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Scott Kevin Walker was the Governor of the State of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. Previously he was Milwaukee County Executive and a Representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

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After Texts Released, DNR Board Member Publicly Calls For Prehn To Resign

After Texts Released, DNR Board Member Publicly Calls For Prehn To Resign

Walker appointee with expired term has refused to leave board, which texts reveal is politically motivated.

The State of Politics: Just How Purple Is Wisconsin?
The State of Politics

Just How Purple Is Wisconsin?

Election results going back three decades show an almost perfectly divided state.

Op Ed: Wisconsin Needs Direct Democracy
Op Ed

Wisconsin Needs Direct Democracy

Other states have binding referendums. Evers' call for it echoes Gov. McGovern 111 years ago.

3 Technical College System Board Members Won’t Resign

3 Technical College System Board Members Won’t Resign

Republican appointees’ terms to serve on state board ended in May 2021 but they won’t step down.

MKE County: County Medical Examiner Abruptly Retires
MKE County

County Medical Examiner Abruptly Retires

Dr. Brian Peterson, who faced some controversies, leaves without making a statement.

Michels Demands Evers Halt Pardons, Parole

Michels Demands Evers Halt Pardons, Parole

Evers office said it’s against the law, governor has no power to end parole process.

DeSantis Backs Michels, Says State Can Be Like Florida

DeSantis Backs Michels, Says State Can Be Like Florida

‘Everything we've done in Florida, you will be able to do,' he declares at Green Bay rally.

Op Ed: Public Schools At Stake in Governor’s Race
Op Ed

Public Schools At Stake in Governor’s Race

Michels wants universal school choice, would dismantle public schools.

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.

Evers, Michels Will Debate Just Once

Evers, Michels Will Debate Just Once

Candidates for governor to debate Oct. 14, hosted by Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Murphy’s Law: The Startling Decline in Child Poverty
Murphy’s Law

The Startling Decline in Child Poverty

Study finds it's down 65% in Wisconsin and 59% nationally since 1993, driven by government aid.

MKE County: County Ready For New Youth Correction Facility
MKE County

County Ready For New Youth Correction Facility

With state funding approved, county officials are ready to build facility.

Campaign Cash: Club For Growth Spends Big on Campaigns
Campaign Cash

Club For Growth Spends Big on Campaigns

Spending $3.5 million, running attack ads to defeat Kleefisch in Republican primary.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Give Milwaukee a Sales Tax?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Give Milwaukee a Sales Tax?

Meeting to ‘reset’ relationship between city and state legislators raises doubts, hopes.

MKE County: State Finance Committee Approves Funding For County Youth Justice Center
MKE County

State Finance Committee Approves Funding For County Youth Justice Center

State Legislature follows through on juvenile justice plan passed back in 2018.

Campaign Cash: WI Democratic Party Has 29 Times More Campaign Cash Than GOP
Campaign Cash

WI Democratic Party Has 29 Times More Campaign Cash Than GOP

State Republican party had held lead in campaign fundraising in past years.

The State of Politics: Michels’ Cash, Trump’s Backing Pay Off
The State of Politics

Michels’ Cash, Trump’s Backing Pay Off

His victory is a defeat for Vos, Walker, and leaves tough questions for a divided party.

City Hall: Council Gives First Approval to New Youth Prison Site
City Hall

Council Gives First Approval to New Youth Prison Site

But promises substantial time remains for formal public comment.

Trump Boosts Michels Over Kleefisch

Trump Boosts Michels Over Kleefisch

Evers vs. Michels, Johnson vs. Barnes will make it a fall of nonstop ads. Plus: Vos almost loses.

Vote Tuesday: Statewide Republican Candidates
Vote Tuesday

Statewide Republican Candidates

Hotly-contested race for gubernatorial nomination is just the tip of the iceberg.

Vote Tuesday: Statewide Democratic Candidates
Vote Tuesday

Statewide Democratic Candidates

Contested races for treasurer, secretary of state, lieutenant governor and U.S. senator.

The State of Politics: Thompson Endorses Michels for Governor
The State of Politics

Thompson Endorses Michels for Governor

Is Thompson backing a fellow 'builder'? Seeking political relevancy in fractured Republican party?

Legal Aid Society Helps Milwaukee Residents Secure Pardons

Legal Aid Society Helps Milwaukee Residents Secure Pardons

Organization provides free legal assistance to Milwaukee County residents.

Pence Calls Kleefisch ‘Proven Conservative’

Pence Calls Kleefisch ‘Proven Conservative’

The former vice president joined Kleefisch at a law enforcement event in Waukesha County.

GOP Candidates For Governor Oppose Abortions For Child Sex Assault Victims

GOP Candidates For Governor Oppose Abortions For Child Sex Assault Victims

No exceptions means child rape or incest victims can’t get an abortion in Wisconsin.

Trump Endorses Robin Vos’s Challenger

Trump Endorses Robin Vos’s Challenger

Trump pledges 'Complete and Total Endorsement' of Republican Adam Steen in primary, calling Vos a “RINO.'

Campaign Cash: Uihleins Spent $38 Million On 2022 Races
Campaign Cash

Uihleins Spent $38 Million On 2022 Races

Donations to Republicans include Senate candidate accused of sexual assault and 5 Big Lie proponents in House.

Op Ed: Tammy Baldwin’s Big Moment
Op Ed

Tammy Baldwin’s Big Moment

Wisconsin’s Democratic U.S. Senator leads the way toward bipartisan deal on marriage equality.

8 Republicans, 2 Democrats Running for Lt. Governor

8 Republicans, 2 Democrats Running for Lt. Governor

Crowded Republican primary includes two state senators. Democrats include non-profit leader and a state representative.

What Would Tim Michels Do As Governor?

What Would Tim Michels Do As Governor?

Despite a rapid ascent in the polls, it's unclear what the Republican businessman is running on.

Campaign Cash: 52% of Evers’ Donations from State Residents
Campaign Cash

52% of Evers’ Donations from State Residents

His Republican opponents have much higher percent of Wisconsin campaign donors.

Kleefisch Running On Walker-Era Record

Kleefisch Running On Walker-Era Record

Walker, Vos, WMC all backing former Lt. Governor. Will it be enough to beat Michels?

Trump To Campaign for Michels In Waukesha

Trump To Campaign for Michels In Waukesha

Announcement comes as Sen. Ted Cruz says he will back Kleefisch.

Murphy’s Law: A Radical Republican Debate
Murphy’s Law

A Radical Republican Debate

Which of GOP candidates Kleefisch, Michels and Ramthun had most extreme views in debate?

Plan for Kenosha Casino Sparks Debate

Plan for Kenosha Casino Sparks Debate

Menominee Tribe would own and operate facility in partnership with Hard Rock International.

Evers Rips Republicans On Schools

Evers Rips Republicans On Schools

Governor condemns funding cuts, 'censoring' teachers and using 'kids as political pawns.'

Murphy’s Law: Steven Spielberg Is Backing Tony Evers
Murphy’s Law

Steven Spielberg Is Backing Tony Evers

And he's not the only notable from out of state who gave the maximum donation to our governor.

Unions, Senate Candidates Push New Labor Law

Unions, Senate Candidates Push New Labor Law

Union leaders and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate rally Downtown for PRO Act.

Op Ed: High Court Leaves Kohler-Andrae At Risk
Op Ed

High Court Leaves Kohler-Andrae At Risk

State Supreme Court decision leaves just one obstacle to land swap for Kohler golf course.

Evers $10 Million Fundraising Signals Expensive Campaign

Evers $10 Million Fundraising Signals Expensive Campaign

Twice as much as Walker raised at this point in governor’s race. Money flowing into Wisconsin.

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.

State Sending Postcard Reminders to Unregistered Voters

State Sending Postcard Reminders to Unregistered Voters

178,500 eligible, but unregistered voters, will receive a postcard telling them how to register.

The State of Politics: How Governor’s Power Was Weakened
The State of Politics

How Governor’s Power Was Weakened

Recent high court decision latest of several rulings reducing governor's power.

Campaign Cash: Service Employees Union Spends Big
Campaign Cash

Service Employees Union Spends Big

Since 2010, SEIU has spent more than $2.3 million on Democratic candidates in state.

Op Ed: State Supreme Court Ruling Reinforces Gerrymandering
Op Ed

State Supreme Court Ruling Reinforces Gerrymandering

Letting Prehn stay on DNR board overrides the will of all voters in the state.

State High Court Throws Out Challenge To Kohler Land Swap

State High Court Throws Out Challenge To Kohler Land Swap

4-3 ruling allows transfer of state park land for a proposed golf course.

State Supreme Court Says Natural Resources Board Member Can Stay

State Supreme Court Says Natural Resources Board Member Can Stay

Legislature won't okay Evers appointee to replace Fred Prehn so Prehn won’t step down.

Op Ed: The Decline of Wisconsin’s Democrats
Op Ed

The Decline of Wisconsin’s Democrats

Big money and gerrymandered congressional districts make it impossible for Democratic challengers.

Small Business Owners Grill Democratic Senate Candidates

Small Business Owners Grill Democratic Senate Candidates

Forums in Madison, Milwaukee show some differences among US Senate hopefuls.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Komatsu Mining’s Massive New Harbor District Campus
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Komatsu Mining’s Massive New Harbor District Campus

P&H parent company swaps a ribbon cutting for a tree planting in opening new factory.

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.

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

High court ends constitutional right to abortion.

The State of Politics: Why Gableman Courts Controversy
The State of Politics

Why Gableman Courts Controversy

His latest blowup in the courtroom is part of a pattern.

Campaign Cash: Democratic Group Buys $9.8 Million In TV Ads
Campaign Cash

Democratic Group Buys $9.8 Million In TV Ads

Democratic Governors Association spent $13.4 million in 2018 to back Evers, attack Walker.

Kleefisch, Nicholson Promise Overhaul of UW Regents

Kleefisch, Nicholson Promise Overhaul of UW Regents

GOP challengers for governor promise to recall, replace Evers’ 9 appointees to the board.

Op Ed: Will Trump Backing Hurt Tim Michels?
Op Ed

Will Trump Backing Hurt Tim Michels?

Republican could have been strong mainstream candidate; this connects him to a cult.

Transportation: Open Meetings For Scaled-Down Stadium Interchange
Transportation

Open Meetings For Scaled-Down Stadium Interchange

WisDOT meetings Tuesday, Wednesday for public comments on diverging-diamond design.

Campaign Cash: Jobs First Coalition Backs Republicans
Campaign Cash

Jobs First Coalition Backs Republicans

Brookfield-based conservative group has spent $2.6 million since 2010, mostly on legislators.

Students Settle Case From 2014 Against UWM

Students Settle Case From 2014 Against UWM

In dispute over who was real student government president, UWM pays 'six figure settlement,' litigants say.

In a First, Women To Lead UW Regents

In a First, Women To Lead UW Regents

Karen Walsh elected president, Amy Blumenfeld Bogost the VP of UW System board.

New Elections Commission Member Approved Decisions Republicans Now Oppose

New Elections Commission Member Approved Decisions Republicans Now Oppose

Don Millis backed actions later cited as evidence of misconduct in 2020 election.

Wisconsin’s Starring Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection

Wisconsin’s Starring Role in Jan. 6 Insurrection

State is “ground zero” in ongoing effort to undermine democracy, experts warn.

Vos Appoints Attorney Don Millis to Elections Commission

Vos Appoints Attorney Don Millis to Elections Commission

Republican previously served on WEC, and decades ago, on Wisconsin Elections Board.

State Supreme Court Sets Record For 4-3 Rulings

State Supreme Court Sets Record For 4-3 Rulings

Most this term in 70 years, with Hagedorn almost always the deciding vote.

‘Tangled Series’ of Abortion Laws Since 1849

‘Tangled Series’ of Abortion Laws Since 1849

Wisconsin has had many laws passed on abortion which could cause confusion if Roe overturned.

The State of Politics: ‘Telling The Truth’ Led to Knudson Resignation
The State of Politics

‘Telling The Truth’ Led to Knudson Resignation

Republican elections commissioner refused to support election conspiracy theories. It cost him the support of the party.

Lincoln Hills ‘Staffing Crisis’ Causing Confinement, Deteriorating Behaviors

Lincoln Hills ‘Staffing Crisis’ Causing Confinement, Deteriorating Behaviors

New report finds worsening attitudes at troubled facility.

State Increasing Funding for Broadband Internet Access

State Increasing Funding for Broadband Internet Access

A total of $125 million in grants is available to increase internet access around the state.

Trump Endorses Tim Michels for Governor

Trump Endorses Tim Michels for Governor

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has now lost out on two major endorsements.

Op Ed: State Republicans Want More Guns
Op Ed

State Republicans Want More Guns

Party convention document opposes background checks, red flag laws, supports open and concealed carry without permits.

Data Wonk: How To Grow Wisconsin’s Wealth Gap
Data Wonk

How To Grow Wisconsin’s Wealth Gap

The Institute for Reforming Government offers a plan to help the wealthy.

State Republicans Make No Endorsement in Top Races

State Republicans Make No Endorsement in Top Races

No candidate for governor, attorney general, lieutenant governor chosen at state convention.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s the Real Outsider for Governor?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s the Real Outsider for Governor?

Almost every candidate claims to be. But who really, actually is?

The State of Politics: Controversy Over Parole Is Rare
The State of Politics

Controversy Over Parole Is Rare

Issue facing Evers is rare, as most state prison inmates must serve 100% of their sentence.

Republican Convention Endorses No One For Governor

Republican Convention Endorses No One For Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch falls just short of 60% of votes needed for party endorsement.

Op Ed: Worker Shortage Is Top Issue In Race For Governor
Op Ed

Worker Shortage Is Top Issue In Race For Governor

Shortage is so extreme some businesses have closed or reduced services.

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.

The State of Politics: Will Abortion Issue Drive Election Turnout?
The State of Politics

Will Abortion Issue Drive Election Turnout?

Democrats link it with same-sex issue, push turnout, could be key issue in races for governor, attorney general.

Op Ed: Do MPS Board Members Deserve Pay Raise?
Op Ed

Do MPS Board Members Deserve Pay Raise?

Board members give themselves a 4.7% salary hike — but for what?

The Rise of José Pérez

The Rise of José Pérez

How high school dropout rose to become first Latino Common Council president in Milwaukee history.

Evers Opposes Parole for Man Who Killed Wife

Evers Opposes Parole for Man Who Killed Wife

Governor asks parole board to reverse parole for Douglas Balsewicz, who killed his wife in 1997.

Judge Rules Against Law Giving Legislators Power Over Attorney General Settlements

Judge Rules Against Law Giving Legislators Power Over Attorney General Settlements

Cites 170-year history before lame duck law. Republicans will appeal ruling.

‘Day Without Child Care’ Dramatizes Issue

‘Day Without Child Care’ Dramatizes Issue

Wisconsin among 25 states that participates in event pushing better pay for workers, more affordable care.

The State of Politics: Primary Winners Rely on Certain Counties
The State of Politics

Primary Winners Rely on Certain Counties

Of state's 72 counties a small number provide majority of statewide vote.

State Has About 6,400 Abortions Per Year

State Has About 6,400 Abortions Per Year

State’s rate per live births, just half that of the nation, may reflect restrictive laws.

Redistricting Fight Shifts To New Maps

Redistricting Fight Shifts To New Maps

Advocacy groups ask federal judge to dismiss 2021 lawsuit over old maps and will plan new strategy.

Evers Appoints 3 New UW Board of Regents Members

Evers Appoints 3 New UW Board of Regents Members

But will Republican Legislature approve the nominees?

How Alex Lasry Rose in the Polls

How Alex Lasry Rose in the Polls

Labor support, personal wealth helps Bucks exec in Democratic primary for US Senator.

Campaign Cash: Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big
Campaign Cash

Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big

Green group has spent $3.85 million since 2010, mostly for Democratic candidates.

No One Cancels Kellyanne Conway

No One Cancels Kellyanne Conway

No protests of former Trump advisor’s UW-Whitewater speech about suppressing free speech.

Op Ed: Tim Michels Is No Political ‘Outsider’
Op Ed

Tim Michels Is No Political ‘Outsider’

Candidate for governor has long record of political donations, lobbying, state contracts.

Back in the News: Barnes, Nelson Argue Over I-94 Expansion
Back in the News

Barnes, Nelson Argue Over I-94 Expansion

Could it be an issue in Democratic primary for U.S. Senate?

Doug La Follette Faces Primary Challenge for Secretary of State

Doug La Follette Faces Primary Challenge for Secretary of State

Alexia Sabor, Chair of Dane County Democratic Party, running for Secretary of State.

Back in the News: 63% of State’s Corporations Pay No Taxes
Back in the News

63% of State’s Corporations Pay No Taxes

New study links huge decline in corporate income taxes paid in states like Wisconsin to less government services.

Gun Laws Targeted in State’s Fall Elections

Gun Laws Targeted in State’s Fall Elections

Democrats pushing opposition to looser gun regulations backed by Republican legislators.

Fight Over Pollution Lawsuits Continues

Fight Over Pollution Lawsuits Continues

Three settlements okayed but GOP legislators and Attorney General war over who gets money awarded.

Republicans Will Not Cut Taxes*
Press Release

Republicans Will Not Cut Taxes*

*Except for the Wealthy, Large Corporations, and Their Donors

State Supreme Court Blocks Destruction of Rare Wetland

State Supreme Court Blocks Destruction of Rare Wetland

A sand fracking company wanted to fill a wetland in Monroe County.

Fitzgerald Introduces NEA Charter Repeal Act
Campaign Cash: Right-Wing Money Helps Elect Appeals Court Judge
Campaign Cash

Right-Wing Money Helps Elect Appeals Court Judge

Uihleins and outside groups spend $450,000 to elect Maria Lazar.

Republican School Board Push Has Mixed Results

Republican School Board Push Has Mixed Results

GOP-backed candidates pick up seats in Waukesha and Kenosha, lose in several areas.

Campaign Cash: For Our Future Spends Big
Campaign Cash

For Our Future Spends Big

Nearly $2.1 million by one of largest outside spenders in state supported Democratic candidates.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Baldwin, Pocan Deliver for Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

Baldwin, Pocan Deliver for Wisconsin

Both among top members of Congress in getting earmarked federal spending for this state.

Barnes Campaign Aims to Bring State Together

Barnes Campaign Aims to Bring State Together

Lt. Governor and U.S. Senate candidate running hard in rural, urban areas of state.

Op Ed: Justice Thomas, Recusal And Wisconsin
Op Ed

Justice Thomas, Recusal And Wisconsin

U.S. and Wisconsin Supreme Court justices need not recuse no matter how flagrant the conflict of interest.

Evers Announces $5 Million Mental Health Funding

Evers Announces $5 Million Mental Health Funding

Grants from federal ARPA money will expand mental health services and telemedicine.

Data Wonk: State’s Gerrymander Could Last Forever
Data Wonk

State’s Gerrymander Could Last Forever

If state high court’s ‘least change’ rule followed in future, gerrymandering might last for decades.

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.

Redistricting Case Returns to State Supreme Court

Redistricting Case Returns to State Supreme Court

On appeal, U.S. Supreme Court rejected maps approved by the state's high court.

What’s Driving Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate

What’s Driving Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate

Pro-gun laws, red-lining and lead poisoning have a strong correlation with shootings.

Campaign Cash: $250,000 In Dark Money Backs Appeals Court Candidate
Campaign Cash

$250,000 In Dark Money Backs Appeals Court Candidate

Conservative Waukesha judge Judge Maria Lazar backed by shadowy Illinois group.

Trade Groups Chide Legislature For Professional Licensing Delays

Trade Groups Chide Legislature For Professional Licensing Delays

Inadequate staffing in state agency leads to backlog of professional license applications.

City Hall: Workers Seeking Raises Find Open Ears, Empty Pockets
City Hall

Workers Seeking Raises Find Open Ears, Empty Pockets

Pension cliff and stagnant wages are pushing city toward a 'tipping point.'

It’s Milwaukee Vs. Nashville For RNC

It’s Milwaukee Vs. Nashville For RNC

Field narrows to two for 2024 Republican convention - the Music City and the Cream City.

Data Wonk: How Gerrymandered Is New State Map?
Data Wonk

How Gerrymandered Is New State Map?

Let’s measure how the two parties will fare under maps approved by state Supreme Court.

Back in the News: Foxconn In Talks for Saudi Arabian Plant
Back in the News

Foxconn In Talks for Saudi Arabian Plant

$9 billion facility to make microchips, electric-vehicle parts while promised plant for Wisconsin yet to happen.

Murphy’s Law: State Near Top In Slashing County Funding
Murphy’s Law

State Near Top In Slashing County Funding

Only two states have cut county funding more. Huge funding decline has hurt Milwaukee.

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur Michael Cudahy Dies At 97

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur Michael Cudahy Dies At 97

He co-founded Marquette Medical Systems, built Pier Wisconsin, was generous donor.

Transportation: TCMC Train Poised for 2024 Start
Transportation

TCMC Train Poised for 2024 Start

Feds give final approval to $32 million grant to fund second daily Chicago, Milwaukee, Twin Cities train.

