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Transportation Projects Commission meets for first time since 2014
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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.

Wisconsin Republicans Forget the Reason for the Season
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Gov. Evers’ Statement on Shooting at Waukesha South High School

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

State Grants Target Diesel Emissions

State Grants Target Diesel Emissions

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

Op Ed: Robin Vos Stonewalls on Public Records
Op Ed

Robin Vos Stonewalls on Public Records

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

Derailed: Could Doyle Have Saved High Speed Rail?
Derailed

Could Doyle Have Saved High Speed Rail?

And could the state still get it some day? Last in a series.

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

How Homeless Got Frozen Out

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

Willie Brisco’s Fight for Social Justice

Willie Brisco’s Fight for Social Justice

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

Evers Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

Evers Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

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

Evers Vetoes Sex Offender Residency Bill

Evers Vetoes Sex Offender Residency Bill

Bipartisan bill lifted restrictions on how close people convicted of sex crimes can live to schools.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 447 Relating to Supplemental Transportation Aids
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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
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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
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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
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WHEDA’s David Rouse earns lifetime achievement award from Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association

The award, presented at the mortgage bankers’ recent Best in Business banquet, recognizes Rouse’s achievements in a career featuring leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 380 to Expand Health Care Access via Telehealth Services
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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
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Four community leaders receive Greater Together Awards from GMF

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

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

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
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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
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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.”

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
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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
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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

High Court Candidates Argue Role of Politics

High Court Candidates Argue Role of Politics

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly spars with opponents Jill Karofsky, Ed Fallone.

Op Ed: Warren Plan Gives Needed Help to MPS
Op Ed

Warren Plan Gives Needed Help to MPS

Would mean a massive new federal investment in public schools.

Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 52 Relating to Youth Homelessness
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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
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Gov. Evers Signs Assembly Bill 77 to Honor Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch

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

Evers May Call Second Special Session on Guns

Evers May Call Second Special Session on Guns

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

Why PFAS Pollution Is So Scary

Why PFAS Pollution Is So Scary

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

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

New Push to Fix State Workforce Crisis

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

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

13 counties and 26 municipalities have enacted local wheel taxes.

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Assembly and Senate seldom in session. Just 21 bills passed in 2019 while typical average is more than 300.

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

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

Op Ed: Evers Should Get Religion on Open Records
Op Ed

Evers Should Get Religion on Open Records

Recent statements and foot dragging by governor’s staff raise questions about transparency.

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

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

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Kenosha County Circuit Court
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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
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Gov. Evers Attends GridEx V Exercise at the Wisconsin Dept. of Military Affairs

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

Evers, Democrats Tackle Discrimination

Evers, Democrats Tackle Discrimination

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

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

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

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

"I don’t expect a big issue” or “holy wars”, Rep Hintz says. Wrong.

Gov. Evers Signs Senate Bill 391 in Wisconsin Dells
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Army Sgt. Robert W. McCarville

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

Pipeline Protest Bill Goes to Evers

Pipeline Protest Bill Goes to Evers

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

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Every Republican votes not to approve Evers appointee Brad Pfaff.

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

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

Campaign Cash: State Insurance Group Pays for Clout
Campaign Cash

State Insurance Group Pays for Clout

WIA spends millions on lobbying, campaign donations, gets favored bills passed.

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

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

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

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

Op Ed: Everyone Deserves Clean Water
Op Ed

Everyone Deserves Clean Water

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

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

Online World Transforms Capitol Coverage

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

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fallen Union Grove-Yorkville Firefighter
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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
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Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Signal Plans to Fire Gov. Evers’ Agriculture Secretary in Midst of Dairy Crisis

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

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

Pot Possession Charges Cause Big Problems

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

Paging 402,000 People Lacking Health Care

Paging 402,000 People Lacking Health Care

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

State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter
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State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter

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

Republican Pettiness Threatens Family Farmers
Press Release

Republican Pettiness Threatens Family Farmers

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

Garver Feed Mill officially opens in Madison
Press Release

Garver Feed Mill officially opens in Madison

Governor Evers, Destination Madison celebrate redevelopment of historic property

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

State Jobs Will Go Unfilled

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

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

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

Legislators May Hike Public Defenders Pay

Legislators May Hike Public Defenders Pay

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

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

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

Bill Would Decriminalize Pot Possession

Bill Would Decriminalize Pot Possession

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

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

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

Data Wonk: What’s Causing Decline in Insured Children?
Data Wonk

What’s Causing Decline in Insured Children?

Health insurance for kids declined in some states including Wisconsin under Walker. Why?

Court Watch: Milwaukee Traffic Tickets Down 46%
Court Watch

Milwaukee Traffic Tickets Down 46%

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

Baldwin Pushes for Action on Lead Poisoning

Baldwin Pushes for Action on Lead Poisoning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Asks Evers’ Help on Reckless Driving

City Asks Evers’ Help on Reckless Driving

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

Evers, Barrett Kick Off 2020 Census

Evers, Barrett Kick Off 2020 Census

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

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

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

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

Task Force Takes on Retirement “Crisis”

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

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

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

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

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

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

Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms

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

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

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

Polluted Wells Issue is Urgent, Legislator Says

Polluted Wells Issue is Urgent, Legislator Says

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

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

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

Barrett, Moore to Lead Growing DNC Team

Barrett, Moore to Lead Growing DNC Team

19 honorary chairs round out Milwaukee 2020 leadership.

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

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

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

Pipeline Bill Opponents Hope for Veto

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

Fitzgerald Says Legislators Plays ‘Goalie” With Evers

Fitzgerald Says Legislators Plays ‘Goalie” With Evers

Few bills getting passed, most of Evers' cabinet picks still not approved by Senate.

2019 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses
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2019 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards recognize outstanding businesses

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

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

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Crawford County District Attorney

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

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

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

State Affirmative Action Council recognizes WisDOT diversity efforts
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State Affirmative Action Council recognizes WisDOT diversity efforts

State Patrol Superintendent Burrell receives leadership award

MKE County: High PFAS Levels Found at Airport
MKE County

High PFAS Levels Found at Airport

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

State Board Okays Rules on PFAS Pollution

State Board Okays Rules on PFAS Pollution

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

Big Jump in State Support for Impeachment

Big Jump in State Support for Impeachment

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

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

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Now A Holiday

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

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

Gov. Evers Announces Federal Disaster Aid Resources for Marinette County

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

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

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

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

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

Campaign Cash: The NRA Brigade
Campaign Cash

The NRA Brigade

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

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

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

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

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

Art Scene: How to Become Very Popular
Art Scene

How to Become Very Popular

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

Sen. Taylor Calls for Focus on Violence Prevention
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Sen. Taylor Calls for Focus on Violence Prevention

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

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Governor says only Vos and Fitzgerald prevent common sense gun reforms.

The State of Politics: The Legacy of Morris Andrews
The State of Politics

The Legacy of Morris Andrews

He built state teachers union into the foremost Capitol power — only to see its dramatic decline.

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

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

State Resists Immunizations

State Resists Immunizations

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

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

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

Evers Pushes Action on Water Quality

Evers Pushes Action on Water Quality

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

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

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

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

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

Two Democrats Will Run for Duffy’s Seat

Two Democrats Will Run for Duffy’s Seat

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

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

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

High Court Will Review Evers Veto Power

High Court Will Review Evers Veto Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Hall: Council Debates Indigenous Peoples’ Day
City Hall

Council Debates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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

City Hall: Community Outpouring Over City Budget
City Hall

Community Outpouring Over City Budget

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

Today Is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today Is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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

Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Rules

Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Rules

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

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

A World Without Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

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

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

WEC Convenes Wisconsin Elections Security Council
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WEC Convenes Wisconsin Elections Security Council

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

Regents Advance Controversial Free Speech Rules

Regents Advance Controversial Free Speech Rules

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

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

DNR to Review Proposed Updates to Lead and Copper Rule

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

Rep. Anderson Votes Against His Own Accommodation. Why?

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

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

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

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

Candidate says Wisconsin dairies should be supported

#KeepYourPromise Governor Evers
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#KeepYourPromise Governor Evers

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

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

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

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

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

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 8, 2019

Op Ed: Move Wisconsin Medicaid Expansion Forward
Op Ed

Move Wisconsin Medicaid Expansion Forward

70 percent of Wisconsinites support Medicaid expansion. It would provide health insurance to those without, and save state millions.

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

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

Democrats Push Medical Marijuana, Red Flag Law

Democrats Push Medical Marijuana, Red Flag Law

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

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

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

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

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

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

Mortgage Crisis Hit African Americans and Hispanics Hardest

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

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

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

Wisconsin Not Settling With OxyContin Manufacturer

Wisconsin Not Settling With OxyContin Manufacturer

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

Too Many Wisconsinites Without Health Insurance

Too Many Wisconsinites Without Health Insurance

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

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

Governor Evers has now admitted that his Executive Order setting these dates violates federal law and he is in the process of setting new dates.

Your Right to Know: Evers Can Do Better On Openness
Your Right to Know

Evers Can Do Better On Openness

Evers Administration excludes right-wing news service from receiving media notifications and shutdown a website to track open records requests.

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

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

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

DNR to Back Pro-Climate Policies

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

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

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

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

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

Evers’ Requests AG Opinion on State Agency Rule making

Evers’ Requests AG Opinion on State Agency Rule making

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

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

Legislature May Debate Few Fall-Session Issues

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

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bipartisan legislation funds merit based pay increases for public defenders.

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

Stella is a lifelong resident of Iron County.

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

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

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

Another Example System Stacked Against Borrowers and Why Reform Desperately Needed

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

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

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

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

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

Millions In Health Care Refunds Going Out

Insurance market improving thanks to state reinsurance program.

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Evers Wants Gun Laws

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

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

Climate Crisis, Listen to Young People

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

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

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

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

Could Legal Marijuana Revitalize Communities?

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

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

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

The State of Politics: Congressional Primaries Can Be Unpredictable
The State of Politics

Congressional Primaries Can Be Unpredictable

Sensenbrenner seat could draw a wide field.

Company Charged With Forced Labor of Mexicans

Company Charged With Forced Labor of Mexicans

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

Photo Gallery: Strikers Call for a Climate Emergency
Photo Gallery

Strikers Call for a Climate Emergency

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

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

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

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

$44 Million Soldiers Home Project Launched

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

Evers, Governors Push Congress on PFAS

Evers, Governors Push Congress on PFAS

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

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

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

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

“Moving Milwaukee Forward” Bill Introduced

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

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

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

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Republican legislators say proposal violates due process rights.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Murphy’s Law: State Far Behind on Renewable Energy
Murphy’s Law

State Far Behind on Renewable Energy

Report finds Minnesota has 5 times more wind power, 16 times more solar than Wisconsin.

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

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

An Upcoming Battle in Trump Country

An Upcoming Battle in Trump Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Polls Show About the Legislature

What Polls Show About the Legislature

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

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

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

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

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

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

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

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

Evers Blasts Trump “Tweet” Trade Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSOE Opens Diercks Hall, Boots Up “Rosie”

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

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

Governor congratulates Chiba Prefecture on Hosting 2020 Olympics

Op Ed: Legislature Should Put Students First
Op Ed

Legislature Should Put Students First

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

DHS Lead Abatement Program Receives Federal Approval
Press Release

DHS Lead Abatement Program Receives Federal Approval

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

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

Event Features UW Alumni in Japan

MKE County: Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals
MKE County

Committee Approves Loans for Lead Laterals

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

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

AG says legislative oversight stalls cases, makes lower settlements for taxpayers likely.

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

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

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

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

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

Evers’ administration is dysfunctional and disorganized, threatens to move Wisconsin backwards on transparency.

Op Ed: How to Win Wisconsin
Op Ed

How to Win Wisconsin

What national media and political operatives don't get about the Badger State.

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

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

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

Can New Leader Clean Up WEDC?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Back in the News: Key Foxconn Executive Steps Down
Back in the News

Key Foxconn Executive Steps Down

Ever-shrinking project loses second key executive this year.

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

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

Op Ed: Where Will Future Jobs Come From?
Op Ed

Where Will Future Jobs Come From?

Those Labor Day think pieces offered few answers. Where do we go from here?

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

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

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

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

Murphy’s Law: Lame Duck Laws Hurting the State
Murphy’s Law

Lame Duck Laws Hurting the State

Tying hands of Attorney General stalls 15 lawsuits, could cost taxpayers millions.

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Records show Legislature fielded nearly 48,000 contacts from people and 98% opposed lame duck laws.

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

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

State Targets Payroll Tax Fraud

State Targets Payroll Tax Fraud

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

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

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

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

Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret

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

Homeowners Near Foxconn Say They Were Misled

Homeowners Near Foxconn Say They Were Misled

Now their homes are gone for road widenings that never happened.

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

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

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

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

Abele Urges Bus Drivers to Settle Contract

Abele Urges Bus Drivers to Settle Contract

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

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

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

Working for Clean Energy a Tricky Task

Working for Clean Energy a Tricky Task

Polls show bipartisan support, but how you talk about it matters.

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

Visit highlights new Freshwater Collaborative program, public-private partnerships

Op Ed: The Mishaps of Mandela Barnes
Op Ed

The Mishaps of Mandela Barnes

The state’s first black lieutenant governor has a target on his back.

Evers Expands Effort Against “Forever” Chemicals

Evers Expands Effort Against “Forever” Chemicals

Directs DNR to create standards for drinking, surface water on PFAS chemicals.

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

Industrial site is latest addition to Certified In Wisconsin® program

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

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

Wisconsin Budget: 4 Immigration Policies to Boost Economy
Wisconsin Budget

4 Immigration Policies to Boost Economy

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

Op Ed: For-Profit Colleges Need State Oversight
Op Ed

For-Profit Colleges Need State Oversight

Walker opened door to abuse. Evers has reinstated the Educational Approval Board.

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

State Has Bad Roads, Low Fatalities

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

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

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

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

Parties Eye Candidates For Duffy’s Seat

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

Campaign Cash: Shipbuilder Gives to Fund for Democrats
Campaign Cash

Shipbuilder Gives to Fund for Democrats

Donation followed by Gov. Evers announcing plan for $31 million in state support to help company expand.

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

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Washburn County District Attorney

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

About Those UW Free Speech Violations

About Those UW Free Speech Violations

Not one violation on 26 campuses of UW Regents’ policy. But legislators want to pass tough law.

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

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

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

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Slams “Liberal” News Site
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Slams “Liberal” News Site

Claims Wisconsin Examiner is “partisan” and “slanted” but provides not one example.

State Continues Millennial Marketing Campaign

State Continues Millennial Marketing Campaign

Evers wouldn’t fund program begun by Walker, but WEDC finds money from elsewhere in its budget.

GOP Congressman Sean Duffy Resigning

GOP Congressman Sean Duffy Resigning

Northern Wisconsin Republican wants to focus on his growing family.

The State of Politics: State School Spending Hits Record $6 Billion
The State of Politics

State School Spending Hits Record $6 Billion

Both parties take credit for K-12 schools funding hike. But can it be sustained?

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

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

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

Campaign Cash: Liberal 527 Groups Crush GOP Groups
Campaign Cash

Liberal 527 Groups Crush GOP Groups

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

Gulfstream Opens Appleton Service Center
Press Release

Gulfstream Opens Appleton Service Center

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

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

Gov. Evers takes another step toward cleaner drinking water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evers, Moore Target Prescription Drugs

Evers, Moore Target Prescription Drugs

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

Alderman Urges Gun Control After Attack

Alderman Urges Gun Control After Attack

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, Some Leadership on Teen Mothers

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

Utilities Seek Carbon Reduction Goals

Utilities Seek Carbon Reduction Goals

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

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

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

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

Foxconn Goes Vertical in Mount Pleasant

Foxconn Goes Vertical in Mount Pleasant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The State of Politics: State’s Paper Industry Still Leads Nation
The State of Politics

State’s Paper Industry Still Leads Nation

With 1,531 workers in Milwaukee County. But it faces challenges, may need state help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evers Wants Carbon Neutral State by 2050

Evers Wants Carbon Neutral State by 2050

New plan includes creating Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy.

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

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

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

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

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

“A transition to a clean energy economy will generate thousands of family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin.”

Rep. Shankland Applauds Governor Evers’ Leadership on Clean Energy and Sustainability
Press Release

Rep. Shankland Applauds Governor Evers’ Leadership on Clean Energy and Sustainability

"The simple fact is that we’ve got to act on climate change."

