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State Unemployment Insurance System Failing Many

State Unemployment Insurance System Failing Many

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

Gov. Evers Appoints Monica Hall as Jefferson County District Attorney
Data Wonk: Who Benefits From the Madison Vandalism?
Data Wonk

Who Benefits From the Madison Vandalism?

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

Minority Workers Get Less Unemployment Aid?

Minority Workers Get Less Unemployment Aid?

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

Baldwin Calls For Federal Safety Rules for Businesses

Baldwin Calls For Federal Safety Rules for Businesses

Uniformity needed, state-by-state pandemic rules leave businesses on "uneven playing field,” senator charges.

Your Right to Know: More Police Transparency Needed
Your Right to Know

More Police Transparency Needed

Law allows unnecessary delays for release of data.

Gov. Evers Announces $1.5 Million in Grants for Wisconsin’s Coastal Communities
Republicans Flip-Flop on Local Control

Republicans Flip-Flop on Local Control

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

In Case You Missed It: Evers Has No Written Authorization of Call Recording
State’s Health Care Workers Demand Hazard Pay

State’s Health Care Workers Demand Hazard Pay

As COVID-19 cases rise again, Democratic bill provides increased pay, paid medical leave.

Committee passes resolution supporting Gov. Evers’ policing accountability and transparency reforms
Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Madison protesters want protection. Republican legislators want tougher policing.

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

UW Tests Tommy’s Legacy As a ‘Builder”

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

State Was a Leader in Handling AIDS

State Was a Leader in Handling AIDS

Wisconsin less partisan and leaders had broad authority under law state Supreme Court recently overruled.

Op Ed: Evers Must Expand Access to Photo ID
Op Ed

Evers Must Expand Access to Photo ID

28 voting rights groups urge him to enforce executive order he issued.

A COVID-19 Case Spike May Merit Bar Limits, Sen. Johnson Says

A COVID-19 Case Spike May Merit Bar Limits, Sen. Johnson Says

But schools should open this fall.

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Statement on Predecessor Guilty Plea
Press Release

Register of Deeds Israel Ramón Statement on Predecessor Guilty Plea

Ramón working to move Milwaukee County forward, addresses issues from previous administration

DNR Will Draft Regulations on Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

DNR Will Draft Regulations on Firefighting Foam Containing PFAS

The agency got the go-ahead from the state's Natural Resources Board.

Bradley: “The Madness and Violence Needs to End”
Wisconsin National Guard Quick to Support Local Law Enforcement in Dane County
Op Ed: Tommy Could Have Big Impact on UW
Op Ed

Tommy Could Have Big Impact on UW

Will likely serve two years as UW System President. And could re-shape entire system.

Can Palzewicz Win Race for Congress?

Can Palzewicz Win Race for Congress?

Democrat running in Republican leaning district long held by Jim Sensenbrenner.

2020 Invader Crusader Award Winners Announced
Press Release

2020 Invader Crusader Award Winners Announced

Individuals And Groups Honored For Work To Control Invasive Species

61% of State Residents Support Protests

61% of State Residents Support Protests

And Biden now leads Trump by 8% in state, latest Marquette poll finds.

County Spending $10 Million to Prevent Evictions

County Spending $10 Million to Prevent Evictions

Evictions up 44% since May. Both Milwaukee and Dane counties using federal funds to fight this.

What Happened at Madison’s Protests

What Happened at Madison’s Protests

State Sen. Tim Carpenter assaulted, two Capitol statues toppled, windows broken, Evers condemns violence.

Sen. Fitzgerald Reacts to Overnight Lawlessness in Madison
Gov. Evers Statement on Madison Protests Last Night
Daily: Positive COVID-19 Case Rate Drops To Two-Week Low, But Trend Still Increasing
Daily

Positive COVID-19 Case Rate Drops To Two-Week Low, But Trend Still Increasing

Testing volume is declining in Wisconsin.

Gov. Evers Applauds SEOC’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Press Release

Gov. Evers Applauds SEOC’s Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

SEOC marks 100 days of activation, accomplishments essential to statewide efforts

New Tool Tracks COVID-19 Changes By County

New Tool Tracks COVID-19 Changes By County

State DHS dashboard tracks active spread in last two weeks to guide decision makers.

State Trails Midwest in Spending on Universities

State Trails Midwest in Spending on Universities

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

Governor Evers, Commissioner Afable Announce New Online Resource to Help Wisconsinites Get Health Insurance
Press Release: Gov. Evers Appoints Suzanne O’Neill as Marathon County Circuit Court Judge
Op Ed: The Banality of State Sen. Luther Olsen
Op Ed

The Banality of State Sen. Luther Olsen

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

The State of Politics: County’s Sales Tax Revenue Plummets
The State of Politics

County’s Sales Tax Revenue Plummets

A 16% one-year drop, as urban counties saw biggest declines due to pandemic.

Bradley: “Evers Fails Another Leadership Test”
Pandemic Adds Barriers for College Voters

Pandemic Adds Barriers for College Voters

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

Barnes Calls on Wisconsin to Tackle Climate Change

Barnes Calls on Wisconsin to Tackle Climate Change

The Lt. Gov. says, "we cannot afford to let the gravity of the crisis paralyze us."

Evers Introduces Police Reform Legislation

Evers Introduces Police Reform Legislation

Bills banning police use of chokeholds, no-knock warrants part of legislative package.

Juneteenth Flag Flies Over City Hall Complex

Juneteenth Flag Flies Over City Hall Complex

City flies flag for the first time as county and state follow suit.

Rep. Bowen Statement on Governor Evers’ Justice Reform Proposals
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Statement on Governor Evers’ Justice Reform Proposals

“Passing These Bills Would Be an Important First Step towards Real Reform”

Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes Announce Policing Accountability and Transparency Reforms in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes Announce Policing Accountability and Transparency Reforms in Wisconsin

Evers, Barnes call for bipartisanship in first step toward dismantling racism in a state consistently ranked among the worst in racial disparities

Juneteenth Flags Will Fly at Capitol, City Office Building For First Time

Juneteenth Flags Will Fly at Capitol, City Office Building For First Time

Move is part of growing recognition for holiday.

Supreme Court Salvages DACA Protections

Supreme Court Salvages DACA Protections

A narrow majority overturns Trump administration's revocation of DACA.

$16.7 million Dividends for Wisconsin Plan equals impact
Press Release

$16.7 million Dividends for Wisconsin Plan equals impact

Funds set for rural workforce housing pilot, economic development initiatives

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year

Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth This Year

Despite the pandemic, there are a number of virtual events and protests this Juneteenth.

Data Wonk: Will State Face a Second COVID-19 Wave?
Data Wonk

Will State Face a Second COVID-19 Wave?

All evidence suggests state is doing well. But there may be danger from other states.

Gov. Evers Announces More Than $80 Million in COVID-19 Financial Assistance to K-12 Schools and Higher Education Institutions
Utilities On Track to Cut Emissions 40%

Utilities On Track to Cut Emissions 40%

That’s by 2026. And many aim for 80% cut by 2050, according to state Public Service Commission report.

Online Sales Taxes Won’t Help State Budget

Online Sales Taxes Won’t Help State Budget

They’ve risen during pandemic, but under state law must be used to lower income taxes.

Gov. Evers Announces Juneteenth Flag to Fly Over the State Capitol Building in Celebration of Juneteenth
Evers Rejects UW System Rules on Sex Assault

Evers Rejects UW System Rules on Sex Assault

System changes, in line with new federal regulations on sex harassment and assault, could have 'chilling' effect on victims, Evers says.

Gov. Evers Announces June Pardon Advisory Board Meeting
Murphy’s Law: Did High Court Order Hike State’s COVID Cases?
Murphy’s Law

Did High Court Order Hike State’s COVID Cases?

They’re definitely up since state Supreme Court ruling, and a faster rate than the nation.

Gov. Evers Rejects Scope Statement Implementing Trump Administration Title IX Changes
Fitzgerald Releases Legal Memo on Recording Consent, Calls on Evers to Answer Important Questions
Trump Suit Against TV Station Questioned

Trump Suit Against TV Station Questioned

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

Time to Face Systemic Racism, Biden Says

Time to Face Systemic Racism, Biden Says

Presidential candidate’s address to state’s Democrats says “soul of America” is at stake.

Evers Meets With Lawmakers on Police Reform

Evers Meets With Lawmakers on Police Reform

Governor says the state is at a "watershed moment" for the issue of police reform, racism.

Op Ed: Vos Blames Immigrants for Pandemic
Op Ed

Vos Blames Immigrants for Pandemic

High rate of COVID-19 in Racine caused by “immigrant culture”, Assembly Speaker says.

