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Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Trump Highlights Law Enforcement at Janesville Rally

President Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of thousands during a campaign stop in Janesville Saturday, two weeks after an Oct. 3 rally in the same city that was cancelled when the president tested positive for COVID-19. “Seventeen days from now, we're going to win the state of Wisconsin,” he ...

October 17, 2020

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COVID on the Campaign Trail
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.

October 16, 2020

Tavern League sign
Tavern League sign

Health

Judge Blocks Evers’ 25% Indoor Capacity Limit

A judge in Sawyer County temporarily blocked the Evers' administration's 25% capacity on public indoor gatherings at the request of the Tavern League of Wisconsin, scheduling arguments to hear the case on Monday.

October 14, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Stops in Waukesha 3 Weeks Before Election Day

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowd of supporters during a campaign stop at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha Tuesday. Pence weighed in on the political news of the day—the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—among his familiar campaign stalwarts of the economy and law and order. ...

October 13, 2020 • Southeast Region

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules meets to discuss the state's 25% capacity limit Oct. 12, 2020. (Courtesy: WisEye)
The Legislature's Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules meets to discuss the state's 25% capacity limit Oct. 12, 2020. (Courtesy: WisEye)

Health

Legislative Committee Seeks to Compel Oversight over 25% Capacity Rule

The committee is asking the health department to submit the 25% capacity regulation as an administrative rule, over which the Legislature has oversight—rather than an emergency order.

October 12, 2020

R. Michael Waterman
R. Michael Waterman

Politics

Judge Upholds Statewide Mask Order

A St. Croix County judge denied a conservative request to temporarily throw out Evers' statewide mask mandate.

October 12, 2020

Wauwatosa Protests for Alvin Cole and the Suburban Vote
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.

October 9, 2020 • Southeast Region

Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling
Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling

Elections

Absentee Ballot Change in Appeals Court Ruling

Late this week, a federal appeals court ruled that absentee ballots must to be delivered to Wisconsin election clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

October 9, 2020

Election Heads into Final Stretch
Election Heads into Final Stretch

Elections

Election Heads into Final Stretch

Marquette Law School poll director Charles Franklin breaks down the latest numbers and the state of the presidential race as it heads into the final stretch.

October 9, 2020

Absentee ballots
Absentee ballots

Here and Now 2020

Court Reverts to Status Quo on Ballot Deadline

The 2-1 decision from the 7th Circuit ruled ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

October 8, 2020

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Biden Holds Narrow Lead in New Marquette Law School Poll

In the latest Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a narrow five-point margin in Wisconsin. The poll was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 4, following the presidential debate, with 700 likely voters responding for a margin of error of ...

October 7, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Rules Republicans Can Continue Elections Challenge

The ruling grants the Legislature standing to represent state interests as a whole.

October 6, 2020

Judge R. Michael Waterman
Judge R. Michael Waterman

Politics

Court Hears Challenge to Evers’ Mask Order

The current statewide mask mandate faced its first legal challenge in court Monday at a hearing in St. Croix County. Plaintiffs represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty wanted a county judge to file an emergency injunction to the governor’s order, claiming the governor does not have ...

October 5, 2020

Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson

Coronavirus

Update: Johnson Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says He Does Not Have Symptoms

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating. He told reporters during a Saturday morning conference call that he has no symptoms and has not received any medical treatment related to his diagnosis. Johnson received a test shortly before a Republican Party event in Ozaukee County ...

October 3, 2020

Nov. Election Directs Outcome for Wis. State Capitol
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.

October 2, 2020

President and first lady
President and first lady

Politics

Update: Trump Moved to Walter Reed as Wisconsin Officials React to COVID-19 Diagnosis

The president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday.

October 2, 2020

Presidential debate
Presidential debate

Here and Now 2020

Debate Commission Changes Rules After Debate, Trump Traveling to Wisconsin

The commission that organizes presidential debates announced changes in the wake of a contentious meeting between the two presidential candidates this week. This comes as Trump plans to visit Wisconsin, in two areas that are seeing high levels of COVID-19 spread.

October 1, 2020

7th Circuit logo
7th Circuit logo

Here and Now 2020

Appellate Court Allows Extended Deadline to Receive Absentee Ballots

The Chicago-based 7th Circuit allowed a lower court ruling to stand, ruling that Republican intervenors in the suit did not have standing to appeal. As the decision stands, clerks have an addition six days to receive absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day.

September 29, 2020

Poll workers in park
Poll workers in park

Elections

Voting Event Collected Nearly 11,000 Absentee Ballots

The Saturday event called "Democracy in the Park" was put on by the City of Madison and will repeat this coming Saturday, Oct. 3.

September 28, 2020 • South Central Region

How Are Voters Approaching Election Day in Rural Wisconsin
How Are Voters Approaching Election Day in Rural Wisconsin

Elections

How Are Voters Approaching Election Day in Rural Wisconsin

Eyes are on rural Wisconsin for the upcoming presidential election where a tight, statewide vote could be established.

September 25, 2020

Johnson on Biden Investigation, Ginsburg
Johnson on Biden Investigation, Ginsburg

Politics

Johnson on Biden Investigation, Ginsburg

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson discusses the results of his investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, as well as his thoughts on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

September 25, 2020

Baldwin on Supreme Court
Baldwin on Supreme Court

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Baldwin on Supreme Court

Democratic Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin discusses the Supreme Court vacancy and and the process ahead. She also speaks to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s Burisma investigation as well as her view of the Breonna Taylor decision in Louisville.

September 25, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Building
U.S. Supreme Court Building

Politics

Wisconsin Senators Fall on Party Lines, Expert Forecasts SCOTUS Effect on Election

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg left a heated debate over who should be able to fill her vacancy on the Supreme Court. As Republicans in the U.S. Senate urged moving ahead with a nomination, Democrats cried foul, saying the move goes against precedent set by Republicans in 2016 ...

September 24, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Talks Jobs, Law Enforcement at Eau Claire Event

The Thursday speech marks the third consecutive week the vice president has visited Wisconsin.

September 24, 2020 • West Central Region

Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo

Politics

Pompeo Talks China in Unprecedented Foreign Policy Address in Wisconsin

The U.S. secretary of state spoke in the Wisconsin Senate chambers, discussing China's handling of the coronavirus and the threat of communism.

September 23, 2020

Dane County resident wears mask.
Dane County resident wears mask.

Health

Evers Issues New Public Health Emergency, Extends Mask Mandate

Gov. Tony Evers declared a new public health emergency Tuesday due to rising COVID-19 cases among young people. The order will extend for 60 days and comes with a re-upping of the state’s mask requirement. “We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that ...

September 22, 2020

federal courthouse
federal courthouse

Elections

Judge Rules Ballots Must Be Accepted After Election Day

In a federal ruling, a district court judge said clerks must accept absentee ballots received up to six days after the election, as long as the ballots are postmarked Nov. 3. The ruling is temporarily stayed however, giving time for defendants to appeal the ruling.

September 21, 2020

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Joe Biden Holds Campaign Event in Manitowoc

The event Monday marks the former vice president's second 2020 trip to Wisconsin.

September 21, 2020 • Northeast Region

Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots
Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots

Elections

Status of Wisconsin’s Absentee Ballots

Wisconsin Elections Commission lead administrator Meagan Wolfe talks about the status of more than a million absentee ballots already requested by Wisconsin voters and when she expects election results to be available.

September 18, 2020

Absentee ballots in the mail
Absentee ballots in the mail

Elections

Wisconsin Absentee Ballots Mailed Out

Election clerks across the state are starting to mail out more than a million absentee ballots to voters after the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected Monday the Green Party presidential candidate’s effort to get on the ballot. Conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn voted with the court’s three liberal justices in ruling against ...

September 15, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Touts Law and Order During Janesville Stop

The vice president held his campaign rally exactly a week after his last stop in Wisconsin, visiting La Crosse on Labor Day.

September 14, 2020 • South Central Region

Representatives Take on Legislative Agenda
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.

September 11, 2020

Marquette U. Pollster Charles Franklin on Pres. Candidates
Marquette U. Pollster Charles Franklin on Pres. Candidates

Politics

Marquette U. Pollster Charles Franklin on Pres. Candidates

Marquette Law School Pollster, Charles Franklin, provides results and analysis of his most recent poll about presidential candidates, protests against police shootings, Trump's handling of protests and comfort levels with reopening of schools.

September 11, 2020

The 19th Anniversary of 9/11
The 19th Anniversary of 9/11

Politics

The 19th Anniversary of 9/11

This week it was announced that there would be another troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which estimates that the U.S. will be at 4,500 grounded troops in November. Around 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center and pentagon, and currently that many people are dying from coronavirus every three days.

September 11, 2020

Conservative Majority Implements New Court Orders
Conservative Majority Implements New Court Orders

Politics

Conservative Majority Implements New Court Orders

As the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two important orders impacting private schools in Dane County and local election clerks statewide.

September 11, 2020

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Biden Continues to Lead in Latest Marquette Poll

The poll taken during the president's visit to Kenosha also shows a bump for Trump among Republicans in Wisconsin due to the visit.

September 9, 2020

Burnt building in Kenosha
Burnt building in Kenosha

Politics

Biden to Visit Kenosha Same Week as Trump

Joe Biden announced he will be in Kenosha Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump toured damage and met with law enforcement.

September 2, 2020 • Southeast Region

Wisconsin Capitol
Wisconsin Capitol

Politics

Legislature Gavels-In, Delays Debate on Police Reform

The Legislature gavelled-in to a special session Monday, but quickly went on recess until Thursday.

August 31, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Politics

Trump to Visit Kenosha Tuesday

The president plans to tour damaged buildings and speak with local law enforcement.

August 31, 2020

Political Panelists Provide National Party Conv. Analysis
Political Panelists Provide National Party Conv. Analysis

Politics

Political Panelists Provide National Party Conv. Analysis

“Here & Now” political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross recap the last two weeks of political conventions and where the parties stand heading into November.

August 28, 2020

Kevin Hermening on Wisconsin Supporting Trump
Kevin Hermening on Wisconsin Supporting Trump

Politics

Kevin Hermening on Wisconsin Supporting Trump

While President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by a slim margin, he won the 7th Congressional District by 20 points in the last election. How does that region shape the electoral math of Wisconsin as a swing state? Former Marathon County Republican Party chair Kevin Hermening appears from Wausau to provides insight.

August 28, 2020

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Trump for WI
Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Trump for WI

Politics

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Trump for WI

Former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch weighs in on the Republican National Convention that wrapped this week and provides insight on what she thinks the president needs to do to win Wisconsin.

August 28, 2020

Zac Schultz Reports on Wisconsin’s Role in GOP Convention
Zac Schultz Reports on Wisconsin’s Role in GOP Convention

Politics

Zac Schultz Reports on Wisconsin’s Role in GOP Convention

Wisconsin figured prominently this week during the Republican Party National Convention. Several speakers were from the Badger State and Kenosha was invoked by the party in its call for law and order.

August 28, 2020

Scott Fitzgerald
Scott Fitzgerald

Politics

Senate to Debate Policing Bills, Kenosha Authorities Provide Update

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the Senate will begin debating policing legislation next week.

August 28, 2020

Rick Esenberg
Rick Esenberg

Politics

Mask Mandate Gets Legal Challenge from Conservative Group

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is seeking to have a court throw out the current emergency declaration, saying it is an illegal extension of the previous order.

August 25, 2020

Kanye West
Kanye West

Elections

Kanye West Denied Ballot Access in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Elections Commission ruled Thursday that the West campaign missed the filling deadline by a matter of seconds.

August 20, 2020

Mike Pence
Mike Pence

Here and Now 2020

Pence Visits Wisconsin to Tout Economy and Jobs

The vice president visits two days after the president held a rally in Oshkosh, and the same weeks Democrats hold their national nominating convention.

August 19, 2020 • Southeast Region

Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC
Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC

Here and Now 2020

Trump Visits Oshkosh During the DNC

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Oshkosh on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Will Kenneally reports on the president's pitch to Wisconsinites to give him four more years in the White House.

August 18, 2020 • Northeast Region

Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett

Here and Now 2020

Wisconsin Dems Host Convention Kick-Off Breakfast

State Democrats Put President Trump on the Menu

August 17, 2020

Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC
Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

Here and Now 2020

Evers and Barnes Say Milwaukee Still Relevant to DNC

Milwaukee was supposed to be the center of the political world when it hosted the Democratic Nat'l Convention. Now it's been virtually hollowed out, another victim of the pandemic. But that doesn't mean Wisconsin's politicians won't try to salvage something from this week. Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes discuss if there's still something to be gained from the Milwaukee DNC.

August 14, 2020 • Southeast Region

Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature
Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature

Here and Now 2020

Primary Elections Result in More Diverse State Legislature

While Tuesday was the fall primary, the election effectively decided the winner in several races. Melissa Sargent and Kelda Helen Roys both won primaries for State Senate. In Madison, an African immigrant - Samba Baldeh - and an Asian-American woman - Francesca Hong - won seats in the Assembly and in the Milwaukee suburbs, Julian Bradley, a Black man, won the primary in the 28th Senate district.

August 14, 2020

Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West
Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West

Here and Now 2020

Political Panelists Talk DNC, Kamala Harris and Kanye West

Republican strategist and Managing Partner of Capitol Consultants, Bill McCoshen and Democratic strategist and member of the State Ethics Commission, Scot Ross discuss the DNC moving to a virtual platform, the Biden-Harris ticket and changes to the USPS that may make it harder to vote by mail.

August 14, 2020

Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin
Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin

Here and Now 2020

Poll Shows Biden Ahead in Wisconsin

Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin breaks down the results from his latest poll, which has Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by five points in Wisconsin. The poll also shows 69% of Wisconsinites agree with the mask mandate.

August 14, 2020

Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention
Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention

Here and Now 2020

Pete Buttigieg Previews Democratic Nat’l Convention

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg talks about how Democrats are going to use this year's virtual DNC to energize voters and touts the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris ticket.

August 14, 2020

Tony Evers
Tony Evers

Health

Evers: Trump Must Wear Mask During Wisconsin Visit

The president and vice president are expected in Wisconsin next Monday and Wednesday, the same week as the Democratic National Convention that was originally to be hosted in Milwaukee.

August 13, 2020

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Donald Trump

Here and Now 2020

Polls Show Biden Ahead by Single Digits in Wisconsin

Joe Biden leads the president by 5-6 percentage points in the latest UW and Marquette polls.

August 11, 2020

I Voted sticker
I Voted sticker

Elections

Live: August 11 Election Updates

Updates with news from state and local officials on the Aug. 11 primary.

August 11, 2020

Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin

Here and Now 2020

Baldwin Talks Economy During Virtual Biden Event in Superior

The virtual townhall was one of two the Biden campaign held in the state Monday, now a more common sight as campaigns engage voters digitally amid the pandemic.

August 10, 2020 • Northern Region

Dem. Nat’l Convention No Longer Taking Place in Milwaukee
Dem. Nat’l Convention No Longer Taking Place in Milwaukee

Politics

Dem. Nat’l Convention No Longer Taking Place in Milwaukee

Milwaukee was set to share the national political spotlight. That was until the Democratic National Committee announced the party's national convention is going all virtual. No national speakers on site. No Joe Biden at the podium. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was disappointed saying he "wanted to show off" the city.

August 7, 2020 • Southeast Region

Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage
Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage

Elections

Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore on Women’s Suffrage

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore appears in an excerpt from a Here and Now special, “Wisconsin Women Vote.” She reflects on the power of the woman’s vote and reflects on her career to date in politics.

August 7, 2020 • Southeast Region

Facade of a police station in Milwaukee
Facade of a police station in Milwaukee

Politics

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales Demoted

The Milwaukee police chief was demoted by a vote from the city's Fire and Police Commission Thursday. Morales spoke with Here & Now's Zac Schultz about his relationship with the commission.

August 7, 2020 • Southeast Region

Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote
Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote

Elections

Noon Wednesday: The Power of the Youth Vote

Young people are showing up in abundance right now, both for the ballot box and for protests. Maya Neal of Leaders Igniting Transformation, out of Milwaukee joins us to talk about engaging and training youth of color to become leaders and organizers for their communities and why this is significant for this election cycle.

August 6, 2020

poll worker
poll worker

Elections

Evers Activates National Guard to Help at Polls

Similar to their mission during the April election, national guard troops will assist poll workers for the Aug. 11 election.

August 5, 2020

Milwaukee skyline.
Milwaukee skyline.

Politics

Speakers Cancelled for Milwaukee DNC

The Milwaukee portion of the Democratic National Convention is effectively cancelled as the Democratic National Committee pulls the remaining speakers from the already paired-down convention. The cancelled speeches include presidential candidate Joe Biden, who will receive the party’s nomination from his home state of Delaware. “We followed the science, listened ...

August 5, 2020 • Southeast Region

Gov. Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers

Health

Evers Says No ‘Secret Plan’ to Close Schools

The governor said he does not have a plan to use the new public health emergency to close schools like he did in the spring.

August 4, 2020

A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.
A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

Here and Now 2020

Wisconsin Sees High Rate of Absentee Ballot Requests

Wisconsinites have requested absentee ballots at a rate more than eight times higher than they did in August of 2016, as the state heads to the polls for an August primary. According to data released by the Wisconsin Elections Commission Monday, 821,378 voters have requested absentee ballots for the August ...

August 4, 2020

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Politics

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) on Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Democrat U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan talks about what to expect in a federal coronavirus aid package. He says the goals of the aid package should be unemployment assistance, helping small businesses, funding state and local government, shoring up testing and contract tracing and protecting front line workers. He also weighs in on the state's recent mask mandate.

July 31, 2020 • South Central Region

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R) on the Hectic Week in Washington
U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R) on the Hectic Week in Washington

Politics

U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R) on the Hectic Week in Washington

As a member a House Judiciary Committee Member, Tiffany participated in the questioning of U.S. Attorney General William Barr about Federal agents in U.S. cities. He'll speak to that as well as the status of Congressional help on coronavirus relief to Americans. Tiffany also weighs in on the state's recent mask mandate.

July 31, 2020 • Northeast Region

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Politics

Elections Commission: Voters Exempt from Mask Mandate

Neither the governor, nor municipalities, can impose additional requirements on voters--like wearing a mask--according to the state's elections commission.

