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Devin LeMahieu

Devin LeMahieu (Rep.), 9th Senate District

Born Sheboygan, August 8, 1972; single. Graduate Sheboygan Co. Christian H.S. 1991; B.A. business administration and political science, Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa) 1995. Publisher/owner, Lakeshore Weekly. Member: Oostburg Kiwanis Club (fmr. pres.); Oostburg Chamber of Commerce; Sheboygan Co. Chamber of Commerce; Oostburg Civic Pride Com.; Bethel OPC (deacon); NRA (life mbr.). Sheboygan Co. Bd. Supervisor 2006-present, Human Resources Com. 2006-present (chm., 2010-14), Finance Com. 2012-present, Exec. Com. 2010-12.

Elected to Senate 2014. Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Elections and Local Government (chp.); Jt. Survey Com. on Tax Exemptions (co-chp.); Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism; Health and Human Services; Jt. Com. for Review of Administrative Rules.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-2056; (888) 295-8750 (toll free); District: (920) 254-3044.
E-mail: Sen.LeMahieu@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: 21 South 8th Street, Oostburg 53070.
Mailing address: Office: Room 15 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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City Hall: Mayor Johnson Looks Back On His First 100 Days In Office
City Hall

Mayor Johnson Looks Back On His First 100 Days In Office

Public safety, financial issues, economic development and contracting COVID-19 for the second time.

GOP Lawmakers Strike New Blow Against Absentee Ballots

GOP Lawmakers Strike New Blow Against Absentee Ballots

Legislators nix rule allowing clerks to correct minor errors on envelopes, setting stage for legal battle.

GOP Leaders Seek to Prevent Fixing Absentee Ballots

GOP Leaders Seek to Prevent Fixing Absentee Ballots

Legislative committee can kill rule, could invalidate tens of thousands of votes in next election.

Kaul, Evers Sue to Challenge 1849 Abortion Ban

Kaul, Evers Sue to Challenge 1849 Abortion Ban

Suit says 1849 law superseded by later laws, names GOP legislative leaders as defendants.

Gov. Evers, AG Kaul Announce Direct Legal Challenge to Wisconsin’ s 1800s-era Criminal Abortion Ban
Press Release

Gov. Evers, AG Kaul Announce Direct Legal Challenge to Wisconsin’ s 1800s-era Criminal Abortion Ban

In wake of U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, lawsuit challenges archaic abortion statute banning nearly all abortions in Wisconsin, including in cases of rape and incest

State GOP Lawmakers Reject Special Session on Abortion

State GOP Lawmakers Reject Special Session on Abortion

GOP-controlled Senate adjourned in 15 seconds a special session to repeal 1849 law banning abortion.

Kleefisch, Nicholson Promise Overhaul of UW Regents

Kleefisch, Nicholson Promise Overhaul of UW Regents

GOP challengers for governor promise to recall, replace Evers’ 9 appointees to the board.

State Republicans Push EPA, Relax Gas Rules

State Republicans Push EPA, Relax Gas Rules

Reformulated gas requirement for southeastern Wisconsin cuts pollution, hikes prices at the pump.

Evers Calls Special Session To Overturn 1849 Abortion Ban

Evers Calls Special Session To Overturn 1849 Abortion Ban

Kleefisch urges Republican legislators to reject special session.

‘Tangled Series’ of Abortion Laws Since 1849

‘Tangled Series’ of Abortion Laws Since 1849

Wisconsin has had many laws passed on abortion which could cause confusion if Roe overturned.

Republican Dean Knudson Resigns Election Commission

Republican Dean Knudson Resigns Election Commission

Knudson said 'highest levels' of the Republican party told him to resign.

Republican Convention Endorses No One For Governor

Republican Convention Endorses No One For Governor

Rebecca Kleefisch falls just short of 60% of votes needed for party endorsement.

Evers Appoints 3 New UW Board of Regents Members

Evers Appoints 3 New UW Board of Regents Members

But will Republican Legislature approve the nominees?

The State of Politics: Little Change In Voting Rules For April
The State of Politics

Little Change In Voting Rules For April

After 16 months of controversy only one change in rules, though not for lack of Republican efforts.

US Supreme Court Justice Shows Interest in State Redistricting Case

US Supreme Court Justice Shows Interest in State Redistricting Case

Legislature asks for stay of redistricting ruling, Justice Coney Barrett asks litigants to respond.

