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Evers Acts to Boost Healthcare Workforce

Evers Acts to Boost Healthcare Workforce

Relaxes rules to allow state’s 2,750-plus physician assistants to help provide pandemic care.

Over 1,000 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin

Over 1,000 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin

State reports over 2,000 tests processed in one day for the first time.

Local Org Connecting People With Resources

Local Org Connecting People With Resources

Milwaukee Community Care and Mutual Aid helps those struggling to get what they need during the pandemic.

Governor Calls for Mail-In Election

Governor Calls for Mail-In Election

Governor Tony Evers calls for all registered votes to be mailed ballots.

County Clerk Christenson and All 19 Municipal Clerks in Milwaukee County Ask State Leadership for April 7th Spring General Election Changes
Gov. Evers Issues Order to Expedite Expansion, Enhance Efficiency of Healthcare Workforce   
Fourth Election Lawsuit Arguing for Postponement

Fourth Election Lawsuit Arguing for Postponement

This one filed by advocacy groups arguing that maintaining the election will disenfranchise minorities.

Eight COVID-19 Deaths in Milwaukee’s African American Community

Eight COVID-19 Deaths in Milwaukee’s African American Community

In the City of Milwaukee, the African-American community is facing a crisis.

842 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, “Crisis Within A Crisis” in Milwaukee

842 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, “Crisis Within A Crisis” in Milwaukee

Evers acknowledges disparate racial impact in Milwaukee, says CDC is studying matter.

Department of Revenue announces immediate help for small businesses on sales taxes and other steps to help taxpayers in response to COVID-19
Governor Evers Blocks Evictions, Foreclosures During Pandemic

Governor Evers Blocks Evictions, Foreclosures During Pandemic

Emergency order in effect for 60 days.

MacIver Institute To Gov. Tony Evers: Now Is The Time To Share With Wisconsin Basic Public Information About Covid-19
City Will Accept Absentee Ballots, Serve as Required Witness at Five Sites

City Will Accept Absentee Ballots, Serve as Required Witness at Five Sites

56,000 absentee ballots requested already. Lawsuits pending in court could change election.

Gov. Evers and Insurance Commissioner Urge Insurers to Allow Small Employers to Keep Furloughed Employees on Health Insurance
GOP Holds Off Debate on Evers’ Emergency Powers

GOP Holds Off Debate on Evers’ Emergency Powers

Despite adversarial relationship, GOP leaders say now isn't an appropriate time.

State Cites Companies For Price Gouging

State Cites Companies For Price Gouging

Sends cease-and-desist letters to 16 companies accused of price-gouging during pandemic.

Trump Can’t Lift Pandemic Restrictions

Trump Can’t Lift Pandemic Restrictions

In a state of emergency local health officials have broad authority to maintain restrictions.

Murphy’s Law: Will Legislature Delay Election?
Murphy’s Law

Will Legislature Delay Election?

Life-and-death issue poses the most danger for Milwaukee. Only the Legislature can act.

State Has Biggest One-Day Jump in COVID-19 Cases

State Has Biggest One-Day Jump in COVID-19 Cases

585 cases Wednesday, up from 457 Tuesday, and 7 deaths, as disease spreads.

Could Quarantine Cause More Domestic Violence?

Could Quarantine Cause More Domestic Violence?

Safer-at-Home not necessarily true for victims of child abuse.

During These Tough Times Oak and LöC Has All Your Needs Covered
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.

On 10th Anniversary, Affordable Care Act At Risk

On 10th Anniversary, Affordable Care Act At Risk

Activists hold telephone rallies, cite Act's importance amid the pandemic.

Unemployment Claims Have Skyrocketed

Unemployment Claims Have Skyrocketed

Up 1200% in Wisconsin! And with more layoffs and filings likely to come.

Know Your Rights: AG Kaul Urges Wisconsin Consumers to Know Their Rights Regarding Price Gouging
Governor Issues “Safer at Home” Order

Governor Issues “Safer at Home” Order

Starting Wednesday no playdates or team sports. People must "start taking this seriously."

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Issue Safer at Home Order
Barrett Calls for Mail-In Only Election, Delay

Barrett Calls for Mail-In Only Election, Delay

Calls on governor to move back election "or this issue is going to explode."

City Issues “Stay at Home” Order For Wednesday

City Issues “Stay at Home” Order For Wednesday

"Essential" activity allowed is broadly defined, but message clear: please stay home.

Statement from Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.
Senator Craig Statement on Governor Evers’ Shelter-in-place Order
Press Release

Senator Craig Statement on Governor Evers’ Shelter-in-place Order

Madison, WI — Today, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released the following statement relating to Governor Tony Evers’ Shelter-in-Place Order: “A decision of such magnitude like a ‘shelter-in-place’ order, regardless of what the government calls it, should only be established through the surety and specificity of an act of the legislature because of […]

Statement: Gov. Evers’ Executive Order
State Has One-Day Drop in COVID-19 Tests

State Has One-Day Drop in COVID-19 Tests

For first time in a week, the growth rate of new cases, positive and negative, slows.

Rep. Bowen Tests Positive for COVID-19
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Tests Positive for COVID-19

Urges Constituents to Take Precautions, Stay at Home to Minimize Spread

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.

City Will Also Issue “Stay at Home” Order

City Will Also Issue “Stay at Home” Order

The goal: to "send a message about how serious this is," said Mayor Barrett.

Pandemic Forces State Prisons to Adapt

Pandemic Forces State Prisons to Adapt

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

Evers Reverses Course, Announces “Stay at Home” Order

Evers Reverses Course, Announces “Stay at Home” Order

Will suspend non-essential, in-person business. Individuals still allowed to leave home.

Statement from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele
Governor Evers, Insurance Commissioner Order Insurers to Assist Restaurants Offering Delivery During COVID-19
Supervisor Taylor Calls on Evers to Suspend Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Payments
Milwaukee Cancels Early Voting

Milwaukee Cancels Early Voting

UPDATE: Barrett calls for election to be postponed or switched to mail-in only voting.

Change Election Laws, Mayors Urge

Change Election Laws, Mayors Urge

Mayors of Green Bay, Appleton, Neenah, call for a vote-by-mail only April election.

Gov. Evers Suspends Utility Rules and  Allows for Additional Consumer Protections
Gov. Evers Announces New Order Relating to Department of Public Instruction
State’s Schools Scramble to Teach Online

State’s Schools Scramble to Teach Online

Uneven access to virtual classrooms, mixed results at MPS, other school districts.

381 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 4 Deaths

381 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, 4 Deaths

"Stay at home," says Governor Tony Evers in simple message on how Wisconsinites can help.

State Residents Turn to Outdoors

State Residents Turn to Outdoors

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

Op Ed: We Urge Release of Aged, Infirm Inmates
Op Ed

We Urge Release of Aged, Infirm Inmates

Advocacy groups urge Evers, DOC to expand compassionate release during outbreak.

Wisconsin Requests FEMA Assistance in Obtaining Protective Medical Supplies
How to Grocery Shop During Pandemic

How to Grocery Shop During Pandemic

Food supply is solid, top industry leader says, if people don’t panic.

Gov. Evers Urges Wisconsinites to Stay Home
Last Call for Corner Bars?

Last Call for Corner Bars?

Some are doing carryouts. Many have shut down.

281 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, Four Deaths

281 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, Four Deaths

Case count is lagging indicator of effectiveness of social distancing, other measures.

Gov. Evers Announces Four Remaining Grand Princess Cruise Ship Passengers Return to Wisconsin
Online Voter Registration Reinstated by Federal Judge

Online Voter Registration Reinstated by Federal Judge

You still have time to register to vote absentee. Republican Party sought to have suit dismissed.

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Approval for Disaster Loans for Small Businesses
UWM cancels commencement, closes most student housing
Gov. Evers Works to Increase Wisconsin Medical Provider Access to Critical Supplies
Governor Evers Doesn’t Want Election Rescheduled

Governor Evers Doesn’t Want Election Rescheduled

Governor said he's open to mail-in only voting. Encourages everyone to request absentee ballots.

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Updated Mass Gatherings Order
Evers Doesn’t Believe Wisconsin Will Need “Shelter in Place” Order

Evers Doesn’t Believe Wisconsin Will Need “Shelter in Place” Order

COVID-19 cases rising exponentially, now at 206, state working on supply shortages

Don’s Diner is Now [Temporarily] A Grocery Store

Don’s Diner is Now [Temporarily] A Grocery Store

The grocery formerly known as Don's Diner & Cocktails is now selling toilet paper, hand sanitizer, takeout food and spiked milkshakes.

State Treasurer Surveys COVID-19 Economic Fallout

State Treasurer Surveys COVID-19 Economic Fallout

Supports federal proposal for a Universal Basic Income.

First City of Milwaukee COVID-19 Death Reported

First City of Milwaukee COVID-19 Death Reported

Case is Milwaukee County's first death, third in the state.

Gov. Evers Confirms Two COVID-19 Deaths in Wisconsin
Representative LaKeshia Myers Calls on Governor to Cancel K-12 Standardized Testing
DMV Service Centers closed tomorrow (Friday, March 20)
Press Release

DMV Service Centers closed tomorrow (Friday, March 20)

Will reopen Monday, March 23 with limited in-person services

Will April Election be Postponed?

Will April Election be Postponed?

Preparation for election raises health concerns due to COVID-19.

Gov. Evers Urges the Public to Help Keep Our Healthcare Workers Safe
Gov. Evers Waives Work Search and Modifies Availability Requirements for Unemployment Benefits
COVID-19 Testing Supplies Running Low

COVID-19 Testing Supplies Running Low

State and local officials prioritizing tests for worst cases, so results understate spread of disease.

State Launches Programs To Aid Business

State Launches Programs To Aid Business

Loan and grant programs intended to provide bridge for businesses hurt by pandemic.

UWM to offer online, alternate instruction for remainder of spring semester
Statement: Meeting with Gov. Evers, Legislative Leaders
DFI Issues Emergency Guidance on Character and Fitness Requirements for Payday and Licensed Lenders
WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency
Press Release

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to coronavirus emergency

$5 million grant program will assist “smallest of the small” businesses around state

106 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

106 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Cases continue to grow, as does the rate of growth.

Voters Wanting Absentee Ballot Must be Registered by March 18th

Voters Wanting Absentee Ballot Must be Registered by March 18th

But the deadline for registered voters to request absentee ballots is April 2nd.

Gov. Evers Orders Scaling Down of all Child Care Settings
City Hall: Common Council Transforms Meetings
City Hall

Common Council Transforms Meetings

For social distancing: no full council meetings, remote voting allowed, no media on site.

State’s Day Care Centers Still Open

State’s Day Care Centers Still Open

Top state health official says need to keep centers open outweighs medical reasons to close.

Gov. Evers Submits Request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance for Small Wisconsin Businesses
Will State Legislature Take Action?

Will State Legislature Take Action?

Fitzgerald cancels Senate session, but Republicans expect extraordinary session later this spring.

State’s Hospitals Face a Blood Shortage

State’s Hospitals Face a Blood Shortage

“I’ve never seen anything like it.” 75 blood drives cancelled due to COVID-19.

Taverns: Insurer Denies Claims From Taverns
Taverns

Insurer Denies Claims From Taverns

Coverage for "Civil Authority" shutdowns has exclusion for "loss due to virus."

Art Scene: Not Every One Is Shut Down
Art Scene

Not Every One Is Shut Down

The art museums are closed but some art galleries are still open.

WEDC working to secure federal small business disaster loans for Wisconsin
Press Release

WEDC working to secure federal small business disaster loans for Wisconsin

Once approved by U.S. Small Business Administration, state companies will be able to access low-interest loans to cover losses

72 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

72 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

And state closes all bars and restaurants. "Stay home if you can," says Gov. Evers.

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Limit Gatherings to Less Than 10 to Slow Spread of COVID-19
Press Release

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Limit Gatherings to Less Than 10 to Slow Spread of COVID-19

Measures also being taken to manage testing capacity in Wisconsin

Op Ed: Flood Prevention Laws Needed
Op Ed

Flood Prevention Laws Needed

State’s annual rainfall up by 7 inches and "100-year floods" now happen routinely.

Eleven Milwaukee County Municipalities Restrict Food and Beverage Sales in Latest Effort to Protect Public Health
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music to Temporarily Close Physical Locations
Press Release

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music to Temporarily Close Physical Locations

Programs move to online format to aid Coronavirus prevention

Your Right to Know: Opee Awards For Open Records Leaders
Your Right to Know

Opee Awards For Open Records Leaders

Plaudits for Abrahamson, others. A “Nopee” for secretive state Legislature.

Dining: Evers Says State Bars, Restaurants Can Stay Open
Dining

Evers Says State Bars, Restaurants Can Stay Open

But must operate at 50 percent of their fire code capacity or 50 people maximum.

Health: 47 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin
Health

47 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

One had recovered and 504 negative tests. Cases and testing resources continue to grow.

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Prohibit Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More
Please Vote Absentee In Spring Election

Please Vote Absentee In Spring Election

Mayor Barrett urges voters to use mail-in ballots, seeks legislative changes to improve access, safety.

Evers Less Liberal Than National Democrats?

Evers Less Liberal Than National Democrats?

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

Gov. Evers, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin National Guard Work to Bring Grand Princess Cruise Ship Passengers Safely Back to Wisconsin
33 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

33 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

On Sunday, officials confirm five more cases Fond du Lac County, one more in Milwaukee County.

Second Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Discovered in the City of Milwaukee
Press Release

Second Coronavirus (COVID-19) Case Discovered in the City of Milwaukee

Milwaukee Public Schools and the City of Milwaukee Health Department to give update

Legislators Take No Action on Pandemic

Legislators Take No Action on Pandemic

Some states passing laws, funding, Vos and Fitzgerald say "no need" for Wisconsin Legislature to meet.

Women’s History Month: Three More Local ‘SHEroes’
Women’s History Month

Three More Local ‘SHEroes’

Meet three more extraordinary women being honored by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

27 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

27 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Six in Milwaukee County. State’s total up to 27 as of Saturday afternoon.

Governor Evers directs WisDOT to issue COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permits
19 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

19 Cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Two in Milwaukee County. State’s total up to 19 as of Friday

Gov. Evers Mandates Closing All K-12 Schools

Gov. Evers Mandates Closing All K-12 Schools

Governor expects to reopen schools on April 6.

Milwaukee Public Schools close effective Monday, March 16, 2020
Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Mandate Statewide Closure of All K-12 Wisconsin Schools
Milwaukee Arts Groups Suspending Shows

Milwaukee Arts Groups Suspending Shows

Milwaukee Rep closed till April 5, Florentine Opera going digital, others cancelling.

Evers Addresses COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Evers Addresses COVID-19 in Wisconsin

Governor declares state of emergency, urges closure of large events.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater to Suspend all Performances and Public Events Through April 5, 2020
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Cancels March 19th Neighborhood Night and Postpones April 4th Birthday Party
Press Release

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Cancels March 19th Neighborhood Night and Postpones April 4th Birthday Party

The Museum will follow the Department of Health Services’ recommendation for cancelling large public events due to coronavirus.

Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Dane County
Press Release

Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Dane County

Patients were in contact with person with illness confirmed earlier this week

Gov. Evers Declares Public Health Emergency Due to COVID-19
City Hall: Milwaukee Preparing for the Arrival of Coronavirus
City Hall

Milwaukee Preparing for the Arrival of Coronavirus

Scale of virus outbreak in Wisconsin doubles during press conference as Barrett asks Evers to declare statewide emergency.

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for January Storms
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.

Gov. Evers Appoints Tyler Huebner to the Public Service Commission
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.

Gov. Evers Appoints Cairie Virrueta as Walworth County Register of Deeds
Survey Shows Support for Health Care Changes

Survey Shows Support for Health Care Changes

4 of 5 respondents in state survey worry they won’t be able to afford health care in the future.

Gov. Evers Announces Bipartisan Legislation Addressing Flooding
Op Ed: The Foxconn Road to Ruin
Op Ed

The Foxconn Road to Ruin

$630 million for roads and infrastructure for Foxconn while highways across state fall apart.

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.

The State of Politics: How Will State Party Pick DNC Delegates?
The State of Politics

How Will State Party Pick DNC Delegates?

Complicated formula to assure geographic, gender, racial balance for 84 delegates.

Some ‘Tougher on Crime’ Bills Passed

Some ‘Tougher on Crime’ Bills Passed

Gov. Evers vetoed most, but signed a few.

