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Zac Schultz

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Zac Schultz started in the news business the Monday after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and he doesn't anticipate leaving until the Friday he retires a few decades ...

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Jerome Dillard on parole, pardons and Wisconsin politics

Politics

Jerome Dillard on parole, pardons and Wisconsin politics

Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing Executive Director Jerome Dillard explains how the state's parole process is structured and considers impacts of political rhetoric about crime and the penal system.

Friday September 30, 2022


Chad Laibly on winter weather and soaring home heating costs

Economy

Chad Laibly on winter weather and soaring home heating costs

Focus on Energy senior technical advisor Chad Laibly describes how much energy prices are expected to surge as 2022 winds down and what weatherizing and other efficiency efforts do to promote savings.

Friday September 30, 2022


Dale Knapp on Wisconsin’s dwindling ranks of younger workers

Economy

Dale Knapp on Wisconsin’s dwindling ranks of younger workers

Wisconsin Counties Association research director Dale Knapp details the group's Forward Analytics report about a declining number of young people and families projected to live in the state by 2030.

Friday September 30, 2022


Dr. Amy Domeyer on the lack of OB-GYNs in Wisconsin

Health

Dr. Amy Domeyer on the lack of OB-GYNs in Wisconsin

Legislative chair of Wisconsin's chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Amy Domeyer discusses a growing OB-GYN shortage and how it continues to impact Wisconsin.

Friday September 9, 2022


Greg Hartjes on an Appleton school district referendum

Education

Greg Hartjes on an Appleton school district referendum

Appleton Area School District Superintendent Greg Hartjes explains the district requests from voters in two November 2022 referendums, including a $5 million annual increase for staff and programming.

Friday September 9, 2022


2022 AG candidates spar over expanding prosecution authority

Elections

2022 AG candidates spar over expanding prosecution authority

Republican attorney general candidate Eric Toney seeks to expand the power of the office to prosecute crimes in Milwaukee, while Democratic incumbent Josh Kaul prefers statewide prosecuting authority.

Friday September 9, 2022


Joint Finance Committee allocates opioid settlement funds

Policy

Joint Finance Committee allocates opioid settlement funds

The Joint Finance Committee approved allocating $31 million in opioid settlement funds for distribution of Narcan, fentanyl testing strips, medication-assisted treatment and law enforcement training.

Friday September 9, 2022


Election clerks receive new guidance on absentee voting

Elections

Election clerks receive new guidance on absentee voting

A Waukesha County judge ruled local clerks cannot add missing address information to absentee ballot envelopes, and the Wisconsin Elections Commission issued guidance on support for disabled voters.

Friday September 9, 2022


Officials encourage Omicron-specific booster vaccinations

Coronavirus

Officials encourage Omicron-specific booster vaccinations

As COVID-19 cases spike again, health officials urge Wisconsinites to get an Omicron-specific booster vaccine, formulated to better protect against variants of the virus causing the most infections.

Friday September 9, 2022


The politics of Wisconsin’s teacher shortage in 2022

Elections

The politics of Wisconsin’s teacher shortage in 2022

Education has a high profile in the 2022 election for governor of Wisconsin, as Democratic incumbent Tony Evers and Republican challenger Tim Michels consider why schools don't have enough teachers.

Thursday September 1, 2022


On the left half of a split-screen image, Tony Evers speaks to reporters outdoors with a street sign and tree in the background, while on the right half, Tim Michels speaks into microphones with a U.S. flag in the background.

Elections

Wisconsin’s 2022 races for U.S. Senate, governor and attorney general take shape

Here's what candidates and campaigns in the state's highest-profile races – Mandela Barnes and incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson, incumbent Gov. Tony Evers and Tim Michels, and incumbent AG Josh Kaul and Eric Toney – are saying about their opponents as they look toward the fall general election.

