Local Politics

Wisconsin school board votes in favor of pride flag ban

A Wisconsin school board has voted in favor of a policy that prohibits teachers and staff from displaying gay pride flags and other items that district officials consider political in nature. The Kettle Moraine School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to keep a code of conduct in place that the superintendent recently interpreted as forbidding district employees from displaying political or religious messages, including pride flags, and Black Lives Matter and We Back the Badge signs. Staff also may not say in emails what their preferred pronouns are. Most of those who spoke at Tuesday’s packed board meeting opposed the policy. Christine Donahoe, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, says she's looking into the policy.

Johnson holds US-Mexico border roundtable amid increase in migrant encounters

MILWAUKEE — Republican Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday hosted a roundtable discussion about the U.S.-Mexico border, blasting the Biden administration for what he called “open border” policies as border protection officials deal with a spike in land border encounters. The roundtable in Milwaukee comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows encounters at the southern border for the 2022…

Court: Mask order didn’t violate shop’s free speech rights

File photo.MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court says Dane County health officials didn’t violate free speech protections when they cited a Middleton cafe for advertising itself as a “mask-free zone” during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helbachs Cafe posted a sign in July 2020 saying the shop was a “mask-free zone” in defiance of a county…

Wisconsin GOP leader Vos fires 2020 election investigator

Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly leader on Friday ended a 14-month, taxpayer-funded inquiry into the 2020 election by firing his hand-picked investigator. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ firing of Michael Gableman came just three days after the lawmaker narrowly survived a primary challenge from an opponent endorsed by former President Donald Trump and Gableman. Under pressure from Trump, Vos last year announced the inquiry and chose Gableman, a conservative former Supreme Court justice, to lead it. But as the investigation progressed, Vos’ relationship soured with both Gableman and Trump. Gableman found no evidence of widespread fraud. But he had joined Trump in calling for lawmakers to consider decertifying the 2020 election, something Vos said was unconstitutional and impossible.