Rich Kremer

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Democrats’ Lawsuit To Redraw Congressional Maps

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Democrats’ Lawsuit To Redraw Congressional Maps

Decision leaves U.S. House seats in place for 2024 election. Protasiewicz sits out decision.

Evers Vetoes Most of Republicans’ Tax Cut Proposal

Evers Vetoes Most of Republicans’ Tax Cut Proposal

But governor delays action on GOP child care tax credit bill, signaling he could sign that proposal

Republicans Appeal Court Order Protecting Top State Election Official

Republicans Appeal Court Order Protecting Top State Election Official

Dane County judge ruled that GOP legislators can't remove Meagan Wolfe from office.

Evers Signs Legislative Maps Into Law, Ending Court Fight

Evers Signs Legislative Maps Into Law, Ending Court Fight

Maps reduce GOP's advantage, GOP avoids court drawing new maps via gerrymandering lawsuit.

Assembly Advances Constitutional Amendment Banning Use of Race in Government Hiring

Assembly Advances Constitutional Amendment Banning Use of Race in Government Hiring

Supporters criticize DEI initiatives. Opponents say issue is manufactured.

Bill Requires UW ‘Automatic Admission’

Bill Requires UW ‘Automatic Admission’

Legislature passes mandate for UW-Madison to accept top 5% of high school grads, other universities the top 10%.

Republicans Want To Subpoena Supreme Court’s Redistricting Consultants

Republicans Want To Subpoena Supreme Court’s Redistricting Consultants

Consultants, in their report, were critical of GOP's map submission.

Trump, Biden Tied in Wisconsin

Trump, Biden Tied in Wisconsin

Marquette poll finds neck-and-neck race nine months before election.

Bill Sets Rules for Absentee Ballot Witness Addresses

Bill Sets Rules for Absentee Ballot Witness Addresses

Legislation comes after Dane County Judge rules election clerks can correct absentee ballots with missing witness address info.

State Supreme Court Takes Up Evers Lawsuit Against ‘Legislative Vetoes’

State Supreme Court Takes Up Evers Lawsuit Against ‘Legislative Vetoes’

Did Legislature unlawfully withhold funding for UW pay raises, conservation funding?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Consultants Rule Out Republican-Drawn Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Consultants Rule Out Republican-Drawn Maps

In first public release, court consultants say GOP maps "don't deserve further consideration."

DOJ Lawyers Say Dean Phillips Waited Too Long To Appear on Presidential Ballot

DOJ Lawyers Say Dean Phillips Waited Too Long To Appear on Presidential Ballot

Phillips wants the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule that the Democratic Party abused its power by keeping him off the ballot.

Judge Rules Absentee Ballots With Incomplete Witness Address Must Be Counted

Judge Rules Absentee Ballots With Incomplete Witness Address Must Be Counted

Attorney for Republican-controlled Legislature to appeal Dane County Court ruling.

Evers Vetoes New District Maps Passed By Legislature

Evers Vetoes New District Maps Passed By Legislature

Blasts maps as 'rushed...gerrymandering.' State Supreme Court poised to remap state.

Legislators Push Judicial Security Bills

Legislators Push Judicial Security Bills

142 threats against Wisconsin judges in past year, with 44 threats of death or physical harm.

Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Nurses to Write Prescriptions

Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Nurses to Write Prescriptions

Also would allow nurses to treat patients without oversight. Evers expected to veto.

Republicans Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban

Republicans Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban

But Evers promises veto. Proposal would also require referendum.

Bill Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession Under 14 Grams

Bill Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession Under 14 Grams

Bipartisan bill creates a standard $100 fine for possession of a half ounce or less.

Democrats’ Proposed Legislative Maps Tilt in Favor of Republicans

Democrats’ Proposed Legislative Maps Tilt in Favor of Republicans

Republicans' maps submitted to state high court change districts for about 0.1% of voters.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Will Review ‘Partisan Impact’ Of Proposed Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Will Review ‘Partisan Impact’ Of Proposed Maps

How that term is defined could have big implications for the balance of political power in the state for years to come

Democratic Bill Bans Foreign Spending on State, Local Referendums

Democratic Bill Bans Foreign Spending on State, Local Referendums

Seeks to close 'glaring loophole' created by Federal Elections Commission ruling.

Winter Storm Warning For Southern Wisconsin

Winter Storm Warning For Southern Wisconsin

Beginning Tuesday morning Milwaukee could get 6 to 10 inches of snow.

Brewery Owner Sues To Have Trump Tossed From Wisconsin Ballot

Brewery Owner Sues To Have Trump Tossed From Wisconsin Ballot

Kirk Bangstad's lawsuit comes after Election Commission denied his challenge.

Supreme Court’s Redistricting Consultants Will Cost Up To $200,000

Supreme Court’s Redistricting Consultants Will Cost Up To $200,000

Two college professors are each being paid $450 per hour.

Judge Says Absentee Ballots With Incomplete Addresses Can Be Counted

Judge Says Absentee Ballots With Incomplete Addresses Can Be Counted

Supreme Court appeal expected, ruling centers on incomplete witness addresses.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

But now comes the challenge of creating new maps. Court first gives task to Governor, Legislature.

State Appeals Court Could Next Decide If Abortion Legal

State Appeals Court Could Next Decide If Abortion Legal

Sheboygan District Attorney appeals Dane County decision invalidating 1849 abortion ban.

UW Pay Raises Approved After Nearly 6-Month GOP Blockade

UW Pay Raises Approved After Nearly 6-Month GOP Blockade

Some 34,000 workers had to wait since July for standoff on DEI issue to be settled.

Vos Says UW Deal Is ‘First Step’ To End ‘Cancerous’ Diversity Practices

Vos Says UW Deal Is ‘First Step’ To End ‘Cancerous’ Diversity Practices

Assembly Speaker used his power to force UW system changes on diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

UW Regents Backtrack, Take Republican DEI Deal

UW Regents Backtrack, Take Republican DEI Deal

Regents vote to accept limits to DEI programs in return for pay raises for 34,000 employees and new engineering building.

UW Regents Schedule Do-Over Vote Wednesday on Deal With Republicans

UW Regents Schedule Do-Over Vote Wednesday on Deal With Republicans

Board narrowly rejected controversial deal Saturday on DEI, employee raises and engineering building.

UW Regents Consult Attorneys In Fight Over DEI, Pay Raises

UW Regents Consult Attorneys In Fight Over DEI, Pay Raises

Evers has sued Legislature on issue. GOP legislators threaten to remove some regents.

UW System Strikes Deal With Vos On Diversity, Equity Measures

UW System Strikes Deal With Vos On Diversity, Equity Measures

Assembly Speaker blocked raises, engineering building over DEI efforts.

Conservative Group Will Challenge New Wedding Barn, Liquor Laws

Conservative Group Will Challenge New Wedding Barn, Liquor Laws

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says law was poorly drafted.

Former Attorney General Brad Schimel Running For Wisconsin Supreme Court

Former Attorney General Brad Schimel Running For Wisconsin Supreme Court

Schimel, a Republican, enters 2025 race where conservatives hope to take back control of court.

Bill Would Strip Conservation Tax Credits From Farmers With Solar Installations

Bill Would Strip Conservation Tax Credits From Farmers With Solar Installations

GOP proposal aim to close "loophole."

