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Of note: This week we highlight another installment in Wisconsin Watch’s Democracy on the Ballot series. Reporter Matthew DeFour found that at least 22 Republicans with a good chance of winning their Assembly races have cast doubt on the 2020 election — with some even pushing to overturn the results. But as the 2022 midterm election draws near, most Republicans, especially in close races, aren’t even talking about “election integrity,” focusing instead on hot-button issues such as inflation and crime.

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Troy (no last name given), a cross-country truck driver from Texas, participates in a pro-President Donald Trump rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 7, 2020. (Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Watch)

Many in Wisconsin GOP drop ‘stop the steal’ talk, play up inflation, crime

Wisconsin Watch — November 2, 2022

As they try to win enough seats for a supermajority to override a governor’s veto, most Republican candidates for Legislature don’t even mention ‘election integrity’ on their websites.

Related coverage from Wisconsin Watch: Wisconsin GOP has sweeping agenda to ensure ‘election integrity’

Sarah Swedberg gets water from the tap at her family’s home in Shawano. Journal Sentinel testing found elevated levels of PFAS in her water. (Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

‘Forever chemicals’ are a growing problem. Here’s what we found when we tested Wisconsin’s drinking water.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — November 3, 2022

The Journal Sentinel had water from 40 homes on municipal systems across the state tested. Twelve, or 30%, had at least one ‘forever chemical’ compound, also known as PFAS, over federal recommendations. That means many others in those same systems are receiving tainted water.

Related coverage from Wisconsin Watch: Wisconsin’s French Island faces stark choices as PFAS water crisis lingers

A pond marks where a levee was breached on flooding levee district board member Regan Griffin’s farmland during the Flood of 2019 on the Missouri River in Atchison County, Mo. The board hopes to set this levee back in the future. (Eva Tesfaye / Harvest Public Media)

Making room for the river: Mississippi River communities examine nature-based solutions

Harvest Public Media, The Gazette and WWNO-New Orleans Public Radio — October 31, 2022 

Solutions to reduce flooding might make river communities look different in 100 years: greener, safer and more sustainable. But they’ll need resources to do it. See more stories from the When it Rains series by the Mississippi River Ag & Water Desk, of which Wisconsin Watch is a member.

Wisconsin rate case raises questions of who pays and profits from energy transition

Energy News Network — November 2, 2022

Critics say a proposed rate hike by We Energies to pay for new solar and natural gas generation pits low-income residents against clean energy advocates while taking too much profit for shareholders.

Related coverage from the Energy News Network: Wisconsin regulators should look to Iowa for third-party solar model, advocates say

A worker kneels on the floor while looking through a box of absentee ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Milwaukees Central Count facility.  (Angela Major/WPR)

Milwaukee elections worker fired over false ballot requests

Associated Press — November 3, 2022

A top Milwaukee elections official has been fired after sending falsely obtained military absentee ballots to the home of a Republican state lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of how the 2020 election was administered, the city’s mayor said Thursday.

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