Gov. Evers Announces $40 Million in Financial Assistance to Hospitals to Help With COVID-19 Losses
Evers’ Office Secretly Recorded Meeting with GOP Leaders

Evers’ Office Secretly Recorded Meeting with GOP Leaders

The call was a debate between leaders over the 'Safer-At-Home' order after it was struck down.

Gov. Evers Appoints State Representative Chris Taylor to Dane County Circuit Court
Wisconsin Leads 22-State Coalition on PFAS

Wisconsin Leads 22-State Coalition on PFAS

They support federal standards to prevent ‘forever chemicals” from polluting drinking water.

Fitzgerald Responds to Evers’ Secret Nixonesque Recording
Evers Pulls National Guard From Milwaukee

Evers Pulls National Guard From Milwaukee

The 125 troops serving as a backup force during the protests have been withdrawn.

Gov. Evers, Local Leaders Announce Conclusion of Wisconsin National Guard Mission
Op Ed: Jensen Tries to Pre-Rig Redistricting
Op Ed

Jensen Tries to Pre-Rig Redistricting

To maintain gerrymandering, neutralize governor, wants to give state Supreme Court the whip hand.

Back in the News: State Has Third Least Restrictive Pandemic Rules
Back in the News

State Has Third Least Restrictive Pandemic Rules

Only South and North Dakota are less restrictive, study finds.

Nicole Safar to Lead Progressive Communications and Research Hub A Better Wisconsin Together as Executive Director
The State of Politics: Local Governments Face Huge Revenue Losses
The State of Politics

Local Governments Face Huge Revenue Losses

Continuing COVID-19 losses could force employee furloughs, major service cuts.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity

Panel will hold listening sessions, make recommendations on rural resilience

Gov. Evers Appoints Kori Ashley as Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
Gov. Evers Appoints Jacob Frost as Dane County Circuit Court Judge
Op Ed: UWM’s Financial Plight Is “Catastrophic”
Op Ed

UWM’s Financial Plight Is “Catastrophic”

Governor, Legislature not helping. Big hitters in Milwaukee need to rally around university.

State, City Elected Officials Call for Police Reform

State, City Elected Officials Call for Police Reform

Activists, Alders, lawmakers and the governor are calling for policy changes.

Evers Calls For Action to Dismantle ‘Systemic Racism’

Evers Calls For Action to Dismantle ‘Systemic Racism’

Governor says, "We must use this dark moment to begin to be an example for the rest of the nation."

Wisconsin National Guard surpasses 100,000 specimens collected for COVID-19 testing
Gov. Evers Announces Rainbow Pride Flag to Fly Over State Capitol Honoring Pride Month
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Rainbow Pride Flag to Fly Over State Capitol Honoring Pride Month

 In 2019, the Rainbow Pride flag flew over the Wisconsin State Capitol for the first time in state history

UW System Wants To Borrow for Pandemic Costs

UW System Wants To Borrow for Pandemic Costs

President Ray Cross asks legislature to convene a special session.

AG Kaul, Gov. Evers Defend Title IX
Press Release

AG Kaul, Gov. Evers Defend Title IX

 

Democrat Appointed Chair of State Elections Commission

Democrat Appointed Chair of State Elections Commission

Ann Jacobs will lead commission as it wrestles with election policy during a pandemic.

Lt. Gov. Barnes Delivers Democratic Radio Address on the Killing of George Floyd
WILL Wants WI Supreme Court to Take Redistricting Cases First

WILL Wants WI Supreme Court to Take Redistricting Cases First

Conservative group wants state supreme court to handle redistricting disputes.

Op Ed: We Don’t Need the National Guard
Op Ed

We Don’t Need the National Guard

We need our elected leaders to dismantle racist practices.

Could Floyd’s Killing Lead to State Reform?

Could Floyd’s Killing Lead to State Reform?

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

Evers Joins Phone Call With Trump

Evers Joins Phone Call With Trump

President urges governors "to get tougher” with protestors. Evers says nothing.

Protest Leader Frank Nitty Released

Protest Leader Frank Nitty Released

District Attorney Chisholm says leader released, wasn't charged, but facts still being gathered.

Peaceful March Leader Frank Nitty Arrested

Peaceful March Leader Frank Nitty Arrested

Sheriff's deputies arrested influential leader. Mayor Barrett reportedly opposed detainment.

Gov. Evers Appoints Mario White as Dane County Circuit Court Judge
Gov. Evers: We Must Confront Society’s Comfort with Racism
Community Leaders List Changes Protestors Want

Community Leaders List Changes Protestors Want

Demands push for more racial equity, major changes in state, local and police policies.

Evers Appoints Three New UW Regents

Evers Appoints Three New UW Regents

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

Wisconsin National Guard troops assisting civil authorities in multiple Wisconsin communities
Statement on new appointments to the Board of Regents
Gov. Evers Announces Three Appointments to the UW Board of Regents
The State of Politics: State Faces Huge Highway Fund Shortfall
The State of Politics

State Faces Huge Highway Fund Shortfall

Tough choices as gas tax revenue plummets, shortfall could be “hundreds of millions”.

Child Care Providers Struggle to Stay Safe

Child Care Providers Struggle to Stay Safe

Low pay, high turnover, and now a pandemic that threatens to put them out of business.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Appoints Randy Romanski as DATCP Secretary
Wisconsin National Guard to Support Local Law Enforcement in Madison
Sheriff Lucas Issues Statement Regarding National Guard Authorization
Wisconsin National Guard troops mobilized in support of Milwaukee
ACLU of Wisconsin Statement on Governor Evers’ Decision to Deploy National Guard to Milwaukee
213 Waupun Inmates Have COVID-19

213 Waupun Inmates Have COVID-19

18% of 1,181 inmates tested positive, along with 15 staff members at prison.

Wisconsin National Guard to Support Local Law Enforcement in Milwaukee
Daily: COVID-19 Testing, Cases Surge 22 Percent
Daily

COVID-19 Testing, Cases Surge 22 Percent

Record testing, cases. Hospitalizations also at 30-day high.

Rental assistance program coming soon to eligible residents
Press Release

Rental assistance program coming soon to eligible residents

News release from Alderman Khalif J. Rainey

Eviction Ban Lifted, Here’s What Renters Should Know

Eviction Ban Lifted, Here’s What Renters Should Know

Moratorium on evictions was suspended Tuesday, many landlords rushed to start evictions.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Death of George Floyd
Rainey Seeks Extension of Eviction Moratorium

Rainey Seeks Extension of Eviction Moratorium

Ald. Rainey is worried the state's rental assistance won't be enough.

GOP, Dems Battle Over Unemployment Backlog

GOP, Dems Battle Over Unemployment Backlog

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

Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Radio Address Encouraging Wisconsinites to Wear Masks
WI Supreme Court Dismisses Second ‘Safer At Home’ Suit

WI Supreme Court Dismisses Second ‘Safer At Home’ Suit

Ruling leaves local stay-at-home orders in place.

Gov. Evers Announces $200 Million “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” Program
Will Evictions, Home Foreclosures Rise?

Will Evictions, Home Foreclosures Rise?

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

Wisconsin National Guard surpasses 70,000 specimens collected at mobile testing sites around the state
Sheila Briggs Announces Candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction
The State of Politics: State Tourism Leader Says Don’t Travel
The State of Politics

State Tourism Leader Says Don’t Travel

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

Far More Businesses Using Work Share

Far More Businesses Using Work Share

Up 17-fold in state since pandemic, as companies avoid layoffs by switching workers to part-time.

State Creating a Contact Tracing Army

State Creating a Contact Tracing Army

Goal of 1,000 tracers, librarians, National Guard members may be recruited.

Evers Promises Three New UW Regents

Evers Promises Three New UW Regents

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

Many Will Have a Virtual Memorial Day

Many Will Have a Virtual Memorial Day

War Memorial Center cancels events. Others scaling back or moving events online.

National Guard COVID-19 Funding at Stake

National Guard COVID-19 Funding at Stake

Trump considering cuts, officials in Wisconsin, other states urge him to continue funding.

Governor’s Climate Change Task Force Meets

Governor’s Climate Change Task Force Meets

Third meeting on zoom. Policy recommendations expected by October 31.

Staycations More Likely on Memorial Day?

Staycations More Likely on Memorial Day?

State destinations like Door County, Wisconsin Dells not sure what to expect.

Will Northwoods Vacations Spread COVID-19?

Will Northwoods Vacations Spread COVID-19?

Many owners of cabins come from hot spots like Milwaukee, Chicago, Twin Cities.

Advocacy Groups Want Better Worker Safety

Advocacy Groups Want Better Worker Safety

Following COVID-19 outbreak at Kenosha Amazon facility, they urge legislators to reinstate protections.

Pandemic Exposes Caregiver Shortage

Pandemic Exposes Caregiver Shortage

Care for elderly and disabled was already hard to find, the pandemic made it worse.

