The petition by 54 retired circuit judges asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to require all state judges to step away from cases involving large donors to their election campaigns reflects broader concerns among lawyers and judges about the way the state’s highest court is functioning, according to retired Circuit Judge Thomas Barland of Eau Claire.
By Alexandra Arriaga and Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Waupun Correctional Institution inmate Cesar DeLeon said he has punched the wall until his fist is bloody during the 15 years in prison in which he has rotated in and out of solitary confinement. “I can’t understand why I have to do it,” […]
By Katherine Schneider, for the Chippewa Valley Post
Did you know that one out of five Wisconsinites uses Medicaid? Or that Wisconsin has almost reached the point of no waiting lists to obtain services for children and adults with disabilities?
These statistics are relevant as we wait for the next developments in the ongoing saga of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”).
This past week, 85 people in the Chippewa Valley and at video remote sites in Hudson and Rhinelander attended a meeting about the impact of proposed changes in the ACA and Medicaid on children, adults and elders with disabilities as well as on their families and service providers.
Editor’s Note: More than 800 people gathered in Madison last week to meet with state legislators under the auspices of WISDOM, a statewide organization dedicated to linking Wisconsin communities to work for justice. An Eau Claire contingent from JONAH made the trip and one of its members provided the following commentary from her personal perspective, […]
By Jack Pladziewicz For the Chippewa Valley Post The ongoing national debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or “Obama Care”) and replacing it with a GOP-designed American Health Care Act (“Trump Care”) has engaged both houses of Congress, the White House, hospital and doctors associations, the AARP and other advocacy groups on […]
By April Barker, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council
In March, for the second year in a row, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued a very welcome executive order regarding the state’s open records law.
It notes that “the American republic and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the basis of broad accountability of government to the people.” And it declares that ”the free flow of information from the government to the people instills trust and confidence in our democracy and ensures that our government is accessible, accountable, and open.”