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Sargent Pushes Legal Pot Bill. Again

Sargent Pushes Legal Pot Bill. Again

For fourth time in six years, Madison legislator offers bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

Evers Wants to Renegotiate Foxconn Deal

Evers Wants to Renegotiate Foxconn Deal

Says 13,000 jobs "unrealistic," project is now much smaller, taxpayers must be protected.

Proposal Seeks to Prevent Rape Kit Backlog

Proposal Seeks to Prevent Rape Kit Backlog

Attorney General Kaul, lawmakers push defined procedures for handling sexual assault testing so all kits processed promptly.

Evers Targets Payroll Fraud by Companies

Evers Targets Payroll Fraud by Companies

Thousands of workers misclassified as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes, employee benefits.

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals

GOP push back on minimum wage, water quality, corrections worker wages, unemployment compensation and more.

Supreme Court Race Too Close to Call

Supreme Court Race Too Close to Call

Hagedorn claims victory, recount likely.

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

GOP Asks Court to Restore Walker Appointees

Legislators want Appeals Court to force Evers to recognize 15 appointees the governor says were unlawful.

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers re-nominates 67 Walker appointees he rescinded, but Senate won't consider them.

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Leaving disagreement between parties over status of 82 Walker appointees.

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Evers calls it “victory for the people.” Republicans will appeal.

Arguments Begin on 2nd Lame Duck Suit

Arguments Begin on 2nd Lame Duck Suit

Dane County Judge Niess slapped injunction on laws. Second suit being heard by Judge Remington.

Bill Ends Business Tax Break for Quitters

Bill Ends Business Tax Break for Quitters

Bipartisan bill ends tax write-off on moving expenses for companies leaving the state.

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Republicans say $2.5 billion too high, back smaller price tag for top priorities.

Bipartisan Bills Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

Bipartisan Bills Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

Vos, Fitzgerald quiet on proposals to increase penalties, set mandatory minimum sentences.

Evers Announces Youth Prison for City

Evers Announces Youth Prison for City

To be located on Teutonia Ave. and Mill Rd. Research shows facility near home enhances outcomes.

Pocan Charges ICE Is “Running Rogue”

Pocan Charges ICE Is “Running Rogue”

Agency has greatly overstated crimes committed by detainees, his office found.

Evers Pushes Labor Law Changes

Evers Pushes Labor Law Changes

Governor’s plan repeals right-to-work, reinstates prevailing wage on state projects.

Evers Proposes Delay Of Youth Prison Closure

Evers Proposes Delay Of Youth Prison Closure

Proposal would also stop the practice of 17-year-olds being tried as adults.

Advocates Push For a Wisconsin ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

Advocates Push For a Wisconsin ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

Republican Legislative leaders, Vos and Fitzgerald, concerned about the proposal.

Evers Wants More Funds for Women’s Health

Evers Wants More Funds for Women’s Health

$28 million package would also restore Planned Parenthood’s funding.

Evers Wants Pay Hike for Corrections Officers

Evers Wants Pay Hike for Corrections Officers

Aims to reduce staff shortage with more competitive pay.

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Says plan too risky, lacked long-term financing, and wasn’t bipartisan.

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

And would loosen other restrictions. Vos opposes plan.

Hagedorn Backs School That Bans Gays

Hagedorn Backs School That Bans Gays

State Supreme Court candidate on board of school that bans gay teachers, students, parents.

Legislators Clash on Black History Month

Legislators Clash on Black History Month

Republicans remove Colin Kaepernick from resolution, Rep. Bowen cries foul.

Hagedorn Defends Views on Gays, Abortion

Hagedorn Defends Views on Gays, Abortion

State Supreme Court candidate compared homosexuality to bestiality.

New Revenue Projection Below Walker’s

New Revenue Projection Below Walker’s

LFB report shows $1.8 billion, not $2.1 billion in new revenue for next state budget.

Poll Shows Strong Support for Evers Proposals

Poll Shows Strong Support for Evers Proposals

Marquette poll finds majority favors Medicaid expansion, hiking special education funding.

Evers Tells Kaul to Drop ACA Lawsuit

Evers Tells Kaul to Drop ACA Lawsuit

Governor says people voted for this, but GOP legislators insist AG must obey their new law.

Vos May Amend Pre-Existing Conditions Bill

Vos May Amend Pre-Existing Conditions Bill

Open to some changes Evers wants, but not others. Vote scheduled for today.

Legislators Can’t Block Liberals On Twitter

Legislators Can’t Block Liberals On Twitter

Federal judge rules that One Wisconsin Now can’t be blocked from twitter feed of Vos, other GOP lawmakers.