Application deadline extended to May 26 for Ethnic Minority Emergency Grants
Press Release

Application deadline extended to May 26 for Ethnic Minority Emergency Grants

$2,000 grants available to ethnically diverse microbusinesses

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff on Memorial Day, Encourages Wisconsinites to Honor Memorial Day Safely
Gov. Evers Congratulates Class of 2020 Graduates
Wear A Mask, Public Heath Officials Say

Wear A Mask, Public Heath Officials Say

Now that Evers' Safer-At-Home has ended, health officials plead with the public to take precautions on their own.

State Allocates $100M for Nursing Home Aid

State Allocates $100M for Nursing Home Aid

Funding from the CARES Act will go offset COVID-19 related expenses.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Local “Safer at Home” Orders

Federal Lawsuit Challenges Local “Safer at Home” Orders

Two plaintiffs are Republican candidates for office, another is a Milwaukee pastor.

Fear of COVID-19 in State’s Crowded Prisons

Fear of COVID-19 in State’s Crowded Prisons

Despite reductions in overall population, overcrowded prisons remain a threat to inmate safety during the pandemic.

Senator Baldwin and Representatives Kind, Moore and Pocan Call on President Trump to Extend Federal Funding for Wisconsin National Guard in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic
Press Release

Senator Baldwin and Representatives Kind, Moore and Pocan Call on President Trump to Extend Federal Funding for Wisconsin National Guard in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

"An extension of this funding is critical to ensuring the safety and health of our citizens, as well as advancing efforts to reopen our state."

Data Wonk: What Comes Next in the Fight Against the Coronavirus?
Data Wonk

What Comes Next in the Fight Against the Coronavirus?

Will individual choices be enough to keep a spike in cases and deaths at bay?

State Creates Pandemic Rent Assistance Program

State Creates Pandemic Rent Assistance Program

Gov. Evers is using Cares Act funds to help low-income residents pay for housing.

Milwaukee County Leaders Call on Governor for Support
Press Release

Milwaukee County Leaders Call on Governor for Support

Crowley and Nicholson Urge Governor to Provide Funding for Essential Services and Mitigate Racially Disparate Impacts of COVID-19

Murphy’s Law: State’s Liberal Talk Radio Chain Growing
Murphy’s Law

State’s Liberal Talk Radio Chain Growing

Mike Crute’s stations, audience growing, so why the resistance from Democratic leaders?

Former GOP Chairman and Businessman Julian Bradley Runs For 28th Senate District
Gov. Evers Goes All In for Agriculture with $50 Million in Relief for Wisconsin Farmers, $15 Million Food Security Initiative
Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburbs’ Policies Ignore Science, Kowalik Charges

Suburban elected officials overruling health officers on COVID-19, city official charges.

Is Wisconsin a ‘Failed State’?

Is Wisconsin a ‘Failed State’?

The Guardian questions if state can perform its core job, "protecting people’s basic security.”

Gov. Evers Announces $25 Million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program
Did April Election Hike COVID-19 Cases?

Did April Election Hike COVID-19 Cases?

Multiple studies differ on impact of in-person voting in Wisconsin during pandemic.

Evers Details $1.1 Billion Pandemic Plan

Evers Details $1.1 Billion Pandemic Plan

State’s share of CARES Act to ramp up testing, tracing, PPE supplies, hospitals.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Price County District Attorney
Legislature Should ‘Step Up’ Barnes Says

Legislature Should ‘Step Up’ Barnes Says

Take action to protect our health, end patchwork of pandemic rules, Lieutenant Governor urges.

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Billion Statewide Effort to Support COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, Operations, and Resources for Local Communities
Op Ed: The Reopen Fans Love Attacking Women
Op Ed

The Reopen Fans Love Attacking Women

State health secretary Andrea Palm, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, others targeted.

Back in the News: Foxconn’s Profits Plunge By 90%
Back in the News

Foxconn’s Profits Plunge By 90%

Factories in China shut down for weeks, sales down, still hoping for subsidy for Wisconsin operation.

Lawsuit Demands State Mail Ballots to Voters

Lawsuit Demands State Mail Ballots to Voters

Activist groups say April election excluded voters, demand mailed ballots to all this fall.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Jefferson County District Attorney
Evers Wants 270-Day Shutdown! Nope

Evers Wants 270-Day Shutdown! Nope

Republicans, talk radio spread rumor of nine-month shutdown. Governor calls it "a lie."

Rep. Robyn Vining Applauds the “We’re All In” Small Business Initiative
Kick-starting our economy starts with helping small minority owned businesses
Press Release

Kick-starting our economy starts with helping small minority owned businesses

Statement of Common Council President Cavalier Johnson May 18, 2020

Evers Announces $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

Evers Announces $75 Million Small Business Grant Program

Up to 30,000 businesses could receive aid. Additional funding for minority-owned firms.

Op Ed: Black Lives Collateral Damage in Pandemic
Op Ed

Black Lives Collateral Damage in Pandemic

The rush to reopen state is most threatening to the black community.

Murphy’s Law: Why Vos, Fitzgerald Refused to Lead
Murphy’s Law

Why Vos, Fitzgerald Refused to Lead

They took away Gov. Evers’ power to oversee pandemic and then did nothing. Why?

Gov. Evers Announces $75 Million We’re All In Grant Program and Initiative to Spur Wisconsin’s Economic Recovery, Promote Safe Business Practices
The State of Politics: Tony Evers Plays Mr. Rogers
The State of Politics

Tony Evers Plays Mr. Rogers

Governor handles pandemic and Supreme Court loss with nice guy concerns for our health.

State COVID Restrictions Continue for Prisons

State COVID Restrictions Continue for Prisons

Social distancing guidelines maintained for all state’s correctional institutions.

No New State Pandemic Rules Likely

No New State Pandemic Rules Likely

Evers and legislative leaders can’t agree. And even if they did it would take weeks to create.

Wisconsin National Guard conducting mobile testing at sites around the state
Wisconsin Relaxes Food Stamps Rules

Wisconsin Relaxes Food Stamps Rules

Residents using SNAP benefits can now buy groceries online.

Attorney General Supports Local Health Orders

Attorney General Supports Local Health Orders

Kaul opinion finds local orders enforceable, but communities continue to rescind theirs.

Are Local “Safer at Home” Orders Legal?

Are Local “Safer at Home” Orders Legal?

Kenosha and Brown counties drop theirs, while Mayor Barrett stands by city's, says politics at play.

Gov. Evers Announces Donation of 210,000 Procedural Masks for COVID-19 Response
Campaign Cash: Justice Bradley Got $20K from Safer-At-Home Plaintiff
Campaign Cash

Justice Bradley Got $20K from Safer-At-Home Plaintiff

Bradley got max contribution from one of the parties to a second lawsuit challenging the safer-at-home orders.

State Urges Supreme Court to Keep ACA Intact

State Urges Supreme Court to Keep ACA Intact

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

Gov. Evers Approves DHS Statement of Scope, Beginning Administrative Rule Making Process
Op Ed: GOP Fundraiser Under Investigation for PPE Business
Op Ed

GOP Fundraiser Under Investigation for PPE Business

Mike Gula, who has fundraised for Sen. Ron Johnson, tried to cash in on the pandemic but didn't deliver.

Losing a Loved One to COVID-19

Losing a Loved One to COVID-19

Nothing is the same for families trying to grieve during the pandemic.

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

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

Press Release: Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Radio Address on Supreme Court of Wisconsin Ruling
Gov Evers’ Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling
Press Release

Gov Evers’ Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling

Supreme Court of Wisconsin Rules Against Science and the Health and Safety of Wisconsinites

Milwaukee’s “Safer at Home” Order Remains in Effect

Milwaukee’s “Safer at Home” Order Remains in Effect

Bars and restaurants in Milwaukee must remain closed.

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

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

Bewley Statement on Supreme Court Decision
MU Poll Finds Most Back State Shutdown

MU Poll Finds Most Back State Shutdown

But margin reduced: 69% favor stay-at-home order versus 86% in late March poll.

Murphy’s Law: State’s COVID Growth Slower Than Nation
Murphy’s Law

State’s COVID Growth Slower Than Nation

Wisconsin below most states and all of Midwest in per-capita COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Thousands of businesses can reopen under new emergency order
Press Release

Thousands of businesses can reopen under new emergency order

Statement of Alderwoman Chantia Lewis May 13, 2020

MKE County: Weishan Running for Register of Deeds
MKE County

Weishan Running for Register of Deeds

After 20 years on the county board Sup. John Weishan, Jr. seeks a better paying position.

Daily: Five of Six Badger Bounce Back Critieria Have Green Light
Daily

Five of Six Badger Bounce Back Critieria Have Green Light

Testing totals should soon surge as a result of Wisconsin National Guard collections.

