Gov. Evers: Appoints Frederick Strampe to the Waukesha County Circuit Court

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers announced today his appointment of Frederick Strampe to the Waukesha County Circuit Court – Branch 7. The appointment will fill the vacancy created by Judge Maria S. Lazar’s election to the Court of Appeals, District II. Strampe will complete a term ending July 31, 2023.  “Fred Strampe has proven himself to be a leader of character in his profession and the community,” said Gov. Evers. “He will be an excellent judge for the people of Waukesha County.” Since 2018, Strampe has been the president of Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, S.C., where he began his legal career

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ACLU: Wisconsin judge dismisses case aiming to out transgender and nonbinary students without their consent

MADISON — The Dane County Circuit Court last Wednesday dismissed a challenge to Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) guidance that protects students’ ability to use different names or pronouns at school without being forcibly outed by school employees. The national American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Wisconsin, with pro bono assistance from Quarles & Brady, defended the school’s guidance on behalf of three Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) in the MMSD. The guidance, which advises school officials not to disclose a student’s change in pronouns or names without the student’s consent, was challenged in 2020 by several

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Rep. Brandtjen: Military ballots mysteriously decrease by 83 percent

Madison – State Representative Janel Brandtjen, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, responds to the 83 percent decrease in military voters: “When Milwaukee deputy election clerk Kim Zapata created three military members out of thin air and sent requests for legitimate ballots to my home address, the vulnerability of the military ballot process was exposed. Now we have learned that the number of active military members voting in the 2022 election dropped by over 83% since the 2020 election! Active military voters do not require registration or ID, but according to Wisconsin Statute 6.22(6), clerks are supposed

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U.S. Sen. Baldwin, Sen. Collins: Introduce Healthcare for Our Troops Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Healthcare for Our Troops Act, bipartisan legislation to provide premium-free medical insurance coverage for members of the National Guard and Reserve. The Healthcare for Our Troops Act addresses the Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s most pressing concern: healthcare for our troops, no matter the duty status. Sixteen percent of Reserve and National Guard members – roughly 130,000 men and women who have volunteered to serve our country – do not have private health insurance. “Our National Guard and Reserve members make sacrifices every day to keep us safe, and yet too many of them struggle to access affordable health care. By providing these benefits, our service members will lead

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UW-System: UW-Whitewater chancellor finalists named

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, a university with more than 11,000 students on two campuses that offer 60 majors, 21 master’s degree programs, one doctoral degree, and one education specialist degree. A Special Regent Committee selected the finalists from a list of candidates identified by a 12-member Search and Screen Committee led by UW System Regent Vice President Amy Blumenfeld Bogost, chair, and Professor Lynn Gilbertson, Associate Professor and Department Chair in the College of Education and Professional Studies, vice chair. The finalists,

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UW-Madison: Algae Blooms

MADISON — In the lake-rich regions of the world, algae blooms are a growing problem. Not only are the floating green scums a nuisance for anyone hoping to enjoy the water, they can turn toxic and threaten public health. The main driver behind these blooms is phosphorus, an element used widely in agriculture to fertilize crops, that can run from the land and into lakes — especially during heavy rains. A new study from the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows how soon after a storm phosphorous “loading” sparks algae explosions, but also describes the many other factors that weigh on when

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Milwaukee County Transit System: Reaches agreement with ATU local 998

MILWAUKEE (November 29, 2022) — Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998, the union that represents MCTS bus drivers and mechanics, have reached an agreement on a 3-year contract. The contract includes significant wage increases, increased work/life balance and minimal changes to healthcare. MCTS Interim Managing Director Denise Wandke said, “The company and the union have been working together since March to address wages, healthcare, security and work/life balance for operators and maintenance employees. Starting my employment with MCTS as an operator, I know the hard work and passion my fellow bus operators share. I think

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Washington County Sheriff Schulteis: Endorses Daniel Kelly for Supreme Court

WEST BEND, WI — Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis joins other county sheriffs in endorsing Justice Daniel Kelly in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court. “Law enforcement officers shouldn’t consider whether they personally agree with a law before they arrest someone for breaking that law. The same idea holds true for Supreme Court Justices. They should put personal politics aside and make decisions based on the law as written and not how they wish it were written. “That’s why I’m endorsing Justice Daniel Kelly for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Justice Kelly has a solid record of applying the law to