July 30, 2020

Person wearing mask
Person wearing mask

Politics

Evers Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

Gov. Tony Evers issued a mask mandate for the state of Wisconsin that will go into effect Saturday, lasting through Sept. 28.

July 30, 2020

Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Politics

U.S. Attorney Provides Details on Federal Officers in Milwaukee

The U.S. attorney for the area that covers Milwaukee gave details on the deployment of federal officers to the city, saying Wisconsin was not going to see the same federal response as in Portland, Oregon. “You will not see federal agents amassing on the streets of Milwaukee,” said U.S. Attorney ...

July 29, 2020 • Southeast Region

Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities
Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities

Politics

Sen. Baldwin Objects to Federal Agents in Cities

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and other Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Chad Wolf demanding answers regarding White House orders of federal agents to U.S. cities. Meanwhile, in Madison, the board that oversees Capitol Restoration voted unanimously to restore the statues on the Capitol Square damaged by protesters.

July 24, 2020

milwaukee police
milwaukee police

Politics

Wisconsin Officials Decry Federal Officers in Milwaukee

State officials are decrying the Trump administration’s announcement to deploy federal agents to Milwaukee to assist in local law enforcement. Earlier this month, federal officers made national headlines for detaining protesters in Portland, Oregon without identification and using unmarked vehicles. The administration said this week that Milwaukee would be included ...

July 24, 2020 • Southeast Region

Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon
Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon

Here and Now 2020

Pence Touts Freedom-Based Agenda in Ripon

Vice President Mike Pence promoted the campaign's freedom-based agenda during a campaign stop in Ripon, warning that a Biden presidency would present burdensome government regulation.

July 17, 2020

VP Pence Campaigns in Ripon; Wis. Health Officials On Surge
VP Pence Campaigns in Ripon; Wis. Health Officials On Surge

Elections

VP Pence Campaigns in Ripon; Wis. Health Officials On Surge

As Vice President Mike Pence made campaigns in Wisconsin touting the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin's State Epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard and Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm both expressed concern about the sharp increase of community spread of COVID-19. Westergaard saying "epidemic indicators are mostly bad and potentially getting worse."

July 17, 2020

Campaign signs
Campaign signs

Here and Now 2020

Republicans Hold State Convention in Green Bay Amid Pandemic, Ahead of Presidential Election

Speakers at the state party convention presented dire warnings for the status of the country if Trump failed to win reelection.

July 11, 2020

Lame Duck: Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Evers Admin
Lame Duck: Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Evers Admin

Politics

Lame Duck: Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to Evers Admin

In a 5-2 decision along conservative and liberals lines, the Wis. Supreme Court upheld the lame duck laws the Republican-controlled Legislature passed just days before Gov. Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul took office. Both are democrats. The laws guarantee the Legislature can intervene in cases using its own attorneys rather than those from the state Department of Justice.

July 10, 2020

‘Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan’ Funded by Cities, Non-profit
‘Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan’ Funded by Cities, Non-profit

Elections

‘Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan’ Funded by Cities, Non-profit

The mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha teaming up with Center for Tech and Civic Life to fund the "Wisconsin Safer Voting Plan." The $6.3 million grant from the non-partisan non-profit will help with voting sites, drive-thru and drop box locations. Gov. Evers announced 2 million+ face masks and thousands of infrared thermometers will be sent to public and private schools.

July 10, 2020

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Elections

USPS Audit Finds Issues, Few Irregularities in April Absentee Ballots

The USPS audit sheds light onto what happened to missing tubs of absentee ballots during the April 7 election.

July 10, 2020

Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change
Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change

Social Issues

Youth Activist Group ‘Impact Demand’ Calls for Change

Ayomi Obuseh of the group 'Impact Demand' discusses the youth movement in the current racial justice demonstrations and the change they are calling for from elected officials. She says retaliations from white terrorist groups means they are applying pressure in the right areas and that means change is coming and "it's going to be effective."

July 10, 2020

Justice mural
Justice mural

Politics

Supreme Court Strikes Down Three Evers Vetoes

The Supreme Court threw out three of Gov. Tony Evers' vetoes to the current state budget, saying he ventured too far into legislative territory. The court's fractured decision failed to yield new precedent however, on the scope of the governor's authority.

July 10, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Upholds Lame Duck Laws

The Supreme Court found most of the laws passed in the end of the Walker administration do not infringe on separation of powers between the branches of government. The court did rule however, the executive has sole discretion to propagate guidance documents.

July 9, 2020

Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol
Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

Politics

Calls for a Statue of Vel Phillips at the State Capitol

Phillips was the first black woman elected as Wisconsin's Secretary of State, first in the nation elected to statewide office, first black woman to graduate from the UW Law School, first Black person elected to Milwaukee's City Council and first black woman to be a Wisconsin judge. To learn more about Vel Phillips, watch "Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams," a 2015 documentary at PBSWisconsin.org.

July 3, 2020

Juneteenth flag
Juneteenth flag

Policy

Johnson Backtracks on Juneteenth Proposal

The Republican U.S. senator proposed swapping the paid holiday of Columbus Day to created a paid Juneteenth holiday for federal workers. On Friday, he retracted his proposal.

July 3, 2020

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Elections

Appeals Court Restricts Early Voting

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wisconsin can restrict early voting, stemming from a years-long legal challenge and ahead of a pandemic-driven general election.

June 30, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Building
U.S. Supreme Court Building

Politics

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers have admitting privileges to hospitals, which mirrors a Wisconsin law passed in 2013.

June 29, 2020

Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless
Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless

Politics

Pence Rallygoers in Pewaukee Mostly Maskless

While masks were available, most of the crowd attending the campaign rally with Vice President Mike Pence in Pewaukee forwent wearing masks. Tickets to the rally required a disclosure statement saying no one would sue the campaign if they became infected. The Trump campaign has said the economy is the key to re-election, and Pence highlighted that in his remarks.

June 26, 2020 • Southeast Region

Congressman Grothman on Police Reforms
Congressman Grothman on Police Reforms

Policy

Congressman Grothman on Police Reforms

Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman (District 6) discusses police reforms measures making their way through Congress and how he feels Democratic policies go too far.

June 26, 2020 • Northeast Region

Wisconsin’s Latest Poll Numbers
Wisconsin’s Latest Poll Numbers

Elections

Wisconsin’s Latest Poll Numbers

Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin reveals the poll results around the presidential election, the protest movement, police reform, Gov. Evers approval rating and reopening schools.

June 26, 2020

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Elections

Trump Campaign Doubles Down on Wisconsin

Many national election observers describe Wisconsin as a tipping-point state, meaning whomever wins this state will likely win enough electoral votes to win the presidency.

June 26, 2020 • Northeast Region

Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett

Elections

2020 DNC in Milwaukee Dramatically Downsized

In light of the continued spread of COVID-19, the upcoming 2020 Democratic convention will largely be held virtually.

June 25, 2020 • Southeast Region

Forward Statue
Forward Statue

Social Issues

Uprising in Madison Protests Cause Strong Reaction

Protesters responded to one of their own being forcefully arrested by toppling two statues at the state's Capitol building.

June 24, 2020

Pocan on Federal Police Reform, DACA & LGBTQ+ Workers Ruling
Pocan on Federal Police Reform, DACA & LGBTQ+ Workers Ruling

Social Issues

Pocan on Federal Police Reform, DACA & LGBTQ+ Workers Ruling

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan provides an update on congressional Democrats’ push to enact police reform at the national level. He also reacts to two U.S. Supreme Court decisions on DACA recipients and LGBTQ+ workers.

June 19, 2020

Ann Jacobs and Bob Spindell
Ann Jacobs and Bob Spindell

Elections

Elections Commission Approves Absentee Ballot Mailers

The bipartisan commission voted unanimously to send mailers to 2.7 million voters that includes information on voting absentee and in-person, and includes an absentee ballot request form.

June 17, 2020

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Here and Now 2020

Biden Talks Racial Justice During State Convention Appearance

Presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared virtually during a remote state Democratic Party convention Friday.

June 15, 2020

Taking A Hard Look at What is Being Funded at What Level
Taking A Hard Look at What is Being Funded at What Level

Budgets

Taking A Hard Look at What is Being Funded at What Level

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes joined reporter Marisa Wojcik this week on her online "Noon Wednesday" program to talk about police reform, racism and re-allocating police budgets.

June 12, 2020

Sooner Bad Cops Off Force, Sooner No Longer “Bad Apples”
Sooner Bad Cops Off Force, Sooner No Longer “Bad Apples”

Politics

Sooner Bad Cops Off Force, Sooner No Longer “Bad Apples”

Republican U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District sits on the Judiciary Committee, which took testimony this week on the House bill on police reform. During the hearing, Sensenbrenner said legislation must look at police unions to get rid of what he calls "bad cops."

June 12, 2020 • Southeast Region

Evers Administration Under Fire for Recording of Meeting
Evers Administration Under Fire for Recording of Meeting

Politics

Evers Administration Under Fire for Recording of Meeting

Governor Evers' administration is under fire this week from Republican legislative leaders for taping a phone meeting about a COVID-19 plan. Evers said a staffer wanted the recording for note-taking and he didn’t know about it. He said the practice has ended. He says he doesn’t believe that matter should stall talks on police use of force and systemic racism.

June 12, 2020

GOP Stance on Police Reform
GOP Stance on Police Reform

Social Issues

GOP Stance on Police Reform

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke discusses the Republican response to a Democratic police reform bill the governor is pushing the Legislature to take up. He also discusses the current partisan relationship between Republicans and Democrats, which has grown more tenuous after news broke of a recording Evers’ staff made of a May meeting the governor had with Legislative leaders.

June 12, 2020

Tony Evers
Tony Evers

Politics

Recorded Phone Call Raises Criticism for Evers and Vos

Gov. Tony Evers was light on details Thursday as Republicans criticized Evers and his staff for recording a phone call with legislative leaders. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also faced criticism for comments he made on the call about immigrant culture.

June 11, 2020

Tony Evers
Tony Evers

Politics

Evers Records Phone Conversation with GOP Leaders

Republican legislative leaders criticized the governor for what they called "unbecoming" conduct. Staff said the governor was not aware of the recording, which was used for notetaking.

June 11, 2020

Draft of the absentee ballot mailer the Wisconsin Elections Commission intends to send to 2.7 million registered voters.
Draft of the absentee ballot mailer the Wisconsin Elections Commission intends to send to 2.7 million registered voters.

Elections

Elections Commission Reviews Draft Absentee Ballot Mailer

Commisioners asked staff to make changes to a mailer that will send an absentee ballot request form to millions of Wisconsin voters. They will give final approval on the mailer next week. The commission also voted to allocate roughly $5 million in federal funds to local elections officials to bolster security.

June 10, 2020

Rick Esenberg
Rick Esenberg

Elections

Conservative Group Proposes Rule to Ban ‘Ballot Harvesting’

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty says state election law is unclear on who can return absentee ballots, and wants the Wisconsin Elections Commission to rule only voters themselves can.

June 8, 2020

Governor Outlines First Step, Opportunities to Move Needle
Governor Outlines First Step, Opportunities to Move Needle

Social Issues

Governor Outlines First Step, Opportunities to Move Needle

Governor Tony Evers respond to protests in Wisconsin, answers questions about legislation he has proposed to limit police officers’ use of force and requests to withdraw the National Guard

June 5, 2020

How a Protester Defines Peace
How a Protester Defines Peace

Social Issues

How a Protester Defines Peace

Brandi Grayson, founder of Urban Triage and an organizer of the protests in the state's Capitol, talks about what peace means in this movement, what protesters are asking for and what protests look and sound like on the ground.

June 5, 2020

It Was Only A Matter of Time, Enough Is Enough
It Was Only A Matter of Time, Enough Is Enough

Social Issues

It Was Only A Matter of Time, Enough Is Enough

Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing for Change (BLOC), discusses the collaborative work she and other groups in Milwaukee are doing to organize the community around police reforms, including co-signing a list of demands.

June 5, 2020

Proposed Bill Would Not Have Changed What Happened in Mpls.
Proposed Bill Would Not Have Changed What Happened in Mpls.

Social Issues

Proposed Bill Would Not Have Changed What Happened in Mpls.

Racine Republican Senator Van Wanggaard, a former police officer himself, explains his opposition to new legislation proposed by Gov. Tony Evers to limit use of force as only a last resort saying the root causes need to be addressed.

June 5, 2020

Addressing Systemic Racism
Addressing Systemic Racism

Social Issues

Addressing Systemic Racism

Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, gives his take on George Floyd’s death, which he has called a “modern day lynching” and what can be done to address system racism, including funding in municipal budgets and appropriate investments.

June 5, 2020

Gains by Police Reform Efforts Over Years Lost in An Instant
Gains by Police Reform Efforts Over Years Lost in An Instant

Social Issues

Gains by Police Reform Efforts Over Years Lost in An Instant

Noble Wray, retired Madison Police chief and nationally recognized consultant for law enforcement agencies on community policing and police reform, gives his take on the protests and what he thinks is most important for law enforcement to be doing.

June 5, 2020

Green Bay Police Receiving Use of Force Refresher
Green Bay Police Receiving Use of Force Refresher

Social Issues

Green Bay Police Receiving Use of Force Refresher

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith speaks to use of force training, police accountability, being invited to march with protesters and criticism his department is facing for how it has handled use of force.

June 5, 2020

A boarded-up storefront has been repainted to say stronger together.
A boarded-up storefront has been repainted to say stronger together.

Social Issues

Boarded-up Storefronts Become Canvas of Healing

Boarded-up storefronts are being turned into pieces of art as business owners pick up the pieces from vandalism during protests.

June 4, 2020 • Southeast Region

U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D) Wisconsin
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D) Wisconsin

Politics

WI Congressional Delegation Has Wide Range of Responses to Nationwide Protests

Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan (D) wants to examine the training standards for every police department in the nation.

June 3, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

State Supreme Court to Hear Case on Voter Purge

The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Monday they will hear the case on whether more than 100,000 names should be purged from Wisconsin’s voter registration rolls just a few months before the presidential election. Last December a conservative legal group, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), sued the Wisconsin Elections ...

June 1, 2020

Governor Tony Evers Talks Pandemic, George Floyd
Governor Tony Evers Talks Pandemic, George Floyd

Social Issues

Governor Tony Evers Talks Pandemic, George Floyd

In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Gov. Tony Evers discusses what that means for the people of Wisconsin who share concerns about racial inequity in policing. As the state opens up, the governor also talks about how Wisconsinites should prepare for the summer under the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 29, 2020

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Here and Now 2020

Elections Commission Votes to Send Absentee Ballot Requests to Millions

The motion approved by the Wisconsin Elections Commission would send ballot requests to 2.7 million voters. The commission would exclude those who have request forms already on file, or those suspected of moving without re-registering.

May 27, 2020

Gov. Evers: Focusing on Testing, Contract Tracing
Gov. Evers: Focusing on Testing, Contract Tracing

Politics

Gov. Evers: Focusing on Testing, Contract Tracing

Governor Tony Evers' administration changed course this week and stopped pushing for a statewide response to COVID-19, citing clear signs from Republicans that they preferred a regional approach. The governor discusses the current environment of partisan politics and how the state is using the $2 billion in coronavirus aid it received from the federal government.

May 22, 2020

Rep. Steineke: Counties Have Tools to Manage Pandemic
Rep. Steineke: Counties Have Tools to Manage Pandemic

Politics

Rep. Steineke: Counties Have Tools to Manage Pandemic

Governor Tony Evers said this week he would not pursue a state-wide coronavirus response due to Republican objections. Assembly Majority Leader State Representative Jim Steineke weighs in on the governor’s decision, says county health officials have tools to manage pandemic and discusses priorities he would like to see any subsequent federal coronavirus aid go to support.

May 22, 2020

10 Counties Have Self-Imposed “Safer-at-Home” Restrictions
10 Counties Have Self-Imposed “Safer-at-Home” Restrictions

Politics

10 Counties Have Self-Imposed “Safer-at-Home” Restrictions

While Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial launch of summer and one of the busiest tourist weekends in Wisconsin, some areas around the state have self-imposed restrictions in place based on the "Safer at Home" order. Those restrictions impact what businesses can open. 10 counties and seven of Wisconsin's 11 Tribal Communities also still have restrictions.

May 22, 2020

Joe Parisi
Joe Parisi

Politics

Dane County Loosens Restrictions as Counties Face Legal Challenge

Dane County announced Friday it would move to a "Phase 1" of reopening, allowing businesses to operate at 25% capacity and gatherings of up to 50 people outdoors.

May 22, 2020 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Who’s Supposed to Stay Home?
Noon Wednesday: Who’s Supposed to Stay Home?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Who’s Supposed to Stay Home?

Over the last week there has been a whirlwind of changes for Wisconsin's "Safer at Home" orders after the state Supreme Court struck down a statewide extension of the emergency rule. Laurel White, Wisconsin Public Radio Capitol bureau reporter, joins us to talk through what stay at home rules look like today.

May 20, 2020

Image of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden
Image of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Politics

Biden Makes Two Virtual Stops in Wisconsin

The Democratic presidential candidate made virtual stops in La Crosse and Milwaukee, discussing plans for rural Wisconsin and criticizing the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

May 20, 2020 • West Central Region

Absentee ballots
Absentee ballots

Elections

Update: Wisconsin Elections Commission Deadlocks on Absentee Ballot Decision

The Wisconsin Elections Commission deadlocked on whether to approve a proposal to send out absentee ballot request forms to all registered Wisconsin Voters. Funding from the proposal would come from federal coronavirus funds, and commissioners were at odds over specifics on how to allocate those funds. Commissioners also debated whether ...

May 20, 2020

Rep. Steineke Reacts to Sup. Court’s Ruling, Scope Statement
Rep. Steineke Reacts to Sup. Court’s Ruling, Scope Statement

Politics

Rep. Steineke Reacts to Sup. Court’s Ruling, Scope Statement

With the "Safer at Home" extension ended, Republican legislative leaders are reviewing the "scope statement" proposed by the Evers Administration to manage the pandemic going forward. Legislative leaders continue to push for a plan that accounts for regional differences versus a statewide approach, believing the vast majority of the state can reopen without complications.