Wisconsin finally joins the fight against climate change
Press Release

Wisconsin finally joins the fight against climate change

State government demonstrates its commitment to clean energy

Rep. Gordon Hintz: Statement on Universal Background Checks
Press Release

Rep. Gordon Hintz: Statement on Universal Background Checks

"The public has an expectation that government should do everything possible to reduce the likelihood of gun violence, which has become far too common across the country."

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

“Universal background checks” on gun sales shouldn’t need “permission from NRA,” Evers says.

Op Ed: Evers Bows to Business Group
Op Ed

Evers Bows to Business Group

“My administration continues to support the work you’re doing,” he tells right-wing WMC.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Wisconsin Women’s Council
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Wisconsin Women’s Council

The Council’s mission is to identify barriers to women’s social and economic participation in the state and work with public and private-sector partners to develop initiatives and identify solutions and to disseminate information on the status of women and issues of concern to women in the state.

The Time for Universal Background Checks is Now
Press Release

The Time for Universal Background Checks is Now

"81% of voters support background checks."

Representative Lisa Subeck Joins Governor Evers, Democratic Colleagues Introducing Universal Background Check Legislation
Press Release

Representative Lisa Subeck Joins Governor Evers, Democratic Colleagues Introducing Universal Background Check Legislation

"No family should have to worry that they or their children will be harmed by gun violence."

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

Not one attended hearing on UW Regents policy that suspends or expels students for disrupting speeches.

Wisconsin Democrats Announce Universal Background Checks Bill, Call on Republicans to Act
Press Release

Wisconsin Democrats Announce Universal Background Checks Bill, Call on Republicans to Act

Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes, Attorney General Kaul join Rep. Sargent and Sen. Johnson in supporting universal background checks.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Board of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

“I am pleased to appoint Patty, Dan, and Carla to the DATCP Board.”

State Agencies Give Zero Days for Comment

State Agencies Give Zero Days for Comment

Evers Administration uses lame duck law to make policy changes with no chance for public comments.

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

About That Mandela Barnes Controversy

Media firestorm about college degree part of wide-ranging Isthmus feature story.

Gov. Evers Calls on President Trump to Listen to Farmers, End Unproductive Trade Wars
Press Release

Gov. Evers Calls on President Trump to Listen to Farmers, End Unproductive Trade Wars

"As many farmers will tell you, aid payments cannot make up for what they’ve lost financially or personally."

Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

Pentagon Spy Balloons Watching State

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

The State of Politics: 6 Questions for Legislators on Guns
The State of Politics

6 Questions for Legislators on Guns

How many state residents have guns? How many favor background checks, other laws?

Op Ed: Clean Water a Deliberate Policy Choice
Op Ed

Clean Water a Deliberate Policy Choice

Walker administration cut the DNR, pushed deregulation and weaken farm inspections. Negatively impacting Wisconsin's water.

Evers’ Transportation Secretary Moves Toward Confirmation

Evers’ Transportation Secretary Moves Toward Confirmation

But some GOP legislators concerned with appointee Craig Thompson's past as a lobbyist

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

NRA’s Favorite Wisconsin State Politicians

Former Gov. Walker was Wisconsin’s top NRA beneficiary.

Democratic Legislators Push For Child Victims Act

Democratic Legislators Push For Child Victims Act

Bill would remove time limits for bringing civil actions in sexual assault cases.

Rep. Robyn Vining Echoes Call to Action Against Gun Violence
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Echoes Call to Action Against Gun Violence

"The Wisconsin State Legislature has a role to play in this epidemic of gun violence in our country."

Democrats continue pushing unnecessary, costly Medicaid expansion
Press Release

Democrats continue pushing unnecessary, costly Medicaid expansion

"Expanding Medicaid even further to include able-bodied individuals living above the poverty line would put an even greater weight on the taxpayer."

Gov. Evers’ Budget Gives Wisconsin Reason to Smile, $2 Million Will Expand Dental Services, $1 million for Free and Charitable Health Centers
Data Wonk: Would MPS Referendum Pass? Should it?
Data Wonk

Would MPS Referendum Pass? Should it?

Poll shows city residents support increased funding for MPS, but referendum still faces obstacles.

Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approved Projects
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Building Commission Approved Projects

Gov. Evers is committed to maintaining safe and reliable buildings by making smart and efficient maintenance decisions and investing in needed repairs and upgrades across the state building portfolio.

Gov. Evers Launches Back to School Health Resource for Parents
Press Release

Gov. Evers Launches Back to School Health Resource for Parents

"A kid's ability to succeed in the classroom can be impacted by both their physical and mental health."

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Loophole lets big box stores lower their taxes while effectively raising taxes for residents.

State Leaders Divided Over Gun Laws

State Leaders Divided Over Gun Laws

In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Democrats push for "red flag" laws, Republicans balk.

Op Ed: Congress Must Protect the DSH Program
Op Ed

Congress Must Protect the DSH Program

Program created by President Reagan provides funds to hospitals to offset costs for providing care to the uninsured.

MacIver News Service sues Gov. Evers for equal access
Press Release

MacIver News Service sues Gov. Evers for equal access

Since Gov. Evers took office in January 2019, his administration has refused to include MacIver News Service reporters on invitations to press events, which makes it harder for the news outlet’s reporters to stay up-to-speed on the governor’s activities.

Gov. Evers Acts on Transportation-Related Legislation
Press Release

Gov. Evers Acts on Transportation-Related Legislation

ov. Tony Evers today acted upon three pieces of legislation.

The Cannabis Question: Marijuana Can Lead to Deportation for Immigrants
The Cannabis Question

Marijuana Can Lead to Deportation for Immigrants

Even in areas where it's legal, can cause problems for immigrants.

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

Foxconn Jobs Not Worth The Cost

New analysis shows the cost to taxpayers per job outweighs the return.

Erpenbach/Riemer Introduce Medicaid Expansion Bill
Press Release

Erpenbach/Riemer Introduce Medicaid Expansion Bill

Proposal will prevent 2 billion Wisconsin tax dollars from going to other states

Momentum for Medicaid Expansion Continues
Press Release

Momentum for Medicaid Expansion Continues

Democrats renew push for legislation to expand health coverage

The State of Politics: Evers Respects His Agency Leaders
The State of Politics

Evers Respects His Agency Leaders

Walker at times ignored cabinet, made decisions for his political career.

Campaign Cash: State Teachers’ Union Still Has Clout
Campaign Cash

State Teachers’ Union Still Has Clout

Its membership more than cut in half, but still one of biggest donors to Democratic candidates.

The Rise and Fall of Three GOP Stars

The Rise and Fall of Three GOP Stars

Walker, Ryan and Priebus were national Republican leaders who got defeated by Trumpism.

Prescription Drugs Polluting Drinking Water?

Prescription Drugs Polluting Drinking Water?

Researchers see problem from unused drugs flushed into Lake Michigan.

Gov. Evers Requests Federal Damage Assessments for Storm Damage
Press Release

Gov. Evers Requests Federal Damage Assessments for Storm Damage

A series of severe storms moved across parts of western and northern Wisconsin beginning late on July 18 and continuing through July 20.

Can State Reduce Long Lines at DMV?

Can State Reduce Long Lines at DMV?

Agency has made efforts and some progress, but Evers wants faster service.

Gov. Evers Announces Lower Rates on Wisconsin’s Individual Health Insurance Market
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Lower Rates on Wisconsin’s Individual Health Insurance Market

The rate decrease also highlights the positive impact of that the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan, or the state’s reinsurance program, is having on the individual market.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Council on Tourism
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to the Council on Tourism

"With it’s $7 to $1 return on investment, Wisconsin’s $21.6 billion tourism industry is one of Wisconsin’s leading economic drivers."

Op Ed: Governor’s Leadership Moves State Forward
Op Ed

Governor’s Leadership Moves State Forward

A bold vision for Wisconsin and a budget based on input from all the people.

Murphy’s Law: 13 Takeaways on Foxconn’s Birthday
Murphy’s Law

13 Takeaways on Foxconn’s Birthday

Two years after project announced, what’s left of that world-shattering deal?

Gov. Evers Proclaims August ‘National Water Quality Month’ in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims August ‘National Water Quality Month’ in Wisconsin

"Everyone should be able to drink water straight from their tap."

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

A “power grab” or trying to “get the constitution right”?

Rep. Shankland: Governor Evers Leads on Preventing Nitrate Contamination
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: Governor Evers Leads on Preventing Nitrate Contamination

"These new efforts by the Governor, DNR, and DATCP tackle the root of our pollution runoff problems and will help to prevent future nitrate contamination."

Drug take back boxes gain support from Gov. Evers
Press Release

Drug take back boxes gain support from Gov. Evers

Drop boxes around city help protect drinking water from medical waste

Gov. Evers Directs Agencies to Address Nitrate Contamination in Ground and Surface Water
Press Release

Gov. Evers Directs Agencies to Address Nitrate Contamination in Ground and Surface Water

"I am committed to protecting Wisconsin’s waters and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water."

WILL Sues Evers at Wisconsin Supreme Court Over Budget Vetoes
Press Release

WILL Sues Evers at Wisconsin Supreme Court Over Budget Vetoes

Original action asks Supreme Court to rein in, limit partial vetoes

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Not planning to bypass governor, Fitzgerald says, but he and Vos won’t take follow-up questions.

Evers Wants State Health “Lead Czar”

Evers Wants State Health “Lead Czar”

Also supports bill to provide $40 million in loans for home owners to replace lead laterals.

Gov. Evers takes action to protect children from lead exposure
Press Release

Gov. Evers takes action to protect children from lead exposure

Since 1996, more than 200,000 children have been identified as having dangerous amounts of lead in their bodies.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order 36 Relating to Measures to Abate and Prevent Lead Exposure in Drinking Water

"Lead poisoning is a statewide risk not just in Kenosha and Milwaukee, but in communities around the state."

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

Joint Resolution bill could prevent governor veto, gain second decade of gerrymandering.

Op Ed: How Evers Should Reform Criminal Justice
Op Ed

How Evers Should Reform Criminal Justice

More pardons and commutations and ending solitary confinement would be a good start.

Legislators Urge New Strategy on Budget

Legislators Urge New Strategy on Budget

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

Gov. Evers Applauds WHEFA for New 2019 Fiscal Year in Review Report, Saving $3.9 Million for Wisconsin Non-Profits
Press Release

Gov. Evers Applauds WHEFA for New 2019 Fiscal Year in Review Report, Saving $3.9 Million for Wisconsin Non-Profits

"This fiscal year will mark the end of another successful year assisting a variety of non-profits throughout the State."

Gov. Evers Announces Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification Appointments
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification Appointments

The task force will report to the governor on or before March of each year on their activities.

The Contrarian: The Myth of Easy Prison Reform
The Contrarian

The Myth of Easy Prison Reform

It’s caused by misinformation about “non-violent offenders” and “crimeless revocations.”

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Iron County Circuit Court Judge
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Iron County Circuit Court Judge

The new judge will complete a term ending June 30, 2020.

Representative Subeck Introduces Bill to Combat Medicaid Fraud
Press Release

Representative Subeck Introduces Bill to Combat Medicaid Fraud

"Prior to 2015, the False Claims Act was one of Wisconsin’s most effective tools for deterring fraud in the Medicaid program."

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Million TEA Grant for Fitchburg, Supporting Promega Expansion and Creating 200 New Jobs
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $1 Million TEA Grant for Fitchburg, Supporting Promega Expansion and Creating 200 New Jobs

“The TEA program is designed to support economic development.”

‘Ludicrous’: Republicans Offer New Plan to Hike Tuition
Press Release

‘Ludicrous’: Republicans Offer New Plan to Hike Tuition

Plan Comes on Heels of GOP Rejecting Help for Student Loan Borrowers, Refusing to Increase Financial Aid

Murphy’s Law: Will Wisconsin Decide the 2020 Election?
Murphy’s Law

Will Wisconsin Decide the 2020 Election?

All signs suggest this state could determine whether Trump wins reelection.

Clean Drinking Water Effort Falls Short

Clean Drinking Water Effort Falls Short

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

Campaign Cash: GOP Got 5 Times More Corporate Cash
Campaign Cash

GOP Got 5 Times More Corporate Cash

State Republicans get $321,910 in corporate donations, Democrats $64,875 in first half of 2019.

Op Ed: Why Is Water Task Force Ignoring City?
Op Ed

Why Is Water Task Force Ignoring City?

State Water Quality Task Force will hold 11 public hearings, none in Milwaukee.

GOP Legislators Delay Funds for Homeless, Farmers

GOP Legislators Delay Funds for Homeless, Farmers

Evers, Democrats push for state spending approved in budget, Republicans want review by Senate.

Transportation: Lime Demos Scooters In Advance of Launch
Transportation

Lime Demos Scooters In Advance of Launch

Milwaukee rollout "could be today" or "next couple of days... It's imminent," says Lime rep.

The State of Politics: New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change
The State of Politics

New DNR Head Has Agenda of Change

Climate change, lead laterals and CAFO-polluted private wells are top concerns.

Op Ed: Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics
Op Ed

Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics

Once again Vos and Fitzgerald try to scapegoat Milwaukee.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #35 Declaring a State of Emergency Due to Extreme Severe Weather
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #35 Declaring a State of Emergency Due to Extreme Severe Weather

Downed trees and power lines have caused major power outages in northern Wisconsin, road closures due to debris and damage to homes and businesses.

Low-Income Parents Priced Out Of Child Care

Low-Income Parents Priced Out Of Child Care

Report finds families' share of costs in state program keeps rising, often making it unaffordable.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #34 Declaring a State of Emergency and Closing State Agency Buildings
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #34 Declaring a State of Emergency and Closing State Agency Buildings

"We are grateful that no one has been injured as a result of the explosion and fires this morning, and I want to thank emergency personnel who responded quickly to contain the situation."

Transportation: Evers Touts $75 Million Local Grants Fund
Transportation

Evers Touts $75 Million Local Grants Fund

Competitive grants for local transportation replace state roads fund, includes mass transit.

Gov. Evers Announces Search for Next Secretary and CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Search for Next Secretary and CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Gov. Evers is running a transparent process to find the best candidate to lead the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and is encouraging qualified applicants to apply online.

Local governments now have access to $75 million in new transportation grants
Press Release

Local governments now have access to $75 million in new transportation grants

The program will mirror aspects of the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP).

Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

Report finds Wisconsin 6th highest in percent of former students with debt.

Transportation: WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service
Transportation

WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service

With $35 million from new budget, WisDOT seeks federal matching grants for expansion.

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Gerrymandering Foes Push Reform

Fair Maps groups embrace nonpartisan redistricting in Assembly, Senate bills.

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Reform Sign Language Interpreting Licensure System in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Reform Sign Language Interpreting Licensure System in Wisconsin

"We're working to ensure deaf and hard of hearing folks across our state have access to reliable and experienced interpreters no matter the situation or circumstance."

One Year Out: Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Releases Video to Mark Countdown to Democratic National Convention
Op Ed: UW System Drives Wisconsin’s Economy
Op Ed

UW System Drives Wisconsin’s Economy

And returns $23 dollars for every $1 invested. Strong state support pays off.

The Cannabis Question: Pot Arrests 4 Times Higher for Blacks
The Cannabis Question

Pot Arrests 4 Times Higher for Blacks

Statewide racial disparity in arrests for pot possession cited in Gov. Evers’ decriminalization proposal.

State Tied for Lowest E-Cigarette Tax

State Tied for Lowest E-Cigarette Tax

Among 20 states that now tax it, Wisconsin tied with three states for lowest rate.

The State of Politics: State Program Looks to Hire Veterans
The State of Politics

State Program Looks to Hire Veterans

“Hiring Our Heroes” fights state’s worker shortage by recruiting ex-military staff.

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Three Republican legislators are co-sponsers of bill calling for nonpartisan redistricting.

Gov. Evers Announces Nexus Pharmaceuticals to Build Sterile Injectable Manufacturing Facility in Pleasant Prairie
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Nexus Pharmaceuticals to Build Sterile Injectable Manufacturing Facility in Pleasant Prairie

The Pleasant Prairie manufacturing facility will support the production and supply of drugs in an array of therapeutic areas, including anesthesia, oncology, cardiovascular and neurology.

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Allow Cellular Providers to Upgrade to 5G Technology in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bill to Allow Cellular Providers to Upgrade to 5G Technology in Wisconsin

"Senate Bill 239 allows us to catch up with the rest of the Midwest by bringing 5G to Wisconsin."

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Legislators propose constitutional amendment to bar partial vetoes increasing spending.

Evers Says Foxconn Won’t Meet Jobs Goals

Evers Says Foxconn Won’t Meet Jobs Goals

Governor tells CNBC the company will likely hire 1500 employees, not 1800.

