Wisconsin Watch is hiring an investigative reporter to focus on the Wisconsin state Legislature, governor’s office, state agencies and Supreme Court in a deeply polarized state where democracy itself is in peril.
Wisconsin Watch’s Statehouse bureau works to identify and expose threats to Wisconsin’s democracy. The team is comprised of Statehouse bureau chief Matthew DeFour, investigative reporter Matt Mencarini, and Report for America corps member Jacob Resneck. Other Wisconsin Watch reporters also contribute to our coverage.
Voting has gotten harder in Wisconsin. Organizers have found ways to help
Two different research initiatives have documented the ways it’s now more difficult to vote in Wisconsin, from disparities in access to added barriers.
Republicans can’t simply remove a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice
Rep. Dan Knodl’s 8th Senate District victory gives Republicans a two-thirds Senate majority, creating speculation about whether they could impeach Justice-elect Janet Protasiewicz.
Who are the liberal and conservative members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court?
The election of Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz, a liberal, upends the high court’s 4-3 conservative majority. Her 10-year term begins Aug. 1.
Why some Wisconsin residents with mental disabilities lose voting rights — and how they can restore them
In Wisconsin and most states, judges may determine someone is ‘incompetent’ to vote. Here’s what people with mental disabilities should know about their rights.
Mega donors fuel record-shattering $45M Wisconsin Supreme Court race
A few ultra-wealthy donors play an outsize role as liberal Janet Protasiewicz competes against conservative Daniel Kelly in the April 4 spring election.
Anti-trans ads favoring Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Daniel Kelly peddle fear, false info
American Principles Project PAC is attacking trans youth to win elections and end transition-related care for people of all ages
Medical malpractice in Wisconsin: Could Supreme Court election change precedent?
A liberal court once struck down caps on payouts to victims and then a conservative court upheld them. Would a liberal majority revisit the issue?
Wisconsin’s three precedent-setting malpractice cases explained
From a devastating birth injury to an untimely death and loss of all four limbs, the state Supreme Court has come down both ways on malpractice caps over 17 years.
Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ‘fractured opinions’ leave state without clear guidance
Democrats hope if Janet Protasiewicz defeats Dan Kelly, past conservative decisions lacking a clear rationale will be easier for a liberal court to overturn
Conservatives, liberals weigh in on Wisconsin Supreme Court ‘activism’
The candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court have accused each other of putting politics above the law. Supporters point to cases that explain what that means.
In Wisconsin Supreme Court race, ad spending for Kelly ekes past Protasiewicz after she led in ads 23-to-1
Outside spending to boost former Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly now outpaces pro-Janet Protasiewicz spending as the April 4 election looms