Wednesday August 10, 2022


Local clerks test machines to bolster confidence in election

Elections

Local clerks test machines to bolster confidence in election

Municipal clerks publicly test voting machines in advance of the 2022 partisan primary to show they are properly counting ballots and to address concerns of election fraud — West Bend city clerk Lizbet Santana demonstrates the process.

Friday August 5, 2022


Wisconsin’s 2022 Republican primary for governor

Elections

Wisconsin’s 2022 Republican primary for governor

Rebecca Kleefisch, Tim Michels and Tim Ramthun are trying to attract and energize conservative voters as they seek the Republican nomination for governor, but how each candidate hopes to harness frustration over the 2020 presidential election and opposition to abortion differs in subtle but meaningful ways.

Thursday August 4, 2022


Wisconsin’s 2022 Republican primary for attorney general

Elections

Wisconsin’s 2022 Republican primary for attorney general

Former state legislator Adam Jarchow and Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney are leading candidates in the Republican primary for Wisconsin Attorney General, in which the pandemic and 2020 election stand out as issues.

Thursday July 28, 2022


Rep. Jim Steineke on retiring, politics in 2022

Politics

Rep. Jim Steineke on retiring, politics in 2022

Outgoing Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, discusses retiring as a legislator, tumult over the 2020 vote, the Republican primary for governor and the state's abortion laws.

Wednesday July 20, 2022


An absentee ballot drop box bolted to concrete next near an intersection stands amid melting snowdrifts, with trees and buildings in the background.

Elections

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules state law does not permit ballot drop boxes

In a 4-3 ruling that only covers one-third of the written decision, the conservative majority on the state's high court found that voters must return absentee ballots to local election clerks and not to a drop box in advance of an election.

Friday July 8, 2022


Is any amount of PFAS safe?

Health

Is any amount of PFAS safe?

Dr. Beth Neary, a pediatrician and co-president of the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network, discusses health risks posed by PFAS as new federal health advisories warn that some of these chemicals are hazardous even at extremely low levels.

Friday June 17, 2022


Assessing firearm risk for mental health patients

Health

Assessing firearm risk for mental health patients

Dr. Bradley Burmeister, an ER physician at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, explains how emergency medical personnel assess firearm risk for patients with mental health needs.

Friday June 17, 2022


Demand rising for donated human milk

Health

Demand rising for donated human milk

Susan Urbanski, program manager for Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, describes how donations and demand for human milk have increased as the nationwide baby formula shortage continues.

Friday June 17, 2022


Gableman referred to Wisconsin’s Office of Lawyer Regulation

Politics

Gableman referred to Wisconsin’s Office of Lawyer Regulation

Dane County Judge Frank Remington issued a written order fining former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman's Office of Special Counsel the maximum $2,000 a day for contempt — hired by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to investigate Wisconsin's 2020 presidential vote, Gableman refused to testify in a lawsuit seeking records from his office.

Friday June 17, 2022


Gauging threats and ensuring safety in schools

Education

Gauging threats and ensuring safety in schools

Trisha Kilpin, director of the Office of School Safety in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, considers the aftermath of the Uvalde massacre as schools labor to identify threats and provide security.

Friday June 10, 2022


Jan. 6 committee begins U.S. Capitol insurrection hearings

Politics

Jan. 6 committee begins U.S. Capitol insurrection hearings

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming speaks and former U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies on the first day of hearings to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Friday June 10, 2022


Judge holds Gableman in contempt over open records lawsuit

Politics

Judge holds Gableman in contempt over open records lawsuit

During proceedings over an open records lawsuit, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman was held in contempt of court after he accused a Dane County judge of taking sides and refused to answer questions.

Friday June 10, 2022


Don Millis appointed to Wisconsin Elections Commission

Politics

Don Millis appointed to Wisconsin Elections Commission

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appointed attorney Don Millis as a new Republican board member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Friday June 10, 2022


Abortion access and maternal health disparities

Health

Abortion access and maternal health disparities

Tiffany Green, a professor of population health and obstetrics and gynecology at UW-Madison, discusses economic and racial disparities linked to abortion and expected impacts of reversing Roe v. Wade.

