Free Member Content: July 12, 2018

The Capitol Report

Marquette academic freedom decision could have broader impact

The case of a Marquette University professor could have impact far beyond the Milwaukee campus.

In this week’s Capitol Report, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which handled the case for conservative political science professor John McAdams, said universities everywhere should take notice.

The Capitol Report, produced by — a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics — provides a weekly analysis of issues being debated in Wisconsin state government. It is underwritten by the WNA and produced exclusively for its members. WisPolitics President Jeff Mayers is a former editor and reporter for the Associated Press and a former political writer for the Wisconsin State Journal. The WisPolitics logo can be downloaded here.


Discover Wisconsin

8 Can’t-Miss Summer Fairs in Wisconsin 
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Wisconsin’s fairs celebrate and appreciate all things local — from locally-sourced food and beverage, to 4-H competitions, to art shows, to musical performances. For this column, Discover Wisconsin teamed up with Something Special from Wisconsin™ to highlight the Wisconsin Association of Fairs and our great state’s iconic summer fairs.

A weekly column written by the staff of Discover Wisconsin highlights things to do and see throughout the State of Wisconsin. The column is accompanied by photos for use in print and online. The Discover Wisconsin logo can be downloaded here.


Fiscal Facts

With ridership down, more local governments put taxes toward transit 

Lower ridership typically puts pressure on local governments to raise bus fares, find other revenue sources, or cut services. Between 2014 and 2016, the last year for which data is available, all five of Wisconsin’s largest transit systems lost fare revenue. Losses during the period ranged from 1.6 percent for Madison’s system to 19.0 percent for Milwaukee.

Weekly facts from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education. The Wisconsin Public Policy Forum logo can be downloaded here.


Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting


Employees of Tyson Foods Inc. process chicken. (Photo by Greg Smith/Corbis via Getty Images)

Poultry processing workers face injuries in Wisconsin, nationwide

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is pleased to make available*, for your free use, a story from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting detailing the dangerous working conditions in some U.S. poultry processing plants.

Wisconsin has dozens of small and medium-sized plants, and major companies such as Brakebush Brothers, Jennie-O Turkey Store and Pilgrim’s, formerly known as Gold’n Plump. The largest Wisconsin processors reported eight serious injuries between 2015 and Aug. 31, 2017, including two finger amputations and one person who possibly succumbed to the heat, according the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

This story is embargoed until 12:01 a.m. Central time, Sunday, July 15, 2018.

*See WCIJ’s republishing guidelines for approved media partners.