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Both U.S. senators for the state and several members of its congressional delegation have issued statements about the series of attacks by the Russian military in places across its neighboring nation of Ukraine.
Thursday February 24, 2022
A field of seven candidates of Wisconsin's largest city was narrowed to two in a low-turnout vote, with the acting mayor and a former alder moving on to the spring election on April 5.
Wednesday February 16, 2022
Public Health Madison Dane County has extended its mask mandate through March 1 as COVID-19 levels remain high at the local level and around the state.
Friday January 28, 2022
The Wisconsin Legislature passed a slate of laws aiming at increasing recruitment among a workforce hit hard by the pandemic, along with bills in response to 2020 protests.
Friday January 28, 2022
Wisconsin National Guard members are training to serve as certified nursing assistants to alleviate strains hospitals are facing due to the Omicron wave in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday January 21, 2022
A Waukesha County judge ruled absentee ballot drop boxes are unlawful under Wisconsin law. The search committee for a new University of Wisconsin System president named two finalists: Jay Rothman, chairman and CEO of Foley & Lardner law firm, and James Schmidt, chancellor of UW-Eau Claire.
Friday January 14, 2022
A request by the Wisconsin Elections Commission sought to throw out Michael Gableman's demand for an in-person interview with the administrator, but a Dane County judge denied the request, adding she could consider it again.
Monday January 10, 2022
Multiple large school districts in Wisconsin, including the Madison and Milwaukee districts, temporarily moved back to virtual instruction after winter break due to record spread of COVID-19 and staffing shortages.
Friday January 7, 2022
Who is running for the state's most competitive federal seats? Meet the Republican and Democratic candidates vying to capture their party's nomination and win the support of voters in the Nov. 8 election.
Thursday January 6, 2022
In anticipation of a busy election year, Paul Farrow and Ben Wikler share their thoughts on the races for the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and an open 3rd Congressional District seat.
Thursday December 23, 2021
First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden traveled to Wisconsin to visit with community members in Waukesha as they try to recover after the vehicle attack on its Christmas parade.
Friday December 17, 2021
Governor Tony Evers submits new redistricting maps to the Wisconsin Supreme Court as it prepares to pursue a "least change" approach.
Friday December 17, 2021
Information released through an open records request by a liberal advocacy group reveals not only concrete actions pursued by the former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in his review of the state's 2020 presidential vote, but also his dissatisfaction with elections activism pursued by Republicans elsewhere.
Tuesday December 7, 2021
In a report to the Wisconsin Assembly elections committee, the former state Supreme Court justice revealed most of the names of staff working on his probe of the 2020 presidential election, which has filed a complaint in Waukesha County Circuit Court to compel private testimony from two mayors.
Thursday December 2, 2021
After an SUV drove through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, city officials, the Milwaukee Archdiocese and Gov. Tony Evers shared updates and their support and sympathy for the community and those affected by the tragedy.
Sunday November 21, 2021
The Madison Police Department commissioned the Quattrone Center at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School to investigate the use of force by its officers during 2020 protests — the ensuing stakeholder report offers dozens of recommendations.
Friday November 19, 2021
The Wisconsin Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities has released its final report on educational and economic disparities in the state.
Friday November 19, 2021
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and 2022 Republican candidate for governor asks the state Supreme Court to take up her lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Friday November 19, 2021
While Republicans made gains in partisan statewide races in an off-year election at the national level, a GOP-connected recall campaign failed in an effort to replace four school board members in a suburban Milwaukee district, with each incumbent winning by double-digit margins.
Wednesday November 3, 2021
Reporter Will Kenneally examines how national partisan conflict over responding to COVID-19 and other issues is igniting at the local level, as a Republican-aligned campaign in suburban Milwaukee seeks to replace four members of the Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education.
Friday October 29, 2021
What's next for local officials from five Wisconsin cities in a Republican probe into the state's 2020 vote is uncertain, even as the former state Supreme Court Justice leading it raises the rhetorical stakes in a second video message.