State Supreme Court Hears Natural Resources Board Case

State Supreme Court Hears Natural Resources Board Case

Former chair Fred Prehn refuses to vacate his seat on the board.

GOP Legislators Reject Evers Tax Rebate, Approve MPS Breakup

GOP Legislators Reject Evers Tax Rebate, Approve MPS Breakup

Last day of session also passes parental bill of rights, expanded vouchers, replacing Lincoln Hills.

Gableman, Vos Sign New Contract on Election Probe

Gableman, Vos Sign New Contract on Election Probe

Judge orders Gableman to release 700 pages of documents from probe.

Murphy’s Law: Supreme Court Shows Ugly Divisions
Murphy’s Law

Supreme Court Shows Ugly Divisions

State high court's redistricting decision prompts nasty attacks on Hagedorn by three other conservatives.

Republicans To Appeal Redistricting

Republicans To Appeal Redistricting

Will ask U.S. Supreme Court to overrule WI Supreme Court decision backing Evers plan.

State Supreme Court Picks Evers’ Legislative Maps

State Supreme Court Picks Evers’ Legislative Maps

New legislative maps meet court's "least change" criteria more than GOP-backed maps.

New Youth Detention Facility Clears State Budget Committee

New Youth Detention Facility Clears State Budget Committee

$42 million for a state facility to replace Lincoln Hills passes Joint Finance Committee.

Transportation: Feds Pursuing Complete Streets
Transportation

Feds Pursuing Complete Streets

A goal of safe and accessible roadways for all users isn't just a Milwaukee policy anymore.

The Gableman Conspiracy ‘Circus’

The Gableman Conspiracy ‘Circus’

Offers hours of conspiracy-laden testimony and new report pushing to decertify 2020 election which Republican calls illegal, a ‘fool’s errand.'

Democrats Push Badger Care Public Option

Democrats Push Badger Care Public Option

Bill to expand Medicaid coverage, increase access to health care unlikely to pass.

A Court Battle Over Open Records

A Court Battle Over Open Records

Court hears suit against former Natural Resources Board chairman, who won’t release any records.

Milwaukee Seen As RNC Favorite

Milwaukee Seen As RNC Favorite

Former Governor Scott Walker leading tour of city today. Taxpayers paying for security.

Evers Calls For Action on Budget Surplus

Evers Calls For Action on Budget Surplus

State of the State speech calls for special session of Legislature to pass his tax rebate.

Op Ed: Ramthun Will Mess Up GOP Primary
Op Ed

Ramthun Will Mess Up GOP Primary

Republican state senator won’t provide any evidence of his Big Lie about 2020 election.

Campaign Cash: Two Parties Got $1.3 Million Corporate Cash in 2021
Campaign Cash

Two Parties Got $1.3 Million Corporate Cash in 2021

$1 million went to GOP party, legislative committees, the rest to their Democratic counterparts.

School Voucher Lobby Wants More State Funding

School Voucher Lobby Wants More State Funding

Pushing for more public funding of private schools.

Republicans Offer Slate of Election Bills

Republicans Offer Slate of Election Bills

They won’t suppress votes, Bernier and other GOP legislators promise. Democrats skeptical.

Proposed GOP election bills a fast-track to voter suppression
Murphy’s Law: Evers Takes a Page from Republicans
Murphy’s Law

Evers Takes a Page from Republicans

His push to give tax rebate to taxpayers was first used by Lee Dreyfus to win office.

The State of Politics: Primary For Governor Continues Century-Old Reform
The State of Politics

Primary For Governor Continues Century-Old Reform

This was the first state to hold primary elections. Kleefisch vs. Nicholson is latest example.

Campaign Cash: 57% of Evers’ Donations From Wisconsin
Campaign Cash

57% of Evers’ Donations From Wisconsin

Kleefisch had much higher percentage of in-state contributors for 2021 year.

Nicholson Enters Race For Governor

Nicholson Enters Race For Governor

Will face Kleefisch in Republican primary. He called her ‘dumb as a bag of hammers.’

Prehn Out As Natural Resources Board Chair

Prehn Out As Natural Resources Board Chair

Though the Walker appointee still refuses to leave board despite term ending.

GOP Lawmakers Try to Strip Evers Power Over Federal Aid

GOP Lawmakers Try to Strip Evers Power Over Federal Aid

Republican controlled state Senate would change state law to place authority with legislature.

Campaign Cash: State Democrats Raise 5 Times More Than Republicans
Campaign Cash

State Democrats Raise 5 Times More Than Republicans

Democrats have overtaken GOP fundraising since Republicans changed campaign finance laws.

Murphy’s Law: Is Rebecca Kleefisch a ‘Hypocrite’?
Murphy’s Law

Is Rebecca Kleefisch a ‘Hypocrite’?

Her voting as “indefinitely confined” was something done in many Republican-leaning districts.

Democrats Push Abortion Rights Bill

Democrats Push Abortion Rights Bill

Without Roe, old state law would prevail, making abortion a felony, with penalty of up to 6 years in prison

Back in the News: Mount Pleasant Charged For Foxconn Water Shortfall
Back in the News

Mount Pleasant Charged For Foxconn Water Shortfall

Village paid more than $1 million for 2019 and 2020, but officials say this won't continue.

More Women In State Hold Elected Office

More Women In State Hold Elected Office

But at 31% of all elected positions, far short of equal representation.

GOP Bill Cuts Social Safety Net To Boost Hiring

GOP Bill Cuts Social Safety Net To Boost Hiring

Republican lawmakers would restrict access to healthcare, food assistance and unemployment insurance.

Tom Nelson’s Longshot Race for U.S. Senate

Tom Nelson’s Longshot Race for U.S. Senate

A 'classic populist, grassroots campaign’ — with the least campaign dollars.

Talgo’s Wisconsin Trains Find Home In… Nigeria

Talgo’s Wisconsin Trains Find Home In… Nigeria

Intended for high-speed Midwest line, they'll be used on metro line in Lagos.

Is Rebecca Kleefisch Putting Campaign Cash Before Kids?
Press Release

Is Rebecca Kleefisch Putting Campaign Cash Before Kids?

Gubernatorial Candidate Pushes for Pet Project of Billionaire Betsy DeVos and Cabal of Wealthy Donors

Op Ed: How to Solve City, County Pension Problems
Op Ed

How to Solve City, County Pension Problems

Massive costs need bold, innovative solutions and state legislation.

Murphy’s Law: Will Evers’ Pardons Hurt Him In Election?
Murphy’s Law

Will Evers’ Pardons Hurt Him In Election?

He’s bragging about setting a record. Will Republicans use it in attack ad?

Evers Raises Millions More Than Kleefisch

Evers Raises Millions More Than Kleefisch

Governor raises $5 million in second half of 2021, compared to $3.3 million for Kleefisch.

Robin Vos ‘Selling Out Democracy’?

Robin Vos ‘Selling Out Democracy’?

Hintz looks back at four years as Assembly minority leader and how Republicans ‘lost their way.’

Evers Backs Union For UW Health Nurses

Evers Backs Union For UW Health Nurses

Governor says they 'deserve opportunity to organize and have a say in the workplace.'

State Senate Won’t Confirm Evers’ Appointees

State Senate Won’t Confirm Evers’ Appointees

Republican senate leader calls appointees "highly partisan."

Sean Duffy Won’t Run For Governor

Sean Duffy Won’t Run For Governor

Former President Donald Trump urged the former congressman to run.

Senate GOP Leader Opposes Dismantling Elections Commission

Senate GOP Leader Opposes Dismantling Elections Commission

Some Republican legislators proposing to get rid of the regulatory agency.

The State of Politics: 6 Wisconsin Pols to Watch in 2022
The State of Politics

6 Wisconsin Pols to Watch in 2022

Their decisions could decide what kind of year it is.

Op Ed: State School Report Cards Bend the Truth
Op Ed

State School Report Cards Bend the Truth

Moving the goal posts to make schools look better.

Op Ed: Proposal Cuts Taxes for 1%
Op Ed

Proposal Cuts Taxes for 1%

State’s top business lobbying group wants to transform Wisconsin’s tax structure.

2022 Governor’s Race Will Decide How Elections Run, Hintz Warns

2022 Governor’s Race Will Decide How Elections Run, Hintz Warns

If Evers loses Republicans will install partisan election controls, Assembly Minority Leader predicts.

Judge Blomme Gets 9-Year Sentence For Child Pornography

Judge Blomme Gets 9-Year Sentence For Child Pornography

Elected in 2020, arrested in March. Actions called 'the worst of the worst' at sentencing.

City Hall: Firefighters Union Approves Vaccine-or-Mask Requirement
City Hall

Firefighters Union Approves Vaccine-or-Mask Requirement

Voluntary agreement similar to ones adopted by city's police unions.

Foxconn Qualifies For $29 Million Tax Credits

Foxconn Qualifies For $29 Million Tax Credits

Project meets benchmarks for state aid for first time since 2018.

Murphy’s Law: County Pension Bonds Saved Up To $269 Million
Murphy’s Law

County Pension Bonds Saved Up To $269 Million

Could the city use this financial mechanism to lower costs?

Questions About Foxconn Project Consultant’s $336,000 Pay

Questions About Foxconn Project Consultant’s $336,000 Pay

Mount Pleasant has paid consulting group $1.2 million, with no job description or exact work records.

Court Upholds Protection of Rare Wetland

Court Upholds Protection of Rare Wetland

2017 DNR decision under Gov. Walker would have allowed Meteor Timber to fill in Monroe County wetland.

Data Wonk: WILL’s Report Short on Evidence
Data Wonk

WILL’s Report Short on Evidence

Conservative report asserts, with no evidence, that changes in election law needed.

Special Report: Pension Costs Decimated County Services
Special Report

Pension Costs Decimated County Services

New generation of leaders has inherited government unable to pay for parks, buses, buildings and basic services.

Rep. Hintz to Step Down as Assembly Democratic Leader
The State of Politics: Loudenbeck Wants To Be Elections Czar
The State of Politics

Loudenbeck Wants To Be Elections Czar

Her run for secretary of state part of Republican effort to overhaul election laws, oversight.

Op Ed: Tommy Thompson For Governor?
Op Ed

Tommy Thompson For Governor?

He might welcome an overture from Republican Party. And add depth to 2022 campaign.

Transportation: Interstate 94 Project Cost Much Higher Than Original Estimate
Transportation

Interstate 94 Project Cost Much Higher Than Original Estimate

Both six and eight lane options cost more than $1.2 billion and include similar dramatic overhaul of Stadium Interchange.

Special Report: County Pension Reforms Have Done Little
Special Report

County Pension Reforms Have Done Little

Officials have often resisted reforms. Main relief has come from state passage of Act 10. Part II of a series.

Will Martin Announces Candidacy for Lt. Governor of Wisconsin
Transportation: Public Input Sought on Controversial Interstate 94 Expansion
Transportation

Public Input Sought on Controversial Interstate 94 Expansion

State studying options to rebuild at six and eight lane configurations.

New Book Bashes Foxconn Project

New Book Bashes Foxconn Project

‘Foxconned’ offers broad critique of big government economic development projects.

Fourth Anniversary of Walker-Kleefisch Signing Disastrous Foxconn Deal
What They’re Saying: One Year Out From Election Day, Democrats Brace for Red Wave
The State of Politics: Why The GOP Push To Oust Wolfe
The State of Politics

Why The GOP Push To Oust Wolfe

If elections commission administrator resigned and board deadlocks on who should replace her, Vos and Republicans get to choose new leader.

Murphy’s Law: About Those Election ‘Irregularities’
Murphy’s Law

About Those Election ‘Irregularities’

Is there any truth to Republican complaints about the 2020 election?

High Speed Rail for Milwaukee, Madison?

High Speed Rail for Milwaukee, Madison?

Cities identified in federal study as key links in expanded rail network in Midwest.

Uilhlein Bankrolls Mequon-Thiensville Recall

Uilhlein Bankrolls Mequon-Thiensville Recall

Conservatives donate $50,000 to effort to take over school board.

Murphy’s Law: Why Foxconn Jilted Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

Why Foxconn Jilted Wisconsin

Plans electric car plant in Ohio, which offered no state subsidy. Why?

Senate Passes New Reading Test for Early Grades

Senate Passes New Reading Test for Early Grades

Modeled on Mississippi plan. Democrats call it meaningless without more spending on education.

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.

The State of Politics: Should U.S. Supreme Court Rule On Evers News Conferences?
The State of Politics

Should U.S. Supreme Court Rule On Evers News Conferences?

WILL and Walker say Evers must invite conservative group to media events. Are they right?

State Faces Wave of School Board Recalls

State Faces Wave of School Board Recalls

In Mequon-Thiensville and 10 other school districts. Only California has more.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin’s Wolf Hunt

Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin’s Wolf Hunt

Orders the DNR to set wolf quota to zero until department follows it's own rules.

Environmental Group Sues Natural Resources Board Chair for Records

Environmental Group Sues Natural Resources Board Chair for Records

Chair Fred Prehn refused to step down from board after Gov. Evers appointed a successor.

Can State Fix Problems Underlying the Labor Shortage?

Can State Fix Problems Underlying the Labor Shortage?

Evers administration putting $130 million into addressing issues contributing to labor shortage.

WILL, Scott Walker Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Take Wisconsin Press Freedom Case
Press Release

WILL, Scott Walker Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Take Wisconsin Press Freedom Case

Case involves Governor Evers' decision to exclude certain journalists from press briefings

Bill Would Restore Educators’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Bill Would Restore Educators’ Collective Bargaining Rights

In order to address teacher shortage, bill restores rights stripped by Act 10.

Assembly Committee Approves Moving Elections Commission

Assembly Committee Approves Moving Elections Commission

A party line vote, with Republicans in favor, supported moving commission to Wausau.

The State of Politics: Walker’s Shadow Looms Over the Capitol
The State of Politics

Walker’s Shadow Looms Over the Capitol

Walker's legacy is found in bitter partisanship, limits on the governor's power and appointee's that won't leave office.

DNR Sets 130-Wolf Quota for Fall Hunt

DNR Sets 130-Wolf Quota for Fall Hunt

Department rejects 300-wolf quota set by the Natural Resources Board.

AFTW President and UW Students Condemn Rebecca Kleefisch’s Extreme Cuts to Education Funding
Pardons On The Ballot in 2022?

Pardons On The Ballot in 2022?

Evers restarted a program that Walker left untouched for eight years.

Murphy’s Law: Kleefisch Tries To Ape Trump
Murphy’s Law

Kleefisch Tries To Ape Trump

And the results are, ah, pretty weird.

Op Ed: State Supreme Court Wrong To Take On Redistricting Case
Op Ed

State Supreme Court Wrong To Take On Redistricting Case

A violation of precedent, of state statutes and federal law.

Murphy’s Law: College Grads Are Leaving Republican Party
Murphy’s Law

College Grads Are Leaving Republican Party

While less educated voters ditch the Democratic Party. How is that changing the state?

Murphy’s Law: State Trails Most In Renewable Energy
Murphy’s Law

State Trails Most In Renewable Energy

Just 10 mostly southern states are doing less. Wisconsin also has more expensive electricity.

Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Fall session could include “born alive” abortion bill, forbidding teachers from discussing race and more.

Gov. Evers Seeks Judicial Applicants To Replace Brett Blomme

Gov. Evers Seeks Judicial Applicants To Replace Brett Blomme

Evers will appoint a replacement for short term, with election to follow.

Democrats Walk Out Of Assembly Committee

Democrats Walk Out Of Assembly Committee

Citing COVID-19 risk and no Republicans wearing masks. 'This is so far from real democracy.'

Transportation: Plan Offers Alternative To Expanded I-94
Transportation

Plan Offers Alternative To Expanded I-94

Groups back repairing freeway, second BRT line, possible commuter rail, other projects.

Will Donors Punish Legislators Pushing Election Lies?

Will Donors Punish Legislators Pushing Election Lies?

Wisconsin Realtors says it will still back conspiracy theorist Rep. Janel Brandtjen.

Murphy’s Law: How Kleefisch Failed On Foxconn
Murphy’s Law

How Kleefisch Failed On Foxconn

As Lt. Governor she recruited the Taiwanese company and failed to protect taxpayers.

The State of Politics: Evers Builds Image for Giving Pardons
The State of Politics

Evers Builds Image for Giving Pardons

Giving more per year than any recent predecessors. But far behind 'Julius the Just.'

DNR Won’t Meet With Natural Resources Board in September

DNR Won’t Meet With Natural Resources Board in September

The Walker appointed chair of the board refuses to step down for Evers' appointee.

Op Ed: Corporate Greed Must Be Addressed
Op Ed

Corporate Greed Must Be Addressed

The issue unites city and rural areas in Wisconsin.

Rebecca Kleefisch Announces Campaign for Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch Announces Campaign for Governor

Kleefisch served as Lieutenant Governor under former Gov. Scott Walker.

Suit Seeks To End Ban on Jobless Pay for Disabled

Suit Seeks To End Ban on Jobless Pay for Disabled

Class-action claim charges 2013 state law violates U.S. Constitution.

Kleefisch Borrows “Tampon Tax” Idea From Democrat

Kleefisch Borrows “Tampon Tax” Idea From Democrat

Ending "pink tax" on feminine products was opposed by Walker-Kleefisch administration.

Data Wonk: Why Is State Supreme Court So Angry?
Data Wonk

Why Is State Supreme Court So Angry?

Justices’ strange interpretation of watershed 1803 decision becomes a right-wing battering ram.

Groups Sue to Stop Fall Wolf Hunt

Groups Sue to Stop Fall Wolf Hunt

Animal rights groups argue state law mandating a hunt is unconstitutional.

Conservation Groups Sue Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to Stop Illegal November Wolf Hunt
Gableman Approved to Head 2020 Election Probe

Gableman Approved to Head 2020 Election Probe

5-3 Assembly committee vote for former Supreme Court Justice. Evers condemns probe.

The State of Politics: Barrett, Kind Had 59 Years Experience
The State of Politics

Barrett, Kind Had 59 Years Experience

Exit of mayor and congressman makes room for new generation of leaders.

Back in the News: Kleefisch Calls Democrats ‘Pure Evil’
Back in the News

Kleefisch Calls Democrats ‘Pure Evil’

Former Lt. Governor and Republican candidate for governor appealing to far right?

Walker Connected Group Calls for Abolishing Elections Commission

Walker Connected Group Calls for Abolishing Elections Commission

Call to replace state commission part of national Republican effort to delegitimize legal elections.

GOP Legislators Want to Hire More Private Attorneys

GOP Legislators Want to Hire More Private Attorneys

Fighting to retain Walker appointee as Natural Resources Board chair after his term expired.

Murphy’s Law: Police Were Defunded Before George Floyd
Murphy’s Law

Police Were Defunded Before George Floyd

253 municipalities in state cut police funding in 2019 for budget reasons, report finds.

Campaign Cash: Natural Resources Board Chair Supports Republicans
Campaign Cash

Natural Resources Board Chair Supports Republicans

Fred Prehn, Walker appointee who refuses to step down, gave $35.000 to GOP candidates.

Meet The New State Parks Chief

Meet The New State Parks Chief

Steve Schmelzer now oversees 49 state parks, 15 forests, 44 biking trails and some 5,000 campsites.

Kaul Lawsuit Seeks to Force Walker Appointee Off DNR Board

Kaul Lawsuit Seeks to Force Walker Appointee Off DNR Board

Fred Prehn’s six-year term expired May 1. AG argues governor can remove him.

Walker, Rick Scott Campaign Against Biden

Walker, Rick Scott Campaign Against Biden

Republican event in Hales Corners warns of inflation, setting tone for 2022 election.

Ojibwe Tribes Blast State on Wolf Hunt

Ojibwe Tribes Blast State on Wolf Hunt

Natural Resources Board decision to increase quota ignores science, federal treaty rights, tribes charge.

MKE County: Pension Backdrop Costs Hit $354 Million
MKE County

Pension Backdrop Costs Hit $354 Million

Total cost rose $58 million since 2016, may hit $460 million before all eligible workers retire.

Op Ed: It’s Time to Reclaim Wisconsin’s Legacy of Water Protection
Op Ed

It’s Time to Reclaim Wisconsin’s Legacy of Water Protection

PFAS, nitrates and lead stand in the way of our right to clean water.

Judge Agrees To Plead Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

Judge Agrees To Plead Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

Brett Blomme faces up to 20 years in prison.

Statement on Passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Campaign Cash: Legislative Campaign Committees Awash in Cash
Campaign Cash

Legislative Campaign Committees Awash in Cash

Four campaign committees together banked a record $2.9 million this year.

The State of Politics: Political Storm Brewing Over Redistricting
The State of Politics

Political Storm Brewing Over Redistricting

A life-or-death issue for politicians, and a call for IT geeks.

Campaign Cash: Democrats Raise 5 Times More Than GOP
Campaign Cash

Democrats Raise 5 Times More Than GOP

State Democratic Party raised $4.4 million in first half of 2021, versus $835,000 for Republican party.

Op-Ed: Big Money Is Taking Over the Courts
Op-Ed

Big Money Is Taking Over the Courts

Wealthy, right-wing interests are assaulting the integrity of the judiciary.

