Author: Todd Richmond

Wisconsin lawmakers consider legislation to improve investigations of sex assaults in National Guard

Lawmakers are set to consider a package of legislation that would tighten prohibitions on sexual assault within the Wisconsin National Guard after a scathing federal report found commanders had for years been flouting federal requirements for handling complaints. A study committee made up of legislators, district attorneys and military veterans began working on legislation last summer to tighten oversight of sexual assault complaints within the Wisconsin National Guard. The state Assembly’s military affairs committee was set to start the process toward floor votes with a public hearing on the bills. The proposals come after the National Guard Bureau in...

Read More

Gay Pride flag once again raised over state capital in show of support for Wisconsin’s LGBTQ+ community

A gay pride flag rose over the Wisconsin Capitol on June 1 in a sign of support for the LGBTQ+ community as it weathers heightened attacks from conservatives across the country. Governor Tony Evers ordered the flag raised during a noon ceremony as dozens of spectators looked on. The flag will fly over the Capitol throughout the month of June in recognition of Pride month below the U.S. and the Wisconsin state flag. The Village People’s “YMCA” and Abba’s “Dancing Queen” played from speakers before the ceremony began. Spectators were decked in T-shirts that read “Be Kind” and “You...

Read More

Wisconsin Republicans attack racial equality and free speech standards across college campuses

The fight over racial equity and free speech on Wisconsin college campuses is intensifying, mirroring a national battle as Republicans work to close campus diversity offices and demand students and faculty treat conservative speakers with respect. Since the beginning of May, the state’s top Republican announced a push to defund the University of Wisconsin System’s diversity efforts — a move the Democratic governor lambasted as ridiculous. A student from UW-Madison posted racial slurs online, triggering bitter protests but no announced discipline. And a state medical college canceled a diversity symposium featuring Republican U.S. Senatpr Ron Johnson out of concerns...

Read More

Microsoft agrees to buy a $50m parcel of land from Foxconn in Wisconsin for planned $1b data center

Microsoft has agreed to buy a $50 million parcel of land in southeastern Wisconsin meant for Foxconn after the world’s largest electronics manufacturer failed to fulfill grandiose promises to build a massive facility that would employ thousands of workers. Microsoft plans to build a $1 billion data center on the 315-acre parcel in Mount Pleasant, a village of about 27,000 people in Racine County about 30 miles south of Milwaukee. It is unclear how many people the center might employ; Microsoft officials had no immediate comment when reached via email on April 19. The village already is home to...

Read More

One Party State: Wisconsin Senate election could give GOP a supermajority to override governor’s veto

A special election to fill an open Wisconsin Senate seat will determine whether Republicans gain a supermajority that would allow them to impeach Democratic Governor Tony Evers and other office holders as well as move the GOP a step closer to overriding gubernatorial vetoes. Voters on April 4 will pick Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin or Republican state Rep. Dan Knodl to represent Milwaukee’s northern suburbs. The seat has been under Republican control for decades but came open in November after longtime incumbent Alberta Darling chose to retire after 30 years in the Senate. Evers scheduled a special election to...

Read More

Lawsuit filed against Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs alleges gender discrimination

Federal attorneys have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs refused to pay a woman applying for a supervisor position as much as male candidates. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the action against the state agency in federal court in Madison. The lawsuit alleges that Michelle Hartness applied for a supervisory position within Wisconsin Emergency Management, a WDMA division, in 2016 after earning stellar reviews as a state emergency management director over the previous five years. The salary range for the supervisor position was listed as $79,040 to $91,250 in the job posting. The...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2