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage
Press Release

State Legislature Must Take Action to Protect Health Coverage

Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, marketplace health insurance, at grave risk of having coverage taken away by conservative federal judges

Senator Craig Releases ‘State Budget Protection Act’
Press Release

Senator Craig Releases ‘State Budget Protection Act’

Constitutional amendment would right-size governor’s veto pen

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Step Therapy Protocols, In-Home Dialysis Distribution Centers
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Step Therapy Protocols, In-Home Dialysis Distribution Centers

"I’ve said all along that healthcare should not be a privilege afforded only to the healthy and the wealthy."

Murphy’s Law: Why the Minimum Wage Won’t Rise
Murphy’s Law

Why the Minimum Wage Won’t Rise

It's all about the stories we’re told and who is getting paid to tell them.

Transportation: Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks
Transportation

Scooters Legalized But Not on Sidewalks

City's action means scooters could be back on streets soon, but fined for using sidewalks.

State Budget Fell Short on Highways?

State Budget Fell Short on Highways?

Legislators in both parties say budget lacked long-term solution to state’s transportation woes.

Transportation: Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Scooters
Transportation

Evers Signs Bill Legalizing Scooters

Mayor says scooters could be back on Milwaukee streets in a few weeks.

Gov. Evers Signs Electric Scooter Bill, Expanding Transportation Options and Attracting Startup Companies to Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Electric Scooter Bill, Expanding Transportation Options and Attracting Startup Companies to Wisconsin

"Electric scooters improve access to low-cost transportation options and can serve as a first or last-mile solution to residents and visitors in communities throughout our state."

The State of Politics: Healthy Economy Buys New State Spending
The State of Politics

Healthy Economy Buys New State Spending

Which helps explain budget victory being claimed by both parties.

Op Ed: Don’t Punish Victims of Human Trafficking
Op Ed

Don’t Punish Victims of Human Trafficking

Safe Harbor legislation would stop the unnecessary incarceration of trafficked girls.

Op Ed: Foxconn’s Crystal Ball Looks Fuzzy
Op Ed

Foxconn’s Crystal Ball Looks Fuzzy

Company’s smaller footprint has business proponent Tim Sheehy lowering expectations.

State Rewards Top Child Care Centers

State Rewards Top Child Care Centers

Department Of Children And Families now gives higher payments to higher rated providers.

What’s Happening With State’s Youth Prisons?

What’s Happening With State’s Youth Prisons?

Three key developments affecting Wisconsin’s troubled youth correctional facilities.

School Groups Divided About State Budget

School Groups Divided About State Budget

Happy Evers increased spending, but it’s still short of what’s needed, they say.

Out Look: The Flag Stands for LGBTQ People, Too
Out Look

The Flag Stands for LGBTQ People, Too

On July 4th, remembering those Milwaukeeans who stood up for LGBTQ rights.

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Partial Vetoes
Press Release

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Partial Vetoes

The governor, with the stroke of his pen drastically improved the state budget.

Campaign Cash: Planned Parenthood Lacks Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

Planned Parenthood Lacks Capitol Clout

Millions spent on campaign donations and lobbying since 2010, but many laws it opposed passed.

Statement: Wisconsin’s biennial budget will speed up transition to electric vehicles and improve public transit
Press Release

Statement: Wisconsin’s biennial budget will speed up transition to electric vehicles and improve public transit

WISPIRG commends vital investments, but also calls for more action

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Employee Nicholas Janz
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs Employee Nicholas Janz

"The people of Wisconsin, his family and community will remember his legacy."

State funding for youth summer jobs wisely restored by Governor Evers
Press Release

State funding for youth summer jobs wisely restored by Governor Evers

A statement by Alderman Cavalier Johnson July 3, 2019

Cruel and Unusual: Rules Violations Cause 40% of Prison Admissions
Cruel and Unusual

Rules Violations Cause 40% of Prison Admissions

State figures show supervision violations, not new crimes, drive prison admissions.

Gov. Evers Signs Marketplace Bill Ensuring the Collection of Sales Tax From All Online Out-of-State Retailers and Cutting Tax Rates for the Middle Class
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Marketplace Bill Ensuring the Collection of Sales Tax From All Online Out-of-State Retailers and Cutting Tax Rates for the Middle Class

This bipartisan legislation reduces taxes by cutting the tax rates of the first and second tax brackets, starting with the 2019 and 2020 tax years, and each tax year going forward.

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Off the Deep End?
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Off the Deep End?

Ruling reducing state superintendent’s power violates state constitution, common sense.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Signing the Wisconsin Budget
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Signing the Wisconsin Budget

"I want to thank Governor Evers for signing the budget into law today, including fully embracing the middle-class tax cut."

Evers Uses 78 Partial Vetoes on Budget

Evers Uses 78 Partial Vetoes on Budget

Vetoes will help pay for $65 million more in education funding in revised budget.

Rep. Bowen Statement on Gov. Evers’ Signing of Biennial Budget
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Statement on Gov. Evers’ Signing of Biennial Budget

Bowen Glad Governor Evers Using Democratic Veto Power to Make a Bad Budget Work Better for Wisconsin

Murphy’s Law: State’s Loss on Federal ACA is $1.3 Billion
Murphy’s Law

State’s Loss on Federal ACA is $1.3 Billion

State loses $1.3 billion in federal funds for medical care under Republican two-year budget.

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Gov. Evers Signs Wisconsin’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget into Law
Press Release

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Gov. Evers Signs Wisconsin’s 2019-21 Biennial Budget into Law

Evers' budget includes largest general school aid and special education increases in a decade, increases revenue to fix our roads for the first time in a generation, provides 10 percent tax cut for Wisconsin's working families

Op Ed: Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action
Op Ed

Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action

U.S. Supreme Court decision leaves it up to voters to demand non-partisan redistricting.

Campaign Cash: PAC, Corporate Donations Hit $27 Million
Campaign Cash

PAC, Corporate Donations Hit $27 Million

New state record in 2018, up three-fold since 2015 GOP changes in campaign finance law.

State Budget Has Tiny Reserve Fund

State Budget Has Tiny Reserve Fund

Lowest since 2011, enough surplus to run government for just two days in budget sent to Evers.

Education Activists Turn To Misinformation To Distort GOP Budget
Press Release

Education Activists Turn To Misinformation To Distort GOP Budget

Public education activists should be honest about the large increase and they should be grateful to taxpayers for the hard-earned dollars provided to fund it

Regrets, He Has a Few: Robin Vos Wanted to Do Even More for Wealthy in Wisconsin
Press Release

Regrets, He Has a Few: Robin Vos Wanted to Do Even More for Wealthy in Wisconsin

Reflecting on State Budget, Assembly Speaker Wishes He Could Have Delivered Even More Than $1.4 Billion in Tax Giveaways for Wealthy, Corporations

Cruel and Unusual: Evers Faces Hurdles to Cutting Prisons
Cruel and Unusual

Evers Faces Hurdles to Cutting Prisons

Governor promised to cut prison population by 50%, but has so far made no progress.

Back in the News: Vos Wants Medical Marijuana Bill
Back in the News

Vos Wants Medical Marijuana Bill

Assembly Speaker wants to push this bill in fall. Will Senate oppose it?

Gov. Evers Signs Act 185 Trailer Bill
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Act 185 Trailer Bill

"I look forward to having a larger conversation about reforming our juvenile justice system."

The State of Politics: 7 Reasons Evers Won’t Veto Entire Budget
The State of Politics

7 Reasons Evers Won’t Veto Entire Budget

Why the governor won’t use the nuclear option on Republican budget.

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Republicans worked for “veto-proof” bill so Gov. Evers has little room to reshape legislation.

Op Ed: Budget Should Plan For the Future
Op Ed

Budget Should Plan For the Future

By trashing so much of Evers' budget, Republicans show no vision for state’s future.

Gov. Evers Appoints Brian Juech As Marquette County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Brian Juech As Marquette County District Attorney

Mr. Juech currently serves as assistant district attorney in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office

Republican State Budget: No Help For One Million Student Loan Borrowers, But a Special Favor For One Electric Car Enthusiast
Press Release

Republican State Budget: No Help For One Million Student Loan Borrowers, But a Special Favor For One Electric Car Enthusiast

Including ‘Kapenga Kickback’ to Pass Budget Adds Insult to Injury

Op Ed: Under Evers, DNR Restores Science
Op Ed

Under Evers, DNR Restores Science

New groundwater standards and science-based approaches to chemical pollution.

Rep. Shankland: $72 Million of Inaction — Memo Underscores Missed Opportunities to Act on Water Quality Crisis
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: $72 Million of Inaction — Memo Underscores Missed Opportunities to Act on Water Quality Crisis

"Everyone deserves access to clean drinking water, and no one should have to buy bottled water because their drinking water is contaminated."

How State Created Strongest Veto Power

How State Created Strongest Veto Power

No governor has more power to rewrite bills. How and why Wisconsin adopted this.

What They’re Saying: Legislators Urge Evers to Sign Budget
Press Release

What They’re Saying: Legislators Urge Evers to Sign Budget

Statewide media tour highlights impact of The Wisconsin Budget

Wisconsin Budget: New Tax Credit Skewed to Help Whites
Wisconsin Budget

New Tax Credit Skewed to Help Whites

Budget gives credit to homeowners, and 72% of state’s whites, 27% of blacks own homes.

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandering

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gerrymandering

Ruling effectively ends challenge to Republicans’ skewed legislative maps.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Supreme Court Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Supreme Court Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering

"Today’s Supreme Court ruling on partisan gerrymandering is devastating for our democracy..."

Senate Sends $82 Billion Budget to Evers

Senate Sends $82 Billion Budget to Evers

Governor can reject, approve or partially veto the Republicans' revised version of budget.

10,000 People Want LGBTQ Flag Removed

10,000 People Want LGBTQ Flag Removed

Petition delivered to Gov. Evers, who ordered flag atop Capitol building for Pride Month.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Washington Nominated To City Plan Board
Eyes on Milwaukee

Washington Nominated To City Plan Board

Town Bank VP Ranell Washington would replace his former coworker on commission.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on the Passage of the Wisconsin Budget
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on the Passage of the Wisconsin Budget

"This budget keeps Wisconsin headed in the right direction."

AFP-WI Statement on Budget
Press Release

AFP-WI Statement on Budget

AFP-WI believes the budget could yet be improved but applauds the legislature for the reforms it was able to secure.

Transportation: Is the City Ready for Scooters?
Transportation

Is the City Ready for Scooters?

Council debates pilot program allowing scooters. "We're all scared to death," Borkowski says.

High Court Says Governor Rules Over Schools

High Court Says Governor Rules Over Schools

Conservative majority’s decision says elected state superintendent must get governor’s approval for rule changes.

Statement from Rep. Brostoff on Passage of Republican Budget
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Brostoff on Passage of Republican Budget

Where Governor Evers Gave us the “People’s Budget,” Republicans Default to Partisanship Yet Again

Murphy’s Law: Why GOP Opposes Federal Medicaid Funds
Murphy’s Law

Why GOP Opposes Federal Medicaid Funds

It’s cost state taxpayers $1.1 billion. Why won’t Republicans accept the money?

Rep. Bowen Statement on Passage of Watered-Down Republican Budget
Press Release

Rep. Bowen Statement on Passage of Watered-Down Republican Budget

Bowen Disappointed by Numerous Missed Bi-Partisanship in Republican Version of Budget

Republican Budget is Replete with Countless Missed Opportunities
Press Release

Republican Budget is Replete with Countless Missed Opportunities

"The budget passed today leaves much to be desired for the people of Wisconsin."

Supervisor Taylor Joins Educators’ March to Madison
Press Release

Supervisor Taylor Joins Educators’ March to Madison

"Fully funding public education is essential to ensuring that all students, regardless of their ZIP code, have access to quality education."

Transportation: Lawmakers Legalize Scooters
Transportation

Lawmakers Legalize Scooters

City poised to update its regulations in response, clearing way for Bird to return.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision

“The facts didn't change in the last three years and neither did the meaning of the constitution. Only the composition of the court did.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sas-Pérez Appointed to City Plan Commission

Mayor appoints south side leader to design and zoning oversight board.

Who Uses Cannabis in Wisconsin?

Who Uses Cannabis in Wisconsin?

Interest in CBD and cannabis products is growing around the state

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bipartisan Bills Relating to Equal Treatment of Liquor Sales, Improving Wisconsin’s Competitiveness by Eliminating Tax Benefits

Senate Bill 83, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 6, creates the equal treatment of retail sales of all types of liquor for off-premises consumption.

Plats and Parcels: BMO Tower Tops Out
Plats and Parcels

BMO Tower Tops Out

Plus: Northridge in property tax foreclosure, Ambassador Hotel expansion stuck, second hostel faces opposition

Pot Policies All Over the Map

Pot Policies All Over the Map

Fully legal in 11 states, medical pot okay in 22 states, much division over how to handle it.

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

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

Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Pass Unanimously

Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Pass Unanimously

Assembly also approves delaying closure of juvenile justice facilities, and passes electric scooter legalization.

Rep. Subeck Thanks Governor Evers for Standing with Wisconsin Women
Press Release

Rep. Subeck Thanks Governor Evers for Standing with Wisconsin Women

"I applaud Governor Evers for vetoing these divisive and inflammatory anti-women’s health bills."

Senator Taylor Questions Supreme Court Decision
Press Release

Senator Taylor Questions Supreme Court Decision

"This sets an awful precedent."

Thank you Governor Evers, for Standing Strong with Wisconsin’s Women
Press Release

Thank you Governor Evers, for Standing Strong with Wisconsin’s Women

"We are so proud to have Governor Evers standing strong with us..."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Thanks Gov. Evers for Standing up for Women’s Health
Press Release

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Thanks Gov. Evers for Standing up for Women’s Health

"These bills and their supporters are making claims that inflammatory, offensive and blatantly false."

Michigan Struggles With Legal Pot

Michigan Struggles With Legal Pot

Recreational marijuana legalized, but state struggles with how to regulate retail sales, other issues.

Sierra Club Welcomes Action on PFAS
Press Release

Sierra Club Welcomes Action on PFAS

"Sierra Club welcomes the strong and swift action taken by the Evers Administration to address the newly identified family of pollutants of high concern, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS."

Gov. Evers Vetoes Legislation Restricting Reproductive Healthcare
Press Release

Gov. Evers Vetoes Legislation Restricting Reproductive Healthcare

“Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”

State Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws

The conservative majority not persuaded by arguments that extraordinary session was unconstitutional.

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Sen. Dave Craig won't support budget saying it spends too much. Pushing GOP closer to deadlock over budget.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision

"The people of Wisconsin deserve better than this."

Photo Gallery: Juneteenth Day 2019
Photo Gallery

Juneteenth Day 2019

State and local leaders join community for Juneteenth Day celebration.

Republican, Democrat Offer Different Takes On Budget

Republican, Democrat Offer Different Takes On Budget

Sen. Jon Erpenbach blasts failure to expand Medicaid, tax breaks for manufacturers

Steve Nass Won’t Vote For Budget

Steve Nass Won’t Vote For Budget

Nass making it harder for GOP colleagues to pass their budget.

Data Wonk: Can Democrats Win the State Assembly?
Data Wonk

Can Democrats Win the State Assembly?

With right issues, it’s possible, even If districts are still gerrymandered.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Officer John D. Hetland
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Officer John D. Hetland

"The people of Wisconsin mourn with the Racine community that Officer Hetland served faithfully for over 24 years."

Shilling Echoes Bipartisan Concerns with Fiscally Reckless Republican Budget
Press Release

Shilling Echoes Bipartisan Concerns with Fiscally Reckless Republican Budget

"The Republican budget protects tax breaks for millionaires while raising property taxes on working families by the highest amount in a decade."

Assembly Passes Bills to Help Homeless

Assembly Passes Bills to Help Homeless

Also approves grant program changes that could attract more minority teachers.

Statement from Majority Leader Fitzgerald on Budget Discussions
Press Release

Statement from Majority Leader Fitzgerald on Budget Discussions

"The budget that passed the Finance Committee serves as a conservative check on the document that Governor Evers introduced earlier this year."

Gov. Evers Proclaims June 19th ‘Juneteenth Day’ in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims June 19th ‘Juneteenth Day’ in Wisconsin

"This is a time to recognize the struggles of African Americans in our country’s modern history."

Evers, LGBTQ Activists Call for New Laws

Evers, LGBTQ Activists Call for New Laws

Proposals to protect LGBTQ population pushed at press conference.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Linda A. Hall as Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointment of Linda A. Hall as Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health

Ms. Hall will begin as director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health on July 8, 2019.

