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Wisconsin’s Incarcerated are in Danger

Wisconsin’s Incarcerated are in Danger

Activists urge action to protect incarcerated individuals during this pandemic.

Pandemic Forces State Prisons to Adapt

Pandemic Forces State Prisons to Adapt

Evers halts admissions, DOC implements measures to minimize the risk.

Do Probation Agents Need Protection?

Do Probation Agents Need Protection?

Legislators debate bill adding penalties, possible jail time, if probation agents or their families threatened.

Some ‘Tougher on Crime’ Bills Passed

Some ‘Tougher on Crime’ Bills Passed

Gov. Evers vetoed most, but signed a few.

Do Local Elections Avoid Certain Voters?

Do Local Elections Avoid Certain Voters?

Emphasis on frequent voters can mean poorer and minority areas are avoided.

Coronavirus Risk Remains Low in State

Coronavirus Risk Remains Low in State

Just one confirmed case in Dane County and person has recovered.

MKE County: Board Seeks Unified Approach to Services
MKE County

Board Seeks Unified Approach to Services

County approves One Milwaukee Task Force, aims to unify county, city and MPS services for high need neighborhoods.

Molson Coors Shooting Restarts Gun Debate

Molson Coors Shooting Restarts Gun Debate

Democrat legislators speak up about gun safety reforms.

Two Opposite Visions of Criminal Justice

Two Opposite Visions of Criminal Justice

State Reps. Evan Goyke and Joe Sanfellipo espouse different visions for law enforcement in Wisconsin.

Federal Policing Money Flowing to City

Federal Policing Money Flowing to City

Relentless Pursuit grant, Tougher on Crime grant, DNC funding lead the list.

Body Cam Bill Passes State Legislature

Body Cam Bill Passes State Legislature

Bill creates uniform rules for use of body cameras throughout the state.

Bipartisan Water Quality Bills Pass

Bipartisan Water Quality Bills Pass

Though, they do not make it through the sharply divide legislature without some disagreement.

Controversial “Tougher on Crime” Bills Pass

Controversial “Tougher on Crime” Bills Pass

Two parties split over the future of criminal justice. Democrats assail GOP for "fear mongering" legislation.

GOP Adds More “Tougher On Crime” Legislation

GOP Adds More “Tougher On Crime” Legislation

New bills increase penalties for offenses like car theft and reckless driving.

Voces de La Frontera Mobilizing Voters

Voces de La Frontera Mobilizing Voters

Effort for 2020 builds on 2016, when it recruited 5,600 Latinx voters, 67% of them new voters.

GOP Lawmakers Push “Tougher on Crime” Legislation

GOP Lawmakers Push “Tougher on Crime” Legislation

Package of bills draws major criticism and concern from committee, citizens.

Hundreds Rally for Criminal Justice Reform

Hundreds Rally for Criminal Justice Reform

ACLU organized lobbying day calls for an end to policies that contribute to mass incarceration.

MKE County: Proposal Targets “Forever Plastics”
MKE County

Proposal Targets “Forever Plastics”

Proposal by Supervisors Dimitrijevic and Nicholson bans use of non-biodegradable plastics in county facilities.

Evers Releases Anti-Vaping Agenda

Evers Releases Anti-Vaping Agenda

Package of politics targets youth vaping, a “serious public health epidemic.”

Bill Addresses “Race Out of Place” Police Stops

Bill Addresses “Race Out of Place” Police Stops

Rep. Stubbs suffered such racial profiling when campaigning in mostly white neighborhood.

Trump Visit Draws Protests Downtown

Trump Visit Draws Protests Downtown

Protests and police maneuvers may be a taste of DNC 2020.

GOP Legislators Push “Tougher on Crime” Bills

GOP Legislators Push “Tougher on Crime” Bills

Stiffer penalties on variety of crimes even as Evers moves to reduce prison population.

‘Relentless Pursuit’ Worries Immigration Activists

‘Relentless Pursuit’ Worries Immigration Activists

Will new federal enforcement effort, working with Milwaukee Police, involve ICE agents?

DNR Revising Permits to Protect Species

DNR Revising Permits to Protect Species

Would affect construction projects nearby or within habitats of rare or threatened species.

Back From Madrid, Barnes Pushes Climate Policy

Back From Madrid, Barnes Pushes Climate Policy

Lt. Governor attended international climate conference, envisions state as a climate policy leader.

Federal Crime Effort Includes Milwaukee

Federal Crime Effort Includes Milwaukee

One of 7 cities picked for new anti-crime program, Operation: Relentless Pursuit.

North-Side Man Dies, Possible Hypothermia

North-Side Man Dies, Possible Hypothermia

Died last week, We Energies says his heating equipment may not have been working.

Man Arrested By ICE Reunited With Family

Man Arrested By ICE Reunited With Family

José Alejandro de la Cruz-Espinoza, 38, has lived in U.S. for decades.

Baldwin Bill Addresses Veterans’ Health

Baldwin Bill Addresses Veterans’ Health

Help for veterans hurt by over-prescription of medications, high suicide rate.

