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Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - WI: Poverty

Various church leaders in Wisconsin are hoping to advocate for certain policy measures they say adhere more to their faith as opposed to some of the political rhetoric seen in religious activism. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Religious activism often is associated with divisive topics such as abortion, but some church leaders in Wisconsin are calling on Congress to take more action for those affected by the pandemic. Some of the stimulus money set aside by federal lawmakers has gone to churches impacte

Since mid-March, the state of Wisconsin has processed at least 150,000 unemployment claims. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in most states due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Wisconsin is no exception. New estimates from a think-tank indicate the hemorrhaging of jobs will only get worse. The nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute said by the summer, Wisconsin could

In Wisconsin, state health officials say more than a dozen people are being monitored for coronavirus. There has been at least one positive test in the state. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin health officials are monitoring more than a dozen more residents for coronavirus. They also continue to urge people to wash their hands routinely to avoid contracting the virus. But for people who are homeless, that's an obvious problem. Access to running water or proper

About 119,000 people in Wisconsin stand to lose SNAP food assistance if the USDA changes the rules for what is known as categorical eligibility. (Unsplash)

MADISON, Wis. – If eligibility changes proposed for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are implemented, new research says Wisconsin could be hit harder than any other state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to end categorical eligibility, the practice of allowing fa

A new report suggests under-employment keeps thousands of Wisconsinites living below the poverty line. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — A new report shows the poverty rate in Wisconsin was at 11.3 percent in 2017, which is down slightly from the previous year and below the national average. But many Wisconsinites still live near or below the federal poverty line and struggle with necessities such as food, housi

Proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security to make it harder for foreigners to come to the United States or stay here would affect more than 382,000 people per year who obtain permanent residence while already in the country. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – Immigrant rights groups say the Trump administration's proposed rule to deny visas and permanent residency to aspiring immigrants, who've legally accessed public benefits in the past, is cruel. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security would expand immi

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

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says

MADISON, Wis. — Democratic state senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma says the package of proposals under Special Assembly Bill 6 makes false assumptions about fraud in the state's assistance programs. The proposed legislation would make it harder for those living in poverty to get help, accord

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