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Trump’s Secretary of State nominee gets a narrow thumbs up, but his Veteran’s Affairs nominee is put on hold. Also on our rundown: Protests against Wells Fargo set for Des Moines today; and cannabis advocates blame Florida officials for “reefer madness.”

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Public News Service - WI: Social Justice

Wisconsin women were politically active long before they got the right to vote. Here, the Oshkosh Equal Suffrage League sends a message in 1912 with its July 4 parade float. (Used with permission of Wisconsin Historical Society)

MADISON, Wis. — Last week's election of Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet to the state Supreme Court means Wisconsin has the nation’s highest percentage of women on the state's highest court, at 86 percent. Nationally, women make up about 36 percent of state supreme court justices,

A bill creating the Interagency Council on Homelessness passed the Wisconsin Legislature last session. (D.C.Atty/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin's new Interagency Council on Homelessness takes another step toward getting started today, when its first-ever director takes the reins. Michael Luckey had been a policy advisor for Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna, and helped guide a number of bill

The Wisconsin chapter of Moms Demand Action is planning a lobby day at the State Capitol to prompt some legislative action on gun laws. (MDA.org)

MADISON, Wis. – The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says ordinary people can make a change to help end gun violence in the United States. The group maintains the time to act is now on stronger gun laws and policies to protect children. Jennifer Rosen Heinz, the group̵

Wisconsin's Senate minority leader says the state needs to make bigger investments in infrastructure, specifically broadband Internet, to help rural communities grow. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin families are working harder than ever, but finding it more difficult than ever to move forward, according to Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling. The La Crosse Democrat says Wisconsin does better when all of the state's families do better, and advocat

Wisconsin's annual ceremony to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. is the oldest state celebration in the nation. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – With speeches, music, and awards, Wisconsin's official state observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday will begin at noon in the Capitol rotunda in Madison. This year's theme is "Do You Remember," featuring remarks from Milwaukee native Muhibb Dyer, who founded an org

A bipartisan bill would require Wisconsin school districts to develop and implement policies to promote healthy relationships between teens. (David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. – Reliable estimates are that a third of teens in the U.S. will be subjected to physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner before leaving high school. Wisconsin is not immune, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers sponsoring legislation to address the prob

The Supreme Court will decide this spring whether or not political boundary maps were drawn fairly in Wisconsin and Maryland, with implications for many other states. (Wikimedia Commons)

MADISON, Wis. -- A Supreme Court decision expected this spring will likely impact the way every state draws its political boundaries. The case, Gill v. Whitford, is concerned with the way Wisconsin Republicans drew the state's political map in 2011. The process of drawing the maps, done by outside

Wisconsin's adult prison system is so far over capacity that cells are now being double and triple-filled. A state legislator says this is causing huge problems and is suggesting big changes. (Wikimedia Commons)

MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin sends more people to prison than any neighboring state and twice as many as Minnesota. The cost of keeping one person in prison in Wisconsin for one year, according to the state Department of Corrections, is close to $30,000. Wisconsin's adult prison system is designe

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