Tag: Wisconsin

An Apartment in the Big City, at Wisconsin Prices

When Florence Chan left New Jersey for Wisconsin in 2015, she never imagined she would move back to her home state. Ms. Chan, 28, a UX designer, grew up in Milltown, a borough outside the city of New Brunswick, and attended college just down the road, at Rutgers University. Like many others who grew up […]

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‘Self Defense’ Is Becoming Meaningless in a Flood of Guns

As you would expect, this Supreme Court case has generated the usual briefs from gun rights advocates: the N.R.A., gun clubs, libertarian scholars, Republican politicians. What is strange, and disheartening, is that the petitioners have also received support from a group of prestigious and seasoned New York public defenders, who argue that the New York […]

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Waukesha Suspect’s Previous Release Agitates Efforts to Reduce Bail

It is clear that Mr. Brooks — who had a criminal history of violence, domestic abuse, sexual crime, drug offenses and bail jumping dating to 1999 — should never have been eligible for such a low bail regardless of the state of the courts, lawyers who work in the system said. Each defendant is screened […]

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Waukesha Death Toll Rises to 6 as Suspect Is Ordered Held on $5 Million Bail

WAUKESHA, Wis. — The reserve police officer radioed in with an alarming report. Two people witnessed a fight, possibly involving knives, outside the Rotary Building at a riverfront park in Waukesha, Wis. Within seconds, several officers said they would head there. The dispatcher told them to hurry. But when the first patrolman arrived, near the […]

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The Right Is Using Waukesha As a Weapon Against Bail Reform

As victims of the horrific Waukesha Christmas parade attack lay in the hospital or were mourned by their families, some on the right turned their attention to what’s become a familiar bogeyman: bail reform.  Darrell Brooks, the 39-year-old person of interest in the car attack, was released on a $1,000 bond in Milwaukee County Friday, […]

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Rittenhouse Case Highlights Nation’s Deep Divide on Gun Rights

For the advocates, there have been some gains, including a pending ban on the online sale of kit guns and $5 billion in new violence prevention funding that was included in the social spending passed by the House hours before the verdict was announced. But congressional Republicans have blocked efforts to expand federal background checks […]

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Activists Are Furious Rittenhouse Was Found Not Guilty

Kyle Rittenhouse speaks with his attorneys during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 18, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was found not guilty. (Sean Krajacic – Pool/ Getty Images) Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who killed two people during racial justice demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2020, was found not […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Push to Take Over the State’s Elections

Republicans have seized in particular on a March 2020 commission vote lifting a rule that required special voting deputies — trained and dispatched by municipal clerks’ offices — to visit nursing homes twice before issuing absentee ballots to residents. The special voting deputies, like most other visitors, were barred from entering nursing homes early in […]

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Why Kyle Rittenhouse No Longer Faces a Gun Possession Charge

KENOSHA, Wis. — The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor gun possession charge the teenager faced after defense lawyers argued that he did not violate the state statute in question because of his age and the length of the barrel of his semiautomatic rifle. Judge Bruce Schroeder’s ruling, delivered shortly […]

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What Aaron Rodgers Should See: Covid Pain in a Wisconsin E.R.

In Rodgers’s latest interview — well, more like a staged appearance with questions spoon-fed by the host, Pat McAfee, a former N.F.L. punter — he trotted out a half-baked apology and claimed to take full responsibility for what he had said the week before. He also said he stood by his position on vaccines. It’s […]

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Reconstructing the Rittenhouse Shootings: How Kenosha Echoed America’s Polarization

new video loaded: Reconstructing the Rittenhouse Shootings: How Kenosha Echoed America’s Polarization Recent episodes in Visual Investigations Using evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative journalists present a definitive account of the news — from the Las Vegas massacre to a chemical attack in Syria. Using evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative […]

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How Republicans Are Weaponizing Critical Race Theory Ahead of Midterms

In July, Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor of Virginia, promised to abolish critical race theory on “day one” in office. In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis, facing re-election next year, said recently, “I want to make sure people are not supporting critical race theory.” And in Arizona, Blake Masters, a Republican hoping to unseat […]

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The GOP Plot to Steal Wisconsin Is Off to a Ridiculous Start

A Trump supporter holds a sign at a protest during the 2020 Presidential election outside the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 5. 2020 (Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. No one, apparently, has learned from the mistakes of Arizona and […]

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Why Democrats See 3 Governor’s Races as a Sea Wall for Fair Elections

MADISON, Wis. — In three critical battleground states, Democratic governors have blocked efforts by Republican-controlled legislatures to restrict voting rights and undermine the 2020 election. Now, the 2022 races for governor in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — states that have long been vital to Democratic presidential victories, including Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s — are taking […]

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Democrats Lost the Most in Midwestern ‘Factory Towns’, Report Says

WASHINGTON — The share of the Democratic presidential vote in the Midwest declined most precipitously between 2012 and 2020 in counties that experienced the steepest losses in manufacturing and union jobs and saw declines in health care, according to a new report to be released this month. The party’s worsening performance in the region’s midsize […]

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How the GOP Is Turning the States Into the Laboratories of Oligarchy

And while the proposal would strengthen Evers’s hand on paper by allowing him to appoint nominees for those positions, ultimate discretion would be held by the Wisconsin Senate, which can confirm or reject them. The Journal-Sentinel noted that Republican senators have wielded that process as leverage over Evers by blocking and rejecting his nominees. Future […]

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Afghan Evacuees Stranded on U.S. Military Bases

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — In late August, evacuees from Afghanistan began arriving by the busload to the Fort McCoy Army base in the Midwest, carrying little more than cellphones and harrowing tales of their narrow escapes from a country they may never see again. They were greeted by soldiers, assigned rooms in white barracks and […]

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