Friday June 10, 2022


Why young adults stay in their small Wisconsin town

Rural Voices

Why young adults stay in their small Wisconsin town

Four residents of the Black River Falls area share the reasons why they continue to live in the community where they grew up rather than moving to a larger city.

Thursday June 9, 2022


What it’s like for kids to live in small-town Wisconsin

Rural Voices

What it’s like for kids to live in small-town Wisconsin

Five teenagers who attend Black River Falls High School – who grew up in the area or moved there after living elsewhere – share how their perspectives and future plans are shaped by living in a rural community.

Thursday June 2, 2022


Two adjacent screenshots show Barbara Dittrich and Kelda Roys seated in different locations.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: State Rep. Barbara Dittrich, State Sen. Kelda Roys, Anne Hlavacka, Tracy Jensen

Here's what guests on the May 13, 2022 episode had to say about possible changes to abortion law in Wisconsin, the growth in new businesses in the western part of the state, and what "A Day Without Child Care" means to parents and providers.

Monday May 16, 2022


Democrats anticipate the end of Roe v. Wade

Politics

Democrats anticipate the end of Roe v. Wade

State Sen. Kelda Roys, D-Madison, discusses abortion law and what responses Wisconsin's Democratic lawmakers may be considering in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

Friday May 13, 2022


Republicans anticipate the end of Roe v. Wade

Politics

Republicans anticipate the end of Roe v. Wade

State Rep. Barbara Dittrich, R-Oconomowoc, discusses abortion law and policies Wisconsin's Republican lawmakers may be considering in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

Friday May 13, 2022


The availability and affordability of child care

Social Issues

The availability and affordability of child care

Tracy Jensen, a program director at Sunny Day Child Care & Preschool in Waupaca, explains the idea of "National Day Without Child Care" and challenges parents and providers face with access and cost.

Friday May 13, 2022


Wisconsin’s spike in new small businesses

Economy

Wisconsin’s spike in new small businesses

Anne Hlavacka, director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-La Crosse, shares how more entrepreneurs have launched new businesses in western Wisconsin since the pandemic started.

Friday May 13, 2022


Nurses rally at Wisconsin Capitol

Health

Nurses rally at Wisconsin Capitol

Nurses rallied at the Wisconsin State Capitol, calling for safer staffing levels, higher wages and more affordable education.

Friday May 13, 2022


Women’s Health Protection Act voted down in US Senate

Health

Women’s Health Protection Act voted down in US Senate

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on the Women's Heath Protection Act, which would codify abortion access in federal law, not meeting a 60-vote threshold to proceed in the Senate.

Friday May 13, 2022


Chancellor Rebecca Blank bids farewell to UW-Madison

Education

Chancellor Rebecca Blank bids farewell to UW-Madison

Outgoing UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank shares her final remarks for the university as she leaves the position.

Friday May 13, 2022


Abortion’s new prominence in Wisconsin politics

Social Issues

Abortion’s new prominence in Wisconsin politics

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz considers political implications of a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion and the potential effects on Wisconsin’s upcoming elections.

Saturday May 7, 2022


A crop of a map shows numbered Assembly and state Senate district lines in and around the Milwaukee area.

Elections

Hagedorn says time ran out for Wisconsin’s redistricting process

After the U.S. Supreme Court sent the matter back to the state level, the Wisconsin Supreme Court's conservative majority approved in a 4-3 decision legislative redistricting maps it had previously rejected in another 4-3 decision – the swing vote was Justice Brian Hagedorn, who opined the window to consider Voting Rights Act claims had closed.

Monday April 18, 2022


The SCOTUS redistricting order for Wisconsin

Politics

The SCOTUS redistricting order for Wisconsin

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains what a U.S. Supreme Court order on Wisconsin's legislative redistricting means and its rejections of a challenge to the congressional maps.

Friday March 25, 2022


A crop of a map shows color-coded Assembly district lines in and around the Milwaukee area.