GOP Legislators Offer Middle-Class Tax Cut

GOP Legislators Offer Middle-Class Tax Cut

Evers administration wants cut but criticizes plan as “unfunded.”

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Voting Restrictions

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Voting Restrictions

“This is not a close question,” says federal judge, invalidating GOP law limiting early voting.

Planned Parenthood Sues State on Abortion

Planned Parenthood Sues State on Abortion

Lawsuit contends 3 GOP-backed laws restricting abortions are unconstitutional.

Evers, GOP Lawmakers Seek Common Ground

Evers, GOP Lawmakers Seek Common Ground

But Republicans won't budget on accepting expanded federal funds for Medicaid.

Problems Continue At State Youth Prisons

Problems Continue At State Youth Prisons

Pepper spray and solitary confinement still used, staffing shortage persists, report finds.

Vos Offers Bipartisan Terms to Evers

Vos Offers Bipartisan Terms to Evers

Republican letter to governor suggests possible compromise on income tax cut, school spending, health care.

Evers Wants Reversal on ACA Suit

Evers Wants Reversal on ACA Suit

Will ask Attorney General Kaul to change state’s stance, says this won’t violate lame duck law.

Treasurer-Elect Godlewski Identifies Additional Responsibilities For Office

Treasurer-Elect Godlewski Identifies Additional Responsibilities For Office

Treasurer's office survived an April 2018 referendum aimed at elimination

GOP Senate Could Pass Medicaid Expansion?

GOP Senate Could Pass Medicaid Expansion?

Not “completely ruled out,” Fitzgerald says of Evers proposal to accept federal dollars for expansion.

Lawmakers Clash On Tracking Foxconn Jobs

Lawmakers Clash On Tracking Foxconn Jobs

Audit shows subsidy could reward out-of-state jobs; Fitzgerald and Shilling differ on need to fix this.

Hintz Touts Democratic Issues for Next Year

Hintz Touts Democratic Issues for Next Year

Assembly minority leader says expanding Medicaid and redistricting reform are top goals.

Court Challenge to Voting Restrictions Filed

Court Challenge to Voting Restrictions Filed

Liberal groups ask federal court to block lame duck law’s restriction on early voting.

Walker Signs Lame Duck Bills

Walker Signs Lame Duck Bills

Doesn’t veto a single measure, chooses to “override the will of the people,” Evers says.

Walker Defends Lame Duck Bills

Walker Defends Lame Duck Bills

Plans to sign several measures, still reviewing others.

Lawmakers Change How WEDC Tracks Jobs

Lawmakers Change How WEDC Tracks Jobs

Less oversight of jobs for subsidies. And Foxconn liaison would no longer report to the governor.

GOP Lame Duck Session Targets Evers

GOP Lame Duck Session Targets Evers

Far-reaching bill would reduce governor’s power, limit early voting.

Kimberly-Clark Subsidy Stalled in Senate

Kimberly-Clark Subsidy Stalled in Senate

Republicans “haven’t made any effort to build consensus," Democrat Shilling says.

Assembly Democrats Reach Gender Parity

Assembly Democrats Reach Gender Parity

Women make up 50% of Democrats but just 16% of Republicans in state Assembly.

Walker Makes Schimel a Waukesha County Judge

Walker Makes Schimel a Waukesha County Judge

Defeated attorney general has “shown a commitment to the rule of law,” governor declares.

“Reformed Myself Out Of A Job”?

“Reformed Myself Out Of A Job”?

Gov. Walker breaks post-election silence, discusses his loss and new proposals.

Kimberly-Clark, Unions, Push for Subsidy

Kimberly-Clark, Unions, Push for Subsidy

State Senate lacks votes to approve $70 million subsidy for 400 jobs.

Legislature Approves Evers’ Transition Budget

Legislature Approves Evers’ Transition Budget

Unanimous vote okays $94,600 transition budget for hiring staff, travel expenses, equipment purchase.

Democrats Resist Limiting Governor’s Power

Democrats Resist Limiting Governor’s Power

Republicans want lame-duck session to reduce Evers' power, Democrats warn of a court challenge.

Republicans Could Curb Governor’s Power

Republicans Could Curb Governor’s Power

GOP legislative leaders plan lame-duck session to reduce governor’s power before Evers takes office.

“We’re In a Battle For America’s Soul”

“We’re In a Battle For America’s Soul”

Joe Biden campaigns for Baldwin, Evers, takes down Trump in Madison

Race for Governor: Walker, Evers Differ on Gun Laws
Race for Governor

Walker, Evers Differ on Gun Laws

Evers favors universal background checks, Walker mum on issue.

