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May 6th, 2021 | 16 mins 57 secs
covid-19, immigration, news, rental assistance, wisconsin
Some intake forms ask for Social Security numbers — a ‘red flag’ for renters who are not U.S. citizens, advocates say.
May 4th, 2021 | 15 mins 22 secs
democrats, gerrymandering, legislature, news, politics, republicans, wisconsin
Democrats spent millions trying to hold and win back seats in the state Legislature in 2020. They barely made a dent. Blame gerrymandering?
April 13th, 2021 | 18 mins 43 secs
elections, news, politics, voting, wisconsin
Republicans want to restrict drop boxes and absentee voting. Democrats aim to make it easier to vote. Both parties favor quicker vote counting.
‘I got nothing left’: Wisconsin’s jobless pushed to brink as ideas swirl for mending torn safety net
April 6th, 2021 | 22 mins 21 secs
covid-19, news, unemployment, wisconsin
Upgrading outdated technology could help. So could making claims more user-friendly and overcoming partisan paralysis.
‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate
March 29th, 2021 | 29 mins 49 secs
coronavirus, covid-19, news, prison, wisconsin
Prisoners lack space and some say rules to curb COVID-19 are unevenly enforced.
February 4th, 2021 | 23 mins 1 sec
covid-19, government, news, unemployment, wisconsin
Wisconsin’s unemployment system buckled during the pandemic. State leaders are moving slowly to address a crisis years in the making.
January 30th, 2021 | 23 mins 25 secs
covid-19, environmental, mink, news, wisconsin
State officials knew little about the secretive industry until the pandemic struck; now they are scrambling to keep mink farmers and their animals safe
January 28th, 2021 | 21 mins 16 secs
electoral college, law, news, trump, voting, wisconsin
Experts say pro-Trump lawmakers could try to overturn voters’ will and send an alternate set of electors, but the Democratic governor could block the effort.
January 26th, 2021 | 19 mins 28 secs
communication, coronavirus, covid-19, distrust, misinformation, news, pandemic, wisconsin
Some Wisconsinites downplay the severity of COVID-19, spurning masks and vaccinations and inhibiting efforts to contain the pandemic.
January 15th, 2021 | 15 mins 23 secs
covid-19, disability, news, voting access, wisconsin
State’s decentralized election system makes it hard to guarantee accessibility; definition of ‘indefinitely confined’ under challenge
Aggressive policing escalates violence at protests, research shows. A former Madison police chief touts a better way.
January 13th, 2021 | 30 mins 1 sec
community, news, policing, protest, wisconsin
David Couper, Madison’s police chief from 1972 to 1993, says law enforcement should ditch the riot gear and tear gas to keep the peace.
January 5th, 2021 | 17 mins 5 secs
election fraud, news, voter fraud, voting, wisconsin, wisconsin election
Republicans called for changes to election law and made broad allegations of fraud and misconduct but offered little proof.
November 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 29 mins
2020 election, election, news, wisconsin, wisconsin election
Wisconsin Watch reporters and guest panelist Jennifer Epps-Addison hosted a spirited discussion breaking down what happened in Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election, including how voter turnout compared to the 2016 presidential election and the effect of rampant misinformation about voter fraud on social media.
November 24th, 2020 | 12 mins 46 secs
disinformation, misinformation, news, wisconsin
Experts say it’s important to set the record straight to halt the spread of misinformation, but suggest some finesse is needed when dealing with loved ones.
October 26th, 2020 | 19 mins 3 secs
health & welfare, news, wisconsin
Housing and health are intertwined, experts have long preached. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pausing evictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Militia member says Kenosha police sought to push protesters toward them on night of deadly shootings
October 12th, 2020 | 15 mins 5 secs
kenosha, news, protest, wisconsin
Two people were killed and one seriously wounded by a 17-year-old who had answered the call for armed civilians to protect the city