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Leah Vukmir

Leah Vukmir (Rep.), 5th Senate District

Born Milwaukee, April 26, 1958; 2 children. Graduate Brookfield East H.S. 1976; B.S. in nursing Marquette U. 1980; M.S. in nursing UW-Madison 1983. Registered nurse; nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner for 20 years; research fellow, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute; Past Pres. and Co-founder of Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools (PRESS). Member: Republican Party of Milwaukee Co., Republican Party of Waukesha Co., Wauwatosa Republican Club; West Allis Speedskating Club (former ASU Speedskating Referee). Former member: Standards and Assessments Subcommittee of Gov. Thompson’s Task Force on Education and Learning; English/Language Arts Task Force of Gov. Thompson’s Council on Model Academic Standards; American Legislative Exchange Council (first vice chp.). Nationally recognized authority and speaker on education issues and educational standards. Recipient: Center for Education Reform’s Unsung Hero Award 1998; Brookfield East High School Alumni Achievement Award 2002; American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Year 2009; Right Women Iron Lady Award 2014.

Elected to Assembly 2002-08; elected to Senate 2010; reelected 2014. Biennial Senate committee assignments: 2015 — Health and Human Services (chp., also 2013); Judiciary and Public Safety (vice chp.); Education (since 2011, vice chp. 2011); Jt. Com. on Finance. 2013 — Jt. Com. for Review of Admin. Rules (co-chp., also 2011); Judiciary and Labor (vice chp.). 2011 — Health (chp.); Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue. Assembly committee assignments: 2009 — Education (also 2007); Education Reform (chp. 2005, 2003, eff. 8/17/04, vice chp. 2003); Health and Health Care Reform (chp. 2007); Public Health (vice chp. 2007). 2007 — Criminal Justice (also 2003). 2005 — Health (vice chp., mbr. 2003); Children and Families (since 2003); Criminal Justice and Homeland Security; Medicaid Reform. 2003 — Economic Development.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-2512.
E-mail: Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: Wauwatosa 53226.
Mailing address: Office: Room 131 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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Vukmir and Nicholson Break from Gov. Walker on Trump Tariffs
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Vukmir and Nicholson Break from Gov. Walker on Trump Tariffs

Walker says Trump tariffs are "bad for everyone," while Vukmir and Nicholson embrace Trump's tariffs

Young Republicans Endorse Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate
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Young Republicans Endorse Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate

"The support of our Young Republicans is humbling."

Vukmir and Nicholson Support Gutting Preexisting Condition Protections
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Vukmir and Nicholson Support Gutting Preexisting Condition Protections

The Trump Administration says protections for Wisconsinites with preexisting conditions are unconstitutional. And Vukmir and Nicholson back GOP efforts to gut the protections entirely.

Data Wonk: The Republican Love of Big Government
Data Wonk

The Republican Love of Big Government

Are Republican states the most socialistic?

Post-Convention Poll Shows Leah Has Momentum As She Moves Into Statistical Tie
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Post-Convention Poll Shows Leah Has Momentum As She Moves Into Statistical Tie

Support for Nicholson Collapsing, While Leah Leads By 17 With Those Aware Of Both Candidates

GOP Tax Law Sends 80% Of Cuts To Top 1%, Big Corporations
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GOP Tax Law Sends 80% Of Cuts To Top 1%, Big Corporations

Vukmir and Nicholson running on gifting billions in tax cuts to large corporations and the ultra-rich

Vukmir Backs Tax Breaks For Big Donors, Hikes On Working Families
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Vukmir Backs Tax Breaks For Big Donors, Hikes On Working Families

Vukmir running on GOP tax law that gifts 83% of benefits to big corporations and the richest 1 percent of Americans

Leah Vukmir: Anti-Choice Extremist
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Leah Vukmir: Anti-Choice Extremist

Equally as extreme, is Vukmir's hardline commitment to taking away Wisconsin women's right to choose.

Op Ed: John McCain and Republican Values
Op Ed

John McCain and Republican Values

He’s a patriot and man of character. Contrast this to Trump, Vukmir and Nicholson.

Vukmir and Nicholson Embrace Zero-Exception Abortion Ban, “Personhood”
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Vukmir and Nicholson Embrace Zero-Exception Abortion Ban, “Personhood”

"[A] personhood measure could criminalize certain forms of birth control"

Sen. Baldwin STILL Won’t Say Where She Stands On Haspel
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Sen. Baldwin STILL Won’t Say Where She Stands On Haspel

"That’s because she knows that Haspel is qualified..."

