Robin J. Vos (Rep.), 63rd Assembly District

Born Burlington, July 5, 1968. Graduate Burlington H.S. 1986; UW-Whitewater 1991. Owner of several small businesses. Former congressional district director; former legislative assistant. Member: Rotary Club (past pres.); Racine/Kenosha Farm Bureau; Knights of Columbus; Racine Co. Rep. Party; Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce; Union Grove Chamber of Commerce; Burlington Chamber of Commerce. UW Board of Regents 1989-91. Racine Co. Board 1994-2004 (former chp. of Finance and Personnel Com.).

Elected to Assembly since 2004. Speaker of the Assembly 2015, 2013. Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Assembly Organization (chp., also 2013); Jt. Com. on Legis. Organization (co-chp., also 2013); Jt. Com. on Employment Relations (co-chp. 2013, mbr. 2011); Rules (vice chp., also 2013); Jt. Legislative Council (since 2009). 2011 — Jt. Com. on Finance (co-chp., mbr. since 2007); Jt. Com. on Audit. 2009 — Insurance. 2007 — Elections and Constitutional Law (vice chp. eff. 1/3/08); Jobs and the Economy (eff. 1/17/08).

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-3387; (888) 534-0063 (toll free); Fax: (608) 282-3663; District: (262) 514-2597.
Internet: SpeakerVos.com
E-mail: Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: 960 Rock Ridge Road, Burlington 53105.
Mailing address: Office: Room 211 West, State Capitol, P.O. Box 8953, Madison 53708.

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Republicans Appeal Court Order Protecting Top State Election Official

Republicans Appeal Court Order Protecting Top State Election Official

Dane County judge ruled that GOP legislators can't remove Meagan Wolfe from office.

Op Ed: Democrats Optimistic About New Voting Maps
Op Ed

Democrats Optimistic About New Voting Maps

'This is a sea change in Wisconsin politics.'

Wisconsin’s Medicaid Postpartum Protection Lags Most States

Wisconsin’s Medicaid Postpartum Protection Lags Most States

Legislature has refused to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, with harmful results.

The State of Politics: Parties Seek New Candidates in New Districts
The State of Politics

Parties Seek New Candidates in New Districts

New state legislative maps means races are the fairest and most wide open in 12 years.

State of the Tribes Speech Emphasizes Diversity

State of the Tribes Speech Emphasizes Diversity

Potawatomi chairman James Crawford notes diversity of 11 tribes and their common needs.

Ethics Investigators Recommend Felony Charges Against Trump Committee, Rep. Brandtjen

Ethics Investigators Recommend Felony Charges Against Trump Committee, Rep. Brandtjen

Groups are alleged to skirted campaign finance laws in primary challenge against Vos.

A Better Wisconsin Together Slams Assembly Republicans for Packing up Early, Leaving Much Undone for Wisconsin Families
Department of Public Instruction Asks Lawmakers To Approve New Reading Curriculum

Department of Public Instruction Asks Lawmakers To Approve New Reading Curriculum

Proposal overrides the Literacy Council, which DPI says failed to meet deadlines.

Statement on Legislative Maps Being Signed into Law
Evers Signs Legislative Maps Into Law, Ending Court Fight

Evers Signs Legislative Maps Into Law, Ending Court Fight

Maps reduce GOP's advantage, GOP avoids court drawing new maps via gerrymandering lawsuit.

Wisconsin Democrats on Enactment of New Legislative Maps
Republicans’ Medical Marijuana Bill Is Likely Dead

Republicans’ Medical Marijuana Bill Is Likely Dead

Election-year proposal doesn't find support in Senate.

Assembly Passes Bill To Protect Judges’ Privacy

Assembly Passes Bill To Protect Judges’ Privacy

Proponents say it protects judge's when at home, opponents say it limits free speech.

Bill Would Require Breathalyzers For Convicted Drunk Drivers

Bill Would Require Breathalyzers For Convicted Drunk Drivers

Sen. Chris Larson has introduced a similar measure 7 times

Assembly Advances Constitutional Amendment Banning Use of Race in Government Hiring

Assembly Advances Constitutional Amendment Banning Use of Race in Government Hiring

Supporters criticize DEI initiatives. Opponents say issue is manufactured.

Bill Requires UW ‘Automatic Admission’

Bill Requires UW ‘Automatic Admission’

Legislature passes mandate for UW-Madison to accept top 5% of high school grads, other universities the top 10%.

Republicans Pass Evers’ Legislative Maps

Republicans Pass Evers’ Legislative Maps

Governor had promised to sign such a bill. Democrats warn of trickery.

Republicans Cannot Be Trusted with WI’s Redistricting Process
State Supreme Court Takes Up Evers Lawsuit Against ‘Legislative Vetoes’

State Supreme Court Takes Up Evers Lawsuit Against ‘Legislative Vetoes’

Did Legislature unlawfully withhold funding for UW pay raises, conservation funding?

Evers Signs Bills Releasing UW Pay Hikes

Evers Signs Bills Releasing UW Pay Hikes

GOP legislators withheld pay raises to force cuts in DEI staff, hirings.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Consultants Rule Out Republican-Drawn Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Consultants Rule Out Republican-Drawn Maps

In first public release, court consultants say GOP maps "don't deserve further consideration."

Legislative Hearing a Debate Over DEI

Legislative Hearing a Debate Over DEI

Proposed constitutional amendment bars 'preferential treatment' by state offices, universities.

Bill Holds Back Students Who Miss More Than 30 Days of School

Bill Holds Back Students Who Miss More Than 30 Days of School

Policy from Speaker Vos's Task Force on Truancy would affect public and private schools.

Speaker Vos Statement on Evers’ Veto
The State of Politics: Evers Silent on New GOP Tax Plan
The State of Politics

Evers Silent on New GOP Tax Plan

Latest Republican plan tailored to meet governor's past comments. How will he respond?

Republican Bill Would Fund Free Speech Office For UW System

Republican Bill Would Fund Free Speech Office For UW System

Proposal follows survey that found "very conservative" students felt pushed to conform.

Hoping To Avoid Court Drawing Them, GOP Approves New Legislative Maps

Hoping To Avoid Court Drawing Them, GOP Approves New Legislative Maps

But Gov. Tony Evers said he will veto proposal, which leaves Wisconsin Supreme Court in control.

Republicans Offer Revised Tax Cut Plan

Republicans Offer Revised Tax Cut Plan

'Governor, we heard you and we look forward to your signature' on this bill.

Evers Will Offer Free Contraceptives for Badger Care Recipients

Evers Will Offer Free Contraceptives for Badger Care Recipients

Governor proposes state initiatives on mental health and reproductive care.

