Recently, the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information issued a statement calling for greater transparency and accountability from law enforcement. They were joined by more than 50 groups, including the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Coun…
We are currently experiencing and witnessing an important movement in our nation’s history. The recent senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other Black men and women symbolized the tipping point. This movement is important, because the outcry for change in ou…
The gap between the increasing diversity of Wisconsin’s K-12 student population and the lack of diversity in its teacher workforce has widened in the last decade, with large gaps in urban school districts and the divide growing most quickly in the state’s least urbanized areas, according to …
If newly-minted Monona Alder Kristie Schilling is looking for some light summer reading, may I politely suggest Robert’s Rules of Order and the U.S. Constitution?
In case you’re interested, there were 38 people arrested between May 30 and June 4 in connection with the looting and property destruction on State Street in Downtown Madison.
This month’s national protest movement has risen to confront police forces that violate laws, escalate violence and resist accountability. The recent actions of Monona police officers and the public response from city leadership, illustrates the urgent need for the Black Lives Matter protest…
In March, as Wisconsin enacted safer-at-home, state and local governments scrambled to build new ways to govern from remote locations while still complying with our open meeting laws. Even in the age of COVID-19, we still have the right to watch public bodies in action.
My friend and former colleague, David Blaska, blogging at davidblaska.com, had an interesting connect-the-dots post May 18, which led me to connect a couple dots of my own.
Few can argue that the coronavirus pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for farmers. It’s one of the reasons why Gov. Tony Evers announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a $50 million fund designed to provide direct payments to Wisconsin farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. In higher education, it has sparked pointed questions locally and nationally about the short-term operations and long-term future of the University of Wisconsin System.
The smell of charcoals burning, the sound of Wisconsin beef sizzling and the sight of perfect grill marks are truly hard to beat. As the sun sets later and later and the temperature rises higher and higher, grilling season has officially made its arrival. Whether cooking on gas or charcoal, …
May 17-23 is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate Emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.
In drafting next year’s budgets, Wisconsin K-12 districts face uncertainty as to whether and how schools will open this fall and whether the drop in state tax collections will mean a cut in state school aids.
(This is the full text of a statement issued by the Monona Grove School Board relating to the developer’s agreement with the village of Cottage Grove for the construction of a new elementary school.)
Wisconsin has fresh hope for an eventual “return to normal” with the most-recently issued emergency order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but the “new normal” may temporarily look a little different.
During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face masks.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent safer-at-home order has led many residents to show their creative side – creativity in working from home, creativity in online learning, creativity in enjoying outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing.
Key municipal revenue streams will take a hit as the economic fallout unfolds from the COVID-19 crisis, with greater impact for cities and villages that rely more heavily on fees and taxes tied to tourism and visitors, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.