Walker, Republicans Warn of Blue Wave

Walker, Republicans Warn of Blue Wave

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

DPW on the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Endorsement of Ultra-Conservative Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate
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DPW on the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s Endorsement of Ultra-Conservative Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate

Fearing a repeat of the disastrous 2012 GOP primary, Senator Ron Johnson has called on the “weaker candidate” to “exit the race”

Wisconsin GOP chooses Leah Vukmir with historic endorsement
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Wisconsin GOP chooses Leah Vukmir with historic endorsement

Conservatives give Leah overwhelming mandate for the Republican nomination with vote exceeding Sen. Johnson's margin of victory

Op Ed: A New Low for Leah Vukmir?
Op Ed

A New Low for Leah Vukmir?

GOP candidate for Senate smears Sen.Baldwin, branding her a “terrorist.”

Veterans Blast Senate Candidate Kevin Nicholson

Veterans Blast Senate Candidate Kevin Nicholson

Republican candidate has questioned “thought process” of veterans who vote Democratic.

Leah’s Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal
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Leah’s Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

'This is a great day for Wisconsin and America."

Vukmir and Nicholson’s 2016 Presidential Pick Admits Tax Law is a Scam
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Vukmir and Nicholson’s 2016 Presidential Pick Admits Tax Law is a Scam

Both Vukmir and Nicholson backed Marco Rubio's presidential run -- and now Rubio admits that the scam GOP tax law is leaving families behind

“Testy” GOP Senate Debate’s “Clashes” and “Jabs” Escalate Nasty Primary
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“Testy” GOP Senate Debate’s “Clashes” and “Jabs” Escalate Nasty Primary

Vukmir and Nicholson's mutual disdain has been building for months, and last night's debate proves that things are only going to get worse and further weaken the Republican field.

FACT CHECK: Vukmir and Nicholson’s TrumpCare Plans Strip Care From 30M
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FACT CHECK: Vukmir and Nicholson’s TrumpCare Plans Strip Care From 30M

Vukmir and Nicholson-backed TrumpCare plans gut pre-existing condition protections and take care away from tens of millions of Americans

Wisconsin Club for Growth Director Eric O’Keefe Chooses ‘Gutsy’ Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate
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Wisconsin Club for Growth Director Eric O’Keefe Chooses ‘Gutsy’ Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate

"I’m honored that he puts his trust in me to be Wisconsin’s next senator and ensure our Constitutional rights are upheld."

Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson Campaigning on Scam GOP Tax Law
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Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson Campaigning on Scam GOP Tax Law

Vukmir, Nicholson back paying for Big Pharma tax breaks with Social Security and Medicare cuts

Governor Walker Signs Bills to Create and Expand Outdoor Recreation, Attract Talent to Wisconsin, and Improve Medical Assistance
Leah Posts Nearly $600K Raised In First Quarter of 2018
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Leah Posts Nearly $600K Raised In First Quarter of 2018

Leah Raises Nearly 80% of Funds In-State, 95% of Donors From Wisconsin

Leah Attends Opioid Taskforce Meeting about Alternative Treatments to Pain
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Leah Attends Opioid Taskforce Meeting about Alternative Treatments to Pain

"Unfortunately the overprescription of painkillers has caused too many people to become addicted to opioids and leading them to a sometimes deadly level of drug use."

Walker Signs Vukmir Bill Battling Opioid Crisis
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Walker Signs Vukmir Bill Battling Opioid Crisis

"This bill will push back against the destructive opioid crisis."

Combating the Opioid Crisis: Governor Walker Signs Bipartisan Bills on Opioids into Law
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Combating the Opioid Crisis: Governor Walker Signs Bipartisan Bills on Opioids into Law

All 30 bills signed by the Governor were created as a part of the HOPE (Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education) Agenda.

Eric Hovde Declines 2018 Run, Reiterates “Concerns” With Kevin Nicholson
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Eric Hovde Declines 2018 Run, Reiterates “Concerns” With Kevin Nicholson

"Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson will continue their brutally negative campaigns as right-wing candidates promising to sell out Wisconsin’s working families in order to help corporate special interests get even richer"

Poll: Americans Worried as GOP Sabotage Spikes Health Care Premiums
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Poll: Americans Worried as GOP Sabotage Spikes Health Care Premiums

As Wisconsinites face skyrocketing health care costs following GOP sabotage, Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson continue to run on taking away 30 million Americans' health care access

Leah on China Bible Ban: ‘Barbaric’
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Leah on China Bible Ban: ‘Barbaric’

"China’s censorship of the free expression of Christianity is barbaric."