May 15, 2020

National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat
National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat

Elections

National Guard Assists at Polls/Tiffany Wins 7th Cong. Seat

The Wisconsin National Guard was activated again to work polling places in Tuesday's 7th Congressional Dist. special election. About 160 Guard members helped serve the 700 municipalities. They worked in civilian clothes performing the same duties as other poll workers. Republican Tom Tiffany defeated Democrat Tricia Zunker in the 7th Congressional District. It spans 26 Northern Wisconsin counties.

May 15, 2020 • Northern Region

Evers Reacts to Sup. Court Ruling, Concerned about Confusion
Evers Reacts to Sup. Court Ruling, Concerned about Confusion

Politics

Evers Reacts to Sup. Court Ruling, Concerned about Confusion

While many businesses started to reopen under new rules loosening the "Safer at Home" order, the court's decision allows opening without restrictions. Governor Tony Evers expresses concern the patchwork of counties keeping guidelines in place creates confusion. Evers details his ongoing discussions with legislative Republicans on a bipartisan approach to administrative rules to manage the pandemic

May 15, 2020

Supreme Court Ruling and Consequences Explained
Supreme Court Ruling and Consequences Explained

Politics

Supreme Court Ruling and Consequences Explained

Here & Now Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz explains with the Supreme Court striking down the extension of the statewide "Safer at Home" order, the authority to implement new rules to combat the spread of COVID-19 rests with county public health officials. Some counties have already applied new rules or extended old rules. Any new statewide administrative rules will require bipartisanship.

May 15, 2020

Choropleth map of Wisconsin showing each county sorted by name.
Choropleth map of Wisconsin showing each county sorted by name.

Policy

Counties Rescind Orders over Legal Concern from Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court order striking down the state's "Safer at Home" order has caused confusion among counties that issued their own stay-at-home orders. Now counties are rescinding their orders in fear of legal retribution.

May 15, 2020 • Northeast Region

Front page of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Evers administration's Safer at Home order.
Front page of the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Evers administration's Safer at Home order.

Politics

Update: Supreme Court Strikes Down ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court struck down the state’s “Safer at Home” order Wednesday, leaving Wisconsin with no plan in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers said the ruling will undercut the progress the state has made on containing COVID-19. “Republican legislators convinced four members of the Supreme ...

May 13, 2020

Tom Tiffany
Tom Tiffany

Elections

Tiffany Wins Special Election

Republican Tom Tiffany wins the special election to replace Sean Duffy in the state's 7th Congressional District.

May 13, 2020 • Northern Region

Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results
Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Elections

Map: 7th Congressional District Special Election Results

Republican Tom Tiffany beat Democrat Tricia Zunker in the race to replace Sean Duffy for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.

May 12, 2020

Evers Weighing Options While Awaiting Supreme Court Decision
Evers Weighing Options While Awaiting Supreme Court Decision

Economy

Evers Weighing Options While Awaiting Supreme Court Decision

While awaiting the State Supreme Court ruling on the Republican lawsuit opposing the "Safer at Home" extension, Governor Tony Evers weighs options for moving forward. The Evers Administration is considering pros and cons of proposed regional approach to reopening. Evers is also concerned with surges and at-risk communities and encouraged with increased testing capacity.

May 8, 2020

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Extension Lawsuit
Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Extension Lawsuit

Politics

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Extension Lawsuit

Wisconsin's Supreme Court entered the battle between Republicans and Democrats in pandemic. At issue, whether Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm exceeded her authority and violated state law by ordering an emergency extension of "Safer at Home". Those opposed say it has wrecked the economy. Those in favor counter the infection rate and deaths will soar should the order be lifted.

May 8, 2020

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat
Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Open 7th Congressional Dist. Seat

Candidates Tom Tiffany (R) and Tricia Zunker (D) vie for an open seat in Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District to replace the retired Sean Duffy.

May 7, 2020 • Northern Region

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

Supreme Court Hears ‘Safer at Home’ Challenge

The state Supreme Court met virtually Tuesday to hear the lawsuit filed by the Republican-controlled Legislature against Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm, alleging she and the governor overstepped their authority by issuing the state’s “Safer at Home” order without legislative input. Is the “Safer at Home” order like ...

May 5, 2020

Turning the Dial to Reopen Wisconsin
Turning the Dial to Reopen Wisconsin

Coronavirus

Turning the Dial to Reopen Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers explains how the state plans to safely reopen after Wisconsin saw its largest one day increase in COVID-19 cases. There were 460 cases were reported on Friday bringing the state total to 7,314 cases statewide.

May 1, 2020

WI Supreme Court Reviews Lawsuit Against Safer at Home Order
WI Supreme Court Reviews Lawsuit Against Safer at Home Order

Politics

WI Supreme Court Reviews Lawsuit Against Safer at Home Order

State Supreme Court is reviewing a lawsuit brought by legislative Republicans over the extended Safer at Home order. Gov. Tony Evers and Health Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm extended the order to May 26th but the state Republicans believe that the order was an overreach of Palm’s power.

May 1, 2020

Rep. Rob Swearingen, R-Rhinelander, hears input on how to reopen parts of the state during an April 30, 2020 committee meeting. (Courtesy: Wisconsin Eye)
Rep. Rob Swearingen, R-Rhinelander, hears input on how to reopen parts of the state during an April 30, 2020 committee meeting. (Courtesy: Wisconsin Eye)

Policy

Lawmakers Question ‘Essential’ Designation under ‘Safer at Home’

Republican lawmakers advocated a broader definition of essential, as they argued some multi-purpose stores could sell non-essential goods as those non-essential stores remain closed.

May 1, 2020

photo of the decorative dome ceiling of the Wisconsin State Capitol building
photo of the decorative dome ceiling of the Wisconsin State Capitol building

Health

Evers, Legislators Call for Bipartisanship as Court Battle Continues

Gov. Tony Evers said he and legislative Republicans are not far apart on coronavirus policy, as he defends his ability to issue a stay-at-home order in a Republican-brought suit before the state Supreme Court.

April 29, 2020

A group of kayaks at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Under the governor's new order, outdoor equipment like boats and ATVs can now be rented.
A group of kayaks at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Under the governor's new order, outdoor equipment like boats and ATVs can now be rented.

Policy

Wisconsin Begins to ‘Turn the Dial’ on Reopening

The governor announced changes today that loosen the state's "Safer at Home" restrictions, allowing outdoor gear rentals and more businesses to do curbside pickup.

April 27, 2020

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Policy

WMC Proposes Plan to Reopen Businesses

The plan would evaluate risks specific to individual businesses, and consider the health care infrastructure of the business's county.

April 24, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence
Vice President Mike Pence

Politics

Pence Applauds Increased Ventilator Production During Madison Visit

The VP says the Trump Administration will use the Defense Production Act to make sure facilities like the one in Madison are adequately supplied to keep production moving forward at increased capacity.

April 21, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politics

GOP-Controlled Legislature Sues over “Safer at Home”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald filed for original action in the state Supreme Court, alleging the governor overstepped his executive authority.

April 21, 2020

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson
Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson

Elections

Elections Commission to Investigate, Improve Absentee Ballot Issues

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Saturday to move forward with a barcode tracking system for absentee ballots and to investigate postal service issues that prevented ballots from getting to voters.

April 18, 2020

Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky on her Victory
Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky on her Victory

Elections

Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky on her Victory

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky won a 10-year term over incumbent Daniel Kelly, shaving the state Supreme Court's conservative majority down to 4-3. Justice-Elect Jill Karofsky is only the third candidate since 1967 to unseat a justice.

April 17, 2020

Rep. Steineke on COVID-19 Response Legislation
Rep. Steineke on COVID-19 Response Legislation

Politics

Rep. Steineke on COVID-19 Response Legislation

Majority Leader Rep. Jim Steineke shares his response to the COVID-19 legislation and Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to extend the Safer at Home order until May 26.

April 17, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers on COVID-19 Aid, Safer at Home Extension
Gov. Tony Evers on COVID-19 Aid, Safer at Home Extension

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers on COVID-19 Aid, Safer at Home Extension

Gov. Tony Evers gives an update on the Safer at Home extension and the Wisconsin COVID-19 relief package signed into law this week. Gov. Evers extended his social distancing order to May 26. He also signed Assembly Bill 1038 to provide additional support to Wisconsin residents.

April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Relief Legislation Explained
COVID-19 Relief Legislation Explained

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Relief Legislation Explained

Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down Wisconsin’s COVID-19 legislation and how it will address the challenges ahead. Gov. Tony Evers signed Assembly Bill 1038 into law this week. The legislation creates a pathway for over $2.3 billion in federal funds slated for Wisconsin.

April 17, 2020

Nurse with surgical mask
Nurse with surgical mask

Policy

Legislators Push for Stronger Protections for Health Care Workers

The "Healthcare Heroes" bill would help acquire personal protective equipment as well as provide for hazard pay and paid sick leave for health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 16, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee
Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Lessons Learned from Milwaukee

Some have already moved on from last week's election, but its impacts linger. Health officials are looking into the effect in-person voting had on the spread of the coronavirus and state lawmakers are debating how elections should be administered in the future. Neil Albrecht, executive director of City of Milwaukee Election Commission joins us to talk about the lessons learned from Milwaukee.

April 16, 2020 • Southeast Region

Federalism—the division of power between state and national governments—is often described as either a layer cake (distinct powers) or marble cake (overlapping powers).
Federalism—the division of power between state and national governments—is often described as either a layer cake (distinct powers) or marble cake (overlapping powers).

Politics

Federalism Newly in Focus as Governors Take Frontline Action

PBS Wisconsin sits down with UT-Austin professor Don Kettl, formerly of UW-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs, to discuss what federalism means during a global pandemic.

April 15, 2020

Gordon Hintz
Gordon Hintz

Policy

Update: Legislature Passes COVID-19 Aid Package

The bill received broad bipartisan support and would eliminate the state's one-week waiting period for unemployed Wisconsinites to receive benefits, among other provisions. The governor signed the bill Wednesday afternoon.

April 15, 2020

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results
Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Here and Now 2020

Map: Wisconsin Spring 2020 Election Results

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beat incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Former Vice President Joe Biden won the state's Democratic presidential primary, beating Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who won the state four years ago.

April 14, 2020

Jill Karofksy
Jill Karofksy

Here and Now 2020

Jill Karofsky Wins Supreme Court Election

Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky beats incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly 55%-45% in an election turned turbulent by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 13, 2020

Postmarks
Postmarks

Elections

Postmarks Cause Absentee Ballot Confusion

The Wisconsin Elections Commission debated for hours Friday on how to interpret the U.S. Supreme Court order mandating ballots in this April's election have an April 7 postmark if received after Tuesday.

April 11, 2020

Milwaukee voters in line
Milwaukee voters in line

Elections

State Increases Contact Tracing After In-Person Voting

In-person voting could have exposed more Wisconsinites to COVID-19, as health officials become concerned about the disease's disproportionate impact on the state's African-American population.

April 10, 2020 • Southeast Region

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

Health

Legislature to Take Up Coronavirus Bill Next Week

The bill is still being drafted according to legislative leaders, and the session could come as early as next Tuesday.

April 10, 2020

Assembly Majority Leader Lays Out COVID-19 Relief Package
Assembly Majority Leader Lays Out COVID-19 Relief Package

Politics

Assembly Majority Leader Lays Out COVID-19 Relief Package

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) breaks down the proposed COVID-19 relief package set to be discussed in an extraordinary session on Tuesday. Rep. Steineke also shares his response to the Spring election and the controversy of in-person voting.

April 10, 2020

Gov. Evers weighs-in on the April 7 Election and COVID-19
Gov. Evers weighs-in on the April 7 Election and COVID-19

Elections

Gov. Evers weighs-in on the April 7 Election and COVID-19

Gov. Tony Evers shares his plans moving forward after a move to postpone the April 7 election failed, along with updates on the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin

April 10, 2020

Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election
Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election

Elections

Reaction and Fallout after the April 7 Election

Here & Now Senior Reporter Zac Schultz reports on the looming legal battles that may follow the controversial April 7 election last week. As the state awaits results from Tuesday’s elections, the frustrations remain high among voters and lawmakers

April 10, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic
Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Holding an Election During a Pandemic

Wisconsin held an election yesterday in the midst of a statewide order from Gov. Tony Evers to stay at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert was part of a group of mayors pushing to delay the April 7 elections. He joins to talk about what in-person voting looked like in his community and what he's hearing from his constituents.

April 9, 2020

Milwaukee voter
Milwaukee voter

Elections

Returned to Sender: Postal Officials Investigating Wisconsin Absentee Ballots That Were Never Delivered

Update: Wisconsin U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson are calling for an investigation into missing absentee ballots that never reached voters ahead of the April 7 elections. The Democratic and Republican senators wrote a joint letter to the USPS Inspector General to “determine the cause of these failures.”

April 8, 2020

Wisconsin Assembly chamber.
Wisconsin Assembly chamber.

Policy

Governor Criticizes GOP COVID-19 Plan

Republican leaders are working out their own plan to fight COVID-19 in Wisconsin, drawing criticism from the governor.

April 8, 2020

A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.
A sign outside Midvale Elementary in Madison showing voters where to cast their ballots April 7, 2020.

Elections

Wisconsin Votes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Wisconsin voters head to the polls with increased caution as the state's spring election moves forward amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 7, 2020

A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)
A stack of requested absentee ballots returned to the Village of Fox Point April 7, 2020. (Courtesy: Scott Botcher)

Elections

Fox Point Absentee Ballots Not Sent to Voters

Absentee ballots requested by voters in the Village of Fox Point went undelivered by the United States Postal Services ahead of Tuesday’s elections. The ballots were repeatedly returned to village offices despite USPS saying there was nothing wrong with them, according to Scott Botcher, manager of the Milwaukee County village. ...

April 7, 2020 • Southeast Region

I Voted Today sticker
I Voted Today sticker

Elections

Live: Where Wisconsin’s Election Currently Stands

6:45 p.m. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Ballots Must Be Postmarked by Tuesday Under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, all absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s election must be postmarked by Tuesday, but can be received as late as April 13. Allowing ballots to be sent later than Tuesday “would fundamentally alter the ...

April 6, 2020

Tony Evers
Tony Evers

Elections

Breaking: Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Tuesday

Under an executive order, the in-person election would be delayed until June 9. Republican leaders say they will challenge the order in the state Supreme Court, while elections officials say to continue preparing for Tuesday's election while they wait for litigation.

April 6, 2020

Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos
Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos

Politics

Update: Coronavirus Election Session Gavels In and Out

Republican leaders gavel in and out a special session called by the governor to address voting concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The legislative leaders said they had "grave concerns" about election security, if ballots were cast after Tuesday.

April 5, 2020

Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview
Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

Elections

Supreme Court Candidate Jill Karofsky interview

State Supreme Court candidate and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

April 3, 2020

Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview
Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

Elections

Supreme Court Candidate Daniel Kelly interview

State Supreme Court candidate and incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly interviewed by Senior Political Reporter Zac Schultz via Skype.

April 3, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers

Elections

Breaking: Evers Calls Coronavirus Special Session

The legislation put forward by Gov. Tony Evers would make the spring election largely mail-only and push back the timeline to send absentee ballots to clerks into May.

April 3, 2020

Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse
Western District of Wisconsin Courthouse

Elections

Update: Federal Court Judge Rules on April Election

The federal judge in Madison extended the deadline to apply for absentee ballots, as well as the deadline for those ballots to be received.

April 2, 2020

Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Scene from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Here and Now 2020

Updated: Milwaukee DNC Postponed Until August

The DNC will be rescheduled to August 17 amid coronavirus concerns. Presidential candidates weighed in on the Wisconsin election, with Bernie Sanders advocating for it to be postponed, while Joe Biden advocated leaving it up to the state.

April 2, 2020

Tony Evers
Tony Evers

Policy

Evers Releases Second Bill to Combat COVID-19 Outbreak

The bill includes housing aid and a tax credit increase. Meanwhile, Republicans said Wednesday they support the governor's proposal to eliminate the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits and expect legislation to come soon.

April 1, 2020

A March 2020 Marquette University Law School Poll shows most Wisconsinites approve of the state's response to the COVID-19.
A March 2020 Marquette University Law School Poll shows most Wisconsinites approve of the state's response to the COVID-19.

Elections

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Surveys Voters on Coronavirus, Elections

Results of the latest Marquette University Law School Poll show the majority of registered voters in Wisconsin think measures to close schools and non-essential businesses and ask people to stay home are appropriate responses to the coronavirus outbreak.  The poll, released Wednesday, asked public opinion around the coronavirus, including how ...

April 1, 2020

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat
Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Elections

Candidates Vie for Mayoral Seat

Tom Barrett has been mayor of Milwaukee for 16 years and he's looking to make it an even two decades of running Wisconsin's largest city. “I'm very, very excited about the future of the city because, first of all, there's a lot of great things that are going on in ...

April 1, 2020 • Southeast Region

A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.
A sign prepared by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to demonstrate to voters how far apart they should be while they wait in line to vote.

Elections

Update: Elections Commission Prepares Municipalities for Voting During COVID Outbreak

Wisconsin Elections Commission votes to clarify rules on indefinitely confined voters, and to supply municipal clerks with cleaning materials and other supplies ahead of the April 7 election. In a meeting Sunday, the commission deadlocked on chastising the Milwaukee and Dane county clerks.

March 31, 2020

A roll of I Voted stickers
A roll of I Voted stickers

Elections

Update: Polling Locations Consolidate Amid Poll Worker Shortage

During a meeting discussing preparations for the election now one week away, the Wisconsin Elections Commission discussed the shortage of poll workers, the record number of absentee ballots that have been requested, and the special health considerations necessary to conduct in-person voting while minimizing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

March 31, 2020

Evers Discusses Federal and State Action on COVID-19
Evers Discusses Federal and State Action on COVID-19

Health

Evers Discusses Federal and State Action on COVID-19

Wisconsin is headed "into the worst of it," Gov. Tony Evers said in a Monday briefing as the state's number of COVID-19 cases climbs to 1,221.