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt to Step Down After Helping State GOP Rebuild from Ground Up
Press Release

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt to Step Down After Helping State GOP Rebuild from Ground Up

Taking over after 2018 statewide losses, “fixer” focused on rebuilding party by empowering grassroots, winning local elections, fighting liberal overreach

Op Ed: Scott Walker’s Right, Get Vaccinated Now
Op Ed

Scott Walker’s Right, Get Vaccinated Now

As variants cause new rise in COVID-19, more Republicans urging people to get the vaccine.

The State of Politics: The Race Is On For Lt. Governor
The State of Politics

The Race Is On For Lt. Governor

The last time there was no incumbent, back in 2010, nine candidates ran for the position.

Gray Wolf Advocates Want Natural Resources Chair Gone

Gray Wolf Advocates Want Natural Resources Chair Gone

Chair of Natural Resources Board refuses to vacate seat after term expired. Board taking up wolf hunting policy.

Evers, Johnson Rake In Campaign Funds

Evers, Johnson Rake In Campaign Funds

Outpacing challengers, Evers raises $5 million and Johnson $1.2 million in first half of 2021.

Back in the News: Evers Is Flush With Cash
Back in the News

Evers Is Flush With Cash

More cash on hand than Walker had at this point in last campaign for governor.

Search Committee for UW System President Named

Search Committee for UW System President Named

19-member committee chosen by UW Regent, with emphasis on tradition of shared governance.

The State of Politics: Evers Bets More Gaming Means Jobs
The State of Politics

Evers Bets More Gaming Means Jobs

Illinois, Iowa and Michigan now allow online sports betting. Wisconsin may join them.

State Supreme Court Upholds DNR Water Authority

State Supreme Court Upholds DNR Water Authority

DNR can place restrictions on high capacity wells, large livestock farms to protect water.

Data Wonk: Should Michael Gableman Investigate 2020 Election?
Data Wonk

Should Michael Gableman Investigate 2020 Election?

Vos picks ethically challenged former justice who's already declared election stolen.

Murphy’s Law: The Secrets of Mike Huebsch
Murphy’s Law

The Secrets of Mike Huebsch

He’s been a leader in evading and undermining Wisconsin's open records laws.

Op Ed: Pretty Sure It’s Corrupt
Op Ed

Pretty Sure It’s Corrupt

Initials of Public Service Commission have a second meaning: possible misconduct by Mike Huebsch.

Campaign Cash: Democratic Governors Association Spends Big
Campaign Cash

Democratic Governors Association Spends Big

One of biggest spenders on elections in state, nearly $13.5 million since 2012.

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Republicans got their way in budget rewrite, but Evers' vetoes loom.

Bill Gives Local Governments Opioid Settlement Money

Bill Gives Local Governments Opioid Settlement Money

Some provisions of bill give Legislature more authority over settlement funds.

What Democrats Got In GOP Budget

What Democrats Got In GOP Budget

Long list of proposals killed or altered in final Assembly bill. Yet four Democrats voted for it.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Class Warfare
Murphy’s Law

Republican Class Warfare

It hurts their own voters in Wisconsin. How do they get away with it?

Murphy’s Law: Evers Is the Pro-Science Candidate
Murphy’s Law

Evers Is the Pro-Science Candidate

Why has that description become so controversial?

Vos Picks Gableman To Lead Election Probe

Vos Picks Gableman To Lead Election Probe

Announcement comes just one day after GOP Assembly Speaker attacked by Trump.

Legislature Grabs Power Over Opioid Lawsuit Settlements

Legislature Grabs Power Over Opioid Lawsuit Settlements

Bill passed with no discussion. Unconstitutional power grab, opponents say.

Op Ed: GOP Obamacare Lawsuit a Cynical Political Stunt
Op Ed

GOP Obamacare Lawsuit a Cynical Political Stunt

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down suit. Meanwhile, Vos and and state GOP obstruct Medicaid expansion.

Op Ed: The Fight To Save Kohler-Andrae State Park
Op Ed

The Fight To Save Kohler-Andrae State Park

Herb Kohler’s golf course would grab a huge chunk of it. Environmentalists are fighting this.

Campaign Cash: State Business Group Has Massive Clout
Campaign Cash

State Business Group Has Massive Clout

WMC has secretly raised and spent $41 million on elections in last 15 years.

State Now Projects $4.4 Billion Windfall

State Now Projects $4.4 Billion Windfall

Fiscal bureau projects far more tax revenue than expected for 2021-2023.

GOP Legislators Approve $1.5 Billion Construction Budget

GOP Legislators Approve $1.5 Billion Construction Budget

$1 billion less than Evers budget for state, UW System projects.

Why Is There A Worker Shortage?

Why Is There A Worker Shortage?

Employers disagree, but big decline in child care centers could be a key issue.

Rushed Redistricting Plan Criticized

Rushed Redistricting Plan Criticized

Could a mysterious bill keep Republican gerrymandering in place until 2024?

Op Ed: EPA Overrules Pruitt-Walker Smog Increases
Op Ed

EPA Overrules Pruitt-Walker Smog Increases

Ex-governor and EPA leader raised legal pollution level to aid Foxconn plan.

Evers Announces Reelection Bid

Evers Announces Reelection Bid

Speech at state Democratic convention touts education spending and new Foxconn contract.

UW Regents Elect First Native American President

UW Regents Elect First Native American President

Edmund Manydeeds is new president of UW System Board of Regents.

EPA Expands Smog Regulations

EPA Expands Smog Regulations

Environmental advocates, business lobby at odds over new rules.

Murphy’s Law: No More County Government Bickering
Murphy’s Law

No More County Government Bickering

Relationship between County Executive Crowley and Board Chair Nicholson is the best in decades.

Op Ed: Campaign Spending Undermines Our Courts
Op Ed

Campaign Spending Undermines Our Courts

Out-of-control campaign spending and weak recusal rules are opposed by voters.

Murphy’s Law: How Vos Pushes The Big Lie
Murphy’s Law

How Vos Pushes The Big Lie

Claiming election irregularities, undermining election officials, hiring a GOP expert in smears.

Republicans Scheme to Continue Scott Walker Era

Republicans Scheme to Continue Scott Walker Era

Thwarting voters’ choice by refusing to approve Evers appointees to boards, commissions.

Village Paid Foxconn Project Manager Nearly $1 Million

Village Paid Foxconn Project Manager Nearly $1 Million

Private contractor billed Mount Pleasant for $973,750 and has just gotten a raise.

Op Ed: PRO Act Is Key to American Dream
Op Ed

PRO Act Is Key to American Dream

Biden’s proposed Protecting the Right to Organize Act would protect union rights.

GOP Budget Lifts UW Tuition Freeze

GOP Budget Lifts UW Tuition Freeze

Committee votes to end tuition freeze on undergraduate students maintained for 8 years.

Evers Credited for Budget Surplus

Evers Credited for Budget Surplus

Federal stimulus money, new Foxconn contract, Evers call for state agency cuts all credited by nonpartisan analysis.

Evers Appoints New Natural Resources Board Members, But Chair Won’t Leave

Evers Appoints New Natural Resources Board Members, But Chair Won’t Leave

The current chair won't leave until the Senate confirms his replacement, already appointed by the governor.

The State of Politics: Wisconsin Public Pension System is 100% Funded
The State of Politics

Wisconsin Public Pension System is 100% Funded

The fund, managed by the Department of Employee Trust Funds, is ranked among the best in the nation.

Ancient Human Remains Unearthed at Planned Kohler Golf Course

Ancient Human Remains Unearthed at Planned Kohler Golf Course

Eroding Lake Michigan shoreline also raising questions about project next to Kohler-Andrae State Park.

Bill Gives Union Rights to UW Health Staff

Bill Gives Union Rights to UW Health Staff

Nurses demand collective bargaining rights, but GOP legislators may balk at overriding Act 10.

Evers Revises Plan to Expand Medicaid

Evers Revises Plan to Expand Medicaid

Will Republican legislators turn down “projects in their own districts”?

Rebecca Kleefisch and Legislative Republicans Call For Ripping Away Unemployment Benefits from Struggling Wisconsinites
State Law Makes Abortion a Felony

State Law Makes Abortion a Felony

If U.S. Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade as many predict, 1849 Wisconsin law will be activated.

Op Ed: Foxconn Shows Folly of Cheesehead Revolution
Op Ed

Foxconn Shows Folly of Cheesehead Revolution

Walker, Ryan, Priebus pushed business-friendly policies. The result: an abysmal failure.

Mike Gallagher Again Caves to Political Pressure, Sides With Party Extremists
Press Release

Mike Gallagher Again Caves to Political Pressure, Sides With Party Extremists

Gallagher Votes Against Liz Cheney, Supports Republican Election Conspiracies

Campaign Cash: Walker’s Presidential Fund Files Final Report
Campaign Cash

Walker’s Presidential Fund Files Final Report

Our American Revival spent $7.7 million on Scott Walker’s ill-fated run for president.

Nurses Call For Union Rights at Capitol Rally

Nurses Call For Union Rights at Capitol Rally

'We were deeply betrayed at all levels of power while drowning in... dying patients.’

The State of Politics: Hagedorn Is High Court’s Deciding Justice
The State of Politics

Hagedorn Is High Court’s Deciding Justice

Expected to be right-wing stalwart, he takes turns siding with Supreme Court's liberals and conservatives.

GOP Report Proposes Regionalized UW-System

GOP Report Proposes Regionalized UW-System

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

Wisconsin Republicans Slash Gov. Tony Evers’ Liberal Wish List
Tom Nelson Wrote Book on Union Struggles

Tom Nelson Wrote Book on Union Struggles

Outagamie County Exec and Democratic challenger to Ron Johnson is strongly pro-labor.

Murphy’s Law: The Push For a New U.S. Constitution
Murphy’s Law

The Push For a New U.S. Constitution

Scott Walker, Eric O’Keefe, Republican legislators part of scary national movement.

Proposed Changes in Election Law Illegal?

Proposed Changes in Election Law Illegal?

Republican legislators pushing changes that may violate numerous federal laws.

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.

Could ‘Amtrak Joe’ Start a Rail Renaissance?

Could ‘Amtrak Joe’ Start a Rail Renaissance?

Rail advocates see hope for a major expansion of passenger rail.

Murphy’s Law: The True Costs of New Foxconn Deal
Murphy’s Law

The True Costs of New Foxconn Deal

Evers new deal is a huge improvement but will still cost taxpayers $523,000 per job.

City Hall: Pension Costs Will Cause Huge Worker Layoffs
City Hall

Pension Costs Will Cause Huge Worker Layoffs

One-sixth of city workforce projected for cuts by 2026, with added cuts in future years.

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.

The State of Politics: All Sides Won On New Foxconn Deal
The State of Politics

All Sides Won On New Foxconn Deal

Evers, Foxconn and Robin Vos all hail a vastly different deal.

State’s COVID-19 Funding Doubles Financial Crisis Stimulus

State’s COVID-19 Funding Doubles Financial Crisis Stimulus

Wisconsin state and local governments have received nearly $20 billion in relief.

Back in the News: Conservative Group Loses Suit Against Evers
Back in the News

Conservative Group Loses Suit Against Evers

Federal court rejects MacIver Institute's demand for access to governors's press briefings.

New Foxconn Deal Cuts Incentives By $2.77 Billion

New Foxconn Deal Cuts Incentives By $2.77 Billion

State will provide company up to $80 million under drastically down-scaled deal.

Campaign Cash: Bills Cap Predatory Lending at 36%
Campaign Cash

Bills Cap Predatory Lending at 36%

Average payday interest rate is 517%. Industry has given generously to legislators

New Therapy Used at Lincoln Hills

New Therapy Used at Lincoln Hills

Officials cite progress at youth prison, but reformers say it should be closed.

Evers Announces New, Smaller Foxconn Deal

Evers Announces New, Smaller Foxconn Deal

Company has failed to meet goals of original $4 billion agreement.

GOP State Senate Leader Dismisses Marijuana Legalization

GOP State Senate Leader Dismisses Marijuana Legalization

State Senate Majority Leader said GOP legislators won't vote for legalizing medical or recreational marijuana.

Advocates applaud opportunity for public input on I-94 East-West project, but new environmental review process still needed
Press Release

Advocates applaud opportunity for public input on I-94 East-West project, but new environmental review process still needed

WisDOT commits to additional public input and data review on controversial highway expansion project with major racial inequity and climate impacts

Transportation: State Delaying Interstate 94 Expansion For New Study
Transportation

State Delaying Interstate 94 Expansion For New Study

Project opponents applaud the move.

Sarah Godlewski Launches Democratic Campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin
Press Release

Sarah Godlewski Launches Democratic Campaign for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin

Launch video contrasts Sarah’s laser-focus on Wisconsin working families and kitchen table priorities with Ron Johnson's out-of-touch conspiracy theories

Supreme Court Considers Water Pollution Rules

Supreme Court Considers Water Pollution Rules

Environmental groups challenge 2011 law limiting state DNR’s rules to protect groundwater.

Parties Bash Heads on State Budget

Parties Bash Heads on State Budget

Evers budget and Republican proposals are miles apart. A compromise won’t be easy.

Transportation: Freeway Expansion Opponents To Meet With Biden Administration
Transportation

Freeway Expansion Opponents To Meet With Biden Administration

Biden and Buttigieg might be more willing than Evers to halt project.

Legislators Resist Plans to Help Workers

Legislators Resist Plans to Help Workers

GOP sniping at Evers plans for workforce training, minimum wage hike, funding to fix UI system.

High Capacity Wells Draining State Lakes

High Capacity Wells Draining State Lakes

Study finds wells reduced lake levels by up to 3 feet on three lakes in Central Sands region.

Op Ed: Evers Budget Helps Undocumented Students
Op Ed

Evers Budget Helps Undocumented Students

Allows in-state tuition rates for these students, whose families live and work in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Strikes Out On MLB All-Star Game

Milwaukee Strikes Out On MLB All-Star Game

Denver, not Milwaukee, lands All-Star Game.

The State of Politics: Evers Raises Cash for Reelection Bid
The State of Politics

Evers Raises Cash for Reelection Bid

He has $3.3 million on hand, wants more. But is he definitely running for reelection?

Transportation: Biden Infrastructure Plan Adds Amtrak Service To Madison, Green Bay
Transportation

Biden Infrastructure Plan Adds Amtrak Service To Madison, Green Bay

Plan also calls for enhanced service on existing Hiawatha line.

Kerr Supports Voucher Program, Decentralizing DPI

Kerr Supports Voucher Program, Decentralizing DPI

State superintendent candidate Kerr has been an ardent supporter of reopening schools.

Murphy’s Law: About That Foxconn Venture Capital Fund
Murphy’s Law

About That Foxconn Venture Capital Fund

Another big money promise for Wisconsin. Will this one pan out?

State Appeals Court Races Getting More Partisan

State Appeals Court Races Getting More Partisan

With big donations from Uihlein, Menard, a 9-1 advantage for GOP-backed candidate.

MTEA invites Aisha Carr to clarify her past support for the MPS Takeover, associations with private charter/voucher officials
American Rescue Plan Expands Access to Quality Health Care and Lowers Costs for Wisconsin
Press Release

American Rescue Plan Expands Access to Quality Health Care and Lowers Costs for Wisconsin

Baldwin Renews Call for Republicans in the State Legislature to Accept Federal Investment in BadgerCare to Cover More People and Save Taxpayers Money

Transportation: Feedback Wanted On Proposed Second Train to Twin Cities
Transportation

Feedback Wanted On Proposed Second Train to Twin Cities

WisDOT seeking feedback as part of federal review process. 2024 start proposed.

State Supreme Court Dismisses AG’s Lame-Duck Lawsuit

State Supreme Court Dismisses AG’s Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Kaul sued Legislature over bill that took settlement authority from his office.

Campaign Cash: GOP Group Targets Appeals Court Race
Campaign Cash

GOP Group Targets Appeals Court Race

Spends $56,000 on candidate backed by Scott Walker, to defeat Evers appointee.

Aisha Carr Condemns Lies
Press Release

Aisha Carr Condemns Lies

Inaccurate and false information peddled by opponent and supporters

On the ACA Anniversary, Commissioner Afable Recognizes its Impact in Wisconsin
Op Ed: Scott Walker and Voter Suppression
Op Ed

Scott Walker and Voter Suppression

The new GOP maxim: if they think you’re uninformed, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

National Sunshine Week Shrouded in Darkness Under Gov. Tony Evers
Blomme Charged With Possession of Child Pornography

Blomme Charged With Possession of Child Pornography

The circuit court judge was charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography.

Murphy’s Law: Kleefisch Spokesperson Compares Evers to Dahmer
Murphy’s Law

Kleefisch Spokesperson Compares Evers to Dahmer

The former Lt. Governor, who plans a run for governor, gets caught in controversy.

Op Ed: Evers Is Wrong on I-94 Expansion
Op Ed

Evers Is Wrong on I-94 Expansion

The proposal doesn't learn from history and contradicts the approach of Biden, Buttigieg.

Back in the News: Foxconn Could Invest $13 Billion
Back in the News

Foxconn Could Invest $13 Billion

$3 billion more than original promised investment. But only if it decides to build electric cars. Which looks iffy.

The State of Politics: Fight Over $5 Billon in Federal Aid
The State of Politics

Fight Over $5 Billon in Federal Aid

Republican Legislature's bill gives it oversight over federal stimulus money. Evers intends to veto it.

Op Ed: Boycott the Uline Corporation
Op Ed

Boycott the Uline Corporation

Company gave millions to group sponsoring Capitol insurrection, opposed pandemic measures, endangered employees’ health.

State Would Recieve $1.25 Billion Under Medicaid Expansion

State Would Recieve $1.25 Billion Under Medicaid Expansion

GOP gearing up to remove provision from Governor's budget, despite additional funding for expansion in latest stimulus bill.

Campaign Cash: Companies Accused of Polluting Donated $72,000
Campaign Cash

Companies Accused of Polluting Donated $72,000

23 chemical companies sued for PFAS contamination support state political candidates.

Campaign Cash: Kleefisch a Big Donor to Republicans
Campaign Cash

Kleefisch a Big Donor to Republicans

Ex-Lt. Governor has PAC that gave $121,000 to GOP legislative candidates and state party.

Public Employees Seek a Voice At Work

Public Employees Seek a Voice At Work

Evers budget restores collective bargaining rights. Republicans vow to block this.

Murphy’s Law: Hupy & Abraham Face Political Storm
Murphy’s Law

Hupy & Abraham Face Political Storm

Hupy’s donations to Ron Johnson attacked by Minocqua brewer and law firm losing business.

Hintz Doubts Foxconn Electric Car Project

Hintz Doubts Foxconn Electric Car Project

Foxconn's partnership with Fisker Inc. the latest in long list of failures.

Your Right to Know: Redistricting Shouldn’t Be Done In Secret
Your Right to Know

Redistricting Shouldn’t Be Done In Secret

The last time around Republicans did it in secret and destroyed records of their deliberations.

Back in the News: Uline Workers Suffer Higher COVID-19 Rates
Back in the News

Uline Workers Suffer Higher COVID-19 Rates

Owners and Trump donors the Uihleins have downplayed pandemic, worker complaints.

The State of Politics: Where Are Act 10 Players Today?
The State of Politics

Where Are Act 10 Players Today?

Governor and three-fourths of legislators engaged in 2011 battle over law crushing public unions have moved on.

Murphy’s Law: The Foxconn Real Estate Show
Murphy’s Law

The Foxconn Real Estate Show

There are now four buildings on Mount Pleasant campus. But what exactly are they for?

Campaign Cash: GOP Gets 69% of Corporate Cash for Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

GOP Gets 69% of Corporate Cash for Legislative Races

$1.6 million donated in 2020, just below record set in 2018.

Plenty of Horne: Reince Priebus Voted Absentee 20 Times
Plenty of Horne

Reince Priebus Voted Absentee 20 Times

Yet he has now flip flopped, expressing concern about absentee voting.

Evers’ Capital Budget Spends $2.4 Billion

Evers’ Capital Budget Spends $2.4 Billion

More than $1 billion for UW System buildings and funds for Milwaukee state office building.

GOP Spends Big on Appeals Court Race

GOP Spends Big on Appeals Court Race

Led by Republican fat cats Richard Uihlein, John Menard. Cost of state appeals court races up 700%.

Medicaid Expansion Gives More Kids Coverage

Medicaid Expansion Gives More Kids Coverage

Study shows Wisconsin’s children would benefit if state accepted federal ACA expansion money.

The Education of Sherwin Hughes

The Education of Sherwin Hughes

Talk show host for 101.7 The Truth talks about growing up in Milwaukee.

The Return Of Reince

The Return Of Reince

Priebus may run for governor. Will Trump endorse him?

GOP Legislators Cast Doubt on Evers’ Plans

GOP Legislators Cast Doubt on Evers’ Plans

Resistance to school funds hike, local sales tax, upping minimum wage, legalizing pot.

Evers Pushes Juvenile Justice System Changes

Evers Pushes Juvenile Justice System Changes

Sweeping reforms would close youth prisons and end Serious Juvenile Offender Program.

Campaign Cash: False Electors Were GOP Campaign Donors
Campaign Cash

False Electors Were GOP Campaign Donors

Republican insiders accused of election fraud gave $14,000 to state candidates.

