An environmental law firm in Wisconsin is suing the Department of Natural Resources. They say the agency didn’t hand over public records that it should have related to the city of Racine’s plan to divert water from Lake Michigan. That water is meant for Foxconn — which says it needs 7 million gallons a day […]
Wisconsin wasn’t alone in terms of last minute, lame duck madness this week. Michigan also saw Republican legislators move to take power from newly elected Democrats before inauguration day. Nina Kravinsky explored the similarities and differences between the two sessions with Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol reporter Cheyna Roth.
Lawmakers pulled an all nighter last night. But by 8:00 am, they had passed sweeping changes to the governor and attorney general’s power before Democrats take over the positions on January 7. Governor Scott Walker now has until then to sign the bills. The move alarmed Democrats and onlookers from across the country. Many of […]
Will Kenneally contributed to this report One of the measures codifies work requirements for childless adults to qualify for BadgerCare — the state’s medicaid program. That’s a rule that president Donald Trump’s administration approved in October. This puts the plan into law, meaning Governor-elect Tony Evers won’t be able to easily remove it. Many Republicans […]
This story was reported by Nina Kravinsky, Tony Castaneda, and Molly Stentz. Photo credit: Dylan Brogan. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says this extraordinary session is needed to restore balance of power between the governor and the Legislature. But he didn’t shy away from saying he wanted keep Republican legislation in place under a Democratic governor. […]
Political scientists often study voter and lawmaker behavior — and report on it after the fact. But now, as Wisconsin state lawmakers consider radically changing the balance of power in state government, some are speaking out about what they see as threats to the democratic system itself. They’re taking to Twitter, they’re writing op-eds […]