Peter Barca sits in a chair in a room with a U.S. flag in the background next to a window with lowered blinds.

Elections

Former US Rep. Peter Barca announces run for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District

Peter Barca, a Democrat who served one term representing Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District in the 1990s before going on to become a leader in the Assembly and state revenue secretary, announced he's running for the seat again in the 2024 election.

April 18, 2024

Jill Karofsky, Rebecca Dallet, Ann Walsh Bradley and Annette Ziegler sit in high-backed leather chairs at a judicial bench with nameplates reading J.A.W. Bradley and C.J. Ziegler on its surface alongside an open book and documents, with a U.S. flag in the background of a room with marble masonry.
Jill Karofsky, Rebecca Dallet, Ann Walsh Bradley and Annette Ziegler sit in high-backed leather chairs at a judicial bench with nameplates reading J.A.W. Bradley and C.J. Ziegler on its surface alongside an open book and documents, with a U.S. flag in the background of a room with marble masonry.

Courts

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices question how much power Legislature should have

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers against the Republican-controlled Legislature over separation of power between the executive and legislative branches, part of a fight that could have a broad impact on state government.

April 17, 2024

Jason Tadlock on reviewing school library book challenges
Jason Tadlock on reviewing school library book challenges

Education

Jason Tadlock on reviewing school library book challenges

Elkhorn Area School District Superintendent Jason Tadlock considers the scale of handling hundreds of book challenges for K-12 libraries with no publishing rating system comparable to movies or TV.

April 17, 2024

Two touchscreen printed ballot voting machines stand in a room with wood-paneled walls and plaques listing the names of donors, next to a small plant on a windowsill.
Two touchscreen printed ballot voting machines stand in a room with wood-paneled walls and plaques listing the names of donors, next to a small plant on a windowsill.

Courts

People with disabilities sue in Wisconsin over lack of electronic absentee ballots

A lawsuit filed in Dane County argues that Wisconsin voters with disabilities should be able to cast their ballots electronically and that failing to provide that option is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

April 17, 2024

Monica Treptow on literacy and resources in school libraries
Monica Treptow on literacy and resources in school libraries

Education

Monica Treptow on literacy and resources in school libraries

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction school library media consultant Monica Treptow describes how educators serve multiple needs of K-12 students through collections of books and other media.

April 16, 2024

Three people sit in chairs at the either end of a long, curved wood legislative dais with more than a dozen seats, in a room with a vaulted ceiling over a back wall with a U.S. flag and a sign showing an image of the Wisconsin State Capitol dome, the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and the words Joint Committee on Finance.
Three people sit in chairs at the either end of a long, curved wood legislative dais with more than a dozen seats, in a room with a vaulted ceiling over a back wall with a U.S. flag and a sign showing an image of the Wisconsin State Capitol dome, the Great Seal of the State of Wisconsin and the words Joint Committee on Finance.

Politics

Republican lawmakers ignore Evers’ call to spend $125M to combat ‘forever chemicals’

Wisconsin Republicans ignored the latest call from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to spend $125 million in state funding approved to combat PFAS chemicals, leading the governor to say he may file a lawsuit.

April 16, 2024

Tony Evers stands and speaks into a microphone mounted on a wood podium, with people standing behind him and to his side in a room with U.S. and Wisconsin flags in the background.
Tony Evers stands and speaks into a microphone mounted on a wood podium, with people standing behind him and to his side in a room with U.S. and Wisconsin flags in the background.

Courts

Lawsuit asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down governor’s 400-year veto

Attorneys with the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Litigation Center filed a petition on behalf of two taxpayers to ask the state Supreme Court to strike down a partial veto by Gov. Tony Evers to lock in a school funding increase for 400 years.

April 15, 2024

Donald Trump stands behind a podium at the front of a stage with a row of U.S. flags and multiple television monitors of different sizes in front of pipe and drapes as a backdrop, with people seated in chairs behind him and others facing him while standing on the floor of a large room.
Donald Trump stands behind a podium at the front of a stage with a row of U.S. flags and multiple television monitors of different sizes in front of pipe and drapes as a backdrop, with people seated in chairs behind him and others facing him while standing on the floor of a large room.

Politics

Former Trump staffer who said to ‘fan the flame’ after 2020 loss hired to lead Republican Party of Wisconsin

The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced the hiring of Andrew Iverson as its executive director in advance of the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee and heading into the November vote.

April 15, 2024

One person stands next to a five-gallon plastic bucket and lifts another bucket and hands it to another person standing on the back of a utility task vehicle with a larger plastic tank in its cargo space, with the UTV parked on a ridgeline with leafless trees and power lines in the background.
One person stands next to a five-gallon plastic bucket and lifts another bucket and hands it to another person standing on the back of a utility task vehicle with a larger plastic tank in its cargo space, with the UTV parked on a ridgeline with leafless trees and power lines in the background.

Agriculture

Midwest maple syrup producers adapt to uncertainty as climate changes

Following a winter with record warm temperatures, maple syrup producers prepare to make adjustments as human-caused climate change has unpredictable effects on harvests in Wisconsin, Iowa and elsewhere.

April 15, 2024

Frederica Freyberg sits at a desk on the Here & Now set and faces a video monitor showing an image of David Helpap.
Frederica Freyberg sits at a desk on the Here & Now set and faces a video monitor showing an image of David Helpap.

Politics

‘Here & Now’ Highlights: David Helpap, Mayor Mitch Reynolds

Here's what guests on the April 12, 2024 episode said about why residents of rural areas are increasingly not running for local office and what La Crosse is doing to fight chronic homelessness.

April 15, 2024