Posted inCommunity, Government, Non-Profits

Open and Shut: New investigative podcast illuminates the power of prosecutors in Wisconsin

by Wisconsin Watch, WisconsinWatch.orgApril 19, 2022 “Police officers can only bring individuals to the courthouse door. It is the prosecutor who decides whether that individual will remain in the system and what they’ll be charged with.” — American University law professor Angela J. Davis Wisconsin Public Radio have launched a new, seven-part podcast and web […]

Posted inDevelopment, Local news

Wisconsin groups offer new ‘cookbook’ to spur affordable housing development; here’s the recipe

This piece was produced for the NEW News Lab, a local news collaboration in Northeast Wisconsin. Microsoft is providing financial support to the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and  Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region for this initiative. Wisconsin has a new recipe to increase affordable housing development thanks to a “cookbook” released in February. “Enabling […]

Posted inGovernment, Local news

‘This is a charade’: GOP senator, voting experts urge Wisconsin Republicans to halt election attacks

By Brenda Wintrode and Jim MalewitzWisconsin Watch The Republican chair of the Wisconsin Senate elections committee on Monday urged members of her own party to halt their attempts to discredit the bipartisan elections system they created and to oust the state’s top official. The moves began after President Joe Biden’s narrow victory over Donald Trump […]

Posted inGovernment, Local news, Politics

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 […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS

FEMA offers generous funeral aid to those grieving COVID-19 deaths. Getting it isn’t easy.

By Noelle Alviz-Gransee, Wisconsin WatchKristin Byrne, TMJ4 News Shenora Staten-Jordan felt lost when her father, Gary Lee Staten, died of COVID-19 in May. She hadn’t expected to lose him so soon at age 61 — or for a contagious disease to hinder her goodbye.  All of that only strengthened her Milwaukee family’s wishes to give Staten […]

Posted inCommunity, Letter to the Editor

Your Right to Know: No Private Email Accounts for Public Business

By Tom Kamenick, Wisconsin Watch Imagine that a developer has been lobbying your local town board to approve a controversial development. You file a record request asking for all emails between that developer and the board’s three members. None of them have official government email accounts, so they search their personal emails. Two members each […]

Posted inLocal news, Schools

Drop out or drown in debt? Many Black students in Wisconsin face stark choices in paying for college

By Alyssa Huglen, Wisconsin Watch When Clint Myrick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010, he left with two consequential pieces of paper: a diploma for a bachelor’s degree in music education — and an eye-popping student loan bill. The Milwaukee native was one of the first in his family to attend college, and […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS

‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate

By Vanessa SwalesWisconsin Watch Calvin Johnson spent his final weeks at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution wracked in pandemic anxiety, a former cellmate recalled. He closely tracked COVID-19’s spread in and outside of the medium-security state prison — eyeing daily infection counts in surrounding Crawford County and across Wisconsin. Johnson, who grew up in Milwaukee and […]

Posted inHealth, Local news

‘The happiness and joy has been sucked out of me’: Wisconsin dairy farmers face mental health crisis

By Jack Kelly For Wisconsin Watch It was Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. David Fischer had just arrived for work at his dairy farm in Rio, Wisconsin. A slight breeze punctuated the freezing, grey morning. His drive to work is just 2 minutes. From where he parked his pickup truck on the farm’s gravel driveway, he […]

Posted inGovernment, Local news, Politics

Wisconsin caucuses pose thorny safety issues during pandemic

By Anya van Wagtendonk Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. Every January across Wisconsin, some towns and villages hold time-honored, in-person caucuses to nominate candidates for local offices. Residents gather in town or village halls, schools, and other community spaces to […]

Posted inElections, Government, Local news, Politics

Wisconsin’s nonvoters could be a powerful bloc — but barriers, disillusionment stand in the way

By Nora Eckert Wisconsin Watch This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. When Angela Lang reflects on the thousands of conversations she and other members of her community organization, BLOC, have had with Milwaukee residents, one floats to the top of her mind. Angela […]