DNR Supports Groundwater Awareness Week With Focus On Sustainability
Op Ed: State’s Student Loan Debt is $24 Billion!
Op Ed

State’s Student Loan Debt is $24 Billion!

College grads paying interest rates as high as 11% when home loans are 3%. The solution is obvious.

State Adds 12 New Circuit Court Branches

State Adds 12 New Circuit Court Branches

Bill signed by Gov. Evers makes first additions in a decade.

Gov. Evers Swears in New Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard
Gov. Evers Appoints Héctor Colón to the UW Board of Regents
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.

Transportation: Evers Announces $75 Million in Transportation Funding
Transportation

Evers Announces $75 Million in Transportation Funding

Milwaukee County Transit System gets $1 million grant.

Gov. Evers Signs Bill Adding 12 New Branches to the Wisconsin Circuit Court
Data Wonk: State Regulators at Issue in High Court Race
Data Wonk

State Regulators at Issue in High Court Race

Justice Dan Kelly seems to side with those out to destroy the “administrative state.”

Statement: $75M WISDOT grant awards a missed opportunity
Gov. Evers Authorizes Wisconsin to Join Lawsuit Challenging the Unlawful and Unconstitutional Diversion of Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Build President Trump’s Border Wall
Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million in Local Transportation Grants
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million in Local Transportation Grants

Projects improve safety and economic development in 152 Wisconsin Communities

Gov. Evers Acts on More Than 60 Bills
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.

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Focused on Expanding Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services
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.

The State of Politics: Veto Keeps $392 Million in State Treasury
The State of Politics

Veto Keeps $392 Million in State Treasury

Evers and Republicans can’t agree on how to spend budget surplus.

State’s Utilities Lag on Solar Equity

State’s Utilities Lag on Solar Equity

Doing little to connect low-income customers to solar, report says.

Plats and Parcels: UWM Gets Okay to Partially Demolish Columbia Hospital
Plats and Parcels

UWM Gets Okay to Partially Demolish Columbia Hospital

Plus: Council could delay convention center expansion, MSOE expanding nursing facilities.

Molson Coors Shooting Restarts Gun Debate

Molson Coors Shooting Restarts Gun Debate

Democrat legislators speak up about gun safety reforms.

Evers Vetoes “Tougher on Crime” Bills

Evers Vetoes “Tougher on Crime” Bills

Republican bills increased some criminal penalties, would have meant more incarceration.

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Gov. Evers’ Soft-on-Crime Vetoes
ACLU of Wisconsin Commends Governor Evers for Vetoing Prison Expanding Legislation
Gov. Evers Signs Bills Increasing State Trooper Pay, OWI Offenses, Other Legislation
Governor Evers announces $40.5 million in harbor grants
Press Release

Governor Evers announces $40.5 million in harbor grants

Funds cover port construction and maintenance projects

Building Commission Approves Projects, Gov. Evers Applauds Approval for Secure Residential Care Centers for Children and Youth
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Sanders’ support rising among Democrats and tight races between Trump and each Democratic candidate for president
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?

Shooting at Molson Coors Left 6 Dead, Including Gunman

Shooting at Molson Coors Left 6 Dead, Including Gunman

Law enforcement and elected officials lament the tragedy.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of the Victims of the Molson Coors Tragedy
Gov. Evers Statement on Molson Coors Shooting
Rep. Robyn Vining: “The Moment is Bigger than Competing Tax Cut Plans”
Evers Vetoes GOP Income Tax Cut

Evers Vetoes GOP Income Tax Cut

Voters would prefer his plan to fund schools and lower property taxes, governor declares.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Vetoing Another Tax Cut
Gov. Evers Vetoes GOP Spending Plan, Calls for Investments in Education, Property Tax Relief
Press Release

Gov. Evers Vetoes GOP Spending Plan, Calls for Investments in Education, Property Tax Relief

Gov. Evers rejects plan that fails to provide broad, meaningful property tax relief to Wisconsin taxpayers, calls for compromise

Gov. Evers Announces $29 Million Harbor Grant to Port of Marinette in Support of Future Ship Building
Hmong Leaders Rally Against Deportation

Hmong Leaders Rally Against Deportation

Efforts by Trump administration to deport Hmongs to Laos condemned at rally in Wausau.

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.

Gov. Evers Announces $4.9 Million Harbor Grant to Support Wisconsin Agricultural Exports
Gov. Evers Appoints Brigadier General Paul Knapp to Lead the Wisconsin National Guard
City’s African American Auto Deaths Soar

City’s African American Auto Deaths Soar

Up by 93% in five years, report finds. Statistic is “shocking,” says Ald. Murphy

Op Ed: “Tougher On Crime” Bills Make No Sense
Op Ed

“Tougher On Crime” Bills Make No Sense

Sen. Jon Erpenbach blasts recent "Tougher on Crime" legislation. Argues for increased education funding.

GOP Tax Cut Passes Assembly

GOP Tax Cut Passes Assembly

Plan costs state $248 million annually, saves average Wisconsin income tax filers $106 annually.

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 611 Relating to Liens on Aircraft and Aircraft Engines
Gov. Evers Appoints Sandie Giernoth as Washington County Circuit Court Judge
Finally: Action on Agriculture
Bipartisan Water Quality Bills Pass

Bipartisan Water Quality Bills Pass

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

GOP Tax Cut Passes Senate

GOP Tax Cut Passes Senate

Assembly takes up bill today, despite Evers' call for money to go to schools.

GOP Blocks K-12 Funding While Voting to Send More Youth to Prison
Press Release

GOP Blocks K-12 Funding While Voting to Send More Youth to Prison

Prisons get almost $1 billion boost at expense of students and homeowners

Gov. Evers Grants Pardons to 17 More Individuals
Gov. Evers Honors 14 Recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award in Capitol Ceremony
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”.

Evers Effect Pushes Assembly Passage of Water Quality Bills
Press Release

Evers Effect Pushes Assembly Passage of Water Quality Bills

Republicans follow Governor Evers’ lead on water quality issues

Lt. Gov. Barnes Issues Statement on State of the Tribes Address
Legislature Split on Violence Against Women Bills

Legislature Split on Violence Against Women Bills

Nationally the Violence Against Women Act has expired. In Wisconsin partisan split killing legislation.

GOP Tax Cut, Farm Bills Pass Budget Committee

GOP Tax Cut, Farm Bills Pass Budget Committee

Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee ignores Evers’ proposals, passes Republican package.

Wisconsin Students and Homeowners Abandoned by GOP
Press Release

Wisconsin Students and Homeowners Abandoned by GOP

Republicans fail to restore education funding and ensure property tax relief

Op Ed: State School Funding Will Lower Taxes
Op Ed

State School Funding Will Lower Taxes

By reducing number of school referendums to hike property taxes. Republicans should reconsider Evers plan.

The State of Politics: Last Call for the Legislature
The State of Politics

Last Call for the Legislature

The rush to end session and go home for the year results in some ugly legislation.

Campaign Cash: Big Money Groups Oppose PFAS Regulation
Campaign Cash

Big Money Groups Oppose PFAS Regulation

Wisconsin Manufacturers, other business groups spent $8.5 million on campaigns, oppose regulating “forever chemicals."

GOP Reveals Tax Cut Proposal

GOP Reveals Tax Cut Proposal

Gov. Evers wants money for schools, GOP wants tax relief.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Register of Deeds of Walworth County
Assembly Stalls on Farm Crisis Legislation

Assembly Stalls on Farm Crisis Legislation

Despite bipartisan movement, the bills never saw a special session.

Gov. Evers Announces Award of $2 Million of Community Development Block Grant-CLOSE Funds to Racine County
Democrats Prioritize Public Schools
Press Release

Democrats Prioritize Public Schools

Assembly Democrats support Governor Evers’ call for a special session on education

Assembly Rejects Bipartisan Rape Kit Bill

Assembly Rejects Bipartisan Rape Kit Bill

Republicans pass bill with "poison pills' that will force veto by Gov. Evers.

Gov. Evers Appoints Larisa Benitez-Morgan as Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge
Fitzgerald Bill to Create Money Laundering Statute Headed to Governor’s Desk
Press Release

Fitzgerald Bill to Create Money Laundering Statute Headed to Governor’s Desk

Gives law enforcement additional tool to fight human trafficking

Gov. Evers Asks for Federal Disaster Assistance in Southeastern Wisconsin
Coal Shipping Down, Wind Cargo Surges

Coal Shipping Down, Wind Cargo Surges

Utilities have retired 546 coal-fired plants while shipping of wind turbines sets record.

Gov. Evers Approves Wisconsin National Guard’s Corrective Action Plan
Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to 2020 Census Complete Count Committee
The State of Politics: Fight Looms Over Tough-on-Crime Bills
The State of Politics

Fight Looms Over Tough-on-Crime Bills

Republican bills would jail more people. Democrats resist, align themselves with Trump.

My 25 Years in State Government

My 25 Years in State Government

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

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fallen Milwaukee Fire Department Firefighter
DNR, OCI Urge Wisconsinites To Consider Flood Insurance After Record Rain And Snow In 2019
Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Op Ed: Voucher Programs Cutting Into Public School Funding
Op Ed

Voucher Programs Cutting Into Public School Funding

State Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Pope introduce legislation requiring a referendum before state aid to school districts can be cut.

GOP Adds More “Tougher On Crime” Legislation

GOP Adds More “Tougher On Crime” Legislation

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

Evers Calls Special Session, Wants $250 Million for Public Schools

Evers Calls Special Session, Wants $250 Million for Public Schools

Using $812 million surplus, schools would get funding increase and property taxes would be reduced.

Evers Supports Greater Funding For Farm Crisis Bills

Evers Supports Greater Funding For Farm Crisis Bills

Speaker Robin Vos is proposing a bigger investment, and Evers is on board.

Your Right to Know: Records Fees Mean Records Denials
Your Right to Know

Records Fees Mean Records Denials

Some legislators charge more than $100 to forward digital records. Is that open records?

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education, Reducing Property Taxes
Press Release

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education, Reducing Property Taxes

Gov. Evers' plan announced today recommits to two-thirds funding for K-12 education, including $130 million in property tax relief through equalization aid

Data Wonk: The Republicans’ Gerrymander Scheme
Data Wonk

The Republicans’ Gerrymander Scheme

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

Sexual Assault Bill Becomes Partisan Issue

Sexual Assault Bill Becomes Partisan Issue

Bipartisan bill ready to pass but gets hijacked by Republicans adding provisions on school choice, ICE.

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Sixteen Bipartisan Bills
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.

Representative LaKeshia Myers Issues Statement Regarding Governor Evers’ Signing of Act 84
Gerrymandering Has Racial Bias, Evers Says

Gerrymandering Has Racial Bias, Evers Says

Black disenfranchisement still happening, governor declares at Black History Month event.

Voces de La Frontera Mobilizing Voters

Voces de La Frontera Mobilizing Voters

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

‘When, Not If’ Medical Marijuana Is Legalized

‘When, Not If’ Medical Marijuana Is Legalized

Lawmakers of both parties privately agree it will be legalized, legislator tells Milwaukee Press Club.

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Legislation at Milton High School
Organic Food Crisis Threatens State Farmers

Organic Food Crisis Threatens State Farmers

Organic dairy farming boom is darn near a bust, affecting your choices at grocery stores.

Op Ed: Trump Running On The Economy
Op Ed

Trump Running On The Economy

But warning signs are flashing nationally and in Wisconsin.

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?

Why The Census Matters to Milwaukee

Why The Census Matters to Milwaukee

What you need to know about the Census and why it matters to state, nation.

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #68 Declaring a State of Emergency in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha Counties
Gov. Evers Appoints Tina Pommier as Eau Claire County Register of Deeds
Farmers Forgotten?

Farmers Forgotten?

Despite bipartisan reception, farm legislation delayed during special legislative session.

Hundreds Rally for Criminal Justice Reform

Hundreds Rally for Criminal Justice Reform

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

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.

Gov. Evers Appoints Marcy West to Natural Resources Board
Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #67 Relating to Creating a Task Force on Student Debt
Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Employee Contracts and Funding for Homelessness
Private School Vouchers Boost State Economy?

Private School Vouchers Boost State Economy?

So argues study by conservative group, which pushes for more funding. Public school advocates object.

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Who’s the Most Partisan?

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

Gov. Evers requests FEMA damage assessments in Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties
WHEDA CEO Altoro gains national honors with two new advisory roles
Gov. Evers Announces General to Oversee Wisconsin National Guard’s Corrective Action
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces General to Oversee Wisconsin National Guard’s Corrective Action

Contact Information for Guard Ombudsman.

Eyes on Milwaukee: State Office Building Gets Boost
Eyes on Milwaukee

State Office Building Gets Boost

Near West Side Partners leader says state is advancing project that could land on 27th St.

WisDOT Secretary-designee Thompson selected to chair regional transportation group
Evers Releases Anti-Vaping Agenda

Evers Releases Anti-Vaping Agenda

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

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

Bar Exam: The Riverwest Filling Station is a Gas
Bar Exam

The Riverwest Filling Station is a Gas

A Riverwest gem with a long and storied past.

DNR Working On New PFAS Rules

DNR Working On New PFAS Rules

GOP controlled assembly rejects legislation enabling tougher regulation of "forever chemicals."

State Expects To Collect $818 Million More in Taxes Than Estimated

State Expects To Collect $818 Million More in Taxes Than Estimated

Republicans and Democrats battle over how to use the money.

Statements on Gerald Whitburn’s resignation from the UW-System Board of Regents
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.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to New Revenue Numbers, Plans to Move Ahead with Property Tax Cut Proposal
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.

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session, Signs Executive Orders Supporting and Investing in Farmers and Rural Communities
Press Release

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session, Signs Executive Orders Supporting and Investing in Farmers and Rural Communities

Governor's Special Session legislation includes investments in mental health, farm-to-school and farm-to-fork programs, and increasing dairy exports.

Risser Applauds Governor Evers’ State of the State Address
Press Release

Risser Applauds Governor Evers’ State of the State Address

Last night during the State of the State Address, Governor Evers delivered a resounding call to action on the challenges facing our state.

Evers Calls Special Session on Dairy Crisis

Evers Calls Special Session on Dairy Crisis

His State-of-State speech also announces nonpartisan redistricting commission.

Governor Calls on Legislature to Pass Vruwink’s Small Farm Diversity Legislation
Press Release

Governor Calls on Legislature to Pass Vruwink’s Small Farm Diversity Legislation

Assembly Bill 495, if enacted, would provide up to $50,000 per grant for agricultural operations that are conducted on 50 acres or less of land.

Representative Myers’ Response to the State of the State Address
Press Release

Representative Myers’ Response to the State of the State Address

I am confident in the governor’s plans to move Wisconsin forward

Rep. Bowen’s Statement on Gov. Evers’ 2020 State of the State Address
Press Release

Rep. Bowen’s Statement on Gov. Evers’ 2020 State of the State Address

Wisconsinites want the Legislature to work together for them over political divisions.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Response To State of the State
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Response To State of the State

Republicans will continue to block Governor Evers’ liberal agenda and ensure the state moves forward without expanding welfare, overspending or overtaxing the citizens of Wisconsin.

Gov. Evers Ready to Get to Work for Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Ready to Get to Work for Wisconsin

The people we represent deserve to have elected officials who show up and get things done for their families. That’s what I’m here to do.

Rep. Robyn Vining Commends Governor Evers’ State of the State Address
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Commends Governor Evers’ State of the State Address

“I look forward to continuing my work with Governor Evers and my colleagues in the legislature on the issues that Wisconsinites care about. Forward together.”

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers’ State of the State Address
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers’ State of the State Address

The state of our state is strong. Republican-backed reforms continue to fuel our state’s economy and have our state budget in the best shape in decades.

The Legislature Needs To Do Its Job
Press Release

The Legislature Needs To Do Its Job

To me, getting to work means putting in the time to hear bills that our colleagues write. Getting to work means staying in session until the work is done.

Governor Evers’ State of the State Address Focuses on Opportunities for Wisconsin
Press Release

Governor Evers’ State of the State Address Focuses on Opportunities for Wisconsin

We are at our best when we work together to get things done.

Representative Subeck Supports Governor Evers’s Call to Action for Wisconsin
Press Release

Representative Subeck Supports Governor Evers’s Call to Action for Wisconsin

I stand with Governor Evers when he says it is time to set politics aside and to work together to move our state forward.

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.

Senator Erpenbach’s Response to the State of the State Address
Press Release

Senator Erpenbach’s Response to the State of the State Address

After a both successful and trying year in 2019, Governor Evers was able to deliver on promises and move the needle on many of the issues that Wisconsinites care about.