Evers Conducted State Business Using Phony Email

Evers Conducted State Business Using Phony Email

Governor's email used name of famed pitcher Warren Spahn.

Lawsuit Challenges DNR’s State Wolf Plan

Lawsuit Challenges DNR’s State Wolf Plan

Charges that private meetings with pro-wolf group influenced plan ignoring science and public comments.

Bipartisan Bill Protects Student Newspapers

Bipartisan Bill Protects Student Newspapers

Bill would bar college or high school administrators from pulling articles.

Proposal Would Eliminate Teen Work Permits

Proposal Would Eliminate Teen Work Permits

Critics say it would eliminate funding for employer education, compliance monitoring.

Poll Shows Biden-Trump Toss Up In Wisconsin, But Others Outperform Trump

Poll Shows Biden-Trump Toss Up In Wisconsin, But Others Outperform Trump

Latest Marquette University Law School poll shows preference for Haley, DeSantis versus Biden.

Supreme Court Justice Pushes For Judicial Protection Police Force

Supreme Court Justice Pushes For Judicial Protection Police Force

Proposal from Justice Annette Ziegler comes after retired Wisconsin judge was murdered.

Gov. Evers Sues Republican Lawmakers

Gov. Evers Sues Republican Lawmakers

Suit comes after string of decisions have blocked UW pay raises, blocked new building code rules and halted conservation projects.

GOP Bill Aims To Boot Individual From Technical College Board

GOP Bill Aims To Boot Individual From Technical College Board

Bill would require full citizenship to serve on a technical college board, blocking reappointment for Zaida Lange-Irisson.

GOP Bill Would Punish Wisconsin Colleges For Free Speech Violations

GOP Bill Would Punish Wisconsin Colleges For Free Speech Violations

Loss of state grants, admissions document notice, up to $100,000 in damages per incident, among penalties.

Bill Prevents Write-In Campaigns by Losing Primary Candidates

Bill Prevents Write-In Campaigns by Losing Primary Candidates

'Sore loser bill' follows write-in campaign that nearly defeated Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

GOP Legislators Admit They Can’t Fire Top Elections Official

GOP Legislators Admit They Can’t Fire Top Elections Official

In court filing Republican leaders say vote to fire Meagan Wolfe was 'symbolic.'

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule on State’s Voting Maps Fight?

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule on State’s Voting Maps Fight?

Robin Vos warns high court will have 'last word.' Experts have their doubts.

Vos Says Impeaching Janet Protasiewicz Still An Option

Vos Says Impeaching Janet Protasiewicz Still An Option

Two former justices advised Assembly Speaker not to pursue it.

Taxpayers Paying For Both Sides of Senate Lawsuit Over Redistricting

Taxpayers Paying For Both Sides of Senate Lawsuit Over Redistricting

Democrats and Republicans both charging State of Wisconsin for redistricting legal fight.

Vos Threatens UW Pay Raises Unless Campuses Eliminate DEI Staff

Vos Threatens UW Pay Raises Unless Campuses Eliminate DEI Staff

$100 million already approved in state budget could be withheld.

Speaker Vos Consulting Former Supreme Court Justices On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Speaker Vos Consulting Former Supreme Court Justices On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Move comes as Republicans rush to push through redistricting alternative.

Audit Says WEDC Didn’t Meet Job Creation Goals, Was Slow To Recovery Money

Audit Says WEDC Didn’t Meet Job Creation Goals, Was Slow To Recovery Money

Audit of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recommends 26 changes.

Because Of Income Levels, 12,200 In Wisconsin Will Have Student Loans Forgiven

Because Of Income Levels, 12,200 In Wisconsin Will Have Student Loans Forgiven

Income-based repayment plans adjusted by Department of Education following court rejecting Biden's larger proposal.

Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation Largely Silent On Trump’s January 6 Indictment

Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation Largely Silent On Trump’s January 6 Indictment

But Sen. Ron Johnson, who appears in charging document, says it is another example of "dual system of justice under Biden."

State Supreme Court Rejects DEI Education for Attorneys

State Supreme Court Rejects DEI Education for Attorneys

Would create 'goose-stepping brigade," Justice Rebecca Bradley contends.

Evers Vetoes Merger of UW Campus, Technical College in Washington County

Evers Vetoes Merger of UW Campus, Technical College in Washington County

County executive says merger talks will continue, notes 66% decline in enrollment.

Evers Signs Budget But Reduces Tax Cut

Evers Signs Budget But Reduces Tax Cut

Budget boosts K-12 spending, shared revenue to local governments and saves some UW DEI staff.

Following Supreme Court Ruling, UW System Reviewing Its Race-Based Admissions Rules

Following Supreme Court Ruling, UW System Reviewing Its Race-Based Admissions Rules

Wisconsin conservatives applaud ruling, though its actual impact in state is unclear.

GOP Plan Merges UW Campus in West Bend With Tech College

GOP Plan Merges UW Campus in West Bend With Tech College

Joint Finance passes plan to address declining enrollment in Washington County.

Vos Pushed to End Technical Colleges Taxing Authority

Vos Pushed to End Technical Colleges Taxing Authority

Amendment's author was unknown. Drafting files show Assembly Speaker requested it.

GOP Amendment Blocks Tech Colleges’ Property Tax For Operations

GOP Amendment Blocks Tech Colleges’ Property Tax For Operations

Tech colleges weren't consulted. They would lose $249 million in annual funding.

UW System Hires New Chief Diversity Officer

UW System Hires New Chief Diversity Officer

Action comes amid GOP opposition to campus diversity and equity offices.

New UWM Program Trains Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

New UWM Program Trains Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Currently only 100 in the state. Program focuses on culturally-informed care for victims.

State Home Sales Down By 32% In April

State Home Sales Down By 32% In April

But prices continue to rise, up by 7% last month.

Cardinal Stritch Holds Last Graduation

Cardinal Stritch Holds Last Graduation

240 graduates at last commencement of university closing after 85 years.

After 85 Years Cardinal Stritch Will Close

After 85 Years Cardinal Stritch Will Close

University closing in May. President Dan Scholz calls closure 'devastating' but unavoidable.

GOP State Lawmakers Hold Hearing on UW System Liberal Bias

GOP State Lawmakers Hold Hearing on UW System Liberal Bias

Hearing held in response to results of free speech survey.

State Superintendent Urges Legislators To ‘Do Their Job,’ Boost School Funding

State Superintendent Urges Legislators To ‘Do Their Job,’ Boost School Funding

Jill Underly 'surprised and hurt' that Joint Finance Committee hasn't invited her to testify.

Wisconsin’s Congressional Republicans Blast Trump Indictment

Wisconsin’s Congressional Republicans Blast Trump Indictment

Indictment marks first time in history a former president faces criminal charges.

UW Regents Approve 5% Tuition Hike

UW Regents Approve 5% Tuition Hike

First increase in a decade. UW President says it's necessary to deal with inflation.

GOP Legislators Plan Hearings on UW System’s Lack of ‘Intellectual Diversity’

GOP Legislators Plan Hearings on UW System’s Lack of ‘Intellectual Diversity’

Rep. Dave Murphy accuses universities of 'indoctrinating' students.

