By Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council In an age where major public policies are announced and debated through platforms like Facebook and Twitter, the courts are increasingly barring public officials from limiting people’s access to social media. In late July, a Virginia judge ruled that public officials do not have the right […]
Along a desolate country road in northeastern Wisconsin, Manuel Estrada speeds toward work in his rumbling silver Ford SUV. He’s running late for his predawn shift. And he’s worried.
His boss is counting on him; she’s been down a worker for a month. More than 400 Holstein cows stand blinking, waiting to be milked. His family needs the paycheck from his $11.50-per-hour job.
And Estrada, 30, hopes the police aren’t waiting for him, too.
DURAND — In the driveway of a two-story house on a dairy farm in western Wisconsin, five men focus on a unique construction project. Using a drill, hammer and nails, plywood and rope, they work together in the afternoon sun to erect a structure that resembles a makeshift corral in the bed of a Honda pickup.
By Andee Erickson, Projects Editor for The Spectator Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Energy, told senators at his January hearing that he would work with states to lay the groundwork for renewable energy, but avoided giving a straight answer to a question on whether or […]
By Dee J. Hall, Managing Editor, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Rula and Abdul walked the narrow aisles of Madison’s Istanbul Market this week, looking for spices and other staples, such as dried jute leaves, that are hard to find in their new country. The Syrian couple arrived in Madison with their daughters, ages 5 and 8, […]
By Mark Pitsch, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Two days before the new president’s inauguration, the Society of Professional Journalists and dozens of other media and government transparency groups sent a letter asking Donald Trump for a meeting to discuss his administration’s relationship with the press. Among other things, the groups wanted Trump to affirm […]