Stories tagged: "courts"


The Worst-Drawn Districts in America: How Wisconsin Got Here, How It’s Hurting Us, & How We Can Fix It

In 2017, a federal court ruled the state legislative districts Wisconsin Republicans drew in 2011 were so excessively partisan, they were unconstitutional. And the ones currently in effect aren't any better.

The Gavel Gap: What It Is & Why It Matters

Six of the seven justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court are women, tying the state with Oregon for the second-highest percentage of women. But all are white.

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Reports of Domestic Violence Reach a Record High in Wisconsin 

As the pandemic required people to shelter in place, some were forced to stay with their abusers—prompting a concerning surge in homicidal domestic violence cases.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 25: Student loan borrowers stage a rally in front of The White House to celebrate President Biden cancelling student debt and to begin the fight to cancel any remaining debt on August 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for We the 45m)
Here’s Where the Biden Administration’s Student Loan Relief Plan Stands

In the past week, two separate courts controlled by conservative judges have ruled against the Biden administration’s plan to cancel tens of thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers, putting that relief in jeopardy. 

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Ron Johnson’s Judges: Hostile to Marriage Rights, Women’s Reproductive Freedom, and Unsure on Banning School Segregation

Wisconsin’s Republican senator has approved lifetime positions for several nominees who were vigorously opposed by coalitions of civil rights groups.

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Baldwin an Enthusiastic Yes, Johnson a Silent No as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Confirmed to the US Supreme Court

Wisconsin's Republican senator had previously voted for Judge Jackson’s nomination to a federal judgeship.

Associate Justice Stephen Breyer poses for the official group photo at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 30, 2018. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Baldwin, Democratic Senate Candidates React to Supreme Court Justice Breyer’s Retirement

President Biden will pick a nominee for Senate confirmation.