GOP Building Commission Members Reject Gov. Evers’ $3.8 Billion Plan, Setting Up Budget Showdown

GOP Building Commission Members Reject Gov. Evers’ $3.8 Billion Plan, Setting Up Budget Showdown

State building commission deadlocks on every funding proposal.

Strip Search of Rural Wisconsin High Schoolers Results In Bipartisan Legislation

Strip Search of Rural Wisconsin High Schoolers Results In Bipartisan Legislation

Proposal would expand protections after six girls stripped to underwear in vaping cartridge search.

UW President Pursuing 5% Tuition Increase

UW President Pursuing 5% Tuition Increase

Tuition at state's four-year colleges has been frozen for a decade.

Bill Allows DACA Recipients To Become Police Officers

Bill Allows DACA Recipients To Become Police Officers

Bipartisan bill could help immigrants, boost recruiting for state's law enforcement agencies.

Local Government Advocates Expect More State Shared Revenue

Local Government Advocates Expect More State Shared Revenue

They're confident long 'broken' program will be fixed in upcoming state budget.

Gov. Evers Proposes $305 Million Increase For UW System

Gov. Evers Proposes $305 Million Increase For UW System

Budget proposal, subject to Legislature approval, includes tuition waiver program for low-income students.

UW System Conservative Students Feel Political Pressure In Class

UW System Conservative Students Feel Political Pressure In Class

Survey of 10,000 students finds varying views on free speech, pressure from instructors.

Out-of-State Enrollment Surges in UW System

Out-of-State Enrollment Surges in UW System

Up 63% over last decade, mostly at UW-Madison, but also at UWM.

MATC Offering First-Ever Full-Ride Scholarships For Low-Income Students

MATC Offering First-Ever Full-Ride Scholarships For Low-Income Students

$5 million pledge from Joe and Ellen Checota funds program.

Ron Johnson Suggested Legislature Choose Electors in 2020 Election

Ron Johnson Suggested Legislature Choose Electors in 2020 Election

Top state Republican Party leaders opposed senator's push to overturn election.

Racine Man Indicted For Hacking Ring Doorbells, Calling Police For Fake Emergencies

Racine Man Indicted For Hacking Ring Doorbells, Calling Police For Fake Emergencies

Kya Christian Nelson is alleged to have livestreamed police response, taunted officers through cameras.

Hate Crimes Increase 54% in Wisconsin Says FBI

Hate Crimes Increase 54% in Wisconsin Says FBI

Despite fewer agencies reporting data, Wisconsin sees 111 hate crimes in 2021. Black community targeted in 30% of incidents.

UW-Madison Ranks 8th in Nation in Research Spending

UW-Madison Ranks 8th in Nation in Research Spending

Still among top 10 universities but down from 4th place in 2014.

UW System Creates Midwest Tuition Rate

UW System Creates Midwest Tuition Rate

Aims to continue flow of midwestern students after Illinois pulls out of regional exchange program.

Enrollment Up More Than 10% At Wisconsin Technical Colleges

Enrollment Up More Than 10% At Wisconsin Technical Colleges

Following COVID-19 decline, all 16 technical colleges saw enrollment growth last school year.

Will Elections Commission Fulfill Rep. Brandtjen’s Election Data Request?

Will Elections Commission Fulfill Rep. Brandtjen’s Election Data Request?

Partisan body deadlocks on fulfilling her large request after Republicans remove election-denier from meeting.

Sen. Baldwin Says Same-Sex Marriage Bill Will Be Passed After Thanksgiving

Sen. Baldwin Says Same-Sex Marriage Bill Will Be Passed After Thanksgiving

Senate passed bill Wednesday, House action still needed.

Wisconsin School Libraries To See Record $52 Million In State Funding

Wisconsin School Libraries To See Record $52 Million In State Funding

Amount is up 30% from last year, part of long-running state program.

UW System to Relaunch Student Free Speech Survey

UW System to Relaunch Student Free Speech Survey

Underwritten by John Menard-funded institution.

Marquette Poll Shows Races Tightening

Marquette Poll Shows Races Tightening

New poll shows governor's race is tied, Johnson leading Barnes 50% to 48%.

Barnes Calls Johnson a ‘Danger To This State’

Barnes Calls Johnson a ‘Danger To This State’

Democratic challenger for U.S. Senate blasts Johnson, Trump in speech to Rotary Club.

Elections Commission Retracts ‘Ballot Spoiling’ Guidance

Elections Commission Retracts ‘Ballot Spoiling’ Guidance

After appeals court loss, state officials won't allow absentee voters to void ballot, re-vote.

Republican Candidate Says “Leftists” Cannot Be Christians

Republican Candidate Says “Leftists” Cannot Be Christians

Derrick Van Orden running for open congressional seat against Democratic State Sen. Brad Pfaff.

Judge Rejects Request To Let Clerks Count Absentee Ballots With Incomplete Addresses

Judge Rejects Request To Let Clerks Count Absentee Ballots With Incomplete Addresses

Dane County judge says injunction would "upend the status quo, not preserve it,"

Johnson’s Campaign Solicits Reports of Voter Fraud

Johnson’s Campaign Solicits Reports of Voter Fraud

U.S. Senator already "casting doubt" on results of election. Democrats charge.

Ron Johnson’s Campaign Hires Trump Recount Attorney

Ron Johnson’s Campaign Hires Trump Recount Attorney

Jim Troupis attempted to get 220,000 ballots tossed, also implicated in fake electors scheme with Johnson.

Barnes Outraises Johnson By $8 Million In Senate Race

Barnes Outraises Johnson By $8 Million In Senate Race

But Johnson has $7 million spending edge from outside groups who have attacked Barnes.

League of Women Voters Sues To Block Absentee Ballot Correction Ruling

League of Women Voters Sues To Block Absentee Ballot Correction Ruling

Lawsuit is one of many pending before upcoming election that would impact how absentee ballots can be counted.

U.S. Senate Candidates Johnson, Barnes Trade Barbs in Last Debate

U.S. Senate Candidates Johnson, Barnes Trade Barbs in Last Debate

Candidates show stark differences on major issues, including immigration, gun violence and abortion.

Ron Johnson Expanding Lead Over Mandela Barnes in US Senate Race

Ron Johnson Expanding Lead Over Mandela Barnes in US Senate Race

New Marquette poll has Gov. Tony Evers holding a slight lead over Tim Michels in race for governor.

Debate About Whether To Enforce Abortion Ban Could Hurt OB-GYN Recruitment, Retention

Debate About Whether To Enforce Abortion Ban Could Hurt OB-GYN Recruitment, Retention

Wisconsin's 1849 ban could result in felony charges for doctors.

Mandela Barnes Attempts to Reframe Senate Race

Mandela Barnes Attempts to Reframe Senate Race

Republicans have blitzed Barnes with negative advertising.

Ron Johnson Plays To Extremes in Re-Election Bid

Ron Johnson Plays To Extremes in Re-Election Bid

Polling shows Johnson's favorability and unfavorability ratings are both at or near record highs.

Johnson and Barnes Show Clear Differences in First Debate

Johnson and Barnes Show Clear Differences in First Debate

Candidates discussed marijuana, bail reform, Milwaukee crime, gay marriage, gun control and more.

