and allies have united in months of resistance against the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. For those who have traveled to the resistance camps, what’s at stake is clear. It’s a struggle not just against a defiant fossil fuel industry, but also against what some call “the Great […]

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Wiretap expert fears bill will open ‘back door’ for police

BY: - September 2, 2021

There is a major problem with the wiretap bill that passed the state Senate and is currently making its way through the Wisconsin Assembly, says telecommunications expert Ben Levitan. “A judge’s order is an order on the cell phone company, not a license to go wiretap on your own,” Levitan, an engineer who spent 30 […]

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Animal protection, wildlife groups file lawsuit over wolf hunt

BY: - September 1, 2021

Several organizations including Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Center for a Humane Economy, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife, and the Project Coyote have joined a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin over the upcoming wolf hunt in November. A quota of 300 wolves has been set for the hunt, which comes after 218 […]

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Kenosha unrest used as main prop to pitch new anti-riot bill

BY: - August 26, 2021

Protests and unrest in Kenosha last year became the face of discussion over a Republican bill attempting to construct a punitive framework for “rioting.” The bill, AB-279, was introduced by Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield). A former law enforcement officer, Spiros attempted to introduce similar riot-based legislation in 2016, after Milwaukee experienced unrest and property destruction […]

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How do you solve a problem like Ron Johnson?

BY: - August 24, 2021

The Cook Political Report recently categorized Sen. Ron Johnson’s 2022 re-election race as a “toss-up” — making Johnson the only incumbent in the country to earn that dubious distinction, which is particularly unusual for a two-termer whose challenger is yet to be determined. And that was even before Johnson’s top-polling prospective opponent, Lt. Gov. Mandela […]

Rebecca Alegria, Aquria Sisk and Frank Alegria at water celebration on Stephenson Island, Wisc.

Dozens of Wisconsin lakes listed as ‘impaired

BY: - August 18, 2021

92 bodies of water have been declared “impaired” by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), including Madison’s Lake Monona. It’s a worrying prognosis, although, according to a DNR press release, the state’s waterways are improving, with over 80% of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers recently assessed as healthy. “Placing waters on the Impaired Waters List means […]

Tagged monarch butterfly in Minnesota. Photo by Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS

More monarch habitat in Wisconsin

BY: - August 17, 2021

Wisconsin is now home to 105,000 acres of either new or enhanced habitat for monarch butterflies. It’s a major conservation effort resulting from work with the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, which formed in 2018. Under one umbrella volunteers, partner organizations and members of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), worked to mass-plant milkweed and wild flowers. […]

Cows graze on the Tranel Family Farm, Organic Valley farmer-member (photo courtesy of Organic Valley)

New standards for manure spreading released by DATCP

BY: - August 12, 2021

New standards have been released for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manure spreading restrictions that affect 16 counties where bedrock is especially vulnerable to groundwater. The new technical standards were published by the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and apply to manure spreading on silurian bedrock areas. In those areas, the […]

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Sen. Carpenter blasts DNR for fall wolf hunt plans

BY: - August 6, 2021

A decision by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to carry out another wolf hunt this fall drew immediate backlash from elected officials. Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) blasted the DNR’s move, highlighting the prior hunt in February as “the result of a last minute court order,” as well as “poorly planned” and void of adequate […]

Green violet, a species last documented in Wisconsin in 1958, was found this spring on a State Natural Area in west central Wisconsin by DNR Conservation Biologist Ryan O’Connor. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

Rare green violet re-discovered in Wisconsin

BY: - July 13, 2021

A conservation biologist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) located what the department is calling “the holy grail” of rare plants in Wisconsin. Green violets (Hybanthus concolor), which were thought to have disappeared from the state, were found growing by the hundreds in a west central state natural area. The last time green a […]