March 30, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers
Gov. Tony Evers

Politics

Evers Introduces Broad COVID-19 Response Bill

The bill would send millions to local public health offices and make changes to the upcoming election, including eliminating the photo ID requirement.

March 29, 2020

Spring Election in Limbo Amid COVID19 Crisis
Spring Election in Limbo Amid COVID19 Crisis

Politics

Spring Election in Limbo Amid COVID19 Crisis

The spring primary is set for April 7, just over a week away. Currently, there are four lawsuits in the federal courts that could change those plans. One of those lawsuits seeks to postpone the election. Meanwhile, Governor Tony Evers asked Republicans in the legislature to pass a law that would send absentee ballots out to every Wisconsin voter.

March 27, 2020

Absentee ballots
Absentee ballots

Elections

Update: Evers Calls for Widespread Absentee Ballot Legislation

Gov. Tony Evers asks the Legislature to send all registered voters absentee ballots ahead of April 7 amid election concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak. Later Friday, Evers also loosen licensing requirements for certain healthcare workers.

March 27, 2020

U.S. Capitol
U.S. Capitol

Politics

Update: Congress Passes Third COVID-19 Aid Package

The House of Representatives passed the bill Friday, which the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Wednesday. The bill would send $1,200 checks to Americans, among other provisions.

March 27, 2020

Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.
Sen. Fred Risser speaks from the Senate floor Feb. 26, 2015.

Elections

America’s Longest-Serving Legislator, Fred Risser, Retires

Wisconsin’s, and the nation’s, longest-serving legislator Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, announced Thursday he will retire after serving 64 years in the state legislature.  The 92-year-old was first elected to the Assembly in 1956, and won a Senate seat in 1962. According to a release from his office, Risser served under ...

March 26, 2020 • South Central Region

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on a March 25, 2020 call with reporters.

Elections

Legislative Leaders Want April Election to Move Forward

On a call with reporters, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said municipalities should be prepared for April 7, but they are not considering altering the date at this time.

March 25, 2020

Update: Evers Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order
Update: Evers Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Politics

Update: Evers Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Tuesday mandating that Wisconsinites stay at home, effective Wednesday morning at 8. Certain exemptions are allowed for residents to leave their homes to receive healthcare and to get necessary supplies such as groceries. According to a release from the governor’s office, Wisconsinites do not ...

March 24, 2020

Rising Stakes, New Rules: Gov. Evers on COVID-19 Response
Rising Stakes, New Rules: Gov. Evers on COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus

Rising Stakes, New Rules: Gov. Evers on COVID-19 Response

Gov. Tony Evers discusses the latest developments concerning the COVID-19 outbreak in Wisconsin. This week, he and health officials confirmed three deaths in Fond du Lac, Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties. Most recently, Evers ordered all nail, hair salons, and tattoo parlors to close due to the outbreak. Evers speaks to the growing caseload, efforts to keep health care workers safe from the disease.

March 20, 2020

A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.
A city official prepares an absentee ballot in Madison.

Elections

Absentee Requests Rise Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The covid-19 emergency has Republican and Democratic leaders asking for election rules to be changed. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on how the clerks are doing their best to make it all work.

March 19, 2020 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: County Election Websites Vulnerable
Noon Wednesday: County Election Websites Vulnerable

Elections

Noon Wednesday: County Election Websites Vulnerable

As Wisconsin voters start going to the polls in the 2020 election cycle, most counties in the state maintain websites that do not employ at least one of two basic practices that would help bolster their digital security and public confidence in their online platforms.

March 11, 2020

Hmong tapestry
Hmong tapestry

Politics

Wisconsin Reps Introduce Bill to Halt Hmong Deportation

The legislation would delay deportation by 72 months to allow individual cases to be reassessed.

March 10, 2020

Gallagher-Pocan Bill Aims to Streamline Medical Supplies
Gallagher-Pocan Bill Aims to Streamline Medical Supplies

Politics

Gallagher-Pocan Bill Aims to Streamline Medical Supplies

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread, a new bill aims to address the issue of medical supply shortages. U.S. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R) and Mark Pocan (D) discuss their proposal that would streamline medical supplies to areas most in need. The measure gives the Food and Drug Administration the ability to more quickly bring necessary products to the market in the case of a supply shortage.

March 6, 2020

Bernie Sanders sign.
Bernie Sanders sign.

Politics

Sanders to Open Office in Wisconsin

With Bloomberg and Warren out of the presidential race, Wisconsin will have no presidential campaign presence until the Sanders campaign opens their Madison office on Tuesday.

March 6, 2020

Lena Taylor.
Lena Taylor.

Elections

Personalized Video Messages, Right at Your Door

Candidates employ video doorbells to reach voters who are not home.

March 6, 2020

Canon Breaks Down Super Tuesday Results
Canon Breaks Down Super Tuesday Results

Politics

Canon Breaks Down Super Tuesday Results

In the wake of considerable wins from Joe Biden in Super Tuesday states, what is the status of the Democratic race to challenge President Donald Trump. UW-Madison Political Science Professor David Canon shares his insights.

March 4, 2020

Evers Signs HOPE Agenda, Mental Health Bills into Law
Evers Signs HOPE Agenda, Mental Health Bills into Law

Politics

Evers Signs HOPE Agenda, Mental Health Bills into Law

The slate of bills includes studies on medication-assisted treatment and protection for state employees who use such a plan. The governor also signed a pilot mental health program in Outagamie County schools.

March 3, 2020

Latest Poll Puts Sanders in a Double-Digit Lead Over Dems
Latest Poll Puts Sanders in a Double-Digit Lead Over Dems

Politics

Latest Poll Puts Sanders in a Double-Digit Lead Over Dems

The new poll results placed Bernie Sanders in a double-digit lead against democratic primary opponents in Wisconsin. The poll also showed Sanders fairing better with older voters. However, 56 percent of the respondents said they might change their minds when it comes to their presidential pick. Only 42 percent said they had their mind made up.

February 28, 2020

Political Panelists Give Forecasts of Super Tuesday
Political Panelists Give Forecasts of Super Tuesday

Politics

Political Panelists Give Forecasts of Super Tuesday

Political Analysts Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross give their predictions for who will take the South Carolina primary on Saturday and next week’s Super Tuesday. Ross predicts that Biden will prevail in South Carolina, but the analysts warn that he will need a significant lead in order to complete. The panelists discuss their forecasts for Super Tuesday and the likelihood of a brokered convention.

February 28, 2020

Updates: Tax Cut Vetoed, Voter Purge Ruling Struck Down
Updates: Tax Cut Vetoed, Voter Purge Ruling Struck Down

Politics

Updates: Tax Cut Vetoed, Voter Purge Ruling Struck Down

A Republican tax cut plan that passed both houses of the legislature was vetoed by Gov. Evers this week. The bill intended to use state surplus dollars to lower-income and business taxes while bringing down the debt. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals struck down the ruling to remove 232,000 names from the voter rolls and reversed the writ of mandamus against the state election commissioners.

February 28, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Polling the Battleground States
Noon Wednesday: Polling the Battleground States

Elections

Noon Wednesday: Polling the Battleground States

A new poll surveying three battleground states shows Bernie Sanders has the biggest lead in the Democratic primary, particularly in Wisconsin, according to UW-Madison's Election Research Center. Ellie Powell, a political scientist from the center joins us to discuss the results.

February 28, 2020

Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision
Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

Politics

Appeals Court Reverses Voter Roll Purge Decision

A state appeals court overturns an Ozaukee County courts decision directing the state to purge more than 200,000 voters from the rolls.

February 28, 2020

Gov. Tony Evers vetoes a Republican tax cut.
Gov. Tony Evers vetoes a Republican tax cut.

Politics

Update: Evers Vetoes More Republican Bills

Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a Republican plan to lower taxes with state surplus money, asking Republican leaders to come back to the table over K-12 funding. Republicans said the veto was an opportunity missed to lower taxes for Wisconsinites.

February 28, 2020

Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson
Wisconsin Elections Commission Chair Dean Knudson

Elections

Elections Commission Will Scold Municipalities Not in Compliance

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will publicly reprimand six Wisconsin municipalities if they do not upgrade their elections technology soon.

February 28, 2020

Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.
Bernie Sanders speaks at a 2016 campaign rally at Carthage College in Wisconsin.

Politics

New Poll Shows Sanders Leading in Wisconsin

A new UW-Madison poll has Sanders leading the Democratic primary race in Wisconsin with 30% and the rest of the field in the low teens.

February 24, 2020

Former WI US Attorney Discusses Barr Controversy
Former WI US Attorney Discusses Barr Controversy

Politics

Former WI US Attorney Discusses Barr Controversy

Former Wisconsin U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil is one of 2,000 Department of Justice officials who signed a letter asking for U.S. Atty. General Bill Barr’s resignation. The letter strongly condemns Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice after Barr intervened in a court case involving Trump associate Roger Stone. “I signed because I believe we’re a nation of laws,” Vaudreuil said

February 21, 2020

State Legislature Passes Tax Cuts
State Legislature Passes Tax Cuts

Politics

State Legislature Passes Tax Cuts

WPR Capitol Reporter Laurel White breaks down the action in the state Assembly this week. State legislators passed a state tax cut and failed to pass legislation on sexual assault evidence kits.

February 21, 2020

Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin
Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Elections

Microsoft Tests New Voting Software in Wisconsin

Fulton, a town in Rock County, tested new software this week to help ensure the accuracy of votes that get counted. When voters fill out a ballot, they receive an encrypted code that shows how they voted. Voters can later check a list to see that their unique code was counted and that the vote did not change. Officials say they will return to regular voting practices for the rest of 2020.

February 21, 2020 • South Central Region

Sign showing PFAS contamination.
Sign showing PFAS contamination.

Environment

Assembly Makes Last-Minute Move on PFAS

At the end of the session, Assembly Republicans added new legislation to address contamination by so-called 'forever chemicals' PFAS. The amendment to an existing bill creates new testing standards, but must clear the Senate before heading to Evers's desk.

February 21, 2020 • Northeast Region

Noon Wednesday: Bill to Change Livestock Standards
Noon Wednesday: Bill to Change Livestock Standards

Agriculture

Noon Wednesday: Bill to Change Livestock Standards

A bill abruptly heading through the state Legislature would change how standards for livestock facilities are written and applied to farms. Kara O’Connor from the Wisconsin Farmers Union, who opposes the bill, and Debi Towns from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, who approves of the bill, join us to talk about the proposed legislation.

February 21, 2020

Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.
Election results from the 7th CD Republican primary.

Politics

Map: Tiffany and Zunker Win Congressional Primaries

State Sen. Tom Tiffany will face Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker on May 12. They defeated Jason Church and Lawrence Dale in the Republican and Democratic primaries respectively.

February 19, 2020 • Northern Region

Wisconsin election results Feb. 18, 2020.
Wisconsin election results Feb. 18, 2020.

Politics

Map: 2020 Supreme Court General Election Results

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone.

February 19, 2020

Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.
Wisconsinite votes in Feb. 18, 2020 spring primary.

Elections

Kelly, Karofsky Advance to April General

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly will face Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky April 7. State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Ho-Chunk Supreme Court Justice Tricia Zunker both emerged from their primaries, and will face each other May 12 to fill Sean Duffy's 7th Congressional District seat.

February 19, 2020

Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy
Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy

Elections

Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Share Philosophy

Ahead of the Feb. 18 primary, candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court share their judicial philosophy on Here & Now. Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly faces Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky.

February 17, 2020

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District
Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

Elections

Candidates Rally for Support in 7th Congressional District

A report by Here & Now Reporter Zac Schultz breaks down the primary race for the state’s 7th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Sean Duffy. Now, four candidates are vying for the large district in Northern Wisconsin, including two Democrats and three Republicans. (Videography by Ethan Freel)

February 15, 2020 • Northern Region

New Policy Threatens to Deport Members of Hmong Community
New Policy Threatens to Deport Members of Hmong Community

Politics

New Policy Threatens to Deport Members of Hmong Community

A policy shift in Washington leaves thousands of Hmong and Lao U.S. residents, who are not citizens and have deportation orders, worried they could be sent back to Laos. Fox Valley Hmong leader Long Vue discusses growing fears of deportation among Wisconsin Hmong residents.

February 15, 2020

Federal Law Creates More Barriers for Immigrants
Federal Law Creates More Barriers for Immigrants

Politics

Federal Law Creates More Barriers for Immigrants

Researcher and writer for Kids Forward William Parke Sutherland. Sutherland will discuss a federal rule expansion that has a big impact on Wisconsin immigrants. Sutherland said it’s important to note that “the vast majority of immigrants are safe from this rule.”

February 15, 2020

State Budgeting Committee Declines Plans for Youth Prisons
State Budgeting Committee Declines Plans for Youth Prisons

Budgets

State Budgeting Committee Declines Plans for Youth Prisons

Wednesday the Joint Finance Committee voted against funding two new juvenile prisons meant to replace the controversial Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools. The decision to decline funds to the project pushes back the state’s goal of closing the two facilities by 2021.

February 15, 2020

Rep. Mike Rohrkaste announces a GOP tax plan in Kaukauna
Rep. Mike Rohrkaste announces a GOP tax plan in Kaukauna

Politics

Republicans Propose Tax Cut with Surplus Money

Legislative Republicans respond to Gov. Tony Evers's call for school funding with property tax cut, setting up a showdown over how to spend the state's surplus money.

February 14, 2020

Cows in a Wisconsin farm
Cows in a Wisconsin farm

Agriculture

GOP Rolls Out Ag Package

Legislative Republicans announce a package of agriculture-related bills amid Gov. Tony Evers's call for a special session.

February 14, 2020

Noon Wednesday: The Growing Student Debt Dilemma
Noon Wednesday: The Growing Student Debt Dilemma

Education

Noon Wednesday: The Growing Student Debt Dilemma

The rapid growth of student loan debt has grabbed the attention of state lawmakers saying it could impact Wisconsin's economy. Nick Hillman, director of the Student Success Through Applied Research Lab says a serious lack of data will make it difficult to tackle the issue.

February 12, 2020

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.
Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe.

Politics

Elections Commission: No Competing Ballots in April Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously to send only one ballot to a majority of absentee voters in the April general election.  To comply with federal law, overseas voters will still receive two ballots in April, but most absentee voters will only receive a single ballot with all races.

February 12, 2020 • Northern Region

Wisconsin Assembly chamber.
Wisconsin Assembly chamber.

Politics

Assembly Debates Handling of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

The state Assembly is considering a plan to address sexual assault evidence kits over the objection of the attorney general and sexual assault advocacy groups.  The current bill contains many of the same provisions included in bipartisan legislation introduced last spring, but has drawn criticism for additions to the bill ...

February 11, 2020

Republican Party logo over the Milwaukee skyline.
Republican Party logo over the Milwaukee skyline.

Politics

New GOP Office Opens in ‘Heart’ of Milwaukee

In the 2020 presidential election, the Republican Party of Wisconsin wants to make inroads into the African American vote in Milwaukee. As part of its effort, the party just opened a field office in the heart of the city. “This is the first Republican Party of Wisconsin office in the ...

February 10, 2020 • Southeast Region

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding
Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding

Education

Gov. Evers Calls Special Session on Education Funding

Governor Tony Evers called a special session late this week to advocate for more state funding for K-12 education.

February 10, 2020

Political Scientist Examines Trump’s Acquittal, Iowa Caucus
Political Scientist Examines Trump’s Acquittal, Iowa Caucus

Politics

Political Scientist Examines Trump’s Acquittal, Iowa Caucus

UWM Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee breaks down the Senate impeachment acquittal. Lee says that the acquittal shows that the Republican Party is now the Trump party. “No matter how they feel about President Trump behind the scenes...they are locked step with him.” Lee also discusses the results (or lack thereof) from this week’s Iowa caucuses and the path forward for presidential candidates.

February 10, 2020

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion
Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

Politics

Different Ballots for Upcoming Elections Cause Confusion

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is issuing and managing “A” and “B” ballots for upcoming elections. City of Superior Clerk Terri Kalan provides clarity on the difference between two separate absentee ballots being sent to voters in the 7th Congressional District.

February 10, 2020 • Northern Region

Instructor from Elmbrook School District in the library with students
Instructor from Elmbrook School District in the library with students

Education

The Department of Public Instruction Endorses ‘Explicit and Systemic’ Phonics Instruction

Last month, the Department of Public Instruction endorsed "explicit and systemic" phonics instruction in Wisconsin schools.  At the 2020 Wisconsin State Education Convention, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor announced that the agency will now endorse statewide phonics instruction to teach fundamental reading skills.   As the state of ...

February 6, 2020

Evers Calls for Special Session, Return to Two-Thirds Funding
Evers Calls for Special Session, Return to Two-Thirds Funding

Politics

Evers Calls for Special Session, Return to Two-Thirds Funding

Gov. Tony Evers called a special session Thursday to advocate for more state funding for K-12 education. He said the goal of the session should be to return state contribution to two-thirds of local districts’ costs.    “I've always said that what's best for our kids is what's best for our ...

February 6, 2020

Wisconsin Congressional Delegation Reacts to State of the Union
Wisconsin Congressional Delegation Reacts to State of the Union

Politics

Wisconsin Congressional Delegation Reacts to State of the Union

Partisanship reflected in Wisconsin's response.

February 5, 2020

State Updates on Novel Coronavirus
State Updates on Novel Coronavirus

Health

State Updates on Novel Coronavirus

The widespread Novel Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China but as anxieties rise around the world, communities are working to prevent local outbreaks. Wisconsin’s state epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard breaks down the status of the virus here in Wisconsin. Westergaard elaborates on pending cases that involve Wisconsin residents who met the requirements for coronavirus testing.

January 31, 2020

Wisconsin Senators Respond to Latest Impeachment Vote
Wisconsin Senators Respond to Latest Impeachment Vote

Politics

Wisconsin Senators Respond to Latest Impeachment Vote

As the Senate Impeachment trial comes to a close, Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin (R) and Ron Johnson (D) give their takes on the Senate’s latest 51-49 vote to not include witnesses and additional materials in the trial. Baldwin disclosed that she voted for the inclusion of witnesses and evidence while Johnson said he voted against it.