Gableman, Vos Sign New Contract on Election Probe

Gableman, Vos Sign New Contract on Election Probe

Judge orders Gableman to release 700 pages of documents from probe.

GOP Leader Says Legal Pot Likely ‘At Some Point’

GOP Leader Says Legal Pot Likely ‘At Some Point’

Assembly Majority Leader Steinke points to national trend of states legalizing cannabis.

Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of former State Rep. Daniel R. LeMahieu
Assembly Blocks ‘Recall’ of 2020 Electors

Assembly Blocks ‘Recall’ of 2020 Electors

Resolution demanding recall killed in committee. Democrats insist Republicans vote on it.

Campaign Cash: GOP Lawmakers Far Ahead in Campaign Cash
Campaign Cash

GOP Lawmakers Far Ahead in Campaign Cash

Four times more money than Democratic legislators going into 2022 year.

Evers Calls For Action on Budget Surplus

Evers Calls For Action on Budget Surplus

State of the State speech calls for special session of Legislature to pass his tax rebate.

GOP Election Bills Are Far Reaching

GOP Election Bills Are Far Reaching

Restricting absentee voting, more power for Legislature, nursing home employees could face prison.

Two Medical Marijuana Bills Proposed

Two Medical Marijuana Bills Proposed

One by legislators from each party. 37 states, including Mississippi, now allow it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: State Approves $96 Million Harbor Cleanup Facility
Eyes on Milwaukee

State Approves $96 Million Harbor Cleanup Facility

Part of federally-backed effort to remove "area of concern" designation from Milwaukee's waterways.

Dems Want Elections Commissioner Involved in ‘Alternate Electors’ Scandal Removed

Dems Want Elections Commissioner Involved in ‘Alternate Electors’ Scandal Removed

Commissioner Spindell signed documents seeking to cast state's electors for Trump in 2020.

School Voucher Lobby Wants More State Funding

School Voucher Lobby Wants More State Funding

Pushing for more public funding of private schools.

Letter to Sen. LeMahieu Regarding WEC Commissioner Spindell
Murphy’s Law: Evers Takes a Page from Republicans
Murphy’s Law

Evers Takes a Page from Republicans

His push to give tax rebate to taxpayers was first used by Lee Dreyfus to win office.

Evers Surplus Plan Offers Tax Rebate

Evers Surplus Plan Offers Tax Rebate

$150 per person, plus child care tax credit and greater education funding. Republicans dismissive.

State Supreme Court Rules For GOP In Redistricting Attorneys Suit

State Supreme Court Rules For GOP In Redistricting Attorneys Suit

Republican lawmakers sued for hiring redistricting attorneys before process even began.

Two GOP Legislators Push Medical Pot Bill

Two GOP Legislators Push Medical Pot Bill

Bill allows medicinal marijuana use for those meeting a narrow list of qualifications.

The State of Politics: Absentee Ballot Boxes Helped Republicans, Too
The State of Politics

Absentee Ballot Boxes Helped Republicans, Too

Many of the 500 drop boxes in state were in districts voting heavily for Trump.

Sen. Bernier, Who Blasted GOP Election Probe, Won’t Seek Reelection

Sen. Bernier, Who Blasted GOP Election Probe, Won’t Seek Reelection

Republican chair of Senate elections committee says pushback to her criticisms not a factor.

State Senate Won’t Confirm Evers’ Appointees

State Senate Won’t Confirm Evers’ Appointees

Republican senate leader calls appointees "highly partisan."

Senate GOP Leader Opposes Dismantling Elections Commission

Senate GOP Leader Opposes Dismantling Elections Commission

Some Republican legislators proposing to get rid of the regulatory agency.

State Legislature Still Produces Bipartisan Legislation

State Legislature Still Produces Bipartisan Legislation

With legislative and executive branches divided by party, about 75% of 2021 legislation was bipartisan.

Op Ed: The 10 Worst Politicians of 2021
Op Ed

The 10 Worst Politicians of 2021

The competition was really stiff this year, but here are the very worst.

Evers’ New Legislative Maps Retain GOP Advantage

Evers’ New Legislative Maps Retain GOP Advantage

But they create more competitive districts, the governor said.