Murphy’s Law: Let Us Now Praise Rush Limbaugh
Murphy’s Law

Let Us Now Praise Rush Limbaugh

What was his impact on Wisconsin? Praise and condemnation and silliness offered.

Gov. Evers Unveils $91 Billion Budget

Gov. Evers Unveils $91 Billion Budget

Budget would boost school funding, direct funds to small businesses, repeal part of Act 10 and legalize marijuana, but faces an uphill battle.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Republicans Accused of Voter Fraud 
Murphy’s Law

10 Republicans Accused of Voter Fraud 

Meet the folks who wanted to overturn Wisconsin’s election. Legal complaint says they committed crimes.

Back in the News: Uline Faces Blowback on Capitol Riot
Back in the News

Uline Faces Blowback on Capitol Riot

Northwestern reviewing contract with company, which gave $4 million to group pushing uprising.

The State of Politics: Evers Pushes New Programs, Spending
The State of Politics

Evers Pushes New Programs, Spending

Republicans warned him not to include budget items they oppose. He will anyway.

Plats and Parcels: New State Office Building Project Takes Major Step Forward
Plats and Parcels

New State Office Building Project Takes Major Step Forward

Plus: A rundown of this week's real estate news.

How Act 10 Changed Wisconsin Unions

How Act 10 Changed Wisconsin Unions

Public sector unions contend with declining membership, reduced political power and restricted collective bargaining rights.

Op Ed: Lessons of the 1969 MATC Strike
Op Ed

Lessons of the 1969 MATC Strike

How public employees beat the odds to create a union.

Transportation: Council Disagrees on I-94 Expansion
Transportation

Council Disagrees on I-94 Expansion

Council once opposed it, but now wavering. Bauman blames disinformation by unions and WisDOT.

Survey Finds Public Support For Unions

Survey Finds Public Support For Unions

64% support public employees’ right to organize, union-backed survey finds.

The State of Politics: Fixing Highways, Funding Still a Puzzle
The State of Politics

Fixing Highways, Funding Still a Puzzle

Evers pushed to fix "Scottholes," and Legislature resisted. Now governor is backing off.

Murphy’s Law: Robin Vos Will Solve Foxconn Fiasco
Murphy’s Law

Robin Vos Will Solve Foxconn Fiasco

Assembly Speaker has toured the plant and Foxconn is definitely, probably manufacturing… something.

Op Ed: It’s Groundhog Day for I-94 Plan
Op Ed

It’s Groundhog Day for I-94 Plan

$1.1 billion expansion plan keeps getting re-introduced based on increasingly outdated information.

Transportation: City Pushing Back On Interstate 94 Expansion, Not Reconstruction
Transportation

City Pushing Back On Interstate 94 Expansion, Not Reconstruction

City poised to lobby feds to slow down WisDOT.

Op Ed: Tom Tiffany and White Privilege
Op Ed

Tom Tiffany and White Privilege

Far-right Congressman from northern Wisconsin opposes Native American Secretary of Interior.

Paid Sick Leave Has Health Benefits

Paid Sick Leave Has Health Benefits

Report finds universal paid sick leave would reduce pandemic’s spread by 10%.

Campaign Cash: Legislative Campaign Committee Spending Soars
Campaign Cash

Legislative Campaign Committee Spending Soars

Total spending by four state legislative committees up from $2 million in 2014 to $12 million in 2020.

Wisconsin Billionaire Donated to QAnon Congresswoman

Wisconsin Billionaire Donated to QAnon Congresswoman

ABC Supply founder Diane Hendricks donated to campaign of conspiracy theorist.

Campaign Cash: Evers Raised $3.8 Million in 2020
Campaign Cash

Evers Raised $3.8 Million in 2020

Raised more money in off-election year than Walker or Doyle.

Murphy’s Law: Poor Dan O’Donnell Feels Persecuted
Murphy’s Law

Poor Dan O’Donnell Feels Persecuted

Right-wing radio host claims his free speech being abridged. Really?

Op Ed: How Jim Clyburn Saved America
Op Ed

How Jim Clyburn Saved America

His choice of Joe Biden was decisive and may have been the only Democrat who could beat Trump.

State’s Partisan Divide the Worst Ever?

State’s Partisan Divide the Worst Ever?

‘The worst it's ever been,’ says one legislator. Are voters echoing politicians or vice versa?

State’s Democrats Outraised GOP in 2020

State’s Democrats Outraised GOP in 2020

Democrats raised 2.5 times more in funding than Republicans.

The State of Politics: LeMahieu Struggles in Vos’s Shadow
The State of Politics

LeMahieu Struggles in Vos’s Shadow

New Senate majority leader a surprise choice who's trying to resist the dictates of Robin Vos.

Will State Supreme Court Draw New Legislative Boundaries?

Will State Supreme Court Draw New Legislative Boundaries?

Chief Justice is leery of the court expanding its role in redistricting. Conservatives want it to be the final arbiter of new district maps.

Murphy’s Law: State Residents Taxes Down 22% Since 2000
Murphy’s Law

State Residents Taxes Down 22% Since 2000

Federal, state and local taxes have all declined during that period, new report finds.

Evers Offers Folksy State-of-State Speech

Evers Offers Folksy State-of-State Speech

Addressing pandemic, broadband access, redistricting and “broken” unemployment system.

Waukesha Mayor Leaves Republican Party

Waukesha Mayor Leaves Republican Party

After the events at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Shawn Reilly is "ashamed" of the party.

Transportation: Interstate 94 Expansion Gets Cold Reception at City Hall
Transportation

Interstate 94 Expansion Gets Cold Reception at City Hall

Over $1 billion for 54 blocks. Bauman asks where else the money could go?

Wisconsin Political Leaders React to Capitol Storming

Wisconsin Political Leaders React to Capitol Storming

Though many supported Trump for years, all now condemn Capitol chaos he helped cause.

430,000 Wisconsinites Lack Broadband Access

430,000 Wisconsinites Lack Broadband Access

State is 36th in rural access to high-speed internet, with gaps in Waukesha, Racine counties, report finds.

Op Ed: Hagedorn Wisconsin’s Person of The Year
Op Ed

Hagedorn Wisconsin’s Person of The Year

Supreme Court justice showed a lot of backbone in following the law, not politics.

Back in the News: Scott Walker’s Pizza Problems
Back in the News

Scott Walker’s Pizza Problems

His attempts to win attention for eating pizza bring viral merriment to a weary nation.

The State of Politics: Both Parties Back Election Law Changes
The State of Politics

Both Parties Back Election Law Changes

Legislators actually agree on at least two reforms.

Evers Reflects on Year of Pandemic, Protests

Evers Reflects on Year of Pandemic, Protests

Proud of his administration’s response to COVID-19, “we turned that around a little bit.”

Op Ed: You Pay Them $3,300 a Week, They Oppose $600 For You
Op Ed

You Pay Them $3,300 a Week, They Oppose $600 For You

Every Republican member of Congress from Wisconsin opposed pandemic relief bill.

Back in the News: ‘I Am Not a Republican Justice’
Back in the News

‘I Am Not a Republican Justice’

State Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn discusses his decisions and right-wing attacks on him

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Unemployment System Audited After Pandemic Failures

Massive delays in claims, duplicate payments and an unreliable call center among issues found in report.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Won’t End Election Complaints
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Won’t End Election Complaints

It’s no longer about electing Trump. It’s laying the groundwork for voter suppression.

Loudenslager’s Grassroots Campaign Collects 160 Signatures in His Hometown Over the Weekend; While Judicial Opponents Have Recent—and Current—Connections to the Politically Connected and Wealthy
Legislature Refuses to Change Absentee Vote Counting Law

Legislature Refuses to Change Absentee Vote Counting Law

This past election shows why election officials want to count absentee votes early.

Baldwin, Moore Seek Biden’s Support For Transitional Jobs

Baldwin, Moore Seek Biden’s Support For Transitional Jobs

The two Wisconsin legislators have sponsored bills in the Senate and House that would help workers connect to job market.

Op Ed: State DNR Still Wrong on Lakeshore Golf Course
Op Ed

State DNR Still Wrong on Lakeshore Golf Course

Kohler Co. plan, okayed under Gov. Walker is bad precedent and bad for environment.

Kaul Blasts Republicans Disputing Election

Kaul Blasts Republicans Disputing Election

AG says their “baseless attacks" undermine democracy and employ “Jim Crow strategy” to disenfranchise voters.

State Elections Commission Gets Testy

State Elections Commission Gets Testy

Republican members demand Democratic commission chair step down. And she doesn't.

Thousands Still Await Jobless Aid

Thousands Still Await Jobless Aid

Some 93,000 applications for pandemic aid have yet to be processed or adjudicated by state.

State Recount Turns Into Partisan Battle

State Recount Turns Into Partisan Battle

The partial-recount is focusing solely on Milwaukee and Dane counties.

Murphy’s Law: Right-Wing vs Left-Wing Lawyers
Murphy’s Law

Right-Wing vs Left-Wing Lawyers

WILL has more funding, more staff, more Harvard. Can a new liberal law group compete?

Murphy’s Law: Are Parties Realigning In Wisconsin?
Murphy’s Law

Are Parties Realigning In Wisconsin?

Lots of new voters for both parties in election. What it means for the future.

GOP Donors That Fought Evers’ Health Orders Catch COVID-19

GOP Donors That Fought Evers’ Health Orders Catch COVID-19

Billionaire couple Dick and Liz Uihlein have tested positive for COVID-19.

Conservative Backed Website Spread Misleading Claims During Election

Conservative Backed Website Spread Misleading Claims During Election

Designed to look like a news site, it published insinuations of voter fraud that were spread on social media.

Op Ed: What Robin Vos Will Find
Op Ed

What Robin Vos Will Find

He cites “mail-in ballot dumps” in Milwaukee, but his own aide found no irregularities.

Legislator Pushes Illegal Election of Trump

Legislator Pushes Illegal Election of Trump

Committee chair wants to order electors to ignore state vote and give Trump the state’s electoral votes.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Cry Foul About Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Cry Foul About Election

Ron Johnson, Robin Vos and Mark Belling get aboard the Trump crazy train.

The State of Politics: Can Evers, Republicans Mend Fences?
The State of Politics

Can Evers, Republicans Mend Fences?

Their first two years weren't very cooperative. But that might change with a new Legislature.

Purple Wisconsin Still Has Dark Red Legislature

Purple Wisconsin Still Has Dark Red Legislature

Republican legislators continue to win big with minority of state's vote.

City Hall: $1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police
City Hall

$1.6 Billion Adopted Budget Raises Fees, Cuts Police

City's fiscal challenges continue to mount under state restrictions, rising costs.

Trump Campaign Will Request State Recount

Trump Campaign Will Request State Recount

Past recounts in Wisconsin have changed small number of votes.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Alienating Youth Vote
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Alienating Youth Vote

College voter suppression in Wisconsin, other states could lose those voters forever.

Op Ed: Trump Has Weakened 125 Environmental Rules
Op Ed

Trump Has Weakened 125 Environmental Rules

Many have been wiped out entirely, analysis finds. 40 more rollbacks planned.

Op Ed: Mistake? Foxconn Was a Whopper
Op Ed

Mistake? Foxconn Was a Whopper

How could Republican federal and state leaders have been so wrong?

State Journal Says Fitzgerald “Willing to Let Wisconsinites Die”
Could Vos Be Tossed Out By Voters?

Could Vos Be Tossed Out By Voters?

His handling of pandemic blasted by opposition groups.

Murphy’s Law: Will Black, Latinx and Young Voters Turn Out?
Murphy’s Law

Will Black, Latinx and Young Voters Turn Out?

Three groups are working hard -- and spending big -- to turn out these voters.

Could Hmong Voters Decide State Election?

Could Hmong Voters Decide State Election?

They’re the largest Asian American group in Wisconsin, with varied views.

Campaign Cash: Vos Hit By Surge of Outside Spending
Campaign Cash

Vos Hit By Surge of Outside Spending

In last week outside groups spent nearly $280,000 against him. Foxconn issue in play?

Evers Recall Effort Fails

Evers Recall Effort Fails

Organizer says recall fell short of 668,000 signatures required.

Walker-era FoodShare Reforms Lowered Unemployment, Boosted Labor Force Participation
Press Release

Walker-era FoodShare Reforms Lowered Unemployment, Boosted Labor Force Participation

New study finds positive workforce effects from 2015 reforms

GOP Made It Harder to Vote in Wisconsin

GOP Made It Harder to Vote in Wisconsin

Especially for Black voters.

Murphy’s Law: Why Foxconn Won’t Leave Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

Why Foxconn Won’t Leave Wisconsin

It's spent hundreds of millions and gained nothing. Why not fold up its tent and leave?

Peaceful Transfer of Power is the American Way
Evers Recall Effort Claims Enough Signatures

Evers Recall Effort Claims Enough Signatures

But organizer won’t give exact number, brags about misleading the media.

Back in the News: The Foxconn Deal Was Never Real
Back in the News

The Foxconn Deal Was Never Real

The Verge interviews employees who describe nightmare-like conditions and a completely phony project.

Two years after Trump put a shovel in the ground, Wisconsin is still waiting on Foxconn to come through
The State of Politics: Will Evers Run for Second Term?
The State of Politics

Will Evers Run for Second Term?

He’s had no time to think about that, he says. Why his reelection won’t be easy.

Is Janesville Trump Country?

Is Janesville Trump Country?

His Sunday speech there might suggest that. But past voting totals tell a different story.

Watchdog Group Seeks Probe of Johnson Project

Watchdog Group Seeks Probe of Johnson Project

Did Walker administration pull strings to give senator’s children tax credits worth up to $2.1 million?

Back in the News: Foxconn Won’t Get State Tax Credits
Back in the News

Foxconn Won’t Get State Tax Credits

State informs company it must revise contract or there will be no tax credits awarded.

Youth Voter Turnout May Decide 2020 Election

Youth Voter Turnout May Decide 2020 Election

Study says voters aged 18-29 could have more impact in Wisconsin than any state. Will they turn out?

Construction Pay Dropped After Prevailing Wage Law Repealed

Construction Pay Dropped After Prevailing Wage Law Repealed

Study finds worker wages are lower, but total public project costs are not.

Murphy’s Law: Did Brad Schimel Break the Law?
Murphy’s Law

Did Brad Schimel Break the Law?

He emceed political fundraiser. State law prevents judges from all political activities.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Wisconsin’s Republican Party
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Wisconsin’s Republican Party

A conservative and Republican writer offers a scathing inside look. Not pretty.

Data Wonk: The State of American Judiciary in 2020
Data Wonk

The State of American Judiciary in 2020

ACA rulings show a disturbing right-wing activism. It could get worse.

Op Ed: Healthcare Coverage, Protections At Risk
Op Ed

Healthcare Coverage, Protections At Risk

Race for president could decide if ACA ended and 54 million people lose protection.

The State of Politics: Courts To Decide Governors’ Emergency Powers
The State of Politics

Courts To Decide Governors’ Emergency Powers

Republicans oppose Evers’ mask mandate, want courts to restrict longtime power of governors.

Film Details Disenfranchisement in Wisconsin

Film Details Disenfranchisement in Wisconsin

Documentary chronicles the human cost of gerrymandering.

Maintenance is Nearly 70% of State Parks Capital Budget

Maintenance is Nearly 70% of State Parks Capital Budget

DNR requesting $69 million for maintenance and repairs.

Data Wonk: Supreme Court Shows Its Colors
Data Wonk

Supreme Court Shows Its Colors

What the Green Party ruling tells about the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Transportation: Second Daily Train to Twin Cities Moving Forward
Transportation

Second Daily Train to Twin Cities Moving Forward

Minnesota officials say federal grant will be awarded to advance project.

Murphy’s Law: Should Sheriff’s Budget Be Cut?
Murphy’s Law

Should Sheriff’s Budget Be Cut?

When it comes to defunding police, the county sheriffs are an obvious place to start.

The State of Politics: Rebecca Kleefisch Will Run for Governor
The State of Politics

Rebecca Kleefisch Will Run for Governor

Former Lt. Governor hasn’t announced, but is clearly organizing for 2022 campaign.

State Officials Prepare for Self-Driving Vehicles

State Officials Prepare for Self-Driving Vehicles

Madison will be national testing site. ‘It will change our lives’.

Trump At Issue in State Assembly Races

Trump At Issue in State Assembly Races

“Everything is nationalized” and could drive turnout, votes in legislative races.

Milwaukee Suburbs Key To Controlling Assembly

Milwaukee Suburbs Key To Controlling Assembly

Dems target suburban districts, Republicans try to gain a veto-proof majority in the Assembly

Op Ed: State DMVs Not Accessible for Photo IDs
Op Ed

State DMVs Not Accessible for Photo IDs

May create barrier for thousands seeking access to the ballot.

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

One third of all state campaign donations, some $12 million, from secretive outside groups.

Can Wisconsin Create Fair District Maps?

Can Wisconsin Create Fair District Maps?

Former Republican State Sen. Dan Kapanke admits gerrymander, calls for fair maps.

Non-Profit Didn’t Report Campaign Spending?

Non-Profit Didn’t Report Campaign Spending?

Jobs First Coalition spent $1 million to elect Republican legislators but left it off tax forms, complaint to IRS says.

Biden Visits Blake Family in Kenosha

Biden Visits Blake Family in Kenosha

In speech, Biden is optimistic about addressing racism, police reform.

The State of Politics: WILL Judge Shops To Kill Mask Mandate
The State of Politics

WILL Judge Shops To Kill Mask Mandate

Conservative group files suit in Polk County, where both judges were appointed by Scott Walker.

Recall Effort Launched Against Evers

Recall Effort Launched Against Evers

Organizers oppose his policies on pandemic and Kenosha unrest.

Transportation: More Roads and Bridges Not the Answer
Lawsuit Challenges Evers Mask Mandate

Lawsuit Challenges Evers Mask Mandate

Conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty challenges governor's emergency health order.

The State of Politics: Half Of Legislative Seats Already Decided?
The State of Politics

Half Of Legislative Seats Already Decided?

Probably. And why? Gerrymandering.

Republican National Convention Officially Re-Nominates President Trump and Vice President Pence
Campaign Cash: Special Interest Contributions Skyrocket
Campaign Cash

Special Interest Contributions Skyrocket

$5.2 million spent in state for first six months of 2020, more than double the same period in 2016.

Vos Failed to Report All Financial Holdings

Vos Failed to Report All Financial Holdings

Watchdog group dings speaker for not reporting all financial interests.

Suburban Protesters March From Tosa to DNC

Suburban Protesters March From Tosa to DNC

Break the Silence in the Burbs has been protesting police brutality and killings since June.

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Is Radically Activist
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Is Radically Activist

Record shows many examples of grabbing cases before lower courts rule.

Back in the News: Hendricks Abandoning Trump Campaign?
Back in the News

Hendricks Abandoning Trump Campaign?

She's among many big 2016 donors who haven't given this year. But the Uihleins are all in.

Back in the News: Foxconn Hasn’t Given 99% of UW Pledge
Back in the News

Foxconn Hasn’t Given 99% of UW Pledge

Company promised $100 million to UW-Madison, has given $700,000.

Republicans Target Northeast Wisconsin

Republicans Target Northeast Wisconsin

CPAC event in Green Bay, Trump trip to Oshkosh underline Fox Valley's importance for his reelection.

Campaign Cash: Republicans Grab Corporate Cash
Campaign Cash

Republicans Grab Corporate Cash

GOP candidates get 75% of state corporate donations to political campaigns.

Campaign Cash: Legislative Donors Give Record Amount in 2020
Campaign Cash

Legislative Donors Give Record Amount in 2020

$7.1 million showered on legislative races in first half of 2020, shattering 2016 record of $5.1 million.

Evictions Rising, Activists Call For Moratorium

Evictions Rising, Activists Call For Moratorium

Pandemic is worsening the crisis of evictions in Milwaukee.

Republican Attorney Files Kanye West’s Nomination Papers

Republican Attorney Files Kanye West’s Nomination Papers

Attorney Lane Ruhland is also currently representing the Trump campaign.

CDC Says Election Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spike

CDC Says Election Did Not Cause COVID-19 Spike

But the Spring election saw voter participation cut in half.

Jill Karofsky Sworn Into Wisconsin Supreme Court

Jill Karofsky Sworn Into Wisconsin Supreme Court

She was sworn in after running 35 miles of a 100-mile ultramarathon.

Vos Thinks Lame-Duck Session Didn’t Go Far Enough

Vos Thinks Lame-Duck Session Didn’t Go Far Enough

The speaker would like to strip more power from Evers.

Evers Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

Evers Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

Order goes into effect August 1st.

Campaign Cash: Legislative Committees Raise Record Cash
Campaign Cash

Legislative Committees Raise Record Cash

Republican committees raise $1.8 million, Democrats $950,000 in first six months of 2020.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Calls Out Trump’s Anti-Women Agenda
The State Of Politics: Ten Years After Act 10
The State Of Politics

Ten Years After Act 10

Most of those who voted for it are gone. How has the Capitol changed?

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

No action since April 15 on pandemic, police reform, budget shortfalls.

How Does Police Accountability Work in Wisconsin?