January 31, 2020

Vice President Pence at the Wisconsin State Capitol
Vice President Pence at the Wisconsin State Capitol

Education

Vice President Pence at the Wisconsin State Capitol

This week Vice President Pence visited the Wisconsin State Capitol to celebrate National School Choice Week. Here & Now Reporter Marisa Wojcik reported on the Vice President’s visit, which is notably the state capitol’s first visit from a sitting vice president on record.

January 31, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Public Charge Rule Creating Confusion
Noon Wednesday: Public Charge Rule Creating Confusion

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Public Charge Rule Creating Confusion

Immigrants using public benefits are under greater scrutiny due to the expansion of the federal public charge law. However, advocates say confusion over who it actually impacts is more of problem for local immigrant communities deciding not to health and food benefits. Caroline Gomez-Tom from Milwaukee’s Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers joins us to talk about the real-world impact.

January 29, 2020

State of the State: Governing in a Divided Government
State of the State: Governing in a Divided Government

Politics

State of the State: Governing in a Divided Government

State of the State coverage dives into Gov. Evers’ address, including a look at his latest Executive Orders, a number of rural bills, and a call for a Special Session of the legislature. Wisconsin Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Shawn Johnson discusses the Evers’ second State of the State address and examines the role of governing in a divided government.

January 24, 2020

Can Gov. Evers’ Nonpartisan “People’s Map” Become A Reality?
Can Gov. Evers’ Nonpartisan “People’s Map” Become A Reality?

Politics

Can Gov. Evers’ Nonpartisan “People’s Map” Become A Reality?

UW-Madison Political Science Professor Ken Mayer breaks down the newly announced “People’s Map” Commission on redistricting. In Gov. Evers’ State of the State address, he laid out plans for a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

January 24, 2020

Homelessness Bill Passed the Senate with Bipartisan Support
Homelessness Bill Passed the Senate with Bipartisan Support

Politics

Homelessness Bill Passed the Senate with Bipartisan Support

Homelessness legislation in the state Senate is set to provide a total of $1 million to homeless shelters in Wisconsin. Despite bipartisan support, lawmakers on the Senate floor debated for two hours before passing the bill. Here & Now reporter Marisa Wojcik breaks down both sides of the aisle and where they stand now. Plus an update on Impeachment affairs at the Nation's capital.

January 24, 2020

Noon Wednesday: Homeless Funding Stuck in Senate
Noon Wednesday: Homeless Funding Stuck in Senate

Budgets

Noon Wednesday: Homeless Funding Stuck in Senate

The Wisconsin Senate passed one of eight proposals to increase funding towards homeless services and prevention. Joe Volk, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness, joins us to talk about what the rest of the package of proposals aims to do, where it came from and why it’s caught up in the Senate.

January 22, 2020

New Poll Results on Foreign Policy, Impeachment
New Poll Results on Foreign Policy, Impeachment

Politics

New Poll Results on Foreign Policy, Impeachment

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin discusses the latest poll results on President Trump’s Foreign Policy, views towards impeachment and more. The poll found that the majority of surveyed Wisconsin voters disapprove of the recent killing of an Iranian general. Other findings showed that 49 percent of respondents support the exoneration of Trump in the Senate impeachment trials.

January 17, 2020

Will Thousands of Voters Be Purged from Wisconsin Rolls?
Will Thousands of Voters Be Purged from Wisconsin Rolls?

Politics

Will Thousands of Voters Be Purged from Wisconsin Rolls?

UW-Madison Political Science professor David Canon breaks down the looming voter roll case that may impact over 200,000 voters. This week an Ozaukee County judge held three state election commissioners in contempt for not purging the rolls immediately. Canon said that the case “has become a partisan battlefield.” The professor predicts that a legal resolution to the case is still a long way away.

January 17, 2020

Judge Jill Karofsky on her Candidacy for State Supreme Court
Judge Jill Karofsky on her Candidacy for State Supreme Court

Politics

Judge Jill Karofsky on her Candidacy for State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Candidate Judge Jill Karofsky lays out why she should be elected to the bench. She noted her experience as a judge in Wisconsin and her commitment to advocating for victims.

January 17, 2020

Trump Rallies in Milwaukee
Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

Politics

Trump Rallies in Milwaukee

President Trump’s campaign rally packed UW-Milwaukee's Panther arena this week. Some guests waited for in line for hours to get a front-row seat. Here & Now reporter Zac Schultz said that despite Trump’s long record of failed fact checks, attendees continue to support the incumbent because he is emotionally honest.

January 17, 2020 • Southeast Region

State Supreme Court Candidate: Ed Fallone
State Supreme Court Candidate: Ed Fallone

Politics

State Supreme Court Candidate: Ed Fallone

Marquette Law School Professor Ed Fallone discusses his bid from The Wisconsin Supreme Court. Fallone believes that the state supreme court needs a wider diversity of perspectives and experiences on the bench.

January 10, 2020

2020 Political Predictions from Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross
2020 Political Predictions from Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross

Politics

2020 Political Predictions from Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross

Political analysts share their state and national predictions for 2020. Republican analyst Bill McCoshen says Democrats will lose their majority in the House, leaving them with an “unmanageable majority.” Democratic analyst Scot Ross, on the other hand, says that a Democratic presidential nominee will win over all 10 electoral college votes leading to a new Democratic President in 2021.

January 10, 2020

U.S. Reps. Respond to Crisis in the Middle East
U.S. Reps. Respond to Crisis in the Middle East

Politics

U.S. Reps. Respond to Crisis in the Middle East

With tensions between the U.S. and Iran on the rise, Wisconsin Congressmen address their views on the matter. Speaking from both sides of the aisle Wisconsin U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D) and Mike Gallagher (R ) discuss their concerns and the next steps for Congress.

January 10, 2020

Justice Daniel Kelly on his Candidacy for State Supreme Ct.
Justice Daniel Kelly on his Candidacy for State Supreme Ct.

Politics

Justice Daniel Kelly on his Candidacy for State Supreme Ct.

Appointed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2016, Justice Daniel Kelly is now running for a full 10-year term on the State Supreme Court. His interview will be the first of three interviews with primary state Supreme Court candidates.

January 3, 2020

Gov. Evers Gives a Recap of 2019, Plus A Look Ahead
Gov. Evers Gives a Recap of 2019, Plus A Look Ahead

Politics

Gov. Evers Gives a Recap of 2019, Plus A Look Ahead

In 2019, Wisconsin saw its first divided government at the State Capitol in more than a decade. From November’s special session on guns to Wisconsin's Foxconn contract, Gov. Tony Evers explains what progress was made in the past year and what work is still yet to be done.

January 3, 2020

Foxconn Contract to be Renegotiated?
Foxconn Contract to be Renegotiated?

Politics

Foxconn Contract to be Renegotiated?

State Secretary of Administration Joel Brennan breaks down the current status of Wisconsin's Foxconn contract. Newly released correspondence between Foxconn, Gov. Evers’ Administration and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation show growing conflict over the Taiwanese company’s ability to collect public tax subsidies.

December 20, 2019 • Southeast Region

UW Professor Discusses Historic Impeachment
UW Professor Discusses Historic Impeachment

Politics

UW Professor Discusses Historic Impeachment

UW Journalism Professor Mike Wagner explains the significance of the historic impeachment of President Donald Trump. He also gives an analysis of the latest Democratic Debate, including a discussion of who may have “won” the debate and who is likely to take the Democratic nomination in April.

December 20, 2019

Elections Commission Official Discusses the Voter Purge Laws
Elections Commission Official Discusses the Voter Purge Laws

Politics

Elections Commission Official Discusses the Voter Purge Laws

State Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe discusses the voter purge lawsuit and appeal that came quickly following a ruling by an Ozaukee County Circuit Court. The ruling ordered the deactivation of over 200,000 registered Wisconsin voters flagged as having changed their address.

December 20, 2019

Noon Wednesday: How 2019 Is A Window Into 2020
Noon Wednesday: How 2019 Is A Window Into 2020

Politics

Noon Wednesday: How 2019 Is A Window Into 2020

From divided government to election preparation to Foxconn, 2019 is the canary in the coalmine for what is yet to come for Wisconsin politics in 2020. Joining me to talk about what we’ve seen and what we can expect is Wisconsin Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Reporter Laurel White.

December 18, 2019

Fast Facts: Changes to Snap Explained
Fast Facts: Changes to Snap Explained

Policy

Fast Facts: Changes to Snap Explained

A segment of Fast Facts breaks down the changes to eligibility for food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which has been finalized by the Trump administration.

December 13, 2019

New Marquette Poll Shows No Change In Views on Impeachment
New Marquette Poll Shows No Change In Views on Impeachment

Politics

New Marquette Poll Shows No Change In Views on Impeachment

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin explains statewide survey results that found no change in impeachment views following the end of public testimony. The new results show that 40 percent think that President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 52 percent think the opposite. Six percent of respondents said they don’t know.

December 13, 2019

AG Kaul Discusses an Investigation into Wis. National Guard
AG Kaul Discusses an Investigation into Wis. National Guard

Politics

AG Kaul Discusses an Investigation into Wis. National Guard

State Attorney General Josh Kaul discusses a variety of topics including the federal investigation into the Wisconsin National Guard. A federal report found that the guard’s investigations of sexual assault and harassment violated the law.

December 13, 2019

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on his Impeachment Vote
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on his Impeachment Vote

Politics

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on his Impeachment Vote

U.S. Representative Ron Kind talks about the House impeachment vote as well as the new US, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement. The trade deal could get a thumbs-up vote from the U.S. House of Representatives in the coming days.

December 13, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers Lights Holiday Tree
Gov. Tony Evers Lights Holiday Tree

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers Lights Holiday Tree

The state Capitol’s holiday tree, as it’s called by Gov. Evers, is now on full display. The tree’s decorations “Celebrate Science” and were sent from school students around the state. The tree will be up until Jan. 2, 2020.

December 6, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Action in Wake of Gun Violence
Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Action in Wake of Gun Violence

Policy

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Action in Wake of Gun Violence

Governor Tony Evers said the state should provide more funding for mental health resources for students in light of the numerous gun incidents in Wisconsin this week. Evers’ call to action comes on the heels of two incidents where an officer shot and injured an armed student in Waukesha and Oshkosh.

December 6, 2019

UW Professor Weighs in on Impeachment Proceedings
UW Professor Weighs in on Impeachment Proceedings

Politics

UW Professor Weighs in on Impeachment Proceedings

Political Scientist and UW Professor David Canon breaks down the impeachment proceedings as the House Judiciary Committee reviews evidence this week. House Democrats are considering which articles of impeachment should be included. Canon says he thinks that the House can present a clear case of abuse of power.

December 6, 2019

WILL Sues State Elections Agency Over Voter Roll Maintenance
WILL Sues State Elections Agency Over Voter Roll Maintenance

Politics

WILL Sues State Elections Agency Over Voter Roll Maintenance

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) filed a lawsuit against the Elections Commission to remove unresponsive voters from rolls 30 days after getting a letter about whether they’ve moved. Chair of the State Elections Commission, Dean Knudson speaks to current voter roll maintenance and President of WILL Rick Esenberg talks about the lawsuit over voter registration policy.

December 6, 2019

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility
African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

Social Issues

African American Alliance Fosters Upward Mobility

According to studies, there are significant disparities between black and white people in the way of income, unemployment and homeownership in Wisconsin. The African American Leadership Alliance In Milwaukee (AALAM) actively seeks solutions, including developing and supporting African American leaders. Former State Assemblymember Antonio Riley talks about the newly formed alliance.

December 4, 2019 • South Central Region

Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration
Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration

Politics

Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration

Former DATCP Secretary Designee-Brad Pfaff found is back on the Evers administration. Pfaff will now serve as the Director of business and rural development in the Department of Administration. He will not need Senate confirmation in his new position.

December 4, 2019 • West Central Region

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists
Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

Education

Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap Persists

This week The National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, released results finding Wisconsin has the widest achievement gap in the country. Scores show the gap between Black and white students increasing in both math and reading.

December 4, 2019 • Northern Region

New Bill Aims to Curb Reckless Driving Habits
New Bill Aims to Curb Reckless Driving Habits

Politics

New Bill Aims to Curb Reckless Driving Habits

Last year, Wisconsin saw 60 fatal car accidents as a result of distracted driving. The story of a Hudson family's tragic experience reveals the damaging effects of a distracted driver. A bill at the Capitol regarding “driving while distracted” aims to crack down on the issue.

December 4, 2019

Political Panel Gives Thanks
Political Panel Gives Thanks

Politics

Political Panel Gives Thanks

Conservative and liberal panelists, Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross deliver their political thanksgiving by discussing aspects of the current political climate that they are thankful for.

November 29, 2019

New Bill Aims to Curb Reckless Driving Habits
New Bill Aims to Curb Reckless Driving Habits

Policy

New Bill Aims to Curb Reckless Driving Habits

Last year, Wisconsin saw 60 fatal car accidents as a result of distracted driving. The story of a Hudson family's tragic experience reveals the damaging effects of a distracted driver. A bill at the Capitol regarding “driving while distracted” aims to crack down on the issue.

November 29, 2019 • West Central Region

Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans
Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: WI Cities Rank Worst For African Americans

Milwaukee and Racine have been ranked the first and second worst places for African Americans to live in the country, according to a recent report from 24/7 Wall St. However, this isn’t the first time these two cities have made similar lists. UW-Madison Associate Professor of Sociology John Eason joins us to help give context to these rankings.

November 20, 2019

Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration
Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration

Politics

Former Sec. Designee Pfaff Stays on Evers Administration

Former DATCP Secretary Designee-Brad Pfaff found is back on the Evers administration. Pfaff will now serve as the Director of business and rural development in the Department of Administration. He will not need Senate confirmation in his new position.

November 15, 2019

Free Speech Proponent on Controversy in Lafayette County
Free Speech Proponent on Controversy in Lafayette County

Politics

Free Speech Proponent on Controversy in Lafayette County

After information related to water contamination was released, Lafayette county officials proposed a resolution that would prosecute journalists if they did not quote county news releases verbatim. Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders talks about Lafayette County Board's activities that raise freedom of the press questions.

November 15, 2019 • South West Region

Panel Breaks Down Partisan Power Plays
Panel Breaks Down Partisan Power Plays

Politics

Panel Breaks Down Partisan Power Plays

Republican Analyst Bill McCoshen and Democratic Analyst Scot Ross examine this week’s partisan power plays which resulted in two rejections from the state Senate. The two panelists also discuss national election results and how they factor into the upcoming 2020 elections.

November 8, 2019

Senate Majority Rejects Ag. Sec. Pfaff and Special Session
Senate Majority Rejects Ag. Sec. Pfaff and Special Session

Politics

Senate Majority Rejects Ag. Sec. Pfaff and Special Session

A deep dive into the Special Session on guns that never came to be and the senate’s vote to reject Brad Pfaff’s nomination for Ag. Secretary. WPR Capitol Reporter Laurel White also gives insight on both the special session and Pfaff.

November 8, 2019

Farmers Union President on State Agriculture Policies
Farmers Union President on State Agriculture Policies

Politics

Farmers Union President on State Agriculture Policies

Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden from La Crosse reacts to the rejection of the nomination of Brad Pfaff for Ag. Secretary. Von Ruden also discusses the implications of rules on large farming operations in Wisconsin.

November 8, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Are Domestic Violence Victims Locked Out?
Noon Wednesday: Are Domestic Violence Victims Locked Out?

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Are Domestic Violence Victims Locked Out?

87 percent of domestic violence victims' unmet needs in Wisconsin are for housing resources. Abby Swetz, policy and systems analyst at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, joins us to talk about the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness.

November 6, 2019

Supreme Court Hears More Lame Duck Challenges
Supreme Court Hears More Lame Duck Challenges

Politics

Supreme Court Hears More Lame Duck Challenges

The Wisconsin Supreme Court hears another challenge to last year’s lame duck session and Ray Cross announces his retirement as UW System president.

October 25, 2019 • South Central Region

New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities
New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities

Economy

New WEDC CEO Talks Foxconn, Agency Priorities

With new leadership at the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the agency’s new CEO Missy Hughes discusses the future of projects like Foxconn and other top priorities.

October 25, 2019 • Southeast Region

What’s Next for Gun Control Special Session
What’s Next for Gun Control Special Session

Politics

What’s Next for Gun Control Special Session

With Gov. Tony Evers calling for a special session on gun control and Republican legislative leaders pushing back on any change, WPR’s Laurel White shares insight into the political debate on the issue.

October 25, 2019 • South Central Region

Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll
Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll

Politics

Impeachment, Dem. Pres. Candidates in Newest Poll

With impeachment hearings, U.S. foreign policy, presidential horse-race numbers and the governor's approval all permeating the national discourse, Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin checks in on Wisconsinites’ views with his latest poll.

October 25, 2019 • South Central Region

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin
Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Politics

Congressional Elections Heating Up in Wisconsin

Two Democrats, Wausau School Board President Tricia Zunker and Businessman Lawrence Dale, join the 7th congressional district race in Northwest Wisconsin. Outside of Milwaukee, a 5th congressional district candidate state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R) receives a major endorsement from former Gov. Tommy Thompson.

October 18, 2019 • Northern Region

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention
DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention

Politics

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Shares Plans for Convention

DNC Host Committee Finance Chair Alex Lasry gives updates on the 2020 Convention and all that it will bring to the state. Next August, Lasry says the convention will bring over 50,000 people to Milwaukee, many of whom have never been to Wisconsin before. He said he thinks the national spotlight will put Wisconsin on the map.

October 18, 2019 • Southeast Region

UWM Professor Emeritus on National and State Politics
UWM Professor Emeritus on National and State Politics

Politics

UWM Professor Emeritus on National and State Politics

UW-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee discusses this week’s Democratic presidential candidate debate and some state politics, including the 5th congressional race. In both state and national elections, Lee says he sees many politicians employing a strategy that always keeps their base in mind, “that’s how you win elections,” he said.

October 18, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track
Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track

Politics

Noon Wednesday: How We Got Off-Track

Building a high-speed rail line between Madison and Milwaukee was a proposal that reached the end of its line but the topic still divides people. Special projects reporter Bridgit Bowden is talking to us about “Derailed,” a new podcast from Wisconsin Public Radio that goes full-steam into the history of the line and what it says about our state.