National Spotlight on Bryce-Steil Race

National Spotlight on Bryce-Steil Race

Congressional seat long held by Paul Ryan attracts millions from outside district.

Race for Governor: Candidates Debate Foxconn-Style Subsidies
Race for Governor

Candidates Debate Foxconn-Style Subsidies

Walker has embraced huge subsidies he now wants for Kimberly Clark. Evers questions approach.

State Politicians Split on Kavanaugh

State Politicians Split on Kavanaugh

Vukmir disagrees with Baldwin, Evers; Walker equivocates on Supreme Court nominee.

Election Experts Call For Paper Ballots

Election Experts Call For Paper Ballots

New report cites security problem, notes paper ballots can’t be tampered with online.

Schimel Say Rape Kit Backlog Ended

Schimel Say Rape Kit Backlog Ended

Critics charge attorney general shouldn’t have taken four years to fix the problem.

Harley Riders Oppose Boycott of Company

Harley Riders Oppose Boycott of Company

But they do tend to support Trump’s tariffs, interviews at Harley's celebration suggest.

45 Former Assistant DAs Blast Schimel

45 Former Assistant DAs Blast Schimel

Attorney General called “blatantly” political in unprecedented letter Schimel dismisses as “partisan.”

Walker, Evers Tied in Governor’s Race

Walker, Evers Tied in Governor’s Race

And Vukmir just behind Baldwin in race for Senator, as challengers gain momentum.

Second Walker Official Opposes Him

Second Walker Official Opposes Him

Ex-Director of Financial Institutions say he was pushed to meet with lobbyists, avoid public records.

Poll Has Evers 5 Points Up On Walker

Poll Has Evers 5 Points Up On Walker

Poll taken two days after election. Walker spokesman says they expect “tough canpaign.”

Hagedorn Will Run for Supreme Court

Hagedorn Will Run for Supreme Court

Former attorney for Walker wants seat held by retiring justice Shirley Abrahamson

Early Turnout High for Election

Early Turnout High for Election

Absentee voting far higher than in 2014, nearly equals presidential year of 2016.

Wall Blasts Walker, Schimel on Youth Prison

Wall Blasts Walker, Schimel on Youth Prison

Former corrections secretary says governor, AG ignored Lincoln Hills abuses for political reasons.

Race for Governor: Walker Ads Tout Foxconn’s Impact
Race for Governor

Walker Ads Tout Foxconn’s Impact

Four TV spots target different regions, feature local businesses.

Race for Governor: Ignore the Polls, McCabe Urges Voters
Race for Governor

Ignore the Polls, McCabe Urges Voters

Maverick Democrat “likes” his chances, says lack of cash for TV ads won’t hurt his candidacy.

Race for Governor: Flynn’s Work for Archdiocese a Hot Issue
Race for Governor

Flynn’s Work for Archdiocese a Hot Issue

Gubernatorial candidate’s work on clergy sex abuse scandal gets more criticism, support.

Pocan’s Bill Would Abolish ICE

Pocan’s Bill Would Abolish ICE

Democratic Congressman says federal immigration agency no long serves intended purpose.

Race for Governor: Wachs Says He’ll Fight for ‘Regular Folks’
Race for Governor

Wachs Says He’ll Fight for ‘Regular Folks’

Legislator and trial attorney calls himself a fighter, not an “elitist,” in Democratic primary for governor.

Race for Governor: Vinehout Is Different Kind of Democrat
Race for Governor

Vinehout Is Different Kind of Democrat

A policy wonk, populist and hunter, whose stance on guns annoys some party members.

Kelda Roys’ Family Focused Campaign

Kelda Roys’ Family Focused Campaign

Former lawmaker says she'll turn out party's progressive base in bid for governor.

Mike McCabe Runs a ‘People Powered’ Campaign

Mike McCabe Runs a ‘People Powered’ Campaign

Activist's independent streak has inspired and frustrated in Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Can Tony Evers’ Laid Back Approach Win?

Can Tony Evers’ Laid Back Approach Win?

Some question his ability to be tough in campaign against Gov. Walker.

Walker, Republicans Warn of Blue Wave

Walker, Republicans Warn of Blue Wave

Ryan says farewell, Vukmir endorsed at annual state convention of GOP party.

Taylor Dropped From Legislature’s Top Committee

Taylor Dropped From Legislature’s Top Committee

Her own party’s leader removes state Sen. Lena Taylor pending probe of dispute with staff.

Farm Bill Threatens Thousands of Children

Farm Bill Threatens Thousands of Children

Nonpartisan analysis: 11% of state's food stamp recipients would lose eligibility under federal farm bill.