How Does Police Accountability Work in Wisconsin?

Union contracts and oversight boards makeup the infrastructure for oversight.

State Reviewing Foxconn Jobs Report

State Reviewing Foxconn Jobs Report

The review will determine whether the company is eligible for the tax credits.

Murphy’s Law: Mr Pension Scandal Wants Your Vote
Murphy’s Law

Mr Pension Scandal Wants Your Vote

John Weishan, who supported infamous pension plan that gouged taxpayers, is running for Register of Deeds.

Op Ed: State Law Punishes People With Disabilities
Op Ed

State Law Punishes People With Disabilities

Vos-Walker law means disabled people who lose their job can’t get unemployment benefits.

Campaign Cash: State Democrats Bury GOP in Fundraising
Campaign Cash

State Democrats Bury GOP in Fundraising

Democrats have raised record-breaking $11.5 million in 2020, versus $1.5 million for Republicans.

Democrats Want to Ease Unemployment Restrictions

Democrats Want to Ease Unemployment Restrictions

New legislative package targets state's struggling unemployment system.

Evers Issues 18 Pardons

Evers Issues 18 Pardons

The governor revived the pardoning process last year, after former Gov. Walker ignored it for nearly a decade.

Wisconsin Democrats Report Record Fundraising Haul

Wisconsin Democrats Report Record Fundraising Haul

Party raises $10 million, the most it's raised in a three month period.

State Has Weak Payday Loan Regulations

State Has Weak Payday Loan Regulations

Average borrower in state pays 528%. Now Trump has weakened federal regulations.

Data Wonk: Why Wisconsin, U.S. Failed Against COVID-19
Data Wonk

Why Wisconsin, U.S. Failed Against COVID-19

Conservative network, including key state operatives, quietly fought solutions other advanced countries pursued.

Op Ed: Don’t Let Utilities Shut Off People’s Power
Op Ed

Don’t Let Utilities Shut Off People’s Power

PSC decision allows utilities in Wisconsin to start disconnecting power as of July 25.

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Wealth Gap Grows Worse
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Wealth Gap Grows Worse

Pandemic devastates lower and middle class while billionaires get wealthier.

Op Ed: State High Court Nullifies 2018 Election
Op Ed

State High Court Nullifies 2018 Election

One again, conservative judges uphold lame duck laws and then overthrow governor's vetoes

How Many Police Live Where They Work?

How Many Police Live Where They Work?

In Milwaukee, it's about half, in some places it's far less.

WI Supreme Court Nullifies Three of Evers’ Vetoes

WI Supreme Court Nullifies Three of Evers’ Vetoes

Conservative majority tosses out decades of precedent on the governor's vetoes.

WI Supreme Court Upholds GOP Lame-Duck Laws

WI Supreme Court Upholds GOP Lame-Duck Laws

For second time, the state's high court rules in favor of laws stripping some of governor's powers.

Unemployment Claims Continue At Unprecedented Rate

Unemployment Claims Continue At Unprecedented Rate

DWD triples workforce for unemployment insurance system in response.

Assembly GOP Pitches Unemployment Loans

Assembly GOP Pitches Unemployment Loans

Instead of convening and legislating, Republican legislators pitch a personal loan program.

Evers Considering Abandoned $1.1 Billion I-94 Expansion

Evers Considering Abandoned $1.1 Billion I-94 Expansion

The project was dropped by Gov. Scott Walker over it's huge price tag.

Lame Duck Supreme Court Upholds Lame Duck GOP Power Grab
Pro-Life Groups Rally Behind Julian Bradley
Beloit Billionaire Starts Charter School

Beloit Billionaire Starts Charter School

Children need better schools, says Diane Hendricks. It’s “divide and conquer,” says city official.

Legislators Who Opposed Pandemic Aid Grab Grants

Legislators Who Opposed Pandemic Aid Grab Grants

Robin Vos and three other Republicans who opposed federal grants got at least $150,000.

State Unemployment Insurance System Failing Many

State Unemployment Insurance System Failing Many

The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of the current system, and left many without help.

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.

Data Wonk: Who Benefits From the Madison Vandalism?
Data Wonk

Who Benefits From the Madison Vandalism?

History suggests it could change the narrative, change voters’ views.

Minority Workers Get Less Unemployment Aid?

Minority Workers Get Less Unemployment Aid?

National studies shows Black, Latino workers typically get less aid. Wisconsin has no data by race.

Republicans Flip-Flop on Local Control

Republicans Flip-Flop on Local Control

First demanded local control of COVID-19 rules, now oppose county restrictions.

U.S. Supreme Court Decision a Win for Families, School Choice
Press Release

U.S. Supreme Court Decision a Win for Families, School Choice

WILL and Scott Walker submitted amicus in key school choice case

Op Ed: Madison Protests Targeted ‘Fake Liberalism’
Op Ed

Madison Protests Targeted ‘Fake Liberalism’

City and state have some of the nation’s 'worst inequalities'.

Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Madison protesters want protection. Republican legislators want tougher policing.

The State of Politics: UW Tests Tommy’s Legacy As a ‘Builder”
The State of Politics

UW Tests Tommy’s Legacy As a ‘Builder”

Former governor has huge legacy of bipartisan success, but leading UW won’t be easy.

Sen. Fitzgerald Reacts to Overnight Lawlessness in Madison
Op Ed: The Banality of State Sen. Luther Olsen
Op Ed

The Banality of State Sen. Luther Olsen

Retiring Republican moderate has rolled over repeatedly for the most extreme GOP ideas and politicians.

Pandemic Adds Barriers for College Voters

Pandemic Adds Barriers for College Voters

Wisconsin one of the hardest places to vote for college students living away from home.

Trump Suit Against TV Station Questioned

Trump Suit Against TV Station Questioned

Lawyer for Rhinelander TV station that ran anti-Trump ad calls for suit’s dismissal: it’s the “highest form of protected speech.”

Plenty of Horne: Portrait of a Spitting Shorewood Attorney
Plenty of Horne

Portrait of a Spitting Shorewood Attorney

Stephanie Rapkin can handle all kinds of trusts, and claims an affiliation with UWM and Marquette.

Murphy’s Law: Can the Police Union Prevent Reform?
Murphy’s Law

Can the Police Union Prevent Reform?

Milwaukee’s powerful union has long gotten its way. But this time may be different.

Right Wing Group Pushes Prison Reform

Right Wing Group Pushes Prison Reform

State can’t afford new prison, Badger Institute notes, so policymakers should look to reforms used by other states.

Op Ed: Walker Defends Trump With ‘Fact Check’
Op Ed

Walker Defends Trump With ‘Fact Check’

The President didn't use tear gas, no siree, the former governor assures us.

Data Wonk: Lessons from the Spring 2020 Election
Data Wonk

Lessons from the Spring 2020 Election

Republicans opposed liberals and alleged voter fraud and neither issue resonated.

Could Floyd’s Killing Lead to State Reform?

Could Floyd’s Killing Lead to State Reform?

Evers calls for long-delayed bill on deadly use of force by police to be taken up by Legislature.

Foxconn Audit Delayed Two Months

Foxconn Audit Delayed Two Months

Company claims it earned a subsidy for employees hired and capital expenditures, state still analyzing data.

Evers Appoints Three New UW Regents

Evers Appoints Three New UW Regents

Effective immediately, will help shift direction of UW System policies.

GOP, Dems Battle Over Unemployment Backlog

GOP, Dems Battle Over Unemployment Backlog

Democrats say Walker administration failed to update the system, now it can't handle unprecedented wave of unemployment claims.

The Demise of Standardized Tests

The Demise of Standardized Tests

Pandemic is speeding the decline of longtime measures of student achievement.

Back in the News: John Menard and Trump, Together Again
Back in the News

John Menard and Trump, Together Again

One-time friends had falling out, but now Menard will help president plan economic rebound.

The State of Politics: State Tourism Leader Says Don’t Travel
The State of Politics

State Tourism Leader Says Don’t Travel

Pandemic risk too great now, state “secretary of fun” says, but hoping for a tourism rebound.

Campaign Cash: Enbridge Energy Looks to Reroute Pipeline
Campaign Cash

Enbridge Energy Looks to Reroute Pipeline

Campaign donor wants to seize private property in North Woods for crude oil pipeline.

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.

Walker Opposes Bailing Out States

Walker Opposes Bailing Out States

In a New York Times op-ed the former governor trashed state government and called for directing aid to workers.

Scott Walker Endorses Julian Bradley for 28th Senate
Murphy’s Law: County Executive College Dropouts
Murphy’s Law

County Executive College Dropouts

For 20 years voters have elected college dropouts to run Milwaukee County. What gives?

State Urges Supreme Court to Keep ACA Intact

State Urges Supreme Court to Keep ACA Intact

AG Kaul filed a brief as a friend-of-the-court in Supreme Court Case.

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Politicians, lobbyists and activists fall back on party line in attacking or praising decision.

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Decision goes into effect immediately. Milwaukee's order remains in effect.

Murphy’s Law: Vos, Fitzgerald Cost Taxpayers Billions
Murphy’s Law

Vos, Fitzgerald Cost Taxpayers Billions

Their latest mistake adds $25 million more lost to taxpayers.

Janet Bewley Is New State Senate Minority Leader

Janet Bewley Is New State Senate Minority Leader

Sen. Bewley sets her sights on overcoming GOP opposition, re-taking the senate.

Murphy’s Law: The Incredible Decline of Wisconsin Unions
Murphy’s Law

The Incredible Decline of Wisconsin Unions

Once one of leading states for unions, now well behind the nation.

Op Ed: Do Republicans Have Secret COVID-19 Plan?
Op Ed

Do Republicans Have Secret COVID-19 Plan?

Vos and Fitzgerald want high court to overrule Gov. Evers’ policies. What will their plan be?

Back in the News: Scott Walker Loses Again
Back in the News

Scott Walker Loses Again

Federal court rejects his group’s challenge of non-partisan redistricting in Michigan.

Justice Kelly Asks to ‘Unrecuse’ Himself

Justice Kelly Asks to ‘Unrecuse’ Himself

While running for reelection he withdrew from two election cases. Now he wants in.

Walker Says Wisconsin Should Reopen

Walker Says Wisconsin Should Reopen

Ex-governor tells far-right Breitbart News he’s concerned about citizens’ civil liberties.

Many Democratic Legislators Resigning

Many Democratic Legislators Resigning

But Assembly Minority Leader Hintz seeks reelection to his post.

GOP Donor Uihlein Calls COVID-19 “Overhyped”

GOP Donor Uihlein Calls COVID-19 “Overhyped”

Liz Uihlein, co-founding of Uline, is a major Trump donor spending millions on right-wing causes.

Right-Wing Groups Linked to #ReopenWisconsin Campaign

Right-Wing Groups Linked to #ReopenWisconsin Campaign

Members of Americans for Prosperity, American Majority and John Birch Society have their hands in the campaign.

Data Wonk: Did Republicans Doom Dan Kelly?
Data Wonk

Did Republicans Doom Dan Kelly?

Many voters in red counties opposed him, perhaps in anger at being forced to vote in a pandemic.

Op Ed: 40 Policies That Helped Pollute State
Op Ed

40 Policies That Helped Pollute State

Over last decade state leaders have backed 40 actions that have harmed environment.

Environmental Enforcement Down in Midwest

Environmental Enforcement Down in Midwest

New report finds declining enforcement, spending and staff in six Great Lakes states.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters

Because they thought even more Democrats would be discouraged. They were wrong.

Will High Court Limit Evers’ Veto Power?

Will High Court Limit Evers’ Veto Power?

Supreme Court hears arguments from conservatives targeting governor’s power.

Kelly Might Hear Voter Purge Case

Kelly Might Hear Voter Purge Case

Justice Dan Kelly could lift his recusal from the case now that he lost his election.

Democratic Turnout Surged in Election

Democratic Turnout Surged in Election

High absentee voting in Milwaukee, Dane counties. State results mirrored Tammy Baldwin win in 2018.

City Hall: Plastic Straw Ban Went Into Effect, Did Anyone Notice?
City Hall

Plastic Straw Ban Went Into Effect, Did Anyone Notice?

As of yesterday, city restaurants and bars must obey. Which is the least of their concerns.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Squeezes Evers
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Squeezes Evers

Demands $45 million from the state and for what? Probably nothing.

Op Ed: Did Voter Backlash Defeat Kelly?
Op Ed

Did Voter Backlash Defeat Kelly?

Voters angry about in-person election may have reacted by opposing Republican choice for high court.

12 Election Takeaways

12 Election Takeaways

How high was turnout, lawyers will be busy, girl power, streetcar wins again and a new council president?

Karofsky Easily Defeats Kelly

Karofsky Easily Defeats Kelly

54-46 margin for liberal candidate in race for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Wisconsin Working Families Party Candidates Win Key Seats Across The State
Murphy’s Law: 21 Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

21 Winners and Losers

Beyond the candidates, what was the election about, who were the other winners and losers?

Remove Vos as NCSL President
Press Release

Remove Vos as NCSL President

 

Data Wonk: The Scott Walker Economy
Data Wonk

The Scott Walker Economy

The final data on GDP, jobs, unemployment: how we did compared to nation, Midwest.

Wisconsin Budget: State Faces April 16 Deadline for Medicaid Money
Wisconsin Budget

State Faces April 16 Deadline for Medicaid Money

Legislature must amend lame duck law or lose hundreds of millions in federal funds.

Murphy’s Law: Lena Taylor’s Aide Suspended by WNOV
Murphy’s Law

Lena Taylor’s Aide Suspended by WNOV

Michele Bryant accuses station’s owner of selling out to Mayor Barrett.

GOP Lame-Duck Law Blocks COVID-19 Aid

GOP Lame-Duck Law Blocks COVID-19 Aid

State GOP was warned of unintended consequences to their law in 2018.

Op Ed: Dan Kelly’s Ideology Is 100% Relevant
Op Ed

Dan Kelly’s Ideology Is 100% Relevant

He was appointed to maintain Republican power and will overrule legal precedents to accomplish this.

Data Wonk: Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?
Data Wonk

Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?

His legal work and rulings as Supreme Court justice show strong anti-democratic views.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Risk Public Health With Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

Refusal of Vos and Fitzgerald to postpone election could cause more disease, deaths.

Supreme Decision

Supreme Decision

Karofsky v. Kelly, stakes are high in state Supreme Court race.

Campaign Cash: Menards Accused of Price Gouging
Campaign Cash

Menards Accused of Price Gouging

Stores in Wisconsin and Michigan at issue, Michigan AG sends cease-and-disest letter.

Plenty of Horne: Dark-Money Group Slings Mud in Comptroller Race
Plenty of Horne

Dark-Money Group Slings Mud in Comptroller Race

Group backing Rep. Jason Fields produces attack ads against his opponent, Aycha Sawa.

Karofsky Campaign Issues Cease and Desist Over Attack Ads

Karofsky Campaign Issues Cease and Desist Over Attack Ads

Campaign calls ads "false, baseless, and disgusting."

Poll: Bar members say Karofsky overwhelmingly more qualified
Op Ed: We Need Paid Sick Leave Now!
Op Ed

We Need Paid Sick Leave Now!

Most of the many workers laid off have no paid leave. This is a crisis.

The Contrarian: Karofsky Wrong About State Supreme Court
The Contrarian

Karofsky Wrong About State Supreme Court

Her campaign charges against the Supreme Court amount to slander.

The State of Politics: State Surplus Will Help in Crisis
The State of Politics

State Surplus Will Help in Crisis

Evers veto of Republican tax cut saves expected surplus, means less financial stress.

Op Ed: Scott Walker Offers Mortgage Debt Plan
Op Ed

Scott Walker Offers Mortgage Debt Plan

As governor he skipped state debt payments. Now offering a similar, unsolicited plan to nation's banks.

State Rep. Brostoff Quarantining After Coronavirus Exposure

State Rep. Brostoff Quarantining After Coronavirus Exposure

Brostoff, the latest Wisconsin politico to be exposed to the virus, is "keeping a cool head".

State Republicans Now Love Trump

State Republicans Now Love Trump

Big change from 2016, when GOP and talk radio opposed him, now 95% view him favorably.

Supreme Court Candidates Spar Over Integrity

Supreme Court Candidates Spar Over Integrity

Karofsky went after Kelly for the partisanship of his campaign and the state's high court at a debate Thursday.

Data Wonk: Why The MPS Referendum Is Needed
Data Wonk

Why The MPS Referendum Is Needed

The data shows MPS trails other metro area districts in per-pupil spending.

Campaign Cash: Law Cuts Notice Time for Insurance Premium Hikes
Campaign Cash

Law Cuts Notice Time for Insurance Premium Hikes

Insurance industry gave generously to legislators, Evers, Walker.

Campaign Cash: Shipbuilder Donates, Gets State Grant
Campaign Cash

Shipbuilder Donates, Gets State Grant

Marinette Marine gives $45,000 to Democratic Governors; Evers awards $29 million grant.

Supreme Court Case Could Affect Abortion Access in Wisconsin

Supreme Court Case Could Affect Abortion Access in Wisconsin

The High Court weighs case that could effectively overturn Roe v. Wade.

Scott Walker Battles Eric Holder

Scott Walker Battles Eric Holder

And former Wisconsin governor doesn’t do so well.

Campaign Cash: Dan Kelly’s Big Guns
Campaign Cash

Dan Kelly’s Big Guns

Supreme Court Justice holds fundraiser at shooting gallery the day after Molson Coors shootings.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Contract Has Huge Loophole?
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Contract Has Huge Loophole?

“Ironclad” contract may allow company to count seasonal employees for tax credits.

Art Scene: Governor’s Residence Now Exhibiting Art
Art Scene

Governor’s Residence Now Exhibiting Art

And the Museum of Wisconsin Art has yet another outpost in the state.

What’s Next in Voter Purge Battle?

What’s Next in Voter Purge Battle?

Appeals Court overturned lower court ruling requiring purge of voter rolls. But battle far from over.

Data Wonk: The Myth of Nonpartisan Judicial Elections
Data Wonk

The Myth of Nonpartisan Judicial Elections

They could hardly be more partisan. Time to rethink how we elect Supreme Court members?

Did Gerrymandering Kill Medicaid Expansion?

Did Gerrymandering Kill Medicaid Expansion?

Liberal group’s report links gerrymandering to less health coverage, more deaths from preventable causes.

Court Watch: Kelly, Karofsky Divide the County
Court Watch

Kelly, Karofsky Divide the County

Karofsky wins Milwaukee and North Shore, Kelly wins southern suburbs in high court race.

The State of Politics: Who Will Turn Out for April Election?
The State of Politics

Who Will Turn Out for April Election?

There might be a far bigger Republican turnout than some expect.

Op Ed: Stakes Are High for Supreme Court Race
Op Ed

Stakes Are High for Supreme Court Race

Kelly vs Karofsky will test the organizing, fundraising abilities of both parties.

State Assembly Pushing For Constitutional Convention

State Assembly Pushing For Constitutional Convention

State GOP is pushing the legislature to join others around the country in an attempt to ratify controversial amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

It’s Kelly v. Karofsky for Supreme Court

It’s Kelly v. Karofsky for Supreme Court

Race could be tough: Candidates have accused each other of “corruption” and “disgusting slander”.

Murphy’s Law: 14 Election Winners, Losers
Murphy’s Law

14 Election Winners, Losers

Beyond the ballot totals, behind the scenes, who were the other election winners and losers?

Campaign Cash: Outside Groups Spent $55,000 on High Court Race
Campaign Cash

Outside Groups Spent $55,000 on High Court Race

Majority of spending opposed conservative Justice Dan Kelly.

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Allows Guns in Churches
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Allows Guns in Churches

And other places of worship, even in school zones. Big donor NRA favors such legislation.

Campaign Cash: Kelly Leads Money Race for High Court
Campaign Cash

Kelly Leads Money Race for High Court

Conservative raised more than Fallone and Karofsky combined in Supreme Court race.

Transportation: State Will See Improved Passenger Rail
Transportation

State Will See Improved Passenger Rail

Doubling daily service from St. Paul to Milwaukee and Chicago and higher speed rail to Duluth-Superior.

Plats and Parcels: Tracking Four Downtown Tower Proposals
Plats and Parcels

Tracking Four Downtown Tower Proposals

Real estate news from Walker's Point, the East Side and Near West Side caps a busy week.

My 25 Years in State Government

My 25 Years in State Government

Walker appointee Mike Huebsch talks about Act 10, energy policy and retiring.

Pocan: ‘Building A Fair Economy for Anyone Requires Strong Labor Rights for Everyone’
Campaign Cash: $1.1 Million in Corporate Political Gifts in 2019
Campaign Cash

$1.1 Million in Corporate Political Gifts in 2019

Total amount given to state party groups, with 78% going to Republicans.

Data Wonk: The Republicans’ Gerrymander Scheme
Data Wonk

The Republicans’ Gerrymander Scheme

The polls, the data, the legalities. How Robin Vos hopes to triumph.

Local Skepticism Grows On Foxconn’s Future

Local Skepticism Grows On Foxconn’s Future

Opinions in Racine County shifting as company’s plans keep changing.

Eyes on Milwaukee: No New State Office Building Until 2022?
Eyes on Milwaukee

No New State Office Building Until 2022?