October 16, 2019 • Southeast Region

Rep. Stubbs on the State’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Rep. Stubbs on the State’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Policy

Rep. Stubbs on the State’s Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

State Representative Sheila Stubbs speaks about diversity and inclusion efforts underway at the Capitol including her new bill involving the same. This week, Gov. Evers signed an executive order calling for changes in how the state assesses issues of equity. Stubbs discussed the order and other policies can better serve different communities.

October 15, 2019

Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison
Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison

Politics

Secretary Designee Update, PFAS and F35 Jets in East Madison

The state Senate confirmed the first of Gov. Evers’ cabinet members this week. A report from the DNR found high-levels of unsafe chemicals known as PFAS in Madison's Starkweather Creek near the Truax national guard air-base. The Truax Field is also facing controversy due to a resolution passed by the state Senate in support of bringing new F-35 fighter jets to Madison.

October 11, 2019 • South Central Region

UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict
UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict

Politics

UW Political Scientist on US role in Turkish Conflict

UW-Madison Political Scientist, Professor Andrew Kydd, explains U.S. foreign policy and the Kurdish-Turkish border crisis. Many are waiting to see how President Trump decides to intervene considering that the Kurds are U.S. allies. Kydd warns that abandoning the Kurds during this crisis may undermine America’s credibility with other international allies.

October 11, 2019 • South Central Region

The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues
The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues

Politics

The Race for the 7th Congressional District Continues

The previously announced dates for the special 7th congressional election in the Northwest Wisconsin district must be changed because of a federal law. The seat held by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy until he resigned in September, is now up for grabs. Three Republican candidates are now in the race: Jason Church, Tom Tiffany, Michael Opela Sr.

October 4, 2019 • Northern Region

The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election
The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election

Politics

The Role of Electability and Identity in 2020 Election

FiveThirtyEight Senior Political writer Clare Malone examines the intersection of identity and electability in the upcoming Presidential election. Malone describes ‘electability’ (in the context of this election) as a shorthand for the ability to win over Obama-Trump voters that surprised the nation in 2016. Understanding those voters will be necessary for “electorally key states like Wisconsin,

October 4, 2019 • South Central Region

The Economic State of Farming
The Economic State of Farming

Agriculture

The Economic State of Farming

U.S. and State Department of Agriculture Secretaries Sonny Perdue and Brad Pfaff both give their perspectives on the state of small dairy farmers and the industry as a whole. With extreme weather, low prices and uncertainty in foreign trade, Pfaff explains that Wisconsin farmers have been hit with a “triple whammy” of unfortunate events.

October 4, 2019 • South Central Region

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down

Politics

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Doubles Down

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson weighs in on recent activities in Washington. Johnson says he’s once again looking at Hillary Clinton’s emails and remarks about whether people should trust what the President tweeted about a potential civil war.

October 4, 2019 • South Central Region

Political Panelists Touch on Washington politics
Political Panelists Touch on Washington politics

Politics

Political Panelists Touch on Washington politics

Political panelists, Republican Political Strategist Bill McCoshen and Democratic Political Strategist Scot Ross, respond to the current whirlwind in Washington politics surrounding the recent whistle blower complaint. The two also touch on Wisconsin election news involving an upcoming special election for the 7th Congressional District.

September 27, 2019 • South Central Region

Controversy In The Air: Military F-35 May Land in Madison
Controversy In The Air: Military F-35 May Land in Madison

Economy

Controversy In The Air: Military F-35 May Land in Madison

In tonight’s closer look, the U.S. Air Force is deciding whether to choose Madison’s Truax Field as a location for its F-35 fighter jets. Truax is home to the Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing and its current complement of F-16 aircraft.

September 27, 2019 • South Central Region

UW Political Scientist on the Process of Impeachment
UW Political Scientist on the Process of Impeachment

Politics

UW Political Scientist on the Process of Impeachment

In light of the recent whistle blower complaint and House Speaker Pelosi’s decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry, UW-Madison Political Scientist, Professor David Canon breaks down how exactly the impeachment process works. Canon explains that impeachment proceedings can occur when “there is a violation of public trust.”

September 27, 2019 • South Central Region

U.S. Rep. Pocan on Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump
U.S. Rep. Pocan on Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump

Politics

U.S. Rep. Pocan on Impeachment Inquiry into President Trump

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D) responds to recent developments involving a whistle blower complaint that led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) to call for an Impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

September 27, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Setting The Record Straight
Noon Wednesday: Setting The Record Straight

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Setting The Record Straight

Heightened debate over immigration policy can translate to the humanity of migrants themselves getting lost in the narrative. Our guest, Nissa Rhee, is working to break the traditional news cycle around reporting on refugees, asylum seekers and immigration by challenging how these stories are gathered.

September 25, 2019 • South Central Region

State Legislators Discuss Decline in Statewide Test Scores
State Legislators Discuss Decline in Statewide Test Scores

Education

State Legislators Discuss Decline in Statewide Test Scores

The Republican Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, State Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt and Democratic Committee Member Rep. LaKeshia Myers address the declining school test score results. The 2018-2019 statewide test score results show a decline in student performance overall. Scores from tests such as the ACT also show that the achievement gap between Black and white students persists.

September 20, 2019 • Northeast Region

Wisconsinites Owe Billions in Unpaid Medical Bills
Wisconsinites Owe Billions in Unpaid Medical Bills

Health

Wisconsinites Owe Billions in Unpaid Medical Bills

ABC for Health Executive Director Bobby Peterson talks about the complexities of medical debt in Wisconsin. Currently there are $1.2 billion in unpaid medical bills, according to figures released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

September 20, 2019 • South Central Region

Wisconsin Doctors at the Forefront of Vaping Investigation
Wisconsin Doctors at the Forefront of Vaping Investigation

Health

Wisconsin Doctors at the Forefront of Vaping Investigation

Dr. Michael Meyer, the head of the pediatric intensive care unit at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, describes the impact of vaping. Wisconsin has seen 48 lung disease cases in 21 counties, according to the Department of Health Services. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were among the first to connect the deadly lung disease to vaping.

September 20, 2019 • South Central Region

Portage County DA on the Impact of 60 Plus New Prosecutors
Portage County DA on the Impact of 60 Plus New Prosecutors

Politics

Portage County DA on the Impact of 60 Plus New Prosecutors

President of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association, Louis Molepske, speaks to the Evers’ administration’s decision to provide funds for additional county Assistant DAs. More than 60 assistant DAs will be placed at 56 counties around the state. Molepske says that the additional prosecutors will help people stay out of prison and make sure that justice is served for victims.

September 20, 2019 • West Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Should Wisconsin Inmates Pay-To-Stay?
Noon Wednesday: Should Wisconsin Inmates Pay-To-Stay?

Policy

Noon Wednesday: Should Wisconsin Inmates Pay-To-Stay?

There’s a price to pay when someone is sent to jail in Wisconsin, literally. We spoke with Dee Hall from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism about their recent analysis increasing practice of charging inmates for their stay in jail. Are these fees necessary to pay to for the facilities that house inmates? Or, do they violate the rights of the incarcerated?

September 18, 2019 • South Central Region

Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids
Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids

Politics

Candidates Line Up for and Mull Congressional Bids

Two members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation, the long-serving Jim Sensenbrenner and fourth-term Sean Duffy, announced they are retiring from Congress, and some have already jumped in the race to fill their seats.

September 13, 2019 • Northern Region

Kaul Weighs In on Lame Duck Laws
Kaul Weighs In on Lame Duck Laws

Politics

Kaul Weighs In on Lame Duck Laws

The lame duck laws passed last year continue to create friction between Attorney General Josh Kaul and the state legislature over the sharing of information regarding lawsuits the state might be interested in joining. Kaul discusses his concerns, talking about how the need for legislators to sign nondisclosure agreements impacts Wisconsin’s status on legal cases.

September 13, 2019 • South Central Region

Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’
Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’

Politics

Wisconsin at the ‘Center of the Political Universe’

Wisconsin is sure to be in the spotlight for national campaigns in 2020, and in the wake of the fourth Democratic presidential debate, UW-Milwaukee professor emeritus Mordecai Lee breaks down the candidates' performances and predicts what may be in store for the state. "It feels like we're in New Hampshire," Lee says. "I never thought Wisconsin would be at the center of the political universe."

September 13, 2019 • South Central Region

Noon Wednesday: Keeping Public Records Public
Noon Wednesday: Keeping Public Records Public

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Keeping Public Records Public

Open records requests allow citizens to see what politicians are doing and saying out of the public eye. Bill Lueders, president of the Freedom of Information Council, joins us to talk about how this tool of transparency can turn murky.

September 11, 2019 • South Central Region

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up
US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Politics

US Rep. Sensenbrenner Retires, Milwaukee Mayor Race Picks Up

Longest serving Wisconsin Congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R) announced that he will not seek another term. Sensenbrenner was first elected to his Waukesha-area seat in 1978. Meanwhile, Democratic state Senator Lena Taylor announced she is running for Mayor in Milwaukee. Incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to announce if he's running for re-election.

September 6, 2019 • Southeast Region

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind
Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Politics

Latest Marquette Law School Poll Show Trump Trailing Behind

Marquette Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin shares new statewide survey results. The results show President Trump lagging slightly behind Democratic front runners in 2020 match-ups. Respondents favored Vice President Joe Biden 51 percent compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders is also ahead at 48 percent to 44 percent.

September 6, 2019 • South Central Region

Health Sec. Designee Palm on Strategies For Medicaid
Health Sec. Designee Palm on Strategies For Medicaid

Health

Health Sec. Designee Palm on Strategies For Medicaid

Health Sec. Designee Andrea Palm discusses future Medicaid strategy for Wisconsin. The secretary says Medicaid expansion could bring the state federal money. She also breaks down immunization rates around the state as students head back to school for the year.

September 6, 2019 • South Central Region

Political Science Prof. on outgoing U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy
Political Science Prof. on outgoing U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy

Elections

Political Science Prof. on outgoing U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy

UW-Superior Political Science Professor Dr. Alisa Von Hagel provides insight on the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau. She also forecasts the political future of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Joining the show from Superior, Von Hagel says Duffy’s resignation may be a part of an ongoing trend among Republicans.

August 30, 2019

COWS Releases 2019 State of Working Wisconsin
COWS Releases 2019 State of Working Wisconsin

Economy

COWS Releases 2019 State of Working Wisconsin

UW Center on Wisconsin Strategy Associate Director Laura Dresser breaks down the 2019 State of Working Wisconsin report. The annual overview looks at the issues workers face just in time for Labor Day. This year’s report focuses on long-term issues such as wage stagnation.

August 30, 2019

WPR’s Laurel White on Dispute Between JFC and AG Kaul
WPR’s Laurel White on Dispute Between JFC and AG Kaul

Politics

WPR’s Laurel White on Dispute Between JFC and AG Kaul

As settlements pile up while AG Josh Kaul and lawmakers navigate lame ducks laws, many cases are halted in the process. WPR’s Laurel White examines the impact of the lame duck laws as AG Kaul seeks approval to pursue a significant multi-state case.

August 30, 2019

WEDC CEO Mark Hogan Steps Down
WEDC CEO Mark Hogan Steps Down

Economy

WEDC CEO Mark Hogan Steps Down

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan will step down next week. Due to lame duck laws, Gov. Tony Evers is not authorized to appoint his replacement until Sept. During Hogan’s time as the head of WEDC, he became instrumental in securing the Foxconn deal. Evers is now considering a successor to lead the job creation agency.

August 30, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Does Wisconsin Have Too Many Governments?
Noon Wednesday: Does Wisconsin Have Too Many Governments?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Does Wisconsin Have Too Many Governments?

Wisconsin has an unusually high number of local governments, according to a new report from Wisconsin Policy Forum. Research director Jason Stein joins us today to talk about how the complicated network of governments in the state to can lead to redundancy and inefficiency when it comes to serving Wisconsin residents.

August 28, 2019

Carr: “Doing Everything We Can” to Close Lincoln Hills
Carr: “Doing Everything We Can” to Close Lincoln Hills

Policy

Carr: “Doing Everything We Can” to Close Lincoln Hills

The state Department of Corrections has faced prison overcrowding and staffing shortages for years, challenges which Sec.-Designee Kevin Carr says he is hoping to tackle. He says he's looking to "provide more programs and support" for those incarcerated. Carr adds he is "doing everything we can" to meet the deadline to close the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility.

August 23, 2019

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage
Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

Education

Noon Wednesday: The Untold Story of Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, but not all women. Wisconsin Rep. Shelia Stubbs joins us to today to talk about the lesser-known history of the women’s suffrage movement that excluded women of color and why this part of the story shouldn’t be forgotten.

August 14, 2019

What Can Wisconsin Do in the Wake of Mass Shootings?
What Can Wisconsin Do in the Wake of Mass Shootings?

Health

What Can Wisconsin Do in the Wake of Mass Shootings?

In the wake of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, some officials in Wisconsin have been calling for stricter gun control. Attorney General Josh Kaul discusses what those measures might look like, especially a proposed “red flag law.” Wisconsin Carry President Nik Clark also weighs in, discussing the burden background checks would place on gun sales.

August 9, 2019

Economics of Tax Credits for Foxconn Jobs
Economics of Tax Credits for Foxconn Jobs

Economy

Economics of Tax Credits for Foxconn Jobs

A new economic study looks into the economic impact that Foxconn’s promised 13,000 jobs would bring to the state, suggesting Wisconsin could pay upwards of $290,000 in tax credits per job. The study’s author Tim Bartik, senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, says that Wisconsin could still face high costs even if it re-negotiates the contract.

August 9, 2019

Anderson: “They Elected Me Wheelchair and All”
Anderson: “They Elected Me Wheelchair and All”

Politics

Anderson: “They Elected Me Wheelchair and All”

Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchburg, has been at odds with Speaker Robin Vos in asking for a change to Assembly rules to allow him to call in to committee hearings, which he says is a necessary accommodation for his disability. He says being able to participate in meetings is important in doing the work for his constituents, saying “they elected me, wheelchair and all.”

August 2, 2019

Cross Shares Concerns over Tuition Freeze
Cross Shares Concerns over Tuition Freeze

Education

Cross Shares Concerns over Tuition Freeze

State university officials are voicing concerns over the tuition freeze and a lack of funding to support it. UW System President Ray Cross says the system cannot maintain quality without investment. “We think people across the state need to understand the value of the university in their lives,” Cross says.

August 2, 2019

AG Kaul Urges Congress to List PFAS as Hazardous
AG Kaul Urges Congress to List PFAS as Hazardous

Environment

AG Kaul Urges Congress to List PFAS as Hazardous

In continuing coverage on the contamination of PFAS chemicals in water: Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul signs on to a letter urging Congress to list the compounds as a hazardous substance.

August 2, 2019

Sec.-Des. Meaney on Tourism, Office of Outdoor Recreation
Sec.-Des. Meaney on Tourism, Office of Outdoor Recreation

Economy

Sec.-Des. Meaney on Tourism, Office of Outdoor Recreation

In continuing conversations with Gov. Tony Evers’ cabinet secretaries, Zac Schultz sits down with Tourism Sec.-Designee Sara Meaney. She says that tourism is the state’s third-largest industry, which can drive economic growth as well as be a promotional activity. She adds that reaching out to a diverse group of is something the department “need[s] to do intentionally, and with eyes wide open.”

August 2, 2019

Group Challenges Governor’s Power to “Write New Law”
Group Challenges Governor’s Power to “Write New Law”

Elections

Group Challenges Governor’s Power to “Write New Law”

The budget fight continues with the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty filing suit this week over the governor’s budgetary partial vetoes.

August 2, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Taking Politics Out Of Farmer Mental Health
Noon Wednesday: Taking Politics Out Of Farmer Mental Health

Agriculture

Noon Wednesday: Taking Politics Out Of Farmer Mental Health

Over the last week, Wisconsin politicians have sparred over how to provide mental health resources to our state’s farmers. Our guest John Shutske, a UW-Extension Agriculture and Health Safety Specialist, has spoken to thousands of farmers and sees the groundwork needed to get resources to struggling farmers.

July 31, 2019

How Wisconsin Grapples With PFAS
How Wisconsin Grapples With PFAS

Environment

How Wisconsin Grapples With PFAS

Polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, better known as PFAS, can pose health risks to humans if they enter the groundwater. Here & Now reporter Marisa Wojcik delves into how municipalities deal with PFAS pollution and DNR Sec.-Designee Preston Cole discusses the state’s response to the chemical.

July 26, 2019

How Polarized is Wisconsin’s legislature?
How Polarized is Wisconsin’s legislature?

Politics

How Polarized is Wisconsin’s legislature?

A new WisContext report shows the Wisconsin legislature is the most partisan-polarized in recent history. The study’s author, UW-Green Bay political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, discusses how legislators’ roll call votes help shape the metric of partisanship and how the state’s districts place more importance on partisan primaries.

July 26, 2019

Other States Share Concern Over Wisconsin Power Line
Other States Share Concern Over Wisconsin Power Line

Economy

Other States Share Concern Over Wisconsin Power Line

As the Wisconsin Public Service Commission considers the proposal for a power line connection Iowa with the Madison area, attorneys general from Illinois and Michigan weigh in.

July 26, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Can’t We Just Talk About It?
Noon Wednesday: Can’t We Just Talk About It?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Can’t We Just Talk About It?

The rise of polarized and contentious politics is fracturing civic discourse, according to a group of researchers including our guest, UW-Madison professor of journalism Mike Wagner. The team of researchers are working to bridge that gap with the establishment of the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal by researching the intersection of media, technology and Wisconsin politics.

July 24, 2019

Neumann-Ortiz Discusses Immigration Concerns in Wisconsin
Neumann-Ortiz Discusses Immigration Concerns in Wisconsin

Policy

Neumann-Ortiz Discusses Immigration Concerns in Wisconsin

With federal ICE raids in the news and members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation weighing in on the immigration debate, Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera discusses the status of the debate in Wisconsin.

