When looking for daycare options, parents across the state reported trouble finding options close to their home — or at all. “Everywhere we called had a two year waiting list."
Between the years 2000 and 2017, the Wisconsin suicide rate spiked by 40 percent — 50 percent of which are committed by firearm. These statistics influenced legislators to create Assembly Bill 527, which aims to combat suicide by firearm by supporting gun retailers in intervening with at-risk customers.
Addressing gun control and environmental issues, Gov. Tony Evers signed executive orders Monday, pushing his fundamental policy platforms over the course of a week. Evers, along with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, announced the latest executive order, which initiates a special session to discuss gun control and focus on universal background checks Monday in Milwaukee, Wausau and Eau Claire.
Democrats expressed concerns regarding Republican efforts to expand K-12 school voucher programs rather than investing money toward Gov. Tony Evers’ budget plan to fully fund two-thirds of public schools.
Although DUIs in the state have fallen by 44.5 percent since 2007, a third of all traffic fatalities today include a drunk driver, according to data from safehome.org.
A report from the Lincoln Hills School for Boys detailed the events of five altercations involving 26 inmates which occurred over a two-day period at the end of September. The report shows evidence a guard was choked by one of the inmates, who is now facing charges for the incident, and other guards sustained knee, shoulder and nose injuries. At one point, five inmates climbed into the ceiling area and broke lights.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett threatened to cut police positions if the sales tax increase for the city does not get passed within his budget at an Intergovernmental Cooperation Council meeting Monday.
Complaining that the actions of the White House are “embarrassing and not representative of this country,” U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., held a press conference at his Madison district office Monday to give updates on recent events in Washington.
The fourth annual “Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin,” competition presented its grand prize trophy to Henry Repeating Arm’s ‘Big Boy All Weather Rifle’ Tuesday in front of 500 of the state’s leading business influencers. With over 240,000 votes cast on over 160 products initially nominated, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce alongside Johnson Financial Group awarded the Rice Lake-based company the title after over two months of campaigning across the state.
Gov. Tony Evers granted pardons to four ex-convicted felons Monday, issuing Wisconsin’s first executive pardons in more than nine years. This action came less than a week after a convicted felon featured on a popular Netflix docu-series petitioned for clemency. After an eight-year drought under former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Evers reinstated the pardon process in June and created a body that reviews clemency applications and makes recommendations at the governor’s instruction.
High levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination (PFAS) were found Monday in Starkweather Creek in Madison and Silver Creek in Monroe County. The Department of Natural Resources’ findings showed significant amounts of the widely used chemical — often found in non-stick cookware and firefighting foam — in those areas as well as lower levels in three other water bodies across the state.
GOP leaders proposed rule changes to allow members of the Assembly to call into committee meetings based on disability accommodations during a press conference Tuesday at the Capitol. This change comes after a complaint from Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchberg, who requested to digitally attend meetings he could not physically appear at this past January.
Democratic representatives outlined their priorities for the upcoming Fall session in a press conference, “Forward Together,” at the Senate Parlor Monday focusing on values that put “families, workers and communities first.” The 20-minute meeting led by Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, Rep. Sheila Stubbs, D-Madison, and Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, carried a frustrated tone on the lack of legislative action occurring, which representatives linked to the state of Wisconsin’s tense, split government.
Why has former Vice President Joe Biden polled highest among black voters for the 2020 presidential election following multiple racial controversies? It’s not solely due to his ties to former President Barack Obama, according to FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Clare Malone.
States can now decide to legalize sports gambling after a 2018 Supreme Court decision — and some Wisconsin lawmakers want to get in on the action.
“I’m convinced at the end of the day we will have a special session and we’ll be making that announcement within a week, maybe two weeks,” Gov. Tony Evers said when asked when he expects the state legislature to address gun control on WTMJ Tuesday.
The “Made In Wisconsin” competition is an opportunity to highlight the state’s manufacturing industry — which employs approximately one in five Wisconsinites. With over 150 products nominated and nearly 145,000 votes cast, the competition works to bring together communities from every corner of the state.
To the GOP’s dismay, Gov. Tony Evers announced there will be a special election to fill the Congress vacancy created by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy’s, R-WI, resignation on Monday. Duffy informed Evers he would be leaving the office after eight years on September 19, effective as of September 23.
“I, for one, prefer a cold glass of cow’s milk to a cup of almond beverage any day,” exclaimed Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, upon introducing “Truth in Food Labeling.” The three-bill plan to support agribusiness was announced Sept. 20, Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Day, to address his concerns of consumer confusion surrounding plant-based milk and meat alternatives.
The Wisconsin Judiciary and Public Safety Committee convened in a public hearing at the Capitol Tuesday to discuss a bill that would allow district attorneys to deliver felony charges to those who injure nurses. Under current Wisconsin law, a person who intentionally harms another person — including a nurse — can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. This proposed bill would recategorize the level of offense to a Class H felony charge when the victim is a nurse.