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Veto Power: The story of Wisconsin’s unique executive prerogative

Near the end of 2018, then Governor Scott Walker publicly offered his rationale for signing Republican-backed bills passed in a lame-duck session of the Wisconsin Legislature that would constrain the power of future state executives, most immediately his successor, Democrat Tony Evers. Walker’s reasoning included a brief mention that governors going forward would retain one of the strongest veto powers in the nation. Although the 2018 laws do restrict executive powers in various ways, Wisconsin’s top state office has extraordinary latitude to reshape bills — specifically appropriations bills — through the use of partial vetoes. These vetoes are similar...

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Interactive map visualizes Wisconsin’s health disparities by county

Air pollution levels vary quite broadly across Wisconsin, but they follow a clear geographic trend: particulate counts in the southeastern corner of the state are close to double those along its northern border. Population density and accompanying automobile traffic and industry in the Milwaukee and Chicago regions contribute to this difference, which is a distinct example of how geography is a factor in health. However, most other determinants of health in Wisconsin do not follow a pattern quite so clear this one. Among nearly three dozen factors that influence health, some places in Wisconsin are doing better than others....

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How drunk driving laws are enforced in a cultural landscape awash in alcohol like Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s cultural landscape is awash in alcohol. The state is a delight for lovers of beer both craft and macro, wine drinkers are increasingly able to imbibe local vintages, and distilleries are making more locally-produced liquor. From stadium tailgating and roadside supper clubs to backyard barbecues and underage partying, many of the state’s beloved institutions and entrenched pastimes would not be what they are without an abundant flow of alcohol. Wisconsin is also home to more binge drinkers on average than most states, and every month nearly 2,000 arrests are made in the state for intoxicated driving. That number...

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Trauma-Informed Care offers Milwaukee children a new approach for finding hope and healing

Over the past few decades, a culture developed that seemed to place a higher value on bureaucratic outcomes of health care than on fostering positive human connections. The effort to make a sweeping shift in the practice of behavioral health has come to be known as trauma-informed care. Put simply, trauma-informed care is a concept and practice used in professions ranging from child welfare to criminal justice that is grounded in behavioral science and recognizes that traumatic experiences can powerfully shape an individual’s behavior for years or even decades. A NEW APPROACH TO HUMAN SERVICES TAKES HOLD Health and...

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Tangled web of politics ensnares Wisconsin with Foxconn, Terry Gou, Donald Trump, and China

To assist the explanation, this infographic details the relationships between Wisconsin, the United States, Taiwan and China, as well as Foxconn, Gou, and Trump. To assist the explanation, this infographic details the relationships between Wisconsin, the United States, Taiwan and China, as well as Foxconn, Gou, and Trump. China’s relationship with Taiwan Taiwan was annexed by China’s Qing dynasty in 1683, but it lost control of the island to Japan in 1895. It was part of the Japanese colonial empire until that country’s defeat in World War II. The Republic of China took over after the war, but when...

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Wisconsin remains highly vulnerable to measles outbreak with fifth highest rate of vaccine refusal

The United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, thanks to a sustained public health effort built around near universal use of a safe and effective vaccine. But less than two decades later, measles is back, and at a level not seen for a quarter-century, meaning a generation of healthcare workers have little experience with the disease. Measles is re-emerging as a public health threat thanks in part to a worldwide surge in the disease, as well as sustained concerns that vaccines are unsafe or unnecessary. These fears, including those rooted in falsified and debunked research, have propelled a rise...

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