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Posted inUptown Observer

State senators praise Wray’s appointment, differ on views of Jacob Blake shooting

KENOSHA ⏤ State senators Bob Wirch and Van Wanggaard agree Noble Wray is the right choice for someone to review the investigation of the Jacob Blake case. However, when it comes to their opinion of the case itself, they largely differ. Wray hired by DA Graveley, Kaul The state Attorney General’s office announced the former […]

Posted inNews

Sen. Wanggaard Offers Policing Bills Package

MADISON – Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, on Wednesday unveiled the Public Safety PACT, a package of eight bills aimed at law enforcement and criminal justice reform. A retired Racine police officer, Wanggaard said he’ll be working to get support for the legislative package from both sides of the aisle for the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2021 session. […]

Posted inBreaking

Evers’ Safer at Home order an overreach, Sheriff says

Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling called Governor Tony Evers’ extension of the Safer at Home order an “overreach” and enforcing the order would not be a priority. Instead, Schmaling would focus on “keeping the roads safe” and protect citizens from “criminal activity.” He believes doing so would have “dire lifetime consequences for businesses, homeowners, and […]

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CBD Oil Bill Passes Assembly

UPDATE: A bill that decriminalizes the possession of CDB Oil unanimously passed the State Assembly on Wednesday. Made from marijuana, the oil doesn’t produce a high. Read the law here. “Thank you to Chairman Kitchens and the Committee on Children and Families for quickly and unanimously passing Senate Bill 10 this morning. Along with hundreds of parents […]

Posted inGovernment

Local Reps Slam Lack of Funding to Finish I-94 Expansion

After Governor Scott Walker revealed this week the elimination of funding for the next two years to continue work on the I-94 expansion project, local elected officials from both sides of the aisle released statements slamming the decision. The I-94 project is a multi-year, $1.7 billion expansion of the expressway between downtown Milwaukee and the Illinois […]

Posted inCommunity

Letter to the Editor: Wanggaard Wrong on Milwaukee Spending

**Editor’s Note: This letter was submitted by Racine native Trevor Jung – Urban Studies and Urban Planning Student at UW Milwaukee The anti-urban sentiment is stronger than ever in the hearts of many legislators in the State Capitol. State Senator Van Wanggaard, representing rural segments of both Racine and Kenosha Counties, wrote a piece in the Opinion section […]