Bauman warns of delays for 27th St. project; Near West Side Partners plans safeguards on deal.

School Leaders Reject Ban On Indian Mascots

School Leaders Reject Ban On Indian Mascots

Proponents of policy "shocked” and “disappointed” by WI Association of School Boards’ vote.

The State of Politics: Redistricting Fight Is One Year Away
The State of Politics

Redistricting Fight Is One Year Away

So why are Evers and Democrats putting spotlight on it now?

BadgerCare Changes Could Drop Coverage for Poor

BadgerCare Changes Could Drop Coverage for Poor

Changes set in motion by Walker administration could boot poor from state Medicaid program.

State Supreme Court Candidates Battle at Debate

State Supreme Court Candidates Battle at Debate

Fallone manages to stay on the outside as Karofsky and Kelly sling mud at each other.

Op Ed: GOP Gerrymandering and School Choice
Op Ed

GOP Gerrymandering and School Choice

Republicans proclaim vouchers for minorities while seeking ways to disenfranchise their votes.

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Republican legislators suddenly embrace bipartisan peacemaking, blast Evers as partisan.

Murphy’s Law: State’s ‘Hidden Deficit’ Lowest in 30 Years
Murphy’s Law

State’s ‘Hidden Deficit’ Lowest in 30 Years

Great news except… it’s still higher than in 49 other states.

Evers Signs Order for Redistricting Commission

Evers Signs Order for Redistricting Commission

Nonpartisan effort to avoid gerrymandering, but Republicans vow to do their own maps.

Q&A With Circuit Court Candidates Part Two

Q&A With Circuit Court Candidates Part Two

Blomme, Dedinsky and Whitney make their case for election to Branch 5. Part Two

Republicans Bash Evers Before He Speaks

Republicans Bash Evers Before He Speaks

Condemn governor as too partisan, but his State of State speech is mostly conciliatory.

Back in the News: Foxconn’s 1 Million Square Feet; Of What?
Back in the News

Foxconn’s 1 Million Square Feet; Of What?

Despite media claims, new facility unlikely to be a Gen 6 manufacturer. So what will it be?

Court Watch: Q&A With Circuit Court Candidates
Court Watch

Q&A With Circuit Court Candidates

Blomme, Dedinsky and Whitney make their case for election to Branch 5. Part 1 of two-part story.

Senator Chris Larson – Reaction to State of the State
Press Release

Senator Chris Larson – Reaction to State of the State

While obstructionist Republican Legislators have attempted to stymie much of Governor Evers’ agenda, Democrats were still able to accomplish a lot in the last year.

After 22 Years Sen. Miller Stepping Down

After 22 Years Sen. Miller Stepping Down

Monona Democrat muses on a changing Capitol. “Compromise is viewed as a traitorous act.”

Top Donors In Supreme Court Race

Top Donors In Supreme Court Race

Topping the list: Diane Hendricks and Richard Uihlein for Kelly, Lynde Uihlein for Karofsky.

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

Nationwide homelessness is increasing. Meanwhile, state lawmakers argue over funding to combat the issue.

Op Ed: Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion in Kansas
Op Ed

Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion in Kansas

A model for Wisconsin to follow, bringing more health care coverage to state.

Data Wonk: Both Parties Bar Primary Challenge to Trump
Data Wonk

Both Parties Bar Primary Challenge to Trump

Weld and Walsh barred from Republican presidential primary in state’s Spring election. Why?

Foxconn Hasn’t Created Innovation Centers

Foxconn Hasn’t Created Innovation Centers

Hasn’t fulfilled promise of 1,200 jobs and new centers in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Madison.

The State of Politics: Clean Water Becomes Hot Political Issue
The State of Politics

Clean Water Becomes Hot Political Issue

Gov. Evers and legislators in both parties call for action. Will they work together?

Coalition to Protest Trump in Milwaukee
Press Release

Coalition to Protest Trump in Milwaukee

The event will feature nearly a dozen speakers, headlined by the president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and the executive director of Voces de la Frontera.

Another Walker Appointee Gets Top EPA Job

Another Walker Appointee Gets Top EPA Job

Kurt Thiede, former deputy secretary of state DNR, will run federal EPA’s regional office in Chicago.

Campaign Cash: Kelly Leads High Court Candidates in Funds
Campaign Cash

Kelly Leads High Court Candidates in Funds

Conservative Supreme Court justice has raised more than two opponents combined.

Eyes on Milwaukee: “Catalytic” West Side Project Coming?
Eyes on Milwaukee

“Catalytic” West Side Project Coming?

Committee okays vacating two alleys, hoping 27th and Wisconsin site attracts state office building.

Murphy’s Law: State Tax Burden Lowest in 50 Years
Murphy’s Law

State Tax Burden Lowest in 50 Years

Huge change, combined state-local taxes down by 22% or $8.5 billion annually since 1994.

Data Wonk: The Return of Texas v. U.S.
Data Wonk

The Return of Texas v. U.S.

Case could kill ACA, leave 18 million without health insurance. Which states would be hurt most?

Clock Ticking for Legislature

Clock Ticking for Legislature

Short session, just two months planned for 2020. Can two parties agree on any legislation?

CBD Oil Products Rising in Popularity

CBD Oil Products Rising in Popularity

Sold in everything from lotion to beer to e-cigarettes. Regulators, researchers worry it's gone too far.

Judge Asked to Hold State in Contempt

Judge Asked to Hold State in Contempt

Conservative group wants 200,000 names purged from voting list, but Elections Commission awaits higher court rulings.

Coalition to Protest Trump in Milwaukee
Campaign Cash: American Transmission Co. Has Clout
Campaign Cash

American Transmission Co. Has Clout

Builds and owns high-voltage power lines, has spent $1.8 million to elect state officials.

The State of Politics: Top 10 Political Stories of 2019
The State of Politics

Top 10 Political Stories of 2019

Lots of drama in last year of the decade. Which were the biggest stories?

Op Ed: How Business Leaders Caused Black Poverty
Op Ed

How Business Leaders Caused Black Poverty

Union busting, opposition to minimum wage helped drive inequality.

Op Ed: State’s Future Depends on Knowledge Economy
Op Ed

State’s Future Depends on Knowledge Economy

Two new studies show why state needs to support its universities.

Top 10 of 2019: Most Popular Murphy’s Law Columns
Top 10 of 2019

Most Popular Murphy’s Law Columns

Foxconn, Scott Walker, Aurora and more.

Another Evers Cabinet Pick Under Fire

Another Evers Cabinet Pick Under Fire

Republicans won’t approve Dawn Crim, Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Senate Democrats Offer 2020 Agenda

Senate Democrats Offer 2020 Agenda

Shilling pushes homeless funding and closing dark store tax loophole.

The State of Politics: All They Want for Christmas
The State of Politics

All They Want for Christmas

The Christmas wish lists of Gov. Evers, Mayor Barrett and other politicians.

Republicans May Push Property Tax Cut

Republicans May Push Property Tax Cut

Fitzgerald says bill may be introduced next year. But casts doubt on homeless funding.

American Federation of Teachers Local 212 COPE Endorses Chris Larson
Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely

Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely

Foxconn offers statement with no mention of changing contract.

Bill to Ban “Sanctuary Cities” Returns

Bill to Ban “Sanctuary Cities” Returns

GOP proposal penalizes cities, counties that don't cooperate fully with immigration enforcement.

Elections Commission Splits on Judge’s Ruling

Elections Commission Splits on Judge’s Ruling

Ruling would purge 234,000 names from voting rolls, commission ties 3-3 on how to respond.

The State of Politics: What Is State Doing About School Security?
The State of Politics

What Is State Doing About School Security?

$96.2 million for security upgrades and training. Has that addressed the problem?

Another Special Election Controversy

Another Special Election Controversy

This time Gov. Evers accused of playing politics on filling 7th congressional district seat.

Op Ed: Pardon Power Should Be Used Wisely
Op Ed

Pardon Power Should Be Used Wisely

Walker didn’t use if for eight years. How should Evers use it?

Which Republican Is More Trumpian?

Which Republican Is More Trumpian?

GOP candidates for state's 7th congressional district spar over who’s more like Trump.

2020 County Exec Race: Jim Sullivan Will Run For County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Jim Sullivan Will Run For County Executive

County administrator and former legislator emphasizes need for sound management.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Veterans Vanishing
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Veterans Vanishing

Seven more journalists leaving, including some big names, as paper shrinks further.

Pay Raise for State Workers Delayed

Pay Raise for State Workers Delayed

Legislators still haven't approved union contracts from last year.

Derailed: Talgo Trains Return to Milwaukee
Derailed

Talgo Trains Return to Milwaukee

After 5 years in storage, trains built for Wisconsin may be used on Pacific Northwest line.

Remembering Musician Mary Davis

Remembering Musician Mary Davis

A keyboard legend and singer who performed R&B, jazz, blues and soul dies at age 73.

State Highway Projects Panel Wakes Up

State Highway Projects Panel Wakes Up

Transportation Projects Commission meets for first time in five years, restarts planning.

State Leads in Cutting Pollution Control

State Leads in Cutting Pollution Control

Funding decline of 36% from 2008-2018, biggest in U.S., Walker helped drive change.

Poor Hit Again by Food Aid Cuts

Poor Hit Again by Food Aid Cuts

Trump follows Walker model to cut more, as many as 25,000 in state will lose aid.

State Still Committed to Foxconn Deal

State Still Committed to Foxconn Deal

“It has to be a good deal,” says new head of WEDC.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn May Cut State GDP By $6 Billion
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn May Cut State GDP By $6 Billion

Loss could have been as high as $19 billion under original plan, study says.

Walker Says Kleefisch Would Be ‘Great Governor’

Walker Says Kleefisch Would Be ‘Great Governor’

“I think she would win.” And compares recall he won to impeachment fight.

Campaign Cash: State Dental Group Has Big Teeth
Campaign Cash

State Dental Group Has Big Teeth

Has spent $2.4 million on campaign donations and lobbying, getting a dozen bills it favors passed.

Derailed: Could Doyle Have Saved High Speed Rail?
Derailed

Could Doyle Have Saved High Speed Rail?

And could the state still get it some day? Last in a series.

Where Have All The Hunters Gone?

Where Have All The Hunters Gone?

Millennials less likely to hunt. To counter decline state looks to women and children.

Campaign Cash: Top Republican Donors Give to Biden
Campaign Cash

Top Republican Donors Give to Biden

Ted and Mary Kellner have donated $1 million to state GOP candidates, but now giving to Biden.

Murphy’s Law: Who Lost the City Residency Rule?
Murphy’s Law

Who Lost the City Residency Rule?

Lena Taylor blames Mayor Barrett. But did she fight the state law killing residency?

Evers Vetoes Sex Offender Residency Bill

Evers Vetoes Sex Offender Residency Bill

Bipartisan bill lifted restrictions on how close people convicted of sex crimes can live to schools.

City Hall: Council Bans Most Plastic Straws
City Hall

Council Bans Most Plastic Straws

Use by bars and restaurants prohibited unless customers request them.

New Charges Against Activist Vaun Mayes

New Charges Against Activist Vaun Mayes

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

WHEDA’s David Rouse earns lifetime achievement award from Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association
Press Release

WHEDA’s David Rouse earns lifetime achievement award from Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association

The award, presented at the mortgage bankers’ recent Best in Business banquet, recognizes Rouse’s achievements in a career featuring leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Plenty of Horne: Scott Walker At Your Service
Plenty of Horne

Scott Walker At Your Service

Need marketing, strategic planning or issue advocacy? Scott's new company can help you go "big and bold."

Lawsuit Targets State’s Student Voter ID Laws

Lawsuit Targets State’s Student Voter ID Laws

National advocacy organization argues unconstitutional age-based discrimination creates barriers for young voters.

Act 10 Caused Big Decline in Unions

Act 10 Caused Big Decline in Unions

Study finds union recertification efforts, required by law, declined by a third since 2014.

Op Ed: ‘Sanctuary Counties’ Violate Constitution
Op Ed

‘Sanctuary Counties’ Violate Constitution

Northern Wisconsin county’s declaration on gun rights conflicts with state, federal laws.

High Court Candidates Argue Role of Politics

High Court Candidates Argue Role of Politics

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly spars with opponents Jill Karofsky, Ed Fallone.

Op Ed: Warren Plan Gives Needed Help to MPS
Op Ed

Warren Plan Gives Needed Help to MPS

Would mean a massive new federal investment in public schools.

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Assembly and Senate seldom in session. Just 21 bills passed in 2019 while typical average is more than 300.

City Hall: Taylor Slams Barrett Over Residency
City Hall

Taylor Slams Barrett Over Residency

Mayoral candidate cites losses since residency requirement ended by Legislature.

Two Years after the Foxconn Contract Was Signed
Press Release

Two Years after the Foxconn Contract Was Signed

and Voters Still Have a Sour Taste in Their Mouths

Derailed: How Republicans Became Anti-Train
Derailed

How Republicans Became Anti-Train

The politics of resentment replaced business-oriented development, as Tommy Thompson would learn. Part 8 of series.

Op Ed: Evers Should Get Religion on Open Records
Op Ed

Evers Should Get Religion on Open Records

Recent statements and foot dragging by governor’s staff raise questions about transparency.

City Hall: Proposal Aims To Eliminate Plastic Straws
City Hall

Proposal Aims To Eliminate Plastic Straws

Would prevent restaurants from providing straws, unless customers request them.

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

"I don’t expect a big issue” or “holy wars”, Rep Hintz says. Wrong.

Tom Steyer Comes to Town

Tom Steyer Comes to Town

That would be the billionaire investor running for president who calls Trump “a fake businessman.”

Gasp, It’s a Holiday Tree!

Gasp, It’s a Holiday Tree!

So says Gov. Evers about Capitol tree, with the added theme, “Celebrate Science.”

‘Fair Maps’ Groups to Train Activists

‘Fair Maps’ Groups to Train Activists

Anti-gerrymandering summit will be held Saturday in central Wisconsin.

Derailed: State’s Talgo Trains Still Sit Idle
Derailed

State’s Talgo Trains Still Sit Idle

Since Republicans killed deal with manufacturer, trains have sat unused in Beech Grove, Indiana. Part 6 of series.

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Approves putting constitutional amendment on ballot to restrict partial veto power.

Campaign Cash: State Insurance Group Pays for Clout
Campaign Cash

State Insurance Group Pays for Clout

WIA spends millions on lobbying, campaign donations, gets favored bills passed.

Murphy’s Law: Campaigning on the Taxpayer’s Dime?
Murphy’s Law

Campaigning on the Taxpayer’s Dime?

Changes in state law open door to abuses, campaigning by government workers.

Derailed: California Got Most of State’s $810 Million
Derailed

California Got Most of State’s $810 Million

But unlike Wisconsin’s “shovel ready” train project, California’s hit many obstacles. 5th in a series.

Data Wonk: What’s Causing Decline in Insured Children?
Data Wonk

What’s Causing Decline in Insured Children?

Health insurance for kids declined in some states including Wisconsin under Walker. Why?

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.

Derailed: Decision to Refuse Train Funding “Purely Political”
Derailed

Decision to Refuse Train Funding “Purely Political”

LaHood says Walker wanted to kill a Democratic plan created by Doyle and Obama. Part 4 of series.

Fitzgerald Says Legislators Plays ‘Goalie” With Evers

Fitzgerald Says Legislators Plays ‘Goalie” With Evers

Few bills getting passed, most of Evers' cabinet picks still not approved by Senate.

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.

Derailed: How Walker and Sykes Killed the Train
Derailed

How Walker and Sykes Killed the Train

With constant support from talk radio, Walker rejected fully funded, $810 million rail project. Part 3 in a series.

Transportation: Committee Approves City BRT Agreement
Transportation

Committee Approves City BRT Agreement

City DPW would be reimbursed by Milwaukee County for design and infrastructure costs.

Campaign Cash: The NRA Brigade
Campaign Cash

The NRA Brigade

48 Republican legislators get NRA donations, may resist Evers' Special Session on gun control.

Campaign Cash: Trump Supporter Picked For Elections Commission
Campaign Cash

Trump Supporter Picked For Elections Commission

Fitzgerald appoints Bob Spindell, GOP donor and supporter of Voter ID law, to state commission.

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Governor says only Vos and Fitzgerald prevent common sense gun reforms.

The State of Politics: The Legacy of Morris Andrews
The State of Politics

The Legacy of Morris Andrews

He built state teachers union into the foremost Capitol power — only to see its dramatic decline.

Plats and Parcels: New Apartments Near Streetcar Line
Plats and Parcels

New Apartments Near Streetcar Line

Plus: Where does the Strauss deal stand? State office building moving forward.

Senator Lena Taylor Response on Chris Abele not seeking re-election
Press Release

Senator Lena Taylor Response on Chris Abele not seeking re-election

"It is flattering to hear people mention my name as a candidate for County Executive; however, I am laser-focused on fighting for the people of the City of Milwaukee."

Right Wing Ramps Up to Elect Their Man on State Supreme Court With Voter Roll Purge Push
Press Release

Right Wing Ramps Up to Elect Their Man on State Supreme Court With Voter Roll Purge Push

‘Wisconsin’s Right Wing Has a Lot Invested in Dan Kelly’

Op Ed: Legislature Must Repair Damage to UW System
Op Ed

Legislature Must Repair Damage to UW System

Funding cut 12% under Walker. UW System falling behind other states' universities.

Chris Abele Won’t Seek Reelection

Chris Abele Won’t Seek Reelection

County executive reverses course in surprise announcement, won't run for reelection.

Data Wonk: Segregation in Milwaukee Area Schools
Data Wonk

Segregation in Milwaukee Area Schools

The data tells a sobering story of racial and economic separation.

Campaign Cash: VP Pence’s Wisconsin Trip Cancelled
Campaign Cash

VP Pence’s Wisconsin Trip Cancelled

VP was to visit the plant of Elizabeth and Richard Uihlein, who’ve donated millions to Republicans.

Murphy’s Law: What Walker Cost Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

What Walker Cost Wisconsin

New report shows big decline in federal aid for state while he was governor.

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

Board of Regents Picks Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Over Protecting Students
Press Release

Board of Regents Picks Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Over Protecting Students

Advances Proposal to Threaten Students With Expulsion for Protesting Hate Speech on Campus

Data Wonk: Do ‘Checkoff Groups’ Help or Hurt Family Dairy Farms?
Data Wonk

Do ‘Checkoff Groups’ Help or Hurt Family Dairy Farms?

Federally-required agricultural promotion organizations may not benefit small dairy farms

#KeepYourPromise Governor Evers
Press Release

#KeepYourPromise Governor Evers

One month after pledge, Evers shows no progress on government transparency

Derailed: Behind Wisconsin’s Abandoned High Speed Rail
Derailed

Behind Wisconsin’s Abandoned High Speed Rail

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson laid groundwork for the project that Gov. Scott Walker killed.

Free Speech Crackdown on Agenda for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting
Press Release

Free Speech Crackdown on Agenda for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting

Regents Seem More Interested in Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Than Protecting Free Speech

Op Ed: Move Wisconsin Medicaid Expansion Forward
Op Ed

Move Wisconsin Medicaid Expansion Forward

70 percent of Wisconsinites support Medicaid expansion. It would provide health insurance to those without, and save state millions.

City Hall: State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget
City Hall

State Republican Lawmakers Oppose Barrett’s Budget

Seven Republicans take aim at proposal to reduce police staffing, but don't mention sales tax request.

WILL Explainer: Why the 7th Congressional District Special Election Date Has to Change
Press Release

WILL Explainer: Why the 7th Congressional District Special Election Date Has to Change

Governor Evers has now admitted that his Executive Order setting these dates violates federal law and he is in the process of setting new dates.

Your Right to Know: Evers Can Do Better On Openness
Your Right to Know

Evers Can Do Better On Openness

Evers Administration excludes right-wing news service from receiving media notifications and shutdown a website to track open records requests.

18 School Boards Support Ending the Use of Native American Mascots

18 School Boards Support Ending the Use of Native American Mascots

Around 30 Wisconsin districts use Native American imagery, mascots or nicknames.

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

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

Undeclared Candidate for Judge Already Polling Well

Undeclared Candidate for Judge Already Polling Well

Third-party poll promotes the potential candidacy of Zach Whitney.

Owners Lobbying For Service Workers

Owners Lobbying For Service Workers

New organization lobbies state officials on behalf of service industry workers

Data Wonk: The Use and Abuse of Jobs Data
Data Wonk

The Use and Abuse of Jobs Data

Walker administration used flimsy interpretations of jobs reports to put a positive spin on the state's economy.

Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Insurance market improving thanks to state reinsurance program.

WILL, Scott Walker Submit Amicus to U.S. Supreme Court in School Choice Case
Press Release

WILL, Scott Walker Submit Amicus to U.S. Supreme Court in School Choice Case

School choice, religious freedom at stake in Espinoza v. Montana

Walker Headlines Event of Controversial Preacher

Walker Headlines Event of Controversial Preacher

Preacher has tweeted Obama "ought to be hung for treason," defended Rep. King's (R-Iowa) widely condemned comments

The State of Politics: Congressional Primaries Can Be Unpredictable
The State of Politics

Congressional Primaries Can Be Unpredictable

Sensenbrenner seat could draw a wide field.

