Milwaukee program prepares women for successful reentry after incarceration
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by Edgar Mendez / Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
22h ago
Reading Time: 3 minutes Diamond Riley plans to pursue a new goal in life once she’s released from the Milwaukee County Community Reintegration Center. “I want to work with justice-involved youth and young adults and help them overcome the challenges I had,” Riley said. “I found my passion.”  She now has the skills to help her achieve her goal thanks to a workshop that prepares people for successful reentry after incarceration. In March, Riley, 22, completed Building a Path to Success, a six-week workshop of the My Way Out program offered to individuals at the Milwaukee County Co ..read more
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Wisconsin Supreme Court could further reshape balance of power in Capitol
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by Jack Kelly / Wisconsin Watch
2d ago
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that could further alter the balance of power in Wisconsin state government. The case, brought by Gov. Tony Evers against the GOP chairs of three legislative committees, seeks to limit the Legislature’s ability to throw out certain policy decisions made by state executive branch agencies. Evers filed the lawsuit directly with the state Supreme Court.  At issue is whether the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee can use so-called “committee vetoes” to block conservation projects app ..read more
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Wisconsin Elections Commission rejects recall effort targeting Robin Vos
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by Associated Press
5d ago
Reading Time: 2 minutes Wisconsin’s bipartisan elections commission Thursday rejected a petition that sought to force a recall election targeting the state’s top elected Republican, who has drawn the ire of former President Donald Trump. Trump backers angry with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos launched the recall effort, citing his refusal to decertify President Joe Biden’s narrow win in the state in 2020. Vos further angered Trump supporters when he did not back a plan to impeach Meagan Wolfe, the state’s top elections official. Staff at the Wisconsin Elections Commission recom ..read more
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Did Wisconsin US Senate candidate Eric Hovde say in 2012 that he was completely opposed to abortion rights?
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by Tom Kertscher / Wisconsin Watch
5d ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Wisconsin Watch partners with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. Read our methodology to learn how we check claims. Yes. Running for U.S. Senate in 2012, Wisconsin Republican Eric Hovde said several times he was totally opposed to abortion rights. He changed positions in his 2024 Senate run, which again is for the seat held by Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin claimed in an April 10, 2024, interview that in the 2012 campaign, Hovde said he was “100% opposed to abortion rights.” Here is what H ..read more
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Wisconsin Watch seeks director of engagement, growth and innovation
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by Wisconsin Watch
6d ago
Reading Time: 3 minutes Wisconsin Watch is seeking a full-time director of engagement, growth and innovation to help advance our commitment to strengthen the quality of community life and self-government in Wisconsin by providing people with the knowledge they need to navigate their lives, drive forward solutions and hold those with power accountable. Reporting directly to the chief executive officer, the director of engagement, growth and innovation will be an essential part of the Wisconsin Watch leadership team. This director will help Wisconsin Watch determine the best ways to bring trustw ..read more
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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley says she won’t run again
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by Associated Press
6d ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley announced Thursday that she will not seek another term, setting up a high-stakes fight for control of the battleground state’s highest court. Bradley, who is part of the court’s 4-3 liberal majority, said she felt confident she could win a fourth 10-year term but that it was time to “pass the torch.” Her term will end July 31, 2025. The election for the open seat will be held next April. Brad Schimel, the former Republican attorney general, announced in November that he plans to run. The race was already ex ..read more
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Wisconsin Watch seeks audio/video director
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by Wisconsin Watch
6d ago
Reading Time: 3 minutes Wisconsin Watch seeks an experienced, passionate journalist to create, direct and produce concise, compelling audio and video reports that deliver trustworthy, independent, nonpartisan local news to audiences we’re not reaching now. Audio reports will be distributed through commercial and public radio stations across Wisconsin, including areas with few local news sources and low access to high-speed broadband. Video shorts will be distributed through Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and other social networks, serving audiences that get their news primarily via mobile devices ..read more
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Are hundreds of thousands of US residents killed every year because of illegal border crossings?
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by Tom Kertscher / Wisconsin Watch
6d ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Wisconsin Watch partners with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. Read our methodology to learn how we check claims. No. For a claim by former President Donald Trump to be even marginally correct, every homicide and fatal drug overdose in the U.S. would have to be due to illegal border activity. There’s no evidence of that. Campaigning April 2, 2024, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Trump said that “hundreds of thousands of people, between the drugs that come in the border and all of the death that’s brought ..read more
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Did real wages increase under Donald Trump more than any other modern president?
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by Tom Kertscher / Wisconsin Watch
1w ago
Reading Time: < 1 minute Wisconsin Watch partners with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. Read our methodology to learn how we check claims. Yes. Real wages — wages adjusted for inflation — increased 7% during former President Donald Trump’s four years in office, the highest increase over one presidential term since the 1970s. That’s according to a Texas A&M University analysis dating back to Jimmy Carter (1977-81). The Trump increase was due partly to low-wage workers being laid off disproportionately during the CO ..read more
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Attorney seeks external review of conditions at Waupun prison amid lawsuit
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by Sarah Lehr / WPR
1w ago
Reading Time: 4 minutes New legal filings ask a federal judge to appoint an external monitor to oversee conditions at a troubled state prison.  For more than a year, state officials have been restricting the activities of inmates at Waupun Correctional Institution under what the Wisconsin Department of Corrections refers to as “modified movement status.” Prison officials have cited safety concerns amid severe short-staffing. Officials say they’ve eased some restrictions in recent months, although prisoners at Waupun still face limits on their recreation time and are cut off from in-person ..read more
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