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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Heather DuBois Bourenane on funding schools with referendums

Education

Heather DuBois Bourenane on funding schools with referendums

Wisconsin Public Education Network Executive Director Heather DuBois Bourenane discusses the state's school financing formula setting revenue limits and districts relying on referendums for funding.

Wednesday April 3, 2024


Rob Abbott on school funding and the politics of referendums

Education

Rob Abbott on school funding and the politics of referendums

School District of Fort Atkinson Superintendent Rob Abbott describes the political balancing acts involved with asking voters for their support in referendums to increase local taxes for education.

Tuesday April 2, 2024


Why are many Wisconsin school districts holding referendums?

Education

Why are many Wisconsin school districts holding referendums?

Dozens of school districts around the state are going to referendum in the 2024 spring election, with local educators seeking support for spending priorities while working within state funding limits.

Thursday March 28, 2024


Rep. Scott Johnson on funding for public and private schools

Budgets

Rep. Scott Johnson on funding for public and private schools

State Rep. Scott Johnson, R-Jefferson, discusses the politics of public funding for and oversight of K-12 education in Wisconsin as districts seek voter support for referendums to boost their budgets.

Wednesday March 20, 2024


Zac Schultz on another legal battle over ballot drop boxes

Courts

Zac Schultz on another legal battle over ballot drop boxes

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz discusses implications of the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreeing to reconsider its decision over the use of absentee ballot drop boxes in elections.

Friday March 15, 2024


Wisconsin’s new legislative districts and the 2024 elections

Elections

Wisconsin’s new legislative districts and the 2024 elections

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed into law new legislative districts he proposed and passed by Republican lawmakers — supporters hope these maps will make for more competitive elections.

Friday February 23, 2024


Gov. Tony Evers on consequences of redistricting decisions

Elections

Gov. Tony Evers on consequences of redistricting decisions

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers discusses the recent history of redistricting in the state, recounting actions taken by Democratic and Republican lawmakers that determined the political balance of power.

Wednesday February 21, 2024


A still image shows Zac Schultz standing in front of the state capitol rotunda with a graphic at bottom reading 'State Capitol,' 'Zac Schultz' and 'Here & Now.'

Courts

Zac Schultz on the Wisconsin’s 2024 redistricting map report

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz discusses a report by consultants hired by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to analyze whether legislative district map proposals meet legal criteria.

Friday February 2, 2024


A map shows outlines of legislative districts in different shades of blue and red, with + and - zoom buttons at the upper left a key at the upper right showing options titled Evers, Law Forward (Clarke Petitioners), Legislative Republicans, Petering (FastMap), Senate Democrats, Wright Petitioners and WILL (Johnson Petitioners), with the first option selected.

Elections

What do Wisconsin’s residency requirements mean for incumbents paired in redistricting?

Multiple members of the Wisconsin Legislature are likely to be in the same districts following the adoption of new maps in 2024, but state law and its enforcement have not been strictly followed.

Thursday January 25, 2024


A still image shows Zac Schultz standing in front of the State Capitol rotunda with a graphic at bottom reading 'State Captiol,' 'Zac Schultz' and 'Here & Now.'

Elections

Zac Schultz on redistricting maps, incumbents and elections

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz considers how effects of redistricting on incumbents and partisan advantages in proposed maps intersect with other factors in the 2024 elections.

Friday January 19, 2024


Wisconsin lawmakers on their visions for success in 2024

Politics

Wisconsin lawmakers on their visions for success in 2024

Wisconsin legislative leaders in 2023 — Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, Rep. Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, and Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester — define 2024 political success.

Wednesday January 10, 2024


The U.S. and Wisconsin flags wave while attached to flagpoles, with a clear sky in the background.

Politics

Wisconsin braces for another consequential election cycle in 2024

While the presidential primaries are shaping up to be noncompetitive and there is no high court race on the spring ballot, an enduring swing state status and uncertainties of redistricting litigation once again leave Wisconsin's voters at the center of national politics in a turbulent election year.