April Home Sales Down 9.2%
New Marquette Law School Poll finds reduced but majority support for COVID-19 restrictions, while partisan divisions increase
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds reduced but majority support for COVID-19 restrictions, while partisan divisions increase

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

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

Vos, Fitzgerald Cost Taxpayers Billions

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

High Court Considers Second Lawsuit on Shutdown

High Court Considers Second Lawsuit on Shutdown

Two citizens argue state 'Safer-At-Home’ order violates their constitutional freedoms.

Limited Number of State Shooting Ranges To Reopen May 14
Daily: COVID-19 Testing Falls To One-Week Low
Daily

COVID-19 Testing Falls To One-Week Low

Three of six Badger Bounce Back plan criteria are now satisfied.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt
State Allows Most Retail Stores to Open

State Allows Most Retail Stores to Open

New order by Gov. Evers says stores can allow customers in, with restrictions.

AFP Applauds Dentistry Board Urging Access to Dental Services
Gov. Evers Announces Another Turn of the Dial for Wisconsin Businesses
Op Ed: Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme
Op Ed

Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme

Message for 2020: ’Some of you will have to die’.

Special Election Will Have In-Person Voting

Special Election Will Have In-Person Voting

Tuesday’s 7th District election in Northern Wisconsin will use many safety measures.

Gov. Evers Announces New Community Testing Sites Being Held in Milwaukee and Madison
Op Ed: A Red County Questions Federal Effort
Op Ed

A Red County Questions Federal Effort

Our government could win WWII but can’t manufacture enough masks to protect us from a virus?

Wisconsin Grapples With Holding Elections During Pandemic

Wisconsin Grapples With Holding Elections During Pandemic

As more elections move forward, public officials work to ensure safe voting.

Seeking COVID Compassion

Seeking COVID Compassion

Advocates seek clemency, reduction of state’s incarcerated population.

Campaign Cash: The Portfolio of Pat Roggensack
Campaign Cash

The Portfolio of Pat Roggensack

Justice who suggested meat packers aren’t “regular folks” has big investments, campaign donations.

Op Ed: Consumers Will Decide When We Reopen
Op Ed

Consumers Will Decide When We Reopen

You can’t order people to visit movie theaters, retail shops, when most still fear a reopening.

Challenger to Robin Vos Drops Out

Challenger to Robin Vos Drops Out

Vos gets dog feces in the mail, and Democrat Robert Prailes suffers "ugly" personal attacks.

Wisconsin National Guard conducting mobile testing at sites around the state
Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System Ready and Available for Use in Wisconsin
Press Release

Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System Ready and Available for Use in Wisconsin

State’s Health Care Workers and First Responders Encouraged to Submit N95 Respirators For Decontamination and Reuse

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

Analysis: Republicans want a Badger Bounce Back, but distort details of Evers' plan.

Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color
Press Release

Joint statement on free COVID-19 testing for Milwaukee’s communities of color

From Alderman Cavalier Johnson, Alderwoman Nikiya Dodd, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Robert J. Bauman, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Scott Spiker, Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa and Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

Gov. Evers Announces Grant Program for Ethnically Diverse Micro-Businesses
State Releases Guidelines for Businesses to Use Once Reopened

State Releases Guidelines for Businesses to Use Once Reopened

Guidelines include general advice and industry specific recommendations.

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Rural Educator Running for State Superintendent

Jill Underly, superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, wants to address educational inequities caused by poverty.

UW System Expects $212 million in Losses

UW System Expects $212 million in Losses

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

Gov. Evers Announces Best Practices and Safety Guidelines for Wisconsin Businesses
Businesses Prepare for Possible Re-Opening

Businesses Prepare for Possible Re-Opening

State hangs in the balance while Supreme Court deliberates Safer-At-Home order.

Daily: COVID-19 Testing Up 31% in Wisconsin
Daily

COVID-19 Testing Up 31% in Wisconsin

State reports over 5,000 tests in a day for first time. Positive test rate drops to record low.

For Now, Milwaukee Must ‘Learn To Live With’ COVID-19

For Now, Milwaukee Must ‘Learn To Live With’ COVID-19

Local officials dealing with the pandemic look back on past two months of COVID-19.

Janet Bewley Is New State Senate Minority Leader

Janet Bewley Is New State Senate Minority Leader

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

State Tax Revenue Down $870 Million

State Tax Revenue Down $870 Million

The pandemic has led to a massive slow down in tax collections for the state.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Radio Address Encouraging Wisconsinites to Stay Safer at Home
MMAC Wants State to Start Reopening Next Week

MMAC Wants State to Start Reopening Next Week

The group supported Evers original stay at home order that ended April 24.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Menominee-Shawano County Circuit Court
New Budget Projections Show Need for Fiscal Responsibility
Gov. Evers Continues to Expand Community Testing Programs, Announces New Online Tool
MKE County: County Creating More Space in Parks
MKE County

County Creating More Space in Parks

As parks usage spikes, officials closing some parkways to cars to create more space for recreation.

Data Wonk: Is It Safe to Reopen the State?
Data Wonk

Is It Safe to Reopen the State?

The data shows pandemic spreading into non-urban red counties.

Vos Suggests Changes to Evers’ Order

Vos Suggests Changes to Evers’ Order

On stay at home policies, Republican leader says legislators more in touch with people than Evers.

Schools Face Uncertain Financial Future

Schools Face Uncertain Financial Future

New report projects shrinking funding. "So many revenue sources are falling.”

Justice Suggests Evers’ Order Is ‘Tyranny’

Justice Suggests Evers’ Order Is ‘Tyranny’

State Supreme Court justices compare safer-at-home order to Japanese internment camps.

State Makes Progress on Bounce Back Plan

State Makes Progress on Bounce Back Plan

Two of six criteria have now been met. More work remains before state can reopen.

Gov. Evers Details Expanded COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts
Press Release

Gov. Evers Details Expanded COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

Local and State public health agencies have already completed nearly 18,000 contact tracing interviews since March

Daily: Wisconsin Sets New COVID-19 Testing Record
Daily

Wisconsin Sets New COVID-19 Testing Record

Percent of negative results increases, a positive sign.

State Will Test All Nursing Home Residents

State Will Test All Nursing Home Residents

38% of COVID-19 deaths were in long-term care facilities. 10,000 tests per week planned.

Special Interests Battle on High Court Case

Special Interests Battle on High Court Case

Koch and WMC filings push Supreme Court to stop Evers state shutdown, liberal groups disagree.

AFP-WI’s Statement Ahead of Oral Arguments in Safer-At-Home Extension Lawsuit
Governor Evers Suspends Rules to Ensure Patient Care, Coverage Continues During COVID-19 Pandemic
Op Ed: Pandemic Temper Tantrums?
Op Ed

Pandemic Temper Tantrums?

Republicans’ court challenge to Evers’s safer-at-home order is about anger, not state law.

Why State’s Voting By Mail Was Chaotic

Why State’s Voting By Mail Was Chaotic

And how Wisconsin could prepare for fall election by mail only.

Gov. Evers Announces Plan to Make Wisconsin One of the Top States in Testing Per Capita
The State of Politics: Can Missy Hughes Help Businesses Recover?
The State of Politics

Can Missy Hughes Help Businesses Recover?

WEDC director still hasn’t been approved by Senate, but has vital role in state’s economy.

Wisconsin Welcomes Donation of PPE from Sister State in China
Gov. Evers Announces Additional Community Testing Events in Northwest Wisconsin
Op Ed: Do Republicans Have Secret COVID-19 Plan?
Op Ed

Do Republicans Have Secret COVID-19 Plan?

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

Gov. Evers Announces New UV Decontamination Site in Sawyer County
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces New UV Decontamination Site in Sawyer County

Site is a Product of an Impressive Collaborative Effort Between a Local Host and State Support

GOP Listens To Business Lobby Reopening Plan

GOP Listens To Business Lobby Reopening Plan

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce wants to replace the Badger Bounce Back plan with their own.

The State’s 1918 Pandemic Shutdown Worked

The State’s 1918 Pandemic Shutdown Worked

Milwaukee was one of four cities with lowest rate of disease, at least 30% lower than most cities.

Gov. Evers Announces the Launch of Community Testing Events
31 Wisconsin school districts awarded Fab Lab Grants
Press Release: Gov. Evers Commends U.S. Navy for Investment in Marinette Marine
1 in 5 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

1 in 5 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

18 percent of the U.S. workforce has lost their job since the start of the pandemic.

Wisconsinites Starting To Ignore Stay-At-Home Order

Wisconsinites Starting To Ignore Stay-At-Home Order

State residents starting to experience “quarantine fatigue.”