Evers Offers Roadmap for Workforce, Environment and Health Agenda

Evers Offers Roadmap for Workforce, Environment and Health Agenda

Vos says governor's State of the State speech 'didn't have a lot of new ideas.'

Experts Analyze Medical Marijuana Bill

Experts Analyze Medical Marijuana Bill

Based on Minnesota plan, 'one of most restrictive and expensive programs in the country.'

WEC Leader Urges 2024 Candidates ‘Tell the Truth’ About Elections

WEC Leader Urges 2024 Candidates ‘Tell the Truth’ About Elections

Meagan Wolfe says false claims make it hard for Elections Commission to do its job.

The State of Politics: Republicans Fearful of New District Maps
The State of Politics

Republicans Fearful of New District Maps

Under one proposed map, incumbent Republicans would have to run against each other.

Murphy’s Law: Who Are These Guys?
Murphy’s Law

Who Are These Guys?

Who filed second gerrymandering lawsuit and why? Nine questions the case raises.

Effort To Impeach State Elections Chief Stifled By Assembly

Effort To Impeach State Elections Chief Stifled By Assembly

Trump ally, Rep. Janet Brandtjen shouted repeatedly for recognition, ruled out of order.

Bill Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession Under 14 Grams

Bill Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession Under 14 Grams

Bipartisan bill creates a standard $100 fine for possession of a half ounce or less.

Conservative Activists Target Assembly Speaker Vos With Recall

Conservative Activists Target Assembly Speaker Vos With Recall

Racine County representative faces recall for not backing Trump's theories, impeaching Wolfe.

GOP Proposal Supports Small, State-Run Medical Marijuana Program

GOP Proposal Supports Small, State-Run Medical Marijuana Program

A plan for five state-run dispensaries with 'tight controls,' says Republican legislator.

The State of Politics: 2024 Political Calendar Is Jam Packed
The State of Politics

2024 Political Calendar Is Jam Packed

Lots of deadlines and dates culminating in presidential election where Wisconsin's vote could be crucial.

Brewery Owner Sues To Have Trump Tossed From Wisconsin Ballot

Brewery Owner Sues To Have Trump Tossed From Wisconsin Ballot

Kirk Bangstad's lawsuit comes after Election Commission denied his challenge.

Evers Willing To Compromise With Republicans On Marijuana

Evers Willing To Compromise With Republicans On Marijuana

But governor says that compromise depends on outcome of legislative maps process.

Supreme Court’s Redistricting Consultants Will Cost Up To $200,000

Supreme Court’s Redistricting Consultants Will Cost Up To $200,000

Two college professors are each being paid $450 per hour.

Murphy’s Law: Can Republicans Delay Redistricting?
Murphy’s Law

Can Republicans Delay Redistricting?

They’re certainly trying. How will state Supreme Court respond?

Possible Revival For Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee Commuter Rail Line

Possible Revival For Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee Commuter Rail Line

KRM project, killed in 2011, would connect lakefront communities in southern Wisconsin.

The State of Politics: Top 10 State Government Stories of 2023
The State of Politics

Top 10 State Government Stories of 2023

A year filled with surprises and big stories, led by the election of Janet Protasiewicz to Supreme Court.

What To Expect in 2024 Legislative Session

What To Expect in 2024 Legislative Session

Issues could include DEI, child care, medical marijuana and abortion referendum, Assembly leaders say.

Back in the News: MAGA Republicans Hate Robin Vos
Back in the News

MAGA Republicans Hate Robin Vos

Assembly Speaker confesses he regrets hiring Gableman: 'He was way wackier than I thought.'

The State of Politics: Funding Power Gives GOP Victory in DEI Fight
The State of Politics

Funding Power Gives GOP Victory in DEI Fight

Why regents, Democrats were defeated by Vos and Republicans.

Now Serving: THC Has Become Alcohol Alternative
Now Serving

THC Has Become Alcohol Alternative

A whole different kind of drink. Plus: Biggby Coffee comes to Downtown, Brooks' Balanced Kitchen closes and Milwaukee's oldest bar returns.

Speaker Vos Statement on SCOWIS Decision
Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

But now comes the challenge of creating new maps. Court first gives task to Governor, Legislature.

Speaker Vos Says He Expects Court To Throw Out Legislative Maps, Impeachment Unlikely

Speaker Vos Says He Expects Court To Throw Out Legislative Maps, Impeachment Unlikely

"We're going to get maps," says Vos of pending Wisconsin Supreme Court lawsuit.

UW Pay Raises Approved After Nearly 6-Month GOP Blockade

UW Pay Raises Approved After Nearly 6-Month GOP Blockade

Some 34,000 workers had to wait since July for standoff on DEI issue to be settled.

Vos Says UW Deal Is ‘First Step’ To End ‘Cancerous’ Diversity Practices

Vos Says UW Deal Is ‘First Step’ To End ‘Cancerous’ Diversity Practices

Assembly Speaker used his power to force UW system changes on diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

LIT Condemns Reversed Vote by Board of Regents to Gut DEI Positions at University of Wisconsin Campuses
Gov. Evers Releases Statement Regarding Board of Regents Vote Tonight
UW Regents Backtrack, Take Republican DEI Deal

UW Regents Backtrack, Take Republican DEI Deal

Regents vote to accept limits to DEI programs in return for pay raises for 34,000 employees and new engineering building.

UW Regents Schedule Do-Over Vote Wednesday on Deal With Republicans

UW Regents Schedule Do-Over Vote Wednesday on Deal With Republicans

Board narrowly rejected controversial deal Saturday on DEI, employee raises and engineering building.

How Diverse Are UW System Campuses?

How Diverse Are UW System Campuses?

Diversity has improved, but underrepresented minorities are still less than 15%.

Op Ed: UW President Jay Rothman Should Resign
Op Ed

UW President Jay Rothman Should Resign

If not, Gov. Evers should call for the Board of Regents to remove him.

UW Regents Consult Attorneys In Fight Over DEI, Pay Raises

UW Regents Consult Attorneys In Fight Over DEI, Pay Raises

Evers has sued Legislature on issue. GOP legislators threaten to remove some regents.

Op Ed: Wisconsin a Major Front in War Against Democracy
Op Ed

Wisconsin a Major Front in War Against Democracy

Report identifies Wisconsin and North Carolina as leaders in this ugly movement.

UW Board of Regents Rejects Compromise on DEI, Pay Raises

UW Board of Regents Rejects Compromise on DEI, Pay Raises

9-8 vote a rare rebuke. Regents call it bad precedent and 'divisive...polarizing.'

Assembly Republicans Respond to Board of Regents Vote
UW System Strikes Deal With Vos On Diversity, Equity Measures

UW System Strikes Deal With Vos On Diversity, Equity Measures

Assembly Speaker blocked raises, engineering building over DEI efforts.