Data Wonk: Comparing GOP And People’s Maps
Data Wonk

Comparing GOP And People’s Maps

Under GOP redistricting, Republicans can win majority of Assembly with 44% of the vote.

Democrats Unveil 22 Bills On Climate Change

Democrats Unveil 22 Bills On Climate Change

Sweeping package to make state more green. ’This is our moment to be bold.'

Op Ed: The Return of McCarthyism
Op Ed

The Return of McCarthyism

Michael Gableman is the new Joe McCarthy, with the same bullying, sneering, demagogic style.

Senate Approves Republican Redistricting

Senate Approves Republican Redistricting

Party-line vote okays plan. Evers says he will veto ‘gerrymandered maps.’

The State of Politics: Why The GOP Push To Oust Wolfe
The State of Politics

Why The GOP Push To Oust Wolfe

If elections commission administrator resigned and board deadlocks on who should replace her, Vos and Republicans get to choose new leader.

State Senate Will Vote on GOP Legislative Maps

State Senate Will Vote on GOP Legislative Maps

Republican drawn maps maintain their advantage created during 2011 redistricting.

Your Right to Know: Records Shed Light On Board Shenanigans
Your Right to Know

Records Shed Light On Board Shenanigans

Natural Resources Board chair resists further public records requests. What is he hiding?

Peoples Map Commission Unveils Proposal

Peoples Map Commission Unveils Proposal

Evers vows to veto Republican maps. ‘Folks won’t stand for gerrymandering.'

State High Court Hears Arguments on Private Attorneys

State High Court Hears Arguments on Private Attorneys

Circuit court ruled that GOP legislators can’t hire attorneys before any lawsuit is filed.

State Elections Leader Refuses to Resign

State Elections Leader Refuses to Resign

Meagan Wolfe calls GOP demands that she step down from WEC "partisan politics at its worst.”

The State of Politics: Senate Targets Elections Commission
The State of Politics

Senate Targets Elections Commission

Three separate elections investigations pushing for changes. What's the likely impact?

UW System Will Comply with Federal Vaccine Mandate

UW System Will Comply with Federal Vaccine Mandate

Ignoring the mandate would cost universities millions in federal contracts.

Murphy’s Law: Why Foxconn Jilted Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

Why Foxconn Jilted Wisconsin

Plans electric car plant in Ohio, which offered no state subsidy. Why?

State Republicans Draw Maps Preserving Electoral Advantage

State Republicans Draw Maps Preserving Electoral Advantage

Gov. Evers has said he would veto GOP gerrymander.

Ted Nugent Joins GOP Push for Sandhill Crane Hunt

Ted Nugent Joins GOP Push for Sandhill Crane Hunt

Republican sponsored legislation would repeal Wisconsin hunting regulations.

GOP Legislators Push To Continue Gerrymandering

GOP Legislators Push To Continue Gerrymandering

Pushing for redistricting to diverge from current districts as little as possible.

Op Ed: State Supreme Court Wrong To Take On Redistricting Case
Op Ed

State Supreme Court Wrong To Take On Redistricting Case

A violation of precedent, of state statutes and federal law.

Republican Legislators Propose Redistricting Bill

Republican Legislators Propose Redistricting Bill

Joint resolution calls for prioritizing existing districts, giving Republicans electoral advantage.

Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Legislature Plans Culture War Against Evers

Fall session could include “born alive” abortion bill, forbidding teachers from discussing race and more.

Nass Pushes Legislature to Sue UW System

Nass Pushes Legislature to Sue UW System

Thompson, system leaders refuses to submit mask and testing rules for Republican approval.

Prehn Worked With Republicans To Keep Expired Seat

Prehn Worked With Republicans To Keep Expired Seat

Emails show Natural Resources Board chair strategized with legislators, lobbyist.

Assembly Majority Leader Opposes Suing UW

Assembly Majority Leader Opposes Suing UW

Steineke backs Thompson’s resistance to legislative oversight of UW System pandemic rules.

Thompson Will Disobey Republican Order

Thompson Will Disobey Republican Order

‘I am going to stand my ground, keep students safe and healthy,’ says UW leader and former GOP governor.

GOP Legislators Want to Hire More Private Attorneys

GOP Legislators Want to Hire More Private Attorneys

Fighting to retain Walker appointee as Natural Resources Board chair after his term expired.