Tuesday January 2, 2024


Speaker Robin Vos on the 2024 election cycle in Wisconsin

Elections

Speaker Robin Vos on the 2024 election cycle in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, discusses his preference for the 2024 Republican presidential primary vote and position on the administration of the state Elections Commission.

Tuesday December 26, 2023


A still image shows Zac Schultz seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Zac Schultz' and 'Here & Now.'

Politics

Zac Schultz on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordering new maps

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz describes the Wisconsin Supreme Court redistricting lawsuit ruling and order that the state use new legislative district maps in the 2024 election.

Friday December 22, 2023


Speaker Robin Vos on Wisconsin politics in 2023 and 2024

Politics

Speaker Robin Vos on Wisconsin politics in 2023 and 2024

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, discusses the Legislature's work in 2023 and Republican priorities, the governor's vetoes, the redistricting lawsuit and the 2024 election cycle.

Thursday December 21, 2023


Rep. Greta Neubauer on election legislation in Wisconsin

Politics

Rep. Greta Neubauer on election legislation in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, discusses different bills and proposed constitutional amendments that would address how elections and voting are administered in the state.

Tuesday December 19, 2023


Rep. Greta Neubauer on Wisconsin politics in 2023 and 2024

Politics

Rep. Greta Neubauer on Wisconsin politics in 2023 and 2024

Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, discusses the Legislature's work in 2023, the state Supreme Court and redistricting, the governor's vetoes and the 2024 election cycle.

Friday December 15, 2023


Sen. Devin LeMahieu on impeachment and appointment standards

Politics

Sen. Devin LeMahieu on impeachment and appointment standards

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, discusses prospects for the impeachment of state officials and expectation of holding votes for gubernatorial appointees in 2024.

Monday December 11, 2023


Devin LeMahieu sits in front of a green marble wall with a graphic at bottom reading 'Sen. Devin LeMahieu' and '(R) Senate Majority Leader.'

Politics

Sen. Devin LeMahieu on Wisconsin politics in 2023 and 2024

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, discusses the Legislature's work in 2023 and Republican priorities, communicating with the governor, and the 2024 election cycle.

Friday December 8, 2023


Rebecca Alper on long-term impacts of early language skills

Education

Rebecca Alper on long-term impacts of early language skills

UW-Madison speech pathology professor Rebecca Alper explains how speech language disorders can affect lifelong outcomes among children and considers the role of education access in providing support.

Tuesday December 5, 2023


Sen. Melissa Agard on the 2024 election cycle in Wisconsin

Elections

Sen. Melissa Agard on the 2024 election cycle in Wisconsin

State Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, the former Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader, discusses the high profile of the 2024 elections and the messages that Democrats in the Legislature have for voters.

Monday December 4, 2023


A still image from a video shows Melissa Agard seated in front of a marble wall and Wisconsin state flag with a graphic at bottom reading 'Sen. Melissa Agard' and '(D) Former Senate Minority Leader.'

Politics

Sen. Melissa Agard on Wisconsin politics in 2023 and 2024

State Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, the former Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader, discusses the Legislature's work in 2023, state Supreme Court and 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

Friday December 1, 2023


Tonya Hameister on early speech, literacy and the pandemic

Education

Tonya Hameister on early speech, literacy and the pandemic

Next Door Foundation Director of Education Services Tonya Hameister describes the group's efforts to address how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted communication gaps and literacy among young children.

Thursday November 30, 2023


Megan Bohlken on speech therapy challenges in the pandemic

Education

Megan Bohlken on speech therapy challenges in the pandemic

Platteville School District speech language pathologist Megan Bohlken describes difficulties of providing therapies to children amid the COVID-19 pandemic via telehealth or with physical distancing.

Wednesday November 29, 2023


Wisconsin educators take on the surge in early speech delays

Education

Wisconsin educators take on the surge in early speech delays

The number of children with speech and language impairments has grown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving teachers and researchers struggling to provide more support for kids and caregivers.

Tuesday November 28, 2023


A large glass jar is filled with hemp flower.

Economy

Wisconsin’s growing market for legal hemp-derived Delta THC

While recreational cannabis and medical marijuana remain illegal in Wisconsin, retailers around the state are selling products with delta-8, delta-9 and delta-10 forms of THC derived from legal hemp.