Elections

US Supreme Court upholds Wisconsin’s congressional redistricting, rejects legislative maps

Less than three weeks after the Wisconsin Supreme Court narrowly approved redistricting plans for the state's congressional and legislative districts under a "least change" requirement, the nation's top court ordered the state-level maps be redrawn to align with federal Voting Rights Act requirements.

Wednesday March 23, 2022


Wisconsin’s State of the State and 2022 politics

Politics

Wisconsin’s State of the State and 2022 politics

"Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz unpacks the politics of the 2022 State of the State address by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and response by state Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu.

Friday February 18, 2022


The top floors and spires of Milwaukee City Hall contrast with a cloudless, blue sky.

Elections

Meet the 7 candidates running in Milwaukee’s 2022 mayoral primary

Marina Dimitrijevic, Bob Donovan, Ieshuh Griffin, Cavalier Johnson, Earnell Lucas, Michael Sampson and Lena Taylor are squaring off in the Feb. 15 primary to run in the spring 2022 election for mayor of Milwaukee.

Thursday January 27, 2022


Vos discusses election investigations, 2022 priorities

Elections

Vos discusses election investigations, 2022 priorities

On the one-year anniversary of the Capitol insurrection that sought to thwart the results of the 2020 presidential election, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos responds to criticisms of state Republicans’ investigations into how that election transpired in Wisconsin and discusses his legislative priorities for the new year.

Friday January 7, 2022


A photo collage features the Wisconsin building and dome and 2022 in blue numerals in the background.

Elections

A Wisconsin 2022 election preview: Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General

Who is running for the state's three leading executive 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.

Tuesday January 4, 2022


Evers looks ahead to 2022

Politics

Evers looks ahead to 2022

In an end-of-the-year interview, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers shares his expectations for the politics and policy priorities of 2022, including his campaign as a Democratic incumbent in the fall election, ongoing inquiries into the state's voting system by Republicans, the redistricting process and related lawsuits, and how the pandemic will affect everything as it enters a third year.

Monday December 27, 2021


Houses painted red, white and blue stand in a row along a sidewalk with trees in the terrace next to the street and in the background.

Policy

Wisconsin’s small total property tax rise for 2021 obscures local variations

A report issued by the Wisconsin Policy Forum found that the impacts of school referendums and local-level housing booms helped push bills marginally higher despite a budget intended to lower the levy.

Thursday December 16, 2021


The politics of funding special education in Wisconsin

Education

The politics of funding special education in Wisconsin

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains how special education is funded in Wisconsin schools, its role in the state's budget politics, and what a charter school in Minocqua is doing to serve students in its community.

Friday November 26, 2021


A diamond-shaped sign titled Yellow Zone shows different facial expressions with accompanying labels, including Silly, Upset, Overwhelmed and others.

Education

Special education students endure uncertainty, anxiety during the pandemic

Remote teaching and mask requirements for in-person classes have been particularly difficult for students with special needs, including those on the autism spectrum.

Wednesday November 24, 2021


A chasm between Wisconsin’s special-ed needs and resources

Education

A chasm between Wisconsin’s special-ed needs and resources

The amount of funding from the state for special education only covers a limited portion of the cost incurred by school districts, which are left to fill the gap — Lakeland STAR Academy, a charter school in Minocqua that teaches students on the autism spectrum, is able to operate with generous local philanthropic support, but its model is difficult to replicate.

Monday November 22, 2021


A water point labeled Stevens Point stands over buildings and trees.

Politics

Central Wisconsin’s Central Role in Wisconsin’s Redistricting Calculations

After being shifted from the 7th Congressional District to the 3rd in 2011, Portage County is set to switch representation once again in 2021, with the Republican plan splitting Stevens Point and Plover between the 7th and 8th districts, while the People's Map Commission moves it entirely into the 6th.

