When then-Gov. Jim Doyle signed Wisconsin’s indoor smoking ban into law in 2009, he expected tribal nations, which were exempt from its provisions, to embrace the measure on their own.
Supreme Court candidate Jill Karofsky says the biggest mistake of her 27-career judicial career was bringing an obstruction charge against Patty Murphy, a legally blind woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted and robbed at knifepoint in her Madison home more than two decades ago.
When University of Wisconsin-Madison student journalist Peter Coutu investigated frequent lottery winners in Wisconsin in 2018, he uncovered a pattern: The owners and clerks of stores that sell lottery tickets seemed to have more luck than normal.
As we move into summer, one of the busiest travel times of the year, it is important to remember the importance of being a defensive driver. Many people get in the car and think about where they are going, the music they are listening to, or conversations with the people in their car. That i…
The co-chairs of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee have announced plans to reject Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal for Medicaid expansion in the biennial state budget.
Wisconsin lawmakers last year headed to Poland for a trade mission and Taiwan for meetings with foreign dignitaries with other Midwestern legislators, according to their latest economic interest filings.
More than 8% of the state’s prison guards sought transfers to get a $5-an-hour pay boost in the first eight days after the Evers administration proposed a plan to address critical staff shortages at maximum-security facilities.
Top strategists on opposite sides of the aisle are divided over President Trump’s re-election prospects this cycle, though they agree Wisconsin is a key stop on the road to the White House.
From the Wisconsin Dairy Task Force 2.0’s early meetings, members highlighted the need for research and innovation to maintain Wisconsin’s world leadership in all things dairy. Across the 51 recommendations that members have developed and approved in the past seven months, there is a consist…
Three years after beating Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin’s presidential primary, Bernie Sanders has topped the wide field of Democratic candidates in the burgeoning race for donations in the state.
At this moment, Gov. Tony Evers and the Legislature are working on the biennial budget. The Governor’s budget includes, among other things, accepting Medicaid expansion funds, also known as Badgercare, so that 80,000 more very low income individuals will have access to health care. This meas…
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole says he’s looking to work with the agriculture industry to help address manure contamination of drinking and surface water in the state.
When so much about politics is partisan, one might expect a topic like police body cameras to be contentious, particularly as it relates to public access to recordings.
Gov. Tony Evers’ pick to lead the Public Service Commission (PSC) is dismissing concerns the now two-member body won’t be able to do its job overseeing public utilities, saying it’s “patently false” to say uncertainty surrounding appointments has destabilized the body.
As the 2018-19 school year enters its final months, perhaps you know a young person heading into the next chapter of their life not knowing what comes beyond this school year. Yes, we’ve all heard someone say it’s necessary for young people to get a four-year degree. Or that youth should foc…
Nearly 130 outstanding undergraduates from across the University of Wisconsin System last week filled the Capitol Rotunda to share findings from the important research they have conducted over the past year.
Too many Wisconsin consumers fell victim to identity theft in 2018, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Credit card fraud was the most commonly reported type of theft for consumers age 20 and over, and those under 19 reported mostly employment or tax-related fraud.
On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, computer security specialists from across the country descended on the DEFCON 26 Hacking Conference in Las Vegas. These “white hat” hackers sought to probe the security features of voting machines and election systems in an effort to identify weaknes…
As the sheriff’s office continues to conduct extra traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities and serious crashes, I often hear statements that we are only doing this to generate revenue. I also hear the similar assumption that there are quotas that need to be met.
There is a great deal of discussion on the country’s mental health crisis. Those in the veterinary profession are not immune, with one in six experiencing a significant psychological event. We are the fourth most likely profession to commit self-harm.
Years ago, when the Iola-Scandinavia School District would post an elementary teaching job, it’d get several hundred applicants.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is warning the Evers administration against believing they can “bludgeon the Legislature” to accept some of their budget priorities.
Cell phones are an excellent tool that can be used for keeping in contact with family and friends, checking our email, posting a picture on social media, reading what is happening in the news or checking on our favorite sports team. We have always been able to call 911 with our cell phones, …
It was half-past New Year’s, and a quarter ‘til St. Patrick’s Day. Outside Tyranena Brewing Company it was as dark as a suit closet and colder than the front door of a Catholic Church on a January confession. Inside, it was hotter than The Kingston Mines circa 1969. The W.C. Handy Award Winn…
Republican lawmakers have agreed to pay the former solicitor general $500 per hour to represent them in two suits challenging the lame-duck laws, nearly double the rate Gov. Tony Evers is paying his private attorneys in those cases.
When Republicans introduced legislation nearly a year ago trying to keep Kimberly-Clark from closing two plants in the Fox Valley, they said the company didn’t approach them asking for incentives. Instead, their bill was an attempt to change the company’s mind.
With a legacy going back almost a century and a presence in all 50 states, the League of Women Voters takes the long view on how voting district maps are drawn.
Jon Bound is the Jefferson Township builder of choice. He is also Sheila’s cousin-by-marriage. A skilled and brilliant man, he took leave of his sanity long enough to agree to build our home.
It’s time for Wisconsin to rethink the runaway tax break that allows manufacturers and other businesses to pay next to nothing in income taxes. Gov. Tony Evers wants to rein in this wasteful tax break and redirect the benefits to the middle class, but Republican lawmakers are fighting tooth …
Gov. Tony Evers is prioritizing “diversity and inclusivity” as he looks to build a staff capable of taking on some of the biggest challenges facing the state.
Have you been on social media lately? There is so much good information that you can get from social media such as reading about the news, learning about your friend’s vacation, or connecting with friends and family that live either long distances away or just around the corner.
Newly elected State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and longtime Secretary of State Doug La Follette have big plans to address the “years of neglect” of their offices.
All but two of the Legislature’s study committees have largely wrapped up their work ahead of the new session, with lawmakers poised to introduce legislation ranging from bail and pretrial release to minor guardianships.
The state jobs agency was operating on a dual track with Kimberly-Clark to keep its options open for saving a Fox Valley plant, even as Gov. Scott Walker said a legislative incentive package was the only solution.
While new Gov. Tony Evers is calling for bipartisanship, leaders in the GOP-controlled state Assembly are fighting over office space and staff.
They say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but when it comes to public records, the state Legislature doesn’t seem to believe in this principle.
While women are making historic gains in the House of Representatives and state governments across the nation, one Wisconsin legislative chamber will actually have fewer female members come January.
Governor-elect Tony Evers, responding to criticism that his first four cabinet picks are from Milwaukee, said future announcements will allay concerns he is ignoring rural Wisconsin.
How much does it matter to the Republican leaders of the Wisconsin State Legislature what the people they are elected to represent think?
This spring, I taught an investigative reporting class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that investigated the state of Wisconsin’s democracy. We interviewed current and former lawmakers and activists on the left and right, consulted public opinion polls, talked to regular people and ta…
In recent months there has been talk about investigations and arrests surrounding patrons and employees at gentlemen’s clubs in Dodge County. The sheriff’s office has been diligently working on these investigations. I feel that it is important that the public be made aware of these incidents…