Wednesday November 8, 2023


A row of lawmakers sit at the front of a committee in the Capitol building.

Politics

Republicans react to Evers lawsuit over joint committees

Republican lawmakers react to Gov. Tony Evers' lawsuit over joint legislative committees and separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches, focusing on pay raises for UW staff.

Friday November 3, 2023


Gov. Tony Evers on separation of powers and the Legislature

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers on separation of powers and the Legislature

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers discusses his lawsuit against Republican lawmakers over the constitutional authority of the executive branch and joint legislative committees in state policies.

Thursday November 2, 2023


Sen. Melissa Agard on regulation of recreational marijuana

Policy

Sen. Melissa Agard on regulation of recreational marijuana

State Sen. Melissa Agard, D-Madison, discusses her bill to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin and regulate the licensing and labeling of products with THC, CBD, other cannabinoids and related terpenes.

Wednesday November 1, 2023


Sen. Mary Felzkowski on regulating medical marijuana sales

Policy

Sen. Mary Felzkowski on regulating medical marijuana sales

State Sen. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, discusses the legalization of recreational cannabis in other states and her intent to establish a regulatory framework in Wisconsin for legal medical THC products.

Tuesday October 31, 2023


Patrick Callahan on growing potency of legal THC products

Economy

Patrick Callahan on growing potency of legal THC products

Marinette County Sheriff's Office narcotics investigator Patrick Callahan describes the marketing and sale of refined THC products, particularly oils and edibles, in states where cannabis is legal.

Monday October 30, 2023


When Wisconsinites buy legal marijuana in neighboring states

Economy

When Wisconsinites buy legal marijuana in neighboring states

Legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota created a cross-border market for Wisconsin residents, impacting law enforcement responses and political debate in the state.

Thursday October 26, 2023


Zac Schultz stands inside of the State Capitol in front of white columns and staircases on either side of him.

Politics

Zac Schultz on politics in Wisconsin’s redistricting lawsuit

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz explains the rhetoric and legal arguments around precedent, recusal and impeachment as the Wisconsin Supreme Court takes up a redistricting lawsuit.

Friday October 13, 2023


Zac Schultz sits at a desk on the Here & Now set and faces a video monitor showing an image of Janine Geske.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Janine Geske, Carmen Ayers, Chris Mokler

Here's what guests on the Sept. 22 episode said about when Wisconsin Supreme Court justices recuse and a petition to the high court about reducing the amount of time eviction records are available online.

Monday September 25, 2023


A still image from a video shows Janine Geske seated in front of a wooden door and blue wall with framed art with a graphic at bottom reading 'Sturgeon Bay,' 'Janine Geske' and 'Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.'

Courts

Janine Geske on Republican threats to impeach Protasiewicz

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske discusses the creation of a panel of conservative former justices to consider legal issues related to impeaching liberal Justice Janet Protasiewicz.

Friday September 22, 2023


A still image from a video shows Chris Mokler seated in front of a black safe and white closet doors with a graphic at bottom reading 'Oshkosh,' 'Chris Mokler' and 'Wisconsin Real Estate Investors Association.'

Social Issues

Chris Mokler on the retention of Wisconsin eviction records

Wisconsin Apartment Association legislative affairs director Chris Mokler describes why landlords oppose a court petition that would limit how long eviction records can be accessed online to one year.

Friday September 22, 2023


A still image from a video shows Carmen Ayers seated in a high-back black chair in front of a blank wall with a graphic at bottom reading 'Racine,' 'Carmen Ayers' and 'Legal Action of Wisconsin.'

Economy

Carmen Ayers on the retention of Wisconsin eviction records

Legal Action of Wisconsin staff attorney Carmen Ayers describes why the organization is petitioning the Wisconsin Supreme Court to limit the length of time eviction records can be accessed online.

Friday September 22, 2023


A wide shot shows the 'American Family Field' stadium from a street view.