The State of Politics: Dueling Visions of the State’s Future
The State of Politics

Dueling Visions of the State’s Future

5 major areas where Evers, Republicans differ on state policies, spending.

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Julie Gleeson as Ashland County Register of Deeds
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Julie Gleeson as Ashland County Register of Deeds

"Julie Gleeson’s 16 years of public service in Ashland County make her an exceptional choice for the Register of Deeds position."

The Contrarian: The Anti-Gas Tax Gang
The Contrarian

The Anti-Gas Tax Gang

Why just five Republican naysayers could kill a gas tax hike.

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Governor’s task force holds meetings across Wisconsin to understand crisis, find answers.

Great Lakes Leaders To Target Asian Carp

Great Lakes Leaders To Target Asian Carp

Region’s governors, Canadian premiers meet next month about preventing carp invasion.

Campaign Cash: Accused Polluter a Big Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

Accused Polluter a Big Campaign Donor

Johnson Controls International’s subsidiary accused of releasing hazardous chemicals, contaminating drinking water.

Gov. Evers Announces Drinking Water Protections for Emerging Health Contaminants
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Drinking Water Protections for Emerging Health Contaminants

"Tens of thousands of people in Wisconsin are afraid to turn on their tap to drink water. That is unacceptable, and we must fix it."

Op Ed: Republicans Pay More for Less
Op Ed

Republicans Pay More for Less

GOP budget rejects $1.6 billion in federal funds, provides less funding for schools and highways.

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Majority Republicans rejected many Evers proposals. Minority Democrats assail GOP plan.

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

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

MKE County: County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid
MKE County

County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid

Unfunded state mandates and a decade of declining state aid driving county's huge deficit.

Republicans Fall Far Short of Governor Evers’ Budget
Press Release

Republicans Fall Far Short of Governor Evers’ Budget

GOP Creates a Budget of Missed Opportunities

Gov. Evers Appoints Rachel A. Graham to the Court of Appeals
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Rachel A. Graham to the Court of Appeals

"Wisconsin deserves fair judges who respect the law and understand the people that come before them."

Republicans Protect Special State Tax Loopholes at Request of Big Business Lobby
Press Release

Republicans Protect Special State Tax Loopholes at Request of Big Business Lobby

Corporations and Wealthy to Get $361 Million Windfall, Including Breaks on Spending for Food, Drinks and Salaries for Millionaires

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Hate the Gas Tax
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Hate the Gas Tax

Once they promoted this user fee, now they’d rather roads fall apart. Why?

How WWII Veteran, Now 95, Made History

How WWII Veteran, Now 95, Made History

Anna Mae Robertson remembers her work in the only all-female African American battalion.

Gov. Evers Announces Pardon Advisory Board, Establishes Pardon Process
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Pardon Advisory Board, Establishes Pardon Process

The Governor’s Pardon Advisory Board will review eligible applications and make recommendations to Gov. Evers on who to grant a pardon to.

MCW Applauds Joint Finance Committee’s Vote for a Cancer Research Facility
Press Release

MCW Applauds Joint Finance Committee’s Vote for a Cancer Research Facility

The JFC voted on June 11th, 2019 to include a $10 million State Building Commission grant for the facility, to be located on the MCW Milwaukee campus.

Rep. Taylor, Democrats mock the Obamacare exchange and the affordability of ACA health insurance
Press Release

Rep. Taylor, Democrats mock the Obamacare exchange and the affordability of ACA health insurance

"Expanding Medicaid even further to include able-bodied individuals living above the poverty line would put an even greater weight on the taxpayer."

Rep. Subeck Blasts Joint Finance Committee Republicans for Shortsighted Move to Cut Alliant Energy Center Funding
Press Release

Rep. Subeck Blasts Joint Finance Committee Republicans for Shortsighted Move to Cut Alliant Energy Center Funding

"The Republicans’ decision to eliminate funding to expand the Alliant Energy Center is shortsighted and puts politics above the best interests of our state."

Wisconsin Budget: Lame Duck Mistake Reopens Tax Debate
Wisconsin Budget

Lame Duck Mistake Reopens Tax Debate

Republicans' mistake gives Evers some say over how to apportion tax cuts from online sales tax revenue.

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court will keep most of the laws in effect while it decides on appeals to them.

Legislators Okay $1 Billion for UW Projects

Legislators Okay $1 Billion for UW Projects

Budget committee approves some 40 projects, including UWM Chemistry Building.

40 Years of Fighting for Consumers

40 Years of Fighting for Consumers

Citizens Utility Board celebrates 40th birthday, still pushing for lower utility rates, consumer rights.

Logsdon Appointed to Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council
Press Release

Logsdon Appointed to Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

"I'm honored to be appointed to the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council."

Campaign Cash: GOP Plan Restricts Local Control Over Quarries
Campaign Cash

GOP Plan Restricts Local Control Over Quarries

Legislators get donations from frac sand companies, reduce oversight of sand mines and quarries.

Gov. Evers Announces $100,000 Coastal Grant for Green Bay
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $100,000 Coastal Grant for Green Bay

"This grant for the City of Green Bay means more opportunities for everyone to recreate and appreciate the beach at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, and I believe will be economically beneficial to the entire region."

Funds Approved For Rail Line to Chicago

Funds Approved For Rail Line to Chicago

Budget committee approves $35 million to expand Hiawatha, but Illinois DOT still has proposal on hold.

Vos Hails Republican Highways Plan

Vos Hails Republican Highways Plan

Says increased vehicle fees more “sustainable” way to fund roads than Evers' proposed gas tax hike.

Op Ed: Republicans Bash LGBTQ Flag Over Capitol
Op Ed

Republicans Bash LGBTQ Flag Over Capitol

Lawmakers say it's not a “unifying symbol.” But is it really so controversial?

The State of Politics: The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor
The State of Politics

The Curious Job of Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes finding out there is no manual — and few certainties — for the job.

LGBTQ Flag Flies Over State Capitol

LGBTQ Flag Flies Over State Capitol

First time in history. Gov. Evers orders the raising of the Rainbow Pride Flag to celebrate Pride Month.

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

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge

The appointment will fill a vacancy being created by Judge Michael Dwyer’s retirement, effective September 25, 2019.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #29 Relating to the Rainbow Pride Flag Flown in Recognition of Pride Month
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #29 Relating to the Rainbow Pride Flag Flown in Recognition of Pride Month

"Publicly displaying the Rainbow Pride Flag sends a clear and unequivocal message that Wisconsin is a welcoming and inclusive place..."

Would Republican Legislative Leaders Rather Break the Law Than Work With Democrats?
Press Release

Would Republican Legislative Leaders Rather Break the Law Than Work With Democrats?

Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald Publicly Ponder Illegal Maneuver to Pass Party-Line Budget

Wisconsin Budget: Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit
Wisconsin Budget

Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit

Proposed hike would benefit working poor in all 72 counties with $7.5 million for Milwaukee County.

Sen. Carpenter: “Thank you Governor Evers”
Press Release

Sen. Carpenter: “Thank you Governor Evers”

Governor Issues Executive Order to Fly Rainbow Flag Over State Capitol

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

Vehicle title fee up 137%; higher fees would raise $393 million for roads.

Attorney General Kaul Reacts to Joint Finance Committee Vote on Wisconsin Department of Justice Budget
Press Release

Attorney General Kaul Reacts to Joint Finance Committee Vote on Wisconsin Department of Justice Budget

"...I look forward to working together with members of the Legislature and with Governor Evers as the budget process moves forward."

Murphy’s Law: The New Conservative Heavyweight
Murphy’s Law

The New Conservative Heavyweight

Wisconsin Institute of Law & Liberty is on the rise, pushing a right-wing agenda.

Legislature Passes “Born Alive” Abortion Bill

Legislature Passes “Born Alive” Abortion Bill

Evers has vowed to veto bill, along with three other abortion measures.

Male GOP Politicians Dictate Women’s Health
Press Release

Male GOP Politicians Dictate Women’s Health

Birth Outcomes to Worsen after Republicans Reject MA Expansion

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Old law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, could apply if Roe decision overruled.

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

But Republican budget rejects Medicaid expansion that would save the state $320 million, Evers notes.

Gov. Evers Appoints Matthew Allen to Serve as Iowa County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Matthew Allen to Serve as Iowa County District Attorney

Mr. Allen, a resident of Dodgeville, is currently the assistant district attorney for Iowa County, handling the criminal caseload for the entire county.

Senate Republicans Reject Expanding Health Care, Pursue Dangerous Abortion Bans
Press Release

Senate Republicans Reject Expanding Health Care, Pursue Dangerous Abortion Bans

‘Women Neither Need Nor Want Republican State Legislators Making Health Care Decisions for Them’

Republicans Defy Wisconsin Voters
Press Release

Republicans Defy Wisconsin Voters

GOP politicians reject Medicaid Expansion and slash health funding

Campaign Cash: Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big
Campaign Cash

Wisconsin Conservation Voters Spends Big

Since 2010, group spent $3.2 million on elections, mostly for Democrats, and $1.2 million on lobbying.

Evers Seeks Ways to Expand Health Coverage

Evers Seeks Ways to Expand Health Coverage

Governor wants to get more people insurance coverage beyond Medicaid expansion Republicans oppose.

The State of Politics: About That Climate Change Report
The State of Politics

About That Climate Change Report

2011 report by 200 state scientists and experts made predictions Republicans are still ignoring.

Democrats Celebrate at State Convention

Democrats Celebrate at State Convention

Evers, Baldwin speak on how to win: don’t “get down into the mud with Republicans.”

Wikler Is New Democratic Party Chair

Wikler Is New Democratic Party Chair

MoveOn leader Ben Wikler defeats David Bowen, will replace Martha Laning.

Campaign Cash: Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees
Campaign Cash

Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees

Evers wants fees to fund pollution oversight. GOP legislators oppose this and got $1.4 million from Big Dairy.

Evers Still Working for UW Funding

Evers Still Working for UW Funding

Budget committee rejected his proposed increase, but he’s still lobbying Republican legislators.

Democrats Push Voucher Transparency

Democrats Push Voucher Transparency

Bill would disclose how much taxpayer dollars go to voucher schools.

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

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Coroner of Jackson County

The appointment will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Karla Wood, effective June 30, 2019.

Rep. Shankland: Statement on Joint Finance Committee’s Vote on UW System
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: Statement on Joint Finance Committee’s Vote on UW System

"I am thankful to Governor Evers for his leadership in investing in the UW System, and I know he will keep pushing for funding the tuition freeze and investing in our UW System."

GOP Kills Spending Bump For UW System

GOP Kills Spending Bump For UW System

UW leader Ray Cross decries Budget Committee: "I feel like I've been kicked in the shins."

Back in the News: EPA Scientists Opposed Foxconn Ruling
Back in the News

EPA Scientists Opposed Foxconn Ruling

Emails show senior EPA scientists complained smog exemption for company wasn’t supported by data.

The State of Politics: Vos, Fitzgerald Float Highway Funding Ideas
The State of Politics

Vos, Fitzgerald Float Highway Funding Ideas

Republicans likely to support some funding, but not agreeing yet on which taxes or fees.

Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program

Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program

Funding for preserving land has been slashed by 61% in last 12 years. State Sen Tiffany wants more cuts.

State Missed Chance to Electrify Transportation

State Missed Chance to Electrify Transportation

Report gives Wisconsin an “F” grade for how it spent VW settlement money.

Rep. Sargent’s Lonely Pro-Pot Campaign

Rep. Sargent’s Lonely Pro-Pot Campaign

Democrat has pushed for full legalization for years, with few politicians joining her. Until now.

Gov. Evers Releases Memorial Day Statement
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Memorial Day Statement

"We memorialize the sacrifices they made for the sake of our freedom, our children’s generations, and our nation’s future."

Kids Sent Out of State for Mental Health Care

Kids Sent Out of State for Mental Health Care

Wisconsin sends hundreds of children to other states for residential treatment as in-state beds decline.

School Teacher Asks to Intervene in Latest Act 10 Lawsuit
Press Release

School Teacher Asks to Intervene in Latest Act 10 Lawsuit

WILL continues the fight to protect Walker’s collective bargaining reform law.

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Plan for Special Education Funding
Press Release

Rep. LaKeshia Myers Supports Governor Evers’ Plan for Special Education Funding

Applauds proposed investment in our students and local school districts

GOP Budget Cuts Threaten School Success
Press Release

GOP Budget Cuts Threaten School Success

Republicans block Gov. Evers’ historic investments in schools

Transportation: Group Pushes Higher Wheel Tax for Transit
Transportation

Group Pushes Higher Wheel Tax for Transit

Higher vehicle licensing fee pushed as County Transit System considers 10% budget cut.

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

Assembly Republican plan increases K-12 school spending by $500 Million, still $900 million less than Evers plan.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Major General Raymond A. Matera
Press Release

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Major General Raymond A. Matera

The order is effective beginning at sunrise on Friday, May 24, 2019, and ending at sunset on that date.

Gov. Evers Appoints Brenda Yaskal to Serve as Columbia County District Attorney
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Brenda Yaskal to Serve as Columbia County District Attorney

"Brenda Yaskal is a seasoned criminal prosecutor who will bring more than a decade of experience with her to this important position."

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pitches a Fit Over a State Budget, Again.
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pitches a Fit Over a State Budget, Again.

2019 Budget Complaints Echo Petulant Past Behavior

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

UW System president says various campuses competing to get scarce funds for new facilities.

Prison Guards Wages Could Jump 14%

Prison Guards Wages Could Jump 14%

Budget committee approves this and 2% hike each year for all other state workers.

Will Republicans Live up to Campaign Promises on Public Education?
Press Release

Will Republicans Live up to Campaign Promises on Public Education?

Political promises may be broken on Thursday in the Joint Finance Committee

The Educator: How Should MPS Use Rainy Day Fund?
The Educator

How Should MPS Use Rainy Day Fund?

Typically used for school emergencies. Union pushes to use it to hire more staff.

The Contrarian: Voucher, Charter Schools More Cost Effective
The Contrarian

Voucher, Charter Schools More Cost Effective

Report finds they deliver at least 50% more education per tax dollar than public schools.

Republican Leaders Vow to Obstruct State Budget, Then Complain About Lack of Negotiations
Press Release

Republican Leaders Vow to Obstruct State Budget, Then Complain About Lack of Negotiations

‘These Guys Need to Get Their Stories Straight’

Democrats Push Automatic Voter Registration

Democrats Push Automatic Voter Registration

All would be registered when getting drivers license or state ID. Republicans oppose bill.

Gov. Evers Appoints John Tate II to Serve as Chairperson of the Parole Commission
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints John Tate II to Serve as Chairperson of the Parole Commission

Mr. Tate will begin his work as Parole Commission chairperson on June 3, 2019.

Republicans Intend to Intervene and Stop Liberal Groups from Undermining Act 10
Press Release

Republicans Intend to Intervene and Stop Liberal Groups from Undermining Act 10

"We aren’t picking this fight – once again a liberal group is trying to change laws that have been passed by the Legislature and previously upheld by the courts."

The State of Politics: An Uphill Fight for ‘Lame Duck’ Challengers?
The State of Politics

An Uphill Fight for ‘Lame Duck’ Challengers?

Wisconsin’s history shows legislative sessions are legal and necessary -- and the courts have backed them.

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

The hot-button issue took center stage Saturday as Wisconsin Republican lawmakers held their annual statewide convention in Oshkosh.

County Launches Investigation Into Former Register Of Deeds

County Launches Investigation Into Former Register Of Deeds

John La Fave retired after his office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

State Lawmakers at Odds on Education Funding

State Lawmakers at Odds on Education Funding

Republican legislators approve $25M increase in funding state tech schools, but nix Evers’ plan to increase financial aid proposal. Democrats say it falls short.

Gov. Evers Authorizes Pepin County to Lower Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Firefighter Kyle R. Hayden
Press Release

Gov. Evers Authorizes Pepin County to Lower Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Firefighter Kyle R. Hayden

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Kyle R. Hayden, a volunteer firefighter, and valued member of his community who was just getting started in his career of service to the state of Wisconsin,"

State Filing Suit Against Opioid Manufacturer

State Filing Suit Against Opioid Manufacturer

AG Josh Kaul alleges Purdue Pharma ignited the epidemic of drug overdoses, deaths related to Oxycontin use.

Attorney General Kaul Files Lawsuit to Hold Purdue Pharma Accountable for Role in Opioid Crisis
Press Release

Attorney General Kaul Files Lawsuit to Hold Purdue Pharma Accountable for Role in Opioid Crisis

After years of inaction by previous administration, Kaul and Evers take decisive steps

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

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Marquette County District Attorney

The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of District Attorney Chad Hendee, effective July 31, 2019.

