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Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Tuesday led a group of House Republicans calling for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci, formalizing their intense criticism of his public statements and actions throughout the coronavirus pandemic into legislation. Those GOP lawmakers can’t actually oust Fauci from his post as director of the National […] The post Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Suburban Republican calls for National Guard to patrol Milwaukee ‘war zone’

A Waukesha County Republican said that armed troops patrolling the streets of Milwaukee is necessary for residents to feel like they don’t live in a “war-zone-like setting.”   Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R–New Berlin), concerned about recent increases in violent crime in the state’s largest city, said in a news release Tuesday that despite his frequent attempts […] The post Suburban Republican calls for National Guard to patrol Milwaukee ‘war zone’ appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Environmental groups unite against ‘dire’ WMC push to block chemical cleanup At stake, they say, is whether the DNR can continue to protect state lands and water

A legal battle is brewing in Wisconsin over the issue of industry-caused water and land contamination. Environmental and public health groups are asking the court to allow it to help defend the state in a lawsuit brought by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), which is accusing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of “unilateral and […] The post Environmental groups unite against ‘dire’ WMC push to block chemical cleanup <h3 class='secondary-title'>At stake, they say, is whether the DNR can continue to protect state lands and water </h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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The broad battle against limiting voting rights New voices join in the growing outcry against voter suppression bills

Twenty years ago, Dee Her suffered a severe stroke after starting on dialysis. It curtailed her mobility, so she now uses a wheelchair or walker to get around. Then in 2017, shortly after a medically induced coma, the Sun Prairie resident became an indefinitely confined voter.  She tells her personal story in a matter-of-fact manner, […] The post The broad battle against limiting voting rights <h3 class='secondary-title'>New voices join in the growing outcry against voter suppression bills</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

WASHINGTON—Teachers across the country are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives, including those in Wisconsin, have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen […] The post Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’ appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Democrats plead with Republicans to discuss criminal justice reform 'We have not nearly begun to scratch the surface of reforming our justice system'

Criminal justice reform — an area where other states have found bipartisan cooperation on creating a more compassionate and cost-effective system — continues to fall by the wayside in Wisconsin state-level policies. The reticence to even discuss the matter, let alone find solutions, was front and center last week at a Joint Finance Committee budget […] The post Democrats plead with Republicans to discuss criminal justice reform <h3 class='secondary-title'>'We have not nearly begun to scratch the surface of reforming our justice system'</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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American Jobs Plan: Making a difference for caregivers

Caregivers and health care workers are in crisis. To be real about it, that was true long before the pandemic struck. Now, more than a year later, the challenges are greater than ever when it comes to caregivers and where we go from here. Put simply, the difficulties my colleagues and I face on the […] The post American Jobs Plan: Making a difference for caregivers appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bills this week that would make it more difficult to vote

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement came as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification. “We are scrutinizing new laws that seek to […] The post Justice Department to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws <h3 class='secondary-title'>Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bills this week that would make it more difficult to vote </h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Legislature’s mystery redistricting bill drafted by Vos and Republican political players The rushed measure was actually drafted in March and finalized in April

A surprise redistricting bill was rushed to a public hearing Monday even before most people who are closely watching redistricting were aware it existed, let alone had a chance to analyze it.  The bill extended the timeline for redistricting in Wisconsin, based on a delay in census data, and Republicans described it as a noncontroversial, […] The post Legislature’s mystery redistricting bill drafted by Vos and Republican political players <h3 class='secondary-title'>The rushed measure was actually drafted in March and finalized in April</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Democrats call out ‘systemic racism’ by Assembly Republican leaders for punishing their free speech Assembly Dems 'lift the curtain on racist retaliation in the Legislature’

Republicans in the Legislature generally shrug off accusations from Democrats that they are being callous to Wisconsinites by refusing to provide health care coverage or elitist by giving tax breaks to the wealthy while making it harder for low-income families to get food or child care.  But there’s one charge that generates a quick reaction: […] The post Democrats call out ‘systemic racism’ by Assembly Republican leaders for punishing their free speech <h3 class='secondary-title'>Assembly Dems 'lift the curtain on racist retaliation in the Legislature’</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Frustrated local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