Gableman Hints at Revolution in Speech to Republicans

Gableman Hints at Revolution in Speech to Republicans

Former supreme court justice fired from election probe criticized for ‘violent rhetoric'.

Michels Attacks Evers on Preschool Transgender Resources

Michels Attacks Evers on Preschool Transgender Resources

DPI says it’s not part of curriculum. Governor says he trusts parents to make decisions.

Ron Johnson Suggests Direct Referendum on Abortion Ban Exceptions

Ron Johnson Suggests Direct Referendum on Abortion Ban Exceptions

Sen. Johnson suggests abortion ban exceptions for rape or incest be decided by referendum.

Johnson Overtakes Barnes In Latest Poll

Johnson Overtakes Barnes In Latest Poll

Barnes was up 7%, now down 1% in Marquette poll. But Evers maintains slight lead over Michels.

UW System Circulating Free Speech Survey Again This Fall

UW System Circulating Free Speech Survey Again This Fall

Privately funded survey drew criticism in the past, and led to resignation of one University Chancellor.

State Elections Board Wants Inspector General

State Elections Board Wants Inspector General

Will ask Legislature for new position, 10 more staff to handle rise in election complaints, records requests.

More Polls Show Barnes Leading Johnson

More Polls Show Barnes Leading Johnson

Including one by Fox News. But still ‘very competitive race.'

School Referendums Seek Record $1.9 Billion

School Referendums Seek Record $1.9 Billion

At least 50 school districts in state want voters to approve tax hikes this fall.

Half of Wisconsin Student Debt Nearly Eliminated Under Biden Plan

Half of Wisconsin Student Debt Nearly Eliminated Under Biden Plan

52% of federal borrowers have $20,000 or less in student debt.

Conservative Law Firm May Sue La Crosse Over Conversion Therapy Ban

Conservative Law Firm May Sue La Crosse Over Conversion Therapy Ban

The City of La Crosse, like many Wisconsin cities, has banned conversion therapy since 2018.

UW System Considers Automatic Admission of High School Graduates

UW System Considers Automatic Admission of High School Graduates

Goal is to stem enrollment declines and improve access to higher education.

UW System Budget Request Increases By $262 Million

UW System Budget Request Increases By $262 Million

Plan is to boost employee pay by 8% in 2025.

Barnes Leads Johnson in Marquette Poll

Barnes Leads Johnson in Marquette Poll

New poll shows Evers with slight lead, in statistical tie with Michels.

Democrats Want Audit of Gableman’s 2020 Election Review

Democrats Want Audit of Gableman’s 2020 Election Review

Request comes after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called Gableman "an embarrassment."

Ron Johnson Wants Social Security, Medicare To Be Discretionary Spending

Ron Johnson Wants Social Security, Medicare To Be Discretionary Spending

This would require annual approval from Congress to fund the programs.

Judge Orders Gableman To Pay $163,000 In Legal Fees

Judge Orders Gableman To Pay $163,000 In Legal Fees

Taxpayers charged for fees in case which found 2020 election review violated open records law.

Taxpayers Footing Bill for Election Review Records Lawsuit

Taxpayers Footing Bill for Election Review Records Lawsuit

Lawsuit was filed seeking public records related to partisan 2020 election review.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Plans Fall Voter Education Initiative

Wisconsin Elections Commission Plans Fall Voter Education Initiative

Effort to build trust in elections comes as state legislators, Michael Gableman and Donald Trump call to decertify the 2020 election.

Bernie Sanders Endorses Barnes for US Senate

Bernie Sanders Endorses Barnes for US Senate

Sanders latest of many big-name Democrats backing Mandela Barnes in August primary.

Tim Michels ‘Not Against Contraception’

Tim Michels ‘Not Against Contraception’

GOP Gubernatorial candidate supports Wisconsin abortion ban.

Remote Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients Cuts Hospitalizations 32%

Remote Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients Cuts Hospitalizations 32%

Promising study by Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin reported in AMA journal.

Trump, Thompson Endorsements Boost Michels in GOP Primary For Governor

Trump, Thompson Endorsements Boost Michels in GOP Primary For Governor

After nearly a year of campaigning Kleefisch’s lead has evaporated.

GOP Lawmakers Threaten to Sue Secretary of State La Follette

GOP Lawmakers Threaten to Sue Secretary of State La Follette

Lawmakers say La Follette didn't forward GOP resolution supporting a constitutional convention of states.

Majority of Business Owners Expect A Recession

Majority of Business Owners Expect A Recession

Survey by state business lobby shows inflation, labor shortages are main concerns.

UWM Professor Creating Cheaper Hearing Aids

UWM Professor Creating Cheaper Hearing Aids

Yi Hu develops prototype that doesn't require prescription, could cost less than $200.

Sale of Kohl’s Corp. Falls Through

Sale of Kohl’s Corp. Falls Through

Hike in interest rates, lowering of per-share offer helped kill the deal.

State Solar Projects Delayed For Months

State Solar Projects Delayed For Months

Utility companies point to supply chain issues, Chinese tariff dispute.

Evers Offers Clemency For Doctors Prosecuted for Providing Abortions

Evers Offers Clemency For Doctors Prosecuted for Providing Abortions

Governor made commitment during keynote speech of the state Democratic Party Convention.

Judge Lifts Contempt Order for Speaker Vos

Judge Lifts Contempt Order for Speaker Vos

Assembly Speaker Vos faced contempt of court related to missing records in partisan election review.

Ron Johnson’s Staff Offered Pence Fake Elector Documents

Ron Johnson’s Staff Offered Pence Fake Elector Documents

Part of strategy by attorneys for former President Donald Trump to undermine 2020 election.

UW System President Wants Tuition Freeze Extended

UW System President Wants Tuition Freeze Extended

New system leader Jay Rothman will recommend extension to the UW Board of Regents.

State Private Universities Enrollment Down 10%

State Private Universities Enrollment Down 10%

Young people questioning value of college, given costs and likely student debt?

State Sees Growing Mental Health Crisis For Children

State Sees Growing Mental Health Crisis For Children

Experts say isolation, lack of coping mechanisms leading to more emergency room visits.

UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin Named UW-Madison Chancellor

UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin Named UW-Madison Chancellor

Board of Regents unanimously approves her to succeed Rebecca Blank.

Marquette Expecting Biggest Freshman Class Since Pandemic Began

Marquette Expecting Biggest Freshman Class Since Pandemic Began

2022 Freshman enrollment up 21% from last year.

Payday Loan Borrowers Pay 338% Interest

Payday Loan Borrowers Pay 338% Interest

Fees charged by short-term lenders in state among highest in nation, report finds.

Diplomats Say Ukraine War Will Change Global Trade

Diplomats Say Ukraine War Will Change Global Trade

Current and former ambassadors with Wisconsin-ties discuss conflict and its global repercussions.

Ron Johnson Flush With Campaign Funds

Ron Johnson Flush With Campaign Funds

Raised $6 million in first quarter of 2022, has more than twice as much cash as any opponent.

Controversial UW-System Free Speech Survey Delayed

Controversial UW-System Free Speech Survey Delayed

UW-Whitewater Chancellor resigned over the survey funded by billionaire John Menard.

