How did Republican backing in a GOP-controlled state, overwhelming public support and virtually no opposition add up to the legislative defeat of a package of drunken driving bills aiming to increase penalties? Continue Reading
More than a dozen bills aimed at addressing drunken driving in Wisconsin were introduced in the 2013-14 legislative session. Almost all failed to pass. Continue Reading
In their resignation letter, the four accused the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force of focusing “on interventions that have little impact or are not proven to be effective.” They cited various slights that led them to conclude the state was uninterested in their input. Continue Reading
Water demand from frac sand mines forces the city of Whitehall to request a third well, frac sand mining invades north central Illinois, and one city in Texas has begun making moves to ban all hydraulic fracturing. Continue Reading
A DOR employee who has worked in the division that oversees property tax assessments shares the concerns of town officials who say the DOR’s move was not legal: “There is no statutory authority for the department to have done what it did.” Continue Reading
Following the Aug. 9 police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and the public demanded to know the involved officer’s name. The Ferguson Police Department stirred national attention, and some outrage, by waiting six days to reveal it: Officer Darren Wilson. Wisconsin has Ferguson beat. On April 30, 2014, a Milwaukee police officer shot Dontre Hamilton 14 times, killing him. Continue Reading
Two family planning clinics serving low-income women say their operations will be at serious financial risk if state auditors stand firm on claims that they overbilled Medicaid by $3.5 million, largely for birth control drugs and devices.
“My hunch is that if any one of us were audited it would come out the same way. We’re all operating the same way,” said Beth Hartung, president of the Wisconsin Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. “It would mean, quite frankly, that we would all close.” Continue Reading
An administrative law judge says “massive regulatory failure” led to groundwater contamination in a dairy farming region and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources must use its powers to prevent further pollution. Continue Reading
During this roughly 13-month period, Walker raised a total of $24.5 million, compared to Burke’s $15.5 million. He received about $10.8 million from other states, or 44 percent of his total. Burke attracted $3.2 million in out-of-state donations, or 21 percent of her total.
The Wisconsin Republican Party can use the funds from Adelson to benefit a single candidate like Republican Gov. Scott Walker, to whom individual contribution limits still apply.
Frac sand and oil clog the rail lines for other users, a county accuses the wrong mining company of permit violations, and annexation issues rear once again. Continue Reading
I often uncover disturbing statistics that stick with me. A reader normally might pass by them in the story in a second. Carrie Roy makes them into physical objects that a person can touch and linger over. So we’re collaborating to find new audiences for investigative reporting, transforming reporting into sculptures. Continue Reading