Whose Campaign is Wisconsin Next PAC Working For?
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Whose Campaign is Wisconsin Next PAC Working For?

Former Members of Scott Walker’s Campaign Team Running Ad for U.S. Senate Candidate Featuring … Scott Walker

Vukmir-Nicholson #GOPTaxScam is Still a Giveaway to the Richest Americans
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Vukmir-Nicholson #GOPTaxScam is Still a Giveaway to the Richest Americans

GOP tax law sends more than 80% of benefits to the richest one percent and big corporations like Exxon and Pfizer, while hiking taxes on middle-class Americans

Leah’s Statement on President Trump’s Action to Secure the Border
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Leah’s Statement on President Trump’s Action to Secure the Border

"We can no longer allow the never-ending inflow of criminal illegals and drugs to come into America to terrorize our communities."

GOP’s Latest Attack on WI Women’s Health Care Becomes Law
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GOP’s Latest Attack on WI Women’s Health Care Becomes Law

The measure, cosponsored by U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, was signed into law yesterday by Gov. Scott Walker

Walker Signs Vukmir Bill to Stand with Israel
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Walker Signs Vukmir Bill to Stand with Israel

The new law prohibits state government and local municipalities from contracting with companies boycotting Israel.

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
Notoriously Dishonest Kevin Nicholson Calls First Lady Tonette Walker A Liar
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Notoriously Dishonest Kevin Nicholson Calls First Lady Tonette Walker A Liar

"The first lady says Vukmir’s opponent refused to shake her son Alex’s hand," from WITI-TV.

Americans for Prosperity to Host First Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate Debate on 04/26
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Americans for Prosperity to Host First Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate Debate on 04/26

GOP Candidates vying to win August 14 primary will tackle top issues for WI voters

Team Leah Statement on Special Elections
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Team Leah Statement on Special Elections

"The court’s demand for an election now when both seats will also be on the November ballot is unnecessary and duplicative," said spokesman Mattias Gugel.

Back in the News: Vukmir’s Prison Bill Dies in State Senate
Back in the News

Vukmir’s Prison Bill Dies in State Senate

Would have jailed 1,800 more people per year at annual cost of $57 million.

500+ Wisconsinites Endorse Leah for Senate
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500+ Wisconsinites Endorse Leah for Senate

Homegrown Wisconsin momentum builds to send a proven conservative to DC

Leah Vukmir Leaves 600 Wisconsin Workers Behind
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Leah Vukmir Leaves 600 Wisconsin Workers Behind

After supporting GOP tax law that led to mass-layoff announcements, Leah Vukmir failed to deliver for Kimberly-Clark workers facing layoffs

Vukmir Battles Opioid Epidemic
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Vukmir Battles Opioid Epidemic

"This bill gives law enforcement tools to prevent drugs from entering our neighborhoods and provides those already battling with addiction further treatment options."

Wisconsin Stands with Israel
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Wisconsin Stands with Israel

"The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement is an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel campaign that promotes division."

Op Ed: I Choose Leah
Op Ed

I Choose Leah

First Lady Tonette Walker endorses Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senator

After Obama FBI Stooge Andrew McCabe’s Firing, Leah Proposes Prohibiting Hiring Government Employees To Pad Taxpayer-Funded Benefits
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After Obama FBI Stooge Andrew McCabe’s Firing, Leah Proposes Prohibiting Hiring Government Employees To Pad Taxpayer-Funded Benefits

"Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook to inflate the pensions of deep state hacks who have proven they can’t be trusted to work for the government."

Remember: Vukmir, Nicholson Want Armed Teachers, Guns In Classrooms
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Remember: Vukmir, Nicholson Want Armed Teachers, Guns In Classrooms

Wisconsin's Republican U.S. Senate candidates are calling for adding guns in classrooms.

Leah’s Statement on Incredible U.S. Jobs Numbers for February
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Leah’s Statement on Incredible U.S. Jobs Numbers for February

"It is getting harder and harder for Sen. Baldwin to deny the positive impact tax reform is having on the state and national economy."