UW System To Survey Students on Free Speech

UW System To Survey Students on Free Speech

Amid national debate on campus free speech, will gather data that might guide policy changes.

UW-Madison Hires Former Foxconn Executive

UW-Madison Hires Former Foxconn Executive

Alan Yeung hired despite Foxconn’s failures, including not paying promised $100 million gift to UW.

State’s Hot Job Market Seeks College Grads

State’s Hot Job Market Seeks College Grads

MATC students being courted before they graduate.

Vos Held In Contempt of Court

Vos Held In Contempt of Court

Assembly Speaker faces contempt for not releasing records from partisan 2020 election review.

Foxconn Rebuffed Oshkosh Defense Bid to Build Mail Trucks?

Foxconn Rebuffed Oshkosh Defense Bid to Build Mail Trucks?

Oshkosh company reportedly wanted to use Mt Pleasant campus, instead going to South Carolina.

Fewer High School Grads Choosing College

Fewer High School Grads Choosing College

State’s 2-year campuses, technical colleges see big enrollment drops amid a hot labor market.

Marquette Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

Marquette Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

After student referendum calls for this, MU Board of Trustees prohibits such investments by endowment.

WILL Charges Evers Illegally Gave Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood

WILL Charges Evers Illegally Gave Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood

Conservative law firm claims legislative approval needed for this.

Solly’s Grille Wins James Beard Award

Solly’s Grille Wins James Beard Award

Glendale restaurant wins America's Classic's award.

UW Prison Education Program Growing

UW Prison Education Program Growing

Initiative created in December 2020 has gotten nearly $6 million in public and private grants.

Cities Seek State Approval for Tax Increases

Cities Seek State Approval for Tax Increases

With state aid flat, municipalities struggle to fund services like police and fire departments.

Jay Rothman Named UW System President

Jay Rothman Named UW System President

Milwaukee attorney and Foley & Lardner CEO has never held a university leadership position.

Climate Change Is Top Concern In State

Climate Change Is Top Concern In State

Followed by federal budget deficit and income distribution, survey of state residents finds.

2 Finalists for UW System President

2 Finalists for UW System President

Regents pick Milwaukee attorney and CEO Jay Rothman, and UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt.

COVID-19 Cases Rising At State Universities

COVID-19 Cases Rising At State Universities

Largest universities see record cases among students and staff heading into spring semester.

Tommy Thompson Resigning From UW-System Interim Presidency

Tommy Thompson Resigning From UW-System Interim Presidency

A Board of Regents committee is selecting a replacement for the former governor.

State’s Individual Tax Burden Grows, But Tax Rates Dropped

State’s Individual Tax Burden Grows, But Tax Rates Dropped

Increased economic activity, online sales tax and stimulus payments increased Wisconsinite's tax burden.

More Lung Cancer Screenings Don’t Improve Equity

More Lung Cancer Screenings Don’t Improve Equity

UW study finds expanded screenings still leave gap between whites and people of color.

UWM Chancellor Gets 32% Pay Hike

UWM Chancellor Gets 32% Pay Hike

Regents also hike UW-Madison chancellor pay 21.7%. Faculty leader protests decision.

UW Regents Consider Raises For Top Leaders

UW Regents Consider Raises For Top Leaders

Pay for chancellors, presidents trails that at other universities. But so does pay for faculty.

GOP Bill Would Penalize Colleges for Free Speech Violations

GOP Bill Would Penalize Colleges for Free Speech Violations

Colleges could lose funding and face lawsuits. Bill mirrors a Board of Regents resolution.

State Health Officials Await Data On Omicron

State Health Officials Await Data On Omicron

Monitoring the emergence of new COVID-19 variant as state hits 11-month high in cases.

UW Campuses Face Vaccine Mandate For Federal Contractors

UW Campuses Face Vaccine Mandate For Federal Contractors

Thompson says system 'cannot afford to jeopardize millions of dollars in federal contracts.’

Rittenhouse Could Face Lesser Homicide Charges

Rittenhouse Could Face Lesser Homicide Charges

Judge might allow jury to consider second-degree homicide charges.

State Tax Burden In Freefall Since 1999

State Tax Burden In Freefall Since 1999

Wisconsin was once ranked fourth for highest income tax burden, now 23rd.

Business Groups Push Evers For Worker Recruitment Campaign

Business Groups Push Evers For Worker Recruitment Campaign

State instead spending $100 million to remove barriers like a lack of transportation or affordable child care.

Judge Says State Wolf Hunt Law May Be Unconstitutional

Judge Says State Wolf Hunt Law May Be Unconstitutional

Animal rights groups suing to overturn law allowing annual wolf hunt.

Police Request Public’s Help Finding Missing 3-Year Old Major P. Harris

Police Request Public’s Help Finding Missing 3-Year Old Major P. Harris

Statewide amber alert issued for the toddler Saturday. Mother found murdered last Thursday.

UW System Funding Reserves Up $189 Million

UW System Funding Reserves Up $189 Million

Huge spending cuts during COVID-19 created surpluses across the system.

UW System Vaccination Rates Vary Widely

UW System Vaccination Rates Vary Widely

91% of UW-Madison students vaccinated, versus just 38% at UW-Parkside.

Nass Pushes Legislature to Sue UW System

Nass Pushes Legislature to Sue UW System

Thompson, system leaders refuses to submit mask and testing rules for Republican approval.

Assembly Majority Leader Opposes Suing UW

Assembly Majority Leader Opposes Suing UW

Steineke backs Thompson’s resistance to legislative oversight of UW System pandemic rules.

Thompson Will Disobey Republican Order

Thompson Will Disobey Republican Order

‘I am going to stand my ground, keep students safe and healthy,’ says UW leader and former GOP governor.

UW Campuses Vary on Mask Policy

UW Campuses Vary on Mask Policy

UWM among eight state universities requiring them. Others hint it may be voluntary.

New Polling Shows Declining Approval of Ron Johnson

New Polling Shows Declining Approval of Ron Johnson

Marquette University Law School poll also shows Evers approval holding steady.

Masking Now Required For State Employees, Regardless of Vaccination

Masking Now Required For State Employees, Regardless of Vaccination

All employees in state buildings must wear a mask. Order does not apply to schools or universities.

GOP Legislators Order UW System to Submit COVID-10 Safety Measures

GOP Legislators Order UW System to Submit COVID-10 Safety Measures

Thompson warned that ending UW System control would be "biggest threat.”

UW System To Offer Scholarships For Vaccinated Students

UW System To Offer Scholarships For Vaccinated Students

Goal to get 70% of students vaccinated with a lottery that awards $7,000 scholarships.

UWM Gets Less State Aid than Peer Schools

UWM Gets Less State Aid than Peer Schools

The university is second to last in state aid among 14 peer schools.

Winnebago County GOP Removes Racist Facebook Meme

Winnebago County GOP Removes Racist Facebook Meme

Humorous defense of white supremacy?

UW System Freshmen Applications Up 30%

UW System Freshmen Applications Up 30%

A sign students are ready to "leave the pandemic behind,” Thompson says.

Will State See Wave of Evictions?

Will State See Wave of Evictions?

Eviction moratorium ends June 30. Advocates hope federal aid will prevent surge in evictions.

