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‘It’s all or nothing’: A small pay bump can cut benefits for Wisconsin workers

By Nusaiba Mizan, Green Bay Press-Gazette Owning a home once seemed like “an impossible dream” to Jaleesa Gray, though she began thinking about when her son was born a decade ago. Now that she finally has a home, she sees possibility everywhere. Jaleesa Gray, 28, poses for a portrait outside her home on June 15, […]

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Wisconsin cities look to basic income to close racial, other wealth gaps

By Harrison Freuck and Zhen Wang, Wisconsin Watch Towanda Perkins is a single mother with two grown sons. She works as an office manager at a nonprofit organization in Milwaukee. During the pandemic, she has seen many mothers with children who have lost their jobs and been evicted by landlords. Perkins is expecting to see […]

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Your Right to Know: Wisconsin Lawmakers Seek to Keep Their Misconduct Secret

By Bill Lueders WISCONSIN- Even Staush Gruszynski didn’t want this to happen. The former state Assembly representative from Green Bay is the subject of an ongoing legal battle over records regarding his sexual harassment of a female staffer. A judge ruled in late June that the Legislature violated the state’s open records law in denying […]

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Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Launches Senate Bid

By Robert Chappell A crowd of about 100 supporters crowded into the common area of the Sherman Phoenix building on Milwaukee’s North Side to hear Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes announce an important prediction: “Bucks in six.” Besides predicting that the Milwaukee Bucks will win their first NBA title since 1971 — long before the 34-year-old […]

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Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes to Make “Big Announcement” Tuesday

By Robert Chappell Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes plans to make a “big announcement” at noon Tuesday in Milwaukee, according to an invitation sent to supporters, fueling further speculation about a 2022 run for US Senate. Barnes, 34, was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 2013 and served until 2017. In 2018 was elected as […]

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In wake of Wisconsin’s racial justice protests, curfew tickets raise equity and speech questions

By Clara Neupert and Jim Malewitz Wisconsin Watch The envelope looked like any other — slightly wrinkled, a handwritten address scrawled across the front. But Jared Cain said he felt violated after looking inside. He saw a ticket for breaking the curfew Milwaukee adopted to regulate protests after a May 25 murder in Minneapolis seen […]

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Local voters submit election complaint alleging Racine Mayor violated the Constitution

RACINE – Thursday, a group of five Racine voters announced the filing of a formal complaint alleging that Racine Mayor Cory Mason was behind an election administration plan last year that violated the U.S. Constitution. The 28-page complaint is against Mason, Racine City Clerk Tara Coolidge, and Wisconsin Elections Commissioner Meagan Wolfe. Those bringing the […]

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Republicans Keep Grip on Legislature Despite Democratic Spending Spree

Peter Cameron, The Badger Project Wisconsin Democrats were flush with cash in the 2020 election cycle. Billionaire liberals like Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other super-rich donors used a loophole in Wisconsin campaign finance law to dump money into the coffers of the Democratic Party, which routed a considerable chunk of contributions to state legislative […]

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State Driver Licenses and IDs are the Most Common Forms of Identification to Show at the Polls

Wisconsin driver licenses or IDs are the most common form of identification used for voting purposes. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) encourages voters to check and be sure that they have the proper identification needed to vote in next month’s election (April 6). A federally compliant REAL ID card is not […]

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Elections personnel could return to some nursing homes for April vote

WISCONSIN – Nursing home voters will have the opportunity for assistance voting in the April 6 election, state officials said Friday. Wisconsin Elections Commission officials determined on March 2 that county and municipal clerks must reach out to nursing homes and other eligible facilities to determine whether assisted voting is possible during the coronavirus pandemic, […]

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Bids to Alter Wisconsin Elections Fall Mostly Along Partisan Lines

By Anya van Wagtendonk For Wisconsin Watch Proposals to change Wisconsin’s voting system could determine how one of America’s top swing states picks congressional candidates, how it awards its 10 Electoral College votes, how fast results can be announced and who can use the increasingly popular method of absentee voting. But the political divisiveness that […]

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Carmella Venturini

Carmella Venturini, 55, is throwing her hat in the ring to run against Auntavia Jackson in the spring election on April 6, 2021, for the Racine Unified School District seat #6. To read more about other races, click here. Where do you live? Racine, WI How long have you lived there? 34 years Age? 55 Spouse or partner’s name? Jim Venturini If […]