Thursday November 4, 2021


State Lawmakers Who Own Restaurants Confront Workforce Woes

Economy

State Lawmakers Who Own Restaurants Confront Workforce Woes

Senior political reporter Zac Schultz examines the experiences of Rob Swearingen, Francesca Hong and Michael Schraa, who own a supper club, noodle shop and custard stand, respectively, as they have grappled with worker shortages while also as Assembly members they play a role in Wisconsin's response to an industry continuing to reel from the pandemic.

Thursday October 7, 2021


The Difficulty of Defining ‘Fairness’ in Wisconsin’s Redistricting Process

Elections

The Difficulty of Defining ‘Fairness’ in Wisconsin’s Redistricting Process

As redistricting moves forward in the state following the release of the 2020 census data, mapmakers must follow the law — but the law does not provide a clear answer for how to make maps "fair" in terms of partisanship.

Thursday September 23, 2021


A view of the Madison Metropolitan School District administrative office building with a flag pole flying the USA and Wisconsin flags

Coronavirus

‘This Feeling of Impending Doom’: A Teacher’s View of Covid in a Madison School

With students getting sick and heading home for quarantine right after in-person instruction started in the Madison school district, the potential for a growing outbreak is hanging over a new school year.

Wednesday September 22, 2021


Rebecca Kleefisch Announces Campaign for Governor

Elections

Rebecca Kleefisch Announces Campaign for Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch, who served as Lieutenant Governor under former Gov. Scott Walker, announced she is running for governor of Wisconsin in the 2022 Republican primary election.

Friday September 10, 2021


Wisconsin’s Pandemic Alcohol Surge

Health

Wisconsin’s Pandemic Alcohol Surge

Luke Fedie, a mental health specialist and substance abuse counselor with Eau Claire County, describes what a spike in alcohol sales in Wisconsin during the pandemic means in human terms.

Friday September 10, 2021


Classroom Pandemic Protocol During Delta

Education

Classroom Pandemic Protocol During Delta

Wisconsin State Superintendent Jill Underly discusses how schools are seeking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while Delta variant cases spike and students and staff return to classrooms.

Friday September 10, 2021


A Rural School District’s Pandemic Priorities

Education

A Rural School District’s Pandemic Priorities

Claire Martin, interim district administrator for Lakeland Union School District in Minocqua, describes how it's approaching the Delta wave of COVID-19 as students and staff return to classrooms.

Friday September 10, 2021


A map of Chippewa County supervisory districts sits on a table.

Elections

How Could the Delta Surge Affect Wisconsin’s Redistricting Process?

Facing a November deadline to complete the mapping of county-level wards, local clerks are confident that another wave in the COVID-19 pandemic won't derail their work.

Monday August 23, 2021


What Afghan Refugees Will Encounter

Social Issues

What Afghan Refugees Will Encounter

Paul Van Auken, a UW-Oshkosh sociology professor who has provided outreach to refugees in the Fox Valley speaks to emotional, financial and other challenges new arrivals from Afghanistan can expect.

Friday August 20, 2021


Afghanistan Refugees Coming to Fort McCoy

Social Issues

Afghanistan Refugees Coming to Fort McCoy

Governor Tony Evers and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher respond to the announcement that refugees from Afghanistan will be temporarily housed at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin.

Friday August 20, 2021


Wisconsin Lawmakers Respond to Federal Infrastructure Plan

Economy

Wisconsin Lawmakers Respond to Federal Infrastructure Plan

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher respond to the proposed federal infrastructure bill before the House of Representatives.

Friday August 20, 2021


Attorney General Files Natural Resources Board Lawsuit

Politics

Attorney General Files Natural Resources Board Lawsuit

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced he has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the chairperson of the Natural Resources Board.

Friday August 20, 2021


From Census Data to Redistricting to Court

Elections

From Census Data to Redistricting to Court

University of Wisconsin Law School Professor Robert Yablon discusses the release of 2020 Census data and how the ensuing redistricting process will generate political controversy and draw legal challenges.