Vaccine Tamperer Gets Three Year Sentence

Vaccine Tamperer Gets Three Year Sentence

Grafton pharmacist Steven Brandenburg tried to destroy 570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Bill Would Expand Community-Oriented Policing

Bill Would Expand Community-Oriented Policing

Bipartisan legislation funds additional COP houses in high-crime neighborhoods.

GOP Report Proposes Regionalized UW-System

GOP Report Proposes Regionalized UW-System

Interim system President Thompson doesn't support regional consolidation of university functions.

Evers Makes New Appointments to UW Board of Regents

Evers Makes New Appointments to UW Board of Regents

Three new appointees rebalance board away from Walker appointees.

Search for UW System President Starting Soon

Search for UW System President Starting Soon

Last search, led by UW Regent Michael M. Grebe, ended in controversy and indecision.

Evers Can Remake UW Regents Board

Evers Can Remake UW Regents Board

After 3 new appointments up in May, he will have picked majority of board.

John McAdams, Professor That Brought Marquette to Supreme Court, Dies At 75

John McAdams, Professor That Brought Marquette to Supreme Court, Dies At 75

The Marquette professor sued the university for violation of his First Amendment rights, and won.

Conservative Group Sues Over Minority Scholarship Program

Conservative Group Sues Over Minority Scholarship Program

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty argues the grant is racially exclusionary to white students and some Asian students.

Thompson Pushes Unified UW System Programs

Thompson Pushes Unified UW System Programs

Other state’s online universities "taking 35 to 40% of our students," he warns.

State Could Lose $50 Million Per Month in Federal Food Aid

State Could Lose $50 Million Per Month in Federal Food Aid

Supreme Court decision overruling Evers emergency order makes state ineligible for aid.

State’s Colleges, Universities To Get $565 Million In Aid

State’s Colleges, Universities To Get $565 Million In Aid

Half of federal pandemic aid received must go for student emergency grants.

Higher Education: Tech Schools See Big Enrollment Declines
Higher Education

Tech Schools See Big Enrollment Declines

Pandemic reduces enrollment nationally 10%, report says. State schools see similar trend.

UW System Seeks $5 Billion for Capital Projects

UW System Seeks $5 Billion for Capital Projects

Campuses request 185 construction and improvement projects, budget request is for 28.

Tech Colleges Push To Expand General Education

Tech Colleges Push To Expand General Education

Seek authority to expand Gen Ed degrees without UW System approval.

$322 Million in Rental, Utility Aid Available

$322 Million in Rental, Utility Aid Available

Evers announces new funding provided from latest federal stimulus bill.

State Residents Flock To The Outdoors

State Residents Flock To The Outdoors

Study finds 42% increase in state park stickers, surge in fishing, hunting licenses during pandemic.

Evers Wants $226 Million More for Higher Education

Evers Wants $226 Million More for Higher Education

Budget has $190 million hike for UW System, $36 million more for Voc-Tech colleges.

Merge UW System and Technical Colleges?

Merge UW System and Technical Colleges?

Thompson pushes discussions to consolidate some two-year colleges and voc-tech institutions.

More Layoffs Coming at Marquette?

More Layoffs Coming at Marquette?

University administrators say no. Staff fear more cuts to come.

$31M Donation to Marquette Will Support 80 Scholarships a Year

$31M Donation to Marquette Will Support 80 Scholarships a Year

Darren and Terry Jackson's gift will aid underrepresented students in the nursing program.

Cities, Counties Crafting Mask Mandates

Cities, Counties Crafting Mask Mandates

Anticipating a state repeal, local governments enacting their own mandates.

Thompson Warned, Don’t Hike UW Tuition

Thompson Warned, Don’t Hike UW Tuition

System's tuitions frozen since 2013. Lawmakers warn UW budget will go nowhere if there’s any hike.

UW System Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing

UW System Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing

But many UW-Madison students tested twice as often as at other campuses.

County Republican Parties Shared War Rhetoric

County Republican Parties Shared War Rhetoric

Facebook posts urged people to ‘prepare for war’ and ‘temporary violence’ before Capitol riot.

UW Rapid COVID-19 Test Missed Many Asymptomatic Cases

UW Rapid COVID-19 Test Missed Many Asymptomatic Cases

A CDC study finds a test used by UW-System schools missed 59% of asymptomatic cases.

Brandenburg Released on $10,000 Bond

Brandenburg Released on $10,000 Bond

Pharmacist who tried to destroy 500 vaccines may not have succeeded, DA says.

Gun Sales Still Going Crazy

Gun Sales Still Going Crazy

'Panic buying' in state since pandemic, sales up 500% at one store, retailers rationing bullets.

Sen. Johnson Joins Effort To Reject Presidential Electors

Sen. Johnson Joins Effort To Reject Presidential Electors

Seven Senators and four Senators-elect call for an audit of November election.

State’s Colleges, Universities To Get More Pandemic Aid

State’s Colleges, Universities To Get More Pandemic Aid

New federal stimulus package includes $23 billion for higher education.

State Ranks 41st in Tax Dollars for Higher Education

State Ranks 41st in Tax Dollars for Higher Education

Funding of UW-System and Wisconsin Technical Colleges has plummeted since 2000, report finds.

4 UW System Campuses Cancel Spring Break

4 UW System Campuses Cancel Spring Break

A week off for students to travel will spread COVID-19, officials say.

Pharmacies Say Reforms Needed for Vaccine

Pharmacies Say Reforms Needed for Vaccine

State regulatory hurdles could impede distribution of COVID-19 vaccine, they say.

Mayo Clinic Puts Hospital Beds in Garage, Lobbies as COVID-19 Surges

Mayo Clinic Puts Hospital Beds in Garage, Lobbies as COVID-19 Surges

Its hospitals in northwestern Wisconsin at 100% capacity and overwhelmed.

Hospital Association Wants State Action on COVID-19

Hospital Association Wants State Action on COVID-19

Healthcare workers and hospitals straining under surge in hospitalizations.

UW System Campuses Moving Classes Online

UW System Campuses Moving Classes Online

UWM among many campuses making change after Thanksgiving.

State Officials Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine

State Officials Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine

Encouraging health providers to enroll in state’s vaccine program.

8% of State’s Prisoners Have COVID-19

8% of State’s Prisoners Have COVID-19

1,703 active cases and 6,781 inmates in quarantine or isolation.

UW System Enrollment Down 2%

UW System Enrollment Down 2%

System saw 6% decline in new freshman enrollment.

UW Campuses Becoming Community ‘Surge Testing’ Sites

UW Campuses Becoming Community ‘Surge Testing’ Sites

UW-System rolling out 250,000 rapid COVID-19 tests.

250K Absentee Ballots Still Not Returned in Wisconsin

250K Absentee Ballots Still Not Returned in Wisconsin

It's now too late to mail them, elections commission administrator said.

Four Wisconsin Colleges Plan to Eliminate Their Racial Disparities

Four Wisconsin Colleges Plan to Eliminate Their Racial Disparities

UW-Milwaukee, Parkside, Carthage and MATC want to eliminate their educational equity gaps by 2030.

Health Departments Plan For Mass Vaccine Distribution

Health Departments Plan For Mass Vaccine Distribution

Officials working on the logistics of vaccinating millions once it is ready.

