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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
 
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More poll workers are still needed around Wisconsin on Election Day, and there are indications they'll have to work even harder than during previous elections. Wisconsin Elections Commission chief official Meagan Wolfe says that as of Thursday afternoon, about 200 poll workers were needed in 70 communities. In southeastern Wisconsin, more workers a…
 
Friday on Lake Effect : Olympian and hockey star Meghan Duggan talks about her recent retirement and the fight for gender equity in sports. Then, we speak with a producer of the film Breaking Fast , which brings queer, Arab Muslim-American representation to romantic comedy. And automotive contributor Mark Savage talks about his latest high-powered …
 
For decades, low-income and minority communities across the United States were intentionally cut off from lending and investment through a system known as redlining. The practice started in the 1930s and lasted decades before being declared illegal. But the impact of redlining remains today as many neighborhoods suffer not only from reduced wealth …
 
Voters in Kenosha County, Jefferson County and a handful of other counties and municipalities in Wisconsin are seeing a question on their Nov. 3 general election ballot asking about redistricting, or the redrawing of political maps. The advisory referendum asks: Should the Wisconsin legislature create a nonpartisan procedure for the preparation of …
 
The Wauwatosa Police and Fire Commission held a regular meeting on Wednesday night. Some people expected the commission to take up whether to terminate the contract of Police Officer Joseph Mensah — who has shot and killed three people in the line of duty on separate occasions. A recent independent investigation by former U.S. Attorney Steven Bisku…
 
Thursday on Lake Effect : We learn how a Milwaukee health clinic is helping people get registered to vote while they’re in the waiting room. Then, we hear from the group All Voting is Local, about the impact Wisconsin’s voter ID law could have on the upcoming election. Plus, astronomy contributor Jean Creighton talks about the black hole discoverie…
 
Updated 10/22 4:52 p.m. Four southeast Wisconsin schools are pledging to close racial and income gaps in college graduation by 2030. UWM, MATC, UW-Parkside, and Carthage College are the first regional collective to join a national initiative from D.C.-based education firm EAB. The initiative is called Moon Shot for Equity . It uses research-based s…
 
Early voting began Tuesday as COVID-19 cases hit record-breaking levels in Wisconsin. In Milwaukee, people began forming lines outside of voting booths in the pre-dawn hours, ready to cast their ballot in person. According to Claire Woodall-Vogg, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, there were lines at each of the 13 early votin…
 
Wednesday on Lake Effect : We explore the legality around vaccine liability and how it could apply to a future COVID-19 vaccine. Then, we learn how grief can turn into prolonged grief disorder and how the pandemic could be causing an uptick of it. Plus, travel guide Rick Steves shares new things he’s learned to appreciate while staying at home. Gue…
 
COVID-19 cases are increasing in Wisconsin and health officials say there’s no end in sight. During a briefing Tuesday, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm shared the latest number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin – 178,482. She says more than 60% of those cases were diagnosed within the last two months. “You’ll re…
 
A 38-mile walk that started in Kenosha in the early morning hours ended at Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee Tuesday night. About 25 people participated in the walk, organized in support of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by a white Kenosha police officer in August. Blake was paralyzed from the waist down and was recently released from the…
 
Family members and loved ones of people incarcerated in Wisconsin are growing more concerned about the spread of COVID-19. At least three state prisons have reported outbreaks among inmates, and at least two people have died at the Dodge County Correctional Facility. The number of deaths from COVID-19 inside prisons could be higher, but the Departm…
 
Tuesday on Lake Effect : A prison advocacy group explains their demands for the governor after several outbreaks of COVID-19 in Wisconsin prisons. Then, we learn about Project Return and a formerly incarcerated man talks about his experience rejoining his community. Contributor Kyle Cherek explains how farms and CSAs have adjusted and used the pand…
 
In some ways, Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, stretching from southern Milwaukee County to Janesville, is a political swing area. Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin won four of the district's six counties on her way to reelection in 2018. But Democrats have not held the House seat in about 25 years. This fall's Democratic House candidate, R…
 
Monday on Lake Effect : Voting rights advocate Anita Johnson talks about her work engaging voters on the ground. Then, we learn about the Millennial Action Project and how its founder hopes to bridge the political divide. Contributor Jeanette Hurt finally sets the record straight on why we drink brandy - not whiskey - old fashioneds. Plus, an essay…
 
The number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin continues to break records. Cases have been averaging 3,000 per day, then on Friday, topped 4,000. In the midst of all this, Gov. Tony Evers issued an emergency order, requiring bars, restaurants and retail stores to operate at 25% capacity. Some had been running at 50%. A judge set …
 