Friday August 20, 2021


The Rush to Redistrict Wisconsin’s Most Local Offices

Elections

The Rush to Redistrict Wisconsin’s Most Local Offices

Counties around the state are hustling to meet a November 2021 deadline for redistricting to be ready for the spring 2022 elections.

Thursday August 19, 2021


A sign for Lakeland STAR School/Academy on an exterior brick wall

Education

Republicans Voted To Give This Minocqua School Extra Funding, But Evers Said No

Why are Republicans in the Legislature repeatedly adding a budget line for Lakeland STAR, a charter school focusing on children with autism, and why is the governor repeatedly cutting this funding even as he advocates more state support for public education?

Monday July 19, 2021


Peter Barca standing at podium in school library surrounded by Tony Evers and other members of the governor's administration

Budgets

Why Did Evers Veto An Update to Withholding Tables After a Tax Cut?

The governor approved income tax cuts included in the state's 2021-23 budget but vetoed a provision that would have required the Department of Revenue to immediately adjust tax withholding levels, raising questions about the rationale behind this action.

Thursday July 15, 2021


A dozen pills sit at the bottom of an orange prescription medication container.

Policy

Wisconsin’s Opioid Settlement Law Cuts Off Cities from Suing for Damages

Signed by Gov. Tony Evers despite his statement that it is unconstitutional, a framework is in place to distribute hundreds of millions of dollars to the state and municipalities, but also set a deadline for filing new lawsuits.

Tuesday July 6, 2021


Screenshot of Robin Vos speaking from the dais of the Wisconsin Assembly chambers

Budgets

Wisconsin Republicans Proceed with their 2021 Budget, Setting Up Evers Veto Decision

By a mostly party-line vote, the Assembly passed a biennial budget that removed most priorities previously promoted by the governor, who pending its passage in the state Senate, must decide to approve it, veto it entirely or make strategic line-item vetoes.

Wednesday June 30, 2021


Property Taxes in Wisconsin: Their Influence and Importance

Economy

Property Taxes in Wisconsin: Their Influence and Importance

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz explores how the property tax levels are important to homeowners, schools and politicians and explains how this system works in Wisconsin.

Friday June 25, 2021


Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday

Social Issues

Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday

Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, commemorating the announcement from federal troops the emancipation proclamation had freed all slaves two years prior.

Friday June 18, 2021


Evers on 2022 Candidacy, Next Steps for State Budget

Politics

Evers on 2022 Candidacy, Next Steps for State Budget

Incumbent Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on why he announced earlier this month he is running for a second term in office. Also, with the Joint Finance Committee finishing their work, Evers considers his next steps on the state budget.

Friday June 18, 2021


Broadband Expansion in Wisconsin

Economy

Broadband Expansion in Wisconsin

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that not everyone has access to quality internet. This challenged remote workers and students alike. "Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz reports on the progress and hold ups related to internet broadband expansion in Wisconsin.

Friday May 21, 2021


Northland Pines Home of the Eagles banner in high school hallway

Coronavirus

Masking and Other Protocols Helped Keep Wisconsin Kids in the Classroom

Rules put in place to cut transmission of COVID-19 kept the common cold and seasonal flu at a minimum during a unique pandemic school year.

Thursday May 20, 2021


Stack of lumber in focus in foreground with stacks of lumber and timber in blurred background

WisContext

What’s Pushing Record Lumber Prices and Who in Wisconsin Is Benefiting?

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a home construction boom around the nation, but loggers and builders want to know where the profits are flowing as demand for wood products spikes.

Thursday May 6, 2021


Scorched vegetation from a prescribed burn surrounded by unburned areas

Environment

Wisconsin’s ‘Roller Coaster’ Wildfire Season in 2021 Is Still Going

Lighter snowpack and drier spring conditions have fueled a widespread spate of fires across the state, with the Department of Natural Resources issuing warnings about high risk conditions.

Monday May 3, 2021


Map of water well sampling areas for PFAS contamination near the La Crosse airport

Environment

Wisconsin Issues Drinking Water Advisory After Well Testing on French Island Identifies PFAS Contamination

The state is providing drinking water to thousands of residents living near the La Crosse airport after the widespread presence of PFAS chemicals is found in private well testing around the area.

