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Go Pack Go: Proposed legislation to require Wisconsin TV stations to provide statewide viewing access

As the 100th NFL season gets underway, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is working to make sure all Wisconsinites, no matter where they live across the state, can watch Green Bay Packers game broadcasts every week. Senator Baldwin recently reintroduced her Go Pack Go Act that requires cable, satellite and other video providers to provide their Wisconsin subscribers with access to programming from broadcast television stations in a Wisconsin media market. Currently, Green Bay Packers fans in 12 Wisconsin border counties are assigned to an out-of-state, Minnesota TV market, which means many of these Wisconsin households could get the Minnesota...

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Business leaders join with elected officials to propose investment plan for Milwaukee communities

An unprecedented partnership will move forward to pursue new revenue solutions that will provide property tax relief to Milwaukee residents through a local option sales tax. Representative Evan Goyke and Senator La Tonya Johnson, in partnership with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, local business leaders and elected officials, announced plans to move forward and pursue a new partnership with the State on September 9. The proposed bill would allow Milwaukee and local municipalities to pursue a binding referendum for a 1 percent local option sales tax that would be reinvested into the community through property...

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Trump’s border wall plan to siphon millions in funding from Wisconsin-based military projects

President Donald Trump’s plan to kiII or delay hundreds of construction projects on U.S. military bases to help fund border fencing includes diverting money for a Wisconsin Air National Guard base. Guard spokesman Joe Trovato confirmed that $8 million earmarked for Truax Field in Madison would be diverted to wall funding. Schools, target ranges, and maintenance facilities are among $3.6 billion in military base projects to be cut by President Donald Trump to pay for 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, stoking the ire of Capitol Hill Democrats, who promise they won’t replace the money needed to...

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With evidence of Gestapo-like tactics by ICE, Waukesha Sheriff continues as a local enforcer

Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson recently confirmed to the ACLU that despite community opposition, he renewed his department’s agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use deputies in the Waukesha County Jail as immigration agents on July 1. Under an agreement called a “287(g) agreement” because its authorized by section 287(g) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, federal immigration authorities deputize local law enforcement personnel to enforce federal immigration law. ”As he did when he first applied for 287(g), the Sheriff renewed the agreement to be part of President Trump’s deportation machine very quietly and without public input,”...

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Community leaders deliver petition seeking to bar local law enforcement collaboration with ICE

Dozens of Milwaukee community members gathered on September 5 for a press conference at City Hall, before giving public testimony and delivering over sixteen-thousand petitions to the Fire and Police Commission during their general meeting. Community members expressed their desire to see the commission adopt a policy of non-collaboration between the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Public speakers included a diverse range of faith and civic leaders, each highlighting their shared solidarity and concerns with the current policy language on local immigration enforcement. “Community members need to have trust that local law enforcement is...

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