DEI Deal Struck with Universities
Evers Vetoes Bill Blocking Gender Affirming Medical Care

Evers Vetoes Bill Blocking Gender Affirming Medical Care

Governor blocks GOP proposal to ban gender-affirming care for minors.

DACA Recipients Could Get In-State Tuition, Professional Licenses Under Bipartisan Proposal

DACA Recipients Could Get In-State Tuition, Professional Licenses Under Bipartisan Proposal

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers have previously blocked proposals to help DREAMers.

Public Unions Challenge Act 10 In New Lawsuit

Public Unions Challenge Act 10 In New Lawsuit

Seeing liberal control of court, unions seeking to overturn Scott Walker's signature legislation.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit About Assembly Speaker’s Impeachment Panel

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit About Assembly Speaker’s Impeachment Panel

Judge says Vos, panel violated open meeting laws, but lawsuit was filed prematurely.

Council, Mayor Bickered On Brewers Deal

Council, Mayor Bickered On Brewers Deal

Council president said no more than $1 million, mayor said council was undermining city's negotiating position.

Statement on Redistricting Case
Nearly 1,000 MPS Students Haven’t Attended A Single Day of School This Year

Nearly 1,000 MPS Students Haven’t Attended A Single Day of School This Year

District Attorney's office doesn't have capacity to prosecute all the truancy cases.

The State of Politics: LeMahieu Grows Into Majority Leader Role
The State of Politics

LeMahieu Grows Into Majority Leader Role

Republican Senate leader has worked at times with Democrats to get legislation passed.

New Study Analyzes Ways City, County Could Share Services, Save Money

New Study Analyzes Ways City, County Could Share Services, Save Money

"Promising possibilities" says Wisconsin Policy Forum report.

83% Of Public Schools in State Met Expectations on Tests

83% Of Public Schools in State Met Expectations on Tests

State report card also shows 80% of private choice schools met expectations.

Bill Prevents Domestic Violence Offenders From Carrying Guns

Bill Prevents Domestic Violence Offenders From Carrying Guns

Democratic proposal addresses 'dangerous loophole' in current gun laws.

Microsoft, State Announce Massive Data Center Expansion, Land Purchase

Microsoft, State Announce Massive Data Center Expansion, Land Purchase

Company will own more land than Foxconn in Racine County business park.

Court Orders Former Judge Roggensack To Produce Records Used To Advise Vos On Impeachment

Court Orders Former Judge Roggensack To Produce Records Used To Advise Vos On Impeachment

Lawsuit challenges shrouded nature of how 3 judges guided Vos on possibly impeaching Judge Protasiewicz.

Republican Lawmakers Ask Judge To Compel Replacement Of Elections Administrator

Republican Lawmakers Ask Judge To Compel Replacement Of Elections Administrator

Move is another attempt to remove Meagan Wolfe.

Bipartisan Proposal To Allow Early Counting Of Absentee Ballots Passes Assembly

Bipartisan Proposal To Allow Early Counting Of Absentee Ballots Passes Assembly

Proposal intended to end late night results release. Assembly endorses several other election changes.

Data Wonk: Meagan Wolfe Impeachment Effort Shows Power of MAGA Republicans
Data Wonk

Meagan Wolfe Impeachment Effort Shows Power of MAGA Republicans

A 2022 primary challenge and an unprecedented impeachment challenge are signs of far-right control of GOP.

Poll Shows Biden-Trump Toss Up In Wisconsin, But Others Outperform Trump

Poll Shows Biden-Trump Toss Up In Wisconsin, But Others Outperform Trump

Latest Marquette University Law School poll shows preference for Haley, DeSantis versus Biden.

Assembly Proposal Shakes Up UW System

Assembly Proposal Shakes Up UW System

Automatic enrollment, stripping racial preferences, adding free speech rules.

Milwaukee Seeks Change In State Law To Fight Reckless Driving

Milwaukee Seeks Change In State Law To Fight Reckless Driving

Mayor Cavalier Johnson signs Alderman Lamont Westmoreland's proposal, calls for legislative action.

The State of Politics: Major Changes Loom To Wisconsin’s Elections
The State of Politics

Major Changes Loom To Wisconsin’s Elections

And they're proposed in an election year that is already predicted to be "rocky."

After Campaign Shames Him, Vos Advances Impeachment of Elections Administrator

After Campaign Shames Him, Vos Advances Impeachment of Elections Administrator

Speaker advances legislation to impeach Meagan Wolfe.

Legislative Democrats Push Health Care Agenda

Legislative Democrats Push Health Care Agenda

Proposal is a statement of Democrat priorities, despite the fact that GOP will likely block adoption.

A Better Wisconsin Together Commends Governor Evers’ Legal Action Against GOP Controlled Legislature
Gov. Evers Sues Republican Lawmakers

Gov. Evers Sues Republican Lawmakers

Suit comes after string of decisions have blocked UW pay raises, blocked new building code rules and halted conservation projects.

Speaker Vos Statement on Evers’ Lawsuit
Court Injunction Prevents Ouster of Election Administrator, At Least For Now

Court Injunction Prevents Ouster of Election Administrator, At Least For Now

Dane County grants temporary protection for Meagan Wolfe's job while case plays out.

Gov. Evers Sues Legislative Republicans for Violating Wisconsin Constitution
Press Release

Gov. Evers Sues Legislative Republicans for Violating Wisconsin Constitution

Governor files suit against Wisconsin State Legislature for unconstitutionally obstructing basic government functions, including blocking already-approved pay raises for about 35,000 UW System employees

Mayor Calls For Action on Gun Laws

Mayor Calls For Action on Gun Laws

Though homicides down 20% this year, non-fatal shootings are up. Guns a key part of problem, Johnson says.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Bullying Isn’t Working
Murphy’s Law

Republican Bullying Isn’t Working

Tactic is backfiring as Democrats and public officials resist.

Bill Prevents Write-In Campaigns by Losing Primary Candidates

Bill Prevents Write-In Campaigns by Losing Primary Candidates

'Sore loser bill' follows write-in campaign that nearly defeated Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

Will Senate Oppose Brewers $546 Million Subsidy?

Will Senate Oppose Brewers $546 Million Subsidy?

Easily passed Assembly, but facing bipartisan opposition in the Senate.

MMAC Shares Achievements, Addresses Challenges, Looks to the Future During 162nd All-Member Meeting
Press Release

MMAC Shares Achievements, Addresses Challenges, Looks to the Future During 162nd All-Member Meeting

MMAC announces changes in leadership; board members address school funding; workplace equity numbers improve; mayor, county executive honored

Republicans Endorse Raises For All State Employees, Except UW System Workers

Republicans Endorse Raises For All State Employees, Except UW System Workers

Raise denial is latest salvo in fight over UW System's diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Assembly Approves Brewers Subsidy, Sends Deal To Senate

Assembly Approves Brewers Subsidy, Sends Deal To Senate

Proposal calls for $546 million in city, county and state funding.