MKE County: Officials Urge Warming Centers to Open
MKE County

Officials Urge Warming Centers to Open

Serve homeless whenever temperatures below freezing, say Supervisors Shea and Taylor.

Police Investigating Multiple School Threats

Police Investigating Multiple School Threats

Shooting, stabbing, and threats of violence at five different area schools in two days.

Behold the Democratic Green Team

Behold the Democratic Green Team

“Forward on Climate” package includes bills on green banks, weatherizing schools.

School Shootings Raise Safety Concerns

School Shootings Raise Safety Concerns

Evers and Kaul lament problem. “Kids shouldn’t fear for their life at school.”

New Charges Against Activist Vaun Mayes

New Charges Against Activist Vaun Mayes

Community organizer says he's being targeted as a "Black Identity Extremist.”

Evers Commits to Paris Climate Accords

Evers Commits to Paris Climate Accords

Lt. Gov. Barnes joins a call with experts and city leaders ahead of UN COP25.

Two Efforts Target Climate Change

Two Efforts Target Climate Change

State and county task forces are separate but overlapping efforts responding to crisis.

Downtown Rally for DACA, Dreamers

Downtown Rally for DACA, Dreamers

Bus loads of activists at Federal Building urged U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of immigrants.

MKE County: Proposal Lets County Workers Staff the Polls
MKE County

Proposal Lets County Workers Staff the Polls

Board supports employees getting paid time off to work at polling sites.

State Collects 30 Tons of Unused Drugs

State Collects 30 Tons of Unused Drugs

Attorney General Josh Kaul, 277 police agencies in state worked on 2019 Drug Take Back Day.

Baldwin Pushes for Action on Lead Poisoning

Baldwin Pushes for Action on Lead Poisoning

Urges Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve lead screening data.

State Board Okays Rules on PFAS Pollution

State Board Okays Rules on PFAS Pollution

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board will create stricter rule making process for PFAS levels in water.

City Hall: Community Outpouring Over City Budget
City Hall

Community Outpouring Over City Budget

Dozens of residents object to nearly half of budget paying for police.

Rev. Barber’s Campaign Comes to Town

Rev. Barber’s Campaign Comes to Town

Founder of the Moral Mondays movement assails “racialized poverty”, calls for voting turnout.

FDA Testing Vapes for Link to Lung Damage

FDA Testing Vapes for Link to Lung Damage

The Wisconsin DHS is tracking 69 possible cases of vaping-related lung disease.

Immigration Activists Question MPD Policy Towards ICE

Immigration Activists Question MPD Policy Towards ICE

Fire and Police Commission delays vote on policy a third time, meanwhile activists want answers.

Bipartisan Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

Bipartisan Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald strongly opposes the bill.

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

Unlike the previous administration, Evers Administration pledges to address climate change.

MKE County: County Board Backs Milwaukee Voting Rights Bill
MKE County

County Board Backs Milwaukee Voting Rights Bill

Resolution calls for restoring voting rights to people on probation and parole.

Milwaukee Experiencing Unprecedented Number of Drug Overdoses

Milwaukee Experiencing Unprecedented Number of Drug Overdoses

Approximately one drug overdose every 14 hours.

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

Goyke, Johnson push bill allowing local voters to approve 1% county sales tax.

MKE County: Supervisors Push Ex-Offender Voting Rights
MKE County

Supervisors Push Ex-Offender Voting Rights

Resolution calls for restoring the voting rights of people on parole or probation.

MKE County: Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals
MKE County

Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals

$550,000 loan program for any resident, regardless of income, to replace lead laterals.

Waukesha Has a Deal With ICE

Waukesha Has a Deal With ICE

Only sheriff’s department in state that created agreement with federal immigration authorities.

Opioid Settlement Could Aid County

Opioid Settlement Could Aid County

Milwaukee suit seeks settlement to repay county’s costs from opioid crisis, can cite Purdue Pharma case.

Fun and Politics at LaborFest

Fun and Politics at LaborFest

Labor unions, socialists, fun seekers at annual Labor Day festival.

Inside State’s First 24/7 Opioid Treatment Center

Inside State’s First 24/7 Opioid Treatment Center

Community Medical Services in West Allis saves lives, confronts stigma.

Tracking the County’s Drug Deaths in 2018

Tracking the County’s Drug Deaths in 2018

384 fatal overdoses, mostly from heroin and cocaine, hitting hardest in several city zip codes.

State Group Helps Sue Trump on Coal

State Group Helps Sue Trump on Coal

Clean Wisconsin and 9 other environmental groups argue Trump Administration violates Clean Air Act.

Opioid Addiction Can Be Beaten, Experts Say

Opioid Addiction Can Be Beaten, Experts Say

Experts and activists meet in Bay View to discuss city’s opioid, heroin, cocaine crisis.

State Officials Concerned About Spy Balloons

State Officials Concerned About Spy Balloons

Pentagon surveillance of Wisconsin, other midwestern states, raises issues for Kaul, Sargent.

Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

Program tested in six midwestern states, may provide “perfect surveillance”.

Prescription Drugs Polluting Drinking Water?

Prescription Drugs Polluting Drinking Water?

