WUWM News

Rachel Morello

This year, for the first time, a Milwaukee charter school is trying a new system of teaching and learning created by Facebook engineers.

The Silicon Valley-based company worked with Summit Public Schools in California to create Summit Learning, a computer-based model that puts more of the responsibility on students to take charge of their learning.

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President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Wisconsin Republican Party chair Reince Priebus as chief of staff. House Speaker Paul Ryan appears poised to maintain his position. And Gov. Scott Walker has just become chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

The three are close, they share an ideology, and they’ve risen to prominence at about the same time. WUWM wondered about their impact nationally, including on Trump's victory in Wisconsin. It was the first for the party in decades.

A study has commenced at UW-Madison, to determine whether Wisconsin's Voter ID law contributed to the state's lowest turnout for a presidential election in more than two decades. Approximately 66 percent of eligible state voters cast ballots in the November 8th election, down about four percentage points compared with 2012 and three percentage points from what Wisconsin elections officials had forecast.

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Wisconsin turned a deeper shade of red, following last week's elections for the Legislature. Republicans gained a seat in the Assembly and picked up another vote in the Senate.

One big task facing state lawmakers in 2017 is to pass a new two-year state budget, and that includes addressing Wisconsin's $1 billion deficit in the transportation fund.

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In Wisconsin, the Marquette Law School Poll had Hillary Clinton winning by six points. She lost by one.

Poll Director Charles Franklin says it will take months of study to gather any clear idea about why polls nationwide were so wrong about who was going to win, but he says exit polling provides some clues. It revealed many voters hadn’t yet decided who they wanted for president when Marquette took its last poll of the 2016 election season.

Susan Bence

Update: Monday afternoon, the Finance & Personnel Committee of the Milwaukee Common Council conferred over 40 minutes before advancing the proposed ordinance.  It proceeds to the full council for deliberation at its November 22 meeting. The plan would require Milwaukee property owners to pay for their lead laterals to be replaced.

Original story: City leaders continues to struggle with how to replace the lead pipes that provide water to 70,000 of the city’s older homes. Lead is toxic, and young children under age six are particularly vulnerable.

Marti Mikkelson

Many people in Milwaukee are still coming to grips with the results of the presidential election. More than 1,000 people gathered in Red Arrow Park on Thursday night and then took to the streets to protest Donald Trump’s impending presidency.

Rallies were held in other cities across the country for a second night in a row. Some marchers in downtown Milwaukee voiced a desire to keep the demonstrations peaceful.

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During the early hours of Election Day, the local immigrant advocacy group spread the word. It planned to celebrate historic Latino voter turnout.

But rather than celebratory, it was somber. While Latino voters in Wisconsin backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a margin of 87 to 10 percent, Trump emerged with a stunning victory.

As the November election approached, Valeria Ruiz served as campaign coordinator for Voces de la Frontera in Racine, Wisconsin.

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One of the many surprises of Tuesday's elections was the fact that Donald Trump won Wisconsin's electoral votes. The last Republican to do so was Ronald Reagan, more than 30 years ago.

Christopher Murray, of the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C. has been crunching the numbers to find out why the state turned red.

Bonnie Petrie

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson became the first state Republican to win election to the U.S. Senate during a presidential year, since 1980. On Tuesday, he again defeated former Democrat Senator Russ Feingold in a rematch of Wisconsin's 2010 Senate race. Johnson's win helped Republicans remain in control of the Senate.

The incumbent argued that Feingold did not deserve to be sent back to Washington. Johnson told the Associated Press that he won Tuesday's election because, "I told the truth... I think the good folks of Wisconsin recognized that."

Susan Bence

Many Milwaukeeans now know that approximately 70,000 older homes in Milwaukee have lead service lines, meaning lead could be mixing with tap water.

Mayor Tom Barrett suggested a couple months ago that people living in homes built before 1951 filter their drinking water.

On Monday, local leaders announced the first steps in making Barrett’s suggestion a reality. The commissioner of the Milwaukee Health Department Bevan Baker made the announcement.

Ann-Elise Henzl

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has an election observation mission, which sends poll watchers to election sites around the globe. The monitors take notes on goings-on at polling places and report what they see.

Christa Mueller of Germany is among the observers sent to the United States for this fall's elections. She's part of a team, which has kept an eye on election-related activities in the Midwest in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

With all the hype surrounding Tuesday's presidential election, some voters may be tempted to take a photo at the polling place to remember the occasion. For instance, a picture of their completed ballot, or perhaps a selfie with their completed ballot.

But Wisconsin has a law that says you cannot show your completed ballot to another person. So taking a selfie at the polling site is problematic, according to Reid Magney of the Wisconsin Elections Commission. He says the issue isn't so much the photo itself, but rather what people could do with it.

WUWM Live Blog: Wisconsin Election Updates

Nov 7, 2016
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WUWM will be updating this post throughout the day, as reporters visit polling places across the city and talk with voters. 

You can help WUWM and Electionland track voting problems by texting ELECTIONLAND to 69866.

This evening, WUWM's LaToya Dennis will be at Paul Ryan's party in Janesville, Marti Mikkelson will be in Middleton at Russ Feingold's and Bonnie Petrie will be in Oshkosh with Ron Johnson.

Rachel Morello

How can we turn out the vote? That’s one of the biggest challenges facing both political parties this election. It’s also a question some millenials want to tackle, because they’ve posted the lowest turnout rate of any demographic group over the last few elections.

Student leaders at Milwaukee’s Mount Mary University are trying to change that by “engaging” their friends – quite literally.

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