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This July 4th the struggle for American democracy is more urgent than ever

In America, we believe in our democracy — we believe it stands for one person, one vote and the basic principle that the majority rules. We believe fervently in the freedom to vote. In fact, last month Justice Samuel Alito told us that, if we didn’t like his radical opinion in Dobbs v. Mississippi, overturning 50 years of precedent and eliminating the right to bodily autonomy and family creation for women and people who can get pregnant, we could just express our preference in the next election. Problem solved.
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Ruling tees up future legal battle over tax regulations

A business lobby group challenging tax break guidance it got from the state Department of Revenue (DOR) will get to make its case in court, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The decision is a largely technical one. But it sets the stage for a larger challenge: whether guidance from the revenue department on a […] The post Ruling tees up future legal battle over tax regulations appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
MADISON, WI
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U.S. Supreme Court ruling expands states’ authority to prosecute crimes on tribal land

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native people who commit crimes against a Native person on tribal lands, a dramatic move for tribal sovereignty that undoes decades of practice. Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta, who is non-Native, was sentenced to 35 years in prison stemming from a 2015 child neglect conviction in […] The post U.S. Supreme Court ruling expands states’ authority to prosecute crimes on tribal land appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
OKLAHOMA STATE

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that […] The post U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
ROMEOVILLE, IL

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules teen should be tried as an adult in Mayfair Mall shooting

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that  a 17-year-old boy should be tried as an adult for his involvement in a mass shooting at Mayfair Mall in late 2020. The teen, known only as “X.S.” in the court decision, was headed for juvenile court after Milwaukee County Children’s Court Judge Brittany Grayson denied prosecutors’ request […] The post Wisconsin Supreme Court rules teen should be tried as an adult in Mayfair Mall shooting appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
MILWAUKEE, WI

State Supreme Court rules holdover Natural Resources Board member can remain in seat

In a 4-3 decision on Wednesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that a member of the Natural Resources Board (NRB), who has refused to leave his seat since his term expired last May, can remain in the position indefinitely as long as his replacement is not confirmed by the state Senate.  The decision, made by […] The post State Supreme Court rules holdover Natural Resources Board member can remain in seat appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
WISCONSIN STATE

With abortion blocked, what happens to the health of the mother?

For Wisconsin women who are pregnant and face a life-threatening illness — and for the doctors who treat them — the overnight change in abortion access has upended medical care. Some cancer patients will no longer be able to get lifesaving chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Some people with chronic heart or kidney disease could face […] The post With abortion blocked, what happens to the health of the mother? appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […] The post U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
U.S. POLITICS

Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told

Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a former top White House aide. Trump, spewing expletives, was so angry at […] The post Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
POTUS

Kaul files lawsuit challenging 1849 abortion ban

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit on Tuesday arguing that the state’s abortion ban, which was enacted into law in 1849, is unenforceable.  The 1849 law maintains that it is illegal for a physician to perform an abortion unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. After the U.S. Supreme […] The post Kaul files lawsuit challenging 1849 abortion ban appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
WISCONSIN STATE

Small business owners grill Democrats running for Senate

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? […] The post Small business owners grill Democrats running for Senate appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
MILWAUKEE, WI

Liberal prosecutors in red states vow not to enforce abortion bans

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, more than half of all states are poised to ban abortion immediately, forcing hundreds of abortion providers to close their doors. Anticipating the legal tumult to come, Democratic county prosecutors, mayors and city council members in at least seven conservative states have vowed not […] The post Liberal prosecutors in red states vow not to enforce abortion bans appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
WOMEN'S HEALTH

Bad news Wisconsin women: The state Legislature is now in charge of your body

Knowing it was coming did not make it any less of a kick in the gut. On Friday the highest court in the land officially revoked women’s status as full people.  The Court made history, as Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote in their scathing dissent, “rescinding an individual right in its […] The post Bad news Wisconsin women: The state Legislature is now in charge of your body appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.

Doctor says her patients who live in poverty will be hardest hit by high court abortion ruling

On Milwaukee’s North Side, Dr. Stephanie Findley operates a clinic that serves uninsured and under-insured residents of the community, many of them people of color. Her patients, she says,  will be among those most drastically affected by Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and stripping away the federally recognized right to abortion. […] The post Doctor says her patients who live in poverty will be hardest hit by high court abortion ruling appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
MILWAUKEE, WI

Wisconsin’s disappearing 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 union electrician and mom the Roosevelt Democrat […] The post Wisconsin’s disappearing Democrats appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
WISCONSIN STATE

AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision

Reaction was swift across the U.S. Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court erased almost 50 years of abortion law. Here is look at reports from states as reported by independent newsrooms affiliated with States Newsroom: COLORADO: Colorado abortion rights advocates face new, post-Roe reality In a landmark opinion handed down Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court brought an […] The post AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […] The post Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the […] The post Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support  appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
CONGRESS & COURTS

Wisconsin leaders react to Supreme Court decision eliminating abortion rights

Wisconsin politicians reacted swiftly to the news on Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, which had established a federally protected right to abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Republicans, who earlier this week refused to take up Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ call to repeal Wisconsin’s […] The post Wisconsin leaders react to Supreme Court decision eliminating abortion rights appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
WISCONSIN STATE

UPDATED U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right.  The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country. The result is expected to […] The post UPDATED U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
CONGRESS & COURTS