Trump Praises Brandtjen ‘Election Audit’

Trump Praises Brandtjen ‘Election Audit’

Puts more pressure on Vos as Pocan calls for firing Gableman.

Sen. Agard Unveils Marijuana Legalization Bill

Sen. Agard Unveils Marijuana Legalization Bill

Outside a dispensary in Illinois, the state lawmaker called for legalization.

Evers Vetoes GOP Election Bills

Evers Vetoes GOP Election Bills

Legislation would have changed election laws, including those related to absentee ballots.

DNR Takes On Water Quality Issues Despite Opposition From GOP, Industry

DNR Takes On Water Quality Issues Despite Opposition From GOP, Industry

The state regulator is launching a water quality awareness campaign.

The State of Politics: Tax Cut Divides Democrats
The State of Politics

Tax Cut Divides Democrats

Evers and some Democratic legislators supported it. GOP hopes to gain new seats from swing-district opponents.

Evers Offers GOP a Second Chance to Fund Schools

Evers Offers GOP a Second Chance to Fund Schools

Newly revised federal guidelines could take away pandemic aid to state unless education funding increased.

Op Ed: Vos, LeMahieu Want Special Legal Treatment
Op Ed

Vos, LeMahieu Want Special Legal Treatment

Again asking state Supreme Court to let them skip lower courts to aid their gerrymandering.

Dental Medicaid increases in state budget represent Wisconsin’s first significant investment in oral health in two decades
How Evers Could Change State Budget

How Evers Could Change State Budget

Governor’s veto power is wide ranging. Action by him expected this week.

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Whose Vision Will Prevail In Budget Battle?

Republicans got their way in budget rewrite, but Evers' vetoes loom.

State Legislature Passes Biennial Budget

State Legislature Passes Biennial Budget

Lawmakers cut billions from the Governor's budget.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Class Warfare
Murphy’s Law

Republican Class Warfare

It hurts their own voters in Wisconsin. How do they get away with it?

The State of Politics: Tax Cut Has Democrats Playing Defense
The State of Politics

Tax Cut Has Democrats Playing Defense

Republican proposed tax cut is huge, historic. But benefits skew toward the wealthy.

Vos Picks Gableman To Lead Election Probe

Vos Picks Gableman To Lead Election Probe

Announcement comes just one day after GOP Assembly Speaker attacked by Trump.

The State of Politics: Surplus Leaves Evers, Legislators Even Further Divided
The State of Politics

Surplus Leaves Evers, Legislators Even Further Divided

Unprecedented $4.4 billion surplus is huge opportunity. But for what?

Rushed Redistricting Bill Drafted In March

Rushed Redistricting Bill Drafted In March

No author listed for bill, but drafting notes show it was requested by Robin Vos.

Legislators Pushed to Revise Schools Budget

Legislators Pushed to Revise Schools Budget

Congressional Democrats warn that Republican budget could lose state $1.5 billion in federal aid.

The State of Politics: First State Budget Veto In 90 Years?
The State of Politics

First State Budget Veto In 90 Years?

Tony Evers threatens to become first governor since 1931 to veto entire budget.

9 Takeaways on Local Marijuana Laws

9 Takeaways on Local Marijuana Laws

City and county moving toward reform but arrests and convictions still happening.

GOP Legislators Refuse Special Session on Medicaid Expansion

GOP Legislators Refuse Special Session on Medicaid Expansion

The Republican-controlled Senate and Assembly both adjourn sessions without debate or votes.

Evers Revises Plan to Expand Medicaid

Evers Revises Plan to Expand Medicaid

Will Republican legislators turn down “projects in their own districts”?

Rockline expands operations in Sheboygan
Press Release

Rockline expands operations in Sheboygan

Expansion will create 54 jobs, $19.7 million capital investment

GOP Sends Mixed Message To Evers

GOP Sends Mixed Message To Evers

Republican legislators trash his budget, then ask to meet with him.

Spindell Gets Second Term on Elections Commission

Spindell Gets Second Term on Elections Commission

Spindell wanted Wisconsin's electors cast for Trump, attended "Stop The Steal" rally.