Rep. Evan Goyke Responds to State of the State Address
Press Release

Rep. Evan Goyke Responds to State of the State Address

Governor Evers Continues to Lead Wisconsin –Republicans Still Trying to Catch Up

Gov. Evers Delivers 2020 State of the State Address
Press Release

Gov. Evers Delivers 2020 State of the State Address

Gov. Evers’ remarks as prepared for delivery.

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Approves DNR Effort to Create New PFAS Standards
Hot Debate, Limited Action by Senate

Hot Debate, Limited Action by Senate

Limited bills on homeless, clean water passed, nothing on dark stores tax loophole.

Sen. Craig Responds to Gov. Evers’ State of the State Address
Press Release

Sen. Craig Responds to Gov. Evers’ State of the State Address

“Republican legislative majorities will continue to take a commonsense approach and govern responsibly by limiting government overreach while supporting a free-market economy, which is the very recipe that has led to one of the most prosperous decades in state history.” 

Assembly Passes PFAS, Nurse Assault Bills

Assembly Passes PFAS, Nurse Assault Bills

Will go to governor for signature. Five other bills passed need Senate approval.

Senator Testin Turns His Back on Homeowners
Press Release

Senator Testin Turns His Back on Homeowners

Republican refuses to close the Dark Store Loophole despite pleas from community leaders.

Gov. Evers Appoints Lukas Steiner to Serve as Crawford County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Lukas Steiner to Serve as Crawford County District Attorney

This appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Tim Baxter on Jan. 3, 2020.

Republicans Reject Closing the “Dark Store Loophole”
Press Release

Republicans Reject Closing the “Dark Store Loophole”

Homeowners to face higher property taxes under Republican control.

Gov. Evers Signs Six Bipartisan Bills
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Six Bipartisan Bills

Governor signs six bills into law.

40th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

40th Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Capitol dome echoed with music, tributes at oldest state celebration in America.

The State of Politics: GOP Targets Three Democratic Reps
The State of Politics

GOP Targets Three Democratic Reps

Their Assembly districts voted for Trump. They now face Republican challengers.

Can State’s Energy Go Carbon Free by 2050?

Can State’s Energy Go Carbon Free by 2050?

Legislators and PSC leader consider Evers' 30-year goal for Wisconsin.

Gov. Evers Takes Action to Address Youth Vaping
Press Release

Gov. Evers Takes Action to Address Youth Vaping

“Vaping is a serious public health epidemic and it is time to take action," said Evers.

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

Homelessness Decreasing in Wisconsin

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

DNC Chair Talks Healthcare in Milwaukee

DNC Chair Talks Healthcare in Milwaukee

Chair Tom Perez is touring 2020 battle ground states discussing health care.

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.

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

First floor session of 2020 saw partisan attacks and the passage of controversial legislation.

Gov. Evers Appoints Chief Judge Maxine White to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
Wisconsin Jail Population Rising

Wisconsin Jail Population Rising

Rise attributed to opioid epidemic and state bail laws.

Op Ed: State Doesn’t Need English Only Law
Op Ed

State Doesn’t Need English Only Law

Bill’s language is sweeping. Its purpose is to fan the flames of bigotry.

Representative Lisa Subeck Upholds Governor’s Veto
New Marquette Law School Poll finds majorities of Wisconsin voters disapprove of Trump foreign policy and killing of Iranian general
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds majorities of Wisconsin voters disapprove of Trump foreign policy and killing of Iranian general

Please note: Complete Poll results and methodology information can be found online at law.marquette.edu/poll

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.

GOP Legislators Push “Tougher on Crime” Bills

GOP Legislators Push “Tougher on Crime” Bills

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

Governor Evers announces more than $132 million in transportation aid payments to local governments
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?

Huge Drop in Refugees Resettled Since 2016

Huge Drop in Refugees Resettled Since 2016

Wisconsin resettled 480 refugees in 2019, compared to nearly 1,877 in 2016.

Op Ed: Democrats 2020 Vision for Wisconsin
Op Ed

Democrats 2020 Vision for Wisconsin

Fairer taxes, cleaner water, lower cost health care, common-sense solutions.

Report Ties Green Energy to Economic Growth

Report Ties Green Energy to Economic Growth

State’s potential for green jobs huge, but still ranks 41st in solar power.

Gov. Evers Announces Ombudsman for the Wisconsin National Guard
Evers Assigns “Homework” to Legislators

Evers Assigns “Homework” to Legislators

Urges a legislative session long enough to pass bipartisan bills on water quality, homelessness, other issues.

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.

DNR Providing Emergency Drinking Water to Homeowner with PFAS Contamination Near JCI Investigation Area
Local governments submit $1.47 billion in transportation grant requests
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?

Legislators Unveil $10 Million Clean Water Plan

Legislators Unveil $10 Million Clean Water Plan

Package of 13 proposals. Evers likely to support the approach.

Gov. Evers Announces Homework for the Legislative Session
Shame on Judge Milton Childs Crime Cannot Be Deterred Without Consequences
Press Release

Shame on Judge Milton Childs Crime Cannot Be Deterred Without Consequences

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 9, 2020

Gov. Evers Appoints Judith Srp as Rusk County Register of Deeds
500 Media Members Get DNC Preview

500 Media Members Get DNC Preview

Officials host national media for first look at city and convention venues.

Clock Ticking for Legislature

Clock Ticking for Legislature

Short session, just two months planned for 2020. Can two parties agree on any legislation?

Police Seek Bay View Hit-and-Run Driver

Police Seek Bay View Hit-and-Run Driver

Manuel Salazar-Gutierrez of La Crosse charged with second-degree reckless homicide.

Wisconsin Budget: 22 States Hiked Minimum Wage This Year
Wisconsin Budget

22 States Hiked Minimum Wage This Year

But not Wisconsin, where it's $7.25 versus $12-$14 in many states. What’s the impact?

More Banks May Serve Hemp Businesses

More Banks May Serve Hemp Businesses

Survey shows those willing to provide loans has risen from 17% a year ago to 48% today.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Register of Deeds of Eau Claire County
State Residents Cross Border for Legal Pot

State Residents Cross Border for Legal Pot

Hundreds of Wisconsin buyers heading to Illinois now that it has legalized marijuana.

Women Legislators Discuss Hate Mail

Women Legislators Discuss Hate Mail

Zamarripa gets hate mail at home and office, on weekly basis.

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.

Gov. Evers Reviews His First Year

Gov. Evers Reviews His First Year

Not satisfied, but cites progress on schools, health care, “Scott holes”.

Plenty of Horne: Public Market Scores Gimbel’s Sign
Plenty of Horne

Public Market Scores Gimbel’s Sign

Classic, 86-pound plaque from 1920s joins a sign from rival Boston Store.

Op Ed: Losing Sheila’s Smile
Op Ed

Losing Sheila’s Smile

I’m now among some 40% of Americans who know someone killed with a gun.

Back From Madrid, Barnes Pushes Climate Policy

Back From Madrid, Barnes Pushes Climate Policy

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

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?

Wisconsin Budget: Why Foxconn Contract Is In Dispute
Wisconsin Budget

Why Foxconn Contract Is In Dispute

Both sides may have reason to renegotiate contract.

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.

Rise in Pot Vaping by Teens

Rise in Pot Vaping by Teens

Use has doubled in two years nationally. Schools in state see rising problem.

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.

Wisconsin Awarded Nearly $10 Million for Early Childhood Efforts
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.

Brendan Dassey’s Attorneys Issue Statement
Convention Center Moves Forward

Convention Center Moves Forward

District board hires Atlanta-based architectural firm for $300 million project.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Deal Looks Dead
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Deal Looks Dead

Company’s revised plan ineligible for subsidies and Foxconn opposes contract rewrite.

Governor Evers announces more than $5.1 million to serve the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities
Gov. Evers: Wisconsin Welcomes Refugees
Milwaukee Tool to Expand Company

Milwaukee Tool to Expand Company

Plans 2.5 million square foot campus in Menomonee Falls, 1,800 new jobs by 2025.

Milwaukee Tool Expanding Wisconsin Footprint
Press Release

Milwaukee Tool Expanding Wisconsin Footprint

Company to hire 870 workers by 2025

Senator Darling Lacks Compassion Amidst the Christmas Season
Press Release

Senator Darling Lacks Compassion Amidst the Christmas Season

Republican Leaves Children, Families and Veterans Out In the Cold

Op Ed: How to Pass Expanded Medicaid Bill
Op Ed

How to Pass Expanded Medicaid Bill

Evers needs to be more strategic with Republicans.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former Oneida Nation Chairman Rick Hill
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.

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?

Foxconn Can’t Get Tax Credits, State Says

Foxconn Can’t Get Tax Credits, State Says

Switch from Gen 10.5 plant to Gen 6 plant makes it ineligible under contract, company is told.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Washington County Circuit Court
New Marquette Law School Poll finds no change in impeachment views following end of public testimony
Lipscomb Seeks to End “Birth Tax”
GOP Bill Legalizes Medical Marijuana

GOP Bill Legalizes Medical Marijuana

But Fitzgerald and Vos immediately throw cold water on idea.

Nearly $1 Million in Clean Water Grants Awarded by Department of Safety and Professional Services
Evers Orders National Guard Leader to Resign

Evers Orders National Guard Leader to Resign

Governor calls for sweeping changes in how sexual assault and harassment is reported, investigated.

Campaign Cash: Farm Pollution Rules May Get Killed
Campaign Cash

Farm Pollution Rules May Get Killed

Big business lobby WMC and Big Agriculture donors oppose the rules.

Op Ed: Will Lincoln Hills Ever Be Closed?
Op Ed

Will Lincoln Hills Ever Be Closed?

Republicans refuse to meet and vote on amount of funding for replacement facilities.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on National Guard Bureau Report on Wisconsin National Guard
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on National Guard Bureau Report on Wisconsin National Guard

"Our Wisconsin National Guard service members deserve leadership of unmatched integrity and a work environment free of sexual assault, harassment and the fear of retaliation."

AG Kaul Statement on National Guard Report and Reforms
Press Release

AG Kaul Statement on National Guard Report and Reforms

"I support Governor Evers’ swift response to the National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigations report, with his issuance of Executive Order #62."

Gov. Evers Announces Sweeping Reforms Within Wisconsin National Guard
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Sweeping Reforms Within Wisconsin National Guard

Gov. Evers Calls for Leadership Change; Signs Executive Order #62 relating to Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Reporting Procedures, Investigation Protocols, and Accountability Measures in the Wisconsin National Guard

Governor Evers: Brookings/ITIF Proposal Would Significantly Boost Funding for Wisconsin Tech Leaders
Press Release

Governor Evers: Brookings/ITIF Proposal Would Significantly Boost Funding for Wisconsin Tech Leaders

Report calls for 10-year, $100 billion federal Investment in “heartland” tech centers

The State of Politics: Big Decline in State’s ACA Recipients
The State of Politics

Big Decline in State’s ACA Recipients

State sees 15% decline, Milwaukee County 26% drop in those covered by Obamacare.

State Highway Projects Panel Wakes Up

State Highway Projects Panel Wakes Up

Transportation Projects Commission meets for first time in five years, restarts planning.

Transportation Projects Commission meets for first time since 2014
Press Release

Transportation Projects Commission meets for first time since 2014

TPC approves removing three current highway project studies

After Shootings Officials Discuss School Safety

After Shootings Officials Discuss School Safety

Should security be beefed up at MPS, other school districts? Opinions vary.

Gov. Evers Hosts 2019 Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with DNR Sec. Cole and Wisconsin Students
Press Release

Gov. Evers Hosts 2019 Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with DNR Sec. Cole and Wisconsin Students

“The best part about the holiday season at the Capitol is that it is a collaborative effort of folks all over our state that makes this season such a success.”

Wisconsin Republicans Forget the Reason for the Season
Press Release

Wisconsin Republicans Forget the Reason for the Season

"I believe it’s hypocritical to pretend to care about Christmas by requiring the word be used, but then failing the spirit of the holiday and behaving like Grinches and Scrooges towards the homeless in Wisconsin."

State Still Committed to Foxconn Deal

State Still Committed to Foxconn Deal

“It has to be a good deal,” says new head of WEDC.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

“On this National Day of Remembrance, we honor the memories of the servicemembers who perished that day and pay tribute to them for their bravery and sacrifice.”

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Register of Deeds of Rusk County
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Register of Deeds of Rusk County

The new register of deeds will complete a term ending Jan. 3, 2021.

Police Investigating Multiple School Threats

Police Investigating Multiple School Threats

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

12% of Students Feel Unsafe in School

12% of Students Feel Unsafe in School

And 5% of state teens now carry a weapon to school, study finds.

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.

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Shooting at Oshkosh West High School
Press Release

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Shooting at Oshkosh West High School

"We can’t just accept that violence in our schools is a foregone conclusion, and we have to get to work to do everything we can to keep our kids and our communities safe."

School Shootings Raise Safety Concerns

School Shootings Raise Safety Concerns

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

Gov. Evers Appoints Melissa Inlow as Clark County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Melissa Inlow as Clark County District Attorney

Inlow has been a criminal prosecutor for over a decade and is currently an assistant district attorney for La Crosse County.

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.

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Shooting at Waukesha South High School
Press Release

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Shooting at Waukesha South High School

"My heart is with the students, educators, and staff of Waukesha South High School and the entire Waukesha community as they mourn and endure the trauma of today’s shooting."

State Grants Target Diesel Emissions

State Grants Target Diesel Emissions

Goal is to get buses, other vehicles to switch to cleaner liquid propane.

Op Ed: Robin Vos Stonewalls on Public Records
Op Ed

Robin Vos Stonewalls on Public Records

John Q. Public can’t get anything from Assembly Speaker

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.

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

With no explanation, Fitzgerald stopped bipartisan bill providing grants to homeless shelters.

Willie Brisco’s Fight for Social Justice

Willie Brisco’s Fight for Social Justice

Longtime leader with groups like MICAH is still working for change.

Evers Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Evers Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Hemp becoming state’s “comeback crop,” Republican Sen. Testin says.

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 447 Relating to Supplemental Transportation Aids
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 447 Relating to Supplemental Transportation Aids

“I am happy to sign this bill today as it is a technical fix that is going to greatly benefit our roads and communities.”

Gov. Evers Signs the Growing Opportunities Act
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs the Growing Opportunities Act

This bill makes needed changes to Wisconsin's current laws regarding hemp production in the state of Wisconsin due to the passage of the federal 2018 Farm Bill.

Gov. Evers Announces Transportation Projects Commission to Meet December 6
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Transportation Projects Commission to Meet December 6

Three, new citizen members appointed to the bipartisan public-private commission

Evers Signs ‘Telehealth’ Bill

Evers Signs ‘Telehealth’ Bill

Medicaid patients who get health care delivered long-distance now qualify for coverage.

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 380 to Expand Health Care Access via Telehealth Services
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 380 to Expand Health Care Access via Telehealth Services

"Wisconsin residents deserve access to quality health care, regardless of where they live in our state.”

The State of Politics: Binge Drinking Cost County $594 Million
The State of Politics

Binge Drinking Cost County $594 Million

New report finds $3.9 billion impact in 2018 for entire state. Wisconsin ranks second in binge drinking.

Evers Commits to Paris Climate Accords

Evers Commits to Paris Climate Accords

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

Foxconn Deal Could Hurt Economic Growth

Foxconn Deal Could Hurt Economic Growth

Study finds targeted subsidies more likely to diminish rather than enhance state’s economic prosperity.

Four community leaders receive Greater Together Awards from GMF
Press Release

Four community leaders receive Greater Together Awards from GMF

“Congratulations to our 2019 Greater Together Award recipients whose pioneering and selfless work will inspire others for years to come.”

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 74 at Prescott High School Student Assembly
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 74 at Prescott High School Student Assembly

“I'm especially excited to be here today, not just to be able to visit Prescott for Mr. Ryan, but because I get to show students firsthand what lawmaking and civics look like, and how important they are to our state.”

9 Questions About the 2020 Census

9 Questions About the 2020 Census

It can take as little as 10 minutes. But the results matter so much.

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 168 Relating to Rights for Voters with Disabilities
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 168 Relating to Rights for Voters with Disabilities

“We have to make sure voting is fair and accessible, and that everyone has the opportunity to cast their vote at the ballot box.”

Campaign Cash: Legislators Got $2 Million During Budget
Campaign Cash

Legislators Got $2 Million During Budget

Twice as much donated to Republican lawmakers by special interest groups.

