President Barack Obama criticized the newly enacted legislation as "anti-worker," calling it the product of a "sustained, coordinated assault on unions led by powerful interests and their allies in government."
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, considered a likely Republican presidential contender, signed a bill into law on Monday allowing private-sector employees to avoid joining unions or paying them dues even when covered by union-negotiated contracts. The measure, approved by the Republican-led state Senate and Assembly over the course of two weeks, takes effect immediately, making Wisconsin […]
Texas' law is the nation's harshest and derided in court as blatant discrimination
A federal judge likened Texas’ strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin. The twin rulings released Thursday evening represent major and […]
Polls show Scott Walker and Mary Burke deadlocked with the election just two months away
The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers’ rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in an unsuccessful bid to keep their collective bargaining rights. Now, four years later, he’s returning to the state with […]
State Rep. Bill Kramer checked himself into a treatment facility Saturday
Republicans who control the Wisconsin state Assembly unanimously voted to remove the majority leader from his post Tuesday amid allegations that he groped one woman and verbally abused another during a trip to Washington last week. State Rep. Bill Kramer, who had held the Assembly’s second-most powerful position since September, wasn’t at the meeting. He […]
The state lost 8,700 farms and more than 620,000 acres of farmland from 2007 to 2012.
Wisconsin farmers stopped working hundreds of thousands of acres during five years of heavy farm closures that a federal report described Thursday as among the most significant in the nation. The state lost 8,700 farms and more than 620,000 acres of farmland from 2007 to 2012, according to the Census of Agriculture, which is conducted […]
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law on Friday new abortion restrictions that opponents said could lead to the closing of two of the state’s four abortion clinics. Opponents of the law, which goes into effect Monday, July 8, filed a federal lawsuit challenging it. The law requires women to undergo an ultrasound before they […]
President Barack Obama now claims he was too busy to help fellow Democrats throw union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker out of office in last week’s recall election. “As President of the United States, I’ve got a lot of responsibilities,” Obama told Green Bay radio station WBAY in an interview. “Obviously, I would have loved to […]
When the votes came in on the effort to recall controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it wasn’t even close. Republican Walker kept job, trouncing Milwaukee Republican Mayor Tom Barrett by 10 points — 55 to 45 percent. The divisive Walker, who rammed through legislation to strip Wisconsin’s public sector unions of collective bargaining power, now […]
A group of conservatives on the Republican National Committee’s governing board has launched an “Anybody but Steele” campaign and are gathering pledges from other committee members not to back the beleaguered RNC chairman, POLITICO has learned. Members of the Republican National Conservative Caucus held a conference call and sent e-mails last week in an attempt […]
Much of the upper Midwest braced for frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall Sunday as the National Weather Service warned of blizzard conditions spanning parts of eight states. The heavy storm was moving eastward a day after it dumped 20 inches of snow in parts of the region, forcing numerous road closures and even postponing for […]