Politics

A $614 million Republican plan for the Brewers stadium

A Republican proposal would provide $614 million in public funding to repair and renovate the Milwaukee Brewers stadium and extend its lease to keep the team in Wisconsin through 2050.

Friday September 22, 2023


Conservatives target liberal state Supreme Court justices

Courts

Conservatives target liberal state Supreme Court justices

As political fights become more contentious, issues like gerrymandering are coming before state supreme courts, turning once-overlooked questions about who sits on the bench into all-out political battles.

Thursday September 21, 2023


Zac Schultz and Laura Dresser sit facing each other on the Here & Now set.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Steve Vavrus, Pascale Manning, Louise Robbins, Laura Dresser

Here's what guests on the Sept. 8, 2023 episode said about climate extremes, UW-Oshkosh layoffs, an attempt to ban LGBTQ-related books at a public library, and the status of Wisconsin's workforce.

Monday September 11, 2023


A still image shows Laura Dresser seated at the 'Here & Now' set featuring wood paneling, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Laura Dresser' and 'COWS: High Road Strategy Center.'

Economy

Laura Dresser on the state of working in Wisconsin in 2023

Labor economist and UW-Madison COWS associate director Laura Dresser discusses the group's State of Working Wisconsin 2023 report, from record-high job numbers to a decline of women in the workforce.

Friday September 8, 2023


A still image from a video shows Louise Robbins seated in front of wooden cabinets with papers and a framed red and blue art piece with a graphic at bottom reading 'Madison,' 'Louise Robbins' and 'UW-Madison Library and Information Studies.'

Social Issues

Louise Robbins on impacts of book ban clashes on communities

UW-Madison library and information studies professor emeritus Louise Robbins considers the context and consequences of a push to remove hundreds of LGBTQ-related materials from an Iron River library.

Friday September 8, 2023


A still image from a video shows Pascale Manning seated in front of a wooden bookshelf filled with books and a green wall with maps and artwork with a graphic at bottom reading 'Oshkosh,' 'Pascale Manning' and 'UW-Oshkosh Faculty Senate.'

Education

Pascale Manning on a UW-Oshkosh budget deficit and layoffs

UW-Oshkosh Faculty Senate President Pascale Manning shares perspectives of employees about how the university's $18 million deficit and plans for layoffs reflect funding issues in higher education.

Friday September 8, 2023


Steve Vavrus on Wisconsin’s hot, smoky, dry summer of 2023

Environment

Steve Vavrus on Wisconsin’s hot, smoky, dry summer of 2023

Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts co-director Steve Vavrus explains how the summer's extreme heat, wildfire smoke and drought reflect growing challenges for the state in a warming world.

Friday September 8, 2023


Janet Protasiewicz dressed in black robes looks down while seated in front of marbled walls and wooden, ornate seats.

Politics

Protasiewicz takes the bench amid threats of impeachment

Justice Janet Protasiewicz heard her first case on the Wisconsin Supreme Court as Republican lawmakers threaten to impeach her while Democrats launch a campaign to push back against those legislators.

Friday September 8, 2023


Zac Schultz stands in front of the State Capitol rotunda indoors with green marble walls and white columns with a graphic at bottom reading 'Zac Schultz' and 'Here & Now.'

Courts

Zac Schultz on strife among Wisconsin Supreme Court justices

PBS Wisconsin senior political reporter Zac Schultz explores the roots and recent history of increasingly tense relationships between conservative and liberal justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Friday September 1, 2023


A graphic shows three pages from the Fulton County prosecutor's report with portions of the documents highlighted in yellow.

Courts

How is Wisconsin connected to Georgia’s indictment of Trump?

Two high-profile Wisconsin Republicans are included in evidence cited by the state of Georgia's indictment of former President Donald Trump and others over attempts to overturn 2020 election results.

Friday August 18, 2023


Voices of three Wisconsin women who have had an abortion

Social Issues

Voices of three Wisconsin women who have had an abortion

A trio of Wisconsinites share their abortion stories, describe why they chose to end a pregnancy, and explain why they are speaking up at a time when the practice is once again illegal in the state.

