Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. 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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The race for governor seems to be picking up steam just about every week, as more Democrats enter the contest. And now, candidates for lieutenant governor also are coming forward. Last week, former Milwaukee legislator Mandela Barnes said he’s running, as a Democrat.

JR Ross, of wispolitics.com, shared his thoughts about election-related developments with Marti Mikkelson for this week’s “Capitol Notes.”

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A number of cities are going all-out in efforts to lure Amazon. There’s a big prize at stake. The online retail giant is planning to build a second headquarters, which could create up to 50,000 jobs. Milwaukee and Waukesha are among the communities expressing interest – but in a far more low-key way.

Emotions ran high, as abortion rights took center stage at the State Capitol on Tuesday. A Senate committee held a public hearing on a Republican bill that would forbid UW employees from working part-time at Planned Parenthood’s Madison clinic. The measure targets an agreement that’s been in place for nearly a decade.

The race for governor is more than a year away. But, the field of Democratic hopefuls seems to grow just about every week. More than a half-dozen have entered the race – or are seriously considering making the move.

JR Ross of wispolitics.com says some of the candidates have overlapping constituencies, and likely will have to work to “carve out a lane” for themselves. Ross talks about the race and other matters with WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson, for this week’s “Capitol Notes.”

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Hundreds of people packed into a hearing room at the State Capitol on Thursday for a debate about the rights of undocumented immigrants. Most of the speakers who attended were there to argue against a bill that would crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities” in Wisconsin. The Republican measure would prohibit local governments from enacting policies that prevent federal agents from enforcing immigration laws.

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The Wisconsin’s Veterans Affairs secretary took the hot seat at the State Capital on Tuesday. He updated lawmakers on conditions at the Veterans Home in King, after an audit found widespread nursing shortages and worker dissatisfaction there. 

Some legislators are concerned that patient care at the nursing home could be threatened. The VA Secretary promised his department is working aggressively to tackle the problems.

The UW Board of Regents approved a policy on Friday, that calls for suspending and expelling students who disrupt campus speeches and presentations.  The Board of Regents approved the policy on a voice vote at UW-Stout.  State School Superintendent Tony Evers cast the lone dissenting vote.  

The policy states that students who twice engage in violent or other disorderly conduct that disrupts others' free speech would be suspended for a semester.  A third offense would mean expulsion.  

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Gov. Scott Walker had been expecting Foxconn officials to sign a deal with the state any day now.  The Taiwanese company plans to build a huge LCD screen manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, with the help of $3 billion in state incentives.  But late last week, the board that will oversee the deal, delayed voting on it.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme is expected to take up a Wisconsin case that could have national implications.

Justices will hear arguments on the controversial political maps that Republican lawmakers drafted in 2011, after the most recent census. Democrats and liberal groups say the maps are unconstitutional, because the new boundaries give the GOP a big advantage in elections.

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Another week in the NFL begins tonight with the Chicago Bears traveling to Green Bay to take on the Packers.  It'll be the first game since last weekend's protests during the national anthem -- after President Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the event.  

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Emotions ran high, as federal judges in Chicago heard arguments Tuesday in an appeal that could result in Brendan Dassey going free.

In 2007, when Dassey was a teen, he was convicted of helping his uncle, Steven Avery, rape and kill Teresa Halbach at the Avery family’s salvage yard in Manitowoc County.

Dassey and Avery were featured in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer.

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Update: Heated Exchanges as Attorneys Present Arguments in Dassey Appeal

The Brendan Dassey case is back in the public eye. A federal appeals court Tuesday will re-hear an appeal of a judge’s ruling, which overturned Dassey’s conviction.

Dassey was convicted in 2007 of helping his uncle Steven Avery rape and murder Teresa Halbach at the family’s salvage yard in Manitowoc County.

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Gov. Scott Walker signed two huge pieces of legislation into law last week -- the state budget and the Foxconn deal.  The state would give the Taiwanese electronics giant $3 billion to build a huge LCD manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin.  

While the Foxconn deal looks like a victory for Walker now, things could get dicey as we head into the 2018 gubernatorial election.  WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke about the developments with JR Ross of wispolitics.com in this week's "Capitol Notes" segment.

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State lawmakers are considering several bills that would limit riots and punish people who participate in them.  The bills define a riot as a public disturbance during a gathering of at least three people;  one makes participating in a riot a felony.

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Heroin and opioid addictions -- and overdoses -- continue to plague Wisconsin and many other states. Public health officials and law enforcement agencies have been tackling the problem on a number of fronts.  The latest here in Wisconsin premiered Tuesday night.  It's a documentary produced by WisconsinEye, the state's equivalent to C-Span, and targets children.  

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