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Evers Picks Abortion CEO to Advise on Health Care

The top official of the top abortion provider in the state of Wisconsin will continue to advise Governor-elect Tony Evers on “health care” despite a demands for her removal from a health care committee. On Tuesday last week, Evers appointed Tanya Atkinson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin, to his Health Care Advisory […]

Media

Evers Appointment Refused to Recite Pledge of Allegiance

If Wisconsinites are wondering how different an administration under Governor-elect Tony Evers will be, one of his first transition team appointments may provide a clue. On Tuesday, Evers announced Dane County Supervisor Jamie Kuhn will be one of his policy advisors. Kuhn is in her second stint as a county supervisor, after she caused a […]

Policy

Missing Ingredient in K-C Debate: Mike Ellis?

State lawmakers will gather next week for a lame duck session that was called, ostensibly, to consider a $70 million subsidy package to save hundreds of union jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Fox Valley plant. The proposal has been stalled for months and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported this week that while other bills may be considered, […]

Business and Industry

Committee Looks to Schimel Opinion for Cover on Wedding Barns

Farms hosting weddings and other events are escaping the attention of a legislative committee that had targeted them for more regulation, but only because they are being threatened on another front. The Legislative Council Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement is dropping, for now, consideration of ways to regulate Agricultural Event Venues (AEV), commonly referred […]

Education

“Trust Us”

Washington Middle School in Green Bay made national news in 2017 when Media Trackers broke the story of teacher Kerstin Westcott’s tearful resignation statement to the School Board.  Westcott painted a picture of near total dysfunction at Washington; she said neither staff nor students were safe because of extreme behavioral problems by many students: “I […]

Business and Industry

Schimel Opinion Threatens Wedding Barn Industry

An informal opinion issued by Attorney General Brad Schimel could threaten Wisconsin’s wedding barn industry. The opinion, requested by the chairman of the legislative study committee on alcohol beverages enforcement Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), redefines a “public place” to include businesses that allow the public to hold private parties. “It is obviously possible for a […]

UWSP and ICE

By Amelia Heup The  UW-Stevens Point Student Government Association is once again in the spotlight after a controversial resolution on immigration policy passed unanimously last month. A Resolution in Support of Students who are Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Recipients, Undocumented Immigrants, Refugees, or from Majority-Muslim Countries, references the current United States administration has promised […]

Point Forward Proposal Brings Campus Outrage

By: Amelia Heup   UW-Stevens Point came under fire of students and faculty when Chancellor Bernie Patterson and other executive staff proposed “Point Forward” back in the spring. This original proposal offered to add and expand thirteen majors including chemical engineering, graphic design, and environmental engineering while also adding two master programs; business administration and […]

Open Government

Investigation into Green Bay Mayor Continues

As the one year mark approaches, an investigation into Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt continues. It was announced in January that Brown County District Attorney David Lasee had asked Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney to investigate a pair of complaints because of a conflict of interest resulting from dealings his office has […]

Policy

Kimberly-Clark’s Challenging Senate Math

A source tells Media Trackers that at least five state Senate Democrats will have to vote for a bill that would give tens of millions of dollars in incentives to keep Kimberly Clark’s Cold Spring facility open, if it is to pass the legislature. As a public hearing was to get underway Wednesday, the source, […]