Tuesday August 8, 2023


Janet Protasiewitcz dressed in a black gown stands behind a wooden podium and microphone with the U.S. and Wisconsin state flags on each side of her.

Courts

Janet Protasiewicz and Wisconsin Supreme Court expectations

Supporters attending the swearing-in of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz share thoughts on what they hope to see from the new liberal majority after 15 years of conservative control.

Thursday August 3, 2023


Zac Schultz and Jay Rothman sit at the studio desk facing each other.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: Jay Rothman, Josh Kaul

This is what guests on the June 16, 2023 episode said about recent decisions by the Joint Finance Committee to cut funding for the state Office of School Safety and UW System.

Monday June 19, 2023


Jay Rothman on diversity, equity and inclusion in UW System

Budgets

Jay Rothman on diversity, equity and inclusion in UW System

University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman on Republican plans to cut $32 million from its proposed budget to eliminate diversity, equity and inclusion positions across its campuses.

Friday June 16, 2023


Josh Kaul on potential cuts to the Office of School Safety

Budgets

Josh Kaul on potential cuts to the Office of School Safety

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on what Republican-backed cuts to the proposed state Department of Justice budget could mean for work by the Office of School Safety and State Crime Lab.

Friday June 16, 2023


Shared revenue deal clears Legislature, heads to Evers’ desk

Budgets

Shared revenue deal clears Legislature, heads to Evers’ desk

After weeks of negotiations, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a bipartisan shared revenue bill to increase funding for municipalities, with both political parties unhappy about aspects of the deal.

Friday June 16, 2023


Randy Griswold on shortages of licensed health care workers

Economy

Randy Griswold on shortages of licensed health care workers

Wisconsin Society of Radiologic Technologists committee member Randy Griswold describes how traveling medical professionals who need licenses to work in the state are filling growing workforce gaps.

Thursday June 15, 2023


Dan Hereth on the professional license process in Wisconsin

Economy

Dan Hereth on the professional license process in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary-designee Dan Hereth discusses the agency's work to streamline occupational licensing while upholding standards and legal obligations.

Tuesday June 6, 2023


A still image shows a worker in blue scrubs standing over a patient lying down in an MRI machine.

Economy

How DSPS is catching up with Wisconsin’s licensing backlog

After launching an online self-service system and seeking public feedback, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is tackling delays in approving credential license applications.

Thursday June 1, 2023


Mayor Edward ‘Casey’ Jones on Brodhead using shared revenue

Budgets

Mayor Edward ‘Casey’ Jones on Brodhead using shared revenue

Brodhead Mayor Edward 'Casey' Jones considers proposals to increase and channel state aid for local governments in Wisconsin amid negotiation among neighboring municipalities about merging services.

Tuesday May 23, 2023


A view of the front of Brodhead's brick city hall, with cars parked in the foreground.

Budgets

What the shared revenue battle means for Brodhead’s budget

The level of financial support the state provides to local governments is a priority for the mayor of a small city in rural southern Wisconsin who must make difficult decisions about cutting services.

Friday May 19, 2023


Milwaukee, suburbs fight to contain wave of opioid overdoses

Health

Milwaukee, suburbs fight to contain wave of opioid overdoses

First responders, addiction counselors warn the still-expanding crisis of overdose deaths fueled by drugs tainted with fentanyl and xylazine requires testing kits and Narcan to encourage safer use.

Thursday May 4, 2023


Ryan Gorman on the shifting stigma of drug use and treatment

Health

Ryan Gorman on the shifting stigma of drug use and treatment

Community Medical Services clinic manager and substance abuse counselor Ryan Gorman describes impacts of a growing number of drug overdoses caused by fentanyl and other substances in suburban areas.

Tuesday May 2, 2023


Dave Polachowski on firefighter responses to drug overdoses

Health

Dave Polachowski on firefighter responses to drug overdoses

Milwaukee Fire Department Captain Dave Polachowski explains how firefighters work to provide assistance and services to people suffering addiction as fentanyl causes opioid overdose deaths to surge.

