Public finally scores a victory on Wisconsin water

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The Wisconsin DNR has long been the guardian of the state’s lakes and rivers, until Scott Walker and company got their hands on the department. That’s why this week’s Dane County Circuit Court ruling provides a glimmer of hope that the current DNR and Republican AG Schimel can at least somewhat be reined in. > Cap Times

Judge throws out industrial well permits scientists said would harm public waters

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A Dane County judge has thrown out eight high-capacity well permits the state granted to businesses despite warnings from its own scientists that the heavy water withdrawals would harm vulnerable lakes, streams and drinking water supplies. > Wisconsin State Journal

Duffy hosts drug roundtable discussion in Wausau

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In response to the growing drug abuse epidemic in Wisconsin, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy hosted a drug enforcement round table discussion in Wausau this week focused on finding solutions. Attorney Brad Schimel, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and a panel of sheriffs were among the participants. > WSAW Wausau

Trump bump: Court fights draw big money into AG races, including in Wisconsin

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Many Democratic state attorneys general have made legal challenges to Trump’s agenda a priority. Those fights, and the prospect of others, are drawing record contribution amounts into attorney general races in a number of states. In Wisconsin, AG Brad Schimel faces challenger Josh Kaul, who has raised about $175,000 since his April launch. > Reuters

Voting rights op-ed from AG challenger Josh Kaul

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This past Saturday was the one-year anniversary of a voting-rights victory that Josh Kaul and his colleagues won against Brad Schimel in federal court in Wisconsin. Kaul revisits the victory with updates in light of a Trump administration. > Josh Kaul Facebook page

State files first brief to U.S. Supreme Court in gerrymandering case

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State lawyers defending Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan filed their opening brief Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the high court should throw out the lawsuit brought by a group of state Democratic voters because they have “recycled arguments this court has already rejected, while attacking a plan that complies with traditional redistricting principles.” > Wisconsin State Journal

SCOTUS lifts block on Wisconsin ‘cocaine mom’ law during appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday let Wisconsin continue to enforce the detention of pregnant women suspected of abusing drugs or alcohol while the state appeals a lower court ruling that struck down the law. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have kept the injunction in place. > Reuters