Wisconsin Receives Delivery of 230,000 N95 Masks from FEMA, New Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System Coming Online in Wisconsin in Mid-May
Nearly 80 Business Associations and Local Chambers Urge Support of WMC Back to Business Plan
Press Release

Nearly 80 Business Associations and Local Chambers Urge Support of WMC Back to Business Plan

Groups representing thousands of employers and millions of workers call on lawmakers to safely reopen Wisconsin’s economy

Evers Orders Budget Cuts

Evers Orders Budget Cuts

State losing billions in revenue due to the economic shutdown.

Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2
Press Release

Wisconsin 2020 Game Fish Season Opens May 2

Anglers Encouraged To Fish Close To Home, All Regulations And License Requirements Apply

Dining: Tosa Restaurant Won’t Open May 1st After All
Dining

Tosa Restaurant Won’t Open May 1st After All

Dan Zierath cites fear of losing his licenses.

OSHA Supervising Re-Opening of Meat Packing Plants

OSHA Supervising Re-Opening of Meat Packing Plants

COVID-19 infection rate in Green Bay is skyrocketing.

Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Radio Address Urging for Unified, Bipartisan Solutions
Business Lobby Wants State to Re-Open Monday

Business Lobby Wants State to Re-Open Monday

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is pushing its plan to reopen Wisconsin businesses next week.

Data Wonk: The Politics of the Pandemic
Data Wonk

The Politics of the Pandemic

Republican push to reopen state economy depends on distorting the data.

Dozens of Organizations Representing More than One Million Wisconsinites Voice Support for Safer at Home Extension
Daily: Positive Case Rate Falls, But State Wants It Even Lower
Daily

Positive Case Rate Falls, But State Wants It Even Lower

New webpage allows public to track progress on criteria in Badger Bounce Back plan.

AFP-WI Files Amicus Brief in State Legislature’s Lawsuit
The Return of Brad Pfaff

The Return of Brad Pfaff

Former state agriculture secretary running for state senate, the very body that ousted him.

Evers Reopening State Parks, Forests

Evers Reopening State Parks, Forests

On May 1st, 34 parks across state to reopen, including city's Lakeshore State Park, Havenwoods State Forest.

Evers Administration Seeks to Save Lives, Stop Republican Lawsuit
Wisconsin Needs 600 Contact Tracers

Wisconsin Needs 600 Contact Tracers

State making progress on hiring and training, but still short of 1,000 person goal.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $6.9 Million Won for 317 Affordable Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

$6.9 Million Won for 317 Affordable Apartments

7 city projects win WHEDA funding that will leverage millions more private dollars.

Half of State’s Restaurants Shut Down

Half of State’s Restaurants Shut Down

Many may never return. Even for those doing carryout, business down by 50%.

State Gets Federal Help with COVID-19 Supplies

State Gets Federal Help with COVID-19 Supplies

But barriers remain, supplies still fall way short, particularly N95 respirator masks.

Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Reopen Several State Parks and Forests with Special Conditions
Gov. Evers Commends Wisconsin National Guard for Continued Service Across Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Commends Wisconsin National Guard for Continued Service Across Wisconsin

Wisconsin National Guard Assists in State's Increased Testing Capacity Efforts

Some Non-Essential Businesses Can Open

Some Non-Essential Businesses Can Open

Evers order says dog groomers, small engine repair, upholsterers, others can reopen with precautions.

Janesville Firm Making Millions of Masks

Janesville Firm Making Millions of Masks

Monterey Mills pivots to making 65,000 masks per day for healthcare workers, others.

Gov. Evers Announces Expanded Opportunities for Certain Nonessential Businesses
Walker Says Wisconsin Should Reopen

Walker Says Wisconsin Should Reopen

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

The State of Politics: Will Senate Act on Assembly-Passed Bills?
The State of Politics

Will Senate Act on Assembly-Passed Bills?

160 bills passed by Assembly haven’t gotten consideration by state Senate.

Plats and Parcels: Affordable Housing Redevelopment for 37th Street School Gets City Funding
Plats and Parcels

Affordable Housing Redevelopment for 37th Street School Gets City Funding

Plus: City assessments top 2008 values for the first time.

Daily: Wisconsin Ends Week With 1,412 New COVID-19 Cases, Surge in Testing
Daily

Wisconsin Ends Week With 1,412 New COVID-19 Cases, Surge in Testing

Despite testing boost, state still has almost three times the capacity.

Activists Plead for Release of Prisoners

Activists Plead for Release of Prisoners

Worry over spread of COVID-19 in state’s prisons, lives of most vulnerable inmates.

Many Democratic Legislators Resigning

Many Democratic Legislators Resigning

But Assembly Minority Leader Hintz seeks reelection to his post.

Daily: COVID-19 Testing Remains High, Positive Case Rate Surges 28%
Daily

COVID-19 Testing Remains High, Positive Case Rate Surges 28%

Brown County passes Milwaukee County for highest case rate. State reports biggest one day case increase.

Friday Photos: $33 Million School Rises in Clarke Square
Friday Photos

$33 Million School Rises in Clarke Square

Cristo Rey will become anchor in southside neighborhood.

Governor Evers suspends Department of Revenue Administrative Rules in order to make certain commerce safer and maintain social distancing
More Than A Thousand Safer-At-Home Protesters Converge On Capitol
Milwaukee Police Department will enforce Safer at Home ordinance violations
Daily: COVID-19 Testing Jumps Over 50 Percent To New Record, Cases Rise as Positive Rate Falls
Daily

COVID-19 Testing Jumps Over 50 Percent To New Record, Cases Rise as Positive Rate Falls

Over 3,400 tests performed in last 24 hours, 304 new positive cases.

Op Ed: The Lethal Idiocy of MacIver Institute
Op Ed

The Lethal Idiocy of MacIver Institute

“Freedom” and the “free market” won’t solve the pandemic. It will spread the disease.

A Bay View Scavenger Hunt From Rush Mor Records

A Bay View Scavenger Hunt From Rush Mor Records

Free game allows for education, entertainment and exploration.

WMC Announces Plan to Get Back to Business
Press Release

WMC Announces Plan to Get Back to Business

Proposal Will Protect Lives, Livelihoods and Wisconsin’s Future

Conservative Groups Twist Coronavirus Facts

Conservative Groups Twist Coronavirus Facts

Think tank MacIver Institute and grassroots group #ReopenWisconsin misuse the data on COVID-19 for political ends.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Despite Being “Essential,” Construction Industry Experiencing Major Delays
Eyes on Milwaukee

Despite Being “Essential,” Construction Industry Experiencing Major Delays

Real estate survey reveals expanding pessimism about length of impact, most businesses still paying rent.

Gov. Evers Signs Emergency Order #32, Relating to the Operation of an Alternative Care Facility at State Fair Park
Right-Wing Groups Linked to #ReopenWisconsin Campaign

Right-Wing Groups Linked to #ReopenWisconsin Campaign

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

Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Radio Address on Badger Bounce Back Plan
Op Ed: What Legislature Didn’t Do About Pandemic
Op Ed

What Legislature Didn’t Do About Pandemic

A number of good measures passed. But many important proposals were killed.

Why Aren’t More COVID-19 Tests Given?

Why Aren’t More COVID-19 Tests Given?

More available now, but other factors may limit use, says Department of Health Services official.

Council Okays Fines for “Safer at Home” Violators

Council Okays Fines for “Safer at Home” Violators

107 arrests so far by Milwaukee Police; now can issue fines of $500 to enforce state order.

With COVID-19 Cases Rising at Wisconsin Corrections Facilities, Data Model Shows Mass Incarceration Will Increase Death Toll By 100,000
Rep. Hintz: Statement on Republican Lawsuit
Supreme Court Asked to Block State Shutdown

Supreme Court Asked to Block State Shutdown

Republican legislators charge that ’Safer At Home’ order will leave state “in shambles.”

Press Release: Gov. Evers Appoints Laura Waite as Waushara County District Attorney
Some Sheriffs, Police Question Evers’ Shutdown

Some Sheriffs, Police Question Evers’ Shutdown

"For those not afraid of the Devil,” says one police chief, social distancing may not be needed.

Gov. Evers Declares State of Emergency Due to Elevated Wildfire Conditions
Governor Evers Signs Emergency Order Relating to Suspending Rules for DNR-Certified Operators
Gov. Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” Plan Not A Real Plan
Press Release

Gov. Evers’ “Badger Bounce Back” Plan Not A Real Plan

We Don’t Need More Hurdles Governor Evers - We Need To Reopen

Foxconn to Assemble Procedural Masks in Wisconsin for Pandemic Relief
A Day to Consider Legalizing Pot

A Day to Consider Legalizing Pot

It can actually be a gateway to prosperity and increased opportunity, says state representative.

Daily: State Still Not Using Full Testing Capacity
Daily

State Still Not Using Full Testing Capacity

Death toll from COVID-19 grows to 230, 132 in Milwaukee County.

