Tag: Wisconsin

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Republicans’ Move to Limit Democratic Governor’s Power

CHICAGO — A judge on Thursday blocked a set of laws pushed through late last year by Republican legislators in Wisconsin that aimed to weaken the power of the state’s newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general, setting off a bitter fight in the state. The judge, Richard Niess of Dane County Circuit Court, issued […]

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Milwaukee Picked as Site of 2020 Democratic National Convention

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] The Democratic National Committee has selected Milwaukee as the site of its national convention, placing a spotlight on a key Midwestern battleground state that Democrats lost for the first time in three decades in 2016 and see as central to […]

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A Rural Boxing Gym Puts Up a Fight

NEKOOSA, Wis. — At an abandoned school in a paper mill town in central Wisconsin, a piece of white paper is taped to a side door. Written in black marker it reads: “RAPIDS BOXING.” Climb a stairway to the third floor and there’s another handwritten sign. “Restroom,” it reads. “No resting allowed.” At the end […]

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Crazy Wisconsin Candidate Claims Racist Text Messages Were Sent By Imaginary Friend

Photo: iStock A Wisconsin political candidate who has been involved with numerous restraining orders and accusations of harassment now claims that racist and annoying text messages attributed to her were actually sent by an imaginary pal who she apparently inadvertently added to her Invisible Friends and Fucked-Up Family cell phone plan. Christina Seaman is running […]

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Amy Klobuchar Casts Herself as Heartland Democrat in First Campaign Swing

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Amy Klobuchar cast herself as the candidate from the heartland Saturday in the first campaign trip of her presidential run, visiting a state Hillary Clinton narrowly lost in 2016 and emphasizing her deep Midwestern roots, her knowledge of rural America and her record of bipartisanship while drawing sharp contrasts to President […]

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All-White Wisconsin GOP Decide Colin Kaepernick Is ‘Too Controversial’ to be Included in Black Caucus’ Resolution to Honor Black History Month 

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) A group of white Wisconsin Republicans have decided that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was too controversial to be included in a resolution to recognize Black History Month so they took him off of a list of influential black leaders. As the story goes, the legislature’s black caucus had proposed […]

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Foxconn flip-flops on Wisconsin factory after meeting with President Trump

Electronics giant Foxconn’s plans to build an advanced manufacturing facility in Wisconsin continue to change, and after meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday, the company said it was recommitting to building a type of facility it had previously voiced concerns about. “After productive discussions between the White House and the company, and after a […]

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Foxconn Affirms Wisconsin Factory Plan, Citing Trump Chat

Foxconn, the Taiwan-based consumer electronics giant, said Friday that it was committed to building a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin after a conversation between the company’s chairman and President Trump. In a statement, the company said it “is moving forward with our planned construction of a Gen 6 fab facility,” a type of plant that turns […]

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Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory never made sense

More than a year after committing to build a $10 billion factory in the state of Wisconsin, Foxconn threw in the towel on the “factory” concept yesterday, telling Reuters that the company now thinks it will be too expensive to manufacture LCD panels in Wisconsin as initially intended. A Foxconn source also told Reuters that […]

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The Shadowy Group Keeping a Right-Wing Stranglehold on the States

Last month, with the inauguration of a newly elected Democratic governor fast approaching, Michigan’s Republican legislators made a last-minute attempt to ram through a bill to dramatically weaken public-sector unions. The bill would have required those unions to hold a recertification vote every other year, subjecting them to possible dissolution on a regular basis and […]

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Foxconn Is Reconsidering Plan for Wisconsin Factory

Foxconn, the giant Taiwan-based company that announced plans for a $10 billion display-making factory in Wisconsin, now says it is rethinking the project’s focus because of “new realities” in the global marketplace. The project was hailed by President Trump at a groundbreaking last June as the “eighth wonder of the world” and an example of […]

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Foxconn Is Reconsidering Plan for Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Foxconn, the giant Taiwan-based company that announced plans for a $10 billion display-making factory in Wisconsin, now says it is rethinking the project’s focus because of “new realities” in the global marketplace. The project was hailed by President Trump at a groundbreaking last June as the “eighth wonder of the world” and an example of […]

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Foxconn may not build LCD panels in Wisconsin, cites labor costs

(Reuters) — Foxconn Technology Group is reconsidering plans to make advanced liquid crystal display panels at a $10 billion Wisconsin campus, and said it intends to hire mostly engineers and researchers rather than the manufacturing workforce the project originally promised. Announced at a White House ceremony in 2017, the 20-million square foot campus marked the […]

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Accused Jayme Closs Kidnapper Jake Patterson Threw Party in Cabin Where He Held Her, Report Says

Four guests who gathered at a remote Wisconsin cabin for a party on Christmas Day had no idea a missing 13-year-old was being held prisoner under the same roof, according to a new report that somehow made an already-harrowing saga of murderous kidnapping even more disturbing. Jake Patterson, the man who was arrested on January […]

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What We Know About Jake Thomas Patterson, the Man Accused of Kidnapping Jayme Closs

Jake Thomas Patterson. (Barron County Sheriff’s Department via AP) His teachers barely remember him, his neighbors didn’t know he was there, and he appears to have had little to no online presence. By virtually all accounts, Jake Thomas Patterson—the 21-year-old police say killed 13-year-old Jayme Closs’s parents in rural Wisconsin, kidnapped her, and held her […]

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For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis. — where Jayme’s parents were found dead in their home on the night that Jayme disappeared — was at the helm of that desperate […]

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Students in Rural America Ask, ‘What Is a University Without a History Major?’

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Chancellor Bernie Patterson’s message to his campus was blunt: To remain solvent and relevant, his 125-year-old university needed to reinvent itself. Some longstanding liberal arts degrees, including those in history, French and German, would be eliminated. Career-focused programs would become a key investment. Tenured faculty members could lose their jobs. The […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder and kidnapping, the authorities announced […]

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