Elections officials agree the system to track ‘incompetent’ voters needs fixing, but claims by conservative groups of thousands of ineligible voters are overblown
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.
Wisconsin workers show renewed energy after decade of anti-union laws
Formerly unionized employees switch tactics, using a collective voice to force change. And private sector efforts to organize are on the rise, union leaders say.
Workers lost ground on wages in wake of Wisconsin’s anti-labor laws
One labor leader says the state’s ‘right-to-work’ law made his union stronger. But others say the laws favor corporations and their CEOs — not workers.
Oshkosh Defense sent a big contract to the non-union South. Will it keep future jobs in Wisconsin?
Despite tens of millions in state and local government incentives, the Wisconsin company is steering billions of dollars of work away from its namesake city.
Matthew DeFour to lead new Wisconsin Watch statehouse bureau
Matthew Defour will lead the three-member Wisconsin Watch statehouse bureau as an editor and reporter, starting Sept. 6.
‘A hammer in search of a nail’: Wisconsin AG candidate prosecutes eligible voters for address snafus
Five voters are charged with fraud after they registered using their Fond du Lac UPS Store addresses; one critic calls it an ‘abuse’ of prosecutorial discretion
Jacob Resneck, Bennet Goldstein join Wisconsin Watch as Report for America corps members
Wisconsin Watch is pleased to announce the addition of two new Report for America corps members to our staff, boosting coverage of statewide threats to democracy and environmental and agricultural issues in the Mississippi River Basin.
‘Blurring of lines’: Private lawyer plays starring role in taxpayer-funded Wisconsin election probe
With no contract and no official role, the work of attorney Erick Kaardal of the Thomas More Society dominates the investigation.
Wisconsin Watch seeking investigative editor/reporter to lead new statehouse bureau
Wisconsin Watch is seeking an investigative editor/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.
Meet Matt Mencarini: Wisconsin Watch’s first statehouse reporter
Wisconsin Watch is pleased to announce it has hired Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Matt Mencarini to cover the statehouse, where he will focus on threats to Wisconsin’s democracy.