Monday October 11, 2021
No widespread fraud was reported in Wisconsin's 2020 election, but a Republican-backed investigation is seeking to spotlight the role of a Facebook-linked group that helped cities fund changes to their elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Friday October 1, 2021
Along a party-line vote, the Wisconsin Assembly passed legislation that would set new requirements for how issues related to anti-racism and anti-sexism are taught in schools.
Tuesday September 28, 2021
The former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice released a video giving an outline but few details on his investigation into the 2020 election.
Tuesday September 21, 2021
Practices for the iconic UW-Madison musical troupe were halted for two days after several members tested positive for the coronavirus following its first two performances at Camp Randall.
Thursday September 16, 2021
Over the course of two weeks, Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Wisconsin stopped by a U.S. Army base near La Crosse to check out how thousands of new immigrants from Afghanistan are being housed before resettlement around the country.
Monday September 13, 2021
Here & Now extra: Under a proposal passed by the U.S. Senate and to be taken up by the House, the state is slated to receive more than $7.2 billion in funding for transportation improvements and other investments.
Tuesday August 17, 2021
Reporter Will Kenneally examines multiple probes being pursued by Republican lawmakers into the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin and details where each stands.
Friday August 13, 2021
Pushing back against the pace and scope of an investigation launched by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, state Rep. Janel Brandtjen is pursuing her own effort to scrutinize how the presidential election between Biden and Trump was conducted in the state.
Tuesday August 10, 2021
About $10 million in federal assistance is being deployed to help upwards of 13,000 students at two Wisconsin technical colleges cover unpaid tuition, fees and fines to be able to reenroll in classes.
Monday August 2, 2021
City leaders are proposing priorities for spending a historic infusion of federal support that they hope will improve racial equity in Wisconsin's largest and most diverse city.
Tuesday July 27, 2021
PBS Wisconsin reporter Will Kenneally breaks down Governor Tony Evers' signing of the 2021-23 state budget, his 50 partial vetoes and reactions from Republican lawmakers.
Friday July 9, 2021
Continuing a pattern of questioning the safety of coronavirus vaccinations, Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Senator shared several stories about adverse reactions, while doctors warn his message undermines efforts to curb the pandemic.
Tuesday June 29, 2021
The Legislature sends a slate of election bills this week to the governor's desk, as a group of GOP legislators travel to Arizona to witness an ongoing operation to comb through ballots there.
Thursday June 24, 2021
"Juneteenth is a day of freedom. Juneteenth is a day of liberation and emancipation," said Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, reflecting on the history of the June 19 holiday and her groundbreaking role as the first Black legislator to be elected from Dane County. Stubbs kicked off Juneteenth celebrations at the ...
Friday June 18, 2021
The Assembly elections committee heard testimony on legislation that would narrow the time and places local clerks could receive absentee ballots, part of a series of bills introduced in the wake of the 2020 vote.
Tuesday June 15, 2021
Responsible for pursuing cases in court, DAs are becoming more prominent as policing policy becomes more politically controversial, but at the same time, fewer people are running for the office due to reasons that include lower pay and higher stress.
Tuesday June 1, 2021
Public health officials in Dane County and Milwaukee are also lifting pandemic-related capacity limits next month, following new CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. This comes as Republicans introduce a bill to end the $300 federal unemployment supplement.
Tuesday May 18, 2021
"Here & Now" reporters Will Kenneally and Murv Seymour report from Milwaukee moments after people peacefully took to the streets with joy following the Derek Chauvin verdicts.
Friday April 23, 2021
FoodShare recipients in Wisconsin will continue to receive expanded pandemic benefits under an agreement reached between state officials and the federal government.
Wednesday April 14, 2021
The pause is due to the appearance of six cases of blood clotting among the more than 7 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses administered. Federal scientists expect to review data over the next few days to determine the vaccine's safety.
Tuesday April 13, 2021
"Words are no longer enough," said Rep. Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, as some legislators talk about ways to move forward after the police killing of another Black man.
Monday April 12, 2021
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services moved up the date for the next round of eligibility to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Wisconsinites who have 20 different health-related conditions — including asthma, cancer and diabetes — can begin receiving doses March 22. More information about getting vaccinated can be found online ...