Midwest Colleges Experience 5.7% Enrollment Drop

Midwest Colleges Experience 5.7% Enrollment Drop

Marquette University saw 16.5% drop in new freshman enrollment.

UW System Students Increasingly Seeking Mental Health Counseling

UW System Students Increasingly Seeking Mental Health Counseling

The number of UW-System students that sought counseling is up 15% over five years.

State’s Wolf Population Up By 13%

State’s Wolf Population Up By 13%

Wisconsin now has more than 1,000 wolves.

UW System Behind Testing Dorm Residents

UW System Behind Testing Dorm Residents

Ramping up COVID-19 testing nearly two weeks after classes started at most campuses.

UW-Madison Moves Classes Online After COVID-19 Spike

UW-Madison Moves Classes Online After COVID-19 Spike

After one week of classes. And two residence halls are currently quarantined.

COVID Cases Rising at State’s Universities

COVID Cases Rising at State’s Universities

Up 6.1% at UW-Madison, up 6% at UW-Milwaukee.

UW System Begins In-Person Classes

UW System Begins In-Person Classes

As outbreaks drive other universities online, Thompson says UW has 'got to try’.

COVID-19 Cases At 5 Wisconsin Colleges

COVID-19 Cases At 5 Wisconsin Colleges

UW-Milwaukee, Marquette and Madison all have positive cases.

UW-System Competed With Feds for COVID-19 Tests

UW-System Competed With Feds for COVID-19 Tests

Thompson said federal government tried to take their order of testing machines.

44% of Seneca Food Plant Workers Test Positive

44% of Seneca Food Plant Workers Test Positive

Outbreak in Barron County north of Eau Claire drives 162% hike in county’s COVID-19 cases.

Thompson Announces UW System Layoffs

Thompson Announces UW System Layoffs

10% cut in administrative expenses to set example as system-wide cuts needed.

Universities Require COVID-19 Pledge

Universities Require COVID-19 Pledge

Many UW System campuses requiring pledge by staff, students to wear face masks, maintain safe distances, wash hands.

UW System Orders 350,000 COVID-19 Tests

UW System Orders 350,000 COVID-19 Tests

System plans to test students in the dorms every two weeks.

Regents Approve Rules Complying with Title IX Changes

Regents Approve Rules Complying with Title IX Changes

Without changes, UW-System could have lost $1 billion in federal revenues.

Health Departments Can Enforce State Mask-Mandate

Health Departments Can Enforce State Mask-Mandate

Despite some Sheriffs' opposition, Evers administration says it can be enforced.

$2 Million Gift For UW System Online Classes

$2 Million Gift For UW System Online Classes

Anonymous donation will be used for instructor training, technology purchases.

Thompson Seeks $110M for UW System’s COVID-19 Response

Thompson Seeks $110M for UW System’s COVID-19 Response

The interim president wants federal, state aid for PPE and testing when schools reopen.

Tommy Thompson Starts UW President Term

Tommy Thompson Starts UW President Term

His first action is gathering input from UW System faculty, staff, students and members of the public.

State Trails Midwest in Spending on Universities

State Trails Midwest in Spending on Universities

Report: Wisconsin’s public university funding below five neighboring states, down 42% since 2006.

Tommy Thompson Named Interim UW System President

Tommy Thompson Named Interim UW System President

Former governor comes in after a controversial search process that lost its top candidate.

UW-Milwaukee, Madison Will Reopen This Fall

UW-Milwaukee, Madison Will Reopen This Fall

Universities will limit the size of in person classes, with many courses moving online.

State’s LGBTQ Groups Celebrate Historic Ruling

State’s LGBTQ Groups Celebrate Historic Ruling

US Supreme Court’s decision bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity.

UW System Issues Pandemic Guidelines

UW System Issues Pandemic Guidelines

Campuses should have social distancing for classes, use residence halls for quarantines, testing.

State Challenges Federal Sex Assault Changes

State Challenges Federal Sex Assault Changes

Kaul joins 17 other states opposing federal rules, claiming less protection for sexual assault and harassment victims.

Faculty, Admin Slam UW Restructuring Plan

Faculty, Admin Slam UW Restructuring Plan

System leader Ray Cross proposed a restructuring plan that would cut programs across the system.

Finalist Named For UW System President

Finalist Named For UW System President

University Of Alaska System President Jim Johnson is only finalist left after others drop out.

Average UW System Graduate Earns $50,000

Average UW System Graduate Earns $50,000

That’s one year after graduation, UW analysis finds. And 87% living in state 5 years after graduating.

UW-System Lays Off 40 Administrators

UW-System Lays Off 40 Administrators

Because of COVID-19, the UW-System laid off 40 from UW-Shared Services Office.

Will Evictions, Home Foreclosures Rise?

Will Evictions, Home Foreclosures Rise?

State moratorium on both has expired, experts expect surge in problems.

Evers Promises Three New UW Regents

Evers Promises Three New UW Regents

“Extremely unusual” for board members with expired terms to stay on and continue voting.

Crime Lab Taking Longer to Process DNA Evidence

Crime Lab Taking Longer to Process DNA Evidence

The average turnaround time increased in 2019, according to a new report.

UW Plans Testing All Students, Faculty

UW Plans Testing All Students, Faculty

System President Ray Cross says goal is for in-person classes at all campuses this fall.

UW System Expects $212 million in Losses

UW System Expects $212 million in Losses

The pandemic has brought a fiscal crisis to the university system.

UW System Furloughs 588 Employees

UW System Furloughs 588 Employees

Every administrative employee furloughed, due to revenue losses caused by pandemic.

Biden Wins Big Over Sanders

Biden Wins Big Over Sanders

63 to 31 margin in state presidential primary; Biden criticizes holding of in-person election.

UW System Projects $170 Million Revenue Loss

UW System Projects $170 Million Revenue Loss

Housing and dining fee refunds and college sports revenue losses, all due to pandemic.

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

Eau Claire down by 49%. Sheriffs try to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks among inmates, staff.

State Grows COVID-19 Testing Capacity

State Grows COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Partnerships with private labs help. But still a shortage of tests.

Researchers Seek Plasma of COVID-19 Survivors

Researchers Seek Plasma of COVID-19 Survivors

Froedtert, Medical College seek donors. “They all have this superpower.”

State’s Colleges Will Refund $78 Million

State’s Colleges Will Refund $78 Million

Wisconsin’s 13 universities and branch campuses reimbursing students moving off campus.

State Residents Turn to Outdoors

State Residents Turn to Outdoors

To avoid going ‘stir crazy’ amid unprecedented social restrictions, many turn to parks, trails, fishing.

Gun Sales Spike

Gun Sales Spike

Apparently, COVID-19 panic has Wisconsinites stocking up on ammo and firearms.

Wisconsin Labs Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Tests

Wisconsin Labs Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Tests

Can’t keep up with demand for tests, hoping FDA will allow more private labs to process samples.

Evers Less Liberal Than National Democrats?

Evers Less Liberal Than National Democrats?

In once Progressive Wisconsin, state’s Democrats no longer in vanguard of their party.

Universities Make Changes in Face of COVID-19

Universities Make Changes in Face of COVID-19

Many campuses are going to remote classes and are asking students not to return from Spring Break.