Prison Bill’s True Cost Much Higher

Prison Bill’s True Cost Much Higher

Vukmir proposal to toughen revocation rules could cost $201 million per year.

The State of Politics: New GOP Senators Have Clout
The State of Politics

New GOP Senators Have Clout

They may decide if Walker gets last minute laws he’s pushing for his reelection campaign.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin voters divided on benefits of Foxconn deal, but together in support of background checks for gun sales
Leah Rebukes Sen. Baldwin for Obstruction on Judicial Nominee Due to His Faith
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Leah Rebukes Sen. Baldwin for Obstruction on Judicial Nominee Due to His Faith

Sen. Baldwin has a record of holding up Trump’s judicial nominees.

GOP Tax Scam Gifts Big Pharma a Massive Windfall, While Americans Struggle with Skyrocketing Drug Costs
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GOP Tax Scam Gifts Big Pharma a Massive Windfall, While Americans Struggle with Skyrocketing Drug Costs

The Republican U.S. Senate field has embraced the GOP tax law that hikes taxes on 53% of Americans and spikes health insurance premiums, while gifting billions to Big Pharma special interests

Leah Reaches 400+ Grassroots Wisconsin Endorsements
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Leah Reaches 400+ Grassroots Wisconsin Endorsements

Support for Leah’s campaign grows among local activists

Logsdon Campaign Announces Endorsements
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Logsdon Campaign Announces Endorsements

"I am very proud that so many hardworking, respected people have publicly endorsed my candidacy."

Republicans Caused Wisconsinites’ Spiking Health Care Costs
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Republicans Caused Wisconsinites’ Spiking Health Care Costs

Republicans Have Sole Ownership of Wisconsin’s Rising Health Insurance Premiums, a Result of Years of Sabotage and Undercutting the Affordable Care Act

Leah announces 300+ Wisconsin endorsements
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Leah announces 300+ Wisconsin endorsements

Leah has also been endorsed by former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Maggie’s List, RightNOW Women PAC and VIEW PAC.

Grassroots Unite Behind Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate
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Grassroots Unite Behind Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate

“Over the years, it’s been a pleasure to work with these strong grassroots conservatives to build the Republican Party in Wisconsin,” Leah said.

Op Ed: Let’s Get Real About Immigration
Op Ed

Let’s Get Real About Immigration

We need immigrant workers. Will the two parties find a middle ground?

Senate Passes Vukmir Bill to Save Wisconsinite’s Hard-Earned Money for Prescription Medications
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Senate Passes Vukmir Bill to Save Wisconsinite’s Hard-Earned Money for Prescription Medications

"Wisconsin families, and especially our seniors, are paying enormous costs for prescription medications."

Reince Priebus endorses Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate
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Reince Priebus endorses Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate

Priebus served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2011-2017.

Vukmir, Nygren Lead Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
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Vukmir, Nygren Lead Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

"It is critical that our communities have the tools necessary to combat the rising problems that stem from heroin abuse."

Leah Vukmir endorses Michael Screnock for State Supreme Court
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Leah Vukmir endorses Michael Screnock for State Supreme Court

"Judge Screnock holds the Constitution in the highest regard."

Data Wonk: Will Federal Tax Plan Succeed?
Data Wonk

Will Federal Tax Plan Succeed?

Past economic data suggests it won’t. And voters think it will fail.

Leah Vukmir Exceeds $400K Raised in 4th Quarter
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Leah Vukmir Exceeds $400K Raised in 4th Quarter

"I am pleased to announce this strong statement of support for my campaign."

ICYMI – RightNOW Women PAC Endorses Leah Vukmir
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ICYMI – RightNOW Women PAC Endorses Leah Vukmir

Over the weekend, RightNow Women PAC endorsed Leah Vukmir for U.S. Senate. Read more below...

The State of Politics: Top 10 State News Stories of 2017
The State of Politics

Top 10 State News Stories of 2017

Another historic year in Wisconsin politics created some big headlines.

Nicholson and Vukmir Endorse Cuts to Earned Benefits
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Nicholson and Vukmir Endorse Cuts to Earned Benefits

Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir embrace Paul Ryan's plans to cut earned benefits, including Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid

Op Ed: One Wisconsin Now’s 2018 Predictions
Op Ed

One Wisconsin Now’s 2018 Predictions

Some predictions are serious, but all are certainly fearless

Senate GOP Calls for Investigation into Organization They Dismantled Two Years Ago
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Senate GOP Calls for Investigation into Organization They Dismantled Two Years Ago

"This request of the Attorney General is an egregious abuse of power..."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Jim Sullivan Will Head County Parks
Eyes on Milwaukee

Jim Sullivan Will Head County Parks

Former state senator is new parks director, will be assisted by Jim Tarantino.