Tuesday March 16, 2021
Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson responded Monday to criticism he received for comments he made last week favorably comparing the Jan. 6 insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol in contrast to Black Lives Matter protesters, saying his remarks had nothing to do with race. Johnson spoke of the Jan. 6 ...
Monday March 15, 2021
As President Joe Biden signed the first major piece of legislation in the form of a $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, Americans are awaiting their third stimulus checks. Here & Now reporter Will Kenneally talks about what is in the bill and what it means for Wisconsinites.
Friday March 12, 2021
As more teachers return to in-person instruction, Wisconsin anticipates the release of a new single-dose coronavirus vaccine.
Thursday March 4, 2021
Legislation would set a statewide policy for places of worship in Wisconsin and preempt local public health orders.
Wednesday March 3, 2021
Legislation Focusing on K-12 and College Sports Will Likely Not Be Supported by the Governor
Tuesday March 2, 2021
Sen. Kathy Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, says anxiety from the GOP base over the 2020 election and expectations for legislative action caused this week's voter bills to be quickly introduced with details to be worked out later.
Friday February 26, 2021
DHS will evaluate local health department plans to vaccinate educators, who will become eligible for the vaccine starting Monday.
Thursday February 25, 2021
Wisconsin Republicans are moving forward with a series of voting reform legislation that makes significant changes for Wisconsinites looking to vote absentee under the indefinitely confined status. Introduced by Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, the legislation would require a voter to submit a signed physician’s note to receive an absentee ballot ...
Tuesday February 23, 2021
Vaccine Rollout Expands for New Recipient Groups as UW-Madison Sees Spike in Coronavirus Cases
Friday February 19, 2021
The retail pharmacy program will bring 17,800 additional vaccine doses to "socially vulnerable" communities.
Thursday February 11, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers said he would veto the Legislature’s COVID-19 response bill, shortly after the state Senate passed the final version. The final bill contained provisions that were nonstarters for the governor, including an amendment that would limit his ability to declare a COVID-19 public health emergency only to seek ...
Friday February 5, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers issued a new public health emergency and mask mandate just hours after the Assembly held the deciding vote to throw out the governor’s current mask order. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, I promised I would: never play politics with your health, trust and follow science and ...
Thursday February 4, 2021
Milwaukee relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions as the federal government promised a faster vaccine rollout. The new Milwaukee order allows for gatherings of up to 250 people, provided that the gathering remains under 25% of the room’s capacity and allows for 30 square feet of space for every person. Organizers of ...
Tuesday February 2, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers would not rule out vetoing the current Republican COVID-19 legislation when it hits his desk, but said during a Friday media briefing that he wants to see what is in the final bill. This comes as a coronavirus aid bill has bounced between both chambers of the ...
Friday January 29, 2021
The Assembly held off throwing out the state's mask mandate while Senate Republicans amended their COVID-19 response bill Thursday with last-minute changes that will allow the state’s mask mandate to end while keeping expanded FoodShare benefits for Wisconsin families. This came after a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo was released overnight ...
Thursday January 28, 2021
The next group includes educators and childcare workers, as well as essential employees like grocery and food industry workers.
Tuesday January 26, 2021
The Wisconsin Medical Society is pushing for a continuation of the governor’s mask mandate ahead of a state Senate vote Tuesday to overturn the order. If both the Senate and Assembly pass a joint resolution, the Legislature could end the governor’s emergency declaration and corresponding mask mandate. The medical society’s ...
Monday January 25, 2021
Wisconsin avoided political violence that was feared in the wake of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots.
Wednesday January 20, 2021
Wisconsin will begin vaccinating people 65 and older as soon as next Monday, which will add about 700,000 new Wisconsinites to the list of those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Wisconsin’s deputy health secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said the decision was made to include this group because older ...
Tuesday January 19, 2021
The Wisconsin Capitol was peaceful Sunday as police braced for possible violent demonstrations that never materialized. The enhanced police presence came in the wake of widespread threats that were reported to target state capitols across the country on Jan. 17. Fewer than 10 protested peacefully and quietly around the Capitol ...