5 UW Campuses Phasing Out Coal

5 UW Campuses Phasing Out Coal

UW System will end its statewide contract to provide coal for campuses.

UWM Offers Another Employee Buyout

UWM Offers Another Employee Buyout

Faces $7 million budget hole. Second buyout since 2015.

Report Finds ACT Test Decline Since 2014

Report Finds ACT Test Decline Since 2014

State’s students less college ready, ‘alarming' black vs white achievement gap.

Bills Would Block Tech Companies Collecting Personal Data

Bills Would Block Tech Companies Collecting Personal Data

Legislation would allow Wisconsin residents to block collection of their data and could impose fines up to $20 million.

Bill Would Prohibit Free Campaign Rallies

Bill Would Prohibit Free Campaign Rallies

Trump, Clinton campaigns still owe Eau Claire, other cities for security, sanitation costs.

State Virtual Charter Schools Up 140%

State Virtual Charter Schools Up 140%

In the last decade virtual charter school enrollment grew from 3,106 to 7,465 students.

UW-Madison Had 1,015 Conflicts of Interest

UW-Madison Had 1,015 Conflicts of Interest

No university had more conflicts since 2012 for researchers getting federal health grants.

UW System Going Big on Online Classes

UW System Going Big on Online Classes

New plan seeks to double online enrollment by 2025.

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

13 counties and 26 municipalities have enacted local wheel taxes.

Counties Exhausting Snow Plowing Budgets

Counties Exhausting Snow Plowing Budgets

Record snow in February has left some counties with no winter plowing budget for rest of year.

Regent’s UW President’s Search Criticized

Regent’s UW President’s Search Criticized

Search committee includes no faculty, staff or non-regent students.

Mercury in Great Lakes Trout Persists

Mercury in Great Lakes Trout Persists

Though waters cleaner, invasive species have forced trout to eat food with higher mercury concentrations.

State ACT Scores Dip In 2019

State ACT Scores Dip In 2019

Down slightly from prior years but still higher than the national average.

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

Report finds 2018-19 year had $1.7 billion surplus, but new budget will exceed projected revenues by $800 million.

UW System President Ray Cross to Retire

UW System President Ray Cross to Retire

Has held leadership roles within UW System since 2011.

Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Rules

Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Rules

Governor has veto power over UW Regents’ rules; proposal would punish students who disrupt free speech.

Regents Advance Controversial Free Speech Rules

Regents Advance Controversial Free Speech Rules

UW System students would face suspensions or expulsions for violations, if rules approved

Bill Caps Student Fees For UW System Athletics

Bill Caps Student Fees For UW System Athletics

Makes university building projects difficult to fund and reduces athletic funding at UWM

Oxycontin Maker Gave $65k to Marquette University

Oxycontin Maker Gave $65k to Marquette University

Family behind Purdue Pharma, a company being sued for its role in opioid epidemic, made $60 million in donations to universities around the world.

UW System’s Growth Is Top Heavy

UW System’s Growth Is Top Heavy

8% drop in system’s faculty over three year period while number of administrators grew 3.5%.

Marquette University Slashes Staff

Marquette University Slashes Staff

To avoid tuition hike, 24 employees laid off, 49 vacancies won’t be filled.

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

Student groups say UW Regents policy already protects free speech, law not needed.

Hands-Free Phone Law Being Pushed in Wisconsin

Hands-Free Phone Law Being Pushed in Wisconsin

An activist from Minnesota that lost his daughter to distracted driving is behind the push.

25,000 Could Lose Food Share Benefits

25,000 Could Lose Food Share Benefits

Proposed change in federal SNAP program would cut off 25,000 state recipients.

Accused Ex-UWM Professor Flees Country

Accused Ex-UWM Professor Flees Country

Anthony A. Azenabor faces criminal charges of sexually assaulting a student on campus.

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

Effort to reduce backlog yields results. Evers and Kaul want more funding for crime lab.

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Walker disbanded it, wouldn’t pardon anyone in his eight years as governor.

No Shame in the School Lunch Line

No Shame in the School Lunch Line

Milwaukee state Rep. LaKeshia Myers is co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit school districts from singling students out when it’s time to have a midday meal.

State’s Reported Rapes Up 34% Since 2014

State’s Reported Rapes Up 34% Since 2014

Rise in reported sexual assaults over last five years may reflect Me-Too movement.

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

Reverses stand, supports judge’s ruling invalidating Meteor Timber’s DNR permit to fill high-quality wetland.

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Attendees in River Falls support increased school funding, expanding Medicaid, UW capital projects.

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Legislature killed Evers capital budget but UW System still backs new funding, bonding authority for projects around state.

Voters Okay 75% of School Funding Requests

Voters Okay 75% of School Funding Requests

Voters approved nearly $770 million in additional funding for school districts in local referendums.

Tomah VA Didn’t Give Opioids “Like Candy”

Tomah VA Didn’t Give Opioids “Like Candy”

Inspector General report requested by Sen. Baldwin finds no evidence of opioids haphazardly prescribed.

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Key to expanding health coverage, better reimbursement rates, says new state DHS secretary.

Federal Shutdown Hurts Food Share Recipients

Federal Shutdown Hurts Food Share Recipients

Demand for food pantries up due to delays getting benefits.

Shutdown May Cut Off Food Share Benefits

Shutdown May Cut Off Food Share Benefits

State official unsure whether there will be funding for the program given federal shutdown.

2 Million College Students Lack Food Stamps

2 Million College Students Lack Food Stamps

Federal GAO report finds food insecurity for 9% to more than 50% of college students.

Bipartisan Group Calls For More School Funds

Bipartisan Group Calls For More School Funds

Blue Ribbon Commission on school funding included legislators from both parties.

Renewable Energy Made Big Gains in 2018

Renewable Energy Made Big Gains in 2018

Utility companies all competing to embrace solar and wind power.

Duffy Supports Funding for Border Wall

Duffy Supports Funding for Border Wall

But Wisconsin congressman not so sure about Trump’s idea of shutting down government.

Lame Duck Law Adds Work For State Agencies

Lame Duck Law Adds Work For State Agencies

They must submit thousands of pages of “guidance documents” before public hearings on any changes in agency rules.

Lame-Duck Bill Changes Highway Funding

Lame-Duck Bill Changes Highway Funding

Will avoid federal wage requirements; experts express concerns.

DNR Wastewater Permit Backlog Still a Problem

DNR Wastewater Permit Backlog Still a Problem

One year after critical audit DNR still slow to review potential municipal, industrial and agricultural pollution.

State Shifts Cost For New Bridges

State Shifts Cost For New Bridges

Walker administration policy means counties pay entire bill if bridge built to accommodate traffic growth.

Trump’s Aid to Farms Gets Mixed Reviews

Trump’s Aid to Farms Gets Mixed Reviews

Dairy farms badly hurt by tariffs, Trump offers $12 billion national handout to farmers.

Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk

Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk

Governor says new Supreme Court justice unlikely to overturn Roe, make abortion illegal in state.

Microplastics From Great Lakes Found In Beer

Microplastics From Great Lakes Found In Beer

Researchers found 12 different brands of beer using Great Lakes water were contaminated with microplastics.