Evers Vetos Bill on Nursing Assistants

Evers Vetos Bill on Nursing Assistants

Would cut required training hours to get certified. Opponents say it would hurt patients.

Gov. Evers Takes Action on More Than 10 Bills
Seeking an RX for Rising Drug Prices

Seeking an RX for Rising Drug Prices

Governor’s task force brings business, consumers, Republicans and Democrats to the table

AFP-WI Applauds Gov. Evers for Ending Miller Park Perk
Press Release

AFP-WI Applauds Gov. Evers for Ending Miller Park Perk

Bipartisan rebuke of corporate welfare keeps more money in Wisconsinites’ pockets

ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers Signing Anti-Protest Bill Into Law
Press Release

ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers Signing Anti-Protest Bill Into Law

“We are deeply disappointed by Governor Evers’ decision to sign this harmful and unnecessary legislation, despite strong opposition from environmental and civil rights advocates and Native Tribes across the state.”

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Assembly Bill 426
Gov. Evers Takes Action on Six Bills
Press Release

Gov. Evers Takes Action on Six Bills

 

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 132 Relating to the Regulation of E-Bikes
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 132 Relating to the Regulation of E-Bikes

“Electric bicycles are not only a fun alternative to regular bicycles, but they offer a more sustainable and accessible transportation option for Wisconsinites.”

New Marquette Law School Poll finds shifts in Wisconsin public opinion favorable to President Trump on impeachment and presidential election preferences
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds shifts in Wisconsin public opinion favorable to President Trump on impeachment and presidential election preferences

Trump holds small leads over each of four top Democratic candidates for president in head-to-head matchups in the new survey

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 22 Requiring Human Trafficking Education for Commercial Drivers
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.

Gov. Evers Signs Bills in Oshkosh Focused on Public Health and Safety
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.

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 52 Relating to Youth Homelessness
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 52 Relating to Youth Homelessness

"No kid should have to worry about where they are going to sleep at night, but the reality is that there are thousands of homeless and unaccompanied kids across our state."

Two Efforts Target Climate Change

Two Efforts Target Climate Change

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

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 77 to Honor Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 77 to Honor Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch

Staff Sergeant Busch was a U.S. Army Ranger and a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Delta Force.

Evers May Call Second Special Session on Guns

Evers May Call Second Special Session on Guns

Republican legislators did nothing at first session, though public overwhelmingly supports preventive measures.

Why PFAS Pollution Is So Scary

Why PFAS Pollution Is So Scary

The chemicals are all over and very toxic. Evers has created two teams to target problem.

The State of Politics: New Push to Fix State Workforce Crisis
The State of Politics

New Push to Fix State Workforce Crisis

Business, civic and government leaders will convene to discuss looming worker shortage.

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

13 counties and 26 municipalities have enacted local wheel taxes.

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.

First Lady, State Supt. Stanford Taylor, Historical Society Announce Suffrage Classroom Resources
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First Lady, State Supt. Stanford Taylor, Historical Society Announce Suffrage Classroom Resources

Today’s announcement comes during the centennial anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Pfc. Eugene E. Lochowicz
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Pfc. Eugene E. Lochowicz

Army Pfc. Lochowicz, 19, of Milwaukee, went missing on Feb. 23, 1945 while his unit crossed the Roer River under fire, near Lendersdorf, Germany.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Kenosha County Circuit Court
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Kenosha County Circuit Court

The new judge will complete a term ending July 31, 2021.

Gov. Evers Attends GridEx V Exercise at the Wisconsin Dept. of Military Affairs
Press Release

Gov. Evers Attends GridEx V Exercise at the Wisconsin Dept. of Military Affairs

“Exercises like GridEx are a key part of that process and offer a great opportunity for the private and public sector to come together to protect Wisconsin's infrastructure and communities from disaster.”

Evers, Democrats Tackle Discrimination

Evers, Democrats Tackle Discrimination

Executive order requires state agencies to review workplace policies, set equity goals.

Rep. Brostoff Statement on Final Session Day of 2019
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Rep. Brostoff Statement on Final Session Day of 2019

“Republicans apparently care more about scoring cheap political points than saving lives.”

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 391 in Wisconsin Dells
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 391 in Wisconsin Dells

This bill extends the lifespan of tax increment districts 3 and 4 in the village of Lake Delton to 2042 and 2044, respectively.

Gov. Evers Appoints Michael Albrecht as Sauk County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Michael Albrecht as Sauk County District Attorney

Albrecht currently serves as assistant district attorney in the Sauk County District Attorney’s Office, where he has worked for more than eight years.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Lurie Buying Mostly Empty Downtown Building
Eyes on Milwaukee

Lurie Buying Mostly Empty Downtown Building

Developer tackling last large empty downtown office building, on 5th and Michigan. Could add hotel.

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Governor’s fired Agriculture Secretary now the Department of Administration’s director of business and rural development.

Assembly to Vote on New Hemp Law

Assembly to Vote on New Hemp Law

New rules will affect 1,247 hemp growers and 556 hemp processors in the state.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #59 Relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in State Government
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #59 Relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in State Government

"Ensuring our state workforce not only reflects the folks we serve, but implements culturally responsive and equitable policies, is critical for our state government to be effective."

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Waushara County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Waushara County District Attorney

The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

Gov. Evers Announces $250,000 in Grants to Organizations Helping Wisconsin Veterans and Families
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $250,000 in Grants to Organizations Helping Wisconsin Veterans and Families

Since starting in 2015, the WDVA’s nonprofit grant program has awarded more than $1 million in funding to organizations that have a goal of ensuring veterans and their families are properly cared for in Wisconsin.

Op Ed: Poverty for Senior Citizens Rising
Op Ed

Poverty for Senior Citizens Rising

Costs of housing and health care driving up elderly poverty. Are there solutions?

The State of Politics: The Path to Brad Pfaff’s Firing
The State of Politics

The Path to Brad Pfaff’s Firing

Why GOP legislators shot down Agriculture Secretary. And why Evers was incensed.

Legislators Can’t Intervene in Abortion Case, Court Says

Legislators Can’t Intervene in Abortion Case, Court Says

Leaves Attorney General Kaul to defend state in Planned Parenthood challenge to GOP-passed abortion law.

Gov. Evers Grants Pardons to Eight Individuals
Press Release

Gov. Evers Grants Pardons to Eight Individuals

"Pardons play a very important role in our criminal justice system and society by giving deserving folks a second chance."

Evers, Blank Plan $15 Minimum Wage

Evers, Blank Plan $15 Minimum Wage

Raises for all state and UW-Madison workers in 2020/2021

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.”

Rep. Anderson Addresses Republican Inaction on Gun Reform
Press Release

Rep. Anderson Addresses Republican Inaction on Gun Reform

"It is shameful that our state’s Republican lawmakers have once again disregarded our Governor’s attempt to address gun violence in our state."

Rep. Considine Reacts to Legislature’s Inaction During Special Session
Press Release

Rep. Considine Reacts to Legislature’s Inaction During Special Session

"I believe that the two bills Governor Evers specifically called for would make our communities safer."

Republicans Dismiss Governor’s Special Session

Republicans Dismiss Governor’s Special Session

Two houses immediately adjourn session on guns. They lack “the courage” to take on issue, Evers says.

Republican Senators, Do Your Job!
Press Release

Republican Senators, Do Your Job!

"The overwhelming support for these two gun safety ideas demands the Wisconsin Legislature convene, debate, and vote on passage of these bills."

Gov. Evers Announces Theme for 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Theme for 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree

In a letter to teachers across the state, Gov. Evers announced the theme for this year is “Celebrate Science.”

WDVA Announces 2019 Woman Veteran of the Year
Press Release

WDVA Announces 2019 Woman Veteran of the Year

"Gundy" Metz's service continues after 20 years on active duty

Republican Inaction on Gun Safety Fails Wisconsin
Press Release

Republican Inaction on Gun Safety Fails Wisconsin

Governor Evers and legislative Democrats focus on safety while Republicans play politics

Republicans Ignore 80 Percent of Wisconsinites, Majority of Gun Owners, Refuse to Take Up Gun Safety Reform
Press Release

Republicans Ignore 80 Percent of Wisconsinites, Majority of Gun Owners, Refuse to Take Up Gun Safety Reform

Despite overwhelming public support for these proposals—including the support of the majority of Wisconsin gun owners—Republicans ignored the will of the people and refused to take up the bills.

Sen. Fitzgerald Stands Up for Second Amendment, Ends Evers’ Special Session on Gun Control
Press Release

Sen. Fitzgerald Stands Up for Second Amendment, Ends Evers’ Special Session on Gun Control

"I’ve said all along that the Senate would not go along with the governor’s plans for this special session."

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Republicans’ Failed Veto Overrides
Press Release

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Republicans’ Failed Veto Overrides

"Republicans are clearly more interested in playing politics than getting anything done for the people of our state..."

Republicans Fail to Prioritize the Safety of Wisconsinites
Press Release

Republicans Fail to Prioritize the Safety of Wisconsinites

“It’s time for Republicans to prioritize the safety of Wisconsinites.”

Every Day of Inaction Is One Day Closer to a Preventable Mass Shooting
Press Release

Every Day of Inaction Is One Day Closer to a Preventable Mass Shooting

Republicans Ignore Public Pleas for Action on Gun Violence

Op Ed: Why City Pedestrian Plan Is Needed
Op Ed

Why City Pedestrian Plan Is Needed

Includes ways to improve pedestrian safety. Mayor and council should make this a priority.

Gov. Evers Appoints Randy Romanski as Interim DATCP Secretary
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Randy Romanski as Interim DATCP Secretary

Romanski has held leadership roles across various Wisconsin state agencies, and previously served as DATCP deputy secretary and secretary under former Gov. Jim Doyle.

The Cannabis Question: Bill Eases Burdens On Pot Offenders
The Cannabis Question

Bill Eases Burdens On Pot Offenders

Bipartisan bill would expunge records of 89,000 marijuana offenders, helping them get better jobs, wages.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Sgt. Robert W. McCarville
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Sgt. Robert W. McCarville

Army Sgt. Robert W. McCarville, 24, of Beloit, was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1942, during the Battle of Buna-Gona in New Guinea.

Pipeline Protest Bill Goes to Evers

Pipeline Protest Bill Goes to Evers

Bipartisan bill banning trespassing opposed by environmentalists who say it restricts lawful protests.

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Every Republican votes not to approve Evers appointee Brad Pfaff.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Vote to Reject Evers’ Ag Secretary, Protect Farmers
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Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Vote to Reject Evers’ Ag Secretary, Protect Farmers

"The liberal Evers Administration has been no friend to farmers."

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.

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Republicans threaten to force firing of Evers’ secretary Brad Pfaff; farm groups object.

Gov. Evers Appoints James Rennicke as Burnett County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints James Rennicke as Burnett County District Attorney

Rennicke will fill the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

Op Ed: Everyone Deserves Clean Water
Op Ed

Everyone Deserves Clean Water

Evers, Democrats back a comprehensive agenda. We want to work with Republicans on this.

The State of Politics: Online World Transforms Capitol Coverage
The State of Politics

Online World Transforms Capitol Coverage

Biggest surprise: More journalists than ever may be covering the Capitol.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fallen Union Grove-Yorkville Firefighter
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fallen Union Grove-Yorkville Firefighter

"I join Wisconsinites in mourning his death and remembering his legacy of selfless service."

Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Signal Plans to Fire Gov. Evers’ Agriculture Secretary in Midst of Dairy Crisis
Press Release

Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Signal Plans to Fire Gov. Evers’ Agriculture Secretary in Midst of Dairy Crisis

Senate Republicans poised to reject gubernatorial cabinet nominee for first time in modern Wisconsin history

The Cannabis Question: Pot Possession Charges Cause Big Problems
The Cannabis Question

Pot Possession Charges Cause Big Problems

17,000 arrested in state in 2018. Negative consequences include loss of jobs, housing and financial aid.

Paging 402,000 People Lacking Health Care

Paging 402,000 People Lacking Health Care

Evers administration urges enrollment in state health insurance marketplace. You have until December 15.

State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter
Press Release

State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter

Apparently, there were three Senators who were opposed to homeless funding: Senators Kapenga, Nass, and Craig.

Republican Pettiness Threatens Family Farmers
Press Release

Republican Pettiness Threatens Family Farmers

"At a time when Wisconsin is losing dairy farms daily and suicide rates for farmers are rising, it is unacceptable and callous for Republicans to obstruct the appointment of Secretary Pfaff."

Garver Feed Mill officially opens in Madison
Press Release

Garver Feed Mill officially opens in Madison

Governor Evers, Destination Madison celebrate redevelopment of historic property

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

Republican Finance Committee co-chairs refuse Evers request for 60 new hires in state government.

Gov. Evers Announces Support for the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary Designation Project
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Support for the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary Designation Project

“These shipwrecks help tell the story of Wisconsin and they are a reminder of the enduring relationship between the people of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes.”

Legislators May Hike Public Defenders Pay

Legislators May Hike Public Defenders Pay

Plan would more closely align state public defenders’ pay with that of state prosecutors.

Gov. Evers Appoints Cheryl Brehmer as Winnebago County Coroner
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Cheryl Brehmer as Winnebago County Coroner

Brehmer, a Winnebago County native, has worked in the Winnebago County Coroner's Office since 2012.

Bill Would Decriminalize Pot Possession

Bill Would Decriminalize Pot Possession

Democratic plan ends criminal penalties for up to 28 grams of marijuana.

Governor Evers/State Patrol recognize law enforcement officers, public and private citizens for heroism and commendable service
Press Release

Governor Evers/State Patrol recognize law enforcement officers, public and private citizens for heroism and commendable service

“These annual awards provide an important opportunity to recognize their extraordinary dedication and professionalism, and to thank them for their service.”

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?

Court Watch: Milwaukee Traffic Tickets Down 46%
Court Watch

Milwaukee Traffic Tickets Down 46%

Ticket-writing jumped in 2018 amid outrage about reckless driving, but way down in 2019.

Baldwin Pushes for Action on Lead Poisoning

Baldwin Pushes for Action on Lead Poisoning

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

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #56 Declaring an Energy Emergency
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #56 Declaring an Energy Emergency

“Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites depend on propane to heat their homes and right now farmers are depending on it to dry their corn”

Senator Carpenter is Appointed to Governor Evers’ Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices
Press Release

Senator Carpenter is Appointed to Governor Evers’ Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices

"Prices for treatments have risen to unsustainable levels in Wisconsin and across the country."

Greater Milwaukee Complete Count Committee Holds Community Kick-Off to Prepare for the 2020 Census
Press Release

Greater Milwaukee Complete Count Committee Holds Community Kick-Off to Prepare for the 2020 Census

"The more people we count means more federal money and fairer elections."

City Asks Evers’ Help on Reckless Driving

City Asks Evers’ Help on Reckless Driving

Mayor Barrett, council ask governor for funding or more state troopers to combat problem.

Evers, Barrett Kick Off 2020 Census

Evers, Barrett Kick Off 2020 Census

They were joined by "Captain Census." Milwaukee could lose millions if Census undercounts population

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #55 creating a Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #55 creating a Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census

"At the end of the day, the census isn't just a head count—it's about visibility, voice, and value."

The State of Politics: Task Force Takes on Retirement “Crisis”
The State of Politics

Task Force Takes on Retirement “Crisis”

Huge numbers of older Wisconsin residents have little in retirement savings.

Wisconsin Tourism Industry Continues Annual Winter Tradition to Help State “Bundle Up”
Press Release

Wisconsin Tourism Industry Continues Annual Winter Tradition to Help State “Bundle Up”

Since the start of the Big Bundle Up campaign in 2011, Wisconsin residents, visitors and businesses have donated more than 155,000 winter items to charities across the state.

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.

Op Ed: Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms
Op Ed

Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms

Scared bill could threaten reelection of some GOP legislators — and give Evers a win.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices

The first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices is scheduled for November 20.

Polluted Wells Issue is Urgent, Legislator Says

Polluted Wells Issue is Urgent, Legislator Says

Rep. Shankland, member of Water Quality Task Force, says state funding needed to help families.

Gov. Evers Joins State Treasurer Godlewski for the Task Force on Retirement Security’s First Meeting
Press Release

Gov. Evers Joins State Treasurer Godlewski for the Task Force on Retirement Security’s First Meeting

"This task force is going to be critically important for the future financial health of our state, the wellness of our families, and in making sure Wisconsin is working for everyone."

Barrett, Moore to Lead Growing DNC Team

Barrett, Moore to Lead Growing DNC Team

19 honorary chairs round out Milwaukee 2020 leadership.