Double Dose of Disappointment For Student Loan Borrowers From Joint Committee on Finance
Press Release

Double Dose of Disappointment For Student Loan Borrowers From Joint Committee on Finance

Republicans Missed Opportunity to Help Current Borrowers and Take on Root Causes on $1.5 Trillion Crisis

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Right-leaning members of Wisconsin Supreme Court skeptical in oral arguments on lawsuit challenging lame-duck session before Evers took office.

Attack on Milwaukee continues – even with a new occupant of the Governor’s Office
Press Release

Attack on Milwaukee continues – even with a new occupant of the Governor’s Office

Statement of Alderwoman Chantia Lewis May 16, 2019

Gov. Evers Announces Unprecedented State Debt Payment
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Unprecedented State Debt Payment

"After eight years of Republicans racking up debt on our state’s credit card, today we’re making one of the most significant additional debt payments in state history."

Senate GOP Refuse to Close the “Dark Store” Loophole
Press Release

Senate GOP Refuse to Close the “Dark Store” Loophole

Homeowners to face higher property taxes under Republican control

Eyes on Milwaukee: Joaquin Altoro To Lead WHEDA
Eyes on Milwaukee

Joaquin Altoro To Lead WHEDA

Evers picks Milwaukee resident to lead agency responsible for affordable housing.

Rep. Shankland: No Time to Wait for Clean Water
Press Release

Rep. Shankland: No Time to Wait for Clean Water

"Water quality is a vital issue that affects every community in our state, and we should be working together to ensure that everyone has access to clean drinking water."

Gov. Evers, Secretary-designee Kolar Break Ground on New, State-of-the-Art Skilled Nursing Facility at King
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Gov. Evers, Secretary-designee Kolar Break Ground on New, State-of-the-Art Skilled Nursing Facility at King

"I’m proud to be investing in King’s future."

Republicans Refuse to Allow Votes on Budget Proposals to Help People Vote
Press Release

Republicans Refuse to Allow Votes on Budget Proposals to Help People Vote

Action to Prevent Action Sums Up GOP Attitude Toward Democracy and Voter Rights

Gov. Evers Secures Advantage for Wisconsin Citizens Applying for USDA’s ReConnect Program
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Gov. Evers Secures Advantage for Wisconsin Citizens Applying for USDA’s ReConnect Program

The governor’s budget proposes a $78 million investment in the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program.

High Tolerance: Why Legislators Want Tougher Drunk Driving Law
High Tolerance

Why Legislators Want Tougher Drunk Driving Law

Wisconsin is the only state that doesn't criminalize drunk driving on the first offense.

Special Education Investments Are Paramount
Press Release

Special Education Investments Are Paramount

"I’m glad the Governor sees the value in all of our children and wants to help our school districts do what’s best for our kids."

Small shared revenue increase dies in party-line vote
Press Release

Small shared revenue increase dies in party-line vote

Statement of Alderman Cavalier Johnson May 13, 2019

The State of Politics: New Leaders at Republican State Convention
The State of Politics

New Leaders at Republican State Convention

Ryan, Walker no longer key players, but focus remains on Trump 2020 victory.

State Gets $61 Million in EPA Grants

State Gets $61 Million in EPA Grants

$43 million for state’s Clean Water program and $18.7 million for Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

20 Wisconsin school districts awarded Fab Labs Grants
Press Release

20 Wisconsin school districts awarded Fab Labs Grants

Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan and other key leaders to award grants during statewide tour on Fab Lab Day

State’s Hemp Industry Blooming

State’s Hemp Industry Blooming

Will medical or recreational marijuana be next?

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Connie Cobb Madsen as Racine County Register of Deeds
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Connie Cobb Madsen as Racine County Register of Deeds

"With her impressive record of public service and her commitment to Racine County, I am confident that Connie Cobb Madsen will be an exceptional Register of Deed."

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Israel Ramón as Milwaukee County Register of Deeds
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Appoints Israel Ramón as Milwaukee County Register of Deeds

"Israel Ramón is the kind of principled, organized, and thoughtful leader needed to run the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Office."

No Gifts For Mothers as Republican Legislature Undermines Women’s Health in Wisconsin
Press Release

No Gifts For Mothers as Republican Legislature Undermines Women’s Health in Wisconsin

‘These Guys Need to Show Women the Respect We Deserve’

The Choice for State Senators Testin and Feyen: Koch Brothers and Republican Party Bosses Or a People’s Budget?
Press Release

The Choice for State Senators Testin and Feyen: Koch Brothers and Republican Party Bosses Or a People’s Budget?

While Powerful Interests Seek Budget Influence Legislators Can Still Choose to Vote to Help Constituents

GOP Lawmakers Reject Pillars of Evers Budget

GOP Lawmakers Reject Pillars of Evers Budget

Joint Finance drops Medicaid expansion, medical pot, reduction in manufacturing tax credit.

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Joint Finance Committee Action
Press Release

Gov. Evers’ Statement on Joint Finance Committee Action

"Today Republicans took a fiscally irresponsible and morally reprehensible vote to blow a $1.4 billion hole in The People’s Budget."

Gov. Evers Appoints Michael Basford to the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Michael Basford to the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homelessness

Basford will serve at the pleasure of the governor beginning Mon., May 13, 2019.

Medicaid Expansion Would Help Opioid Addicts

Medicaid Expansion Would Help Opioid Addicts

Report finds opioid treatment drugs 72 times more expensive in private market than through Medicaid.

Governor Evers’ Budget: What You Need to Know
Press Release

Governor Evers’ Budget: What You Need to Know

Read WILL's analysis before the legislature votes

Op Ed: Wisconsin Needs a People’s Budget
Op Ed

Wisconsin Needs a People’s Budget

Polls, public hearings show support for more K-12 education funding, Medicaid expansion, medical pot.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Has $5.7 Billion Tourism Impact
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Has $5.7 Billion Tourism Impact

One in four state tourism dollars generated by metro Milwaukee.

Republican-Controlled State Budget Committee Poised to Blow Hole in Budget, Sink Hopes for Reforms
Press Release

Republican-Controlled State Budget Committee Poised to Blow Hole in Budget, Sink Hopes for Reforms

Help for Student Loan Borrowers, Families and Workers on Chopping Block

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills

Bill offers more restrictions on abortions. Medical professionals oppose legislation.

County Opposes Plan to Replace Lincoln Hills

County Opposes Plan to Replace Lincoln Hills

Abele administration says state plan lacks adequate funding, won’t rehabilitate youth.

Senator Erpenbach Praises Governor Evers’ Healthy Women, Healthy Baby Initiatives
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Senator Erpenbach Praises Governor Evers’ Healthy Women, Healthy Baby Initiatives

"Republicans are sending a strong message to the people of our state that access to comprehensive health care is less important than the political points they’re trying to score."

Insurance Commissioner Says Medicaid Expansion Lowers Insurance Premiums on Individual Market
Press Release

Insurance Commissioner Says Medicaid Expansion Lowers Insurance Premiums on Individual Market

"The evidence is clear: states that expand Medicaid see a reduction in the cost of health insurance on the individual market."

Republican Lawmakers Put Politics Ahead of Health Care
Press Release

Republican Lawmakers Put Politics Ahead of Health Care

"These bills are intended to intentionally mislead people about abortion care."

Assembly Republicans Miss the Mark on Women’s Health
Press Release

Assembly Republicans Miss the Mark on Women’s Health

Republican-led Health Committee Hears Divisive Reproductive Health Bills as GOP Leadership Cuts Medicaid Expansion from Budget, Leaving “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” Initiative Unfunded

Op Ed: Now is the Time to Invest in Our Roads
Op Ed

Now is the Time to Invest in Our Roads

Debt service is cutting into the transportation budget, state needs to increase the gas tax and heavy truck fees.

The State of Politics: A New Generation of Political Leaders
The State of Politics

A New Generation of Political Leaders

GenXers and Millennials are replacing Baby Boomers in political office.

Op Ed: Republican Reefer Madness
Op Ed

Republican Reefer Madness

Aping the old drug-scare film, they back invalidated theories on marijuana’s alleged harm.

City Hall: What’s Happening in the New 9th?
City Hall

What’s Happening in the New 9th?

Ald. Chantia Lewis plans a State-of-the-District speech focused on a new economic model.

Republican leadership puts interests of the state ahead of politics
Press Release

Republican leadership puts interests of the state ahead of politics

“Doing what’s right is not always easy. But by rejecting costly federal Medicaid expansion, the Republican legislative leadership is acting in the best interest of the state of Wisconsin and we applaud them for standing on principle.”

Evers Will “Fight Like Hell” for Medicaid

Evers Will “Fight Like Hell” for Medicaid

Republicans will strip Medicaid expansion from budget. Poll showed 70% support Evers proposal.

Republican Refusal to Expand Medicaid in WI Makes Bad Dollars & Sense
Press Release

Republican Refusal to Expand Medicaid in WI Makes Bad Dollars & Sense

Wisconsinites Want Expansion & Their Federal Money Now

Murphy’s Law: How Walker Wrecked State’s Prisons
Murphy’s Law

How Walker Wrecked State’s Prisons

Overworked staff, high turnover, rising overtime costs and violence plague the prisons.

Bill Ends Waivers for Immunizations

Bill Ends Waivers for Immunizations

In response to measles outbreak, bipartisan proposal ends waivers for “personal convictions”.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin: Wisconsin State Legislature Republicans Should Stop Obstructing a Federal Investment in Our BadgerCare Program
Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa Statement on a Day Without Latinx and Immigrants
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Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa Statement on a Day Without Latinx and Immigrants

"The voices of the people was loud and clear—we need driver’s cards for undocumented immigrants."

Gov. Evers Announces Staff Appointments for Governor’s Office in Milwaukee
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Staff Appointments for Governor’s Office in Milwaukee

Dr. Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams will serve as the Milwaukee Director, Edwin Huertas will serve as the Milwaukee Deputy Director, and Revelle Williams will serve as the Milwaukee Constituent Services Manager.

Sen. Shilling Celebrates International Workers’ Day
Press Release

Sen. Shilling Celebrates International Workers’ Day

"Wisconsinites want to see their leaders on both sides of the aisle come together to expand economic opportunities and prioritize working families."

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Designating Highway Interchange, Changes to Motor Vehicle Licenses
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Bills Relating to Designating Highway Interchange, Changes to Motor Vehicle Licenses

Act 3 designates the interchange of I-41, U.S. Highway 6 10, and State Highway 441 in Winnebago County as the “Michael G. Ellis Memorial Interchange."

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Governor also blasts Republican rhetoric on abortion as “blasphemy.”

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

State high court rules 4-3 that all 82 Walker appointees can return to work.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Appointees
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Appointees

"I’m glad to see that the Supreme Court has ended this unnecessary constitutional crisis and enforced the return of these individuals to their rightful positions."

Gov. Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Palm Announce Community-Specific Data for DHS Budget Proposal
Press Release

Gov. Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Palm Announce Community-Specific Data for DHS Budget Proposal

"My budget proposal draws down $1.6 billion in new federal funding into Wisconsin so we can improve healthcare in communities across the state."

Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm
Press Release

Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm

Delaying Deliberations Until After Special Interest Shakedown a Clear Sign of GOP Budget Priorities

State Behind The Times on Pot Laws?

State Behind The Times on Pot Laws?

Most states have less severe penalties. And black state residents more likely to be arrested.

Murphy’s Law: Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%
Murphy’s Law

Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%

New study shows Wisconsin has more students in debt than 44 states. Any solution?

Governor Evers Signs Fitzgerald-Jagler Bill to Replace R-Word in Administrative Code
Press Release

Governor Evers Signs Fitzgerald-Jagler Bill to Replace R-Word in Administrative Code

"This term has no place in Wisconsin’s administrative code and our bill offers a permanent fix to this problem."

Gov. Evers Authorizes Dane County to Lower Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Officer Katherine “Katie” Barrios
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Gov. Evers Authorizes Dane County to Lower Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Officer Katherine “Katie” Barrios

"I was saddened to hear about the loss of Katie Barrios, an officer with the Middleton Police Department who was dedicated to serving her community."

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Board of Regents
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Board of Regents

Gov. Tony Evers today announced three appointments to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

The State of Politics: 10 Evers Proposals GOP Will Kill
The State of Politics

10 Evers Proposals GOP Will Kill

Top priorities for the governor which Republicans aim to kill.

Carr Promises Criminal Justice Reform

Carr Promises Criminal Justice Reform

“Just wait and see,” Corrections secretary says. But advocates are impatient for reform.

“Close MSDF!” Protestors Declare

“Close MSDF!” Protestors Declare

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

GOP Legislators Kill Medical Pot Proposal

GOP Legislators Kill Medical Pot Proposal

Budget committee snuffs out Evers plan. It's “off the wall scary,” says Sen. Darling.

GOP Legislators Defend Foxconn

GOP Legislators Defend Foxconn

They offer positive slant to Foxconn executive expressing doubt about 13,000 jobs.

Op Ed: City Could Help Solve Retirement Crisis
Op Ed

City Could Help Solve Retirement Crisis

Allowing private sector employees to buy into city’s pension fund has many advantages.

Gov. Evers Reappoints Ivan Gamboa as WHEDA Board Chairman
Press Release

Gov. Evers Reappoints Ivan Gamboa as WHEDA Board Chairman

Gamboa currently serves as Senior Vice President at Tri City National Bank in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Former State Representative Ed Brooks

"Our hearts are with Barbara as well as Ed’s three daughters and their friends and family as we mourn the loss of an exceptional husband, father, friend, and public servant."

Data Wonk: Should State Expand Medicaid With Federal Funds?
Data Wonk

Should State Expand Medicaid With Federal Funds?

No, say two researchers. But their data is highly suspect.

MKE County: Could The County Clone Hemp Plants?
MKE County

Could The County Clone Hemp Plants?

Report on county growing hemp is not positive. But expert says the study all wrong.

Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Announce Comprehensive Review of Wisconsin National Guard’s Processes on Sexual Assault and Harassment
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Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Announce Comprehensive Review of Wisconsin National Guard’s Processes on Sexual Assault and Harassment

"The bottom line is that our servicemembers deserve to work in an environment that’s free of sexual assault and harassment..."

Perez Sees Regional Impact For DNC Convention

Perez Sees Regional Impact For DNC Convention

Milwaukee’s 2020 convention will give Democratic Party springboard to organize Midwest.

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Governor says Foxconn executive Louis Woo met with him in March, requested changes.

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

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

The new register of deeds will complete a term ending January 4, 2021.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Costly War on the Poor
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Costly War on the Poor

Former governor’s “trampoline” for SNAP recipients is a high-cost failure, report finds

Earth Day
Press Release

Earth Day

"It is important on Earth Day and every day to recommit to our goal of an environmentally sustainable future."

The State of Politics: Can Any ”Dark Store” Reform Get Passed?
The State of Politics

Can Any ”Dark Store” Reform Get Passed?

Evers wants full reform but big lobbying groups oppose it. Lawmakers seek compromise.

Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes Release Joint Statement Commemorating Earth Day
Press Release

Gov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes Release Joint Statement Commemorating Earth Day

"Earth Day is a time to be thankful for our planet and the natural resources it provides us."

Gov. Evers Authorizes Iowa County to Lower Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of District Attorney Larry E. Nelson
Press Release

Gov. Evers Authorizes Iowa County to Lower Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of District Attorney Larry E. Nelson

"His life of public service and advocacy for victims of crime will not be forgotten."

45 Counties Want to Ban Gerrymandering

45 Counties Want to Ban Gerrymandering

Buffalo, Fond du Lac and Iowa counties are latest to pass resolutions demanding non-partisan redistricting.

Sargent Pushes Legal Pot Bill. Again

Sargent Pushes Legal Pot Bill. Again

For fourth time in six years, Madison legislator offers bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

Murphy’s Law: Mount Pleasant Biggest Foxconn Loser?
Murphy’s Law

Mount Pleasant Biggest Foxconn Loser?

Village incurred massive costs for Foxconn’s ever-smaller plant that it may never recoup.

Senator Tom Tiffany’s Statement on Governor Evers Shutting the Door to Business Growth
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Senator Tom Tiffany’s Statement on Governor Evers Shutting the Door to Business Growth

"Businesses, not just in Wisconsin, but all across the country are watching to see if Wisconsin is still open for business."

DOJ Reorganized to Create Division of Forensic Sciences
Press Release

DOJ Reorganized to Create Division of Forensic Sciences

Attorney General Kaul requested the Department of Administration approve the reorganization of DOJ to create the DFS.