Murphy’s Law: 17 Biggest Mistakes by Brad Schimel
Murphy’s Law

17 Biggest Mistakes by Brad Schimel

Media feasting on problems in John Doe report. Here’s a scorecard of biggest goofs.

Data Wonk: The Many Errors of Brad Schimel
Data Wonk

The Many Errors of Brad Schimel

His sloppy report on John Doe leaks won’t help Attorney General’s reputation.

Save Our SeniorCare!
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Save Our SeniorCare!

Access to affordable prescription drugs keeps our seniors healthier and helps prevent unnecessary and costly hospital visits.

DPW Ads: Leah Vukmir & Kevin Nicholson Are “Roy Moore’s WI Enablers”
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DPW Ads: Leah Vukmir & Kevin Nicholson Are “Roy Moore’s WI Enablers”

Vukmir and Nicholson have stood silently by the Republican Party as it funds alleged serial sexual predator Roy Moore

Court Watch: Why John Doe Probe Saved Emails
Court Watch

Why John Doe Probe Saved Emails

And why Schimel report complaining about investigators could be wrong.

Leah Vukmir statement about unconstitutional John Doe raids in Wisconsin
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Leah Vukmir statement about unconstitutional John Doe raids in Wisconsin

"My privacy has been violated in such a brazen way by those who targeted me, my friends, and even my family."

Vukmir veterans’ tuition bill now law
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Vukmir veterans’ tuition bill now law

Walker signs bill to reimburse Guard members for full tuition

Governor Walker Signs Bills Supporting Veterans into Law at Applied Fab & Machining in Wausau
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Governor Walker Signs Bills Supporting Veterans into Law at Applied Fab & Machining in Wausau

"The proven skills, dedication, and work ethic of our veterans and service members illustrate their key role in keeping Wisconsin’s workforce strong and successful."

Back in the News: Will Roy Moore Embarrass Kevin Nicholson?
Back in the News

Will Roy Moore Embarrass Kevin Nicholson?

The Republican Senate candidate depends on Moore contributor Richard Uihlein.

Data Wonk: Is Waukesha County Becoming Less Red?
Data Wonk

Is Waukesha County Becoming Less Red?

Perhaps not, but legislative districts straddling its border are changing.

Murphy’s Law: Walker, Vukmir Court the Israel Lobby
Murphy’s Law

Walker, Vukmir Court the Israel Lobby

A great way to get donations from billionaires like Sheldon Adelson.

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?

Court Watch: Vukmir Bill Will Cause Prison Bed Shortage
Court Watch

Vukmir Bill Will Cause Prison Bed Shortage

State prisons already overcrowded; bill would add 1,800 inmates, cost $57 million per year.

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

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

Senate passes Vukmir bills to protect communities from repeat violent criminals
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Senate passes Vukmir bills to protect communities from repeat violent criminals

Senate Bills, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 passed, three of them with bipartisan support.

When it comes to protecting our children, Evers chooses to do nothing
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When it comes to protecting our children, Evers chooses to do nothing

"We can’t trust Evers to properly protect our schools, let alone improve them."

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements
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Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements

Elected officials, grassroots activists and business owners unite behind Leah

Vukmir, Rohrkaste lead bipartisan effort to lower drug prices
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Vukmir, Rohrkaste lead bipartisan effort to lower drug prices

Bill would allow for pharmacists to switch brand-name biologics for biosimilars

Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting
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Governor Walker Reaffirms Support for Israel, Prohibits Discriminatory Boycotts of Israel in State Contracting

"We stand firmly against discrimination in any form and we wholly support our friends in Israel."

Senate Republicans Attack the Health of Women Across Wisconsin
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Senate Republicans Attack the Health of Women Across Wisconsin

Anti-choice extremist U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is a sponsor

Mark Belling says Leah Vukmir is a real conservative who pushes the envelope
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Mark Belling says Leah Vukmir is a real conservative who pushes the envelope

Belling made a few comments about the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin dollars back Leah Vukmir in Senate race
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Wisconsin dollars back Leah Vukmir in Senate race

Leah announced earlier in October that she raised nearly $250,000 in the first three weeks of her campaign.