Gov. Evers’ Statement on President Cross’ Retirement
Press Release

Gov. Evers’ Statement on President Cross’ Retirement

"I want to thank Ray for his five years of leadership and service as president of our UW System."

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Republican-created bill would limit protests of oil, water, fuel pipelines. If it passes, will Evers veto it?

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.

2019 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses
Press Release

2019 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses

Governor Evers presents awards to top minority-, woman-, and veteran-owned businesses

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Crawford County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Crawford County District Attorney

The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Court of Appeals—District I
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Court of Appeals—District I

The new judge will complete a term ending July 31, 2021.

State Affirmative Action Council recognizes WisDOT diversity efforts
Press Release

State Affirmative Action Council recognizes WisDOT diversity efforts

State Patrol Superintendent Burrell receives leadership award

MKE County: High PFAS Levels Found at Airport
MKE County

High PFAS Levels Found at Airport

State DNR orders airport to take immediate action to “halt and minimize” PFAS pollution.

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.

Big Jump in State Support for Impeachment

Big Jump in State Support for Impeachment

Marquette Poll finds 46% of those surveyed now back inquiry, up from 29% in April.

City Hall: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Now A Holiday
City Hall

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Now A Holiday

Mayor signs legislation into law making it a holiday for city of Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Taking More Steps to Protect Drinking Water
Gov. Evers Announces Federal Disaster Aid Resources for Marinette County
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Disaster Aid Resources for Marinette County

Groups to deliver letter to Senators with over twenty organizations opposing the bill

New Marquette Law School Poll finds increased support for Trump impeachment hearings since the spring, while opinions about Trump have changed little
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds increased support for Trump impeachment hearings since the spring, while opinions about Trump have changed little

When asked if Trump should be impeached and removed from office, 44 percent say that Trump should be removed.

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

Justices question both sides in challenge to laws reducing powers of governor, attorney general.

Campaign Cash: The NRA Brigade
Campaign Cash

The NRA Brigade

48 Republican legislators get NRA donations, may resist Evers' Special Session on gun control.

Senate Republicans Choose Special Interest Cash Over Public Safety of Wisconsinites
Press Release

Senate Republicans Choose Special Interest Cash Over Public Safety of Wisconsinites

Lawmakers with history of NRA backing refuse to support Gov. Evers call for legislation to address gun violence

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Retirement Security
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Retirement Security

"Everyone should have the opportunity to save for their future and no one should have to worry about making ends meet or their financial security in retirement."

Art Scene: How to Become Very Popular
Art Scene

How to Become Very Popular

Local illustrator Rachal Duggan explains how to build a professional career.

Sen. Taylor Calls for Focus on Violence Prevention
Press Release

Sen. Taylor Calls for Focus on Violence Prevention

"I’m grateful to see Governor Evers amplify the concerns of the people of this state regarding the issue of gun violence."

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #54 Calling for a Special Session on Legislation to Address Gun Violence
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #54 Calling for a Special Session on Legislation to Address Gun Violence

"Today I am delivering on my promise to call a special session to address gun violence across our state and I'm calling on Republicans to work with Democrats to get this done."

State Resists Immunizations

State Resists Immunizations

Wisconsin ranks 35th in percent of immunized children, yet bipartisan bill to address problem is stalled in committee.

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

Evers sets February 18 primary, May 12 general election for district Sean Duffy has vacated.

Evers Pushes Action on Water Quality

Evers Pushes Action on Water Quality

After 13 public hearings across state, water quality policy proposals are being drafted.

Gov. Evers Calls for Special Election Reforms, Announces Revised Dates for Special Election
Press Release

Gov. Evers Calls for Special Election Reforms, Announces Revised Dates for Special Election

Gov. Evers also announced that on Saturday, October 19th, he will issue a new executive order amending Executive Order #46 with revised dates for the special election in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district.

Gov. Evers Endorses Water Quality Recommendations from DNR, DATCP, DHS
Press Release

Gov. Evers Endorses Water Quality Recommendations from DNR, DATCP, DHS

“Folks should be able to trust the water coming from their tap”

Two Democrats Will Run for Duffy’s Seat

Two Democrats Will Run for Duffy’s Seat

Republican Sean Duffy’s resignation leaves wide-open race for 7th Congressional District.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #52 Relating to Climate Change in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #52 Relating to Climate Change in Wisconsin

"For too long we've been ignoring science, and frankly, we can't afford to do it any longer."

High Court Will Review Evers Veto Power

High Court Will Review Evers Veto Power

State Supreme accepts legal challenge from conservative group of 90-year-old partial veto power.

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Ensure Continuing Healthcare Coverage for the Families of Fallen Heroes
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Ensure Continuing Healthcare Coverage for the Families of Fallen Heroes

"Ensuring that their families will continue to have health insurance coverage after a tragedy is the least we can do for fallen heroes and their families."

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former State Representative Joseph Tregoning
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former State Representative Joseph Tregoning

"State Representative Tregoning was a dedicated public servant, active in his community, and a great advocate for farmers across our state."

Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) Infuses Wisconsin Art into Governor’s Residence
Press Release

Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) Infuses Wisconsin Art into Governor’s Residence

MOWA plans to loan nearly twenty works to the Executive Residence.

City Hall: Council Debates Indigenous Peoples’ Day
City Hall

Council Debates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be forced to defend the Catholic Church," Donovan thundered.

City Hall: Community Outpouring Over City Budget
City Hall

Community Outpouring Over City Budget

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

Today Is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today Is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

First time state will celebrate counter-holiday to Columbus Day; Native Americans plan celebrations.

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.

The State of Politics: A World Without Scott Fitzgerald
The State of Politics

A World Without Scott Fitzgerald

Capitol insiders wonder who will be senate majority leader if Fitzgerald wins race for Congress.

New Bills Would Fully Fund And Expand 4-Year-Old Kindergarten

New Bills Would Fully Fund And Expand 4-Year-Old Kindergarten

Bills could help close the achievement gap, says State Sen. Luther Olsen

WEC Convenes Wisconsin Elections Security Council
Press Release

WEC Convenes Wisconsin Elections Security Council

The Council will discuss organizational issues such as its objectives and the process for filling public seats.

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

EPA Proposes Updates to Rules Impacting Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
Press Release

EPA Proposes Updates to Rules Impacting Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

DNR to Review Proposed Updates to Lead and Copper Rule

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Republicans pass controversial rule changes, and accommodation for quadriplegic lawmaker, on party line votes.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Burnett County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Burnett County District Attorney

The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

Stuck to Gallagher: Does Your Party Care About Small Business?
Press Release

Stuck to Gallagher: Does Your Party Care About Small Business?

Candidate says Wisconsin dairies should be supported

#KeepYourPromise Governor Evers
Press Release

#KeepYourPromise Governor Evers

One month after pledge, Evers shows no progress on government transparency

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin

"Through this executive order, we recognize and appreciate our tribal nations and Indigenous people and their resilience, wisdom, and the contributions they make to our state."

Erasing Columbus Day is not the best way to honor indigenous people
Press Release

Erasing Columbus Day is not the best way to honor indigenous people

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 8, 2019

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.

Direct Supply’s Innovation & Technology Center Opens @ MSOE
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Direct Supply’s Innovation & Technology Center Opens @ MSOE

The 55,000 sq. ft. building is the largest of its kind in the nation

Democrats Push Medical Marijuana, Red Flag Law

Democrats Push Medical Marijuana, Red Flag Law

Democratic legislators want to take up issues during fall legislative session.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

Senate taking up bills in committee that would expand early childhood education programs.

DNR’s First Round of Sampling Shows PFAS Contamination at Surface Water Monitoring Locations in Wisconsin
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DNR’s First Round of Sampling Shows PFAS Contamination at Surface Water Monitoring Locations in Wisconsin

PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used for decades in numerous products, such as non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays and firefighting foam.

The State of Politics: Mortgage Crisis Hit African Americans and Hispanics Hardest
The State of Politics

Mortgage Crisis Hit African Americans and Hispanics Hardest

Drop in homeownership among African-Americans and Hispanics underlines an affordable housing crisis since the Great Recession.

Sen. Alberta Darling Plays Politics With Suicide Prevention Hotline
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Sen. Alberta Darling Plays Politics With Suicide Prevention Hotline

This is the second instance of Sen. Darling playing politics with funds available in the state budget to prevent suicides.

Wisconsin Not Settling With OxyContin Manufacturer

Wisconsin Not Settling With OxyContin Manufacturer

Attorney General continuing suit against Purdue Pharma, as other states opt for settlement.

Too Many Wisconsinites Without Health Insurance

Too Many Wisconsinites Without Health Insurance

Evers' Health Secretary funding effort to increase number of insured.

WILL Explainer: Why the 7th Congressional District Special Election Date Has to Change
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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.

Governor Evers’ Administration Works to Get More Wisconsinites Covered
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Governor Evers’ Administration Works to Get More Wisconsinites Covered

“Every Wisconsinite deserves access to affordable, quality health care and it’s time to work together to get folks covered,” said Governor Evers.

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

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

Judge Rachel Graham Announce Campaign to Retain Her Seat on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals
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Judge Rachel Graham Announce Campaign to Retain Her Seat on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals

Her campaign has been endorsed by four current and former Supreme Court Justices

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Sauk County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Sauk County District Attorney

The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

Evers’ Requests AG Opinion on State Agency Rule making

Evers’ Requests AG Opinion on State Agency Rule making

This is the first request made public on the DOJ's website that allows for public opinion.

The State of Politics: Legislature May Debate Few Fall-Session Issues
The State of Politics

Legislature May Debate Few Fall-Session Issues

Short fall legislative session doesn't leave a lot of room for action on major issues.

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Could Illinois become a tourist destination for Wisconsinites that like marijuana?

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Clark County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Clark County District Attorney

The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

Israel Ramón Announces his Candidacy for Milwaukee County Register of Deeds
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Israel Ramón Announces his Candidacy for Milwaukee County Register of Deeds

“I pledge to work very hard for the residents of Milwaukee County to meet the statutory obligations of the Register of Deeds Office, continue its efficient operations, improve on the delivery of services where needed, move the Office forward technologically to better serve our County and be transparent in what we do to restore the confidence of the public in our operations.”

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Tech. 5th Grade John E. Bainbridge
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Tech. 5th Grade John E. Bainbridge

“We honor the life and the service of Army Tech. 5th Grade Bainbridge as he returns home to his final resting place here in Wisconsin.”

Gov. Evers Appoints Aaron Marcoux as Washburn County District Attorney
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Gov. Evers Appoints Aaron Marcoux as Washburn County District Attorney

Mr. Marcoux is currently the assistant district attorney in Washburn County, handling the criminal caseload for the entire county.

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bipartisan legislation funds merit based pay increases for public defenders.

Gov. Evers Appoints Tony Stella to Iron County Circuit Court
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Gov. Evers Appoints Tony Stella to Iron County Circuit Court

Stella is a lifelong resident of Iron County.

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

League of Wisconsin Municipalities want Gov. Evers and the legislature to work together to find solutions.

Unsealed Memo Exposes Student Loan Servicer Navient Pushing Payment Plans Driving Borrowers Deeper Into Debt
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Unsealed Memo Exposes Student Loan Servicer Navient Pushing Payment Plans Driving Borrowers Deeper Into Debt

Another Example System Stacked Against Borrowers and Why Reform Desperately Needed

Gov. Evers Declares State of Emergency After Viewing Tornado Damage
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Gov. Evers Declares State of Emergency After Viewing Tornado Damage

“My executive order allows state agencies and the Wisconsin National Guard to provide assistance to the communities affected by these storms as they work to rebuild.”

Governor Evers’ Task Force on Caregiving Holds First Meeting in Milwaukee
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Governor Evers’ Task Force on Caregiving Holds First Meeting in Milwaukee

The 29-member group has goals to increase caregiver workforce, improve conditions for direct care workers, and provide support for family caregivers

DNR Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing Impacts of Climate Change on Wisconsin’s Natural Resources During Climate Week
Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Insurance market improving thanks to state reinsurance program.

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Governor said he would call a special session if Republicans don't act.

Op Ed: Climate Crisis, Listen to Young People
Op Ed

Climate Crisis, Listen to Young People

Thousands of young people marched across the US demanding action to fight climate-change, will leaders listen?

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Coroner of Winnebago County
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Coroner of Winnebago County

The new coroner will complete a term through December 31, 2022.

The Cannabis Question: Could Legal Marijuana Revitalize Communities?
The Cannabis Question

Could Legal Marijuana Revitalize Communities?

State legislatures set the rules impacting who will succeed in the marijuana business.

Gov. Evers to Order Special Election in 7th Congressional District
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Gov. Evers to Order Special Election in 7th Congressional District

The election will occur on January 27, 2020. A primary, if required, will occur on December 30, 2019.

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.

Company Charged With Forced Labor of Mexicans

Company Charged With Forced Labor of Mexicans

Workers were allegedly victimized as forced laborers in cabbage patches in Racine area.

Photo Gallery: Strikers Call for a Climate Emergency
Photo Gallery

Strikers Call for a Climate Emergency

As part of nationwide strike students leave school to demand leaders take action to fight climate change.

Gov. Evers Appoints Beau Liegeois to Brown County Circuit Court
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Gov. Evers Appoints Beau Liegeois to Brown County Circuit Court

He has been an assistant district attorney with Brown County for 11 years, where he has prosecuted cases ranging from complex property crimes to homicide and sexual assault.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched
Eyes on Milwaukee

$44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched

Huge group of politicians, dignitaries, salute project to redevelop Civil War-era VA complex.

Evers, Governors Push Congress on PFAS

Evers, Governors Push Congress on PFAS

15 governors call for tougher standards, more protections on PFAS chemicals.

Department of Health Services Teams with the Milwaukee Brewers to Promote Immunizations
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Department of Health Services Teams with the Milwaukee Brewers to Promote Immunizations

Catchers Yasmani Grandal and Manny Pina star in Spanish language public service announcements

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

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

Rep. Anderson in Support of Extreme Risk Protection Orders
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Rep. Anderson in Support of Extreme Risk Protection Orders

"We are long overdue for common-sense measures like Extreme Risk Protection Orders."

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Republican legislators say proposal violates due process rights.

Republican Inaction Ignores Urgency of Gun Violence Crisis
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Republican Inaction Ignores Urgency of Gun Violence Crisis

Extreme risk laws are proven to have saved lives in other states

Senator Craig Reacts to Evers’ Statement on Gun Confiscation
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Senator Craig Reacts to Evers’ Statement on Gun Confiscation

"This is why Wisconsinites will never trust liberals with their Second Amendment Rights."

Student Loan Debt in Wisconsin Continues to Outpace National Average, According to Latest Research
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Student Loan Debt in Wisconsin Continues to Outpace National Average, According to Latest Research

Percentage of Class of 2018 Grads With Debt Remains in Top Ten in Nation, Average Debt Exceeds National Average by Thousands of Dollars

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.

Rep. Robyn Vining Backs Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation
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Rep. Robyn Vining Backs Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation

"I stand with Governor Evers, Attorney General Kaul, and my colleagues in support of extreme risk laws, as we continue to work towards a safer Wisconsin, one with less tragedies caused by gun violence."

An Upcoming Battle in Trump Country

An Upcoming Battle in Trump Country

Duffy’s resignation in state’s northern congressional district gives Democrats hopes they can win it.

Democrats Announce Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation to Prevent Suicide and Gun Violence
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Democrats Announce Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation to Prevent Suicide and Gun Violence

Gov. Evers, Attorney General Kaul join Rep. Sargent and Sen. Taylor in supporting extreme risk protection orders

Gov. Evers Announces Homelessness Project Grant Awardees
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Gov. Evers Announces Homelessness Project Grant Awardees

The grant awards are the result of a process that was started in June when the WHEDA Board of Directors approved making available to the Interagency Council $500,000 in statewide funding for programs that help people experiencing homelessness.

Rep. Robyn Vining Joins Governor Evers to Announce Additional Assistant District Attorney Positions in Waukesha County
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Rep. Robyn Vining Joins Governor Evers to Announce Additional Assistant District Attorney Positions in Waukesha County

"I advocated on behalf of my district for these needed positions there and in Milwaukee County."

What Polls Show About the Legislature

What Polls Show About the Legislature

Voters have net positive view of Legislature but negative toward Vos, split on Fitzgerald.

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

U.S. Education Secretary visits St. Marcus Lutheran School, promotes $5 billion federal plan for private schools.