GOP Legislators Admit They Can’t Fire Top Elections Official

GOP Legislators Admit They Can’t Fire Top Elections Official

In court filing Republican leaders say vote to fire Meagan Wolfe was 'symbolic.'

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule on State’s Voting Maps Fight?

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule on State’s Voting Maps Fight?

Robin Vos warns high court will have 'last word.' Experts have their doubts.

The State of Politics: Why Protasiewicz Decided Not to Recuse
The State of Politics

Why Protasiewicz Decided Not to Recuse

Her 47-page decision makes strong argument against any justice recusing.

New Brewers Subsidy Substantially Better For City, County

New Brewers Subsidy Substantially Better For City, County

New deal calls for study of Beer District concept, reduces county contribution, introduces new funding source.

Partyline Vote Approves Ban On Gender-Affirmation Procedures, Sports Participation For Transgender Kids
Statement from Mayor Cavalier Johnson Regarding Brewers Stadium Maintenance Funding
Vos Says Impeaching Janet Protasiewicz Still An Option

Vos Says Impeaching Janet Protasiewicz Still An Option

Two former justices advised Assembly Speaker not to pursue it.

Wisconsin Democrats on GOP Impeachment Threats
More than 250 WI Medical Professionals Call on Assembly Republican Leaders to Cease Impeachment Threats Against Justice Protasiewicz
Press Release

More than 250 WI Medical Professionals Call on Assembly Republican Leaders to Cease Impeachment Threats Against Justice Protasiewicz

Physicians Urge Speaker Vos to Allow Will of Voters, Including on Abortion, to Stand

Data Wonk: How Gerrymanders Hurt Both Parties
Data Wonk

How Gerrymanders Hurt Both Parties

Making political parties in state and nation more extreme, unrepresentative.

Republicans Back Off On Impeaching Protasiewicz

Republicans Back Off On Impeaching Protasiewicz

Former justice Prosser advises Vos against it. Some GOP state senators agree.

Fair Maps Advocates Condemn GOP Redistricting Plan

Fair Maps Advocates Condemn GOP Redistricting Plan

Still battling, Vos says U.S. Supreme Court will make Protasiewicz recuse.

Wisconsin Democrats on Findings of Secret GOP Impeachment Panel
Murphy’s Law: 9 Obstacles To a Brewers Deal
Murphy’s Law

9 Obstacles To a Brewers Deal

No audit. Voter anger. Politicians renegotiating deal. The list goes on.

Speaker Vos Statement on Protasiewicz’s Refusal to Recuse
State Officials “More Than Likely” To Reduce Local Contribution To Ballpark Subsidy

State Officials “More Than Likely” To Reduce Local Contribution To Ballpark Subsidy

City and county would otherwise be forced to pick up $200 million of $600 million tab, cut services.

Vos Won’t Attempt To Impeach Elections Administrator Until Lawsuit Finished

Vos Won’t Attempt To Impeach Elections Administrator Until Lawsuit Finished

Senate President Chris Kapenga has asked the Assembly to start process.

Prosser Won’t Name Others Advising On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Prosser Won’t Name Others Advising On Protasiewicz Impeachment

American Oversight has sued, demanding Vos name other members of panel.

GOP Bill Would Ban Gender-Affirming Health Care For Minors

GOP Bill Would Ban Gender-Affirming Health Care For Minors

Wisconsin lawmakers circulating bill that targets medical providers for providing hormone therapy, other treatments.

Murphy’s Law: The Legal Trickery of Robin Vos
Murphy’s Law

The Legal Trickery of Robin Vos

Using every pseudo-legal tactic to fight fair maps and muzzle Justice Protasiewicz.

Data Wonk: The Impact of Impeachment Threats
Data Wonk

The Impact of Impeachment Threats

Republicans seek to scare Justice Protasiewicz and elections overseer Meagan Wolfe into following their dictates.

Preserve Our Parks Calls on Governor Evers to Oppose Inequitable Funding Formula for Support of Brewers Baseball Stadium
Murphy’s Law: How Much Do Brewers Benefit Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

How Much Do Brewers Benefit Milwaukee?

Vos claims city is the biggest beneficiary. Really? Let’s look at the numbers.

State Superintendent, GOP Legislators Duel Over Education

State Superintendent, GOP Legislators Duel Over Education

Underly defends DEI, public schools; Republicans push culture war, school choice.

In 40 Seconds Republicans Kill Evers’ Special Session on Child Care

In 40 Seconds Republicans Kill Evers’ Special Session on Child Care

Republicans take no action on governor's proposal. Evers 'not surprised.'

Taxpayers Paying For Both Sides of Senate Lawsuit Over Redistricting

Taxpayers Paying For Both Sides of Senate Lawsuit Over Redistricting

Democrats and Republicans both charging State of Wisconsin for redistricting legal fight.

State Reviewing Milwaukee Business’s Suspicious Use of Pandemic Grant

State Reviewing Milwaukee Business’s Suspicious Use of Pandemic Grant

Owner Cynthia Brown has connections to state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Data Wonk: The Power of Wisconsin’s Gerrymander
Data Wonk

The Power of Wisconsin’s Gerrymander

Recent election results show how entrenched the Republican advantage is.

Milwaukee Still Paying $1 Million Per Year For Brewers Stadium

Milwaukee Still Paying $1 Million Per Year For Brewers Stadium

New request for $2.5 million annually comes as city still paying prior costs

Murphy’s Law: Robin Vos Sticks It To Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

Robin Vos Sticks It To Milwaukee

He gives Brewers more than they wanted and makes only Democratic parts of metro area pay for it.

Vos Threatens UW Pay Raises Unless Campuses Eliminate DEI Staff

Vos Threatens UW Pay Raises Unless Campuses Eliminate DEI Staff

$100 million already approved in state budget could be withheld.

Sen. Carpenter Says Milwaukee and Wisconsin Deserve a Better Deal
The State of Politics: Parties Bicker Over How to Do Iowa-Style Redistricting
The State of Politics

Parties Bicker Over How to Do Iowa-Style Redistricting

Democrats charge that Vos plan will hand ultimate power to Republican legislators.

Mayor Johnson Responds To Stadium Funding Deal

Mayor Johnson Responds To Stadium Funding Deal

Milwaukee wants to see development by Brewers and no taxation without representation.

Republicans Unveil Brewers Funding Plan With $600 Million In State, Local Taxes

Republicans Unveil Brewers Funding Plan With $600 Million In State, Local Taxes

Milwaukee would end up paying more for stadium than it did the first time.

