For the Record: State fails to close ‘legal loophole’ for domestic violence offenders; state GOP doesn’t back candidate for governor

Also on For the Record: An update on the Center for Black Excellence and Culture, and resigning city alder Arvina Martin talks poor compensation for council members
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For the Record: State supreme court decision expanding conceal carry for domestic violence offenders

A unanimous state Supreme Court decision on Friday leaves open the option for people convicted of domestic violence to legally carry concealed guns in Wisconsin, thanks largely to a difference in federal and state law.

Joining For the Record to discuss, State Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) has co-authored a bill alongside Republican state senator Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) that would have closed a “legal loophole” cited by one of the justices in the case, but failed to get a hearing in the last legislative session.

Republicans who chair the committees where the bill could have gotten a public hearing did not respond to requests for comment.

Watch the full interview above.

For the Record: GOP convention backs no-endorsement option

Political reporter Will Kenneally recaps action at the state Republican convention this weekend, including the decision not to endorse any of the four major candidates for governor.

For the Record: Center for Black Excellence

Former For the Record host Neil Heinen returned to the show alongside Dr. Alex Gee, Jr., CEO and founder of the Center for Black Excellence and Culture. As part of retirement, Heinen has joined the Center’s capital campaign committee as co-chair.

Dr. Gee announced that the Center had raised $16 million in the past nine months towards its $38 million goal, with significant additional donations to be announced later this week.

The goal is to break ground on the Center late this year or early next, and open in 2024.

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For the Record: Madison’s first Ho-Chunk Nation council member resigns

Effective this week, Madison council member Arvina Martin has resigned after five years on the board as the city’s first Ho-Chunk Nation alder.

She is leaving to focus on a new role with Emerge Wisconsin to help recruit Democratic women to run for public office.

Looking back on her time on council, Martin cites her work in bringing the CARES team to Madison as a highlight, as well as her work in redesigning Madison’s flag.

She also focused on the issue of compensation for Madison’s part-time council members. Even with a slightly higher salary as the board’s vice-president, she was paid about $15,000 before taxes for her work. While technically, the job is billed as a 20-hour-a-week job, Martin said that in reality the work often involves far more.

Watch the full interview above.