WisDems: While Gov. Evers takes action to make Wisconsin safer, Republicans are all talk

MADISON, Wis. – Republicans keep claiming they have plans to make Wisconsin safer, but all they have to offer are talking points.   Rebecca Kleefisch’s proposals for public safety have already been panned by her primary opponent, Kevin Nicholson, who has called them “not serious” and said that police don’t even understand it.   Kleefisch has also historically made Wisconsin less safe by drastically cutting funds for localities, which are largely responsible for public safety. The Walker-Kleefisch administration slashed shared revenue to localities by $76 million in 2011 alone, the largest cut in at least a decade. These dollars were crucial

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Dept. of Children and Families: Honors five human service professionals for outstanding service to families

MADISON – In recognition of Gov. Tony Evers declaring March as Social Work Month in Wisconsin, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) honored the efforts of five human service professionals with the 2022 Caring for Kids award. DCF Secretary Emilie Amundson and Wendy Henderson, DCF’s Division of Safety and Permanence administrator, presented the awards today during a virtual ceremony. The five professionals were honored for their exceptional dedication to serving the people of their communities and putting families first. “Human service professionals are dedicated to strengthening families and helping them remain together and connected,” said DCF Secretary Emilie Amundson. “The work

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Dept. of Justice: DOJ prosecutors making significant impact on drug cases in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul yesterday released a report to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) regarding the two Assistant Attorney General positions created as part of the HOPE Agenda to assist the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Appleton and Wausau field offices and local district attorneys with the investigation and prosecution of significant drug-related offenses.   “DOJ’s regional drug prosecutors have helped fight the drug epidemic by prosecuting drug dealers who sell dangerous narcotics like fentanyl and meth,” said AG Kaul. “The legislature should extend these positions to ensure

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Dept. of Workforce Development: Catch the wave with rewarding work in Wisconsin’s water industry

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek and state water industry leaders have a message for job seekers, especially young students: Test the waters and take the plunge! Rewarding careers in water await! DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechaeck is joined by Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council; Claire Evans, human resources operations mana… Please log in to access subscriber content. If you don’t have a subscription, click here for a WisPolitics free trial and to view the different subscription options. Username or E-mail Password * Remember Me     Forgot Password

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WCMA: Applauds Gov. Evers’ action to fully fund the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) today applauded Governor Tony Evers for signing Senate Bill 827 into law as Act 207. The legislation, authored by Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), repurposes unused federal monies to boost funding in 2022 and 2023 for the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports (WIAE) within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The WIAE aims to boost Wisconsin’s agricultural exports – including cheese, yogurt, butter, and other dairy products – by 25 percent over the next five years. Governor Evers took action to fully fund the initiative at Sartori Company’s

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Nelson Campaign: Releases first paid campaign radio and digital ads focused on fighting for the little guy

Appleton, Wis. – Outagamie County Executive and pro-labor populist U.S. Senate candidate Tom Nelson has released his first paid campaign ads, a series of radio and digital ads to promote his strong record of fighting for Fox Valley paper workers against corporate greed and his ability to beat Ron Johnson from a red part of the state.   This week, Nelson released ads on Devil’s Radio, a progressive radio station spanning Madison, Milwaukee, and central Wisconsin airwaves. The ads highlight Nelson’s core message making sure we put Main Street ahead of Wall Street and contrasting his humble roots against Ron

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Johnson Campaign: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s opponent smears his Covid-19 comments about mouthwash that actually came from the NIH

Democrat Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski lied to voters about opponent Sen. Ron Johnson’s stance on Covid in an ad that aired last week. In the ad, Godlewski falsely claimed Johnson told Americans to “take mouthwash to cure Covid” and accused him of spewing “conspiracies.” If that’s the case, then the National Institutes of Health is the real “conspiracy theorist,” because that’s the institution that originally offered guidance to Americans telling them that mouthwash can help fight Covid-19 germs. What Johnson actually said is a far cry from Godlewski’s accusation, according to a transcript of his comments. Upon voicing his concerns

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National Guard: Brig. Gen. Mathews reflects on ceiling-shattering career

A magnificent 36-year military career filled with many firsts will, at last, draw to a close when Brig. Gen Joane Mathews retires from her position as Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army. “As much as I absolutely love my job, the Soldiers and families I work for and with, we have so many outstanding leaders who are ready for that next step,” Mathews said in explaining her decision. “I’ve never been one to hold anyone up.” Mathews’ military career began in 1986 when she completed the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks.

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Public Health Madison and Dane County: Alliant Energy Center testing and vaccination clinics to close

Starting on April 3, 2022, testing and vaccination clinics at the Arena at the Alliant Energy Center will close, but you will still have plenty of options to get your COVID vaccines and tests in Dane County. “Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have dropped dramatically since the Omicron surge in January as has demand for testing and vaccination. As we have done throughout the COVID pandemic, we are simply adjusting our response to meet the current needs of our community,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County. Since May 2020, more than 450,000 tests and more than

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Protect Our Care Wisconsin: ACA At 12, expanded access to lifesaving preventative care

Ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 12th anniversary, Protect Our Care is highlighting the major achievements of the law each day leading up to March 23. The anniversary comes as enrollment is at an all-time high of 14.5 million Americans and premium costs are at a record low. President Biden and Democrats in Congress are continuing their work to strengthen the ACA by fighting to lower drug prices, reduce premiums, and expand coverage to even more families.   Protect Our Care will host events this week celebrating the law’s success, despite years of attacks by Republican lawmakers. Twelve years