With Lawsuits Pending, Assembly Republicans Approve Redistricting Changes

With Lawsuits Pending, Assembly Republicans Approve Redistricting Changes

Fight over gerrymandering now moves to Senate.

Senate Votes To Fire Elections Commissioner, Triggering Legal Fight

Senate Votes To Fire Elections Commissioner, Triggering Legal Fight

Republicans vote to fire Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Megan Wolfe, AG Kaul says vote is illegal.

Speaker Vos Consulting Former Supreme Court Justices On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Speaker Vos Consulting Former Supreme Court Justices On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Move comes as Republicans rush to push through redistricting alternative.

Facing Court Challenge, Republicans Offer Drastic Redistricting Proposal

Facing Court Challenge, Republicans Offer Drastic Redistricting Proposal

After opposing it for years, Vos says state should adopt Iowa-style nonpartisan process.

Ad Campaign Targets Republicans on Protasiewicz Impeachment

Ad Campaign Targets Republicans on Protasiewicz Impeachment

Six-figure ad buy by Republican Accountability Project targets GOP districts.

Back In News: County Voters Oppose Brewers Bailout
Back In News

County Voters Oppose Brewers Bailout

Poll finds residents oppose subsidy by 2-1 margin, could make a deal even tougher to sell.

Judicial Commission Dismisses Complaints Against Protasiewicz

Judicial Commission Dismisses Complaints Against Protasiewicz

Her campaign comments on redistricting did not violate judicial code of ethics.

Democrats Launch $4 Million Blitz to Oppose Protasiewicz’s Impeachment

Democrats Launch $4 Million Blitz to Oppose Protasiewicz’s Impeachment

Party plans 'multi-pronged statewide campaign' to defend Supreme Court Justice.

The State of Politics: Tax Cut, Brewers Aid Top Legislative Agenda
The State of Politics

Tax Cut, Brewers Aid Top Legislative Agenda

GOP plan for $2.9 million tax cut could use up most of remaining state surplus.

Audit Says WEDC Didn’t Meet Job Creation Goals, Was Slow To Recovery Money

Audit Says WEDC Didn’t Meet Job Creation Goals, Was Slow To Recovery Money

Audit of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recommends 26 changes.

Election Deniers Make False Charges at Senate Hearing on Top Election Official

Election Deniers Make False Charges at Senate Hearing on Top Election Official

Attorney General says Republicans' hearing to consider ousting Meagan Wolfe is illegal.

Republicans Could Force Protasiewicz Off Redistricting Case

Republicans Could Force Protasiewicz Off Redistricting Case

Assembly impeachment would force her to step down while awaiting Senate trial.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Blink on Brewers Subsidy?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Blink on Brewers Subsidy?

Vos wants a local contribution and Milwaukee officials oppose this. The issue could get very ugly.

Bipartisan Legislative Task Force Takes On Artificial Intelligence

Bipartisan Legislative Task Force Takes On Artificial Intelligence

Other task forces will address childhood obesity and human trafficking, Vos announces.

Data Wonk: Should Protasiewicz Recuse From Redistricting Cases?
Data Wonk

Should Protasiewicz Recuse From Redistricting Cases?

Or should Rebecca Bradley? Her comment was less factual and more scathing.

Vos Says Republicans May Consider Impeaching Protasiewicz

Vos Says Republicans May Consider Impeaching Protasiewicz

Assembly Speaker says Supreme Court justice should recuse from redistricting case.

The State of Politics: Republicans Dismiss 13th Call for Special Session
The State of Politics

Republicans Dismiss 13th Call for Special Session

In 5 years, Legislators have shot down every such call by the governor, with one exception.

Brewers Continue Push for Stadium Subsidy

Brewers Continue Push for Stadium Subsidy

Team threatening to move as Republican legislators craft plan including local tax support.

Knights Gourmet Popcorn Adding Cafe Space

Knights Gourmet Popcorn Adding Cafe Space

The Jackson Park popcorn store and micro-roastery will soon expand with a new coffee bar.

Legislative Democrats on ‘Veto Watch’ after Gov. Evers Blocks 10 Bills

Legislative Democrats on ‘Veto Watch’ after Gov. Evers Blocks 10 Bills

Republicans only need two-thirds of those present to override the governor’s veto

Evers Calls Special Session Addressing Child Care, Workforce Challenges

Evers Calls Special Session Addressing Child Care, Workforce Challenges

Governor asks for $1 billion in surplus funds to be spent on child care, higher education and paid family leave.

Conservative Chief Justice Annette Ziegler Accuses Liberal Majority of Going ‘Rogue’

Conservative Chief Justice Annette Ziegler Accuses Liberal Majority of Going ‘Rogue’

Claims state Supreme Court liberal majority of holding a 'secret' meeting. Majority says all justices were invited.

Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation Largely Silent On Trump’s January 6 Indictment

Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation Largely Silent On Trump’s January 6 Indictment

But Sen. Ron Johnson, who appears in charging document, says it is another example of "dual system of justice under Biden."

The State of Politics: 1.4 Million Wisconsin Residents Need To Reapply For Medicaid, Will They?
The State of Politics

1.4 Million Wisconsin Residents Need To Reapply For Medicaid, Will They?

As of June, more than one-third had not initiated the renewal process. Real test comes at end of summer.

Artificial Intelligence Being Used To Generate Election Ads

Artificial Intelligence Being Used To Generate Election Ads

"Synthetic media" allows coordination with super PACs, deep faces. Will it be regulated?

GOP Launches Early Voting Campaign

GOP Launches Early Voting Campaign

After years of claiming early and absentee voting leads to fraud, Republicans change course.

Vos Defends Country Singer Jason Aldean

Vos Defends Country Singer Jason Aldean

Assenbly Speaker 'proudly' backs Aldean, whose new song is accused of glorifying racist ideas, gun violence.

Murphy’s Law: Gov. Evers Keeps Rising in Stature
Murphy’s Law

Gov. Evers Keeps Rising in Stature

Becoming a national figure with ever more effective leadership. Just ask the Republicans.

State Supreme Court Rejects DEI Education for Attorneys

State Supreme Court Rejects DEI Education for Attorneys

Would create 'goose-stepping brigade," Justice Rebecca Bradley contends.

City Hall: Mayor Johnson Signs 2% Sales Tax Into Law
City Hall

Mayor Johnson Signs 2% Sales Tax Into Law

"Something huge, something major, something extraordinary," says Johnson of revenue deal, averting fiscal cliff.

Evers Vetoes Leave State With Projected $4 Billion Surplus

Evers Vetoes Leave State With Projected $4 Billion Surplus

If governor and legislators can't agree on how to spend it, it could sit there for two years.

The State of Politics: Republicans Two Seats From Veto-Proof Majorities
The State of Politics

Republicans Two Seats From Veto-Proof Majorities

Just 2,498 votes assured that GOP legislators can't override Gov. Evers' vetoes.