Will High Court Limit Evers’ Veto Power?

Will High Court Limit Evers’ Veto Power?

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

Evers Releases ‘Badger Bounce Back’ Plan

Evers Releases ‘Badger Bounce Back’ Plan

Lays out six criteria for reopening economy, getting Wisconsin back to work.

Tavern League Wants May 1 Reopening

Tavern League Wants May 1 Reopening

Lobbying group wants Evers to allow bars and restaurants to open then, with restrictions.

Murphy’s Law: Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death
Murphy’s Law

Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death

Brookfield rally rejects both state and federal health experts, while likely spreading disease.

Dining: Tosa Bar Plans to Open, Defy State
Dining

Tosa Bar Plans to Open, Defy State

Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub will serve food and drinks. But owner's attorney, family members disagree.

Gov. Evers Announces Wisconsin is Taking Big Steps to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity
Landlords, Tenant Groups Ask for State Relief

Landlords, Tenant Groups Ask for State Relief

Both sides lobby Evers, Legislature for help to make rent payments, avoid flood of evictions.

The State of Politics: Politicians Need Virus-Weary Voters’ Signatures
The State of Politics

Politicians Need Virus-Weary Voters’ Signatures

How can candidates get nomination papers signed and maintain social distance?

WILL Goes Before Wisconsin Supreme Court in Veto Lawsuit
Press Release

WILL Goes Before Wisconsin Supreme Court in Veto Lawsuit

Oral arguments in challenge to Governor Evers’ use of executive power

Utilities May Recover Pandemic-Related Costs

Utilities May Recover Pandemic-Related Costs

PSC allows them to track expenses due to state order barring disconnections for non-payment.

Milwaukee Public Schools expands Stop, Grab and Go locations
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Schools expands Stop, Grab and Go locations

Four food truck sites and an additional school have been added

Pandemic Changing State’s Political Landscape?

Pandemic Changing State’s Political Landscape?

69% of Wisconsin voters say Trump did too little to prepare country for COVID-19.

Evers Calls For Federal Aid As Revenues Decline

Evers Calls For Federal Aid As Revenues Decline

State revenues are being decimated by the economic shutdown.

Healthcare Orgs Support Safer At Home Extension

Healthcare Orgs Support Safer At Home Extension

More than a dozen major organizations in Wisconsin signed letter praising the extension.

Reports of Domestic Abuse Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

Reports of Domestic Abuse Up During COVID-19 Pandemic

Sheltering in place isn't safe if there is abuse in the home.

State Still Reviewing Triage Guidelines for Ventilators

State Still Reviewing Triage Guidelines for Ventilators

Committee has more time to decide how scarce medical equipment will be used.

First Responders Blast COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Law

First Responders Blast COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Law

Police, Firefighters say it will be too difficult to determine where they contracted virus on the job.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Supports Governor Evers and Wisconsin Local Officials in Calling for Additional Federal Resources for the State and Local Communities to Combat COVID-19
Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 605 Expanding Access to Standing Technology for Individuals with Disabilities
The MacIver Institute: Governor Evers Is Wrong To Extend “Safer at Home”
Press Release

The MacIver Institute: Governor Evers Is Wrong To Extend “Safer at Home”

The Permanent Damage That Extending “Safer at Home” Order Will Inflict On Our Families, Friends And Neighbors Is Not Supported By Science Or Common Sense

WMC Statement on Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home Extension
Milwaukee Public Schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Schools to remain closed for the remainder of the school year

Gov. Tony Evers gives order for all Wisconsin K–12 schools to remain closed

Reopen Wisconsin Rally Planned

Reopen Wisconsin Rally Planned

A group is organizing a protest of the stay at home order, much like the one in Michigan.

Evers Joins Six Governors in Planning Reopening

Evers Joins Six Governors in Planning Reopening

Wisconsin partners with Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.

Statement on Extension of “Shelter-in-place” to May 26th
Press Release

Statement on Extension of “Shelter-in-place” to May 26th

Sen. Craig: “Evers and Palm have gone too far! The Senate must reject Palm now!”

Gov. Evers Delivers Weekly Democratic Radio Address on the Extension of Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order
Daily: Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity Doubles In Past Week
Daily

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity Doubles In Past Week

Twenty-nine labs can now process a total of 7,578 tests per day

Evers Extends “Safer at Home” Until May 26th, Loosens Restrictions

Evers Extends “Safer at Home” Until May 26th, Loosens Restrictions

Golf courses can open, but the school year is canceled.

Gov. Evers Directs DHS to Extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home Order
Two-Thousand Sign onto Letter to Gov. Evers Calling for Economic Restart
Reduced Nurses Aid Training Part of COVID-19 Bill

Reduced Nurses Aid Training Part of COVID-19 Bill

Evers vetoed a bill that reduced CNA training requirements in 2019, GOP slipped provision into aid package.

Gov. Evers Signs COVID-19 Response Legislation
Sebring Calls for End to Closure of Businesses
Gov. Evers’ Statement on Passage of COVID-19 Response Legislation
Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Squeezes Evers
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Squeezes Evers

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

Kelliann Blazek named to head WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity
Press Release

Kelliann Blazek named to head WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity

New office will provide ‘one-stop shopping’ for rural development resources

MKE County: County COVID-19 Expenses Are Rising
MKE County

County COVID-19 Expenses Are Rising

Already in the millions. County may need to levy property taxes above the state-imposed limit.

Assembly Bill Responds to Pandemic

Assembly Bill Responds to Pandemic

Passes 97-2 but Hintz says more needed. "I refuse to admit this is all we can do.”

Will “Safer at Home” Be Policed Fairly?

Will “Safer at Home” Be Policed Fairly?

Some areas most impacted by COVID-19 have also been victims of excessive policing.

Op Ed: Did Voter Backlash Defeat Kelly?
Op Ed

Did Voter Backlash Defeat Kelly?

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

12 Election Takeaways

12 Election Takeaways

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

How Grassroots Groups Mobilized for Election

How Grassroots Groups Mobilized for Election

Driving city voters to polls, providing masks and delivering absentee ballots on election day.

Biden Wins Big Over Sanders

Biden Wins Big Over Sanders

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

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

21 Winners and Losers

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

Rep. David Crowley declares victory in County Executive race
Federal Lawsuit Challenges April Election

Federal Lawsuit Challenges April Election

Alleges voters were disenfranchised, seeks re-vote for them.

What’s Life Like Inside State’s Prisons?

What’s Life Like Inside State’s Prisons?

Contrasting state's official description vs. inmate’s account of prison life during pandemic.

Op Ed: Grading State Officials on Handling Pandemic
Op Ed

Grading State Officials on Handling Pandemic

Whole series of executive actions and programs by Gov. Evers. Nothing by state Legislature.

The State of Politics: Many Heroes Amid Election Chaos
The State of Politics

Many Heroes Amid Election Chaos

The most decentralized election system in America struggled but showed heroism.

Wisconsin Residents File Federal Lawsuit to Require State To Hold A Partial Revote of Wisconsin’ Controversial April 7 Presidential Primary and Spring Election
Press Release

Wisconsin Residents File Federal Lawsuit to Require State To Hold A Partial Revote of Wisconsin’ Controversial April 7 Presidential Primary and Spring Election

Lawsuit Follows Legislature’s Failure to Halt April 7 Election Despite COVID-19 Dangers to Voters

School Districts Adjust to Distance Learning

School Districts Adjust to Distance Learning

Drop-offs, drive-ups and digital classrooms being used in state’s schools.

Business Groups Want State To Reopen

Business Groups Want State To Reopen

Pushing Evers to act within two weeks. Scientists say it's too soon.

UW System Projects $170 Million Revenue Loss

UW System Projects $170 Million Revenue Loss

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

Gov. Evers Announces Second Alternative Care Facility at Alliant Energy Center
County Jails Cut Inmate Population

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Boarded Up Businesses Appear Across Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Boarded Up Businesses Appear Across Milwaukee

Modern furniture store, a grocery store and gas stations are all covered in plywood.

Daily: Despite Slowing Growth Rate, No End in Sight for “Safer at Home”
Daily

Despite Slowing Growth Rate, No End in Sight for “Safer at Home”

"Science will determine what reopening looks like and when that will happen," said Evers.

Officials Drafting Guidelines for a Ventilator Shortage

Officials Drafting Guidelines for a Ventilator Shortage

Who gets a life saving ventilator and who doesn't?

African-Americans Hard Hit By COVID-19 Across Wisconsin

African-Americans Hard Hit By COVID-19 Across Wisconsin

African-American disparity isn't just a Milwaukee problem.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Dane County Circuit Court
Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Marathon County Circuit Court
Gov. Evers Announces COVID-19 Volunteer Program
Health Officials Will Track Election Day COVID-19 Spread

Health Officials Will Track Election Day COVID-19 Spread

It will take several weeks to see if in person voting increased transmission of the disease.