Gov. Evers Announces More Than 60 New Assistant Attorney Positions throughout State
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Gov. Evers Announces More Than 60 New Assistant Attorney Positions throughout State

These positions were allocated throughout the state based on requests made by the county district attorneys, with 56 Wisconsin counties receiving a total of 64.95 new positions.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
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Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

The new judge will complete a term ending July 31, 2020.

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

The approach “just sucks,” governor says on new state podcast.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #45 Relating to Creating a Task Force on Retirement Security
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #45 Relating to Creating a Task Force on Retirement Security

"Hard-working Wisconsinites deserve to have peace of mind in retirement so they can enjoy those years with their friends and family, yet too many Wisconsinites are unprepared."

Majority of Wisconsin Public Water Systems Met Safe Drinking Water Standards in 2018; Challenges Still Exist
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Majority of Wisconsin Public Water Systems Met Safe Drinking Water Standards in 2018; Challenges Still Exist

Some contaminants continue to present challenges, including nitrate, arsenic, and lead.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”

New computer science hall will keep MSOE at cutting edge of education and tech.

Gov. Evers Visits Wisconsin’s Sister State in Japan, Meets with Educators and Local Leaders
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Gov. Evers Visits Wisconsin’s Sister State in Japan, Meets with Educators and Local Leaders

Governor congratulates Chiba Prefecture on Hosting 2020 Olympics

Op Ed: Legislature Should Put Students First
Op Ed

Legislature Should Put Students First

Long-term school funding, teacher experience, student test scores are all down.

DHS Lead Abatement Program Receives Federal Approval
Press Release

DHS Lead Abatement Program Receives Federal Approval

Efforts will improve housing conditions for low-income children and pregnant women

Gov. Evers Hosts “Opportunity in Wisconsin” Networking Breakfast in Tokyo
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Gov. Evers Hosts “Opportunity in Wisconsin” Networking Breakfast in Tokyo

Event Features UW Alumni in Japan

MKE County: Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals
MKE County

Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals

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

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.

Gov. Evers Attends Midwest U.S.—Japan Association Conference, Meets with Corporate Leaders
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Gov. Evers Attends Midwest U.S.—Japan Association Conference, Meets with Corporate Leaders

Trade mission emphasizes exports, connections with Japanese-owned businesses in Wisconsin

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of 9/11 and State Day of Service and Remembrance
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of 9/11 and State Day of Service and Remembrance

"On September 11, we reflect on our nation's grit and resilience while working to honor the legacy of those we lost and the countless heroes who responded during our time of need."

Study: Evers, Barnes, & Agencies Failing to Follow Walker Open Government Executive Orders
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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.

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Menomin Hawpetoss as Menominee County Register of Deeds
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Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Menomin Hawpetoss as Menominee County Register of Deeds

Menomin Hawpetoss currently serves as the Non-Traditional Recruiter at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena.

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Evers appointee Melissa Hughes takes over long-troubled state jobs agency.

Gov. Evers Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Month
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Gov. Evers Proclaims September Suicide Prevention Month

“It is critically important that we all work together to reduce barriers to and shame around seeking help and raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention across our state.”

Gov. Evers, State Business Leaders Depart Today for Trade Mission to Japan
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Gov. Evers, State Business Leaders Depart Today for Trade Mission to Japan

Governor will focus on building relationships, increasing exports and attracting investments

WisDOT announces criteria for $75 million local government grant program
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WisDOT announces criteria for $75 million local government grant program

“The objective of this program is to provide local officials the flexibility and funding they need to address the transportation projects that are most needed in their communities,” Governor Tony Evers said.

From Vienna, Vos Vows to Obstruct the People’s Business
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From Vienna, Vos Vows to Obstruct the People’s Business

In Vacation Twitter Outburst, Assembly Speaker Promises to Keep Blocking Initiatives on Public School Funding, Student Debt Relief, Affordable Health Care, Gun Safety and More

Rep. Hintz: Statement on Governor Evers’ WEDC Appointment
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Rep. Hintz: Statement on Governor Evers’ WEDC Appointment

"Missy Hughes is a proven leader at one of Wisconsin’s most successful, homegrown businesses."

Shilling Applauds Hughes as WEDC pick
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Shilling Applauds Hughes as WEDC pick

"As someone with a connection to the Coulee Region, I have enjoyed working with Ms. Hughes through her work at Organic Valley."

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.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Missy Hughes to Serve as CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Missy Hughes to Serve as CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Ms. Hughes has served as Chief Mission Officer and General Counsel for Organic Valley/CROPP cooperative since 2003.

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?

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden leading Trump in head-to-head presidential match in Wisconsin
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden leading Trump in head-to-head presidential match in Wisconsin

Biden is most popular choice in the Democratic primary field, while full sample of voters split sharply by partisanship on Trump and the economy

Gov. Evers Appoints Three Judges to Milwaukee-area Courts
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Three Judges to Milwaukee-area Courts

"Wisconsinites across our state deserve judges who apply the law consistently and treat everyone in their courtroom fairly and with dignity and respect."

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #43 Recreating the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #43 Recreating the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission

"I am excited to recreate the Juvenile Justice Commission as a space for discussing innovations and best practices that Wisconsin should adopt across the entire spectrum of the juvenile justice system."

State Targets Payroll Tax Fraud

State Targets Payroll Tax Fraud

50 investigations by Department of Revenue of companies suspected of cheating workers on pay.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Maternal Mortality Review Team Efforts
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Maternal Mortality Review Team Efforts

Goals include preventing pregnancy complications and death, and reducing disparities in health care

Your Right to Know: Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret
Your Right to Know

Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret

Charging citizens making open records requests means less scrutiny of government.

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.

Gov. Evers Proclaims Labor Day in Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers Proclaims Labor Day in Wisconsin

"On Labor Day we are called on to reflect on the contributions that our workers and their families have made to our state and our country."

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #42, Authorizes Wisconsin National Guard to Aid with Hurricane Dorian Response
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #42, Authorizes Wisconsin National Guard to Aid with Hurricane Dorian Response

Hurricane Dorian is currently located off the east coast of the United States and reached Category 3 strength on Friday.

Abele Urges Bus Drivers to Settle Contract

Abele Urges Bus Drivers to Settle Contract

Union and county transit system have been in contract fight for 18 months.

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

The governor lauds freshwater programs, promises state funding for them.

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.

Gov. Evers Tours UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
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Gov. Evers Tours UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

Visit highlights new Freshwater Collaborative program, public-private partnerships

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.

Gov. Evers: Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development
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Gov. Evers: Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development

Industrial site is latest addition to Certified In Wisconsin® program

Gov. Evers Opposes USDA’s Proposal to Boot Kids, Farmers, Families From Food Assistance
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Gov. Evers Opposes USDA’s Proposal to Boot Kids, Farmers, Families From Food Assistance

"We cannot afford to have nearly 12,000 children in our state go hungry."

Wisconsin Budget: 4 Immigration Policies to Boost Economy
Wisconsin Budget

4 Immigration Policies to Boost Economy

State policy changes would help immigrants earn higher wages, buy more products, pay more taxes.

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.

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

Latest rankings show mixed results, but increased state funding could help.

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for July Storms
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Gov. Evers Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for July Storms

Multiple rounds of storms beginning on July 18 and continuing through July 20 brought heavy rain and flash flooding.

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Republican state Sen. Tom Tiffany and Democratic Rep. Nick Milroy consider run for Congress.

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.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Washburn County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Washburn County District Attorney

The new appointee will serve out the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

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.

Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Address PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters
Press Release

Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Address PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters

"I am committed to protecting our state's natural resources and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water."

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?

Gov. Evers: Make Emergency Preparedness Part of Back-to-School Planning
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Gov. Evers: Make Emergency Preparedness Part of Back-to-School Planning

"While folks across our state are getting ready to kick off another great school year, we want to make sure we’re talking with kids about safety before they’re back in the classroom."

Campaign Cash: Liberal 527 Groups Crush GOP Groups
Campaign Cash

Liberal 527 Groups Crush GOP Groups

State’s pro-Democratic special interest groups raised 5 times more than pro-GOP groups in first half of 2019.

Gulfstream Opens Appleton Service Center
Press Release

Gulfstream Opens Appleton Service Center

$39.5 million capital investment in service and operations will create 171 jobs

Gov. Evers takes another step toward cleaner drinking water
Press Release

Gov. Evers takes another step toward cleaner drinking water

Gov. Evers’ order will establish a public information website to inform the public on PFAS and the risk these chemicals pose to public health and Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Rep. Shankland: First Wisconsin Legislator to Attend Clean Energy Legislative Academy
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Rep. Shankland: First Wisconsin Legislator to Attend Clean Energy Legislative Academy

"It was an honor to be selected to attend the 2019 Clean Energy Legislative Academy."

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #40 Relating to PFAS in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #40 Relating to PFAS in Wisconsin

Executive Order #40 directs the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to take additional steps to address PFAS contamination.

Evers, Moore Target Prescription Drugs

Evers, Moore Target Prescription Drugs

Skyrocketing costs at issue.“Like taking on the NRA,” says a consumer activist.

Alderman Urges Gun Control After Attack

Alderman Urges Gun Control After Attack

Ald. Cavalier Johnson’s car struck by reckless gun fire, cites emotional trauma for his child.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #39 Relating to Creating a Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices
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Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #39 Relating to Creating a Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices

"Picking up a medication shouldn’t break the bank, but it often does for our families and our seniors with the rising costs of healthcare and prescription drugs."

Op Ed: Finally, Some Leadership on Teen Mothers
Op Ed

Finally, Some Leadership on Teen Mothers

Republican and Democratic legislators offer separate bills to provide broader access to contraceptives.

Utilities Seek Carbon Reduction Goals

Utilities Seek Carbon Reduction Goals

We Energies, other utilities could help Evers meet goal of carbon neutral state by 2050.

Gov. Evers Addresses Traffic-Safety Advocates at the 45th annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety
Press Release

Gov. Evers Addresses Traffic-Safety Advocates at the 45th annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety

This year represents the 10-year anniversary of the state’s primary seat belt law.

Foxconn Goes Vertical in Mount Pleasant

Foxconn Goes Vertical in Mount Pleasant

Installing the first of more than 400 precast panels, weighing up to 75,000 pounds each.

SEIU Local 1 Applauds Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ Clean Energy Executive Order
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SEIU Local 1 Applauds Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ Clean Energy Executive Order

The janitors, custodians, airport workers, security officers and other working people of Local 1 are encouraged by Wisconsin’s bold action on climate change

Gov. Evers Requests Federal Disaster Aid for July’s Severe Storms
Press Release

Gov. Evers Requests Federal Disaster Aid for July’s Severe Storms

"Damage assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) verified more than $19.5 million in eligible damages."

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.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving

"Caregivers provide critically important care and services, and it is essential that we recognize the important contributions these unsung heroes make to families in Wisconsin."

Gov. Evers Appoints Emily I. Lonergan as Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Emily I. Lonergan as Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge

The appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Nancy Krueger.

Evers Wants Carbon Neutral State by 2050

Evers Wants Carbon Neutral State by 2050

New plan includes creating Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy.

Gov. Evers Highlights Transportation Investments During Stops in Wausau, Green Bay
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Gov. Evers Highlights Transportation Investments During Stops in Wausau, Green Bay

"The recently approved state budget contains the highest level of transportation investments in more than a generation."

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #38 Relating to Clean Energy in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #38 Relating to Clean Energy in Wisconsin

“A transition to a clean energy economy will generate thousands of family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin.”

Rep. Shankland Applauds Governor Evers’ Leadership on Clean Energy and Sustainability
Press Release

Rep. Shankland Applauds Governor Evers’ Leadership on Clean Energy and Sustainability

"The simple fact is that we’ve got to act on climate change."

Wisconsin finally joins the fight against climate change
Press Release

Wisconsin finally joins the fight against climate change

State government demonstrates its commitment to clean energy

Rep. Gordon Hintz: Statement on Universal Background Checks
Press Release

Rep. Gordon Hintz: Statement on Universal Background Checks

"The public has an expectation that government should do everything possible to reduce the likelihood of gun violence, which has become far too common across the country."

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

“Universal background checks” on gun sales shouldn’t need “permission from NRA,” Evers says.

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.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Wisconsin Women’s Council
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Wisconsin Women’s Council

The Council’s mission is to identify barriers to women’s social and economic participation in the state and work with public and private-sector partners to develop initiatives and identify solutions and to disseminate information on the status of women and issues of concern to women in the state.

The Time for Universal Background Checks is Now
Press Release

The Time for Universal Background Checks is Now

"81% of voters support background checks."

Representative Lisa Subeck Joins Governor Evers, Democratic Colleagues Introducing Universal Background Check Legislation
Press Release

Representative Lisa Subeck Joins Governor Evers, Democratic Colleagues Introducing Universal Background Check Legislation

"No family should have to worry that they or their children will be harmed by gun violence."

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.

Wisconsin Democrats Announce Universal Background Checks Bill, Call on Republicans to Act
Press Release

Wisconsin Democrats Announce Universal Background Checks Bill, Call on Republicans to Act

Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes, Attorney General Kaul join Rep. Sargent and Sen. Johnson in supporting universal background checks.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Part-Time Register of Deeds of Menominee County
Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

“I am pleased to appoint Patty, Dan, and Carla to the DATCP Board.”

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.

Gov. Evers Appoints Angeline Winton as Washburn County Circuit Court Judge
About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

Media firestorm about college degree part of wide-ranging Isthmus feature story.

Gov. Evers Calls on President Trump to Listen to Farmers, End Unproductive Trade Wars
Press Release

Gov. Evers Calls on President Trump to Listen to Farmers, End Unproductive Trade Wars

"As many farmers will tell you, aid payments cannot make up for what they’ve lost financially or personally."

Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

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

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.

Evers’ Transportation Secretary Moves Toward Confirmation

Evers’ Transportation Secretary Moves Toward Confirmation

But some GOP legislators concerned with appointee Craig Thompson's past as a lobbyist

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

Former Gov. Walker was Wisconsin’s top NRA beneficiary.

Democratic Legislators Push For Child Victims Act

Democratic Legislators Push For Child Victims Act

Bill would remove time limits for bringing civil actions in sexual assault cases.

Rep. Robyn Vining Echoes Call to Action Against Gun Violence
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Echoes Call to Action Against Gun Violence

"The Wisconsin State Legislature has a role to play in this epidemic of gun violence in our country."

Democrats continue pushing unnecessary, costly Medicaid expansion
Press Release

Democrats continue pushing unnecessary, costly Medicaid expansion

"Expanding Medicaid even further to include able-bodied individuals living above the poverty line would put an even greater weight on the taxpayer."

Gov. Evers’ Budget Gives Wisconsin Reason to Smile, $2 Million Will Expand Dental Services, $1 million for Free and Charitable Health Centers
Data Wonk: Would MPS Referendum Pass? Should it?
Data Wonk

Would MPS Referendum Pass? Should it?

Poll shows city residents support increased funding for MPS, but referendum still faces obstacles.

Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approved Projects
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approved Projects

Gov. Evers is committed to maintaining safe and reliable buildings by making smart and efficient maintenance decisions and investing in needed repairs and upgrades across the state building portfolio.

Gov. Evers Launches Back to School Health Resource for Parents
Press Release

Gov. Evers Launches Back to School Health Resource for Parents

"A kid's ability to succeed in the classroom can be impacted by both their physical and mental health."

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Loophole lets big box stores lower their taxes while effectively raising taxes for residents.

State Leaders Divided Over Gun Laws

State Leaders Divided Over Gun Laws

In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Democrats push for "red flag" laws, Republicans balk.

Op Ed: Congress Must Protect the DSH Program
Op Ed

Congress Must Protect the DSH Program

Program created by President Reagan provides funds to hospitals to offset costs for providing care to the uninsured.

MacIver News Service sues Gov. Evers for equal access
Press Release

MacIver News Service sues Gov. Evers for equal access

Since Gov. Evers took office in January 2019, his administration has refused to include MacIver News Service reporters on invitations to press events, which makes it harder for the news outlet’s reporters to stay up-to-speed on the governor’s activities.

Gov. Evers Acts on Transportation-Related Legislation
Press Release

Gov. Evers Acts on Transportation-Related Legislation

ov. Tony Evers today acted upon three pieces of legislation.

The Cannabis Question: Marijuana Can Lead to Deportation for Immigrants
The Cannabis Question

Marijuana Can Lead to Deportation for Immigrants

Even in areas where it's legal, can cause problems for immigrants.

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

New analysis shows the cost to taxpayers per job outweighs the return.

