Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.

Previously, she was an anchor and reporter at WTMJ in Milwaukee, WIBA in Madison, and WLIP in Kenosha.

Marti’s work has been recognized by RTNDA, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Marti earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Marti currently lives on her favorite side of town – Milwaukee’s east side.

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On Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The race pits Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn, who's backed by conservatives, against Appeals Judge Lisa Neubauer, who's backed by liberals.

The winner will serve a 10-year term, replacing Shirley Abrahamson, who's considered one of the court's liberal justices. Abrahamson chose not to seek re-election, after more than 40 years on the bench.

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A second Dane County judge has blocked a portion of Republican-backed laws limiting Gov. Tony Evers' and Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers. Judge Frank Remington Tuesday overturned language that requires Kaul to get legislative approval before settling cases. 

His order stems from a lawsuit brought by unions that argued the laws violate the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government. Remington let stand portions of the laws that give the Legislature the right to intervene in cases.  

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Calling for changes in the Department of Corrections, hundreds of people from across Wisconsin marched at the state Capitol Tuesday morning. Groups are upset about several initiatives that Gov. Tony Evers has purposed in his budget.

The "Day of Action" is sponsored by the prison reform group WISDOM, which is one of the groups that make up the #CloseMSDF coalition

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It was a wild ride at the State Capitol last week, as a Dane County judge struck down the lame-duck laws that the Republican-led Legislature passed in December, before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers took office. The laws stripped Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul of some of their powers. 

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A judge in Madison Thursday issued a temporary injunction blocking lame-duck laws that the Republican-controlled Legislature passed in December, which are designed to limit the powers of new Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. In issuing his decision, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said the Legislature did not have the legal authority to meet to pass the laws.

UW-Milwaukee police say a man shot by officers on campus Tuesday morning is hospitalized in stable condition.  University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference that two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench inside the Fine Arts complex building around 7 a.m.  An altercation occurred and the man was shot.  

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Foxconn says its manufacturing facility in Wisconsin will be producing LCD screens by the end of 2020, with construction set to begin later this year. 

The news comes after the Taiwanese electronics giant last year scaled back plans for its massive new factory in Racine County, then sent mixed signals about whether it planned to suspend work there altogether. The company cited shifting market demands for its hesitation to build a huge factory near the Illinois border.

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After months of anticipation, Milwaukee was chosen last week as the site of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2020.  The city beat out two other finalists — Houston and Miami Beach. President Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016.  

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross, of wispolitics.com, what kind of message Democrats hope to send in choosing Milwaukee.  

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Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency across Wisconsin, as heavy rain and melting snow flood roads, fields and communities. Evers issued the declaration as an executive order Friday afternoon. It directs all state agencies to assist with response and recovery. It also authorizes Major General Donald Dunbar to activate Wisconsin National Guard units as he deems necessary.

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Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales says a body found along a southern Minnesota highway is believed to be that of a missing 2-year-old girl, whose father is accused of killing her mother in Milwaukee. 

Morales says an off-duty public works employee saw something along Highway 218, north of Austin, Minn., as he was driving home Friday night. The chief says a child's body was found inside a blanket off the shoulder of the highway.  

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Dozens of people turned out on Milwaukee's north side Thursday night to talk about where to house a juvenile center once Lincoln Hills' inmates are moved from a troubled facility in northern Wisconsin. Gov. Tony Evers announced this week that his administration has chosen a site at the intersection of Teutonia and Mill Road, on the north side.

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We've been talking about Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposed biennial state budget for months. Then last week, he released his capital budget — a separate plan that includes the amount of money he's proposing for construction and building projects across the state. Evers wants to borrow an additional $2 billion to renovate UW System buildings, and to build a new adult prison near the troubled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility in northern Wisconsin.  

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On one of the busiest intersections of Milwaukee's east side, sits a tiny food stand on the corner of a parking lot. The sign simply reads "The Drive-Thru."

A curious listener reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series that answers your questions about Milwaukee and the region — in hopes of learning more.

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There could be a casino coming to Beloit. The Ho-Chunk Nation is seeking federal approval for the plan, but the final decision would be up to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

As the Beloit proposal looms and another casino could be built in Rockford, Ill., just how many casinos can the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois market support?

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The casino debate is back in the public eye in southern Wisconsin. In 2013, the Menominee Tribe proposed a huge casino complex for Kenosha – but Republican Scott Walker, who was governor at the time, rejected the plan. Now, the Ho Chunk Nation is advocating for a complex in Beloit. The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs is considering the tribe’s application. The measure would need final approval from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

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