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2023-25 budget listening session – some numbers and lots of policy

MOUNT PLEASANT — The 2023-25 Wisconsin biannual state budget is a work in progress – for now at least. The approximately 25 residents who gathered at Mount Pleasant Village Hall on Tuesday evening, got the Republican Party’s perspective on the prospective state budget from a pair of GOP lawmakers who represent Racine County: Assembly Speaker […]

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Racine mayor’s race spending tops a staggering $500k

RACINE — Spending in the City of Racine mayor’s race has exceeded $500,000, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. The incumbent, Cory Mason, and Henry Perez, the challenger, face off in the Spring Election on Tuesday, April 4. In-person absentee voting (early voting) is now underway and runs through this Saturday (April 1). Friends […]

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Republican bill would increase penalties related to overdose

by Isiah Holmes, Wisconsin ExaminerMarch 21, 2023 A bill crafted by Republican legislators seeks to increase existing penalties for delivering controlled substances which later result in a death. Senate Bill 101, and its counterpart Assembly Bill 68, raise reckless homicide penalties for delivering fatal drugs from 40 years in prison to 60 years. The accused […]

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Wisconsin’s partisan primary election is Aug. 9; What you need to know

RACINE COUNTY – Wisconsin’s partisan primary election is this Tuesday (Aug. 9). In this election, voters will select candidates from their chosen political party to appear on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general election. Here is what you need to know if you will be voting in the primary. Voting hours Polls will be […]

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2020 election critics challenge local GOP incumbents; Vos, Wanggaard targeted on August 9 primary election

RACINE COUNTY – Two long-time Racine County legislators are being challenged in the August 9 Republican primary 2020 election by candidates that are questioning the integrity of the 2020 general election in which President Joe Biden narrowly defeated Donald Trump. Wisconsin Voter Alliance, an organization critical of the 2020 Wisconsin election, placed billboards like this […]

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Wanggaard files complaint against Racine over voter website, Dems say he’s causing confusion

Wisconsin Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) filed a complaint with the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) Tuesday against the City of Racine for its practice of accepting ballots from someone other than the voter. Municipal clerks have — as common practice — accepted ballots from people delivering them on behalf of other voters, especially the elderly and […]

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Gov. Evers Takes Action on Bipartisan Policing Changes Legislation

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed seven bills into law, including several bipartisan policing changes. The governor called for these bills last week, emphasizing the need for the Legislature to take up more robust, comprehensive reforms. A signing statement for the policing changes bills is available here. Senate Bill 121, now Wisconsin Act 48:  Prohibits the use of […]

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Local Officials React To New Foxconn Deal

RACINE COUNTY – Local elected officials sounded happy and relieved that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) and Foxconn Technology Group reached a new agreement on subsidizing a manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant. The original agreement was developed in 2017 by Republican officials, led by former Gov. Scott Walker. The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature approved the […]

Posted inBreaking, Kenosha Lens, Uptown 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 […]

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El Senador Wanggaard Ofrece Un Paquete De Proyectos De Ley De Vigilancia

Wisconsin (RCE Noticias) – El senador Van Wanggaard, republicano de Racine, presentó el miércoles el PACT de Seguridad Pública, un paquete de ocho proyectos de ley destinados a la aplicación de la ley y la reforma de la justicia penal. Wanggaard, oficial de policía retirado de Racine, dijo que trabajará para obtener apoyo para el […]

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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. […]

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Opinion: Wanggaard asks Evers for more National Guard units

Dear Governor Evers, Two people are dead. Another was shot. This violence could have been prevented. Last night, the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors asked for an additional 1,500 National Guard members for Kenosha tonight. I second that request and implore you to fulfill it. Without massive resources, violence will only escalate. To the extent […]

Posted inBreaking, CORONAVIRUS, Government, Local news

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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News roundup: headlines from August 6

Here are several headlines from national, state and local news sources today.Here are your headlines: Trump (again) admits his son met with Russians to get dirt on Clinton, NPR Italian biotech company eyes Caledonia, Journal Times Woman injured after car strikes horse, Fox 6 Now Farm Museum opens in Wisconsin, Star Tribune Racine County Eye […]

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2 vie for Wisconsin 21st Senate District race

In the Aug. 14 primary, 21st state Senate District, incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) is challenged by Bristol resident Lori Hawkins, the lone Democrat seeking the office. The 21st District covers most of Racine County and a large part of Kenosha County. It includes the emerging Foxconn Technology Group development campus. While both are assured […]

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