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Israel bars Omar and Tlaib entry after Trump's urging PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Friday, 16 August 2019 08:52

ilhan-omarWASHINGTON, D.C. - Israel on Thursday announced that it would block Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) entry to the territory during an upcoming overseas trip, according to multiple reports.

The decision was announced moments after President Trump tweeted that it would show "great weakness" for Israel to allow the two congresswomen into the country. The president has been an outspoken critic of both Omar and Tlaib, who last year became the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

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State Democrats Announce Universal Background Checks Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 16 August 2019 08:29

guncontrol-protestGov. Evers, Lt. Gov. Barnes, Attorney General Kaul join Rep. Sargent and Sen. Johnson in supporting universal background checks, call on Republicans to act.

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Bill Outlawing Sexual Contact While In Custody Moves Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:30

sexual-assaultIt should be illegal for a member of law enforcement to have sex with a person in their custody and completely at their mercy.


MADISON – The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held a public hearing Wednesday on Senate Bill 104, prohibiting law enforcement officers from having sexual contact with persons under their custody.

lena-taylorAuthor of the bill, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) gave impassioned testimony about the case of Anna Chambers, an 18-year-old from Brooklyn who was raped inside of a police van while under the custody of two NYPD detectives. Although the officers were charged with rape, a “consensual sex” defense was offered and the officers were acquitted. At the time, New York had no law barring sexual contact between a subject in custody and the officers involved.

Taylor became familiar with the case in 2017 and quickly learned that Wisconsin also had no law that made sexual contact between law enforcement and persons under their custody illegal. Following the press conference, Senator Taylor issued the following statement:

“In an ideal world, we would not need to create a law that makes it illegal for a member of law enforcement to have sex with a person in their custody and completely at their mercy. Unfortunately, this is no ideal world and the inappropriate actions of a few demand this legislation.”

 
Realities of Anti-Shackling Bill Evoke Emotion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:26

mc-courthouse-jailState Senator says, in Milwaukee County Jail alone, at least 40 women were shackled while giving birth since 2011.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:44
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Dow drops 800 points in worst day of 2019 amid recession fears PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:18

statue-of-libertyU.S. trade war with China has been a central concern.


NEW YORK - U.S. stock markets had their worst drop of the year Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping 800 points, or 3 percent.

The U.S. trade war with China has been a central concern for economic forecasters who in recent days had raised the odds of a recession in the coming year.

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Wisconsin Republicans dodge reporters' questions on guns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:34

gun-control-surgeState GOP now ducking simple questions while 81 percent of Wisconsinites support universal background checks and efforts to close gun show loophole.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:57
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Stocks fall as bond market signals recession PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 11:27

wallstreetNEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks sunk sharply Wednesday morning after the U.S. bond market signaled an impending recession.

The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq composite all dropped more than 1 percent as trading opened Wednesday, with shares of banks leading the losses.

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Evers Appoints Angeline Winton as Washburn County Circuit Court Judge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:03

judgementMADISON - Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday his appointment of Angeline Winton to be Washburn County Circuit Court Judge. The appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Eugene Harrington.

tony-evers“Ms. Winton is a hard-working, fair district attorney who understands the challenges facing Washburn County. She will be a dedicated judge who treats everyone with dignity and respect,” said Gov. Evers.

Winton is currently the district attorney of Washburn County. She was elected to the position in 2016. Winton previously worked in private practice and served as an assistant district attorney for Washburn and Burnett counties. As a prosecutor, Winton has handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from homicide to methamphetamine distribution to traffic offenses.

Winton graduated from Hayward High School. She graduated summa cum laude from UW-Eau Claire and magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She resides in Springbrook.

 
22 states sue Trump over repeal of Obama-era power plant rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:56

weston-powerplantWASHINGTON, D.C. - A coalition of mostly Democratic-led states has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing its rules for addressing power plant pollution are so weak they violate federal law.

Attorneys general from 22 states and several major cities including New York City and Los Angeles argue that the Trump administration's rule violates the Clean Air Act by having virtually no impact on carbon emissions.

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State Government: Legislators Gather for Nonpartisan Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:34

jeff-smithState Senator's experience at Summit meeting of legislators from other states and around the world gives opportunity to talk, including on redistricting reform.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:56
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Conservation Voters urge support of E-Cycle Wisconsin Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters   
Monday, 12 August 2019 09:09

tv-oldAB 297 updates Wisconsin’s Electronic Waste Recycling law of 2009, to modify technology definitions, expand the program to eligible schools, and reduce fees.


MADISON - Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to support AB 297, which is before the Assembly Committee on Environment on Thursday.

Every year, thousands of tons of old televisions and video screens from computers are thrown into Wisconsin’s landfills. This electronic waste can leak toxic substances like mercury, cadmium, and chromium that can cause developmental problems in children or lead to cancer. AB 297 updates Wisconsin’s Electronic Waste Recycling law that was passed in 2009, to modify technology definitions, expand the program to eligible schools, and reduce fees. AB 297 will continue to keep toxic electronics out of our landfills by requiring that producers of electronic waste collect and properly dispose of video display devices once they are no longer wanted by consumers.

 
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