Vukmir And Nicholson Support Trump Limits to Women’s Healthcare Access
In just three weeks, Leah Vukmir raises nearly $250K
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In just three weeks, Leah Vukmir raises nearly $250K

Leah demonstrates fundraising strength to take on Tammy Baldwin

Vukmir, Kooyenga author bill to show Wisconsin’s strong support of Israel
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Vukmir, Kooyenga author bill to show Wisconsin’s strong support of Israel

The bill would also prohibit state agencies and local governments from establishing their own policies to boycott Israel.

One Wisconsin Now Calls for State Ethics Investigation of State Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Sleazy Fundraising Deal
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One Wisconsin Now Calls for State Ethics Investigation of State Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Sleazy Fundraising Deal

Taps Chair of WEDC Board, State Agency She Helps Oversee, to Shake Down Donors for Contributions for Her Run for U.S. Senate

Gamble with your safety? Barrett says YES.
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Gamble with your safety? Barrett says YES.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget jeopardizes police and fire funding for streetcar project

Leah Vukmir Unveils Finance Committee for U.S. Senate
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Leah Vukmir Unveils Finance Committee for U.S. Senate

Long-time Wisconsin GOP Donors Back Leah for Senate

Leah Vukmir Announces Steering Committee for U.S. Senate
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Leah Vukmir Announces Steering Committee for U.S. Senate

GOP Leaders across Wisconsin unite to support Leah

Murphy’s Law: Leah Vukmir Welcomes Your Hate
Murphy’s Law

Leah Vukmir Welcomes Your Hate

Or how to run for U.S. Senate in the land of scorched-earth politics.

Leah Vukmir leads vote to cut wages for Wisconsin workers
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Leah Vukmir leads vote to cut wages for Wisconsin workers

Late-night budget motion to eliminate prevailing wage would disproportionately harm veterans

Vukmir, Kuglitsch author bill to reimburse veterans for full tuition costs
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Vukmir, Kuglitsch author bill to reimburse veterans for full tuition costs

"Those who serve our country deserve the certainty that we will keep our promises to them."

Murphy’s Law: Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker
Murphy’s Law

Richard Uihlein, GOP Kingmaker

Should one billionaire dictate the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate?

Vukmir: The time is now for Foxconn
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Vukmir: The time is now for Foxconn

"Any reluctance to support this deal makes no sense to me."

The Contrarian: Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers
The Contrarian

Buyers’ Remorse for Voucher Backers

School choice backers donated generously to Walker, but he’s vacillated on the issue.

Vukmir echoes Walker encouraging Congress to give states block grants
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Vukmir echoes Walker encouraging Congress to give states block grants

"A successful repeal of Obamacare begins with the federal government handing over the reins to the states."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn Loves Wisconsin, Walker
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn Loves Wisconsin, Walker

Gou says governor is top reason Foxconn coming. Abele has county site in play.

Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King
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Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King

Did Kevin Nicholson support Rep. Dale Kooyenga and D.C. Leah's votes to raid millions from the funds available to take care of Wisconsin's elderly veterans?

Statement on Senate Health Care Developments
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Statement on Senate Health Care Developments

"In 2018, the voters will choose progressives who stood up to protect their health care."

Vukmir supports Senate GOP budget
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Vukmir supports Senate GOP budget

"Our constituents sent us here to hold the line on taxes. This budget does that and more."

What You Won’t Find in the Republican Senate Budget Proposal
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What You Won’t Find in the Republican Senate Budget Proposal

If you ask people across the state what the state should fund, most will tell you that we should fund our schools, our roads and essential services that keep us safe.

Campaign Cash: Hospitals Group Pays for Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

Hospitals Group Pays for Capitol Clout

Wisconsin Hospital Association spends millions on lobbying, campaign donations.

Senator Craig’s Statement on Chief Flynn’s Blame Game
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Senator Craig’s Statement on Chief Flynn’s Blame Game

"Chief Flynn is playing politics instead of fixing problems under his direct control"

Campaign Cash: Anthem Insurance Likes Republicans
Campaign Cash

Anthem Insurance Likes Republicans

Pulling out of Obamacare, giving almost $175,000 to GOP politicians.