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit in State Supreme Court Seeking Release of Vulnerable People Amid COVID-19
Press Release

ACLU of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit in State Supreme Court Seeking Release of Vulnerable People Amid COVID-19

An outbreak of COVID-19 in Wisconsin prisons could overwhelm available hospital beds and ICU units in communities where prisons are located

Did High Court Ignore Their Rules on Election Case?

Did High Court Ignore Their Rules on Election Case?

An attorney says the court didn't follow their normal rules for accepting briefs.

Gov. Evers Appoints Jack L. Dávila as Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
Wisconsinites Who Lose Health Insurance During COVID-19 May Be Able to Enroll on HealthCare.gov or in BadgerCare
Department of Health Services Increases Contact Tracing Capabilities
Police Arresting Stay-At-Home Violators

Police Arresting Stay-At-Home Violators

MPD says they have and will pursue charges against people who violate the "stay-at-home" order.

Gov. Evers Issues Order to Provide Flexibility for Various Professions during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Wisconsin Businesses Call on Gov. Evers for a Plan to Restart the Economy
Remove Vos as NCSL President
Construction Starting Soon On State Fair Park Care Facility

Construction Starting Soon On State Fair Park Care Facility

Army Corps of Engineers already mobilizing at State Fair Park.

Gov. Evers Reiterates Options Available for Religious Gatherings and Services
Gov. Evers Announces Construction of Alternative Care Facility at Wisconsin State Fair Park
Wisconsin Closes State Parks, Including Lakeshore in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Closes State Parks, Including Lakeshore in Milwaukee

Havenwoods State Forest on city's north side also closed.

Taylor Resolution Urges Governor Evers to Block Termination of Residential Leases
Press Release

Taylor Resolution Urges Governor Evers to Block Termination of Residential Leases

Measure Also Calls on Feds to Forgive all Current and Outstanding Rent and Mortgage Payments During Pandemic

COVID-19 Relief Muddied By GOP Legislators’ Power Grab

COVID-19 Relief Muddied By GOP Legislators’ Power Grab

Proposal gives spending, tax authority to Republican controlled committee, removes governor from the process.

Gov. Evers Delivers Weekly Democratic Radio Address on Public Health after the April 7 Spring Election
Gov. Evers Directs DNR to Close 40 State Parks, Forests and Recreational Areas
Pandemic Suppresses the Black Vote

Pandemic Suppresses the Black Vote

Biggest impact of poll closures, long lines, on Milwaukee’s African American community.

One Million In State Voted By Mail

One Million In State Voted By Mail

But total turnout for election still way down for spring presidential primary.

Gov. Evers Calls for Bipartisan Legislative Action on COVID-19 Relief and Support Package
Some Wore Masks, Some Didn’t

Some Wore Masks, Some Didn’t

Long lines at city’s polling places discourage many who walk away.

Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

18,803 voted in person. Total current turnout less than half that in April 2016.

Op Ed: The Republican Death Cult
Op Ed

The Republican Death Cult

Gather in polling places, gather in churches, and let 11 million die; the new GOP vision.

Why Does Madison Have More Voting Sites Than Milwaukee?

Why Does Madison Have More Voting Sites Than Milwaukee?

It's less than half the size, but has 13 times the voting sites and three times the workforce.

Transportation: Buses Limited to 10 Riders
Transportation

Buses Limited to 10 Riders

Starting Thursday a limit of 10 passengers on county buses to prevent spread of COVID-19.

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

State Faces April 16 Deadline for Medicaid Money

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

Photo Gallery: Long Lines at Milwaukee’s Polling Places
Photo Gallery

Long Lines at Milwaukee’s Polling Places

Voters turn out to vote in-person, most wearing masks. See our photos.

Detente Ends for Evers, Legislature

Detente Ends for Evers, Legislature

Cooperation during pandemic ends as Vos, Fittzgerald blast governor on election timing.

Gov. Evers’ Message to Wisconsinites on Election Day
Pandemic Decimates Urban Polling Places

Pandemic Decimates Urban Polling Places

Lack of workers leaves few voting sites open in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine.

State DNR Forges Ahead on ‘Forever Chemicals’

State DNR Forges Ahead on ‘Forever Chemicals’

Despite pandemic, regulators continue work on enforcement standards for PFAS in drinking water.

Where Are the Missing Ballots?

Where Are the Missing Ballots?

While municipalities search for missing ballots, voters can still go to the polls Tuesday.

Gov. Evers Statement on Supreme Court of Wisconsin Ruling Allowing In-Person Voting Tomorrow
Charting the Changes in State’s Prisons

Charting the Changes in State’s Prisons

Courts grinding to a halt, 39% drop in locking up those on probation, parole.

Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

April 7th in-person election will occur as scheduled says court.

Milwaukee County Officials Order All Municipal Polling Places Closed
Press Release

Milwaukee County Officials Order All Municipal Polling Places Closed

County Officials Implement Gov's Order to Protect Public Health

Daily: 2,440 Positive Cases of COVID-19, Testing Capacity Growing
Daily

2,440 Positive Cases of COVID-19, Testing Capacity Growing

27 percent of confirmed cases have required hospitalization.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Hypocrisy on Election
Murphy’s Law

Republican Hypocrisy on Election

Why wouldn’t Vos, Fitzgerald postpone the election? Because they were safer.

Representative Lisa Subeck Stands with Governor Evers on Suspending In-Person Voting
Governor Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Until June

Governor Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Until June

UPDATE: Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules Evers, reinstates election.

Gov. Evers Suspends In-Person Voting, Calls Legislature into Special Session on April 7 Election
Op Ed: Who Provides Leadership on Pandemic?
Op Ed

Who Provides Leadership on Pandemic?

Compare Trump to Evers or Maryland’s Republican Governor Larry Hogan.

The State of Politics: State Budget Needs Major Repairs
The State of Politics

State Budget Needs Major Repairs

Everything has changed since two-year budget passed in July.

Campaign Cash: Democrats Ahead on Campaign Donations
Campaign Cash

Democrats Ahead on Campaign Donations

State Democratic Party raised nine times more than state Republican Party in 2020.

Holding Election Angers Municipal Officials

Holding Election Angers Municipal Officials

“It’s madness.” Statewide shortage of 7,000 poll workers.

Op Ed: Holding the Election Could Kill People
Op Ed

Holding the Election Could Kill People

Vos and Fitzgerald must wake up. There's overwhelming evidence that people gathering for election will spread disease.

How to Enjoy State Parks Safely

How to Enjoy State Parks Safely

Visit parks and natural areas, DNR Secretary says, but keep your distance.

Change Lame Duck Law, Baldwin Urges Legislators

Change Lame Duck Law, Baldwin Urges Legislators

Republican law passed to limit governor’s power prevents him from getting federal funding for COVID-19.

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Make No Election Changes in Special Session

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Make No Election Changes in Special Session

And appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block absentee balloting extension.

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Special Session
Who Will Be Denied Medical Resources?

Who Will Be Denied Medical Resources?

State’s disability groups call for equal treatment should life-saving supplies need to be rationed.

Wisconsin Granted Federal Disaster Declaration Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Daily: Wisconsin Reports 2,122 Positive COVID-19 Cases, 56 Deaths
Daily

Wisconsin Reports 2,122 Positive COVID-19 Cases, 56 Deaths

Despite record increases, officials believe curve is flattening, "safer at home" working.

WI Congressional Delegation Backs Federal Help

WI Congressional Delegation Backs Federal Help

All back CARES Act and Evers' disaster declaration for Wisconsin.

Mayoral Candidate Sues To Delay Election

Mayoral Candidate Sues To Delay Election

Lena Taylor's suit alleges African Americans disenfranchised by city's changes to early voting.

Milwaukee Will Have Only Five In-Person Voting Sites

Milwaukee Will Have Only Five In-Person Voting Sites

As city is short over 1,000 poll workers, polling sites reduced from 180 to 5.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Applauds Evers’ Call to Stop In-person Voting
Governor Evers Calls Special Legislative Session To Delay Election

Governor Evers Calls Special Legislative Session To Delay Election

Will the Legislature act? Evers wants mail-in election.

National Guard Not Deployed To Enforce Quarantine

National Guard Not Deployed To Enforce Quarantine

Rumors that guard units were deployed to enforce the stay at home order are unfounded.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Calls for Special Session on Spring Election
Johnson Leads Wisconsin Delegation Letter Supporting Major Disaster Declaration Request
Op-Ed: Free Universal Treatment for COVID-19 Needed
Op-Ed

Free Universal Treatment for COVID-19 Needed

This is the critical missing link to combating this pandemic.