Republicans Lose Lawyers Before Redistricting Starts
Press Release

Republicans Lose Lawyers Before Redistricting Starts

Judge voids contracts Republicans made with lawyers to represent them in expected redistricting legal battle

Judge Prohibits Republicans Using Private Lawyers for Redistricting

Judge Prohibits Republicans Using Private Lawyers for Redistricting

Suit filed in attempt to stop Republicans from drawing maps in secret.

Murphy’s Laws: The New Gerrymandering Scheme
Murphy’s Laws

The New Gerrymandering Scheme

Republicans charge taxpayers for private attorneys to defend secret legislative scheme before it’s even been created.

Op Ed: Senate Leader Blocks Marijuana Reform
Op Ed

Senate Leader Blocks Marijuana Reform

Most state voters favor it. Blacks are 4.2 times more likely to be arrested for possession.

VACCINES IN ARMS: Wisconsin Consistently Ranks Among Top States in the Nation for Vaccine Distribution Thanks to Support from President Biden & Leadership by Governor Evers
Cannabis Backers Switch Focus to Local Laws

Cannabis Backers Switch Focus to Local Laws

‘Beating our head against the wall’ pushing Legislature to legalize pot.

State Planning Small Business Recovery Grants

State Planning Small Business Recovery Grants

Evers vetoed GOP bills that would take control of federal relief funds.

Wisconsin Reaches 4 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered
The State of Politics: Legislature Often a Family Affair
The State of Politics

Legislature Often a Family Affair

Lawmakers Devin LeMahieu, Greta Neubauer and others had parents who served before them.

The Beguiling Blandness of Devin LeMahieu

The Beguiling Blandness of Devin LeMahieu

Senate majority leader is conservative but eschews the nasty style of Robin Vos.

Evers, Advocates Discuss Justice System Reform, Legalizing Pot

Evers, Advocates Discuss Justice System Reform, Legalizing Pot

Evers budget includes major reforms and legalizing medical and recreational marijuana.

GOP State Senate Leader Dismisses Marijuana Legalization

GOP State Senate Leader Dismisses Marijuana Legalization

State Senate Majority Leader said GOP legislators won't vote for legalizing medical or recreational marijuana.

Legislature Passes Federal Stimulus Plan

Legislature Passes Federal Stimulus Plan

Yet again. And passes election law changes. Evers likely to veto all of it.

Legislature Tries Again to Control Federal Stimulus Money

Legislature Tries Again to Control Federal Stimulus Money

Evers twice vetoed bills to do this. Assembly’s latest bills violate federal rules, LRB warns.

Evers Reaches Deal To Save Federal Food Aid

Evers Reaches Deal To Save Federal Food Aid

$70 million in monthly aid jeopardized after court ruling ended governor’s pandemic emergency order.

Conservation voters calling for racial justice and accountability in the wake of growing Anti-Asian violence
GOP Lawmakers Would Ignore Rules for Stimulus Money

GOP Lawmakers Would Ignore Rules for Stimulus Money

Governor Evers has unilateral power to distribute the federal funds.

State Could Lose $50 Million Per Month in Federal Food Aid

State Could Lose $50 Million Per Month in Federal Food Aid

Supreme Court decision overruling Evers emergency order makes state ineligible for aid.

AG Kaul, Dem Lawmakers Push New Gun Laws

AG Kaul, Dem Lawmakers Push New Gun Laws

Say GOP legislators should pass expanded background checks, 'Red Flag' law.

Op Ed: Wisconsin Needs Fair Maps
Op Ed

Wisconsin Needs Fair Maps

Gerrymandered districts give Republicans outsized legislative power.

State Supreme Court Overrules Evers’ Emergency Powers

State Supreme Court Overrules Evers’ Emergency Powers

Decision says governor needs legislative approval to extend health emergency.

WDA thanks Gov. Evers, legislators for bipartisan action on new dentist vaccine law
Bill Forces Public Hearings By Legislature

Bill Forces Public Hearings By Legislature

With enough signatures, public could petition for hearings on proposals legislators refuse to consider.

1-Week Waiting Period Back for Jobless Benefits

1-Week Waiting Period Back for Jobless Benefits

Previous waiver signed into law by Gov. Evers has expired. Will Legislature act?