Senate Passes Bill to Combat Motor Vehicle Thefts
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Senate Passes Bill to Combat Motor Vehicle Thefts

Between 2013 and 2015, incidents of motor vehicle thefts increased 50%.

Will Gov. Scott Walker Stand Up For Vulnerable Wisconsinites At Risk Of Losing Health Care Insurance?
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Will Gov. Scott Walker Stand Up For Vulnerable Wisconsinites At Risk Of Losing Health Care Insurance?

It's been widely reported that Senate Republicans are drafting their version of Trumpcare behind closed doors.

Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process
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Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process

Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga Fail To Get The Job Done

Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today
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Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today

Cost of Their Own Schooling May Explain Ignorance of Student Loan Debt Crisis, But it Doesn’t Excuse Their Refusal to Help

Continued state cigarette subsidy for Native American tribes disappointing
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Continued state cigarette subsidy for Native American tribes disappointing

$68.7 million subsidy ought to go to bolster public safety, Alderman Donovan says

New Republican ‘Safe Spaces for Racists’ Legislation Threatens Students With Expulsion for Declaring Hate Speech Not Welcome on Campuses
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New Republican ‘Safe Spaces for Racists’ Legislation Threatens Students With Expulsion for Declaring Hate Speech Not Welcome on Campuses

U.S. Senate Hopeful Leah Vukmir Out to Prove She Can Make a Bad Idea Even Worse

Op Ed: The Freedom to Work For Less
Op Ed

The Freedom to Work For Less

New labor law by Walker and GOP is all about “freedom”... Not.

Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons

Abele Blasts State on Juvenile Prisons

State wants 21% hike in fees and more inmates at failing prisons.

D.C. Leah Hits Corrupt Washington Lobbying Group For Campaign Cash
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D.C. Leah Hits Corrupt Washington Lobbying Group For Campaign Cash

"D.C. Leah is going above and beyond to show her interests lie with powerful D.C. special interest..."

Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Repeals Minimum Markup
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Repeals Minimum Markup

But business, tourism interests back current law on "unfair sales."

MacIver Institute applauds introduction of minimum markup bill
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MacIver Institute applauds introduction of minimum markup bill

Will Wisconsin consumers finally see relief from government-mandated higher prices?

Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law
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Governor Walker Signs Project Labor Agreement Legislation Into Law

The bill explicitly prohibits state and local governments from requiring a bidder on a public works project to enter into an agreement with a labor organization.

Campaign Cash: Kochs Support Prevailing Wage Bill
Campaign Cash

Kochs Support Prevailing Wage Bill

GOP bill pushed by ALEC and group's treasurer, Sen Leah Vukmir.

Is this a Senate race or a yacht sale?
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Is this a Senate race or a yacht sale?

Even conservative radio personality, Mark Belling, is unimpressed with the current slate of candidates.

Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Ugly Record On Equal Pay
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Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Ugly Record On Equal Pay

In 2009, then-Rep. Leah Vukmir voted against the Democratic-led legislature making it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court.

Campaign Cash: Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550
Campaign Cash

Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550

The two nominees also gave more than $64,000 to other candidates.

Just Call Her ‘D.C. Leah’
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Just Call Her ‘D.C. Leah’

Vukmir Kicks off Senate Campaign with Lobbyists, Elite in DC

Republican Extremists Eye Fetal Tissue Bill for the Second Straight Legislative Session
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Republican Extremists Eye Fetal Tissue Bill for the Second Straight Legislative Session

"Not only is this proposal out of touch with the needs of everyday Wisconsinites, it does nothing to move our state forward."

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

In non-public meeting they approve 31% raise in their per day expenses.

Campaign Cash: GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors
Campaign Cash

GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors

Lawyers paid $2.1 million to defend gerrymandering, give $76,000 to politicians.

Campaign Cash: Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill
Campaign Cash

Kochs, Big Business Back Anti-Union Bill

They spent $24 million on campaigns. Bill targets union construction projects.

The State of Politics: 11 Predictions for 2017 Politics
The State of Politics

11 Predictions for 2017 Politics

Scott Fitzgerald gets Trump appointment, redistricting is upheld and more.

Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader
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Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader

“I am honored to once again be representing this group of outstanding conservative leaders and thrilled to be growing our ranks for the upcoming legislative session.”

Murphy’s Law: The Legend of Leah Vukmir
Murphy’s Law

The Legend of Leah Vukmir

Once considered a horrible legislator, she’s now one of the Capitol’s “heaviest hitters.”