Erpenbach/Riemer Introduce Medicaid Expansion Bill
Press Release

Erpenbach/Riemer Introduce Medicaid Expansion Bill

Proposal will prevent 2 billion Wisconsin tax dollars from going to other states

Momentum for Medicaid Expansion Continues
Press Release

Momentum for Medicaid Expansion Continues

Democrats renew push for legislation to expand health coverage

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.

Prescription Drugs Polluting Drinking Water?

Prescription Drugs Polluting Drinking Water?

Researchers see problem from unused drugs flushed into Lake Michigan.

Gov. Evers Requests Federal Damage Assessments for Storm Damage
Press Release

Gov. Evers Requests Federal Damage Assessments for Storm Damage

A series of severe storms moved across parts of western and northern Wisconsin beginning late on July 18 and continuing through July 20.

Can State Reduce Long Lines at DMV?

Can State Reduce Long Lines at DMV?

Agency has made efforts and some progress, but Evers wants faster service.

Gov. Evers Announces Lower Rates on Wisconsin’s Individual Health Insurance Market
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Lower Rates on Wisconsin’s Individual Health Insurance Market

The rate decrease also highlights the positive impact of that the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan, or the state’s reinsurance program, is having on the individual market.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Council on Tourism
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Council on Tourism

"With it’s $7 to $1 return on investment, Wisconsin’s $21.6 billion tourism industry is one of Wisconsin’s leading economic drivers."

Op Ed: Governor’s Leadership Moves State Forward
Op Ed

Governor’s Leadership Moves State Forward

A bold vision for Wisconsin and a budget based on input from all the people.

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?

Gov. Evers Proclaims August ‘National Water Quality Month’ in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims August ‘National Water Quality Month’ in Wisconsin

"Everyone should be able to drink water straight from their tap."

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

A “power grab” or trying to “get the constitution right”?

Rep. Shankland: Governor Evers Leads on Preventing Nitrate Contamination
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: Governor Evers Leads on Preventing Nitrate Contamination

"These new efforts by the Governor, DNR, and DATCP tackle the root of our pollution runoff problems and will help to prevent future nitrate contamination."

Drug take back boxes gain support from Gov. Evers
Press Release

Drug take back boxes gain support from Gov. Evers

Drop boxes around city help protect drinking water from medical waste

Gov. Evers Directs Agencies to Address Nitrate Contamination in Ground and Surface Water
Press Release

Gov. Evers Directs Agencies to Address Nitrate Contamination in Ground and Surface Water

"I am committed to protecting Wisconsin’s waters and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water."

WILL Sues Evers at Wisconsin Supreme Court Over Budget Vetoes
Press Release

WILL Sues Evers at Wisconsin Supreme Court Over Budget Vetoes

Original action asks Supreme Court to rein in, limit partial vetoes

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Not planning to bypass governor, Fitzgerald says, but he and Vos won’t take follow-up questions.

Evers Wants State Health “Lead Czar”

Evers Wants State Health “Lead Czar”

Also supports bill to provide $40 million in loans for home owners to replace lead laterals.

Gov. Evers takes action to protect children from lead exposure
Press Release

Gov. Evers takes action to protect children from lead exposure

Since 1996, more than 200,000 children have been identified as having dangerous amounts of lead in their bodies.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water

"Lead poisoning is a statewide risk not just in Kenosha and Milwaukee, but in communities around the state."

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.

Gov. Evers Applauds WHEFA for New 2019 Fiscal Year in Review Report, Saving $3.9 Million for Wisconsin Non-Profits
Press Release

Gov. Evers Applauds WHEFA for New 2019 Fiscal Year in Review Report, Saving $3.9 Million for Wisconsin Non-Profits

"This fiscal year will mark the end of another successful year assisting a variety of non-profits throughout the State."

Gov. Evers Announces Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification Appointments
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification Appointments

The task force will report to the governor on or before March of each year on their activities.

The Contrarian: The Myth of Easy Prison Reform
The Contrarian

The Myth of Easy Prison Reform

It’s caused by misinformation about “non-violent offenders” and “crimeless revocations.”

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Iron County Circuit Court Judge
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Iron County Circuit Court Judge

The new judge will complete a term ending June 30, 2020.

Representative Subeck Introduces Bill to Combat Medicaid Fraud
Press Release

Representative Subeck Introduces Bill to Combat Medicaid Fraud

"Prior to 2015, the False Claims Act was one of Wisconsin’s most effective tools for deterring fraud in the Medicaid program."

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Million TEA Grant for Fitchburg, Supporting Promega Expansion and Creating 200 New Jobs
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Million TEA Grant for Fitchburg, Supporting Promega Expansion and Creating 200 New Jobs

“The TEA program is designed to support economic development.”

‘Ludicrous’: Republicans Offer New Plan to Hike Tuition
Press Release

‘Ludicrous’: Republicans Offer New Plan to Hike Tuition

Plan Comes on Heels of GOP Rejecting Help for Student Loan Borrowers, Refusing to Increase Financial Aid

Murphy’s Law: Will Wisconsin Decide the 2020 Election?
Murphy’s Law

Will Wisconsin Decide the 2020 Election?

All signs suggest this state could determine whether Trump wins reelection.

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.

Op Ed: Why Is Water Task Force Ignoring City?
Op Ed

Why Is Water Task Force Ignoring City?

State Water Quality Task Force will hold 11 public hearings, none in Milwaukee.

GOP Legislators Delay Funds for Homeless, Farmers

GOP Legislators Delay Funds for Homeless, Farmers

Evers, Democrats push for state spending approved in budget, Republicans want review by Senate.

Transportation: Lime Demos Scooters In Advance of Launch
Transportation

Lime Demos Scooters In Advance of Launch

Milwaukee rollout "could be today" or "next couple of days... It's imminent," says Lime rep.

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.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #35 Declaring a State of Emergency Due to Extreme Severe Weather
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #35 Declaring a State of Emergency Due to Extreme Severe Weather

Downed trees and power lines have caused major power outages in northern Wisconsin, road closures due to debris and damage to homes and businesses.

Low-Income Parents Priced Out Of Child Care

Low-Income Parents Priced Out Of Child Care

Report finds families' share of costs in state program keeps rising, often making it unaffordable.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #34 Declaring a State of Emergency and Closing State Agency Buildings
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #34 Declaring a State of Emergency and Closing State Agency Buildings

"We are grateful that no one has been injured as a result of the explosion and fires this morning, and I want to thank emergency personnel who responded quickly to contain the situation."

Transportation: Evers Touts $75 Million Local Grants Fund
Transportation

Evers Touts $75 Million Local Grants Fund

Competitive grants for local transportation replace state roads fund, includes mass transit.

Gov. Evers Announces Search for Next Secretary and CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Search for Next Secretary and CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Gov. Evers is running a transparent process to find the best candidate to lead the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and is encouraging qualified applicants to apply online.

Local governments now have access to $75 million in new transportation grants
Press Release

Local governments now have access to $75 million in new transportation grants

The program will mirror aspects of the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP).

Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

Report finds Wisconsin 6th highest in percent of former students with debt.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Brown County Circuit Court Judge
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.

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Fair Maps groups embrace nonpartisan redistricting in Assembly, Senate bills.

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Reform Sign Language Interpreting Licensure System in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Reform Sign Language Interpreting Licensure System in Wisconsin

"We're working to ensure deaf and hard of hearing folks across our state have access to reliable and experienced interpreters no matter the situation or circumstance."

Gov. Evers Encourages Wisconsinites to Take Preventative Steps Ahead of Expected Dangerous Heatwave
One Year Out: Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Releases Video to Mark Countdown to Democratic National Convention
Op Ed: UW System Drives Wisconsin’s Economy
Op Ed

UW System Drives Wisconsin’s Economy

And returns $23 dollars for every $1 invested. Strong state support pays off.

The Cannabis Question: Pot Arrests 4 Times Higher for Blacks
The Cannabis Question

Pot Arrests 4 Times Higher for Blacks

Statewide racial disparity in arrests for pot possession cited in Gov. Evers’ decriminalization proposal.

State Tied for Lowest E-Cigarette Tax

State Tied for Lowest E-Cigarette Tax

Among 20 states that now tax it, Wisconsin tied with three states for lowest rate.

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.

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Three Republican legislators are co-sponsers of bill calling for nonpartisan redistricting.

Gov. Evers Announces Nexus Pharmaceuticals to Build Sterile Injectable Manufacturing Facility in Pleasant Prairie
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Nexus Pharmaceuticals to Build Sterile Injectable Manufacturing Facility in Pleasant Prairie

The Pleasant Prairie manufacturing facility will support the production and supply of drugs in an array of therapeutic areas, including anesthesia, oncology, cardiovascular and neurology.

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Allow Cellular Providers to Upgrade to 5G Technology in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Allow Cellular Providers to Upgrade to 5G Technology in Wisconsin

"Senate Bill 239 allows us to catch up with the rest of the Midwest by bringing 5G to Wisconsin."

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Legislators propose constitutional amendment to bar partial vetoes increasing spending.

Evers Says Foxconn Won’t Meet Jobs Goals

Evers Says Foxconn Won’t Meet Jobs Goals

Governor tells CNBC the company will likely hire 1500 employees, not 1800.

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

Senator Craig Releases ‘State Budget Protection Act’
Press Release

Senator Craig Releases ‘State Budget Protection Act’

Constitutional amendment would right-size governor’s veto pen

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Step Therapy Protocols, In-Home Dialysis Distribution Centers
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Step Therapy Protocols, In-Home Dialysis Distribution Centers

"I’ve said all along that healthcare should not be a privilege afforded only to the healthy and the wealthy."

Murphy’s Law: Why the Minimum Wage Won’t Rise
Murphy’s Law

Why the Minimum Wage Won’t Rise

It's all about the stories we’re told and who is getting paid to tell them.

Transportation: Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks
Transportation

Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks

City's action means scooters could be back on streets soon, but fined for using sidewalks.

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.

Transportation: Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Scooters
Transportation

Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Scooters

Mayor says scooters could be back on Milwaukee streets in a few weeks.

Gov. Evers Signs Electric Scooter Bill, Expanding Transportation Options and Attracting Startup Companies to Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Electric Scooter Bill, Expanding Transportation Options and Attracting Startup Companies to Wisconsin

"Electric scooters improve access to low-cost transportation options and can serve as a first or last-mile solution to residents and visitors in communities throughout our state."

The State of Politics: Healthy Economy Buys New State Spending
The State of Politics

Healthy Economy Buys New State Spending

Which helps explain budget victory being claimed by both parties.

Op Ed: Don’t Punish Victims of Human Trafficking
Op Ed

Don’t Punish Victims of Human Trafficking

Safe Harbor legislation would stop the unnecessary incarceration of trafficked girls.

Op Ed: Foxconn’s Crystal Ball Looks Fuzzy
Op Ed

Foxconn’s Crystal Ball Looks Fuzzy

Company’s smaller footprint has business proponent Tim Sheehy lowering expectations.

State Rewards Top Child Care Centers

State Rewards Top Child Care Centers

Department Of Children And Families now gives higher payments to higher rated providers.

What’s Happening With State’s Youth Prisons?

What’s Happening With State’s Youth Prisons?

Three key developments affecting Wisconsin’s troubled youth correctional facilities.

School Groups Divided About State Budget

School Groups Divided About State Budget

Happy Evers increased spending, but it’s still short of what’s needed, they say.

Out Look: The Flag Stands for LGBTQ People, Too
Out Look

The Flag Stands for LGBTQ People, Too

On July 4th, remembering those Milwaukeeans who stood up for LGBTQ rights.

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Partial Vetoes
Press Release

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Partial Vetoes

The governor, with the stroke of his pen drastically improved the state budget.

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.

Statement: Wisconsin’s biennial budget will speed up transition to electric vehicles and improve public transit
Press Release

Statement: Wisconsin’s biennial budget will speed up transition to electric vehicles and improve public transit

WISPIRG commends vital investments, but also calls for more action

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Employee Nicholas Janz
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Employee Nicholas Janz

"The people of Wisconsin, his family and community will remember his legacy."

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

Cruel and Unusual: Rules Violations Cause 40% of Prison Admissions
Cruel and Unusual

Rules Violations Cause 40% of Prison Admissions

State figures show supervision violations, not new crimes, drive prison admissions.

Gov. Evers Signs Marketplace Bill Ensuring the Collection of Sales Tax From All Online Out-of-State Retailers and Cutting Tax Rates for the Middle Class
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Marketplace Bill Ensuring the Collection of Sales Tax From All Online Out-of-State Retailers and Cutting Tax Rates for the Middle Class

This bipartisan legislation reduces taxes by cutting the tax rates of the first and second tax brackets, starting with the 2019 and 2020 tax years, and each tax year going forward.

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.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Signing the Wisconsin Budget
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Signing the Wisconsin Budget

"I want to thank Governor Evers for signing the budget into law today, including fully embracing the middle-class tax cut."

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.

Rep. Bowen Statement on Gov. Evers’ Signing of Biennial Budget
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Statement on Gov. Evers’ Signing of Biennial Budget

Bowen Glad Governor Evers Using Democratic Veto Power to Make a Bad Budget Work Better for Wisconsin

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.

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Gov. Evers Signs Wisconsin’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget into Law
Press Release

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Gov. Evers Signs Wisconsin’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget into Law

Evers' budget includes largest general school aid and special education increases in a decade, increases revenue to fix our roads for the first time in a generation, provides 10 percent tax cut for Wisconsin's working families

Op Ed: Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action
Op Ed

Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action

U.S. Supreme Court decision leaves it up to voters to demand non-partisan redistricting.

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.

State Budget Has Tiny Reserve Fund

State Budget Has Tiny Reserve Fund

Lowest since 2011, enough surplus to run government for just two days in budget sent to Evers.

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

Regrets, He Has a Few: Robin Vos Wanted to Do Even More for Wealthy in Wisconsin
Press Release

Regrets, He Has a Few: Robin Vos Wanted to Do Even More for Wealthy in Wisconsin

Reflecting on State Budget, Assembly Speaker Wishes He Could Have Delivered Even More Than $1.4 Billion in Tax Giveaways for Wealthy, Corporations

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?

Gov. Evers Signs Act 185 Trailer Bill
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Act 185 Trailer Bill

"I look forward to having a larger conversation about reforming our juvenile justice system."

The State of Politics: 7 Reasons Evers Won’t Veto Entire Budget
The State of Politics

7 Reasons Evers Won’t Veto Entire Budget

Why the governor won’t use the nuclear option on Republican budget.

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: Budget Should Plan For the Future
Op Ed

Budget Should Plan For the Future

By trashing so much of Evers' budget, Republicans show no vision for state’s future.

Gov. Evers Appoints Brian Juech As Marquette County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Brian Juech As Marquette County District Attorney

Mr. Juech currently serves as assistant district attorney in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office

Republican State Budget: No Help For One Million Student Loan Borrowers, But a Special Favor For One Electric Car Enthusiast
Press Release

Republican State Budget: No Help For One Million Student Loan Borrowers, But a Special Favor For One Electric Car Enthusiast

Including ‘Kapenga Kickback’ to Pass Budget Adds Insult to Injury

Op Ed: Under Evers, DNR Restores Science
Op Ed

Under Evers, DNR Restores Science

New groundwater standards and science-based approaches to chemical pollution.

Rep. Shankland: $72 Million of Inaction — Memo Underscores Missed Opportunities to Act on Water Quality Crisis
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: $72 Million of Inaction — Memo Underscores Missed Opportunities to Act on Water Quality Crisis

"Everyone deserves access to clean drinking water, and no one should have to buy bottled water because their drinking water is contaminated."

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.

What They’re Saying: Legislators Urge Evers to Sign Budget
Press Release

What They’re Saying: Legislators Urge Evers to Sign Budget

Statewide media tour highlights impact of The Wisconsin Budget

Wisconsin Budget: New Tax Credit Skewed to Help Whites
Wisconsin Budget

New Tax Credit Skewed to Help Whites

Budget gives credit to homeowners, and 72% of state’s whites, 27% of blacks own homes.

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandering

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandering

Ruling effectively ends challenge to Republicans’ skewed legislative maps.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Supreme Court Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Supreme Court Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering

"Today’s Supreme Court ruling on partisan gerrymandering is devastating for our democracy..."

Senate Sends $82 Billion Budget to Evers

Senate Sends $82 Billion Budget to Evers

Governor can reject, approve or partially veto the Republicans' revised version of budget.