Evers Veto Preserves Medicaid Coverage of Gender Affirming Care

Evers Veto Preserves Medicaid Coverage of Gender Affirming Care

GOP measure blocked coverage of gender reassignment surgeries, puberty blockers.

Evers Vetoed Funding for Republican National Convention

Evers Vetoed Funding for Republican National Convention

GOP legislators gave Milwaukee tourism bureau $10 million for 2024 convention.

Republicans Outraged By Evers’ Vetoes

Republicans Outraged By Evers’ Vetoes

Blasting 'trickery' of 'radical governor,' they vow to 'stand up and fight.'

DEI Experts Respond to Attacks on Their Work

DEI Experts Respond to Attacks on Their Work

Efforts to be more inclusive help everyone and are being distorted, they say.

Evers, Vos Argue Over Amended State Budget

Evers, Vos Argue Over Amended State Budget

Evers reshaped budget with 51 partial vetoes, trades words with Republicans.

GOP Bill Requires UW to Admit Top 5% Of All High School Graduates

GOP Bill Requires UW to Admit Top 5% Of All High School Graduates

Including from all other states. How would this impact Wisconsin's low-income students?

Following Supreme Court Ruling, UW System Reviewing Its Race-Based Admissions Rules

Following Supreme Court Ruling, UW System Reviewing Its Race-Based Admissions Rules

Wisconsin conservatives applaud ruling, though its actual impact in state is unclear.

Assembly Passes Budget, Sends To Governor For Possible Vetoes

Assembly Passes Budget, Sends To Governor For Possible Vetoes

Evers could veto entire budget or portions of it, with all legislative Democrats voting against agreement.

Council Committee Endorses 2% Sales Tax

Council Committee Endorses 2% Sales Tax

And blasts state policy restrictions while insisting tax is far from a 'Milwaukee bailout.'

Assembly Passes Bill To Overhaul How Reading Is Taught

Assembly Passes Bill To Overhaul How Reading Is Taught

DPI gives support after changes. Plus: Pharmacists could prescribe birth control, alcohol regulations overhauled.

Vos Pushed to End Technical Colleges Taxing Authority

Vos Pushed to End Technical Colleges Taxing Authority

Amendment's author was unknown. Drafting files show Assembly Speaker requested it.

Evers Celebrates Bipartisan Shared Revenue Law

Evers Celebrates Bipartisan Shared Revenue Law

It will increase state funding to all Wisconsin municipalities by at least 20%.

County Executive Crowley on Gov. Evers Signing Local Revenue Reform into Law
The State of Politics: Will GOP Dump State Elections Leader?
The State of Politics

Will GOP Dump State Elections Leader?

Fate of Meagan Wolfe a high stakes decision for state voters, Republican image.

Republicans Discuss Unity, Abortion at State Convention

Republicans Discuss Unity, Abortion at State Convention

"This is not your pop's Republican Party. We've got tattoos, piercings."

As Actual Public Education Funding Numbers Come Into Focus, MTEA Redoubles Efforts to Oppose Historically Bad Budget Deal
Rep. Robyn Vining Blasts Republicans for Abandoning Wisconsin Women–Again.
Despite Legal Gay Marriage, Wisconsin Laws Still Centered On Husband and Wife

Despite Legal Gay Marriage, Wisconsin Laws Still Centered On Husband and Wife

From birth certificates to court documents, same-sex parents have concerns.

Overnight GOP Vote Would End Child Care Program

Overnight GOP Vote Would End Child Care Program

Advocates say decision would raise costs and cause centers to close.

Proposal To Overhaul Wisconsin Alcohol Rules Gets First Hearing

Proposal To Overhaul Wisconsin Alcohol Rules Gets First Hearing

Proposal makes many changes supported by breweries and wineries, but wedding bar owners have major concerns.

Legislature Passes Local Revenue, Schools Bills

Legislature Passes Local Revenue, Schools Bills

Deal heads to Gov. Evers’ desk. Despite bipartisan support, some are calling for him to veto proposals.

County Executive David Crowley, Chairwoman Nicholson Statement on Local Revenue Reform Passage
Press Release

County Executive David Crowley, Chairwoman Nicholson Statement on Local Revenue Reform Passage

Crowley, Nicholson, and Move Forward MKE Coalition advocated since 2020 for additional revenue to avoid a devastating fiscal cliff

Will Common Council Approve Sales Tax?

Will Common Council Approve Sales Tax?

State deal requires two-thirds vote of council. Seven of 15 members have expressed concerns.

Bill Includes Largest Expansion Ever of Private School Choice

Bill Includes Largest Expansion Ever of Private School Choice

A hike of 13% for K-8 voucher schools and 33% for high schools, union official says.

UW System Hires New Chief Diversity Officer

UW System Hires New Chief Diversity Officer

Action comes amid GOP opposition to campus diversity and equity offices.

Chairwoman Nicholson Commends Progress to Resolve Local Funding Crisis
Milwaukee Sales Tax Deal Reached, Referendum Dropped

Milwaukee Sales Tax Deal Reached, Referendum Dropped

Deal at Capitol requires Common Council, County Board to pass new taxes with two-thirds votes. Includes substantial policy measures.

School Choice Wisconsin Hails Proposed Funding Increase
County Executive David Crowley Statement on Historic Local Revenue Reform Deal
Press Release

County Executive David Crowley Statement on Historic Local Revenue Reform Deal

Crowley and MoveForwardMKE Coalition Lobbied Since 2020 for additional revenue to avoid devastating fiscal cliff

Gov. Evers Announces Tentative Agreement Reached with Republican Leaders on Shared Revenue
Press Release

Gov. Evers Announces Tentative Agreement Reached with Republican Leaders on Shared Revenue

Compromise with GOP includes over $1 billion for K-12 education, $30 million in school-based mental health services, 20 percent increase in support to local communities statewide, staves off fiscal cliff for Milwaukee and Milwaukee County

Assembly, Senate Could Strip Milwaukee Funding From Revenue Bill

Assembly, Senate Could Strip Milwaukee Funding From Revenue Bill

Speaker Vos and Majority Leader LeMahieu threaten to remove sales taxes for city and county.

New Bipartisan Group Will Fight Election Misinformation

New Bipartisan Group Will Fight Election Misinformation

Keep Our Republic will 'shine a light on the election system,' says state director.

Republicans Push Abortion Bills

Republicans Push Abortion Bills

One clarifies that procedures for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy allowed. Another funds Choose Life centers.

Brewers’ State Lobbying Spending Soars

Brewers’ State Lobbying Spending Soars

Spending $435,000 in last session. But three biggest spenders are manufactures, hospitals and realtors groups.