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Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: UW-Platteville announced new meat programming

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Yesterday, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and University of Wisconsin – Platteville (UW-Platteville) announced the Beginning a Career in the Meat Industry programming, a half-day course designed for college and high school students who want to learn more about careers in the meat sector. The project is funded by the Meat Talent Development Program, a $5 million program created by Governor Tony Evers to strengthen the state’s meat processing supply chain and workforce. The Beginning a Career in the Meat Industry sessions will cover a variety of topics such as the history of

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U.S. Rep. Gallagher: Calls on Biden to take concrete action to support Chinese protestors

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Armed Services Committee, today released a statement calling on the Biden administration to take concrete steps to support protestors in China, including holding any perpetrators of violence against demonstrators responsible through Global Magntisky sanctions, banning US investment in companies that support the CCP surveillance state, and fighting the CCP’s manipulation of information in China. “As the Chinese Communist Party continues its totalitarian quest to control all aspects of life in China and beyond, anti-regime protestors are showing the world the true meaning

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Sen. Agard: Reacts to WERC’s UW Health nurses union decision

MADISON – On Friday, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) issued the opinion that nurses at UW Health can’t organize a union and collectively bargain under current Wisconsin law. Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement: “In September, UW nurses reached a groundbreaking agreement with UW Health management that empowered workers with a seat at the table to advocate for quality patient care and better working conditions. While the decision by WERC is disappointing, it is not surprising. More importantly, WERC’s decision does not change the September agreement between nurses and the administration. “I will continue to stand with

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TUE News Summary: Dorow says she’ll decide on Supreme Court run soon; EMS faces mounting resource shortages statewide

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Owen Robinson: Return surplus to the taxpayers

With a suspect economic forecast and the buying power of Wisconsinites being eaten away by inflation, it would be unconscionable for our elected leaders to do anything other than to return the surplus to the people who paid it with a sheepish, “ope.”

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Rep. Brandtjen: Military ballots mysteriously decrease by 83 percent

Madison – State Representative Janel Brandtjen, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, responds to the 83 percent decrease in military voters: “When Milwaukee deputy election clerk Kim Zapata created three military members out of thin air and sent requests for legitimate ballots to my home address, the

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U.S. Sen. Baldwin, Sen. Collins: Introduce Healthcare for Our Troops Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Healthcare for Our Troops Act, bipartisan legislation to provide premium-free medical insurance coverage for members of the National Guard and Reserve. The Healthcare for Our Troops Act addresses the Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s most pressing concern: healthcare for our troops, no matter the duty status.

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UW-System: UW-Whitewater chancellor finalists named

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, a university with more than 11,000 students on two campuses that offer 60 majors, 21 master’s degree programs, one doctoral degree, and one education specialist degree. A Special

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UW-Madison: Algae Blooms

MADISON — In the lake-rich regions of the world, algae blooms are a growing problem. Not only are the floating green scums a nuisance for anyone hoping to enjoy the water, they can turn toxic and threaten public health. The main driver behind these blooms is phosphorus, an element used

Read More »

Milwaukee County Transit System: Reaches agreement with ATU local 998

MILWAUKEE (November 29, 2022) — Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998, the union that represents MCTS bus drivers and mechanics, have reached an agreement on a 3-year contract. The contract includes significant wage increases, increased work/life balance and minimal changes to healthcare. MCTS Interim Managing

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Sen. Agard: Reacts to WERC’s UW Health nurses union decision

MADISON – On Friday, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) issued the opinion that nurses at UW Health can’t organize a union and collectively bargain under current Wisconsin law. Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement: “In September, UW nurses reached a groundbreaking agreement with UW Health management that

Read More »

Owen Robinson: Return surplus to the taxpayers

With a suspect economic forecast and the buying power of Wisconsinites being eaten away by inflation, it would be unconscionable for our elected leaders to do anything other than to return the surplus to the people who paid it with a sheepish, “ope.”

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