Tuesday April 25, 2023


A still image from a video shows Jill Karofsky, Rebecca Dallet, Janet Protasiewicz and Ann Walsh Bradley standing among a crowd of people, with several holding 'Judge Janet Protasiewicz' campaign signs.

Elections

2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race results in a new majority

Following a contentious campaign, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz defeated former Justice Daniel Kelly for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat in the state's 2023 spring election.

Friday April 7, 2023


A still image from a video shows Ann Walsh Bradley being interviewed in a large room with people standing in the background and a graphic that reads 'Justice Ann Walsh Bradley' and 'State Supreme Court.'

Elections

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley on the vote for Janet Protasiewicz

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley considers how the 2023 election of Janet Protasiewicz will impact work by the state's high court and looks ahead to running for reelection in 2025.

Wednesday April 5, 2023


States of Democracy

Elections

States of Democracy: Wisconsin

Voters are deciding on a new Wisconsin Supreme Court justice on April 4 — WNET's "States of Democracy" podcast talks to "Here & Now" senior political reporter Zac Schultz about the state's 2023 spring election.

Tuesday April 4, 2023


A graphic shows two side-by-side images of Daniel Kelly and Janet Protasiewicz descending a spiral staircase.

Elections

Highlights from the Daniel Kelly, Janet Protasiewicz debate

The 2023 candidates for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court clashed directly in personal terms during their lone one-on-one debate, hurling accusations of partisanship, lying and slander.

Friday March 24, 2023


A graphic shows two side-by-side images of Dan Knodl and Jodi Habush Sinykin walking outside with houses in the background.

Elections

The stakes in the 2023 race for Wisconsin Senate District 8

Republican Dan Knodl and Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin are vying for a suburban Milwaukee seat in the state senate that will determine whether Republicans will be able to wield impeachment powers.

Thursday March 23, 2023


A still image from a video shows Dan Knodl sitting in a room with windows and a U.S. flag in the background, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Dan Knodl' and '(R) Candidate for 8th Senate District.'

Elections

Dan Knodl on the Wisconsin Senate and impeachment

Wisconsin Senate District 8 special election candidate Dan Knodl, a Republican, discusses the prospect of retaining a supermajority for the party in the chamber and its powers of impeachment.

Tuesday March 21, 2023


A still image from a video shows Jodi Habush Sinykin sitting in a room with a fireplace and window in the background, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Jodi Habush Sinykin' and '(D) Candidate for 8th Senate District.'

Elections

Jodi Habush Sinykin on the Wisconsin Senate and impeachment

Wisconsin Senate District 8 special election candidate Jodi Habush Sinykin, a Democrat, discusses the prospect of blocking a Republican supermajority in the chamber and its powers of impeachment.

Tuesday March 21, 2023


Side-by-side still images from video show portraits of Daniel Kelly and Janet Protasiewicz.

Elections

Daniel Kelly, Janet Protasiewicz on health orders, 2020 vote

The 2023 candidates for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat share their perspectives about rulings on public health powers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Thursday March 16, 2023


A graphic shows three overlapping maps of Wisconsin depicting the state's 2023 Senate, Assembly, and congressional districts.

Elections

Janet Protasiewicz, Daniel Kelly on Wisconsin redistricting

The politics of gerrymandering election maps and its effects on the balance of power in the state Legislature is a high-profile issue in the 2023 race for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Thursday March 9, 2023


Side-by-side images show Janet Protasiewicz and Daniel Kelly seated in different rooms.

Elections

What Daniel Kelly and Janet Protasiewicz say about the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court election

After advancing in the primary, the conservative former justice and liberal circuit court judge running for an open seat on the state's high court are gearing up for a high-profile race in which politics and law converge.

Wednesday February 22, 2023


The Wisconsin State Capitol stands behind two rows of buildings on either side of one block of a road.

Elections

Future of abortion access, voting rights faces critical test in 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court primary

Voters in Wisconsin head to the polls for a crucial primary race, and what would normally be a little noticed judicial election is now a high-stakes battle for control of the state's Supreme Court.

Tuesday February 21, 2023


A still image from a video shows Tony Evers speaking into a microphone in front of three individuals seated on a dais, with a graphic at bottom reading 'Gov. Tony Evers' and '(D) Wisconsin.'