Murphy’s Law: Brewers Floundering on Stadium Deal
Murphy’s Law

Brewers Floundering on Stadium Deal

Baseball Commissioner’s threat looks desperate, team’s lobbying looks inept.

MLB Commissioner Expresses Confidence In Brewers Subsidy Agreement

MLB Commissioner Expresses Confidence In Brewers Subsidy Agreement

Comments come as fight over funding American Family Field repairs and upgrades heats up.

MKE County: Board Approves Jail Probe, Opposes Brewers Subsidy
MKE County

Board Approves Jail Probe, Opposes Brewers Subsidy

Plus: Board sends abortion proposal to attorney's for additional review

Senate Mulls Milwaukee’s Financial Peril

Senate Mulls Milwaukee’s Financial Peril

Struggling to create plan for shared revenue and sales tax that's acceptable to Assembly and Gov. Evers.

City Hall: The Ins and Outs of Milwaukee’s Financial Future
City Hall

The Ins and Outs of Milwaukee’s Financial Future

Republican legislators can't agree on how many strings to attach to funding proposal.

Republican Legislators At Odds Over Milwaukee Sales Tax

Republican Legislators At Odds Over Milwaukee Sales Tax

Assembly wants referendum, Senate may remove requirement to reduce uncertainty.

Assembly Republicans Settle on Plan To Fund Cities

Assembly Republicans Settle on Plan To Fund Cities

But deal leaves many questions for Milwaukee. Senate still needs to pass bill. Gov. Evers could veto.

Gov. Evers Optimistic About Ongoing Shared Revenue Negotiations with Republican Leaders
Press Release

Gov. Evers Optimistic About Ongoing Shared Revenue Negotiations with Republican Leaders

Governor hopeful compromise will be reached to substantially increase support for local communities statewide

Is Vos Allowing ‘Bipartisan’ Compromise?

Is Vos Allowing ‘Bipartisan’ Compromise?

Budget and shared revenue bills don't quite match vision articulated by Assembly Speaker.

The State of Politics: Republicans Stall Elections Reforms
The State of Politics

Republicans Stall Elections Reforms

Reforms backed by bipartisan Elections Commission, including elections inspector general, stripped from budget bill.

Will Armed Police at MPS Hurt Schools?

Will Armed Police at MPS Hurt Schools?

Opponents of proposal for 25 armed officers say it will hurt teacher recruitment, target students of color.

Murphy’s Law: State Sales Tax Deal Toughest on City
Murphy’s Law

State Sales Tax Deal Toughest on City

Deal for Milwaukee County far better than for city. Why? Blame police union.

Activists Decry GOP Bill Ending Advisory Referendums

Activists Decry GOP Bill Ending Advisory Referendums

All local referendums would be barred. But not state advisory referendums.

GOP Revenue Sharing Plan Penalizes Cities

GOP Revenue Sharing Plan Penalizes Cities

Milwaukee gets 10% hike in funding, rural towns get increase as high at 723%.

Op Ed: Robin Vos Wants to Gag Citizens
Op Ed

Robin Vos Wants to Gag Citizens

Shared revenue bill would outlaw advisory referendums.

Vos Doubles Down On Sales Tax Referendum

Vos Doubles Down On Sales Tax Referendum

Milwaukee would get sales tax, but only if voters approve it in referendum.

MTEA Joins Growing Coalition in Opposition to AB 245
Press Release

MTEA Joins Growing Coalition in Opposition to AB 245

MPS Workers Puzzled by Mayor and County Executive's Involvement in Scheme to Attack Milwaukee, MPS

MKE County: Assembly Bill Would Provide Funding with Substantial Restrictions for County
MKE County

Assembly Bill Would Provide Funding with Substantial Restrictions for County

County would see a revenue increase, but with substantial restrictions. Gov. Evers promises veto.

MKE County: Resolution Opposes a County Brewers Subsidy
MKE County

Resolution Opposes a County Brewers Subsidy

Two socialists, two conservatives on board are co-sponsoring the resolution.

Can Bipartisan Effort Save State Arts Funding?

Can Bipartisan Effort Save State Arts Funding?

Wisconsin ranks 50th in arts support. Group of 'heavy hitters' hopes to change that.

MKE County: Resolution Calls For More State Aid, Local Autonomy
MKE County

Resolution Calls For More State Aid, Local Autonomy

County board proposal demands hike in state aid with no strings attached.

Assembly Republicans Have Plan To Help Milwaukee, Will It Work?

Assembly Republicans Have Plan To Help Milwaukee, Will It Work?

Proposal would increase shared revenue and enable sales tax for Milwaukee, with strings attached.

Assembly Passes Bills Making It Harder To Access Unemployment Benefits, BadgerCare

Assembly Passes Bills Making It Harder To Access Unemployment Benefits, BadgerCare

Republicans, in casting party-line vote, say policies will help state workforce shortage.

The State of Politics: Capitol Has New Generation of Leaders
The State of Politics

Capitol Has New Generation of Leaders

44% of Legislature's 132 members changed in last four years.

Senator Agard: Response to Speaker Vos’ Medical Marijuana Comments
GOP Congressman Calls For Abortion Exceptions

GOP Congressman Calls For Abortion Exceptions

As Republicans reel from Supreme Court loss Van Orden calls on party to change.

Wisconsin Teachers and Janitors Could Carry Guns Under New GOP Bill

Wisconsin Teachers and Janitors Could Carry Guns Under New GOP Bill

Bill would allow school staff to carry weapons at school. Gov. Evers threatens veto.

Murphy’s Law: Yes, Protasiewicz Could Be Impeached
Murphy’s Law

Yes, Protasiewicz Could Be Impeached

And removed from office by Republican Senate supermajority. But then Gov. Evers could step in.

State Superintendent Urges Legislators To ‘Do Their Job,’ Boost School Funding

State Superintendent Urges Legislators To ‘Do Their Job,’ Boost School Funding

Jill Underly 'surprised and hurt' that Joint Finance Committee hasn't invited her to testify.

The State of Politics: Inside the Dome Deals Are Common
The State of Politics

Inside the Dome Deals Are Common

La Follette's resignation, Godlewski appointment latest example of insider Capitol deals.

Democrats’ Bill Repeals State Abortion Ban

Democrats’ Bill Repeals State Abortion Ban

Gov. Evers supports Restore Roe bill, which would overturn pre-Civil War criminal ban.

Election Deniers Cause More Turmoil in Green Bay

Election Deniers Cause More Turmoil in Green Bay

Suit by Wisconsin Senate and Sen. Jacque challenges City Hall audio recording system.

Murphy’s Law: How La Follette Helped Save Democracy
Murphy’s Law

How La Follette Helped Save Democracy

But his sudden retirement as Secretary of State has been blasted by Republicans.