WMC Releases COVID-19 Employer Toolkit
Press Release

WMC Releases COVID-19 Employer Toolkit

Toolkit will arm Wisconsin’s business community with the most up-to-date and reliable information as they navigate the continuously changing landscape

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Judge Conley’s Order Regarding Upcoming April 7 Election
Absentee Ballot Deadlines Extended, Election Not Delayed by Federal Judge

Absentee Ballot Deadlines Extended, Election Not Delayed by Federal Judge

Ballots must now be received by April 13th at 4 p.m., a six day delay.

Hospitals Sue Patients During Pandemic

Hospitals Sue Patients During Pandemic

Wisconsin hospitals continued to sue patients after Gov. Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency.

GOP Lame-Duck Law Blocks COVID-19 Aid

GOP Lame-Duck Law Blocks COVID-19 Aid

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

Convention Center, State Fair Park Could Become 1,200 Bed Facilities

Convention Center, State Fair Park Could Become 1,200 Bed Facilities

"Alternative care sites" could be operated by federal government.

1,730 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 869 in Milwaukee County

1,730 COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 869 in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County reports 20 deaths from disease, 17 were African Americans.

Wisconsin’s Incarcerated are in Danger

Wisconsin’s Incarcerated are in Danger

Activists urge action to protect incarcerated individuals during this pandemic.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Delivers Weekly Democratic Radio Address on Wisconsin Values during COVID-19
Overwhelming Majority Support School, Business Closures

Overwhelming Majority Support School, Business Closures

86 percent of Wisconsin voters support the shutdown order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fitzgerald Reacts to Evers Statement on April 7th Election
Press Release: Gov. Evers’ Statement on Upcoming April 7 Election
Data Wonk: Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?
Data Wonk

Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?

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

Op Ed: Biden’s Ideas Won’t Get Hearing in April Election
Op Ed

Biden’s Ideas Won’t Get Hearing in April Election

Pandemic overshadowing what could have been important election.

State a Leader in Census Response

State a Leader in Census Response

Pandemic may be reducing response rate across U.S., federal money and political power at stake.

1,550 COVID-19 Cases, Biggest One Day Increase

1,550 COVID-19 Cases, Biggest One Day Increase

State reports 26 percent of individuals with confirmed cases are hospitalized.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Announces Second Package of Comprehensive Legislative Proposals Providing COVID-19 Relief and Support
New Marquette Law School Poll finds strong support for coronavirus closings, even as it shows substantial economic impact
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds strong support for coronavirus closings, even as it shows substantial economic impact

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

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

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

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

State Unemployment System Overwhelmed

State Unemployment System Overwhelmed

Callers can’t get through, 1.5 million calls last week to Department of Workforce Development.

How to Prevent Evictions, Foreclosures

How to Prevent Evictions, Foreclosures

Can’t keep up with payments? Experts offer advice.

State Races To Do More COVID-19 Testing

State Races To Do More COVID-19 Testing

But faces problem: shortage of everything.

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Shipment of Personal Protective Equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile
State Will Use Hotel As Isolation Facility

State Will Use Hotel As Isolation Facility

110-room Super 8 hotel near airport will be converted to facility for milder COVID-19 cases.

Op Ed: Trump Downplays Pandemic in Midwest
Op Ed

Trump Downplays Pandemic in Midwest

Reality: as one Wisconsin doctor put it, a COVID-19 “tsunami” is coming.

Gov. Evers, Insurance Commissioner Ask Malpractice Insurers to Cover Telemedicine and Out-of-State Providers
Gov. Evers Announces State-Operated Voluntary Isolation Facilities and Guidance to Aid Local Communities in Opening Their Own
1,351 Positive COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 674 in Milwaukee County

1,351 Positive COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin, 674 in Milwaukee County

State working with private partners to double testing capacity.

Gov. Evers Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Murphy’s Law: Will Trump Help State Get Medical Supplies?
Murphy’s Law

Will Trump Help State Get Medical Supplies?

Still won’t use Defense Production Act to ramp up production. Baldwin pushes for action.

Evers Urges Legislators to Convene

Evers Urges Legislators to Convene

“We still need” state solutions to coming surge of COVID-19 patients, he warns.

Gov. Evers Suspends Rules to Help Keep Youth Safe and Vital Services Functioning
Should Police Enforce Stay-At-Home Order?

Should Police Enforce Stay-At-Home Order?

So far Milwaukee Police Chief Morales, other city police departments push voluntary compliance.

Shut-Off Proposal Called ‘Dictator Like’

Shut-Off Proposal Called ‘Dictator Like’

Ald. Rainey wants water, electric shut off for businesses violating shutdown. Mayor, governor disagree.

State Has 1,221 COVID-19 Cases, Exploring Field Hospital Locations

State Has 1,221 COVID-19 Cases, Exploring Field Hospital Locations

State says data on hospitalization coming soon.

Evers, Republicans Spar on Holding Election

Evers, Republicans Spar on Holding Election

Governor wants all vote-by-mail election, Fitzgerald blasts idea, "this is ridiculous.”

Baldwin Leads Wisconsin Congressional Delegation in Calling on FEMA to Support Governor Evers’ Request for More Testing Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment for Wisconsin
Gov. Evers Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Increase COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Capacity
The State of Politics: Northwoods Counties Say Stay Out
The State of Politics

Northwoods Counties Say Stay Out

Door County closes welcome center. Rural counties lack hospital beds to handle COVID-19 surge from visitors.

Evers To Purchase Ventilators, Protective Equipment

Evers To Purchase Ventilators, Protective Equipment

Moves come after Republican lawmakers rejected a broad COVID-19 bill floated by Evers.

Supreme Decision

Supreme Decision

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

State’s COVID-19 Case Count Rises to 1,112

State’s COVID-19 Case Count Rises to 1,112

10 deaths in Milwaukee County as of Sunday morning, all African Americans older than 50.

Wisconsin Could Get $2.2 Billion Stimulus Funds

Wisconsin Could Get $2.2 Billion Stimulus Funds

And Milwaukee in line for $102.7 million in direct aid from COVID-19 stimulus fund.

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.

Danceworks, Inc. keeps the community moving by offering free virtual classes via FB Live and website.
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.

Rep. Hintz Statement on Election Access and Safety
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.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Suspends Evictions and Foreclosures During Public Health Emergency
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 Launches Wisconsin’s COVID-19 PPE Program
Gov. Evers and Insurance Commissioner Urge Insurers to Allow Small Employers to Keep Furloughed Employees on Health Insurance
Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Weekly Radio Address on Safer at Home Order
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.

WMC Releases COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Agenda
Press Release

WMC Releases COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Agenda

Calls on Governor and Legislature to Help Wisconsin Move Forward and Restart the Economy

Could Quarantine Cause More Domestic Violence?

Could Quarantine Cause More Domestic Violence?

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

Governor Evers congratulates 42 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers
Press Release

Governor Evers congratulates 42 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers

New troopers recently completed 26 weeks of training at State Patrol Academy

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

OCI Press Release: Governor Evers, Insurance Commissioner Afable Ask Insurers to Offer Flexibility to Wisconsinites Facing Economic Hardship during COVID-19
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 Delivers Democratic Weekly Radio Address on COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
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.

Gov. Evers Signs Legislation at Ashland High School Enhancing Student Safety and Support
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
WMC Statement on Gov. Evers’ Tax Cut Veto
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

Gov. Evers Takes Action on Two Additional Bills
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
Insurance Commissioner Afable Visits with Dairy Farmers in Cambridge to Highlight Insurance Challenges for Family Farms in Wisconsin
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.

Hundreds Rally at State Capitol to Push for Criminal Justice Reform
Gov. Evers Delivers Democratic Weekly Radio Address on Special Session on Rural Prosperity and Support for Farmers
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.

Press Release: Gov. Evers Launches WICount Census 2020 Website
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 Eleven More Bills
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Eleven More Bills

 

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 Acts on Seven More Bills
Press Release

Gov. Evers Acts on Seven More Bills

 

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.

AG Kaul Announces 3 Counties and 1 Tribe to Establish Treatment Courts; 7 Counties to Expand Current Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Programs
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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Press Release

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

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

Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Ignore Farmers, Rural Communities, Leave Agriculture Agency Without Dept. Head in the Midst of Dairy, Trade Crises
Press Release

Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Ignore Farmers, Rural Communities, Leave Agriculture Agency Without Dept. Head in the Midst of Dairy, Trade Crises

Republicans reject gubernatorial cabinet nominee for the first time in modern state history

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.

Roundup: Agriculture Stakeholders Press Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans to Confirm DATCP Sec. Brad Pfaff
Press Release

Roundup: Agriculture Stakeholders Press Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans to Confirm DATCP Sec. Brad Pfaff

In calls for stability, certainty in the midst of dairy and trade crises, stakeholders urge confirmation of agriculture secretary

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