Politics

Recapping the 2023 Wisconsin budget address by Evers

Gov. Tony Evers released his 2023-25 state budget plan, which includes more funding for K-12 schools and local governments, a middle-class tax cut, and a proposed paid family leave program.

Friday February 17, 2023


A still image from a video shows Brian Hagedorn holding his right hand up while seated in a high-backed chair behind a wooden dais in a room with marble walls and pillars.

Elections

Wisconsin’s 2023 Supreme Court candidates and Brian Hagedorn

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn has been a swing vote in several major cases — 2023 candidates Jennifer Dorow, Daniel Kelly, Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz weigh his decisions.

Thursday February 16, 2023


Jennifer Dorow on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Elections

Jennifer Dorow on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow, one of two conservatives in a four-candidate primary for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, discusses differing perspectives on law and politics.

Friday February 10, 2023


Legislative leaders, Evers preview Wisconsin’s 2023 budget

Budgets

Legislative leaders, Evers preview Wisconsin’s 2023 budget

Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Greta Neubauer, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard, Speaker Robin Vos and Gov. Tony Evers offer 2023 budget process pitches.

Thursday February 9, 2023


Everett Mitchell on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Elections

Everett Mitchell on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Dane County Circuit Judge Everett Mitchell, one of two liberals in a four-candidate primary for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, discusses differing perspectives on law and politics.

Friday February 3, 2023


Janet Protasiewicz on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Elections

Janet Protasiewicz on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protesiewicz, one of two liberals in a four-candidate primary for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, discusses differing perspectives on law and politics.

Friday January 27, 2023


Daniel Kelly on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Elections

Daniel Kelly on the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, one of two conservatives in a four-candidate primary for a seat on the state's high court, discusses differing perspectives about law and politics.

Friday January 20, 2023


Brian Schimming on the 2023 outlook of Wisconsin Republicans

Politics

Brian Schimming on the 2023 outlook of Wisconsin Republicans

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair Brian Schimming discusses the party's plans as it maintains control of the state Legislature, shares power in Congress and prepares for the 2024 RNC in Milwaukee.

Friday January 13, 2023


Richard Shaw on another proposed I-94 expansion in Milwaukee

Politics

Richard Shaw on another proposed I-94 expansion in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope President Reverend Dr. Richard Shaw describes why a coalition of groups opposes a plan to expand the number of lanes on Interstate 94 in the city.

Friday January 13, 2023


Highlights from the first 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court forum

Elections

Highlights from the first 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court forum

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice candidates Everett Mitchell, Janet Protasiewicz, Jennifer Dorow and Daniel Kelly spoke to voters at a forum in Madison ahead of the February 2023 primary election.

Friday January 13, 2023


Evers appoints Paul Buhr to Wisconsin DNR Board

Politics

Evers appoints Paul Buhr to Wisconsin DNR Board

Gov. Tony Evers appointed Paul Buhr, a Viroqua dairy farmer, to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board, giving the governor's appointees 5-2 control of the group.

Friday January 13, 2023


Former Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg on why he resigned

Politics

Former Dodge County DA Kurt Klomberg on why he resigned

Former Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg shares his concerns about understaffing of prosecuting attorneys in the office and why that led him to resign his position.

Friday January 13, 2023


Jennifer Dorow, Daniel Kelly, Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz sit at a table ringed with stage drapery and a banner with a wordmark for WisPolitics, with a sponsor sign for WisPolitics, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty in the background.

Elections

Candidates tangle over political issues, judicial perspectives at first 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court forum

The two conservatives and two liberals running in the 2023 race for an open seat on the state's high court were offered questions about high-profile issues of law and its application to difficult and disputed issues.

Tuesday January 10, 2023


Allison Madison on cutting winter road salt to protect water

Environment

Allison Madison on cutting winter road salt to protect water

Wisconsin Salt Wise program manager Allison Madison describes how decades of salting roads to melt ice has affected the state's freshwater sources and efforts to reduce its wintertime use on roadways.