The State of Politics: Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate
The State of Politics

Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate

Eight or nine senators could dictate much of Gov. Walker's 2017-19 state budget.

Data Wonk: The Decline of Reaganism
Data Wonk

The Decline of Reaganism

The Church of the Gipper is defied by Donald Trump. Will Republicans adjust their ideology?

Republicans’ Plan: Tax Breaks For Millionaires and Tax Increases For Local Property Owners
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Republicans’ Plan: Tax Breaks For Millionaires and Tax Increases For Local Property Owners

“Is this really the Senate Republicans’ plan?”

Data Wonk: Road Map To Economic Failure
Data Wonk

Road Map To Economic Failure

Why has Walker’s jobs plan failed? And why won’t he change his approach?

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

Acts 154 - 199.

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.

Op-Ed: GAB Head Refutes Republican Attacks
Op-Ed

GAB Head Refutes Republican Attacks

Point by point, he refutes lead attacker, GOP state Sen. Leah Vukmir.

Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters
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Lawmakers give go-ahead to new $180 million DOT headquarters

The State of Politics: How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB
The State of Politics

How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB

Government Accountability Board will be scrapped in favor of weaker commissions.

The State of Politics: Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal
The State of Politics

Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

Joint Finance Committee needs nine of 16 members to approve it. That could be tough.

AFP Releases Open Letter To Joint Finance Committee On Prevailing Wage
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AFP Releases Open Letter To Joint Finance Committee On Prevailing Wage

Time to Step Up And Send Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill To Governor's Desk

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.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of ALEC
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of ALEC

The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council, long a big influence on state legislatures and Wisconsin, is bleeding business support.

The State of Politics: More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs
The State of Politics

More Women Run for Top Capitol Jobs

The number of women candidates running for state Capitol jobs is coming back.

The State of Politics: Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash
The State of Politics

Unopposed Legislators Still Love Campaign Cash

Retiring and unopposed legislators are sitting on $1.2 million in donations.

The State of Politics: The Coming War Against Common Core
The State of Politics

The Coming War Against Common Core

Top priority for Republican legislators next year is to kill Common Core educational standards.

The State of Politics: Few Competitive Legislative Races
The State of Politics

Few Competitive Legislative Races

Redistricting has reduced the number of competitive districts for fall elections.

County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care
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County Executive Abele Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Bill to Improve Mental Health Care

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks Governor Scott Walker for signing a bill today that will create an independent board of experts to oversee Milwaukee County’s Behavioral Health Hospital.

Supervisor Taylor Welcomes State Bill Concerning County Mental Health Care Changes But Believes it Does Not Go Far Enough
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Supervisor Taylor Welcomes State Bill Concerning County Mental Health Care Changes But Believes it Does Not Go Far Enough

The State of Wisconsin has in the past successfully taken over administration of certain functions of Milwaukee County government, such as the Income Maintenance Program.

Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. QUESTIONS Bill on Mental Health
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Supervisor Michael Mayo, Sr. QUESTIONS Bill on Mental Health

Says Legislation Could Reduce Accountability, Looks Like More of the Same; He Questions How It Will Help Patients

Murphy’s Law: Democratic Wedge Issues
Murphy’s Law

Democratic Wedge Issues

Republicans are out of step on issues like same sex marriage and medical marijuana.

Op-Ed: Don’t Take Away Our School Buildings
Op-Ed

Don’t Take Away Our School Buildings

Republican bill would force MPS to sell buildings used to expand successful schools like Golda Meir.

Lazich, August, Fitzgerald and Vos Still Silent on Redistricting Reform Public Hearings As Support & Pressure Builds
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Lazich, August, Fitzgerald and Vos Still Silent on Redistricting Reform Public Hearings As Support & Pressure Builds

Their Silence Underscores Need for an End to Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Republicans join Koch Brothers, opposing actions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

Democrats continue to underestimate Walker, even as he radically transforms the state.

The Roundup: Liz Cheney to Open Bush-Cheney Office Here
The Roundup

Liz Cheney to Open Bush-Cheney Office Here

If you are over by Mayfair Monday, you can drop by the grand opening of the Bush–Cheney’04 Wisconsin Headquarters, 2222 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa.  The opening is open to the press, and Liz Cheney will be available for interviews. The event is at noon and features such other dignitaries as Rep. Leah Vukmir, Rep. Mark […]