Evers Wants to Renegotiate Foxconn Deal

Evers Wants to Renegotiate Foxconn Deal

Says 13,000 jobs "unrealistic," project is now much smaller, taxpayers must be protected.

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Renegotiation of Foxconn Deal
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Renegotiation of Foxconn Deal

‘He’s Looking Out First and Foremost for Wisconsin’

Sen. Fitzgerald Statement on Governor Evers and Foxconn
Press Release

Sen. Fitzgerald Statement on Governor Evers and Foxconn

"This completes the original narrative that the governor has wanted to undermine the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation from day one."

Senator Erpenbach Applauds the SeniorCare Extension
Press Release

Senator Erpenbach Applauds the SeniorCare Extension

"This is a huge win for our state."

Op Ed: FIRE Cluster Can Help Grow Economy
Op Ed

FIRE Cluster Can Help Grow Economy

Finance, real estate and insurance businesses are one of our best bets for state prosperity.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Court of Appeals – District IV
Press Release

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Court of Appeals – District IV

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

Evers Wants Study of Student Loan Debt

Evers Wants Study of Student Loan Debt

Average grad has $30,000 in debt, state's total student debt is $24 billion.

AFP-WI Kicks Off New Grassroots Lobbying Efforts
Press Release

AFP-WI Kicks Off New Grassroots Lobbying Efforts

AFP-WI’s efforts will expand to additional legislative districts throughout the spring.

Evers Targets Payroll Fraud by Companies

Evers Targets Payroll Fraud by Companies

Thousands of workers misclassified as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes, employee benefits.

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

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

Wisconsin’s Dispatchers Recognized for Helping Keep Citizens Safe
Press Release

Wisconsin’s Dispatchers Recognized for Helping Keep Citizens Safe

"Dispatchers and telecommunicators are the foundation of our first responder network."

City Hall: Barrett Blasted on Infant Mortality Grant
City Hall

Barrett Blasted on Infant Mortality Grant

African-American led organizations say Mayor, Kowalik killed their effort to get grant.

Gov. Evers Continues to Ban MacIver News Service From Press Briefings, Press Office Emails
Press Release

Gov. Evers Continues to Ban MacIver News Service From Press Briefings, Press Office Emails

MacIver News Service has approached the administration numerous times in attempts to rectify the situation amicably, but its efforts have been ignored.

Wisconsin Eye: Evers Talks About First 100 Days
Wisconsin Eye

Evers Talks About First 100 Days

Despite all the negative “huffing and puffing”, he remains optimistic about making change.

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Judicial Selection Advisory Committee
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Appointments to Judicial Selection Advisory Committee

The committee is responsible for interviewing and recommending candidates to the governor for consideration when he fills judicial vacancies.

Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council Statement on Gov. Evers’ signing Executive Order to Protect Wisconsin Workers
Press Release

Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council Statement on Gov. Evers’ signing Executive Order to Protect Wisconsin Workers

"Standing with working families, Governor Tony Evers’ took a huge step to protect Wisconsin from corrupt employers who cut costs by scamming workers and the state of Wisconsin."

Op Ed: Yes and No on Marijuana
Op Ed

Yes and No on Marijuana

Evers is right: No to full legalization but yes to medical cannabis, decriminalizing possession of small amounts.

On Tax Day, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reaffirms Commitment to Keeping Taxes Low
Gov. Evers Proclaims April 14 as ‘Milwaukee Day’ throughout Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims April 14 as ‘Milwaukee Day’ throughout Wisconsin

“As the home to some of our state's favorite teams and businesses, Milwaukee continues to be not only a cultural hub but an economic driving force in Wisconsin.”

20th MANDI Awards Get Big Turnout

20th MANDI Awards Get Big Turnout

Many politicians at celebration honoring those improving city's neighborhoods.

Gov. Evers Announces the Popular SeniorCare Program Will Continue for the Next Decade
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces the Popular SeniorCare Program Will Continue for the Next Decade

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approves terms and conditions to extend the prescription drug assistance program

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

State gets “F” grade for not preventing lead in schools’ drinking water. But lead paint still biggest issue.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Relating to the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation

The BCSEC was created by the state to own and operate the Bradley Center on behalf of the people of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) Announces 2019 Winners for Improving Milwaukee Neighborhoods
State PSC Approves Huge Solar Farms

State PSC Approves Huge Solar Farms

Two projects will supply 450 megawatts or 1% of state’s energy use.

Op Ed: True Colors Show In State Capitol
Op Ed

True Colors Show In State Capitol

Scott Fitzgerald could learn from Russ Feingold on how America’s government should be run.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #19 Relating to the Creation of the Committee to Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment
Evers’ Approval, Disapproval Rises in Poll

Evers’ Approval, Disapproval Rises in Poll

But big majority in MU poll says Legislature not cooperating with governor and support him on most issues.

Public Support for “The People’s Budget” Grows
Press Release

Public Support for “The People’s Budget” Grows

Citizens from across Wisconsin testify before the Joint Finance Committee in Oak Creek in support of Governor Evers’ budget request

DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin
Press Release

DNR and DHS Work Together to Improve Water Quality in Wisconsin

This week the DNR worked with Department of Health Services to ask the health agency to review 40 contaminants for possible groundwater quality standards.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds little change in views of Trump as Mueller probe ends
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds little change in views of Trump as Mueller probe ends

Opinions shift on confidence in Mueller; on state issues, majorities support legal marijuana, higher special education spending, oppose increase in gas tax

A House Divided: Comments from State Rep Show the Current Chasm in Wisconsin
Press Release

A House Divided: Comments from State Rep Show the Current Chasm in Wisconsin

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy April 10, 2019

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Judges rule Evers did not violate court order when he rescinded Walker's appointments.

Promises Kept: Wisconsin Withdraws from GOP Lawsuit Attacking ACA
Press Release

Promises Kept: Wisconsin Withdraws from GOP Lawsuit Attacking ACA

"It’s time for Republicans to stop blocking the will of the people and work with us to expand healthcare."

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Scared of Trucking Industry?
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Scared of Trucking Industry?

They oppose fee on trucks that destroy roads, while getting big money from the industry.

Courthouse: Register of Deeds John La Fave Retires
Courthouse

Register of Deeds John La Fave Retires

Announcement comes two months after FBI raid of his office.

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

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

The new register of deeds will complete a term ending January 4, 2021.

City’s Spring Turnout Up 50% Since 2017!

City’s Spring Turnout Up 50% Since 2017!

Contrary to early report, Milwaukee actually had strong turnout for Supreme Court race.

The State of Politics: Evers Too Slow on Prison Reform?
The State of Politics

Evers Too Slow on Prison Reform?

His budget expands prisons, doesn’t offer much reform, critics charge.

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

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

Advocates of Legal Pot Still Face Hurdles

Advocates of Legal Pot Still Face Hurdles

Public support growing but GOP leaders oppose Evers' plan to legalize medical marijuana and possession of small amounts.

Scores of People Attend State Budget Hearing

Scores of People Attend State Budget Hearing

Education funding and Medicaid expansion are top concerns of citizens.

Op Ed: Evangelicals Won Race for Hagedorn
Op Ed

Evangelicals Won Race for Hagedorn

And liberals made it happen by waving a red flag: ads decrying his anti-abortion, anti-gay views.

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

GOP push back on minimum wage, water quality, corrections worker wages, unemployment compensation and more.

Gov. Evers Proclaims April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ in Wisconsin

“We must continue to work together to prevent sexual violence while providing pathways to recovery for survivors.”

Governor’s Budget Creates an Economy that Works for Everyone
Press Release

Governor’s Budget Creates an Economy that Works for Everyone

"Hardworking Wisconsin families deserve decent wages and workplace fairness."

Eyes on Milwaukee: 520 New Affordable Apartments Planned
Eyes on Milwaukee

520 New Affordable Apartments Planned

Seven affordable housing projects in city win 22.5% of state's latest WHEDA tax credits.

Two More Counties Vote To Ban Gerrymandering

Two More Counties Vote To Ban Gerrymandering

50 counties’ voters or their boards have now voted for nonpartisan redistricting.

Republicans Call for Reset of Evers’ Budget

Republicans Call for Reset of Evers’ Budget

Governor’s cabinet members get hammered on many issues by GOP legislators.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Lessons of Supreme Court Race
Murphy’s Law

10 Lessons of Supreme Court Race

Anger drives votes, media in decline, traditional judicial campaigns are dead, and more.

7 Numbers That Explain The Election

7 Numbers That Explain The Election

Neubauer did better yet worse than expected in Milwaukee, which decided statewide race.

Rep. Goyke Commends Secretary Thompson & Governor Evers on Transportation Investments
Press Release

Rep. Goyke Commends Secretary Thompson & Governor Evers on Transportation Investments

Governor Evers Invests in Wisconsin’s Transportation Infrastructure & Public Transit

Gov. Evers Proclaims April 3, 2019 ‘Recovery Alignment Day’ in Wisconsin
Press Release

Gov. Evers Proclaims April 3, 2019 ‘Recovery Alignment Day’ in Wisconsin

"This day signifies that we must use every pathway available to treat addiction."

Governor’s Budget Makes Critical Investments in our Public Schools
Press Release

Governor’s Budget Makes Critical Investments in our Public Schools

"After years of underfunding from Republican lawmakers, the governor has put our children’s future and the needs of our local schools first."

Your Right to Know: Don’t Purge Expunged Criminal Records
Your Right to Know

Don’t Purge Expunged Criminal Records

The goal of helping ex-offenders get jobs is laudable, but too much public information will be lost.

Op Ed: Unequal Pay for State’s Women Persists
Op Ed

Unequal Pay for State’s Women Persists

Depending on their race, women earn anywhere from 55% to 78% of what white men earn.

Governor Evers announces more than $90 million in payments to local governments
Press Release

Governor Evers announces more than $90 million in payments to local governments

"It is time to stop kicking the can down the road," Governor Evers said.

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

Legislators want Appeals Court to force Evers to recognize 15 appointees the governor says were unlawful.

Op Ed: State Building Commission Turns Partisan
Op Ed

State Building Commission Turns Partisan

Vote by party lines on governor’s capital budget breaks with bipartisan tradition.

The State of Politics: Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings
The State of Politics

Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings

Capitol ballgame tied, but Republican legislators have big hitters coming to the plate.

Campaign Cash: SEIU Biggest Labor Union Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

SEIU Biggest Labor Union Campaign Donor

Public-private employees union spent $718,700 on Evers, $131,140 on Neubauer.

Plats and Parcels: Meet the Deer District
Plats and Parcels

Meet the Deer District

Bucks developing area around Fiserv Forum, and The Avenue gets a new $3 million entrance.

County Submits Youth Prison Proposal

County Submits Youth Prison Proposal

Asks state for $41.4 million to build secure residential center for youth now at Lincoln Hills.

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers re-nominates 67 Walker appointees he rescinded, but Senate won't consider them.

Wisconsin Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day
Press Release

Wisconsin Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day

"It was incredibly meaningful to have so many voices come together to honor the great civil rights activist Cesar Chavez."

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Leaving disagreement between parties over status of 82 Walker appointees.

Legislature Urged to Clarify Pot Laws

Legislature Urged to Clarify Pot Laws

Patchwork of local and state laws confusing, say pot advocates, a sheriff and Hemp Alliance.

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Evers calls it “victory for the people.” Republicans will appeal.

Gov. Evers Responds to Ruling in SEIU v. Vos
Press Release

Gov. Evers Responds to Ruling in SEIU v. Vos

"For the second time in less than a week, an impartial judge ruled against legislative Republicans and their lame duck session."

Murphy’s Law: Gov. Evers Plays Hardball
Murphy’s Law

Gov. Evers Plays Hardball

Too-nice Tony looks to beat the Republicans -- repeatedly -- at their own game.

Op Ed: Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Program Overdue
Op Ed

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Program Overdue

State’s black infant mortality rate is worst in the nation, this bill addresses problem.

Gov. Evers Appoints Dr. John Willett as Green Lake County Coroner
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Dr. John Willett as Green Lake County Coroner

"Dr. Willett will be an excellent Coroner and will serve the people of Green Lake County well."

Medicaid Work Rules Could Hurt Hospitals

Medicaid Work Rules Could Hurt Hospitals

Walker imposed work requirement for Medicaid recipients, could cut state hospitals revenue by 15%, study says.

Arguments Begin on 2nd Lame Duck Suit

Arguments Begin on 2nd Lame Duck Suit

Dane County Judge Niess slapped injunction on laws. Second suit being heard by Judge Remington.

Dane County Court’s New Level of Judicial Activism Throws Wisconsin Into Chaos
Press Release

Dane County Court’s New Level of Judicial Activism Throws Wisconsin Into Chaos

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess issued a decision that invalidated three December 2018 extraordinary session laws and vacated 82 appointments made during that period.

Asked for Help,“Nobody Would Listen”

Asked for Help,“Nobody Would Listen”

Death of an inmate in Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility raises grave safety concerns.

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Legislators' rejection of capital budget may scare away private donations to university projects, governor says.

6 Things to Know About Lincoln Hills

6 Things to Know About Lincoln Hills

A primer on how state’s youth prisons will be changed. Or not.

Rep. Robyn Vining Comments on Lame Duck Court Ruling
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Comments on Lame Duck Court Ruling

"The court’s ruling today is a win for democracy and the people of Wisconsin."

Representative LaKeshia Myers Issues a Statement Regarding the Lame Duck Court Ruling
Press Release

Representative LaKeshia Myers Issues a Statement Regarding the Lame Duck Court Ruling

"Today’s ruling is a win for the people of Wisconsin; it reaffirms that one party cannot act as a dictatorship over the other."

Governor Evers Honors 13 Recipients of 2018 Financial Literacy Award in Capitol Ceremony
Press Release

Governor Evers Honors 13 Recipients of 2018 Financial Literacy Award in Capitol Ceremony

The recipients were selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy from the nominations submitted for consideration.

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Republicans will appeal. Evers and Kaul quickly drop state from suit against Affordable Care Act.

Board of Supervisors Endorses Expanded Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
Press Release

Board of Supervisors Endorses Expanded Access to Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

"Expanding access to driver's licenses will make the roads safer for everyone."

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Dane County Court’s Ruling on Lame-Duck Session
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on Dane County Court’s Ruling on Lame-Duck Session

"Today's ruling is a victory for the people of Wisconsin and for preserving the Wisconsin Constitution."

Bill Ends Business Tax Break for Quitters

Bill Ends Business Tax Break for Quitters

Bipartisan bill ends tax write-off on moving expenses for companies leaving the state.

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Republicans say $2.5 billion too high, back smaller price tag for top priorities.

The Evers Education Budget: A Gift for Liberal Special Interests
Press Release

The Evers Education Budget: A Gift for Liberal Special Interests

Raises taxes on families leaving public schools, attacks choice program, stops charter schools

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on State Building Commission Meeting
Press Release

Gov. Evers Releases Statement on State Building Commission Meeting

"Republicans would rather have us sit here in gridlock than do the jobs we were sent here to do, and that’s a shame."

GOP rejects funding for cancer research facility, veteran homes, and mental health facilities
Press Release

GOP rejects funding for cancer research facility, veteran homes, and mental health facilities

Republicans jeopardize investments in Wisconsin’s future

New Effort Provides Doulas to 100 Women

New Effort Provides Doulas to 100 Women

County funding of $52,000 would provide doulas to help pregnant women in 53206 ZIP code.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #17 Relating to the Creation of the Governor’s Health Equity Council
Press Release

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #17 Relating to the Creation of the Governor’s Health Equity Council

The Governor’s Health Equity Council will work to develop a plan, supported by a body of research, with key benchmarks to reduce and eliminate health disparities throughout the state of Wisconsin by 2030.

Judge Rules Against Kohler Golf Course

Judge Rules Against Kohler Golf Course

Concludes DNR permit to fill wetland invalid, significant environmental damage could be caused.

Gov. Evers Advocates for Expanding Medicaid in Visits to Janesville, Beloit
Press Release

Gov. Evers Advocates for Expanding Medicaid in Visits to Janesville, Beloit

"By expanding Medicaid in Wisconsin, our budget improves access to quality, affordable health care for people across our state."

State Officials Meet to Tackle Drug Epidemic

State Officials Meet to Tackle Drug Epidemic

Two-Day conference focuses on opioids, which killed 916 users in 2017.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn Pledges To Build Manufacturing Plant This Year
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn Pledges To Build Manufacturing Plant This Year

Company says it will break ground on one-million-square-foot plant this summer.

