Punitive State Laws Are Outing Trans People With Felony Convictions
In Illinois and Wisconsin, laws restricting post-incarceration name changes are leaving trans people with government IDs that don't align with their gender identities.
Native American Rights Groups Are Targeting Six States to Fight Voter Suppression in 2020
Four Directions is targeting states with voter ID laws, like Wisconsin and North Dakota, as well as those with low Native American turnout, like Nevada.
Wisconsin Will Now Require Drug Tests for SNAP Recipients. What Does That Mean for the Program's Future?
A political scientist says restrictions on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could see challenges in 2019.
How the Wisconsin Legislature's Power Grab Could Affect Pardons
If the package is signed into law, Scott Walker's unforgiving clemency legacy could continue.
Cities and States Spend a Ton to Woo Big Companies. Is It Money Well Spent?
A new report says local governments doled out $9.3 billion to tech companies in recent years. These handouts may not produce jobs, but they play well with voters.
Can the Menominee Tribe in Wisconsin Block the Back Forty Mine?
With a Canadian company looking to mine gold, silver, and copper on ancestral lands, opponents worry about toxic water and the destruction of Menominee heritage.
Wisconsin Governor Opens Up the State to Controversial Mining Projects
Scott Walker signed legislation Monday ending a nearly 20-year ban on precious metal mining.
Meet the Man Trying to Unseat Paul Ryan in Wisconsin
Randy Bryce, an ironworker with a handlebar moustache that has taken on a life of its own, is challenging Paul Ryan's seat in Wisconsin's First District.
Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Heads to Supreme Court
It's the first time in over a decade the Supreme Court will issue a ruling on a case of "purely partisan gerrymanders."
Paul Ryan Is Wrong About the Effects of Estate Tax on Wisconsin
As they push to abolish the estate tax, the House speaker and President Trump may be exaggerating its harm to small businesses and family farms.
Could Scott Walker's Legal Victory Expand PAC Superpowers?
Proponents of tighter reins on political money worry that a Wisconsin ruling about the governor’s recall campaign could carry seeds of another Citizens United.
What Happens When States Require Welfare Recipients to Take Drug Tests?
Looking for answers in the research.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Economic Development
As Scott Walker eyes the White House, fiscal austerity gets its day in court.
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: Hollie Nyseth Brehm, 27, Sociology
For the month of April we're profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
Madison's Portland Problem: Wisconsin's Capital is Creative Class Cool
"There’s a persistent rap that Madison simply lacks an entrepreneurial spirit, with many locals content with a laid-back life spent enjoying their neighborhoods, lakes, bike paths, and craft beers."