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Republican legislators say proposal violates due process rights.

Murphy’s Law: State Far Behind on Renewable Energy
Murphy’s Law

State Far Behind on Renewable Energy

Report finds Minnesota has 5 times more wind power, 16 times more solar than Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: Rethinking State Economic Policies
Data Wonk

Rethinking State Economic Policies

What do state policies on Foxconn and dairy industry have in common?

Fitzgerald Will Run for Congress

Fitzgerald Will Run for Congress

Senate Majority Leader to run for Sensenbrenner’s 5th Congressional district seat.

The Educator: Some School Districts Could Disappear
The Educator

Some School Districts Could Disappear

Shrinking population, open enrollment, other factors threaten state's smaller districts.

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

The approach “just sucks,” governor says on new state podcast.

Plats and Parcels: Wangard Plans “Eagleknit” in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

Wangard Plans “Eagleknit” in Walker’s Point

Plus: Action-packed week of real estate includes new apartments, downtown HQ and more pizza.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Why Talgo Stays in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Why Talgo Stays in Milwaukee

Company's customers are on the West Coast, so why expand its Milwaukee facility?

Data Wonk: Gerrymandering Is Built on Lies
Data Wonk

Gerrymandering Is Built on Lies

Which is why the North Carolina plan was overruled. Wisconsin’s is very similar.

City Hall: Should Milwaukee Ban Plastic Straws?
City Hall

Should Milwaukee Ban Plastic Straws?

Some alderman seem in favor. It's one of the few single-use plastics the city could ban.

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

AG says legislative oversight stalls cases, makes lower settlements for taxpayers likely.

Study: Evers, Barnes, & Agencies Failing to Follow Walker Open Government Executive Orders
Press Release

Study: Evers, Barnes, & Agencies Failing to Follow Walker Open Government Executive Orders

Evers’ administration is dysfunctional and disorganized, threatens to move Wisconsin backwards on transparency.

Op Ed: How to Win Wisconsin
Op Ed

How to Win Wisconsin

What national media and political operatives don't get about the Badger State.

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Evers appointee Melissa Hughes takes over long-troubled state jobs agency.

Back in the News: Key Foxconn Executive Steps Down
Back in the News

Key Foxconn Executive Steps Down

Ever-shrinking project loses second key executive this year.

Op Ed: Where Will Future Jobs Come From?
Op Ed

Where Will Future Jobs Come From?

Those Labor Day think pieces offered few answers. Where do we go from here?

Data Wonk: Comparing Wisconsin and Minnesota
Data Wonk

Comparing Wisconsin and Minnesota

Minnesota doing worse? MacIver cherry picks data to make this claim.

Murphy’s Law: Lame Duck Laws Hurting the State
Murphy’s Law

Lame Duck Laws Hurting the State

Tying hands of Attorney General stalls 15 lawsuits, could cost taxpayers millions.

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Records show Legislature fielded nearly 48,000 contacts from people and 98% opposed lame duck laws.

Homeowners Near Foxconn Say They Were Misled

Homeowners Near Foxconn Say They Were Misled

Now their homes are gone for road widenings that never happened.

Working for Clean Energy a Tricky Task

Working for Clean Energy a Tricky Task

Polls show bipartisan support, but how you talk about it matters.

Op Ed: The Mishaps of Mandela Barnes
Op Ed

The Mishaps of Mandela Barnes

The state’s first black lieutenant governor has a target on his back.

Evers Expands Effort Against “Forever” Chemicals

Evers Expands Effort Against “Forever” Chemicals

Directs DNR to create standards for drinking, surface water on PFAS chemicals.

Op Ed: For-Profit Colleges Need State Oversight
Op Ed

For-Profit Colleges Need State Oversight

Walker opened door to abuse. Evers has reinstated the Educational Approval Board.

Republicans Reject Attorney General Effort to Comply With Law They Passed
Press Release

Republicans Reject Attorney General Effort to Comply With Law They Passed

GOP Legislators Agreed to Confidentiality When Leaders Rigged District Lines for Their Benefit, Refuse Request By Democrat to Discuss Legal Action Potentially Benefiting Wisconsin

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

Latest rankings show mixed results, but increased state funding could help.

Campaign Cash: Shipbuilder Gives to Fund for Democrats
Campaign Cash

Shipbuilder Gives to Fund for Democrats

Donation followed by Gov. Evers announcing plan for $31 million in state support to help company expand.

About Those UW Free Speech Violations

About Those UW Free Speech Violations

Not one violation on 26 campuses of UW Regents’ policy. But legislators want to pass tough law.

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Slams “Liberal” News Site
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Slams “Liberal” News Site

Claims Wisconsin Examiner is “partisan” and “slanted” but provides not one example.

State Continues Millennial Marketing Campaign

State Continues Millennial Marketing Campaign

Evers wouldn’t fund program begun by Walker, but WEDC finds money from elsewhere in its budget.

GOP Congressman Sean Duffy Resigning

GOP Congressman Sean Duffy Resigning

Northern Wisconsin Republican wants to focus on his growing family.

The State of Politics: State School Spending Hits Record $6 Billion
The State of Politics

State School Spending Hits Record $6 Billion

Both parties take credit for K-12 schools funding hike. But can it be sustained?

Murphy’s Law:  Foxconn’s Gift from Electric Customers
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn’s Gift from Electric Customers

Why are state customers paying $117 million -- or more -- for unneeded power upgrades?

Murphy’s Law: Flip-Flop on Mine Threatens State Waters
Murphy’s Law

Flip-Flop on Mine Threatens State Waters

Why the sudden change to approve copper-zinc mine? Will it pollute Lake Michigan?

One Wisconsin Institute Opposes UW Board of Regents Latest Move to Restrict Campus Free Speech
Press Release

One Wisconsin Institute Opposes UW Board of Regents Latest Move to Restrict Campus Free Speech

Regents Seem More Interested in Appeasing Right-Wing Than Protecting Student Speech Rights

The State of Politics: State’s Paper Industry Still Leads Nation
The State of Politics

State’s Paper Industry Still Leads Nation

With 1,531 workers in Milwaukee County. But it faces challenges, may need state help.

Op Ed: Evers Bows to Business Group
Op Ed

Evers Bows to Business Group

“My administration continues to support the work you’re doing,” he tells right-wing WMC.

Hagedorn Forswears Politics at Swearing-In

Hagedorn Forswears Politics at Swearing-In

New Supreme Court Justice promises he won’t be “pro-Republican.”

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

Not one attended hearing on UW Regents policy that suspends or expels students for disrupting speeches.

Data Wonk: The Future of Wisconsin Gerrymandering
Data Wonk

The Future of Wisconsin Gerrymandering

An inexplicable U.S. Supreme Court decision leaves door open for GOP mischief.

State Agencies Give Zero Days for Comment

State Agencies Give Zero Days for Comment

Evers Administration uses lame duck law to make policy changes with no chance for public comments.

The State of Politics: 6 Questions for Legislators on Guns
The State of Politics

6 Questions for Legislators on Guns

How many state residents have guns? How many favor background checks, other laws?

Op Ed: Clean Water a Deliberate Policy Choice
Op Ed

Clean Water a Deliberate Policy Choice

Walker administration cut the DNR, pushed deregulation and weaken farm inspections. Negatively impacting Wisconsin's water.

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

Former Gov. Walker was Wisconsin’s top NRA beneficiary.

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

New analysis shows the cost to taxpayers per job outweighs the return.

The State of Politics: Evers Respects His Agency Leaders
The State of Politics

Evers Respects His Agency Leaders

Walker at times ignored cabinet, made decisions for his political career.

Campaign Cash: State Teachers’ Union Still Has Clout
Campaign Cash

State Teachers’ Union Still Has Clout

Its membership more than cut in half, but still one of biggest donors to Democratic candidates.

The Rise and Fall of Three GOP Stars

The Rise and Fall of Three GOP Stars

Walker, Ryan and Priebus were national Republican leaders who got defeated by Trumpism.

GOP Suit Slaps Kaul on Lame Duck Laws

GOP Suit Slaps Kaul on Lame Duck Laws

AG contests lawsuit, calling it “attempt to undermine public safety in Wisconsin.”

Murphy’s Law: 13 Takeaways on Foxconn’s Birthday
Murphy’s Law

13 Takeaways on Foxconn’s Birthday

Two years after project announced, what’s left of that world-shattering deal?

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

A “power grab” or trying to “get the constitution right”?

Dan Kelly’s Time on State High Court Answers the Question — Yes, He’s an Extremist
Press Release

Dan Kelly’s Time on State High Court Answers the Question — Yes, He’s an Extremist

Dan Kelly’s Decisions Expose Him as Right-Wing Judicial Activist

Scott Walker Loves Tweeting About AOC

Scott Walker Loves Tweeting About AOC

But she has 18 times more Twitter followers.

City Hall: Will He or Won’t He Run for Mayor?
City Hall

Will He or Won’t He Run for Mayor?

Council president Ashanti Hamilton promises his decision by next week.

Three Year Anniversary of Victory for Voter Rights in Wisconsin
Press Release

Three Year Anniversary of Victory for Voter Rights in Wisconsin

2016 Federal Court Decision in One Wisconsin Institute, et. al. v. Thomsen, et. al Paved way for Expanded Early Voting

The State of Politics: How Ryan “Sold His Soul” to Trump
The State of Politics

How Ryan “Sold His Soul” to Trump

New book details the tough choices Paul Ryan had to make as House Speaker.

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

Joint Resolution bill could prevent governor veto, gain second decade of gerrymandering.

Op Ed: How Evers Should Reform Criminal Justice
Op Ed

How Evers Should Reform Criminal Justice

More pardons and commutations and ending solitary confinement would be a good start.

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.

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.

Campaign Cash: GOP Got 5 Times More Corporate Cash
Campaign Cash

GOP Got 5 Times More Corporate Cash

State Republicans get $321,910 in corporate donations, Democrats $64,875 in first half of 2019.

Murphy’s Law: The New Paul Ryan
Murphy’s Law

The New Paul Ryan

That’s how admirers view Rep. Mike Gallagher. Can Democrat Amanda Stuck beat him?

The State of Politics: New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change
The State of Politics

New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change

Climate change, lead laterals and CAFO-polluted private wells are top concerns.

Op Ed: Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics
Op Ed

Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics

Once again Vos and Fitzgerald try to scapegoat Milwaukee.

Legislators Want to Protect ACA Coverage

Legislators Want to Protect ACA Coverage

Laws needed to assure health coverage continues if courts overrule it, Democrats say.

What Price Justice, Dan Kelly?
Press Release

What Price Justice, Dan Kelly?

Sitting Court Justice Took Campaign Contributions from Board Members of Group Representing Plaintiffs While Deciding Their Case

Transportation: WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service
Transportation

WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service

With $35 million from new budget, WisDOT seeks federal matching grants for expansion.

Back in the News: Trump Picks Walker for Smithsonian
Back in the News

Trump Picks Walker for Smithsonian

Ex-governor and college dropout will join board of International Center for Scholars.

Murphy’s Law: A New State “Progressive” Publication
Murphy’s Law

A New State “Progressive” Publication

Wisconsin Examiner adds to Capitol press corps, with a "people's" perspective on policies.

Back in the News: Walker’s New Job Will Pay Plenty
Back in the News

Walker’s New Job Will Pay Plenty

National group he will run has lots of money. But Walker won’t be able to run for office.

The State of Politics: State Program Looks to Hire Veterans
The State of Politics

State Program Looks to Hire Veterans

“Hiring Our Heroes” fights state’s worker shortage by recruiting ex-military staff.

Scott Walker Promises Not to Run for Higher Office, Again
Press Release

Scott Walker Promises Not to Run for Higher Office, Again

"While we’re glad Scott Walker has decided to flee the state after having been rejected by voters, we’re all too familiar with his habit of breaking his promises."

Eyes on Milwaukee: A $1 Million Fund To Support Northwest Side Startups
Eyes on Milwaukee

A $1 Million Fund To Support Northwest Side Startups

State contributes $500,000 match to Northwest Side CDC loan fund targeted at early stage companies.

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Three Republican legislators are co-sponsers of bill calling for nonpartisan redistricting.

Dan Kelly Warns Wisconsin to Beware of Justice Dan Kelly
Press Release

Dan Kelly Warns Wisconsin to Beware of Justice Dan Kelly

Right-Wing Justice Warns of Judges Bringing Policy Preferences to the Bench, After He Puts His Policy Preference to Work on State High Court

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Legislators propose constitutional amendment to bar partial vetoes increasing spending.

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage
Press Release

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage

Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, marketplace health insurance, at grave risk of having coverage taken away by conservative federal judges

State Budget Fell Short on Highways?

State Budget Fell Short on Highways?

Legislators in both parties say budget lacked long-term solution to state’s transportation woes.

Campaign Cash: Planned Parenthood Lacks Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

Planned Parenthood Lacks Capitol Clout

Millions spent on campaign donations and lobbying since 2010, but many laws it opposed passed.

State funding for youth summer jobs wisely restored by Governor Evers
Press Release

State funding for youth summer jobs wisely restored by Governor Evers

A statement by Alderman Cavalier Johnson July 3, 2019

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Off the Deep End?
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Off the Deep End?

Ruling reducing state superintendent’s power violates state constitution, common sense.

Evers Uses 78 Partial Vetoes on Budget

Evers Uses 78 Partial Vetoes on Budget

Vetoes will help pay for $65 million more in education funding in revised budget.

Murphy’s Law: State’s Loss on Federal ACA is $1.3 Billion
Murphy’s Law

State’s Loss on Federal ACA is $1.3 Billion

State loses $1.3 billion in federal funds for medical care under Republican two-year budget.

Wisconsin Young Republicans Endorse Rick Loughery for Young Republican National Federation Chairman
Press Release

Wisconsin Young Republicans Endorse Rick Loughery for Young Republican National Federation Chairman

The election will take place at the biennial YRNF Convention July 24th-28th in Omaha

Campaign Cash: PAC, Corporate Donations Hit $27 Million
Campaign Cash

PAC, Corporate Donations Hit $27 Million

New state record in 2018, up three-fold since 2015 GOP changes in campaign finance law.

Education Activists Turn To Misinformation To Distort GOP Budget
Press Release

Education Activists Turn To Misinformation To Distort GOP Budget

Public education activists should be honest about the large increase and they should be grateful to taxpayers for the hard-earned dollars provided to fund it

Cruel and Unusual: Evers Faces Hurdles to Cutting Prisons
Cruel and Unusual

Evers Faces Hurdles to Cutting Prisons

Governor promised to cut prison population by 50%, but has so far made no progress.

Back in the News: Vos Wants Medical Marijuana Bill
Back in the News

Vos Wants Medical Marijuana Bill

Assembly Speaker wants to push this bill in fall. Will Senate oppose it?

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Republicans worked for “veto-proof” bill so Gov. Evers has little room to reshape legislation.

Op Ed: Under Evers, DNR Restores Science
Op Ed

Under Evers, DNR Restores Science

New groundwater standards and science-based approaches to chemical pollution.

How State Created Strongest Veto Power

How State Created Strongest Veto Power

No governor has more power to rewrite bills. How and why Wisconsin adopted this.

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandering

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandering

Ruling effectively ends challenge to Republicans’ skewed legislative maps.

Foxconn Delaying Mount Pleasant Plant?

Foxconn Delaying Mount Pleasant Plant?

WEDC says company moving back completion of promised plant to early 2021.

High Court Says Governor Rules Over Schools

High Court Says Governor Rules Over Schools

Conservative majority’s decision says elected state superintendent must get governor’s approval for rule changes.

Murphy’s Law: Why GOP Opposes Federal Medicaid Funds
Murphy’s Law

Why GOP Opposes Federal Medicaid Funds

It’s cost state taxpayers $1.1 billion. Why won’t Republicans accept the money?

Coalition Warns Against New Highway Megaprojects in State Budget
Press Release

Coalition Warns Against New Highway Megaprojects in State Budget

Letter calls on legislature to focus on local road maintenance and public transit

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Sen. Dave Craig won't support budget saying it spends too much. Pushing GOP closer to deadlock over budget.

Steve Nass Won’t Vote For Budget

Steve Nass Won’t Vote For Budget

Nass making it harder for GOP colleagues to pass their budget.

Data Wonk: Can Democrats Win the State Assembly?
Data Wonk

Can Democrats Win the State Assembly?

With right issues, it’s possible, even If districts are still gerrymandered.

Campaign Cash: Real Estate Owners Give Republicans Millions
Campaign Cash

Real Estate Owners Give Republicans Millions

And GOP legislators pass a raft of laws benefiting landlords, real estate industry.

The Contrarian: The Anti-Gas Tax Gang
The Contrarian

The Anti-Gas Tax Gang

Why just five Republican naysayers could kill a gas tax hike.

Campaign Cash: Accused Polluter a Big Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

Accused Polluter a Big Campaign Donor

Johnson Controls International’s subsidiary accused of releasing hazardous chemicals, contaminating drinking water.

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.

MKE County: County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid
MKE County

County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid

Unfunded state mandates and a decade of declining state aid driving county's huge deficit.

Campaign Cash: Foxconn Judge Was Former Walker Aide
Campaign Cash

Foxconn Judge Was Former Walker Aide

And donor to GOP candidates. His ruling allows huge drawdown of Lake Michigan water by Foxconn.

Transportation: Trains Will Roll Faster Through Downtown
Transportation

Trains Will Roll Faster Through Downtown

Signal upgrades are part of effort to expand Amtrak Hiawatha Service

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Hate the Gas Tax
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Hate the Gas Tax

Once they promoted this user fee, now they’d rather roads fall apart. Why?

Data Wonk: Republican Grifters
Data Wonk

Republican Grifters

Many fake right wing groups rip off donors. Why are conservatives more vulnerable?

Wisconsin Budget: Lame Duck Mistake Reopens Tax Debate
Wisconsin Budget

Lame Duck Mistake Reopens Tax Debate

Republicans' mistake gives Evers some say over how to apportion tax cuts from online sales tax revenue.

40 Years of Fighting for Consumers

40 Years of Fighting for Consumers

Citizens Utility Board celebrates 40th birthday, still pushing for lower utility rates, consumer rights.

Op Ed: Republicans Bash LGBTQ Flag Over Capitol
Op Ed

Republicans Bash LGBTQ Flag Over Capitol

Lawmakers say it's not a “unifying symbol.” But is it really so controversial?

The State of Politics: The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor
The State of Politics

The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes finding out there is no manual — and few certainties — for the job.

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

Vehicle title fee up 137%; higher fees would raise $393 million for roads.

Walker Never Reached 250,000 Jobs Created

Walker Never Reached 250,000 Jobs Created

Finalized statistics show just 233,101 jobs created in 8 years, trailing 33 states in growth.

Murphy’s Law: The New Conservative Heavyweight
Murphy’s Law

The New Conservative Heavyweight

Wisconsin Institute of Law & Liberty is on the rise, pushing a right-wing agenda.

Data Wonk: The Republican Attack On “Socialism”
Data Wonk

The Republican Attack On “Socialism”

Ron Johnson and Trump lead the way. But beyond that word, things get murky.

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

But Republican budget rejects Medicaid expansion that would save the state $320 million, Evers notes.

Get Ready for Tuesday’s Healthcare Debate
Press Release

Get Ready for Tuesday’s Healthcare Debate

WILL research on the cost of Evers' proposed plans, and common sense solutions.

The State of Politics: About That Climate Change Report
The State of Politics

About That Climate Change Report

2011 report by 200 state scientists and experts made predictions Republicans are still ignoring.

Democrats Celebrate at State Convention

Democrats Celebrate at State Convention

Evers, Baldwin speak on how to win: don’t “get down into the mud with Republicans.”

Wikler Is New Democratic Party Chair

Wikler Is New Democratic Party Chair

MoveOn leader Ben Wikler defeats David Bowen, will replace Martha Laning.

Data Wonk: How Non-Partisan Are Supreme Court Races?
Data Wonk

How Non-Partisan Are Supreme Court Races?

Not very, the data suggests. Is there any way to change this?

Court Watch: Justice Kelly Will Run For Full Term
Court Watch

Justice Kelly Will Run For Full Term

Conservative appointed to Supreme Court by Walker will face two opponents in 2020.

Back in the News: EPA Scientists Opposed Foxconn Ruling
Back in the News

EPA Scientists Opposed Foxconn Ruling

Emails show senior EPA scientists complained smog exemption for company wasn’t supported by data.

The State of Politics: Vos, Fitzgerald Float Highway Funding Ideas
The State of Politics

Vos, Fitzgerald Float Highway Funding Ideas

Republicans likely to support some funding, but not agreeing yet on which taxes or fees.

Right-Wing Justice Dan Kelly Announces Campaign for State Supreme Court
Press Release

Right-Wing Justice Dan Kelly Announces Campaign for State Supreme Court

“At no point in his career has Dan Kelly has shown the ability or the inclination to be anything other than an extreme right-wing partisan.”

Why and When Flag Flies at Half-Staff

Why and When Flag Flies at Half-Staff

Wisconsin does it more often in recent years, 400 times since 9/11.