The State of Politics: How Evers Would End Gerrymandering
The State of Politics

How Evers Would End Gerrymandering

He proposes non-partisan redistricting plan similar to Iowa’s.

Study: K-12 Spending Increases Unlikely to Result in Student Success
Press Release

Study: K-12 Spending Increases Unlikely to Result in Student Success

New analysis on K-12 spending on public schools raises questions about student impact

Plats and Parcels: Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side
Plats and Parcels

Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side

State facility at 6600 N. Teutonia would replace troubled Lincoln Hills center.

Op Ed: Evers Takes Moral Stand on Border Wall
Op Ed

Evers Takes Moral Stand on Border Wall

The governor rightly calls attention to the plight of children ripped from the parental bonds.

Governor Evers Declares State of Emergency for Flooding
Press Release

Governor Evers Declares State of Emergency for Flooding

"Many residents and communities across our state have been responding to flooding that has impacted homes, businesses, and cities and towns across Wisconsin."

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

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

Cross Champions New UWM Chemistry Building

Cross Champions New UWM Chemistry Building

Building outmoded, UW System president says. Evers also backs $130 million project.

Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Call for Comprehensive Review of Wisconsin National Guard Processes on Sexual Assault and Harassment
Press Release

Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Call for Comprehensive Review of Wisconsin National Guard Processes on Sexual Assault and Harassment

"As should be the case in all workplaces, the service members of the Wisconsin National Guard deserve a work environment free from sexual assault and harassment..."

Kaul Joins Suit Challenging Border Emergency

Kaul Joins Suit Challenging Border Emergency

Governor, Attorney General announce they're joining lawsuit alleging Trump is violating constitution.

Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet

Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet

Expansion of broadband key issue for small towns, rural areas.

Op Ed: Better Roads Require Gas Tax Hike
Op Ed

Better Roads Require Gas Tax Hike

No increase in 12 years. 50% of roads are in poor to mediocre condition.

Gov. Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul Announce that Wisconsin Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging President Trump’s National Emergency
Evers Announces Youth Prison for City

Evers Announces Youth Prison for City

To be located on Teutonia Ave. and Mill Rd. Research shows facility near home enhances outcomes.

Evers Funds Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

Evers Funds Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

Budget has $8.1 million for upgrades, so he won’t close facility as critics have demanded.

Stop Pitting us Against One Another
Press Release

Stop Pitting us Against One Another

"Wisconsin Republicans are known for twisting the facts to incite outrage and today’s attack on immigrants is no different."

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Misleading GOP Attacks
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Misleading GOP Attacks

"Republicans are hoping that xenophobic attacks will obscure the facts, but Wisconsin is better than that."

Gov. Evers Moves Forward on Plans to Close Lincoln Hills
Press Release

Gov. Evers Moves Forward on Plans to Close Lincoln Hills

"We are committed to getting kids out of Lincoln Hills and closer to home as soon as we safely and responsibly can."

Can State Produce 100% of Energy Needs?

Can State Produce 100% of Energy Needs?

New study finds economic, environmental benefits by repurposing $14 billion a year spent to import energy.

Evers’ Budget Puts Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Veterans
Press Release

Evers’ Budget Puts Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Veterans

"The governor has decided that those who are violating federal law should get a better deal than Wisconsin’s heroes."

Why Did Democrats Choose Milwaukee?

Why Did Democrats Choose Milwaukee?

Choosing this city for 2020 convention is about winning and signaling Democratic values.

The State of Politics: Evers Budget Targets Rich Taxpayers
The State of Politics

Evers Budget Targets Rich Taxpayers

And helps middle class. But Republicans oppose plan.

City Wins 2020 Democratic Convention

City Wins 2020 Democratic Convention

Barrett and other leaders help city beat out Miami and Houston for national convention.

MacIver Celebrates Sunshine Week, Calls On Gov. Evers To Carry On Tradition Set By Walker
Press Release

MacIver Celebrates Sunshine Week, Calls On Gov. Evers To Carry On Tradition Set By Walker

A tradition of openness was established by Gov. Scott Walker, who in 2016 signed Executive Order #189.

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Fitzgerald assails “alarming... level of spending and bonding”.

Milwaukee Named Host City for 2020 Democratic National Convention
Press Release

Milwaukee Named Host City for 2020 Democratic National Convention

Convention will generate $200 million in economic impact; shine global spotlight on city

Statement by IBEW Local 494 Business Manager on Milwaukee being selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Press Release

Statement by IBEW Local 494 Business Manager on Milwaukee being selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention

"Milwaukee is on the move, and our success in building the future represents the best of America."

City Hall: Barrett Offers Upbeat State of City Speech
City Hall

Barrett Offers Upbeat State of City Speech

Mayor touts employers coming to city, The Hop's launch and a friendly governor.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Gets Financing Extension
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Gets Financing Extension

State office building slated for near west side, Grand Ave might get $9 million.

Budget Expands Rail Service to Chicago

Budget Expands Rail Service to Chicago

Money would be leveraged with federal grant to expand Hiawatha from 7 to 10 daily roundtrips.

Common Council to Vote on Doula Funding Legislation
Press Release

Common Council to Vote on Doula Funding Legislation

“I was born and raised in the 53206 Zip Code and have seen firsthand the lack of maternal health resources available to mothers and their newborns and its effects,” said Ald. Rainey.

The Medical College of Wisconsin Applauds Governor Evers Commitment to Cancer Research
Press Release

The Medical College of Wisconsin Applauds Governor Evers Commitment to Cancer Research

“MCW commends Governor Evers for his leadership and support to lessen the cancer burden in the state of Wisconsin and beyond,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO.

Campaign Cash: Donors Gave $10 Million to Secretive Groups
Campaign Cash

Donors Gave $10 Million to Secretive Groups

State donors giving to third party groups for 2018 election set new state record.

Op Ed: Gerrymandering Goes Back to Patrick Henry
Op Ed

Gerrymandering Goes Back to Patrick Henry

Evers has plan to end it in Wisconsin. It’s long overdue

Evers Budget Overlooks Convention Center

Evers Budget Overlooks Convention Center

Wisconsin Center District plans downtown expansion by 2020, still hopes for state funding.

Report Shows How to Handle Youth Offenders

Report Shows How to Handle Youth Offenders

As county looks for local approach to replace Lincoln Hills, could learn from New York’s success.

Gov. Evers Announces 2019-2021 Capital Budget Recommendations
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces 2019-2021 Capital Budget Recommendations

These Capital Budget Recommendations aggressively and responsibly address deferred maintenance and life safety issues in state-owned buildings.

School Leaders Back Evers Funding Plan

School Leaders Back Evers Funding Plan

Governor’s budget has $1.4 billion hike in K-12 funding; GOP likely to scale that back.

Wisconsin Budget: Tax on Wealthy Helps Other States Grow
Wisconsin Budget

Tax on Wealthy Helps Other States Grow

8 states used tax on millionaires to fund state programs, saw economy grow faster.

WILL Budget Explainer: The Administrative State
Press Release

WILL Budget Explainer: The Administrative State

“Governor Evers’ budget is a liberal-wish list on a number of levels, but an undertold story is how it would strengthen the executive branch, usurping power from the legislature."

Gov. Evers Appoints Fred Clark to Natural Resources Board
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Fred Clark to Natural Resources Board

Fred Clark is a forester and conservationist who is marking his 30th year working outdoors in Wisconsin.

Governor Evers Makes Historic Investments in Health Care Coverage and Access
Press Release

Governor Evers Makes Historic Investments in Health Care Coverage and Access

“Governor Evers’ budget makes historic investments in the health and well-being of every Wisconsinite,” said Secretary Designee Palm.

Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition

Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition

Proposal praised by Democrats, slammed by Republicans.

Gov. Evers Announces $30 Million Investment in Alliant Energy Center Expansion
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces $30 Million Investment in Alliant Energy Center Expansion

The funding will come through a non-state grant program that provides state bonding support for non-profit or local government projects that have a statewide public purpose.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win State Budget Battle?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Win State Budget Battle?

Right now it looks like an endless standoff. But appearances can be deceiving.

Representative Subeck Stands with Governor Evers’s Efforts to Combat Medicaid Fraud
Press Release

Representative Subeck Stands with Governor Evers’s Efforts to Combat Medicaid Fraud

The False Claims Act allows individual whistleblowers to bring lawsuits against companies who are defrauding the state’s Medicaid program

One Wisconsin Institute Statements on Gov. Tony Evers’ Executive Order Increasing Access to State ID
Press Release

One Wisconsin Institute Statements on Gov. Tony Evers’ Executive Order Increasing Access to State ID

“Legal voters in Wisconsin ought not be denied the right to have their voices heard in our elections because of bureaucratic roadblocks like a lack of access to a DMV."

Gov. Tony Evers Signs Executive Order #14 Related to Accessibility of DMV Facilities and DOT-Issued Voter Identification
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Signs Executive Order #14 Related to Accessibility of DMV Facilities and DOT-Issued Voter Identification

Governor Tony Evers today signed an executive order relating to the accessibility of Department of Motor Vehicles facilities and Department of Transportation-issued voter identification.

The State of Politics: Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large
The State of Politics

Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large

What Legislature gives, veto can take away. The battle has begun.

Evers Pushes Labor Law Changes

Evers Pushes Labor Law Changes

Governor’s plan repeals right-to-work, reinstates prevailing wage on state projects.

Plats and Parcels: New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs
Plats and Parcels

New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs

What impact would changing TIF law have?

Rural and Urban School Districts Express Support for Governor Evers’ Budget
Press Release

Rural and Urban School Districts Express Support for Governor Evers’ Budget

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, Milwaukee Public Schools, Madison Metropolitan School District, and Racine Unified release letter of support

Plenty of Horne: Painting Headed Back to Governor’s Mansion
Plenty of Horne

Painting Headed Back to Governor’s Mansion

Rejected by Walker, Evers will have painting of three Milwaukee children re-installed.

Coalition for More Responsible Transportation Members Applaud Gov. Evers’ Proposed Transportation Budget
Press Release

Coalition for More Responsible Transportation Members Applaud Gov. Evers’ Proposed Transportation Budget

Groups support transit, road maintenance increase and focus on fixing instead of expanding highways

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address

“Governor Evers campaigned on bringing people to the table, however Republicans weren’t even consulted before he rolled out one of the most liberal budgets in Wisconsin history."

Rep. Considine Statement on Governor’s Budget
Press Release

Rep. Considine Statement on Governor’s Budget

"Tonight I heard Governor Evers’ budget initiatives to invest in things that matter to the people of Wisconsin"

Senator Craig Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address
Press Release

Senator Craig Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address

“Restrictions on educational choices for families, subsidies for abortion providers, driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, repeal of good-government reforms, and massive increases in taxes, fees, and spending - this budget is truly a Madison liberal’s dream."

Rep. Shankland Commends Governor Evers on The People’s Budget
Press Release

Rep. Shankland Commends Governor Evers on The People’s Budget

“Tonight, Governor Evers delivered a vision for Wisconsin that clearly reflects the priorities and will of the voters."

Rep. Robyn Vining Cheers The People’s Budget
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Cheers The People’s Budget

“From the beginning of his term, Governor Evers has made it clear he is listening to the people of Wisconsin."

Milwaukee Area Labor Council Reaction State Budget
Press Release

Milwaukee Area Labor Council Reaction State Budget

The members of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council welcome the many initiatives announced by Governor Tony Evers as part of his budget proposal.

Statement from Rep. Brostoff in Support of Gov. Evers’ Redistricting Plan
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Brostoff in Support of Gov. Evers’ Redistricting Plan

Governor’s First Budget Address Offers a Way Forward for Wisconsin

The People’s Budget is a Win for Wisconsin
Press Release

The People’s Budget is a Win for Wisconsin

“It’s a new day in Wisconsin."

Rep. Mark Spreitzer Applauds Gov. Evers’s Budget Address
Press Release

Rep. Mark Spreitzer Applauds Gov. Evers’s Budget Address

“Governor Evers is leading Wisconsin into a new era of bipartisanship."

Gov. Tony Evers’ Budget Plan: Progress on Solutions for Student Loan Borrowers and Protections for Wisconsin Voter Rights
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers’ Budget Plan: Progress on Solutions for Student Loan Borrowers and Protections for Wisconsin Voter Rights

“We’re thrilled to see Gov. Evers’ budget plan includes proposals to help student loan borrowers and protect voters."

Governor Evers Gives 2019-21 Biennial Budget Address
Press Release

Governor Evers Gives 2019-21 Biennial Budget Address

Gov. Evers' remarks as prepared for deliver

Evers Proposes Delay Of Youth Prison Closure

Evers Proposes Delay Of Youth Prison Closure

Proposal would also stop the practice of 17-year-olds being tried as adults.

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Driver’s Cards for Undocumented Wisconsinites
Press Release

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Driver’s Cards for Undocumented Wisconsinites

"This is a commonsense idea that has the support of farmers, businesses, law enforcement officials, faith-based organizations and civil rights groups."

AFP-WI: Evers Education Budget Doesn’t Prioritize Student Success
Press Release

AFP-WI: Evers Education Budget Doesn’t Prioritize Student Success

In the end, this proposal will hurt students trapped in low performing traditional public schools the most.

Service Workers Push For Higher Wages

Service Workers Push For Higher Wages

Ald. Zielinski's resolution backs Gov. Evers' plan to hike minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Advocates Push For a Wisconsin ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

Advocates Push For a Wisconsin ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

Republican Legislative leaders, Vos and Fitzgerald, concerned about the proposal.

Senator Craig Reacts to Governor Evers’ Decision to Remove National Guard Units from Mexico Border
Press Release

Senator Craig Reacts to Governor Evers’ Decision to Remove National Guard Units from Mexico Border

Wisconsin law enforcement has traced the majority of meth and heroin seized in Wisconsin to the southern border.

Data Wonk: Does the Manufacturing Tax Credit Work?
Data Wonk

Does the Manufacturing Tax Credit Work?

Gov. Evers and Republicans differ on value of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit. Who's right?

Youth Justice Milwaukee: We Must Move With a Sense of Urgency
Press Release

Youth Justice Milwaukee: We Must Move With a Sense of Urgency

"Wisconsin should close this abusive prison immediately, and, instead, implement and scale more effective and fiscally responsible community-based options."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Praises Gov. Evers for Standing Up for Women’s Health
Press Release

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Praises Gov. Evers for Standing Up for Women’s Health

"It’s clear that Gov. Evers is committed to prioritizing women’s health care."

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Drawing of political boundaries would move from the Legislature to a nonpartisan commission.

Representative Subeck Applauds Governor Evers’ Plan to Ensure Fair Election Maps
Press Release

Representative Subeck Applauds Governor Evers’ Plan to Ensure Fair Election Maps

"I applaud Governor Evers’ decision to stand up for democracy by including much-needed redistricting reform in his budget proposal."

Rep. Hesselbein Supports Governor Evers’ Fair Maps Plan
Press Release

Rep. Hesselbein Supports Governor Evers’ Fair Maps Plan

"Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around."

Rep. Spreitzer Supports Gov. Evers’s Redistricting Reform
Press Release

Rep. Spreitzer Supports Gov. Evers’s Redistricting Reform

"Gerrymandering has undermined our state’s democracy for too long."

Statement on Governor Evers’ announcement he will include nonpartisan redistricting reform in his proposed budget
Press Release

Statement on Governor Evers’ announcement he will include nonpartisan redistricting reform in his proposed budget

"This decision gives us a chance to have representative democracy again in Wisconsin."

Rep. Robyn Vining Embraces Gov. Evers’ Inclusion of Redistricting in Budget
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Embraces Gov. Evers’ Inclusion of Redistricting in Budget

"Non-partisan redistricting can help bring our state together and force members from each party to work together like my constituents asked me to do."

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

No evidence of crisis, governor says. Vos condemns move.

Rep. Hesselbein Supports Bringing Guard Members Home
Press Release

Rep. Hesselbein Supports Bringing Guard Members Home

"I’m thankful that Governor Evers is standing up for our Wisconsin National Guard personnel who were sent to the southwest border for a manufactured crisis."

Gov. Evers Announces Tribal Initiatives in State Budget
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Tribal Initiatives in State Budget

"I’m excited that our budget will make investments that will help Native American children, families, and communities thrive."

Op Ed: End Corporate Welfare, Help the People
Op Ed

End Corporate Welfare, Help the People

End giveaways to wealthy and companies that export jobs, lower taxes for middle class.

Gov. Evers Announces Withdrawal of Wisconsin National Guard Personnel
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Withdrawal of Wisconsin National Guard Personnel

"I cannot support keeping our brave service men and women away from their families without a clear need or purpose that would actively benefit the people of Wisconsin or our nation."

