WUWM News

LaToya Dennis

State Sen. Chris Larson is urging his supporters to give incumbent Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele another chance after he defeated Larson on Tuesday.

The crowd had thinned out by the time Larson arrived at around 9:45 pm, but there still enough supporters in the room to give him a warm welcome. While upbeat, Larson acknowledged that this was not the result he wanted. Still he vowed to keep fighting.

“So big money may have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war,” Larson says.

Rachel Morello

In two cases brought to WUWM's attention Tuesday, the voters knew the rules regarding same-day registration and the state's Voter ID law, but the poll workers' initial responses were wrong.

A Shorewood voter posted on Facebook today the troubles his son had registering to vote. Though he had a valid ID with his current address, the poll worker asked for additional Proof of Residence as well as his social security number. Later, the precinct captain confirmed he had everything he needed to register to vote.

Jarrett English

According to the Milwaukee Police Department’s policy and the city statute, officers are supposed to wear their names visibly above their pocket. So what happened on UWM’s campus Sunday?

Photos show some officers hiding their nametags with black tape or missing them entirely.

Chris Ahmuty, executive director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, says the violation is not just about the rule, but the message it sends.

MZN37, FLICKR

Wisconsin residents will need to show a valid photo ID in order to cast a ballot in Tuesday's election, which includes the presidential primaries.

What kinds of IDs can you use?

Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board put together the "Bring It To The Ballot" website to inform voters about the new voter ID law and created this list of acceptable forms of identification:

These types are accepted, unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:

If it seems to you that political tensions are always hot in Wisconsin, your grandparents might have thought the same thing.

Politics here have frequently been volatile and sometimes formative.

They range from the origins of the Republican Party to Progressive politics to Socialists running Milwaukee.

And residents have long split their votes along interesting lines.

Ann-Elise Henzl

When you vote on Tuesday, you're likely to see big crowds. Neil Albrecht is executive director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission. He's projecting that 50-60 percent of all registered voters will head to the polls, which he says "is very strong for an April election."

Albrecht compares the projection to the presidential primary in 2012, when only 38 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

    

America’s political eyes remain riveted on Wisconsin. It’s the only state that will hold a presidential primary on Tuesday – so the five presidential candidates have been barnstorming nearly every region to sway voter momentum.

The climax will arrive with Tuesday’s vote. Then, we may begin to learn whether Wisconsin will make a difference.

The past week has been packed with candidates appearances. Democrat Hillary Clinton held one of the first in Wisconsin - a rally on Milwaukee’s north side. Republican Donald Trump drew a crowd in Janesville.

LaToya Dennis

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is continuing to make his case in Wisconsin. On Sunday night, he spoke with hundreds of supporters at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis.

For more than an hour, he spoke about golf, foreign relations, making people proud and making America great again. He says if he’s elected president, the U.S. will win again.

LaToya Dennis

Two of the three Republicans hoping to become the next president made a campaign stop in Milwaukee on Friday night. Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz made their case as to why they should be the GOP nominee.

It was standing room only with more than 750 people in attendance at Serb Hall for the Milwaukee County Republican Presidential dinner. Kasich took the stage first; followed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is on the campaign trail for Donald Trump; and then Ted Cruz.

Due to a server failure, citizens reported to the Government Accountability Board on Friday morning that they could not get a state photo ID needed for voting. The problem crippled the state computer network for a time, including within the Dept. of Transportation - it issues ID cards at its DMV offices. The same malfunction prevented election clerks across Wisconsin from accessing the state's voter registration system, so they could not issue absentee ballots and print poll books. According to the Dept. of Administration, the state computers were back online by midday.

Ann-Elise Henzl

You'd think with all the campaign visits and ads this week, most Wisconsin people would know who they'll vote for in next week's presidential primaries. Yet there are quite a few undecided voters. WUWM found a number of them having lunch on Thursday at El Greco, a family-owed restaurant next to Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport.

Brian Nuetzel of Pewaukee says he follows politics regularly, and "probably paid more attention than I ever did, this year." Even so, Nuetzel says he hasn't made up his mind.

Maldonado & Morgan

On this national Cesar Chavez day, a near south side Milwaukee neighborhood will become the home of a life-sized statue of the activist who fought for migrant workers' rights.

“He’s never been one to stand above people. He’s always been the one to lead but to treat everyone as equals. So we’ve decided to put Cesar Chavez on the concrete. So his feet are actually placed on the sidewalk vs having him on a mantel,” says Julio Maldonado.

Marti Mikkelson

Milwaukee residents will begin to see signs around town discouraging them from giving money to panhandlers.  City leaders rolled out the program on Wednesday, called Keep the Change. It’s designed to channel money toward organizations that can help address the underlying problems.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This week, Wisconsin's biggest newspaper endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the state GOP primary. Editorial page Editor David Haynes says the staff felt compelled. "We haven't recommended a candidate in almost four years, but in this case, we just thought that the situation in the Republican primary this year, with Donald Trump's entrance, is so unusual that it just demanded that we take a stand," Haynes says.

Ann-Elise Henzl

The five remaining Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls descended upon Wisconsin in earnest on Tuesday. All visited the Milwaukee area, with just one week left before the state's primary. Bernie Sanders held a rousing rally at State Fair Park.

According to his campaign, 4,000 people cheered on Sanders in person, while another 1,500 listened from an overflow area. Sanders told the crowd their support at the polls is critical.

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