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Jackie Nitschke Center: Know when it’s time to seek help

(Green Bay, Wis.) – Addiction can happen to anyone. There’s really no “type” of person who is more likely to face an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. That’s just one thing to consider during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. “One key sign of an addiction is that a person continues to use drugs or alcohol even when it is having a harmful impact on their life or the lives of those around them,” says Michelle Pierquet-Hohner of the Jackie Nitschke Center in Green Bay. “It reaches a point where they feel they can’t stop, no matter what happens

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Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: CMS to provide a special enrollment period for Salvasen enrollees

Madison, Wis. — On January 31, 2022, Insurance Commissioner Nathan Houdek issued an order prohibiting Salvasen Health, LLC (“Salvasen”) from issuing new policies and renewing existing policies to Wisconsin residents. Salvasen was issuing limited benefit health plans which did not provide Minimum Essential Coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Salvasen was also not licensed to conduct insurance business in Wisconsin. The stipulation and order may be viewed here. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be opening a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Salvasen customers to get enrolled in one of the many health plan options available on the federal marketplace known

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Evers Campaign: Gov. Evers stands as a Bulwark for democracy

MADISON, Wis. — In case you missed it, the Guardian highlighted how “the future of American democracy may hinge on what happens in contests like the gubernatorial race in Wisconsin, a critical battleground state.” As Wisconsin Republicans launch baseless attacks on democracy and attempt to dissolve a bipartisan elections commission that they created, Governor Tony Evers told the Guardian that “giving the Republicans the opportunity to essentially depress the vote is not in the cards.” Gov. Evers has stood as a “sea wall for fair elections” because he is committed to making sure every eligible voter is able to participate in the democratic process and ensuring that Wisconsin’s elections

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Children’s Wisconsin: $5 million Change the Checkup Challenge is exceeded, Children’s Wisconsin starts third year of efforts to transform mental health care for kids

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 22, 2021 — Another milestone in the Children’s Wisconsin journey to confront the growing mental and behavioral health crisis facing Wisconsin kids has been reached with the completion of the $5 million Change the Checkup Challenge. Funds raised from this challenge will bring mental and behavioral health care teams — including at least 36 full-time master’s-trained therapists — into every Children’s primary care office and urgent care location, as part of the largest-scale implementation in any pediatric setting in the nation. About the Change the Checkup Challenge The $5 million Change the Checkup Challenge was started in July of 2021 as part of a $20

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U.S. Rep. Gallagher: Moulton, Meijer, Auchincloss introduce Yachts For Ukraine Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Seth Moulton (D-MA.), Peter Meijer (R-MI), and Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) today introduced the Yachts for Ukraine Act, which would allow seized Russian assets to be repurposed for rebuilding Ukraine. As Russia’s wealthiest attempt to wait out temporary seizure of their superyachts and mansions, this bill would ensure that the assets seized under the current U.S. sanctions regimes would be permanently reallocated to humanitarian assistance and reconstruction efforts in Ukraine. The value of Russian superyachts, alone, amounts to billions of dollars. “Putin’s war in Ukraine has killed thousands and displaced millions of Ukrainians. The cost of this humanitarian crisis should be paid

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WCMA: Applauds Gov. Evers’ action to fully fund the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) today applauded Governor Tony Evers for signing Senate Bill 827 into law as Act 207. The legislation, authored by Senator Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), repurposes unused federal monies to boost funding in 2022 and 2023 for the Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural

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Jackie Nitschke Center: Know when it’s time to seek help

(Green Bay, Wis.) – Addiction can happen to anyone. There’s really no “type” of person who is more likely to face an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. That’s just one thing to consider during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. “One key sign of an addiction is that a

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Office of the Commissioner of Insurance: CMS to provide a special enrollment period for Salvasen enrollees

Madison, Wis. — On January 31, 2022, Insurance Commissioner Nathan Houdek issued an order prohibiting Salvasen Health, LLC (“Salvasen”) from issuing new policies and renewing existing policies to Wisconsin residents. Salvasen was issuing limited benefit health plans which did not provide Minimum Essential Coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Salvasen was also

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Evers Campaign: Gov. Evers stands as a Bulwark for democracy

MADISON, Wis. — In case you missed it, the Guardian highlighted how “the future of American democracy may hinge on what happens in contests like the gubernatorial race in Wisconsin, a critical battleground state.” As Wisconsin Republicans launch baseless attacks on democracy and attempt to dissolve a bipartisan elections commission that they created, Governor Tony Evers told

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Children’s Wisconsin: $5 million Change the Checkup Challenge is exceeded, Children’s Wisconsin starts third year of efforts to transform mental health care for kids

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 22, 2021 — Another milestone in the Children’s Wisconsin journey to confront the growing mental and behavioral health crisis facing Wisconsin kids has been reached with the completion of the $5 million Change the Checkup Challenge. Funds raised from this challenge will bring mental and behavioral health care teams — including at

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U.S. Rep. Gallagher: Moulton, Meijer, Auchincloss introduce Yachts For Ukraine Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Seth Moulton (D-MA.), Peter Meijer (R-MI), and Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) today introduced the Yachts for Ukraine Act, which would allow seized Russian assets to be repurposed for rebuilding Ukraine. As Russia’s wealthiest attempt to wait out temporary seizure of their superyachts and mansions, this bill would ensure that the assets seized

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