Researchers see problem from unused drugs flushed into Lake Michigan.

Sanctuary Rally Announces Pro-Immigrant Bills

Sanctuary Rally Announces Pro-Immigrant Bills

“These people are us!” Proposed state laws provide more protection for immigrants.

Why the Weekend of Fatal Overdoses?

Why the Weekend of Fatal Overdoses?

14 drug overdose deaths in Milwaukee County. Bad batch of drugs suspected.

Legislators Urge New Strategy on Budget

Legislators Urge New Strategy on Budget

Stung by Republican cuts in funds to Milwaukee, city-based legislators search for new approach.

Wisconsin Is Awash in Opioids

Wisconsin Is Awash in Opioids

Federal data shows massive over-prescription, 1.2 billion pain pills over six years.

Clean Drinking Water Effort Falls Short

Clean Drinking Water Effort Falls Short

$40 million state funding to replace lead laterals cut from budget by Republicans.

Local Anti-War Protestors Keep Pushing

Local Anti-War Protestors Keep Pushing

America has been at war since 2001. Local activists continue their call for peace.

“Close MSDF!” Protestors Declare

“Close MSDF!” Protestors Declare

Those who suffered inside the county’s secure detention facility, call for its closing.

MKE County: The Ugly Record of Armor Health
MKE County

The Ugly Record of Armor Health

Why the county had to replace the company handling the county jail.

The Rise of Victory Gardens

The Rise of Victory Gardens

Founded in 2008, it keeps expanding city gardens and healthy food supplies.

Questions Surround Vaun Mayes’ Arrest

Questions Surround Vaun Mayes’ Arrest

Charged with plot to firebomb police, Mayes is a dedicated community worker, supporters say.

Waukesha County Sued for Racial Profiling

Waukesha County Sued for Racial Profiling

Common Ground seeks apology for treatment of two black pastors, and reviewing actions by other suburbs.

Close Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility?

Close Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility?

Both activists and newly elected Gov. Evers agree on this. Its problems are many.

ACLU Justice Tour Targets Racism

ACLU Justice Tour Targets Racism

Mass incarceration and police stop-and-frisk program discussed at weekend event.

52 Legislative Candidates Support Legal Pot

52 Legislative Candidates Support Legal Pot

But most candidates declined to answer survey by NORML.


How Tobacco Companies Target Minorities

How Tobacco Companies Target Minorities

UWM study shows stores in black and Latino neighborhoods target children.

Opioid Crisis: The House Where Addicts Die
Opioid Crisis

The House Where Addicts Die

Five overdose deaths in eight months at a West Side transitional living center.

Let Us All Praise and Use Hemp

Let Us All Praise and Use Hemp

Thousands attend city’s first hemp convention at -- really? -- Serb Hall.

Now Serving: Your New Recreation Destination
Now Serving

Your New Recreation Destination

East North Ave. may become THE place for recreational bars and cafes.

Tracking Opioid Deaths by ZIP Code

Tracking Opioid Deaths by ZIP Code

The crisis is widespread buts hits hardest in 53206 and 53215 ZIP codes.

The Harvard of Pimp Schools

The Harvard of Pimp Schools

How human trafficking became entrenched in Milwaukee, and what’s being done about it.

Dining: New Pie Place For Bay View
Dining

New Pie Place For Bay View

SmallPie is brainchild of Honeypie's owner. Yes, it will offer pies.

Dining: Rising From the Ashes of Growing Power
Dining

Rising From the Ashes of Growing Power

New cafe, Rise & Grind, opens in old location of Growing Power cafe.

Credit Union Targets Riverwest, Harambee

Credit Union Targets Riverwest, Harambee

Serving 53212 zip code, credit union elects board, seeks state approval.

New Campaign Targeting Child Poverty Launched

New Campaign Targeting Child Poverty Launched

Statewide campaign includes many faith-based groups convinced child poverty is a “moral failing.”

Op Ed: Anti-Marijuana Campaign Is Misguided
Op Ed

Anti-Marijuana Campaign Is Misguided

County substance abuse campaign concentrates all its spending on “No need for weed.”

Op Ed: BBC Report on City Is Real
Op Ed

BBC Report on City Is Real

For those who know city's neighborhoods, the documentary echoes our experience.

The Death of Jermaine Claybrooks

The Death of Jermaine Claybrooks

Police killed suspected drug dealer, but his family and lawyer say slaying unjustified.

How Ryan Sanders Was Railroaded

How Ryan Sanders Was Railroaded

He spent eight months in jail before the DA withdrew a charge of conspiracy to commit homicide.

Op Ed: The Online Legacy of Sheriff Clarke
Op Ed

The Online Legacy of Sheriff Clarke

His use of government social media set an ugly precedent which must be rejected.

Op Ed: The Heroin and Opioid Crisis Is Real
Op Ed

The Heroin and Opioid Crisis Is Real

Many are affected in Milwaukee. So what are government leaders doing about it?

Op Ed: Unlawful Tactics Used Against Immigrants?
Op Ed

Unlawful Tactics Used Against Immigrants?

Federal investigators use surveillance technology on anyone living in a known gang area.