Sunday January 17, 2021
The House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump for the second time one week after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. capitol and killed a capitol police officer. Wisconsin Congressional members voted along party lines.
Friday January 15, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday he will extend the state’s mask mandate another 60 days, as the current mandate is set to expire on Tuesday. “While there's light and hope at the end of this tunnel, this virus hasn't gone away,” Evers said during a Friday media briefing. This will ...
Friday January 15, 2021
Madison’s acting police chief and mayor say they are unaware of specific threats to Wisconsin’s Capitol as police prepare for the possibility of violence ahead of the presidential inauguration. “There’s no specific direct threats to Madison or anything in Madison at this point,” said Madison Acting Police Chief Vic Wahl. ...
Thursday January 14, 2021
The House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in four years. Wisconsin's House delegation split the vote along party lines, with Democrats all voting to impeach and Republicans all voting against impeachment. See some of their speeches from the House floor below:
Wednesday January 13, 2021
A new strain of the coronavirus, known to be more contagious and which has caused mass shutdowns in the United Kingdom, has been detected in Wisconsin for the first time. The state Department of Health Services said in a news release the new strain was found through routine sequencing of ...
Wednesday January 13, 2021
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Tony Evers delivers the State of the State address.
Tuesday January 12, 2021
Windows at the state Capitol were boarded up Monday as the governor activated national guard troops to assist Capitol police. This comes as a reported FBI bulletin warns of possible violence ahead of Inauguration Day.
Monday January 11, 2021
Wisconsin officials call for Trump's removal, after a crowd of Trump supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, halting the process of counting the presidential electoral votes.
Wednesday January 6, 2021
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced no charges will be filed against officers in the shooting of Jacob Blake. Graveley said the officer who shot Jacob Blake would likely be able to rely on a self defense argument if he decided to take the case to trial. The decision ...
Tuesday January 5, 2021
Two Wisconsin state representatives are joining a lawsuit seeking to overturn the presidential election results. Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, and Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay, joined the Wisconsin Voter Alliance and plaintiffs from other key swing states in asking a federal court in Washington, DC, to prevent Congress from certifying ...
Wednesday December 23, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers put forward two coronavirus aid bills Monday, which he is asking the Legislature to consider “without delay.” The first bill is a compromise proposal of issues upon which the governor said he and Republican leaders have already agreed. A second bill contains policies the governor says are ...
Monday December 21, 2020
Former Justice Shirley Abrahamson was heralded as a trailblazer Monday as the first woman to serve on the bench. With a tenure of 43 years, she was also the longest-serving justice on the high court when she retired in 2019.
Monday December 21, 2020
Wisconsin is set to receive fewer doses than expected in the next round of Pfizer vaccine distributions, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday. “This is unacceptable,” he said. “Wisconsin citizens deserve the vaccine the federal government promised.” The state received 49,725 doses this week, and is scheduled to receive 35,100 doses ...
Friday December 18, 2020
Wisconsin has received roughly 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as state health care workers began receiving the vaccine this week. “While the arrival of the vaccine is a critical and exciting milestone, and so very important to our ability to end the covid-19 pandemic, it is early and our ...
Wednesday December 16, 2020
Wisconsin’s Electoral College delegation voted 10-0 for Joe Biden Monday, formalizing the president-elect’s win in Wisconsin as Republicans continue to challenge the result. The vote in the state Capitol at noon came less than an hour after the state Supreme Court rejected the Trump campaign’s push to throw out thousands ...
Monday December 14, 2020
The Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a Trump campaign challenge to the state election results in a 4-3 decision less than an hour before the state cast its votes in the Electoral College. The decision was written by conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn, who joined the court’s liberals in rejecting the challenge. ...
Monday December 14, 2020
Wisconsin Supreme Court justices heard arguments to throw out thousands of Wisconsin votes as a federal judge rejected a Trump campaign push to overturn the results of the Wisconsin election. The Trump campaign had asked the federal court that, because of irregularities in the election, the state Legislature should decide ...
Saturday December 12, 2020