Friday March 26, 2021


A WisconsinEye screenshot of Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaking in a legislative session.

Politics

Pandemic Aid Comes With No Tax Cuts Requirement, Prompting Talk of Lawsuit from Republicans

Speaker Robin Vos says Governor Tony Evers cannot accept federal COVID money with "strings attached" unless Legislature has spending oversight.

Thursday March 25, 2021


A WisconsinEye screenshot of Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu speaking in a legislative session.

Politics

Republicans Want Control of Federal COVID Funds, Reject Unemployment Dollars

If Gov. Tony Evers again vetoes a bill establishing legislative oversight of pandemic relief, Speaker Robin Vos threatens to challenge this action in court.

Wednesday March 24, 2021


State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, participates in an legislative committee hearing at the Wisconsin Capitol.

Politics

Lawmakers Honor Greek Democracy, Seek Investigation of Wisconsin Elections

Two resolutions introduced in the state Assembly and Senate address the distant past and immediate future of representative government.

Monday March 22, 2021


Tony Evers

Politics

Evers Delivers 2021 Budget Address

Gov. Tony Evers announced his 2021 budget Tuesday night, with promised investments in education, other Democratic priorities.

Tuesday February 16, 2021


Vaccine Receival in Wisconsin Becomes Tricky

Coronavirus

Vaccine Receival in Wisconsin Becomes Tricky

As Wisconsin has become a national leader for administering COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 900-thousand doses given, some people still feel as though they are left out of the loop. “Here & Now” senior political reporter Zac Schultz has the story of an 84-year-old woman from Southern Wisconsin.

Saturday February 13, 2021


COVID Legislation Appears DOA

Coronavirus

COVID Legislation Appears DOA

A COVID-19 relief bill passed the Senate Friday was vetoed by Governor Evers. "Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz breaks down the political events that unfolded this week.

Friday February 5, 2021


Slow Roll of Vaccines in Wisconsin

Coronavirus

Slow Roll of Vaccines in Wisconsin

Zac Schultz met with a Wisconsin doctor who walked through the process of distributing vaccines. Wisconsin is still in the early stages of distribution, which is a process mired in politics.

Friday February 5, 2021


masks

Health

Republican State Senate Votes to End Mask Mandate

The Republican-controlled state Senate passed a resolution Tuesday that would end Gov. Tony Evers’ health emergency order and the statewide mask mandate. The 18-13 vote passed despite bipartisan opposition—two Republicans and all the Democrats voted no—and over the objections of 20 major health organizations in Wisconsin. The resolution now moves ...

Wednesday January 27, 2021


Person wearing mask

Politics

Republicans Resolve To Shut Down Mask Order

Republicans in the state Senate have introduced a joint resolution that would overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ latest statewide mask order. Nine Senators, including Senate President Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, have signed on to the resolution, and 18 Republicans in the Assembly are listed as co-sponsors. The joint resolution, which needs to ...

Friday January 22, 2021


Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

Senate Passes COVID Relief Bill, Sends Changes Back to Assembly

Tuesday afternoon the state Senate passed an amended version of the Assembly’s COVID-19 relief bill, with changes that remove a number of controversial provisions in the Assembly bill that were likely to result in Gov. Tony Evers vetoing the bill altogether. The amendment passed 29-2 with only one Democrat and ...

Tuesday January 12, 2021


Assembly Republicans and Gov. Evers Over Wis. COVID Response

Politics

Assembly Republicans and Gov. Evers Over Wis. COVID Response

“Here & Now’s” Zac Schultz reports on the first showdown of Assembly Republicans at the Wisconsin Capitol upon the new legislative session with Governor Tony Evers over the state’s COVID-19 response.

Friday January 8, 2021


Wisconsin Assembly chamber.