Despite the weather, wind and pandemic, thousands of people stood shoulder to shoulder on a flag festooned airport tarmac in Janesville Saturday to rally in support of President Donald Trump. The Republican described the crowd as stretching as far as the eye could see. Trump came out swinging saying he’s the right choice for the "most important ele…
 
The city of Wauwatosa was the backdrop for another protest on Thursday. A few hundred people gathered for the Rally for Justice in Hart Park. They’re continuing calls for justice in the cases of the two men and one teen killed by Officer Joseph Mensah – Antonio Gonzalez, Jay Anderson Jr., and Alvin Cole. The crowd also condemned Wauwatosa’s Mayor D…
 
President Donald Trump is scheduled to campaign in Janesville Saturday night. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is asking the president to require all those who attend the rally to wear a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In fact, Evers said Thursday that he wants all politicians who hold events in Wisconsin to require masks. "Whether it's Eric Trump …
 
Friday on Lake Effect : We hear from the candidates running for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District. Then, we look at the impact of the religious vote and the many voters who fall under that umbrella. Plus, we learn about outdoor places in the Milwaukee-area to get you in the Halloween spirit. Guests: Congressman Glenn Grothman, incumbent repres…
 
Back in April, WUWM talked with three Milwaukee high school seniors about how their college plans were made more uncertain by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the new school year is underway, we checked in with them to see how their plans panned out. COVID-19 Is Making College Planning More Difficult For Milwaukee High Schoolers Milwaukee Pulaski Hi…
 
Over the past 40 years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of inmates in America’s prisons and jails. Today more than 2 million people are imprisoned in this country — a 500% increase since 1978. There are many consequences of the mass incarceration in the United States, which has affected families and communities nationwide. On this …
 
In response to the growing hospitalizations due to COVID-19, Wisconsin opened an alternate care facility at State Fair Park on Wednesday. Over the last week, Wisconsin has averaged more than 2,800 new coronavirus cases a day . State health officials say that’s indicative of unchecked community spread. Surrounding states like Illinois, Michigan and …
 
Thursday on Lake Effect : We hear from a woman who was detained while protesting the decision not to charge a Wauwatosa police officer for his third on-duty death. Then, we compare the COVID-19 pandemic to some of the other pandemics from modern history. Plus, we learn about one of the most infamous American con men you’ve probably never heard of —…
 
Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District spans from just north of Milwaukee and west to the Wisconsin Dells. Two candidates are competing for the seat in the Nov. 3 election: Republican incumbent Rep. Glenn Grothman of Glenbeulah and Democrat Jessica King of Oshkosh. Grothman was first elected to the district in 2014 after former Rep. Tom Petri held …
 
The Trump campaign is making a late bid to win Wisconsin again, with President Donald Trump expected in Janesville Saturday evening, and Vice President Mike Pence having visited Waukesha Tuesday. Polls show Trump trailing Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, by about five percentage points. But the Republican contende…
 
As rain and wind swept through Milwaukee Monday, members of a new commission stood outside City Hall, eager to share their commitment to bring change to Milwaukee’s much-criticized police department. Nate Hamilton chairs the Community Collaborative Commission, a group that evolved from a committee to a body recognized by Milwaukee's Common Council.…
 
Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride and Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber addressed members of the media Monday in an effort to be “totally transparent” about what’s happened in the city over the last few days. But some protesters say they’re not telling the full story. McBride issued an emergency order following the Milwaukee County District Attorney’…
 
Protests against social injustice and violence by police have been ongoing in Wauwatosa since the summer. They've centered around suspended police Officer Joseph Mensah, who has shot and killed three people of color in the line of duty. The cries of the community grew louder last week after Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm chose not…
 
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are resuming in-person campaign stops across the country after a bout with COVID-19 sidelined the president. Trump is set to deliver a speech and attend a fundraiser in Janesville on Saturday, according to an invitation to supporters, while Pence is scheduled to visit a manufacturing facility in Waukesh…
 
Friday on Lake Effect : The chairman of Wauwatosa’s Equity and Inclusion Commission reacts to the decision to not charge Officer Joseph Mensah for his third fatal shooting. Then, we hear some of the latest Listen MKE, which addresses some common concerns surrounding the upcoming presidential election. Plus, how a new position at the Milwaukee Art M…
 
As we move into the homestretch of the presidential election, the political rhetoric is heating up, especially in a battleground state like Wisconsin. While we can all switch the channel or turn off the TV when we have our fill of political advertising, it is not easy knowing how to handle those uncomfortable moments when we are face-to-face with s…
 