10,000 People Want LGBTQ Flag Removed

10,000 People Want LGBTQ Flag Removed

Petition delivered to Gov. Evers, who ordered flag atop Capitol building for Pride Month.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Washington Nominated To City Plan Board
Eyes on Milwaukee

Washington Nominated To City Plan Board

Town Bank VP Ranell Washington would replace his former coworker on commission.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on the Passage of the Wisconsin Budget
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on the Passage of the Wisconsin Budget

"This budget keeps Wisconsin headed in the right direction."

AFP-WI Statement on Budget
Press Release

AFP-WI Statement on Budget

AFP-WI believes the budget could yet be improved but applauds the legislature for the reforms it was able to secure.

Transportation: Is the City Ready for Scooters?
Transportation

Is the City Ready for Scooters?

Council debates pilot program allowing scooters. "We're all scared to death," Borkowski says.

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.

Statement from Rep. Brostoff on Passage of Republican Budget
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Brostoff on Passage of Republican Budget

Where Governor Evers Gave us the “People’s Budget,” Republicans Default to Partisanship Yet Again

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?

Rep. Bowen Statement on Passage of Watered-Down Republican Budget
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Statement on Passage of Watered-Down Republican Budget

Bowen Disappointed by Numerous Missed Bi-Partisanship in Republican Version of Budget

Republican Budget is Replete with Countless Missed Opportunities
Press Release

Republican Budget is Replete with Countless Missed Opportunities

"The budget passed today leaves much to be desired for the people of Wisconsin."

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to the March to Madison for Public Education funding
Supervisor Taylor Joins Educators’ March to Madison
Press Release

Supervisor Taylor Joins Educators’ March to Madison

"Fully funding public education is essential to ensuring that all students, regardless of their ZIP code, have access to quality education."

Transportation: Lawmakers Legalize Scooters
Transportation

Lawmakers Legalize Scooters

City poised to update its regulations in response, clearing way for Bird to return.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision

“The facts didn't change in the last three years and neither did the meaning of the constitution. Only the composition of the court did.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission

Mayor appoints south side leader to design and zoning oversight board.

Who Uses Cannabis in Wisconsin?

Who Uses Cannabis in Wisconsin?

Interest in CBD and cannabis products is growing around the state

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits

Senate Bill 83, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 6, creates the equal treatment of retail sales of all types of liquor for off-premises consumption.

Plats and Parcels: BMO Tower Tops Out
Plats and Parcels

BMO Tower Tops Out

Plus: Northridge in property tax foreclosure, Ambassador Hotel expansion stuck, second hostel faces opposition

Pot Policies All Over the Map

Pot Policies All Over the Map

Fully legal in 11 states, medical pot okay in 22 states, much division over how to handle it.

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

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

Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Pass Unanimously

Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Pass Unanimously

Assembly also approves delaying closure of juvenile justice facilities, and passes electric scooter legalization.

Rep. Subeck Thanks Governor Evers for Standing with Wisconsin Women
Press Release

Rep. Subeck Thanks Governor Evers for Standing with Wisconsin Women

"I applaud Governor Evers for vetoing these divisive and inflammatory anti-women’s health bills."

Senator Taylor Questions Supreme Court Decision
Press Release

Senator Taylor Questions Supreme Court Decision

"This sets an awful precedent."

Thank you Governor Evers, for Standing Strong with Wisconsin’s Women
Press Release

Thank you Governor Evers, for Standing Strong with Wisconsin’s Women

"We are so proud to have Governor Evers standing strong with us..."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Thanks Gov. Evers for Standing up for Women’s Health
Press Release

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Thanks Gov. Evers for Standing up for Women’s Health

"These bills and their supporters are making claims that inflammatory, offensive and blatantly false."

Michigan Struggles With Legal Pot

Michigan Struggles With Legal Pot

Recreational marijuana legalized, but state struggles with how to regulate retail sales, other issues.

Sierra Club Welcomes Action on PFAS
Press Release

Sierra Club Welcomes Action on PFAS

"Sierra Club welcomes the strong and swift action taken by the Evers Administration to address the newly identified family of pollutants of high concern, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS."

Gov. Evers Vetoes Legislation Restricting Reproductive Healthcare
Press Release

Gov. Evers Vetoes Legislation Restricting Reproductive Healthcare

“Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”

Gov. Evers Appoints William H. Smith to Natural Resources Board
State Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws

The conservative majority not persuaded by arguments that extraordinary session was unconstitutional.

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.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision

"The people of Wisconsin deserve better than this."

Photo Gallery: Juneteenth Day 2019
Photo Gallery

Juneteenth Day 2019

State and local leaders join community for Juneteenth Day celebration.

Republican, Democrat Offer Different Takes On Budget

Republican, Democrat Offer Different Takes On Budget

Sen. Jon Erpenbach blasts failure to expand Medicaid, tax breaks for manufacturers

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.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Officer John D. Hetland
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Officer John D. Hetland

"The people of Wisconsin mourn with the Racine community that Officer Hetland served faithfully for over 24 years."

Shilling Echoes Bipartisan Concerns with Fiscally Reckless Republican Budget
Press Release

Shilling Echoes Bipartisan Concerns with Fiscally Reckless Republican Budget

"The Republican budget protects tax breaks for millionaires while raising property taxes on working families by the highest amount in a decade."

Assembly Passes Bills to Help Homeless

Assembly Passes Bills to Help Homeless

Also approves grant program changes that could attract more minority teachers.

Statement from Majority Leader Fitzgerald on Budget Discussions
Press Release

Statement from Majority Leader Fitzgerald on Budget Discussions

"The budget that passed the Finance Committee serves as a conservative check on the document that Governor Evers introduced earlier this year."

Gov. Evers Proclaims June 19th ‘Juneteenth Day’ in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims June 19th ‘Juneteenth Day’ in Wisconsin

"This is a time to recognize the struggles of African Americans in our country’s modern history."

Evers, LGBTQ Activists Call for New Laws

Evers, LGBTQ Activists Call for New Laws

Proposals to protect LGBTQ population pushed at press conference.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Linda A. Hall as Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Linda A. Hall as Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health

Ms. Hall will begin as director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health on July 8, 2019.

The State of Politics: Dueling Visions of the State’s Future
The State of Politics

Dueling Visions of the State’s Future

5 major areas where Evers, Republicans differ on state policies, spending.

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Julie Gleeson as Ashland County Register of Deeds
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Julie Gleeson as Ashland County Register of Deeds

"Julie Gleeson’s 16 years of public service in Ashland County make her an exceptional choice for the Register of Deeds position."

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.

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Governor’s task force holds meetings across Wisconsin to understand crisis, find answers.

Great Lakes Leaders To Target Asian Carp

Great Lakes Leaders To Target Asian Carp

Region’s governors, Canadian premiers meet next month about preventing carp invasion.

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.

Gov. Evers Announces Drinking Water Protections for Emerging Health Contaminants
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Drinking Water Protections for Emerging Health Contaminants

"Tens of thousands of people in Wisconsin are afraid to turn on their tap to drink water. That is unacceptable, and we must fix it."

Op Ed: Republicans Pay More for Less
Op Ed

Republicans Pay More for Less

GOP budget rejects $1.6 billion in federal funds, provides less funding for schools and highways.

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Majority Republicans rejected many Evers proposals. Minority Democrats assail GOP plan.

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.

Republicans Fall Far Short of Governor Evers’ Budget
Press Release

Republicans Fall Far Short of Governor Evers’ Budget

GOP Creates a Budget of Missed Opportunities

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Outagamie County Circuit Court Judge
Gov. Evers Appoints Rachel A. Graham to the Court of Appeals
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Rachel A. Graham to the Court of Appeals

"Wisconsin deserves fair judges who respect the law and understand the people that come before them."

Republicans Protect Special State Tax Loopholes at Request of Big Business Lobby
Press Release

Republicans Protect Special State Tax Loopholes at Request of Big Business Lobby

Corporations and Wealthy to Get $361 Million Windfall, Including Breaks on Spending for Food, Drinks and Salaries for Millionaires

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?

How WWII Veteran, Now 95, Made History

How WWII Veteran, Now 95, Made History

Anna Mae Robertson remembers her work in the only all-female African American battalion.

Gov. Evers Announces Pardon Advisory Board, Establishes Pardon Process
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Pardon Advisory Board, Establishes Pardon Process

The Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board will review eligible applications and make recommendations to Gov. Evers on who to grant a pardon to.

MCW Applauds Joint Finance Committee’s Vote for a Cancer Research Facility
Press Release

MCW Applauds Joint Finance Committee’s Vote for a Cancer Research Facility

The JFC voted on June 11th, 2019 to include a $10 million State Building Commission grant for the facility, to be located on the MCW Milwaukee campus.

Rep. Taylor, Democrats mock the Obamacare exchange and the affordability of ACA health insurance
Press Release

Rep. Taylor, Democrats mock the Obamacare exchange and the affordability of ACA health insurance

"Expanding Medicaid even further to include able-bodied individuals living above the poverty line would put an even greater weight on the taxpayer."

Rep. Subeck Blasts Joint Finance Committee Republicans for Shortsighted Move to Cut Alliant Energy Center Funding
Press Release

Rep. Subeck Blasts Joint Finance Committee Republicans for Shortsighted Move to Cut Alliant Energy Center Funding

"The Republicans’ decision to eliminate funding to expand the Alliant Energy Center is shortsighted and puts politics above the best interests of our state."

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.

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court will keep most of the laws in effect while it decides on appeals to them.

Legislators Okay $1 Billion for UW Projects

Legislators Okay $1 Billion for UW Projects

Budget committee approves some 40 projects, including UWM Chemistry Building.

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.

Logsdon Appointed to Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council
Press Release

Logsdon Appointed to Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

"I'm honored to be appointed to the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council."

Campaign Cash: GOP Plan Restricts Local Control Over Quarries
Campaign Cash

GOP Plan Restricts Local Control Over Quarries

Legislators get donations from frac sand companies, reduce oversight of sand mines and quarries.

Gov. Evers Announces $100,000 Coastal Grant for Green Bay
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $100,000 Coastal Grant for Green Bay

"This grant for the City of Green Bay means more opportunities for everyone to recreate and appreciate the beach at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, and I believe will be economically beneficial to the entire region."

Funds Approved For Rail Line to Chicago

Funds Approved For Rail Line to Chicago

Budget committee approves $35 million to expand Hiawatha, but Illinois DOT still has proposal on hold.

Vos Hails Republican Highways Plan

Vos Hails Republican Highways Plan

Says increased vehicle fees more “sustainable” way to fund roads than Evers' proposed gas tax hike.

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.

LGBTQ Flag Flies Over State Capitol

LGBTQ Flag Flies Over State Capitol

First time in history. Gov. Evers orders the raising of the Rainbow Pride Flag to celebrate Pride Month.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

The appointment will fill a vacancy being created by Judge Michael Dwyer’s retirement, effective September 25, 2019.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #29 Relating to the Rainbow Pride Flag Flown in Recognition of Pride Month
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #29 Relating to the Rainbow Pride Flag Flown in Recognition of Pride Month

"Publicly displaying the Rainbow Pride Flag sends a clear and unequivocal message that Wisconsin is a welcoming and inclusive place..."

Gov. Evers, First Lady Announce 19th Amendment Centennial Web Portal
Would Republican Legislative Leaders Rather Break the Law Than Work With Democrats?
Press Release

Would Republican Legislative Leaders Rather Break the Law Than Work With Democrats?

Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald Publicly Ponder Illegal Maneuver to Pass Party-Line Budget

Wisconsin Budget: Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit
Wisconsin Budget

Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit

Proposed hike would benefit working poor in all 72 counties with $7.5 million for Milwaukee County.

Sen. Carpenter: “Thank you Governor Evers”
Press Release

Sen. Carpenter: “Thank you Governor Evers”

Governor Issues Executive Order to Fly Rainbow Flag Over State Capitol

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.

Gov. Evers Announces Grants for Wisconsin’s Coastal Communities
Attorney General Kaul Reacts to Joint Finance Committee Vote on Wisconsin Department of Justice Budget
Press Release

Attorney General Kaul Reacts to Joint Finance Committee Vote on Wisconsin Department of Justice Budget

"...I look forward to working together with members of the Legislature and with Governor Evers as the budget process moves forward."

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.

Health Affairs: “Medicaid Expansion in Wisconsin would Lower Premiums For those with Private Insurance”
Legislature Passes “Born Alive” Abortion Bill

Legislature Passes “Born Alive” Abortion Bill

Evers has vowed to veto bill, along with three other abortion measures.

Male GOP Politicians Dictate Women’s Health
Press Release

Male GOP Politicians Dictate Women’s Health

Birth Outcomes to Worsen after Republicans Reject MA Expansion

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Old law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, could apply if Roe decision overruled.

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.

Gov. Evers Appoints Matthew Allen to Serve as Iowa County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Matthew Allen to Serve as Iowa County District Attorney

Mr. Allen, a resident of Dodgeville, is currently the assistant district attorney for Iowa County, handling the criminal caseload for the entire county.

Senate Republicans Reject Expanding Health Care, Pursue Dangerous Abortion Bans
Press Release

Senate Republicans Reject Expanding Health Care, Pursue Dangerous Abortion Bans

‘Women Neither Need Nor Want Republican State Legislators Making Health Care Decisions for Them’

Republicans Defy Wisconsin Voters
Press Release

Republicans Defy Wisconsin Voters

GOP politicians reject Medicaid Expansion and slash health funding

Campaign Cash: Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big
Campaign Cash

Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big

Since 2010, group spent $3.2 million on elections, mostly for Democrats, and $1.2 million on lobbying.

Evers Seeks Ways to Expand Health Coverage

Evers Seeks Ways to Expand Health Coverage

Governor wants to get more people insurance coverage beyond Medicaid expansion Republicans oppose.

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.

Campaign Cash: Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees
Campaign Cash

Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees

Evers wants fees to fund pollution oversight. GOP legislators oppose this and got $1.4 million from Big Dairy.

Evers Still Working for UW Funding

Evers Still Working for UW Funding

Budget committee rejected his proposed increase, but he’s still lobbying Republican legislators.

Democrats Push Voucher Transparency

Democrats Push Voucher Transparency

Bill would disclose how much taxpayer dollars go to voucher schools.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Coroner of Jackson County
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Coroner of Jackson County

The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Karla Wood, effective June 30, 2019.

Rep. Shankland: Statement on Joint Finance Committee’s Vote on UW System
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: Statement on Joint Finance Committee’s Vote on UW System

"I am thankful to Governor Evers for his leadership in investing in the UW System, and I know he will keep pushing for funding the tuition freeze and investing in our UW System."

GOP Kills Spending Bump For UW System

GOP Kills Spending Bump For UW System

UW leader Ray Cross decries Budget Committee: "I feel like I've been kicked in the shins."

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.

Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program

Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program

Funding for preserving land has been slashed by 61% in last 12 years. State Sen Tiffany wants more cuts.

State Missed Chance to Electrify Transportation

State Missed Chance to Electrify Transportation

Report gives Wisconsin an “F” grade for how it spent VW settlement money.

Rep. Sargent’s Lonely Pro-Pot Campaign

Rep. Sargent’s Lonely Pro-Pot Campaign

Democrat has pushed for full legalization for years, with few politicians joining her. Until now.

Gov. Evers Releases Memorial Day Statement
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Memorial Day Statement

"We memorialize the sacrifices they made for the sake of our freedom, our children’s generations, and our nation’s future."

Kids Sent Out of State for Mental Health Care

Kids Sent Out of State for Mental Health Care

Wisconsin sends hundreds of children to other states for residential treatment as in-state beds decline.

School Teacher Asks to Intervene in Latest Act 10 Lawsuit
Press Release

School Teacher Asks to Intervene in Latest Act 10 Lawsuit

WILL continues the fight to protect Walker’s collective bargaining reform law.

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Plan for Special Education Funding
Press Release

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Plan for Special Education Funding

Applauds proposed investment in our students and local school districts

GOP Budget Cuts Threaten School Success
Press Release

GOP Budget Cuts Threaten School Success

Republicans block Gov. Evers’ historic investments in schools

Transportation: Group Pushes Higher Wheel Tax for Transit
Transportation

Group Pushes Higher Wheel Tax for Transit

Higher vehicle licensing fee pushed as County Transit System considers 10% budget cut.

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.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Major General Raymond A. Matera
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Major General Raymond A. Matera

The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Friday, May 24, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.

Gov. Evers Appoints Brenda Yaskal to Serve as Columbia County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Brenda Yaskal to Serve as Columbia County District Attorney

"Brenda Yaskal is a seasoned criminal prosecutor who will bring more than a decade of experience with her to this important position."

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

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

UW System president says various campuses competing to get scarce funds for new facilities.

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.