As State Looks to Bounce Back from Pandemic, Gov. Evers Urges Bipartisan Support for $2.38 Billion in Capital Budget Investments to Provide Estimated 29,000 Family-Supporting Jobs, $4.3 Billion in Economic Impact 
Press Release

As State Looks to Bounce Back from Pandemic, Gov. Evers Urges Bipartisan Support for $2.38 Billion in Capital Budget Investments to Provide Estimated 29,000 Family-Supporting Jobs, $4.3 Billion in Economic Impact 

Governor's 2021-23 capital budget to be taken up by State Building Commission this week includes major projects in both Republican and Democratic districts

The State of Politics: Fight Over $5 Billon in Federal Aid
The State of Politics

Fight Over $5 Billon in Federal Aid

Republican Legislature's bill gives it oversight over federal stimulus money. Evers intends to veto it.

Legislators Want Say Over Pandemic Funds

Legislators Want Say Over Pandemic Funds

Bill would require Gov. Evers to consult with Legislature on allocating federal dollars.

GOP Legislators Reject Local Sales Tax Hikes

GOP Legislators Reject Local Sales Tax Hikes

“Dead on arrival,” lawmakers say of Evers’ enabling legislation.

Gov. Evers Unveils $91 Billion Budget

Gov. Evers Unveils $91 Billion Budget

Budget would boost school funding, direct funds to small businesses, repeal part of Act 10 and legalize marijuana, but faces an uphill battle.

Will Supreme Court Act on Mask Mandate?

Will Supreme Court Act on Mask Mandate?

State high court has sat on case for months, could decide fight between governor and Legislature.

Evers Vetoes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Evers Vetoes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Senate abandons bipartisan legislation and includes provisions Evers promised to veto.

Op Ed: Correct a Cheating System With Fair Maps
Op Ed

Correct a Cheating System With Fair Maps

Ending gerrymandering will mean prioritizing your needs over the ambitions of politicians.

Campaign Cash: Legislative Campaign Committee Spending Soars
Campaign Cash

Legislative Campaign Committee Spending Soars

Total spending by four state legislative committees up from $2 million in 2014 to $12 million in 2020.

DWD Wants A Modernized Unemployment System

DWD Wants A Modernized Unemployment System

Secretary was in "complete shock" the first time she saw the antiquated systems.

Vos ‘Behaving Like a Bully,’ Democrats Charge

Vos ‘Behaving Like a Bully,’ Democrats Charge

After 10 months with no COVID-19 response bill, frustrated Democrats condemn their colleagues.

Assembly Resists Senate COVID-19 Compromise

Assembly Resists Senate COVID-19 Compromise

Bill showed Senate Republicans too willing to 'cave into the governor,' Vos charges.

Do State Election Laws Need Reform?

Do State Election Laws Need Reform?

After months of Trump’s false claims, legislators still squabbling, but a bipartisan bill is possible.

MKE County: Does the Wisconsin Counties Association Help Milwaukee?
MKE County

Does the Wisconsin Counties Association Help Milwaukee?

Some county officials say no, and are pushing to withdraw from the group.

The State of Politics: LeMahieu Struggles in Vos’s Shadow
The State of Politics

LeMahieu Struggles in Vos’s Shadow

New Senate majority leader a surprise choice who's trying to resist the dictates of Robin Vos.

Gov. Evers Delivers Radio Address Calling for Bipartisan Compromise COVID-19 Bill
Evers Offers Folksy State-of-State Speech

Evers Offers Folksy State-of-State Speech

Addressing pandemic, broadband access, redistricting and “broken” unemployment system.

Evers, Senate Agree on Pandemic Bill

Evers, Senate Agree on Pandemic Bill

Bipartisan bill goes back to Assembly, where leader says GOP will resist compromise.

Gov. Evers Statement on COVID Legislation Advanced by Senate
Republicans Dare Evers to Veto Bill

Republicans Dare Evers to Veto Bill

Their COVID-19 bill includes immunity from liability for businesses violating pandemic restrictions.

Senate Unveils Pared-Down COVID-19 Bill

Senate Unveils Pared-Down COVID-19 Bill

Different than Assembly bill, aimed at getting Gov. Evers’ support.

Assembly Passes ‘Poison Pill’ COVID-19 Relief Bill

Assembly Passes ‘Poison Pill’ COVID-19 Relief Bill

GOP bill curtails efforts to slow spread of virus. And doesn't have support of Senate leadership.