Majority Leader Fitzgerald’s Statement on Governor Evers’ School Voucher Plan
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald’s Statement on Governor Evers’ School Voucher Plan

"Governor Evers’ plans would do immense harm to the voucher program and create uncertainty for schools, students, and their families."

Governor Evers’ Budget Targets School Choice: What You Need to Know
Press Release

Governor Evers’ Budget Targets School Choice: What You Need to Know

Governor Evers' Budget Targets School Choice: What You Need to Know

Gov. Tony Evers Budget Plan to Offer New Hope for Help to Student Loan Borrowers
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Budget Plan to Offer New Hope for Help to Student Loan Borrowers

Will Include Provision Regarding State Authority to Help Borrowers Refinance Higher Education Loan

Evers Joins Unions on Lame Duck Suit

Evers Joins Unions on Lame Duck Suit

GOP bill require 200,000 state agency reports to legislature, his lawyers contend.

The State of Politics: 10 Issues to Watch in Evers Budget
The State of Politics

10 Issues to Watch in Evers Budget

Yes, it will be different than a Walker budget. But precisely how?

State Treasurer Wants To Be Watchdog

State Treasurer Wants To Be Watchdog

Godlewski pushes for more accountability, smart long-term investments.

Op Ed: School Mental Health Program Funding Needed
Op Ed

School Mental Health Program Funding Needed

Evers proposes $63 million in funding, an investment that could have big payoff.

Evers Wants More Funds for Women’s Health

Evers Wants More Funds for Women’s Health

$28 million package would also restore Planned Parenthood’s funding.

Op Ed: State Is Ready for Medical Marijuana
Op Ed

State Is Ready for Medical Marijuana

Myths have been debunked. Health benefits are clear. Voters support it.

Gov. Evers Appoints Dawn Nemec as Vernon County Register of Deeds
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Dawn Nemec as Vernon County Register of Deeds

Nemec currently works in the Accounting Department at Organic Valley.

Foxconn Insider Says Project Globally Unique

Foxconn Insider Says Project Globally Unique

"We’re not building a supply chain, we’re curating an ecosystem.”

Fourth Lawsuit Against Lame Duck Laws

Fourth Lawsuit Against Lame Duck Laws

This one argues Republican legislators violated U.S. Constitution and will of the voters.

DPW Files Federal Lawsuit Over Republicans’ Lame-Duck Power Grab
Press Release

DPW Files Federal Lawsuit Over Republicans’ Lame-Duck Power Grab

Republicans' legislation violated Democratic voters' federal constitutional rights

Creation of a Crisis: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Chooses Profit Over People
Press Release

Creation of a Crisis: How the Pharmaceutical Industry Chooses Profit Over People

Citizen Action of Wisconsin joins national release of report revealing how drug company profits and CEO pay put lives at risk

State Building Commission Approves Key Projects
Press Release

State Building Commission Approves Key Projects

Design and construction of UW-Milwaukee Sandburg Hall renovation project.

Shilling Praises Gov. Evers Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Proposal
Press Release

Shilling Praises Gov. Evers Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Proposal

"I want to ensure that all moms in Wisconsin have access to quality health care so babies are born healthy and stay healthy."

Evers Wants Pay Hike for Corrections Officers

Evers Wants Pay Hike for Corrections Officers

Aims to reduce staff shortage with more competitive pay.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Applauds “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” Initiatives in State Budget
Press Release

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin Applauds “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” Initiatives in State Budget

"We applaud Gov. Evers for championing women’s health and the lifesaving preventive care Planned Parenthood provides in his state budget."

Gov. Evers Announces Gubernatorial Appointments
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Gubernatorial Appointments

Summer Strand as the Governor’s Designee to the Building Commission

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Says plan too risky, lacked long-term financing, and wasn’t bipartisan.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Veto of Middle-Class Tax Cut
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Veto of Middle-Class Tax Cut

"I am confident that Senate Republicans will redouble our efforts and fight to include a middle-class tax cut in the upcoming state budget."

Gov. Evers Vetoes Assembly Bill 4
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Gov. Evers Vetoes Assembly Bill 4

The bill would make modifications to the standard deduction under the individual income tax starting with tax years beginning after December 31, 2019.

Data Wonk: A Data Portrait of the Walker Years
Data Wonk

A Data Portrait of the Walker Years

A huge success! — according to the MacIver Institute. Ah, not exactly.

Op Ed: Why We Oppose Gerrymandering
Op Ed

Why We Oppose Gerrymandering

We supported nonpartisan redistricting when Democrats were in control and still do, now that GOP is in power.

GOP Legislators Back Pay Hike for Lawyers

GOP Legislators Back Pay Hike for Lawyers

Hourly fee for private attorneys taking public defender cases would rise from $40 to $70.

The Contrarian: Evers Dead Wrong On Pot Convictions
The Contrarian

Evers Dead Wrong On Pot Convictions

Less than one percent of male inmates jailed for drug possession.

Evers Wants to Re-Examine Business Incentives

Evers Wants to Re-Examine Business Incentives

And bring back scientists to the DNR.

Wisconsin Working Families Party Congratulates Megan O’Halloran on Commanding Primary Victory in Distrcit 8 School Board Race
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Wisconsin Working Families Party Congratulates Megan O’Halloran on Commanding Primary Victory in Distrcit 8 School Board Race

O’Halloran garnered more than 65 percent of the vote in the three-way race and will face Kathryn Gabor in the spring election on Tuesday, April 2.

Op Ed: Expanding Medicaid Is Best for State
Op Ed

Expanding Medicaid Is Best for State

Why it's the smart, compassionate, and fiscally responsible thing to do.

Medicaid Expansion to Cost Wisconsinites $600 Million Per Year
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Medicaid Expansion to Cost Wisconsinites $600 Million Per Year

New WILL, CROWE study analyzes true cost of Medicaid expansion

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

And would loosen other restrictions. Vos opposes plan.

Governor Evers Creates Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving
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Governor Evers Creates Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving

"It’s important to me that we recognize, value, and celebrate the work of caregivers across our state..."

Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Gov. Evers Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana
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Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Gov. Evers Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana

"Having accessible, legal medicinal marijuana will help many in pain without the harmful effects of addictive narcotics."

Shilling Backs Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana Push
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Shilling Backs Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana Push

"Medical research, scientific studies, and personal experiences clearly support the use of medical marijuana."

Bowen Applauds Governor Evers’ Marijuana Proposals
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Bowen Applauds Governor Evers’ Marijuana Proposals

Time Wisconsin takes Important 1st Step allowing access to Marijuana

The State of Politics: Evers Gives 45% of Taxes To K-12 schools
The State of Politics

Evers Gives 45% of Taxes To K-12 schools

Plus his budget doubles special education funding. Expect a battle with GOP legislators.

Sen. Erpenbach Applauds Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana Proposal
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Sen. Erpenbach Applauds Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana Proposal

"Marijuana can provide relief to those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, PTSD, ALS, chronic pain and can even help in the fight against opiate addiction."

Gov. Evers Announces Proposal to Reform Wisconsin’s Marijuana Laws
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Gov. Evers Announces Proposal to Reform Wisconsin’s Marijuana Laws

The governor believes it is time for Wisconsin to join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana.

WJI supports Gov. Evers’ cannabis initiative
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WJI supports Gov. Evers’ cannabis initiative

"Wisconsin's refusal so far to adopt a medical marijuana program is hurting the state's residents and its economy."

Op Ed: The Farewell Tour of Scott Walker
Op Ed

The Farewell Tour of Scott Walker

Ex-governor struggling for relevancy. Cue the Twitter photos.

Governor Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Employee Bryan Rodriguez
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Governor Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Milwaukee Department of Public Works Employee Bryan Rodriguez

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Bryan Rodriguez..."

Op Ed: Let’s Curb Manufacturing Tax Credit
Op Ed

Let’s Curb Manufacturing Tax Credit

It hasn’t created jobs and mostly helps millionaires. Evers plan would trim and target it.

Evers Will Give Pardons

Evers Will Give Pardons

Reversing Walker’s policy, governor to consider pardons, as other predecessors did.

Op Ed: DNR Must Stop Coal Pollution
Op Ed

DNR Must Stop Coal Pollution

We Energies pollutes Lake Michigan, adding to toxic mercury levels harmful to babies.

Special Ed Funding Gap Hits $1 Billion

Special Ed Funding Gap Hits $1 Billion

That’s per year, new report says. Schools required to provide education, but it's grossly underfunded.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Discover the Middle Class
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Discover the Middle Class

But their proposed tax cut is unfunded and doesn’t address state’s tax inequity.

Governor Evers Calls Special Election for 64th Assembly District
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Governor Evers Calls Special Election for 64th Assembly District

Circulation of nomination papers for candidates may begin today, February 14, 2019.

Wisconsin State Senate Sends Middle-Class Tax Cut to Governor Evers’ Desk
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Wisconsin State Senate Sends Middle-Class Tax Cut to Governor Evers’ Desk

"Middle-class Wisconsinites deserve a tax break, and today the Legislature voted to give them one."

Republicans jeopardize school funding with one-time spending gimmick
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Republicans jeopardize school funding with one-time spending gimmick

"Wisconsin’s working families have made it clear they want real solutions for tax relief, not political posturing."

Statement on Governor’s pledge for funding SWIGG study, well compensation grant program
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Statement on Governor’s pledge for funding SWIGG study, well compensation grant program

"Clean drinking water for everyone in our state means making sure families living with contaminated water are helped immediately."

Op Ed: Recall National Guard From the Border
Op Ed

Recall National Guard From the Border

Walker sent troops to Mexican border, Evers should recall them. It’s a made-up crisis.

Gov. Evers Announces Additional Water Quality Initiatives
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Gov. Evers Announces Additional Water Quality Initiatives

State Will Evaluate Water Safety in Southwest Wisconsin, Allocate $2 Million for Well Compensation Grant Program

4 Forces Causing Foxconn Uncertainty

4 Forces Causing Foxconn Uncertainty

Even with massive state and local subsidy, wage costs will be too high.

Evers Signals Gas Tax In His Budget

Evers Signals Gas Tax In His Budget

Waiting for report from Thompson, he says, but expects gas tax will be included.

Campaign Cash: Evers Opposes ‘Dark Store’ Loophole
Campaign Cash

Evers Opposes ‘Dark Store’ Loophole

Would end tax break backed by WMC, which has donated $25 million to politicians.

Huge Water Project for Foxconn Continues

Huge Water Project for Foxconn Continues

Racine water utility expected company to use 7 million gallons daily, but current needs unclear.

Gov. Evers Announces Plan to Join U.S. Climate Alliance
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Gov. Evers Announces Plan to Join U.S. Climate Alliance

"By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time."

State’s Leading Voice for Oral Health Encourages More Collaboration with Wisconsin’s Dental Professionals to Truly Increase Access to Care
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State’s Leading Voice for Oral Health Encourages More Collaboration with Wisconsin’s Dental Professionals to Truly Increase Access to Care

"Despite consistent claims by advocates for dental therapy that this proposal is revenue-neutral and comes at no cost to taxpayers, the Governor is now proposing directly subsidizing the creation of a dental therapy program."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Summit Credit Union Coming to Walker’s Point
Eyes on Milwaukee

Summit Credit Union Coming to Walker’s Point

New branch of growing credit union will be located along S. 1st St. at Freshwater Plaza.

Robin Vos Giving $500 an Hour Lawyers a Blank Check to Defend His Scheme to Rig the Rules for Foxconn
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Robin Vos Giving $500 an Hour Lawyers a Blank Check to Defend His Scheme to Rig the Rules for Foxconn

‘The Only Thing Wisconsin Taxpayers are Getting Out of These Republican Deals is Being Stuck With the Bill’

The State of Politics: 8 Ways to Increase Highway Funding
The State of Politics

8 Ways to Increase Highway Funding

Lots of possible taxes and fees, but can legislators agree on any?

Gov. Evers Announces $43 Million Investment to Expand Dental Access
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Gov. Evers Announces $43 Million Investment to Expand Dental Access

"Increasing dental access across our state requires a comprehensive approach."

Robin “Boss” Vos to Wisconsin Middle Class: ‘Pay For Your Own Tax Savings’
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Robin “Boss” Vos to Wisconsin Middle Class: ‘Pay For Your Own Tax Savings’

Suggests Cuts to Education, Health Care and Roads to Fund Middle Class Tax Plan Instead of Asking Millionaires and Billionaires to Pay Their Fair Share

GOP May Resist Kaul on ACA Lawsuit

GOP May Resist Kaul on ACA Lawsuit

Attorney General wants to drop lawsuit, Republican legislators hint they won’t let him.

Governor Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Milwaukee Police Department Officer Matthew Rittner
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Governor Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Milwaukee Police Department Officer Matthew Rittner

"This loss is also a reminder that men and women like Matthew put their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens and communities in Wisconsin."

Wisconsin Budget: Corporate Handouts Cut State Revenue
Wisconsin Budget

Corporate Handouts Cut State Revenue

Which could make it difficult to fund more spending on schools, UW System and roads.

Back in the News: Foxconn Project in “Chaos”
Back in the News

Foxconn Project in “Chaos”

Foxconn workers, insiders say Racine project is failing in Bloomberg story.

Vos, Fitzgerald Support Tolls to Pay For Roads

Vos, Fitzgerald Support Tolls to Pay For Roads

Democrats may consider but prefer gas tax indexing.

Rep. Robyn Vining Commends Gov. Evers’ Plan to Close Dark Store Loophole
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Rep. Robyn Vining Commends Gov. Evers’ Plan to Close Dark Store Loophole

"The Dark Store Loophole is wrong, and we need to close it."

Data Wonk: Texas Lawsuit Threatens Republicans
Data Wonk

Texas Lawsuit Threatens Republicans

Vos and Fitzgerald support lawsuit overturning Obamacare, but voters don’t.

Evers Won’t Support GOP Tax Cut

Evers Won’t Support GOP Tax Cut

Governor says he can’t support plan with no long-term funding.

Questions Raised About Assembly Speaker Benefiting from State Tax Loophole
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Questions Raised About Assembly Speaker Benefiting from State Tax Loophole

Is Tax Break Debate Personal for Robin Vos?

State To Review Foxconn Air, Water Permits

State To Review Foxconn Air, Water Permits

Evers says DNR review needed to see whether changes are necessary.

Rep. Hutton: Statement on Evers Tax Plan
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Rep. Hutton: Statement on Evers Tax Plan

Madison – Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) issued the following statement in response to Governor Evers’ Tax Plan. “In contrast to the Republican middle class tax plan, Governor Evers’ tax plan clearly demonstrates that he does not understand the private sector as shown by his irrational commitment to punishing our state’s job creators by raising their […]

Op Ed: Evers, GOP Leaders Need Health Care Ideas
Op Ed

Evers, GOP Leaders Need Health Care Ideas

They could learn from local experts like Albrecht Free Clinic in West Bend.

Rep. Riemer Statement on Democratic Tax Cut for the Middle Class
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Rep. Riemer Statement on Democratic Tax Cut for the Middle Class

"It is disappointing that Republicans are once again putting politics before people and are refusing to work together with Governor Evers and Democrats in the Legislature for the people of Wisconsin."

Governor Evers Announces Responsible Tax Relief Plan for Families
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Governor Evers Announces Responsible Tax Relief Plan for Families

"I promised Wisconsin’s hard-working families that I would not only provide the tax relief they deserve, but that I would provide tax relief in a responsible and sustainable way."

Unions Files Suit Against Lame Duck Laws

Unions Files Suit Against Lame Duck Laws

Second suit filed, argues Republicans violated state constitution.

Homeowners Triumph under Gov. Evers
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Homeowners Triumph under Gov. Evers

"Closing the Dark Store loophole will be a huge win for homeowners and small businesses in Wisconsin."

The State of Politics: Evers Appoints Record Number of Women
The State of Politics

Evers Appoints Record Number of Women

For first time in history, majority of governor’s advisors are women.

SEIU Files Lawsuit Challenging Republican Power Grab in Wisconsin
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SEIU Files Lawsuit Challenging Republican Power Grab in Wisconsin

Plaintiffs Demand Preservation of State’s Constitution; Restoration of Powers to Governor, Attorney General; Immediate Injunction

Delay in Closing Youth Prisons Criticized

Delay in Closing Youth Prisons Criticized

Advocates oppose Evers’ projection of two years to close Lincoln Hills, Copper Lake.

Op Ed: Legislators Blow Off Bipartisanship
Op Ed

Legislators Blow Off Bipartisanship

Republicans say they want to work together, but have yet to act on it.