Campaign Cash: Menard to Get Honorary Doctorate
Campaign Cash

Menard to Get Honorary Doctorate

First such degree by UW-Eau Claire goes to businessman, record polluter, big GOP donor.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Plays Politics for Trump?
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Plays Politics for Trump?

Both Trump and its CEO need Foxconn to look successful for the 2020 election.

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

Assembly Republican plan increases K-12 school spending by $500 Million, still $900 million less than Evers plan.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pitches a Fit Over a State Budget, Again.
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pitches a Fit Over a State Budget, Again.

2019 Budget Complaints Echo Petulant Past Behavior

Prison Guards Wages Could Jump 14%

Prison Guards Wages Could Jump 14%

Budget committee approves this and 2% hike each year for all other state workers.

The Contrarian: Voucher, Charter Schools More Cost Effective
The Contrarian

Voucher, Charter Schools More Cost Effective

Report finds they deliver at least 50% more education per tax dollar than public schools.

Republican Leaders Vow to Obstruct State Budget, Then Complain About Lack of Negotiations
Press Release

Republican Leaders Vow to Obstruct State Budget, Then Complain About Lack of Negotiations

‘These Guys Need to Get Their Stories Straight’

Bold, bipartisan measure could help needy families while boosting our state economy
Press Release

Bold, bipartisan measure could help needy families while boosting our state economy

Statement of Alderman Cavalier Johnson May 21, 2019

CMD Wins Reversal of Restrictive DOJ Public Records Policy
Press Release

CMD Wins Reversal of Restrictive DOJ Public Records Policy

Group obtains more than 3,000 records relating to former Attorney General Schimel’s war on the Affordable Care Act

City Hall: Will Lena Taylor Run for Mayor?
City Hall

Will Lena Taylor Run for Mayor?

Group attempting to draft Democratic Senator to run in crowded field.

The State of Politics: An Uphill Fight for ‘Lame Duck’ Challengers?
The State of Politics

An Uphill Fight for ‘Lame Duck’ Challengers?

Wisconsin’s history shows legislative sessions are legal and necessary -- and the courts have backed them.

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

The hot-button issue took center stage Saturday as Wisconsin Republican lawmakers held their annual statewide convention in Oshkosh.

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Right-leaning members of Wisconsin Supreme Court skeptical in oral arguments on lawsuit challenging lame-duck session before Evers took office.

Op Ed: Requiem for the Commons
Op Ed

Requiem for the Commons

Mutilated Marcus Center grove is just one of county’s many public spaces threatened by actions leaving citizens out in the cold.

City Hall: Oh, Those Dreaded Plastic Bags
City Hall

Oh, Those Dreaded Plastic Bags

Council debates what to do with bags that clog up recycling process.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Joaquin Altoro To Lead WHEDA
Eyes on Milwaukee

Joaquin Altoro To Lead WHEDA

Evers picks Milwaukee resident to lead agency responsible for affordable housing.

Campaign Cash: Special Interest Groups Spent $226 Million
Campaign Cash

Special Interest Groups Spent $226 Million

Since 2010, 19 outside electioneering groups have spent $2 million or more.

Republicans Refuse to Allow Votes on Budget Proposals to Help People Vote
Press Release

Republicans Refuse to Allow Votes on Budget Proposals to Help People Vote

Action to Prevent Action Sums Up GOP Attitude Toward Democracy and Voter Rights

The State of Politics: New Leaders at Republican State Convention
The State of Politics

New Leaders at Republican State Convention

Ryan, Walker no longer key players, but focus remains on Trump 2020 victory.

GOP Lawmakers Reject Pillars of Evers Budget

GOP Lawmakers Reject Pillars of Evers Budget

Joint Finance drops Medicaid expansion, medical pot, reduction in manufacturing tax credit.

Transportation: City a Leader in Complete Streets Policy
Transportation

City a Leader in Complete Streets Policy

Milwaukee's Complete Streets policy ranks third nationally in report, but yet to be tested.

Medicaid Expansion Would Help Opioid Addicts

Medicaid Expansion Would Help Opioid Addicts

Report finds opioid treatment drugs 72 times more expensive in private market than through Medicaid.

Data Wonk: Is State a Leader in “Economic Freedom”?
Data Wonk

Is State a Leader in “Economic Freedom”?

So says a Cato Institute report. There’s reason to doubt this.

The State of Politics: A New Generation of Political Leaders
The State of Politics

A New Generation of Political Leaders

GenXers and Millennials are replacing Baby Boomers in political office.

Campaign Cash: Big Republican Donor Sued for Polluting
Campaign Cash

Big Republican Donor Sued for Polluting

Trempealeau County residents sue frac sand mining company for air, water, noise pollution.

Evers Will “Fight Like Hell” for Medicaid

Evers Will “Fight Like Hell” for Medicaid

Republicans will strip Medicaid expansion from budget. Poll showed 70% support Evers proposal.

Murphy’s Law: How Walker Wrecked State’s Prisons
Murphy’s Law

How Walker Wrecked State’s Prisons

Overworked staff, high turnover, rising overtime costs and violence plague the prisons.

Campaign Cash: We Energies Has Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

We Energies Has Capitol Clout

Its holding company spent $1 million on lobbying and $1 million donating to mostly GOP candidates.

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Governor also blasts Republican rhetoric on abortion as “blasphemy.”

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

State high court rules 4-3 that all 82 Walker appointees can return to work.

Gov. Evers Reappoints Judge Timothy Van Akkeren to Ethics Commission
Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm
Press Release

Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm

Delaying Deliberations Until After Special Interest Shakedown a Clear Sign of GOP Budget Priorities

Murphy’s Law: Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%
Murphy’s Law

Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%

New study shows Wisconsin has more students in debt than 44 states. Any solution?

Trump Circus Comes to Town
Press Release

Trump Circus Comes to Town

Scott Walker Seeks Ride to Relevance in Clown Car

Gov. Evers Reappoints Ivan Gamboa as WHEDA Board Chairman
Press Release

Gov. Evers Reappoints Ivan Gamboa as WHEDA Board Chairman

Gamboa currently serves as Senior Vice President at Tri City National Bank in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Data Wonk: Should State Expand Medicaid With Federal Funds?
Data Wonk

Should State Expand Medicaid With Federal Funds?

No, say two researchers. But their data is highly suspect.

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Governor says Foxconn executive Louis Woo met with him in March, requested changes.

Op Ed: EPA Hires Third Ex-Walker DNR Staffer
Op Ed

EPA Hires Third Ex-Walker DNR Staffer

Regional EPA office in Chicago embraces Walker staffers, philosophy .

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Costly War on the Poor
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Costly War on the Poor

Former governor’s “trampoline” for SNAP recipients is a high-cost failure, report finds

Plats and Parcels: Former Carleton School to Become Housing
Plats and Parcels

Former Carleton School to Become Housing

Plus: Bradley Foundation moving to Hammes Building.

Op Ed: Suicides Up Since Gun Waiting Period Ended
Op Ed

Suicides Up Since Gun Waiting Period Ended

In 2015 Walker, Republicans repealed law requiring 48 hour waiting period to buy guns.

Murphy’s Law: Mount Pleasant Biggest Foxconn Loser?
Murphy’s Law

Mount Pleasant Biggest Foxconn Loser?

Village incurred massive costs for Foxconn’s ever-smaller plant that it may never recoup.

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Renegotiation of Foxconn Deal
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Renegotiation of Foxconn Deal

‘He’s Looking Out First and Foremost for Wisconsin’

Data Wonk: Wisconsin’s Disappearing Counties
Data Wonk

Wisconsin’s Disappearing Counties

Rural counties losing population. Immigrants would help -- and might be welcomed.

Excess from the Miller Park Tax Should Be Returned to the 5 Counties
Press Release

Excess from the Miller Park Tax Should Be Returned to the 5 Counties

"The District has stated that barring any significant shift in economic conditions, they will be ready to officially sunset the tax at their March 2020 meeting."

Governor Walker Orders Flags to Half-Staff Honoring Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar
Press Release

Governor Walker Orders Flags to Half-Staff Honoring Master Sergeant Jonathan Dunbar

Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

State gets “F” grade for not preventing lead in schools’ drinking water. But lead paint still biggest issue.

Scott Walker, WILL Ask SCOTUS to Take School Choice Case
Press Release

Scott Walker, WILL Ask SCOTUS to Take School Choice Case

Brief highlights the benefits and success of school choice in Wisconsin

State PSC Approves Huge Solar Farms

State PSC Approves Huge Solar Farms

Two projects will supply 450 megawatts or 1% of state’s energy use.

Back in the News: Foxconn As High Comedy
Back in the News

Foxconn As High Comedy

Tech publication The Verge tries to figure out what Foxconn is actually doing here. LOL.

Data Wonk: What Is The Future of Health Care?
Data Wonk

What Is The Future of Health Care?

Who’s gained the most from ACA and why Medicare for All could be a trap.

Op Ed: Good News for State’s Environment
Op Ed

Good News for State’s Environment

Evers administration is turning around the decline in DNR staff morale and mission under Walker.

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Judges rule Evers did not violate court order when he rescinded Walker's appointments.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Scared of Trucking Industry?
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Scared of Trucking Industry?

They oppose fee on trucks that destroy roads, while getting big money from the industry.

Smart Politics: High Court Race 4th Closest in State History
Smart Politics

High Court Race 4th Closest in State History

Hagedorn’s margin of 0.495% is tighter than 121 of 125 state Supreme Court races since 1850s.

The State of Politics: Evers Too Slow on Prison Reform?
The State of Politics

Evers Too Slow on Prison Reform?

His budget expands prisons, doesn’t offer much reform, critics charge.

Supreme Court Vote Was Most Partisan Ever

Supreme Court Vote Was Most Partisan Ever

Voting patterns in state almost exactly match the 2016 presidential victory for Trump.

Op Ed: Evangelicals Won Race for Hagedorn
Op Ed

Evangelicals Won Race for Hagedorn

And liberals made it happen by waving a red flag: ads decrying his anti-abortion, anti-gay views.

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

GOP push back on minimum wage, water quality, corrections worker wages, unemployment compensation and more.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Lessons of Supreme Court Race
Murphy’s Law

10 Lessons of Supreme Court Race

Anger drives votes, media in decline, traditional judicial campaigns are dead, and more.

7 Numbers That Explain The Election

7 Numbers That Explain The Election

Neubauer did better yet worse than expected in Milwaukee, which decided statewide race.

Data Wonk: Walker Seeks to Gerrymander America
Data Wonk

Walker Seeks to Gerrymander America

His new job: finance chair of national group opposing non-partisan redistricting.

Supreme Court Race Too Close to Call

Supreme Court Race Too Close to Call

Hagedorn claims victory, recount likely.

April 2 is Pay Equity Day in Wisconsin
Press Release

April 2 is Pay Equity Day in Wisconsin

‘Wisconsin Needs to Do Better’

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

Legislators want Appeals Court to force Evers to recognize 15 appointees the governor says were unlawful.

The State of Politics: Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings
The State of Politics

Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings

Capitol ballgame tied, but Republican legislators have big hitters coming to the plate.

No Joke: Record Early Voting in Spring 2019 Election
Press Release

No Joke: Record Early Voting in Spring 2019 Election

‘Voters Vote When Given the Opportunity to Vote’

Campaign Cash: SEIU Biggest Labor Union Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

SEIU Biggest Labor Union Campaign Donor

Public-private employees union spent $718,700 on Evers, $131,140 on Neubauer.

Plats and Parcels: Meet the Deer District
Plats and Parcels

Meet the Deer District

Bucks developing area around Fiserv Forum, and The Avenue gets a new $3 million entrance.

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers re-nominates 67 Walker appointees he rescinded, but Senate won't consider them.

Court Watch: Shelton Discusses Past Police Encounters
Court Watch

Shelton Discusses Past Police Encounters

Circuit Court candidate’s experiences point to possible racial bias in the suburbs.

Neubauer Downplays Her Democratic Ties

Neubauer Downplays Her Democratic Ties

Traditional campaign for Supreme Court stressing experience, endorsements by judges.

The Rise of Brian Hagedorn

The Rise of Brian Hagedorn

Supreme Court hopeful's conservative credentials were established early.

Brian Hagedorn Went to Bat to Protect Lead Paint Industry, Is His Campaign Benefitting From Their Support?
Press Release

Brian Hagedorn Went to Bat to Protect Lead Paint Industry, Is His Campaign Benefitting From Their Support?

People Who’ve Profited From Lead Paint Have Shown They’ll Spend Big Money to Support People Like Brian Hagedorn

Murphy’s Law: The Trashing of Shirley Abrahamson
Murphy’s Law

The Trashing of Shirley Abrahamson

Why is Brian Hagedorn attacking a legal giant, rather than his opponent in high court race?

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Leaving disagreement between parties over status of 82 Walker appointees.

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Evers calls it “victory for the people.” Republicans will appeal.

Court Watch: Shelton, Jones Pick Best and Worst Cases
Court Watch

Shelton, Jones Pick Best and Worst Cases

Milwaukee Circuit Court candidates pick best and worst Supreme Court decisions.

Murphy’s Law: Gov. Evers Plays Hardball
Murphy’s Law

Gov. Evers Plays Hardball

Too-nice Tony looks to beat the Republicans -- repeatedly -- at their own game.

Medicaid Work Rules Could Hurt Hospitals

Medicaid Work Rules Could Hurt Hospitals

Walker imposed work requirement for Medicaid recipients, could cut state hospitals revenue by 15%, study says.

Arguments Begin on 2nd Lame Duck Suit

Arguments Begin on 2nd Lame Duck Suit

Dane County Judge Niess slapped injunction on laws. Second suit being heard by Judge Remington.

The State of Politics: Hagedorn Also Running Against Abrahamson
The State of Politics

Hagedorn Also Running Against Abrahamson

Conservative Supreme Court candidate keeps bashing the liberal justice, who has cancer and is retiring.

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Republicans will appeal. Evers and Kaul quickly drop state from suit against Affordable Care Act.

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Republicans say $2.5 billion too high, back smaller price tag for top priorities.

Op Ed: Scott Walker Has a New Job!
Op Ed

Scott Walker Has a New Job!

And if his group succeeds, it could do untold damage to American democracy.

Court Watch: Why Shelton, Jones Want To Be Judge
Court Watch

Why Shelton, Jones Want To Be Judge

Candidates for Branch 40 Circuit Court talk about their motivations.

Floundering Hagedorn Campaign Excoriated by Conservative Radio
Press Release

Floundering Hagedorn Campaign Excoriated by Conservative Radio

"I'm not going to lie, I'm a little concerned"

Murphy’s Law: The Lessons of Baltimore
Murphy’s Law

The Lessons of Baltimore

A city falling apart, its police department dysfunctonal. Can Milwaukee learn from this?

Judge Rules Against Kohler Golf Course

Judge Rules Against Kohler Golf Course

Concludes DNR permit to fill wetland invalid, significant environmental damage could be caused.

Campaign Cash: Top Polluters Give to GOP Candidates
Campaign Cash

Top Polluters Give to GOP Candidates

Waupaca Foundry and Mullins Cheese donated more than $16,000 to Republicans.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn Pledges To Build Manufacturing Plant This Year
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn Pledges To Build Manufacturing Plant This Year

Company says it will break ground on one-million-square-foot plant this summer.

Study: K-12 Spending Increases Unlikely to Result in Student Success
Press Release

Study: K-12 Spending Increases Unlikely to Result in Student Success

New analysis on K-12 spending on public schools raises questions about student impact

Neubauer, Hagedorn Spar Over Political Ties

Neubauer, Hagedorn Spar Over Political Ties

Candidates for Supreme Court debate over who is more political or biased.

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

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

Brian Hagedorn’s Decisions Put Corporate Profits Before Protecting Kids and Seniors
Press Release

Brian Hagedorn’s Decisions Put Corporate Profits Before Protecting Kids and Seniors

Personally Lobbied for Loopholes to Protect Lead Paint Manufacturers and Nursing Home Operators from Liability for Misdeeds

Murphy’s Law: What Milwaukee Means to Democrats
Murphy’s Law

What Milwaukee Means to Democrats

The city’s selection for Democratic Convention is symbolic. But of what?

State Budget Blunder Shines Light on Brian Hagedorn’s Dim View of Open Records
Press Release

State Budget Blunder Shines Light on Brian Hagedorn’s Dim View of Open Records

As Government Lawyer Hagedorn Fought Release of Records, Implicated in Effort to Gut State Open Records Law

Op Ed: Better Roads Require Gas Tax Hike
Op Ed

Better Roads Require Gas Tax Hike

No increase in 12 years. 50% of roads are in poor to mediocre condition.

Data Wonk: How Walker, Trump Hurt Dairy Industry
Data Wonk

How Walker, Trump Hurt Dairy Industry

Their policies helped fuel a dairy crisis.

Murphy’s Law: Did Business Leaders Fail on Foxconn?
Murphy’s Law

Did Business Leaders Fail on Foxconn?

None raised any doubts about a deal that always seemed suspect.

The State of Politics: Evers Budget Targets Rich Taxpayers
The State of Politics

Evers Budget Targets Rich Taxpayers

And helps middle class. But Republicans oppose plan.

MacIver Celebrates Sunshine Week, Calls On Gov. Evers To Carry On Tradition Set By Walker
Press Release

MacIver Celebrates Sunshine Week, Calls On Gov. Evers To Carry On Tradition Set By Walker

A tradition of openness was established by Gov. Scott Walker, who in 2016 signed Executive Order #189.

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Fitzgerald assails “alarming... level of spending and bonding”.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Gets Financing Extension
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Gets Financing Extension

State office building slated for near west side, Grand Ave might get $9 million.

Campaign Cash: Donors Gave $10 Million to Secretive Groups
Campaign Cash

Donors Gave $10 Million to Secretive Groups

State donors giving to third party groups for 2018 election set new state record.

State Supreme Court Candidate Brian Hagedorn a No-Show at State Big Business Gathering
Press Release

State Supreme Court Candidate Brian Hagedorn a No-Show at State Big Business Gathering

Is Absence at Traditional Stop on Campaign Trail Another Sign Hagedorn’s Anti-LGBTQ Extremism Too Much For Even Staunch Conservatives?

Evers Budget Overlooks Convention Center

Evers Budget Overlooks Convention Center

Wisconsin Center District plans downtown expansion by 2020, still hopes for state funding.

Hagedorn Says He’ll Keep Politics Off Bench

Hagedorn Says He’ll Keep Politics Off Bench

High court candidate has faced weeks of controversy for writings on gays, abortion.

Campaign Cash: $35.8 Million Spent on Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

$35.8 Million Spent on Legislative Races

New record set: 2018 spending was 27% more than in 2016, double that in 2014.

Major Conservative Groups Agree: Brian Hagedorn’s Extremism and Homophobia Have No Place State High Court
Press Release

Major Conservative Groups Agree: Brian Hagedorn’s Extremism and Homophobia Have No Place State High Court

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Follows Wisconsin Realtors in Refusing to Support Hagedorn Wisconsin State Supreme Court Campaign

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win State Budget Battle?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Win State Budget Battle?

Right now it looks like an endless standoff. But appearances can be deceiving.

One Wisconsin Institute Statements on Gov. Tony Evers’ Executive Order Increasing Access to State ID
Press Release

One Wisconsin Institute Statements on Gov. Tony Evers’ Executive Order Increasing Access to State ID

“Legal voters in Wisconsin ought not be denied the right to have their voices heard in our elections because of bureaucratic roadblocks like a lack of access to a DMV."

Campaign Cash: Nebraska Billionaire Loves Our Politicians
Campaign Cash

Nebraska Billionaire Loves Our Politicians

Marlene Ricketts, whose rich husband emails racist jokes, gave $1 million to state Republicans.

The State of Politics: Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large
The State of Politics

Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large

What Legislature gives, veto can take away. The battle has begun.

Evers Pushes Labor Law Changes

Evers Pushes Labor Law Changes

Governor’s plan repeals right-to-work, reinstates prevailing wage on state projects.

Plats and Parcels: New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs
Plats and Parcels

New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs

What impact would changing TIF law have?

Plenty of Horne: Painting Headed Back to Governor’s Mansion
Plenty of Horne

Painting Headed Back to Governor’s Mansion

Rejected by Walker, Evers will have painting of three Milwaukee children re-installed.

Evers Proposes Delay Of Youth Prison Closure

Evers Proposes Delay Of Youth Prison Closure

Proposal would also stop the practice of 17-year-olds being tried as adults.

Data Wonk: Does the Manufacturing Tax Credit Work?
Data Wonk

Does the Manufacturing Tax Credit Work?

Gov. Evers and Republicans differ on value of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit. Who's right?

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Drawing of political boundaries would move from the Legislature to a nonpartisan commission.

State Supreme Court Candidate Brian Hagedorn Continues to Stonewall on Paid Speeches to Hate Group
Press Release

State Supreme Court Candidate Brian Hagedorn Continues to Stonewall on Paid Speeches to Hate Group

Raises More Red Flags About Commitment to Treat Everyone Equally Before the Law

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

No evidence of crisis, governor says. Vos condemns move.

Rep. Hesselbein Supports Bringing Guard Members Home
Press Release

Rep.