Legislators Argue Over Masks, Capitol Access

Legislators Argue Over Masks, Capitol Access

And much more. Senate allows virtual attendance but Vos requires in-person Assembly.

The State of Politics: Spending on Medicaid, Prisons Skyrockets
The State of Politics

Spending on Medicaid, Prisons Skyrockets

Up much faster than inflation in last 20 years, crowding out other spending.

Murphy’s Law: Will Vos Expose Legislators to COVID-19?
Murphy’s Law

Will Vos Expose Legislators to COVID-19?

He demands Assembly meet in-person. That “could kill me,” Rep. Jimmy Anderson says.

The State of Politics: Both Parties Back Election Law Changes
The State of Politics

Both Parties Back Election Law Changes

Legislators actually agree on at least two reforms.

Evers Offers Compromise Bill on COVID-19

Evers Offers Compromise Bill on COVID-19

After meeting with Republican leaders, offers draft bill with “items on which all of us can agree.”

GOP Signals End of Pandemic Unemployment Waivers

GOP Signals End of Pandemic Unemployment Waivers

Vos says waiting period and work search requirements will return next year.

Op Ed: The Hunger Games, Wisconsin Edition
Op Ed

The Hunger Games, Wisconsin Edition

You’re on your own as pandemic rages and Republican legislators again refuse to meet.

Legislature Refuses to Change Absentee Vote Counting Law

Legislature Refuses to Change Absentee Vote Counting Law

This past election shows why election officials want to count absentee votes early.

Vos Pandemic Plan Sets Up Political Battle

Vos Pandemic Plan Sets Up Political Battle

Speaker Robin Vos releases plan and includes provisions that strip power from the governor.

Assembly GOP Unveils Tough Pandemic Plan

Assembly GOP Unveils Tough Pandemic Plan

Republicans would make state employees work in offices, force teachers into classrooms, cut state aid to non-complying schools.

UW System initiates incentives for student nurses to assist in health care crisis
Evers, GOP Leaders Meeting Is a Good First Step, and Republican Leaders Need to Follow Up Talk With Action
Press Release

Evers, GOP Leaders Meeting Is a Good First Step, and Republican Leaders Need to Follow Up Talk With Action

Meeting With Governor After 219 Days of Inaction a First Step, and Wisconsin Needs More

State Response To COVID-19 a Trainwreck, Pocan says

State Response To COVID-19 a Trainwreck, Pocan says

The congressman wants an end to the partisan battle over a COVID-19 relief bill.

Hospital Association Wants State Action on COVID-19

Hospital Association Wants State Action on COVID-19

Healthcare workers and hospitals straining under surge in hospitalizations.

Op Ed: State Should Create Coronavirus Czar
Op Ed

State Should Create Coronavirus Czar

Governor and legislative leaders should mutually name a COVID czar and bipartisan task force.

Vos Floats Ideas, Blasts Evers on Pandemic

Vos Floats Ideas, Blasts Evers on Pandemic

Evers has asked legislators to meet since April. Vos still won't convene Legislature.

Legislative Houses Elect Their Leaders

Legislative Houses Elect Their Leaders

Democrats call for action on COVID-19 crisis.

The State of Politics: Can Evers, Republicans Mend Fences?
The State of Politics

Can Evers, Republicans Mend Fences?

Their first two years weren't very cooperative. But that might change with a new Legislature.

Purple Wisconsin Still Has Dark Red Legislature

Purple Wisconsin Still Has Dark Red Legislature

Republican legislators continue to win big with minority of state's vote.

Election Shakes Up State Senate Leadership

Election Shakes Up State Senate Leadership

LeMahieu becomes Majority Leader after Fitzgerald's election to Congress.

The State of Politics: 4 Reasons Legislature Won’t Reconvene
The State of Politics

4 Reasons Legislature Won’t Reconvene

Haven’t met since April, won’t return this year. Republicans explain why.

GOP Holds Off Debate on Evers’ Emergency Powers

GOP Holds Off Debate on Evers’ Emergency Powers

Despite adversarial relationship, GOP leaders say now isn't an appropriate time.

AFP-WI Launches New Wave of Grassroots Lobbying Efforts
Press Release

AFP-WI Launches New Wave of Grassroots Lobbying Efforts

The group will mobilize activists throughout the state to canvass communities, have conversations with their neighbors, and ask them to encourage their lawmakers to work toward policies that expand opportunities for Wisconsinites.

