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Does Wisconsin Have Republicans With Integrity?

Hearings of the U.S. House committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol have been accompanied by a steady stream of accusations that they are an effort by House Democrats to gain a partisan advantage. A number of heroes have emerged from the hearings, people who took their oath to the Constitution seriously and refused to overturn the election.
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Climate Change Could Cause Lake Michigan Pollution

High water levels along Lake Michigan could increase the danger of toxic contamination from industrial facilities along Wisconsin’s lakefront as climate change is expected to cause more intense storms, according to a new report. The report released this month by the Environmental Law and Policy Center identified a dozen...
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State Public Sector Employment Hits 20-Year Low

The number of teachers, police officers and other public sector employees in Wisconsin is at its lowest in two decades, according to a recent report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. In 2021, there were just under 277,800 full-time employees in Wisconsin’s state and local governments and school districts. Ari...

Will Advocate Aurora and Atrium Merger Help Community?

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times: the healthcare industry is evolving. Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health’s pending union likely didn’t come as a major shock to those who’ve been paying attention. In addition to mounting pressures on health systems and sweeping shifts in health care delivery, Advocate Aurora has been vocal about the benefits of scale as it looks to expand access and improve outcomes.

Anti-Abortion Groups Want To Tighten 1849 Ban

Some of Wisconsin’s anti-abortion groups want to tighten the state’s pre-Civil War ban on abortions by removing or rewording the exception that allows doctors to perform the procedure to save the life of the mother. The push comes as opponents of the ban, led by Gov. Tony Evers...

Will High Court Prevent Disabled From Voting?

Disability rights activists in Wisconsin are concerned that a case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court will disenfranchise voters who cannot cast their ballots unassisted. In past elections, voters with certain disabilities that prevented them from physically dropping off their own ballots into drop boxes could be assisted in doing that, typically by family members or caregivers. But a lower court ruling in January said voters must deliver their own ballots.

Say Goodbye to Harp & Shamrock Building

The Harp and Shamrock tavern is closed. Now the 137-year-old building that housed it is poised to come down. The two-story structure, 2104-2106 W. Wells St., has been leaning for years. But in 2021, things got bad enough that it was reported to the Department of Neighborhood Services for damaging the building to the west. An enforcement order to fix or remove the structure was issued in November, as well as a $508 invoice to register the building as vacant.

The Decline of Wisconsin’s Democrats

It’s probably just as well that my parents and grandpa are in heaven, sipping whatever nectar they serve there, because they wouldn’t be happy with the state of politics today. Our two-flat, working-class home in Green Bay was union proud, with railroad man grandpa upstairs, my dad the...

Selena Mural Towers Over Walker’s Point

A new mural featuring famed singer and fashion designer Selena stands tall over the Zocalo Food Park and the surrounding Walker’s Point neighborhood. The six-story tall mural adorns the western side of the Taxco Apartments building. Artist Mauricio Ramirez painted the piece last week, replacing an earlier mural of the performing artist.

Dave’s Hot Chicken Planned For Lower East Side

Dave’s Hot Chicken is planning to open its first Milwaukee location at the East Pointe Marketplace, 544 E. Ogden Ave. The Nashville-style chicken joint has approximately 600 franchise locations across the U.S., and made its Wisconsin debut earlier this year in Menomonee Falls. The owners of the Menomonee Falls...

Airport Restaurant’s New Menu Offers Iconic Local Foods

The Garden District Kitchen & Bar unveiled a new menu Tuesday as part of a “major refresh” at the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. The restaurant, which originally opened in December 2020, is revamping its menu to showcase some of Wisconsin’s most iconic foods, including Usinger’s corned beef and brats, jalapeno cheese curds, a beer cheesesteak sandwich and Wisconsin fish fry. The restaurant’s eight tap lines feature an array of local brews including Lakefront Brewery‘s Riverwest Stein, Third Space Brewing Company‘s Heavenly Haze and New Glarus’s Spotted Cow.

Small Business Owners Grill Democratic Senate Candidates

Corrine Hendrickson operates a child care center in New Glarus. She wants to know what the Democrats vying to run against Sen. Ron Johnson plan to do about child care. “Do you support investments in the child care workforce, and also increasing subsidies to make child care more affordable, accessible and available and higher quality? And in particular, to increase equity for women of color?” Hendrickson asked at a candidate forum in Madison last week.

Fake Elector Scheme Dogs Ron Johnson

Even for Ron Johnson, who has courted countless controversies and conspiracy theories in the last year or so, the past week was a particularly bad one for him. Last week, in a hearing of the January 6 committee, we learned that Johnson’s chief of staff was involved in trying to give a slate of fake electors from Wisconsin and Michigan to Vice President Mike Pence. Johnson’s top aide, Sean Riley, texted a staffer for Pence saying this: “Johnson needs to hand something to VPOTUS please advise.”

Out-Of-State Abortion Providers Will Help Wisconsin Patients

With abortions no longer taking place in Wisconsin, providers in neighboring states are preparing for an influx of out-of-state patients seeking abortion care after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday. Wisconsin’s 173-year-old abortion ban is now in effect, making abortions illegal unless the procedure is necessary...

Republican Candidates Attack Tim Michels

Republican candidates for governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Kevin Nicholson and Tim Ramthun all took swipes at fellow GOP candidate Tim Michels Monday night during a debate that Michels did not attend. The decisions by Michels to miss the debate — and by his opponents to attack him — may hint at...

TRAP Therapy Uses Music As a Gateway to Therapy

The music is the bridge, spurring people toward a conversation about their mental and emotional wellness. The music is the seed, planting the idea of what therapy is like, especially for Black and brown people who face stigmas, shame or treatment barriers. Milwaukee-based social worker Tarsha Wiggins wants the music...

The Tap Yard at Schlitz Park Is Open

A new beer garden in Schlitz Park lends a backyard feel to an office complex parking lot. The Tap Yard, run by Nick Marking, opened last month at 1555 N. River Center Dr., along the Milwaukee Riverwalk. The outdoor bar was originally planned in 2021 for 1301 N. Edison St., but it never fully opened.

Evers Offers Clemency For Doctors Prosecuted for Providing Abortions

Gov. Tony Evers said he would offer clemency to doctors who are prosecuted for performing abortions in Wisconsin. The statement came during an abortion rights rally at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention Saturday in which the first-term governor told attendees to hold the line this fall against Republicans “running a scorched earth campaign to divide our state.”