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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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’
‘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
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
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.