Republicans Call for Reset of Evers’ Budget

Republicans Call for Reset of Evers’ Budget

Governor’s cabinet members get hammered on many issues by GOP legislators.

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Announces Senate Standing Committees, Chairs
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Announces Senate Standing Committees, Chairs

"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate this session as we continue to pass reforms that put hard-working families first."

Campaign Cash: Outside Group Targets Republican Legislators
Campaign Cash

Outside Group Targets Republican Legislators

Will spend $1 million against four state senators, including Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

Governor Walker Signs Bills to Create and Expand Outdoor Recreation, Attract Talent to Wisconsin, and Improve Medical Assistance
Governor Walker Signs Bills on Improving Family Access to High-Quality Child Care, Creating Transitional Jobs Program for Wisconsin Veterans, and Increasing Funding for Watershed Protection Grants
Back in the News: Majority Now Backs Fair Redistricting
Back in the News

Majority Now Backs Fair Redistricting

37 counties, two-thirds of state’s population, have passed “Fair Maps” resolution.

Data Wonk: Why Does GOP Want To Raise My Taxes?
Data Wonk

Why Does GOP Want To Raise My Taxes?

And why do I get nothing back in return but a bigger federal deficit?

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Let Utilities Destroy Wetlands
Campaign Cash

Bill Would Let Utilities Destroy Wetlands

They donated $1.9 million to politicians, want bill letting them take over wetlands.

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families
Press Release

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

Industrial Acid Mining Bill Will Put Public Health at Risk for Generations

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements
Press Release

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements

Elected officials, grassroots activists and business owners unite behind Leah

Governor Walker Signs REINS Act into Law at Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs REINS Act into Law at Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce

Senate Bill 15 makes several changes to the administrative rulemaking process.

Governor Walker Signs 20 Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs 20 Bills Into Law

Acts 37 - 56

Fitzgerald: Senate Advances HOPE Bills, Administrative Rules Changes
Press Release

Fitzgerald: Senate Advances HOPE Bills, Administrative Rules Changes

Among the bills on the day’s calendar were a number of proposals targeting opioid addiction and changes to the state’s administrative rules procedures.

Governor Walker Signs Two Bills Into Law
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs Two Bills Into Law

Senate Bills 7 and 12 were signed into law today.

Bill Restricts Election Recounts

Bill Restricts Election Recounts

Inspired by Jill Stein recount, would make state more restrictive than most.

Senate Opens Session with Bipartisan Jobs Bill
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Senate Opens Session with Bipartisan Jobs Bill

Senate Bill 1 was approved unanimously and now goes before the State Assembly for approval.

Campaign Cash: Bill Would Benefit Special Interests
Campaign Cash

Bill Would Benefit Special Interests

GOP legislators get $325,000 from special interests; would kill state rules.

Sen. LeMahieu and Rep. Neylon Reintroduce “REINS Act”
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Sen. LeMahieu and Rep. Neylon Reintroduce “REINS Act”

The Wisconsin REINS Act gives the Legislature the oversight it needs.

Op-Ed: Top 10 Victories Over Walker
Op-Ed

Top 10 Victories Over Walker

10 policy changes Gov. Walker and Republicans failed to pass in the last year.

Bucks Response to Passage of State License Plate Legislation
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Bucks Response to Passage of State License Plate Legislation

Eighty percent of the revenue generated from the specialty plates will be used to retire state debt for the new arena, while the remainder will fund a new Bucks charitable foundation.

Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 58 Bills Into Law

Acts 200 - 257.

Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 46 Bills Into Law

Acts 154 - 199.

Republicans Plan to Decimate Voter Registration Drives
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Republicans Plan to Decimate Voter Registration Drives

State Senate Could Vote as Early as Tuesday, February 9th

Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law
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Governor Scott Walker Signs 49 Bills Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed 49 bills into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

The State of Politics: Conservative Power Rises in Senate
The State of Politics

Conservative Power Rises in Senate

With the replacement of two key GOP moderates, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has far more power.

The State of Politics: Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects
The State of Politics

Budget Could Delay Local Highway Projects

Republican legislators want to reduce borrowing in Walker transportation budget, but this could delay numerous projects.