Flooding and tornado damage estimates in Wisconsin reached almost a quarter-billion dollars from storms that ravaged the state last month, according to figures sent to the federal government as part of the effort to obtain federal disaster aid. Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin a preliminary damage assessment Monday in 17 counties hardest hit by flooding and severe weather. Local emergency management assessments were finalized on
MADISON — A powerful Republican legislator is trying to derail new regulations that Gov. Scott Walker ordered to help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer. The regulations require deer farmers to upgrade fencing by next year and impose a general ban on moving deer carcasses out of CWD-affected counties. The rules are set to take effect Oct. 1. State Sen. Steve Nass, co-chairman of the Legislature’s rules committee, has called for a committee vote that day on
WAUSAU — Foxconn has signed an agreement to jointly develop Wisconsin’s ginseng industry and grow its newly established Wisconsin-based brand. The Taiwan-based company announced the deal Tuesday. Gov. Scott Walker joined with representatives of Foxconn and others for the signing of the deal in Wausau. Foxconn Health Technology Business Group signed the agreement with the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin and the largest supplier of American ginseng in the U.S. The deal is to jointly
MADISON — Republican Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch apologized Tuesday to her Democratic opponent for repeatedly claiming — without evidence — that he knelt during the national anthem. Mandela Barnes, the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate, repeatedly called the accusation a lie and said he has never knelt for the anthem. On Monday, Barnes, who is African-American, said it was “crazy” for Kleefisch, who is white, to continue making the claim.
MADISON — Wisconsin’s crime labs are suffering from multiple shortcomings, including poor morale and accepting too much evidence from police, according to a report released Tuesday commissioned by the state Department of Justice. Attorney General Brad Schimel hired Florida International University’s National Forensic Science Technology Center in June to review operations at the labs, which have been struggling with processing delays. The review cost the department about $43,
MADISON — Republicans warned by party standard-bearer Gov. Scott Walker for months about a possible blue wave this November received more bad news Tuesday with a poll showing growing signs of support for Democrats. The Marquette University Law School poll landed as Walker and his allies have outspent Democratic challenger Tony Evers by millions of dollars, and as Republican Leah Vukmir, a state senator, is trying to knock off Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. The poll showed that 75
MADISON — Attorney General Brad Schimel wants an additional $1.6 million in the next state budget to hire more than a dozen more state crime lab employees. Testing delays have plagued the labs for years as police submit more evidence in hopes of developing suspect DNA profiles and other leads. Schimel submitted his 2019-2021 budget request to Gov. Scott Walker’s administration Monday. He asks for $1.6 million over the biennium to fund 14 additional full-time positions in the labs.
MADISON — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers is challenging Republican Gov. Scott Walker to drop a lawsuit seeking to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the national health care law known as Obamacare. Evers argues in the video challenge posted Monday that removing Wisconsin from the 20-state lawsuit would be the best way to ensure that protections for people with pre-existing health conditions remain in place. The ACA guarantees that people with pre-existing conditions can
Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would receive a nearly $1.7 billion increase in state funding over the current budget cycle under state Superintendent Tony Evers’ two-year budget proposal released Sunday. Evers, the Democrat challenging Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 6 election, is calling for the state to fund two-thirds of the per-pupil cost to educate students, something that hasn’t happened since the 2004-05 school year, according to Department of Public Instruction
MADISON — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers and Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, both cancer survivors, clashed Friday over protections for people like them with pre-existing conditions. Kleefisch is featured in a new television ad in which she says as long as she and Gov. Scott Walker are in office, people with pre-existing conditions will be guaranteed health insurance. That protection is extended under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which