July 19, 2019

PSC to Weigh Need vs. Environmental Impact of Power Line
PSC to Weigh Need vs. Environmental Impact of Power Line

Environment

PSC to Weigh Need vs. Environmental Impact of Power Line

Residents of southwestern Wisconsin voice concerns over a proposed high-voltage power line that would stretch from Iowa to just west of Madison. Student journalist Will Kenneally reports on the Public Service Commission’s upcoming decision on whether the line is necessary for Wisconsin’s energy infrastructure.

July 19, 2019 • West Central Region

Noon Wednesday: E-cigarettes Creating a Clouds of Debate
Noon Wednesday: E-cigarettes Creating a Clouds of Debate

Health

Noon Wednesday: E-cigarettes Creating a Clouds of Debate

Lawmakers are considering hikes on e-cigarette and vaping taxes as Wisconsin’s traditional tobacco tax revenues decline, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. The report’s author, Mark Sommerhauser, joins us to talk about new vaping taxes and how they may influence politics and public health.

July 17, 2019

Evers Discusses Budget, Marijuana, Redistricting
Evers Discusses Budget, Marijuana, Redistricting

Budgets

Evers Discusses Budget, Marijuana, Redistricting

Gov. Tony Evers signed his first budget into law, calling it a down payment on ‘the people’s budget’ while making some line-item vetoes to increase education funding. He discusses how he vetoed more education funding into the budget and what his legislative priorities are moving forward.

July 12, 2019

How Important Is the Latino Vote in Wisconsin?
How Important Is the Latino Vote in Wisconsin?

Politics

How Important Is the Latino Vote in Wisconsin?

Democratic presidential candidates flocked to Milwaukee to speak at the League of United Latino American Citizens national convention, the same week President Trump held a fundraiser in the same city. Former league president Hector Flores discusses the importance of Wisconsin and the state’s Latino voters in the upcoming 2020 election.

July 12, 2019

Milwaukee Seeks to Improve Juvenile Incarceration
Milwaukee Seeks to Improve Juvenile Incarceration

Policy

Milwaukee Seeks to Improve Juvenile Incarceration

Milwaukee County is looking into ways to change juvenile incarceration, proposing a $42 million renovation to its existing facility. County supervisor Marcelia Nicholson talks about how the county wants to improve conditions for its juvenile inmates, saying they want to use evidence-based solutions that go “beyond detention.”

July 12, 2019 • Southeast Region

Efforts to Mandate CWD Testing in Parts of Wisconsin
Efforts to Mandate CWD Testing in Parts of Wisconsin

Environment

Efforts to Mandate CWD Testing in Parts of Wisconsin

An advisory group is pushing for mandatory CWD testing in parts of western Wisconsin.

July 12, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Could Latino vote be a tipping point?
Noon Wednesday: Could Latino vote be a tipping point?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Could Latino vote be a tipping point?

Four Democratic presidential candidates will make their presence known in Wisconsin tomorrow during a League of United Latin American Citizens town hall. UW-Madison political science professor Ben Marquez talks about how the role the Latinx vote will play a role in the 2020 presidential elections.

July 10, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers Reacts to Proposed Veto Limits
Gov. Tony Evers Reacts to Proposed Veto Limits

Politics

Gov. Tony Evers Reacts to Proposed Veto Limits

Governor Tony Evers responds to Republican lawmakers who want to amend the state constitution to limit the executive veto authority. The move comes in response to Evers’ veto that increased K-12 spending. Evers tells Here and Now’s Frederica Freyberg it’s more out of the lame-duck playbook.

July 9, 2019

Wisconsin’s Prisons Face Overcrowding
Wisconsin’s Prisons Face Overcrowding

Budgets

Wisconsin’s Prisons Face Overcrowding

In the midst of the budget work, Governor Evers signed a bill that will delay closing the Lincoln Hills youth prison until July of 2021. The Governor says more time is needed for construction of replacement facilities. Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Dee Hall talks about the center’s new report on prisons and prison overcrowding.

July 7, 2019

Veto Pen Used in Signing State Budget
Veto Pen Used in Signing State Budget

Politics

Veto Pen Used in Signing State Budget

Gov. Tony Evers signed the state budget into law, using his veto pen to make final changes to the budget passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. WPR’s Laurel White discusses those final changes and what they mean for the final state budget.

July 5, 2019

Who Stands Out Among a Crowded Dem Field?
Who Stands Out Among a Crowded Dem Field?

Elections

Who Stands Out Among a Crowded Dem Field?

UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner joined a group of political scientists in providing live analysis of this week’s Democratic presidential debates. He talks about which candidates he thought broke through the crowded field, and how well they positioned themselves to face President Donald Trump.

June 28, 2019

Burden Breaks Down Redistricting Ruling
Burden Breaks Down Redistricting Ruling

Elections

Burden Breaks Down Redistricting Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts must stay out of cases involving partisan gerrymandering. Barry Burden, UW-Madison political science professor and director of the Elections Research Center, talks about what the decision means for Wisconsin's own partisan gerrymandering case before the court.

June 28, 2019

Barbato Discusses Conditions and Aid at Southern Border
Barbato Discusses Conditions and Aid at Southern Border

Policy

Barbato Discusses Conditions and Aid at Southern Border

A photo of a father and daughter who died trying to cross the Rio Grande caught national attention the same week that the House and Senate passed measures sending humanitarian aid to the southern border. Director of the UW Immigrant Justice Clinic Erin Barbato shares first-hand the conditions immigrants face at the southern border.

June 28, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Outside Factors Impacting Health
Noon Wednesday: Outside Factors Impacting Health

Health

Noon Wednesday: Outside Factors Impacting Health

Every year, the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps delivers detailed data state by state, county by county, how a myriad of factors contribute to health and health equity. Dr. Sheri Johnson says this year's rankings emphasize housing and communities to explain the interconnectedness of inequality and health.

June 26, 2019

What’s Next for the State Budget?
What’s Next for the State Budget?

Budgets

What’s Next for the State Budget?

With both chambers of the legislature passing the state budget, all eyes are on Gov. Tony Evers and whether he will veto parts or all of the spending plan. WPR’s Laurel White discusses what may be ahead as the bill hits the governor’s desk, and ways the Republican-controlled legislature made it harder to veto.

June 21, 2019

GOP, Dem Leaders Discuss Budget’s Final Stages
GOP, Dem Leaders Discuss Budget’s Final Stages

Politics

GOP, Dem Leaders Discuss Budget’s Final Stages

The state budget heads to the legislature next week, with questions remaining over wheher Gov. Tony Evers will ultimately veto the bill. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is “very proud of the work [the Committee on] Joint Finance did,” to include policy priorities with a conservative price tag. Minority Leader Gordon Hintz disagrees, saying parts of the GOP budget are bad for Wisconsin.

June 21, 2019

Court Rules Lame Duck Session Constitutional
Court Rules Lame Duck Session Constitutional

Politics

Court Rules Lame Duck Session Constitutional

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds laws passed and appointments confirmed in last year’s lame duck session, ruling that the type of legislative session is constitutional.

June 21, 2019

How Can Wisconsin Support Minority Teachers
How Can Wisconsin Support Minority Teachers

Education

How Can Wisconsin Support Minority Teachers

There is a bi-partisan effort to add money to a fund that helps forgive loan debt for minority teachers. Connie Hutchison helps administer the program as executive secretary of the Higher Education Aids Board. She says that changes to the program will likely attract more people.

June 21, 2019

Abrahamson Honored at Capitol
Abrahamson Honored at Capitol

Elections

Abrahamson Honored at Capitol

Retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson is honored at a Capitol event.

June 21, 2019

Johnson on Southern Border, Tariff Disputes
Johnson on Southern Border, Tariff Disputes

Politics

Johnson on Southern Border, Tariff Disputes

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, discusses immigration and tariff debates that have continued at the nation’s capital. He says he is “completely supportive” of the senate approving the new trilateral agreement with Canada and Mexico. Johnson adds that immigration from Central America is a humanitarian crisis, saying it is “a growing problem we need to enact laws to fix.”

June 21, 2019

Noon Wednesday: We’ve Been Here All Along
Noon Wednesday: We’ve Been Here All Along

Social Issues

Noon Wednesday: We’ve Been Here All Along

Dick Wagner chronicles the history of gay Wisconsinites prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. His new book, "We've Been Here All Along: Wisconsin's Early Gay History," shows how people lived their lives despite severe societal homophobia. "You shouldn't assume that we have no past," Wagner says, "and our past helps define who we are today."

June 19, 2019

Nygren, Goyke Share Views on Finished Budget
Nygren, Goyke Share Views on Finished Budget

Budgets

Nygren, Goyke Share Views on Finished Budget

After months of work, the Joint Finance Committee put its stamp of approval on an amended state budget this week. Weighing in on the changes to Gov. Tony Evers’ proposals are Democratic Rep. Evan Goyke and Republican Rep. John Nygren. Nygren urges Evers to sign the budget, saying funding in areas like education are similar to what he asked for. Goyke advocates for greater bipartisan input.

June 14, 2019

Funding Environmental Stewardship in Wisconsin
Funding Environmental Stewardship in Wisconsin

Environment

Funding Environmental Stewardship in Wisconsin

The state budget writing committee approved a two-year extension for the state’s stewardship fund that purchases land for outdoor recreation and environmental protection. Breaking down the program’s funding is Jason Stein, research director for the Wisconsin Policy Forum. He says the amount the program can borrow, which helps alleviate tax revenue loss for municipalities, is down.

June 14, 2019

State Marks Centennial of Being First to Ratify Women’s Vote
State Marks Centennial of Being First to Ratify Women’s Vote

Politics

State Marks Centennial of Being First to Ratify Women’s Vote

100 years ago today, Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to ratify the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. A celebration at the State Capitol today featured speakers delving into that history and unveiling Wisconsin’s original 19th Amendment document.

June 14, 2019

Noon Wednesday: The New Normal for Rural Schools
Noon Wednesday: The New Normal for Rural Schools

Education

Noon Wednesday: The New Normal for Rural Schools

Declining enrollments and complicated funding streams are making it harder and harder for rural schools to keep the lights on. Kim Kaukl, director if the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, joins us to talk about this seemingly inescapable pattern and talk about his own story in Spring Valley.

June 12, 2019 • West Central Region

Transportation & Healthcare Get Budget Spotlight
Transportation & Healthcare Get Budget Spotlight

Politics

Transportation & Healthcare Get Budget Spotlight

Transportation and healthcare funding were on the docket this week, with a more than half a billion dollar increase of state money going to healthcare and a hike in vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads. Members from both sides of the aisle lend their take to the state budget.

June 7, 2019

Pocan Updates on Trade and Immigration Policy
Pocan Updates on Trade and Immigration Policy

Agriculture

Pocan Updates on Trade and Immigration Policy

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan discusses the potential for tariffs levied against Mexico and the ongoing debate over immigration. He says on tariffs that “farmers are really hurting” in Wisconsin, adding that Mexico is one of the country’s largest trading partners. He adds that the issue of legal status for undocumented children is the president’s design, saying he created the problem.

June 7, 2019

Court Appointed Lawyers to Get Raise
Court Appointed Lawyers to Get Raise

Budgets

Court Appointed Lawyers to Get Raise

Wisconsin courts have suffered from a dearth of attorneys to hire when public defenders are unavailable, but there is hope that a budget measure to hike the pay for these attorneys will address the shortage. Chief Justice Pat Roggensack says the pay raise for these attorneys is “absolutely critical,” adding that Wisconsin needs “qualified lawyers for those who can’t afford to pay.”

May 31, 2019

System Employees Feel Squeeze Under UW Budget
System Employees Feel Squeeze Under UW Budget

Budgets

System Employees Feel Squeeze Under UW Budget

The state’s budget writing committee passed a funding plan for the UW System, over objections from system president Ray Cross and academic faculty. Sharing concerns from the university community is chemistry professor and former PROFS president Judith Burstyn. She says university staff are feeling the burden of lower salaries than peer institutions.

May 31, 2019

Kelly for Supreme Court
Kelly for Supreme Court

Politics

Kelly for Supreme Court

Incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly announces he will seek a full 10-year term on the Supreme Court, joining liberal candidates Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky and Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone.

May 24, 2019

Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now
Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now

Elections

Brakes on Hop 2020 Expansion for Now

As Milwaukee gets ready to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, some city officials are pushing to extend the streetcar line to reach the convention site. A committee vote this week tables the expansion for now, putting into question whether the expansion could be finished by next summer.

May 24, 2019 • Southeast Region

Keeping Wisconsin Water Clean
Keeping Wisconsin Water Clean

Health

Keeping Wisconsin Water Clean

The issue of contaminated drinking water in Wisconsin has drawn the attention of both sides of the aisle. Gov. Tony Evers declared 2019 the year of clean drinking water and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos created the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality. Here & Now’s Marisa Wojcik reports on the efforts to improve water quality in the state.

May 24, 2019 • South West Region

Wisconsin Could Face First Budget Veto
Wisconsin Could Face First Budget Veto

Budgets

Wisconsin Could Face First Budget Veto

After proposing the budget in February, the governor will have one more chance to make his mark on the legislation with his veto pen. WPR’s Shawn Johnson discusses what an Evers veto might look like and how Republicans are responding.

May 24, 2019

Education Funding Gets Budget Spotlight
Education Funding Gets Budget Spotlight

Budgets

Education Funding Gets Budget Spotlight

Republicans and Democrats remain $900 million apart on funding for K-12 education, with the GOP plan passing the Joint Finance Committee this week. Breaking down the competing plans are Sen. Luther Olsen and Rep. Chris Taylor. Olsen says the Republican plan provides the type of funding Evers asks for, while Taylor says it prioritizes tax breaks over school funding.

May 24, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Are We Heading Towards Impeachment?
Noon Wednesday: Are We Heading Towards Impeachment?

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Are We Heading Towards Impeachment?

New Democrats are calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, including Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan. Are we heading towards impeachment? Probably not, according to UW-Madison political science and law professor Howard Schweber.

May 22, 2019

Trade Talks Lead to Farmer Uncertainty
Trade Talks Lead to Farmer Uncertainty

Agriculture

Trade Talks Lead to Farmer Uncertainty

The ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China raise concerns over the export market for Wisconsin farmers. President of the Wisconsin Farmer’s Union Darin Von Ruden discusses how farmers navigate low commodity prices on top of the trade uncertainty. He says that even a short term instability in the market can have a long term effect on the relationships between producers and buyers.

May 17, 2019

High Court Hears Challenge to Lame Duck Session
High Court Hears Challenge to Lame Duck Session

Politics

High Court Hears Challenge to Lame Duck Session

A busy week in the Capitol included Supreme Court arguments challenging December’s lame duck session and an Assembly session that passed a slate of abortion bills.

May 17, 2019

Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides
Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides

Budgets

Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides

The expansion of Medicaid in the state has been a divisive issue, with Republican leaders calling it a non-starter and Gov. Tony Evers saying he will continue to fight for the coverage. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz delves into what expanding Medicaid would mean for some health care providers.

May 17, 2019

Longest Serving Justice Shirley Abrahamson Retires
Longest Serving Justice Shirley Abrahamson Retires

Politics

Longest Serving Justice Shirley Abrahamson Retires

Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson will finish her 43-year tenure on the bench at the end of the year. The first woman to ever serve on the state’s high court, and also the state’s longest-serving justice, heard her final arguments this week.

May 17, 2019

Proposed Abortion Legislation
Proposed Abortion Legislation

Health

Proposed Abortion Legislation

Republican lawmakers have introduced a slate of abortion-related bills including a ‘born alive’ bill that creates criminal penalties for doctors who do not care for fetuses still alive after an abortion. Weighing in on the new legislation are Rep. Barbara Dittrich, R-Oconomowoc, and Mel Barnes, the Legal and Policy Director at Planned Parenthood Wisconsin.

May 10, 2019

WPR Series: High Tolerance
WPR Series: High Tolerance

Health

WPR Series: High Tolerance

WPR’s Shawn Johnson discusses a new WPR series on alcohol in Wisconsin, delving into the state’s three-tier system for manufacturing, distributing and selling alcohol.

May 10, 2019

Child Welfare Crisis La Crosse County
Child Welfare Crisis La Crosse County

Social Issues

Child Welfare Crisis La Crosse County

Explaining the state's child welfare crisis is Dir. of La Crosse Co. Division of Health Serv. Jason Witt. He says the state’s meth and drug problem contribute to more children needing to be on welfare. “It really has been a flood, and this really is a crisis,” Witt says. Also a preview of a WPT documentary on trauma informed care among children: "Not Enough Apologies."

May 10, 2019 • West Central Region

Cuts Begin on Evers’ Budget
Cuts Begin on Evers’ Budget

Politics

Cuts Begin on Evers’ Budget

As budget negotiations continue, Republican legislative leaders remove non-fiscal items from the budget Gov. Tony Evers submitted.

May 10, 2019

Budget Fight Continues over Medicaid
Budget Fight Continues over Medicaid

Budgets

Budget Fight Continues over Medicaid

State budget negotiations continue with Republicans saying they will remove some of Evers’ policy proposals. The state budget committee’s vice chair Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, and committee member Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-West Point, discuss Medicaid expansion in the state and transportation funding.

May 3, 2019

Homelessness Funding Works through Legislature
Homelessness Funding Works through Legislature

Social Issues

Homelessness Funding Works through Legislature

The legislature is proposing $3.75 million to help prevent homelessness in the state. Here & Now shares the story of Jivonte Davis who experienced homelessness in Madison, and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, breaks down the legislative proposal.

April 26, 2019 • South Central Region

Candidates Line Up in Wisconsin for 2020 Race
Candidates Line Up in Wisconsin for 2020 Race

Politics

Candidates Line Up in Wisconsin for 2020 Race

Candidates for the 2020 presidential races have already started flooding the state. Weighing in on how their messages are resonating with people in the state are Bill McCoshen of Capitol Consultants and Democratic strategist Scot Ross. Ross says Wisconsin “has all the hallmarks of a great state that you need to win.” McCoshen says that “the results speak for themselves” in Trump’s victory.