Politics

Update: Vos Introduces COVID Legislation During First Day of Session

The bill, which the Assembly speaker says could pass by the end of the week, would address local health restrictions and the authority of county health officials to shut down businesses or close schools.

Monday January 4, 2021


Wisconsin Supreme Court

Elections

Breaking: Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Election Challenge

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


Donald Trump

Elections

Update: Wis. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump Campaign Election Challenge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump campaign’s challenge of the state’s election results, setting oral arguments for Saturday at noon. This is an appeal of a lower court’s decision Friday morning that re-affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s win in Wisconsin. Racine County Reserve Judge Stephen Simanek said ...

Friday December 11, 2020


Election observers, right, look on and ask questions through plexiglass screens as officials at the Dane County recount sort through ballots by hand at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2020. Donald Trump’s campaign is paying for a recount of votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties in an effort to identify ballots to challenge the election. (Courtesy: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch)

Here and Now 2020

What Does The Safe Harbor Deadline Mean in Wisconsin?

The safe harbor deadline is set by federal law and all lawsuits related to election results must be done six days before state electors cast their votes for president on Dec. 14.

Tuesday December 8, 2020


Deer Hunting During COVID and Camp Safety

Coronavirus

Deer Hunting During COVID and Camp Safety

Here & Now’s Zac Schulz reports from Taylor County about how hunters and businesses are preparing for the gun deer season in the age of COVID; Bellin Hospital M.D. Paul Casey sound about deer camp safety.

Friday November 20, 2020


Deer

Environment

How COVID-19 Is Shaping the 2020 Deer Season

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is advising hunters not to travel across the state to hunt for this year’s gun-deer season. Keith Warnke, the administrator of the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division, said “We're recommending hunters keep hunting local and they do it with members of their household to ...

Friday November 20, 2020


Voting machine

Here and Now 2020

November 2020 Election Results: Biden Wins Wisconsin

With 95% of Wisconsin's ballots counted and reported, a razor thin margin favors Biden in unofficial results.

Tuesday November 3, 2020


Campaigning Through COVID

Elections

Campaigning Through COVID

Here and Now’s Zac Schultz reports on how the presidential candidates approached Wisconsin during the campaign in the midst of the pandemic.

Saturday October 31, 2020


Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave

Politics

Wisconsin Democrats and the Blue Wave

Wisconsin Democrats are being cautious and taking nothing for granted as presidential candidate Joe Biden holds an edge over Donald Trump in the polls; not only in the race for president but also Wisconsin's down ballot candidates. Here & Now's Zac Schultz explores how a blue wave could affect the State Assembly and Senate races.

Friday October 23, 2020


COVID on the Campaign Trail

Coronavirus

COVID on the Campaign Trail

An in-depth look by Zac Schultz at differences in approaches to voters between Democrat and Republican candidates during the pandemic.

Friday October 16, 2020


Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote

Here and Now 2020

Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote

Law and Order becomes an issue for an Assembly race underway in Wauwatosa.

Friday October 9, 2020


Nov. Election Directs Outcome for Wis. State Capitol

Politics

Nov. Election Directs Outcome for Wis. State Capitol

This fall's election will impact what going on in the State Capitol for the next two years. The story is not whether Democrats can win enough seats to take control of the chamber, but whether they can prevent Republicans from gaining a super-majority.

Friday October 2, 2020


Representatives Take on Legislative Agenda

Politics

Representatives Take on Legislative Agenda

Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) and Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), co-chairs of the Legislature's Task Force on Racial Inequities, talk about Gov. Evers' proposed police reform bills and how they see working together in a bipartisan manner.

Friday September 11, 2020


UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine

Coronavirus

UW Madison Transitions to Virtual and Two-Week Quarantine

With students back on campus, coronavirus cases are spiking. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank talks about moving classes online, quarantining selected dorms for two weeks and the future of university life for students.

Friday September 11, 2020


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Statement to the Communities We Serve

There is no place for racism in our society. We must work together as a community to ensure we no longer teach, or tolerate it.  Read full statement here.