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RNC 2024: Republican Party officially selects Milwaukee as host city for its National Convention

Milwaukee will officially be the site of the 2024 Republican National Convention, playing host to an event that could bring 50,000 visitors and millions of dollars to the city. It is a move by Republicans to try and take back Wisconsin after Democratic President Joe Biden narrowly defeated Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election. Wisconsin has been a crucial swing state in recent national elections. Republicans will name their next candidate for President of the United States in a city that has been a Democratic stronghold for years as conservative leaders will likely be organizing and holding...

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Escaping the war: How Ukrainian families in Wisconsin find help from the Resettlement Assistance Program

Peter Sokor has been playing piano since childhood, and at his home in Ukraine, he made his living giving lessons to adults and children. He enjoyed teaching people and planning large concerts where students would invite their families, friends and coworkers to see them perform. As Russia started invading Ukraine in February, Peter, his wife, Kseniia, and their three daughters, Sara, Yeva and Maria, fled their home near Kyiv, the country’s capital. At first, Peter tried to bring his keyboard along as they made their escape. But as their journey continued he had to leave it behind. “I need...

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Milwaukee County plans voter education program after State Supreme Court prohibits ballot boxes

Milwaukee County leaders hope to launch an effort to promote voting and voter registration as Wisconsin residents continue to deal with the fallout of lawsuits and rule changes surrounding access to the ballot box. The County Board is expected to vote on the plan on July 28. The county’s Finance Committee recommended spending $50,000 for the education and outreach effort in a 6-1 vote last week. “We believe in safe, free and fair elections, regardless of what side of the aisle you sit on,” Milwaukee County Supervisor and resolution co-sponsor Marcelia Nicholson said during the committee meeting. The resolution’s...

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Superintendent of Public Instruction says restricting access to guns is key to school safety in Wisconsin

The key to making schools safe from mass shootings is reducing access to guns, said Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly. She said efforts to increase security on campuses or limit access to schools cannot completely protect kids without also addressing gun control. “Rather than say we need to do more to defend our schools, I think we need to protect our children by really examining and changing our access to guns,” Underly said. Her comments came the day after the release of an assessment of the law enforcement response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School...

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Milwaukee students use summer program to imagine successful futures by exploring career opportunities

Douglas Winfrey was already considering a career as an auto mechanic. But a visit to Milwaukee Area Technical College’s campus in Mequon made the idea more real for the rising Rufus King High School senior. “If I’m able to see it and touch it, get the feel of it, understand it from point A to point B — then that’s a lot better than looking at paper,” he said. Winfrey visited the campus and got his hands under the hood of a car with 25 other campers from Lead Generation, a new summer program aimed at helping Milwaukee high...

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A Political Convention: Republican Party now likely to name their 2024 presidential candidate in Milwaukee

When Republicans officially name their next candidate for president of the United States, it appears likely they will do it in Milwaukee. The site selection committee for the Republican National Committee is recommending Milwaukee as the site for its 2024 national convention. The full committee is expected to make a final decision on the host site in early August. Richard Waters, senior advisor to the RNC, issued a statement saying the site selection committee voted on their recommendation on July 15. “It is a testament to the forthright and professional behavior embraced by Milwaukee’s city leadership throughout the process,”...

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