April 26, 2019

Wisconsinites Weigh In on Budget, 2020 Politics
Wisconsinites Weigh In on Budget, 2020 Politics

Economy

Wisconsinites Weigh In on Budget, 2020 Politics

Director of the Marquette Law School Poll Charles Franklin breaks down his newest poll that delves into Wisconsinites’ views on budget and policy issues. He discusses what may be ahead for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, with Bernie Sanders pulling an early lead in the same state he won in 2016.

April 12, 2019

2019 State of the Tribes
2019 State of the Tribes

Social Issues

2019 State of the Tribes

Oneida Nation Chairman Tehassi Hill delivered the 2019 State of the Tribes address Tuesday. He covered a lot of ground: American Indian mascots, global warming, and chronic wasting disease are just a few of the issues he brought to the joint session of the state legislature.

April 12, 2019

Hagedorn Wins Close Election
Hagedorn Wins Close Election

Politics

Hagedorn Wins Close Election

After a razor-tight margin, appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn won election to the state Supreme Court. Here & Now's Zac Schultz reports on the reactions from the campaigns on election night.

April 5, 2019

Former Justice Weighs In on Supreme Court Election
Former Justice Weighs In on Supreme Court Election

Politics

Former Justice Weighs In on Supreme Court Election

After Tuesday's Supreme Court election, former Justice Janine Geske discusses her reaction to the results. She says Hegedorn's victory surprised her because of the "traditional campaign" Neubauer ran. She adds she is worried how Hagedorn's religious views would impact his role on the court, saying she is "not sure he explained how he would recuse himself."

April 5, 2019

How Partisan Are Judicial Races?
How Partisan Are Judicial Races?

Politics

How Partisan Are Judicial Races?

UW-Green Bay political science professor Aaron Weinschenk discusses his new article in WisContext.org that delves into how judicial races have become more partisan. He says that "we are in new territory now where each new election seems to outpace the previous." He adds that a benefit of making judicial races partisan is that it could drive higher turnout.

April 5, 2019

Madison’s ‘Mayor for Life’ Loses Reelection
Madison’s ‘Mayor for Life’ Loses Reelection

Politics

Madison’s ‘Mayor for Life’ Loses Reelection

On Tuesday, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Soglin lost his reelection bid for Madison’s mayor. Here & Now looks back at his more than 20 years of service in the office.

April 5, 2019 • South Central Region

Kaul: ‘We Need to Hold Them Accountable’
Kaul: ‘We Need to Hold Them Accountable’

Politics

Kaul: ‘We Need to Hold Them Accountable’

Attorney General Josh Kaul discusses the lawsuits challenging the lame duck session and an investigation Wisconsin joined that targets opioid distributors. Regarding lame duck laws, Kaul says “this chaos we’re seeing is not surprising,” adding that it is a direct result of the lame duck session. On opioids, Kaul stresses “if there is a violation of the law, we need to hold them accountable."

March 29, 2019

Courts Rule on Two Lame Duck Lawsuits
Courts Rule on Two Lame Duck Lawsuits

Politics

Courts Rule on Two Lame Duck Lawsuits

WPR Capitol reporter Laurel White breaks down the multiple lawsuits challenging the lame duck laws passed last year. She discusses the difference between the suit challenging the whole session and the suit challenging the session’s laws, as well as the status the 15 Walker appointees whose nominations were pulled by Gov. Tony Evers.

March 29, 2019

What Separates the Candidates for Supreme Court
What Separates the Candidates for Supreme Court

Politics

What Separates the Candidates for Supreme Court

The April 2 spring election will see one of two appeals court judges--Brian Hagedorn or Lisa Neubauer--elevated to the state’s highest court. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz previews the race, and the issues that define the candidates.

March 29, 2019

Wisconsin Senators React to Mueller Report
Wisconsin Senators React to Mueller Report

Politics

Wisconsin Senators React to Mueller Report

The Mueller report created waves in Washington this week, and Wisconsin’s senators react to the news.

March 29, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Mark Sommerhauser Gives Context to Lame Duck Laws
Noon Wednesday: Mark Sommerhauser Gives Context to Lame Duck Laws

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Mark Sommerhauser Gives Context to Lame Duck Laws

With four lame duck lawsuits pending and two of them having been ruled on in the last week, keeping tabs on what's going on can be difficult. Mark Sommerhauser from the Wisconsin State Journal joins us to talk about the lame duck lawsuits and provide some context around what's happening with this ongoing litigation.

March 27, 2019

Brennan Responds to Lame Duck Suit, Capital Budget
Brennan Responds to Lame Duck Suit, Capital Budget

Politics

Brennan Responds to Lame Duck Suit, Capital Budget

Gov. Tony Evers’s Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan weighs in on the week’s news that includes the state’s Building Commission rejecting the governor’s capital budget and a judge’s ruling on December’s lame duck session. On Republican concerns over borrowing in the budget, Brennan says “I don’t know it’s something they can’t stomach, they just don’t like the chef.”

March 22, 2019

What’s Next for the Lame Duck Lawsuits?
What’s Next for the Lame Duck Lawsuits?

Politics

What’s Next for the Lame Duck Lawsuits?

Delving into the developing court battle over December’s lame duck session is WPR’s Shawn Johnson. He breaks down what the judge’s ruling means for appointments made under former Gov. Scott Walker, as well as how the venue of the District III Court of Appeals may shape the case.

March 22, 2019

What Bipartisanship Means in Current Congress
What Bipartisanship Means in Current Congress

Politics

What Bipartisanship Means in Current Congress

This week, Frederica sat down with two congressmen from opposite sides of the aisle--U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan and Mike Gallagher--who met in Appleton to discuss shared values and the spirit of bipartisanship.

March 22, 2019 • Northeast Region

Democrats Will Flock to Milwaukee for 2020 Convention
Democrats Will Flock to Milwaukee for 2020 Convention

Politics

Democrats Will Flock to Milwaukee for 2020 Convention

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, says she is “over the moon” that the Democratic National Committee chose her home city as the location for their 2020 national convention. She says Milwaukee “really demonstrates our Democratic values,” and that she is looking forward to showcasing the city’s diverse population.

March 15, 2019 • Southeast Region

ICE Releases Documents on Wisconsin Arrests
ICE Releases Documents on Wisconsin Arrests

Social Issues

ICE Releases Documents on Wisconsin Arrests

After the numerous ICE arrests in Wisconsin last September, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get more information on those who were arrested. He released those files from ICE this week.

March 15, 2019

Evers Explains Budget Priorities, Bipartisan Possibilities
Evers Explains Budget Priorities, Bipartisan Possibilities

Politics

Evers Explains Budget Priorities, Bipartisan Possibilities

Gov. Tony Evers sits down with Zac to discuss the policy priorities included in his first budget. Evers says he “feels confident this truly is the people’s budget,” and that with newly-divided government Wisconsinites want to see something accomplished. On whether he will use his powerful veto pen, Evers says “what I want to avoid is having to veto an entire budget.”

March 8, 2019

Fast Facts: Bipartisanship in the Budget
Fast Facts: Bipartisanship in the Budget

Economy

Fast Facts: Bipartisanship in the Budget

With the state budget containing policy priorities that some may find polarizing, Marisa Wojcik delves into areas of the budget that may receive bipartisan support.

March 8, 2019

Tax Expert Breaks Down First Evers Budget
Tax Expert Breaks Down First Evers Budget

Economy

Tax Expert Breaks Down First Evers Budget

Helping break down Gov. Tony Evers’s budget proposal is Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He says of the debate between Republican and Democratic versions, “the one thing that will unite Republicans is taxes.”

March 1, 2019

National Emergency Vote Divides Wis. Delegation
National Emergency Vote Divides Wis. Delegation

Politics

National Emergency Vote Divides Wis. Delegation

The US House voted to override the president’s declaration of a national emergency. Here's how the Wisconsin delegation voted.

March 1, 2019

Supreme Court Race: Brian Hagedorn
Supreme Court Race: Brian Hagedorn

Politics

Supreme Court Race: Brian Hagedorn

State Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn discusses his run for the high court. He clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman and was chief counsel to former Gov. Scott Walker. He is currently a state appeals court judge. He says he wants to tackle issues such as the opioid epidemic, saying he wants to “make sure we have adequate resources to address those problems.”

March 1, 2019

How Marijuana and Race Impact the Criminal Justice System
How Marijuana and Race Impact the Criminal Justice System

Social Issues

How Marijuana and Race Impact the Criminal Justice System

One of the points of Gov. Tony Evers’s marijuana proposal is that those with criminal marijuana convictions would have their records expunged. Discussing the criminal justice side of the plan is Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee. He breaks down how racial minorities feel the impact of the criminal justice system more than white drug users and how expungement helps those convicted move forward.

February 22, 2019

Stroebel: “Decriminalization is Legalization”
Stroebel: “Decriminalization is Legalization”

Social Issues

Stroebel: “Decriminalization is Legalization”

Republicans have voiced opposition to the governor’s plan to decriminalize marijuana. Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, says there are enough issues with substance abuse in Wisconsin now, and does not want to see marijuana decriminalized. He discusses his opposition to CBD oil, saying he did not want to mislead people to the benefits of the product without adequate tests.

February 22, 2019

Milwaukee Seeks DNC Bid, Supreme Court Race Hits Air
Milwaukee Seeks DNC Bid, Supreme Court Race Hits Air

Politics

Milwaukee Seeks DNC Bid, Supreme Court Race Hits Air

Milwaukee looks to be the favorite for the next Democratic National Convention, and the race for state Supreme Court hits the airwaves.

February 22, 2019 • Southeast Region

Evers Issues First Veto
Evers Issues First Veto

Politics

Evers Issues First Veto

Gov. Tony Evers uses his first veto on a Republican-authored bill to cut taxes on some Wisconsinites.

February 22, 2019

Kaepernick Divides Legislature on Black History
Kaepernick Divides Legislature on Black History

Social Issues

Kaepernick Divides Legislature on Black History

The state legislature was embroiled this week in a debate over whether to include Milwaukee-born Colin Kaepernick's name in a Black History Month resolution. Here & Now’s Marisa Wojcik delves into how the debate developed.

February 15, 2019

Supreme Court Race: Lisa Neubauer
Supreme Court Race: Lisa Neubauer

Politics

Supreme Court Race: Lisa Neubauer

State Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer discusses her run for the high court. She clerked for former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb and was also a partner at Foley and Lardner law firm. She currently serves as the state’s Chief Appeals Court Judge. Neubauer stresses her impartiality as a jurist, saying “they can’t say Lisa has any kind of agenda.”

February 15, 2019

Shutdown Impacts Release of Food Stamps
Shutdown Impacts Release of Food Stamps

Social Issues

Shutdown Impacts Release of Food Stamps

One of the side effects of last month’s government shutdown was a change to when food stamp benefits were disbursed. David Lee of Feeding Wisconsin discusses how recipients may have to wait longer for their March benefits since February’s were released early. Lee also says Gov. Tony Evers may be able to reverse work requirements that were imposed under former Gov. Scott Walker if the courts allow.

February 15, 2019

National Emergency Will Bring Funding for Border Wall
National Emergency Will Bring Funding for Border Wall

Politics

National Emergency Will Bring Funding for Border Wall

UW-Madison journalism professor Michael Wagner breaks down the president’s declaration of a national emergency for border wall funding. He says that since the president had a hard time getting funding under unified Republican government, getting a bill through the legislature with Democratic control of the House is unlikely. “This will face scrutiny, in the House and in the courts,” Wagner says.

February 15, 2019

Visitors to Wisconsin Get New Greeting
Visitors to Wisconsin Get New Greeting

Politics

Visitors to Wisconsin Get New Greeting

Visitors to Wisconsin were once greeted with “open for business” signs at the border. Now that the signs have changed, some are asking what happened to the old copies.

February 15, 2019

Johnson Weighs in on Where the Wall Stands
Johnson Weighs in on Where the Wall Stands

Economy

Johnson Weighs in on Where the Wall Stands

The clock is ticking down to another potential government shutdown, with the details of funding for a southern border wall yet to be ironed out. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson discusses the status of the negotiations and how trade policies impact Wisconsin.

February 8, 2019

Democratic-Aligned Groups Challenge Lame Duck Bills
Democratic-Aligned Groups Challenge Lame Duck Bills

Politics

Democratic-Aligned Groups Challenge Lame Duck Bills

The extraordinary session legislation that passed in December and took power away from the offices of governor and attorney general now faces legal challenges by Democratic-aligned groups. WPR’s Shawn Johnson is in-studio to discuss the status of these legal challenges.

February 8, 2019

What’s Next for Foxconn?
What’s Next for Foxconn?

Economy

What’s Next for Foxconn?

News broke this week that Foxconn considered scaling back production of LCD screens in the state, yet the week ended with the company doubling down on its commitment to produce screens in Wisconsin and create 13,000 jobs. Weighing in on the news are Tim Sheehy, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, and Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh.

February 1, 2019 • Southeast Region

McCoshen and Ross React to Foxconn, Shutdown
McCoshen and Ross React to Foxconn, Shutdown

Economy

McCoshen and Ross React to Foxconn, Shutdown

Political panelists Bill McCoshen of Capitol Consultants and Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now break down the week’s Foxconn news and government shutdown politics. McCoshen says that Foxconn got a big help from President Trump and that if the company fails it will be on Evers’s watch. Ross says the company has “done everything and rigged everything” in its contract and cost taxpayers money.

February 1, 2019

Deal Reached to Reopen the Government
Deal Reached to Reopen the Government

Politics

Deal Reached to Reopen the Government

A deal was reached Friday afternoon to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations over funding a southern border wall continue. Members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation weighed in on the deal, and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin shared her thoughts on immigration reform from Washington with Frederica.

January 25, 2019

What’s Next for Preexisting Condition Coverage?
What’s Next for Preexisting Condition Coverage?

Health

What’s Next for Preexisting Condition Coverage?

Donna Friedsam of UW-Madison’s Population Health Institute discusses a proposal to create protections for preexisting conditions at the state level. She says coverage for a recipient’s family may be different if the federal law is overturned and the state law comes into effect.

January 25, 2019

Where Do Wisconsinites Stand on the Border Wall?
Where Do Wisconsinites Stand on the Border Wall?

Politics

Where Do Wisconsinites Stand on the Border Wall?

Director of the Marquette Law School Poll Charles Franklin discusses the newest numbers, including Wisconsinites’ sentiments on the border wall and federal government shutdown and favorability numbers for Gov. Tony Evers.

January 25, 2019

Wisconsin Politicians Discuss Border Wall Funding
Wisconsin Politicians Discuss Border Wall Funding

Politics

Wisconsin Politicians Discuss Border Wall Funding

Members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation make their cases for border wall funding.

January 25, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Newly Elected Chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus
Noon Wednesday: Newly Elected Chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Newly Elected Chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus

Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee, is the newly elected chair of the Wisconsin Legislative Black Caucus and joined Noon Wednesday to talk about where he hopes to take the caucus under his leadership.

January 23, 2019

Will Wisconsin Expand Medicaid?
Will Wisconsin Expand Medicaid?

Health

Will Wisconsin Expand Medicaid?

Here & Now’s Zac Schultz reports on bipartisanship in Wisconsin’s newly divided government, and how that might impact Medicaid expansion in the state.

January 18, 2019

Noon Wednesday: New State Treasurer Outlines Plans for Office
Noon Wednesday: New State Treasurer Outlines Plans for Office

Politics

Noon Wednesday: New State Treasurer Outlines Plans for Office

Sarah Godlewski was recently sworn in for her first term as Wisconsin's newest state treasurer. A position she saved from being eliminated from Wisconsin's Constitution all-together. After her first week in office, she has plans to expand the position beyond how it's been utilized in recent years.

January 16, 2019

New Administration, New Legislature Sworn In at Capitol
New Administration, New Legislature Sworn In at Capitol

Politics

New Administration, New Legislature Sworn In at Capitol

New administration is sworn in at the state capitol. Tony Evers as governor, Mandela Barnes as the first black lt. governor, Josh Kaul as attorney general, Doug La Follette as secretary of state and Sarah Godlewski as state treasurer. Also, groups file suit against laws enacted in lame duck session. And new legislative members need to figure out how to work together in a divided state government.

January 11, 2019

Noon Wednesday: Why Wisconsin Didn’t Elect as Many Women in the 2018 Midterms
Noon Wednesday: Why Wisconsin Didn’t Elect as Many Women in the 2018 Midterms

Politics

Noon Wednesday: Why Wisconsin Didn’t Elect as Many Women in the 2018 Midterms

In the "year of the woman," Wisconsin fell short from national trends and its closest Midwest neighbors when it came to electing more women to office. Hayley Sperling of WisContext did an analysis of the numbers to look at what contributed to the state's low numbers.

January 9, 2019

Candidates Square Off for Supreme Court
Candidates Square Off for Supreme Court

Politics

Candidates Square Off for Supreme Court

The candidates are set for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race: Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer will face each other in the April 2 election.

January 4, 2019

Barnes on Changing of the Guard
Barnes on Changing of the Guard

Politics

Barnes on Changing of the Guard

Lt. Gov.-elect Mandela Barnes discusses what is next for the new administration that comes into office next week. He says “equity and sustainability” are policy areas on which he will specifically focus. Barnes says he and Gov.-elect Tony Evers hope to be “an administration that listens.”

January 4, 2019

What to Expect in a New Year, New Administration
What to Expect in a New Year, New Administration

Politics

What to Expect in a New Year, New Administration

Political panelists Bill McCoshen and Scot Ross give their political prognostications for the new year and the new administration. McCoshen predicts President Trump will have another Supreme Court vacancy to fill and Republicans in the state will reorganize. Ross predicts Democrats will follow through on campaign promises and will hold Trump accountable in the House.

January 4, 2019

Walker’s Legacy as Governor
Walker’s Legacy as Governor

Politics

Walker’s Legacy as Governor

Next week, Gov. Scott Walker ends his eight years as governor. Here & Now’s Zac Schultz looks back on Walker’s time in the governor’s mansion, speaking with those who supported and opposed him through the years.

January 4, 2019

Governor Pledges Carbon Free by 2050
Governor Pledges Carbon Free by 2050

Environment

Governor Pledges Carbon Free by 2050

Gov. Tony Evers announces the creation of a new Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy.

August 16, 2016

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