Friday January 6, 2023


Gov. Tony Evers on his second-term agenda for Wisconsin

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers on his second-term agenda for Wisconsin

Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers discusses his plans for the state in 2023 and the prospect of working with Republican legislators on the budget process and seeking confirmation of his appointees.

Friday January 6, 2023


Evers, Vos and Wisconsin Legislature kick off 2023 session

Politics

Evers, Vos and Wisconsin Legislature kick off 2023 session

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos deliver their opening messages for Wisconsin government in 2023 as legislators are sworn into office to start a new session.

Friday January 6, 2023


House Republicans hold deadlocked votes in Speaker election

Politics

House Republicans hold deadlocked votes in Speaker election

The Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives held over a dozen votes for Speaker, delaying a swearing-in of Derrick Van Orden as Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District representative.

Friday January 6, 2023


Four side-by-side images show portraits of Jennifer Dorow, Daniel Kelly, Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz, with each wearing judicial robes.

Elections

Meet the candidates running in the 2023 Wisconsin Supreme Court primary

Jennifer Dorow, Daniel Kelly, Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz are facing each other in the Feb. 21 primary to run in the 2023 spring general election for state Supreme Court justice.

Wednesday January 4, 2023


Sen. Melissa Agard on Wisconsin’s 2023 campaigns, elections

Politics

Sen. Melissa Agard on Wisconsin’s 2023 campaigns, elections

Wisconsin State Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard, D-Madison, discusses how Democratic legislators seek to represent constituents and the significance of the 2023 vote for state Supreme Court.

Friday December 30, 2022


Sen. Devin LeMahieu on Wisconsin’s 2023 budget, appointments

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Sen. Devin LeMahieu on Wisconsin’s 2023 budget, appointments

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, discusses the prospect of Republicans working with the governor on budgeting and plans for confirmation of gubernatorial appointees.

Thursday December 29, 2022


Rep. Greta Neubauer on Wisconsin’s 2023 voters, constituents

Politics

Rep. Greta Neubauer on Wisconsin’s 2023 voters, constituents

Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, discusses what a shifting state electorate means for Democratic candidates and officeholders given gerrymandering in legislative districts.

Wednesday December 28, 2022


Speaker Robin Vos on Wisconsin’s 2023 budget, legislation

Politics

Speaker Robin Vos on Wisconsin’s 2023 budget, legislation

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, discusses the conduct and outcome of the last election and shares Republican policy and budget priorities as the Legislature starts a new session.

Tuesday December 27, 2022


Tony Evers listens to another speaker while seated alongside others, with more people seated in the background.

Budgets

Evers joins Wisconsin’s 2023 budget debate with listening sessions

With Wisconsin enjoying a $6.6 billion projected surplus and Republican leadership in the Legislature emphasizing their support for broad changes to tax structure, the Democratic governor held a trio of year-end public events intended to bolster support for different budgeting priorities.

Thursday December 22, 2022


The 2023 agenda for Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate

Politics

The 2023 agenda for Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, looks ahead to the 2023 legislative session and outlines Republican priorities while working alongside Democrats.

Friday December 16, 2022


The 2023 agenda for Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature

Politics

The 2023 agenda for Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature

Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, and State Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard, D-Madison, look ahead to the 2023 legislative session while working alongside Republicans.

Friday December 9, 2022


Recapping Wisconsin’s 2022 midterm election results

Elections

Recapping Wisconsin’s 2022 midterm election results

In Wisconsin's 2022 midterms, incumbent Democratic Gov. Tony Evers defeated Republican challenger Tim Michels and incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson defeated Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes.

Friday November 11, 2022


Ben Wikler on Wisconsin voters and 2022 election security

Elections

Ben Wikler on Wisconsin voters and 2022 election security

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler discusses why the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and how voting is conducted in the state continues to be significant in partisan politics.

Monday November 7, 2022


Paul Farrow on Wisconsin voters and 2022 election security

Elections

Paul Farrow on Wisconsin voters and 2022 election security

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chair Paul Farrow discusses why the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and how voting is conducted in the state continue to be significant in partisan politics.

Monday November 7, 2022


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