In the spring of 2016, residents of Flint, Mich., were experiencing one of the country’s most devastating water crises. Flint-native Mari Copeny decided to do something about it. She wrote a letter to then-President Barack Obama which led to the president traveling to Flint and sitting down to talk with Mari. What might be most remarkable is that M…
 
Thursday on Lake Effect : We speak with the author and illustrator of How We Got To The Moon , along with former NASA engineer JoAnn Morgan. Then, we hear from the young woman known as ‘Little Miss Flint’ about her experience with the Flint water crisis. Plus, we look at some of the great events happening in Milwaukee this month. Guests: John Rocco…
 
Wednesday on Lake Effect : We look at food insecurity in Wisconsin and the increase of people turning to food banks and the state’s FoodShare program. Then, although our federal government was set up with checks and balances, they’re not functioning the way the founders had hoped. Plus, we learn about the first LGBT uprising in Wisconsin, eight yea…
 
Tuesday on Lake Effect : We go over common mistakes made on mail-in ballots and how to make sure your vote is counted in the November election. Then, we learn how to vote if you’re homeless, a felon, or facing other obstacles to the ballot box in Wisconsin. We meet the artists behind the Arts @ Large exhibit, “Energy and Power: History, Hoops, and …
 
President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis late last week thwarted the Republican's plans to campaign over the weekend. Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who tested negative, indicated he would press ahead with in-person events. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com how he thinks the dev…
 
Monday on Lake Effect : An epidemiologist talks about the spike in COVID-19 infections and how to be safe during this pandemic. Then, a conservative law group explains why they’re challenging Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order to extend the mask mandate. We examine ways health care workers can care for themselves in the high stress time of COVID-19. …
 
This weekend on Lake Effect : We learn how Milwaukee could play a big role in who becomes the next President of the United States Then, we chat with Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, about how her books are helping kids navigate today’s world. Plus, contributor Joanne Nelson joins us to talk about her new memoir, This Is How We Leave . Guests: Sam L…
 
Friday on Lake Effect : We speak with former CIA Director John Brennan about his work at the CIA, threats to national security, and his new book. Then, we hear how lighting Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge could bring unity in a time of divisiveness. Plus, film contributor Dave Luhrssen discusses a new Netflix film by Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending…
 
For the past four years, UWM scientists have been involved in one of the largest studies ever conducted into the brain development of adolescents. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study is tracking nearly 12,000 kids across the United States — about 400 of them here in southeastern Wisconsin — to see how their brains mature. It’s a …
 
Thursday on Lake Effect : We hear about how gerrymandering in Wisconsin can impact pandemic response. Then, we chat with the author of The Giver about how her books are helping kids navigate today’s world. Plus, a local respiratory therapist describes her experience caring for COVID-19 patients out east. Guests: David Daley, author of Ratf****d Loi…
 
Wednesday on Lake Effect : We learn about a new study looking at how trauma in kids changes the brain. Then, we look at how restaurants have fared during the pandemic and how they’re preparing for winter. Plus, our monthly Milwaukee Music Roundup looks at some new music released by local musicians this month. Guests: Chris Larson, professor at UW-M…
 
Tuesday on Lake Effect : We learn how current overdose and homicide deaths compare to rates pre-coronavirus. Then, contributor Joanne Nelson joins us to talk about her new memoir, This Is How We Leave . Plus, artist Luba Lukova talks about creating work that responds to social justice movements. Guests: Sara Schreiber, forensic technical director o…
 
President Trump has announced his Supreme Court pick to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away earlier this month. Trump has chosen conservative federal appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett and confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin Oct. 12. The announcement of Barrett drew immediate response from Wisconsin’s two U.S. senator…
 
Monday on Lake Effect : We learn how Milwaukee could play a big role in who becomes the next president of the United States. Then, Fit For You goes through the results of a new Marquette study that examines who is and isn’t wearing a mask. Plus, the Milwaukee Public Library gives us a list of book recommendations for adults and kids to learn more a…
 
This Weekend on Lake Effect : We talk with the City of Milwaukee’s outgoing Commissioner of Health, Jeanette Kowalik about the challenges she faced on the job. Then, we look at the history of public mental health funding and what it looks like today. Plus, we learn about plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum to rel…
 
Friday on Lake Effect : We learn about the work Milwaukee company, Cream City Conservation & Consulting is doing to create equitable workplaces. Then, we learn how this year’s Doors Open Milwaukee had to adjust its programming due to the pandemic. Plus, Lake Effect contributor Melinda Myers shares her fall gardening tips. Guests: August Ball, found…
 
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