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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rejects Proposal To Change Redistricting Rules
Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio
Published on: 5/14/2021
Justices on Wisconsin's Supreme Court have rejected an effort by conservatives to change the rules for the next round of redistricting, denying a petition that would have required all redistricting lawsuits to run through them.
Judge Blocks Lawmakers from Hiring Outside Lawyers for Redistricting
Shawn Johnson, WPR
Published on: 4/29/2021
A judge has voided contracts Wisconsin Republican lawmakers reached with two private law firms to handle redistricting, ruling the state Legislature can't hire its own attorneys until there's a lawsuit pending.
WI Supreme Court Upholds Halt to Voter Rolls Purge
LWV of Wisconsin
Published on: 4/20/2021
In a complete victory for voters’ rights, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ruled in a 5-2 decision that a purge of the state’s voter rolls cannot proceed. This ruling prevents tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters from being removed.

Wisconsin’s highest court has shut down this attempt to unlawfully purge voters from the rolls, finding that the relevant statute is directed at municipal clerks, not the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

This decision permanently blocks the Wisconsin Elections Commission from removing voters flagged in the 2019 ERIC list from the state’s voter rolls.

Environmental News

New Monroe County Project to Create Model For Local Resiliency Planning
Hope Kirwan, Wisconsin Public Radio
Published on: 5/10/2021
New Monroe County Project Aims To Reduce Impacts Of Climate Change, Make Conservation Profitable
Local Leaders, Environmental Advocates Hope Planning Project Will Create Model For Local Resiliency Planning

La Crosse Area Issues

Increased apartment values worries renters, landlords in already tight La Crosse housing market
Olivia Herken, La Crosse Tribune
Published on: 5/16/2021
Hundreds of apartments in the city of La Crosse could see rents grow after their values increased during annual assessments, causing concern for tenants and landlords in a city that already faces a tight housing market.

During the city’s annual assessment analysis, in order to keep up with state standards, 553 different multi-family residential properties saw an average of a 36% value increase, which could boost rent at similar rates.

Take Action

La Crosse County launching new ways to increase public input for comprehensive plan
Olivia Herken, La Crosse Tribune
Published on: 5/7/2021
La Crosse County officials are hopeful to increase public participation in crafting its updated Comprehensive Plan in the coming months, launching a series of online tools where residents can weigh in and stay up-to-date on the plan.

The Envision 2050 Comprehensive Plan website was announced Wednesday by the county, stating that public participation is “key” in crafting the long-range plan that envisions a “sustainable and thriving” future for the county.
Caught in the Vortex of Misinformation
Lee Rasch
Published on: 3/8/2021
In the Opinion section of the La Crosse Tribune, Lee Rasch, Executive Director of LeaderEthics-Wisconsin, offers actions we can take to "help avoid the spread of misinformation."

LWVLA Letters to the Editor

Mary L Nugent: Join in discussion for independent mapping
Mary L. Nugent
Published on: 5/2/2021
Wisconsin voters deserve a nonpartisan, transparent map drawing process for redistricting in 2021. Passed referenda and resolutions throughout the state demonstrate that over 70% of Wisconsin voters want a nonpartisan mapping process so every vote counts.

May 2-5, you have an opportunity to view “Can You Hear Us Now,” a documentary that explains the effects of gerrymandering in Wisconsin. This film is presented by a nonpartisan coalition of organizations in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.