WASHINGTON—Local officials and community leaders on Wednesday pushed Congress to designate toxic chemicals that are contaminating drinking water as hazardous materials, which would trigger federal cleanup standards.   In addition, two Democratic senators from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation that would put additional obligations on the Pentagon to initiate cleanup at military […] The post Frustrated local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Assembly Republicans vote to cut federal unemployment pay Debate and partisan vote follow cuts that could exacerbate worker shortage

Over two days this week, from the meeting room of the Legislature’s budget committee to the floor of the state Assembly, lawmakers of both political parties held an extended argument about the government’s role in fostering economic prosperity. Wednesday’s Assembly vote, with all 60 Republicans in favor of a bill ending the $300 federal unemployment […] The post Assembly Republicans vote to cut federal unemployment pay <h3 class='secondary-title'>Debate and partisan vote follow cuts that could exacerbate worker shortage</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Anti-defund the police bill sparks heated Senate debate A Republican bill would decrease shared revenue according to how much local government cuts law enforcement

“It seems that there’s only one thing that you guys don’t want to defund, and everything else be damned,” said Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), during Wednesday’s state Senate floor session. Larson’s remarks were among the first made in response to a Republican-led bill designed to counteract attempts to defund local law enforcement. Introduced by Sen. […] The post Anti-defund the police bill sparks heated Senate debate <h3 class='secondary-title'>A Republican bill would decrease shared revenue according to how much local government cuts law enforcement</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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How long can Republicans keep running on resentment and austerity?

It’s breath-taking the amount of money Republicans are determined to turn away on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. When the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported on Tuesday that the state would see an “unprecedented” revenue increase, with tax collections over the next three years predicted to more than double the money in the state’s general […] The post How long can Republicans keep running on resentment and austerity? appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B Many Wisconsin projects make the cut

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for […] The post Earmarks list for states in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B <h3 class='secondary-title'>Many Wisconsin projects make the cut </h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Protecting abortion care if Roe falls Federal bill designed to combat the ‘crumbling state of legal protection for abortion access’

Nancy Northup has seen lots of attacks on abortion on both the state and federal level. She is president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, and for 30 years her group has battled hundreds of anti-abortion cases in courts and pushed for full reproductive health care access around the world. The current state […] The post Protecting abortion care if Roe falls <h3 class='secondary-title'>Federal bill designed to combat the ‘crumbling state of legal protection for abortion access’</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Oneida Co. judge threatens to jail a woman for not spending her stimulus check on rent

A 22-year-old single mother in Oneida County faces 60 days in jail for contempt of court because she didn’t spend her stimulus check on back rent or give her debit card to her landlord’s lawyer after she was ordered to do so by a judge. The woman, Cassandra Beatty, has been fighting an eviction for […] The post Oneida Co. judge threatens to jail a woman for not spending her stimulus check on rent appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Wages, child care and more: Why the labor market isn’t growing There’s no single answer to the problem that employers are having hiring people

Second of two stories. Part one is here. More than a year ago, Wonderstate Coffee was developing its third Wisconsin café — a location on the Capitol square in Madison. And T.J. Semanchin, the owner of the Viroqua-based coffee roaster and purveyor, was contemplating how to improve the workplace for employees. “We were in the […] The post Wages, child care and more: Why the labor market isn’t growing <h3 class='secondary-title'>There’s no single answer to the problem that employers are having hiring people</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.
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Redistricting debate begins with a rushed GOP plan in the Legislature Could a mystery bill keep current gerrymandered maps in place into 2024?

On Monday morning the Senate’s government operations committee took up a bill to change the timeline for redrawing Wisconsin’s political maps at the county and municipal levels.  It was the first legislative hearing in what is sure to be a fraught, high-stakes debate over redistricting. The next set of voting maps will replace the gerrymandered […] The post Redistricting debate begins with a rushed GOP plan in the Legislature <h3 class='secondary-title'>Could a mystery bill keep current gerrymandered maps in place into 2024?</h3> appeared first on Wisconsin Examiner.