skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As climate change conference opens, one CA city takes action; Israel and Hamas extend Gaza truce by one day in a last-minute deal; WV could lose hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

Youth Voter Groups Won't Rest After WI Supreme Court Race

play audio
Play

Thursday, April 13, 2023   

Early data show young voters were a driving force in last week's Wisconsin Supreme Court election, and civic engagement groups said they are not done with outreach efforts, suggesting younger generations are ready to be vocal about a range of issues.

The outcome of the judicial race means the balance of the state's high court will favor liberals. Matters such as abortion access were considered key factors in the election.

Cendi Tena, co-executive director of the multiracial group Leaders Igniting Transformation, said they knocked on 60,000 doors in Milwaukee, as well as La Crosse, which is home to a University of Wisconsin campus.

"We also focused on ZIP codes that have the highest amount of young voters but the lowest amount of voter turnout," Tena recounted. "Understanding that those people are often the ones that are closest to the issues that we're working on, and most organizations aren't reaching out to them."

Tena noted abortion access and fair election maps consistently came up during their canvassing. She pointed out that similar to other generations, issues such as cost of living are a big concern among young voters.

Meanwhile, the group NextGen America cited as an example of higher turnout was a polling location for University of Wisconsin-Madison freshmen, going from 44 votes cast in 2019, to more than 500 this year.

Tena emphasized while her group engages with young voters on certain issues, they are nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates. Instead, they work year-round to ensure high school and college-age students are aware of what is happening for all levels of government.

"We don't just focus on major elections like the presidential or gubernatorial, but also school board races," Tena observed. "Understanding that local elected officials also have a lot of power in what happens in our schools and neighborhoods."

Tena stressed younger generations are not tuning out broader political events happening around them, pointing to the response to the expulsion of two Black lawmakers in the Tennessee Legislature. She argued they are being inspired to act.

"These are the same people who have lived through so much trauma and many tragedies as well, so I don't think that this is something that's going to scare them away," Tena contended.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
The Economic Policy Institute found the number of child labor law violations increased from 1,012 in 2015 to 3,876 in 2022. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A bill in Congress with a Connecticut House sponsor aims to reduce child labor in the United States. Called the "Children Harmed in Life-Threatening …


Social Issues

play sound

As the opioid crisis continues, more New Hampshire grandparents are seeking financial help to raise their grandchildren. Already struggling with the …

Social Issues

play sound

As of Jan. 1, insulin will become a lot more affordable for many Nebraskans, and those who have come to rely on telehealth visits are more likely to …


Extremes of hot and cold weather have taken their toll on a concrete barrier along Binghamton's Riverwalk. Concrete crumbles between the stones of the wall in upstate New York. (Chet Wiker/Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Some state and local lawmakers are on a long list calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to require big oil companies to help offset the costs of …

Environment

play sound

Utilities and government agencies in the U.S. are carrying out plans to transition to cleaner electricity sources. To avoid being left behind…

More than 45,000 Washingtonians are diagnosed with diabetes each year, according to estimates. (Chinnapong/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

November has been Diabetes Awareness Month - but heading into the holidays, people who are diabetic know they can't lose their focus on keeping it in …

Environment

play sound

Conservation groups are celebrating a long-fought battle to protect the dwindling population of wolverine in the Northwest and northern Rockies…

Environment

play sound

As world leaders gather in Dubai for the international conference on climate change, the City of Long Beach is acting on multiple fronts to help the …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021