Republicans Propose Exceptions To Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban

Republicans Propose Exceptions To Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban

But Senate Majority Leader says he won't let proposal move forward, become political football.

Assembly Passes School Crime, Conversion Therapy Bills

Assembly Passes School Crime, Conversion Therapy Bills

Bill provides no funding for school resource officers. Democrats oppose both bills.

Sen. Roys Condemns Vos’ Cynical ‘Hail Mary’
Evers Proposes Free School Lunches for All Students

Evers Proposes Free School Lunches for All Students

Proposed $120 million program would help students, families and farmers, governor says.

Anti-Abortion Groups Unite to Defend State Law

Anti-Abortion Groups Unite to Defend State Law

Opposing Vos proposal of exceptions for rape and incest. Working to elect Dan Kelly.

Illinois, Michigan Gained $770 Million From Cannabis Taxes in 2022

Illinois, Michigan Gained $770 Million From Cannabis Taxes in 2022

While Wisconsin's Republican legislators struggle to legalize even medical marijuana.

Evers Predicts State Shared Revenue Changes

Evers Predicts State Shared Revenue Changes

More money coming, 'I don't care if you’re a 300-people township or the city of Milwaukee.'

Pro-Ballpark Funding Coalition Launched

Pro-Ballpark Funding Coalition Launched

Home Crew Coalition backing $290 million state subsidy for Milwaukee Brewers stadium.

Third Ethics Complaint Filed Against Michael Gableman

Third Ethics Complaint Filed Against Michael Gableman

Head of 2020 election review accused of repeated dishonesty, harassing public officials.

Speaker Vos Downplays $7 Billion Surplus Size As Budget Debate Begins

Speaker Vos Downplays $7 Billion Surplus Size As Budget Debate Begins

Vos says Gov. Evers lives in "fantasyland" with his plans for spending.

Bill For Gableman’s Election Investigation Now Nearly $2.5 Million

Bill For Gableman’s Election Investigation Now Nearly $2.5 Million

Court judgment against Assembly Speaker Robin Vos adds $135,000 to cost.

The State of Politics: Is Evers Tax Break Plan A Shell Game?
The State of Politics

Is Evers Tax Break Plan A Shell Game?

So claim the Republicans, saying his plan hikes taxes almost as much as it cuts them.

Wisconsin Tourism Recovery A National Leader

Wisconsin Tourism Recovery A National Leader

But multiple sectors still below pre-pandemic levels.

Murphy’s Law: Brewers Subsidy Largest Ever Per Year?
Murphy’s Law

Brewers Subsidy Largest Ever Per Year?

How did Gov. Evers come up with that inflated, $290 million figure?

Knodl Beats Trump-Backed Candidate in 8th Senate District GOP Primary

Knodl Beats Trump-Backed Candidate in 8th Senate District GOP Primary

Brandtjen loses. Republican Dan Knodl will face Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin in April.

Local Government Advocates Expect More State Shared Revenue

Local Government Advocates Expect More State Shared Revenue

They're confident long 'broken' program will be fixed in upcoming state budget.

MKE County: 7 Takeaways From Crowley’s 2023 State of the County Speech
MKE County

7 Takeaways From Crowley’s 2023 State of the County Speech

Going back to college, helping youth and counting on a new partnership with the state.

MKE County: County Has A History With the Sales Tax
MKE County

County Has A History With the Sales Tax

For 15 years local officials have debated, voted, campaigned on and lobbied for a county sales tax hike.

The State of Politics: Evers’ Brewers Aid Plan Spooks Republicans
The State of Politics

Evers’ Brewers Aid Plan Spooks Republicans

Legislator in Vos's district lost office for supporting such aid. A tough Issue for GOP.

Evers Budget Funds 80 More Staff to Process Occupational Licenses

Evers Budget Funds 80 More Staff to Process Occupational Licenses

Department of Safety and Professional Services has faced criticism for service delays.

Will Democratic Ad Boost Election Denier Brandtjen?

Will Democratic Ad Boost Election Denier Brandtjen?

Ad in open state Senate race seems designed to help most extreme GOP candidate.

Gov. Evers’ Budget Includes Tax Cuts, Increased School Funding

Gov. Evers’ Budget Includes Tax Cuts, Increased School Funding

Republicans blast budget, call it 'devoid of reality.'

Evers Proposes Elections Law Changes

Evers Proposes Elections Law Changes

Including automatic voter registration, counting of absentee ballots before Election Day, and new Office of Election Transparency.

Gov. Evers Proposes $290 Million For American Family Field Upgrades

Gov. Evers Proposes $290 Million For American Family Field Upgrades

Proposal would keep Milwaukee Brewers in stadium through 2043, 13 more years.

Meet The Candidates Seeking Open State Senate Seat

Meet The Candidates Seeking Open State Senate Seat

Three Republicans, one Democrat running for seat held by retiring Sen Alberta Darling.

Evers Offers Details on $1.2 Billion Tax Cut

Evers Offers Details on $1.2 Billion Tax Cut

Governor's plan gives 10% income tax cut to middle class taxpayers, average cut of more than $200 annually.

Evers’ Budget Will Include More Shared Revenue, Sales Tax

Evers’ Budget Will Include More Shared Revenue, Sales Tax

Proposal could solve Milwaukee's fiscal woes. But Republicans may scrap Ever's budget.

Momentum Growing For More State Shared Revenue

Momentum Growing For More State Shared Revenue

State flush with cash. One proposal gives one-fifth of sales tax back to local governments.

Your Right to Know: Public Still Paying for Gableman Probe
Your Right to Know

Public Still Paying for Gableman Probe

Taxpayers paying for court fights by Vos and Republicans to hide records, pushing total cost to $2 million.

Vos Casts Doubt on Medical Marijuana

Vos Casts Doubt on Medical Marijuana

'We're not that close' to legalizing it, says Assembly Speaker, as some GOP legislators see it as gateway to recreational pot.

Op Ed: How Are State’s Women Doing Under 1849 Abortion Ban?
Op Ed

How Are State’s Women Doing Under 1849 Abortion Ban?

Not so well, doctors say.

Wisconsin Legislature Has First Socialist Caucus In 90 Years

Wisconsin Legislature Has First Socialist Caucus In 90 Years

Newly-elected representatives Darrin Madison and Ryan Clancy think they are just the first of new wave.

Evers Wants $100 Million For PFAS, Will Republicans Back Proposal?

Evers Wants $100 Million For PFAS, Will Republicans Back Proposal?

Residents with polluted water want solutions, but have waited years.

State’s Budget Surplus Hits $7.1 Billion

State’s Budget Surplus Hits $7.1 Billion

Projected total up by $500 million in two months, on top of $1.7 billion rainy day fund.

Evers Calls For $500 Million Spending on Mental Health

Evers Calls For $500 Million Spending on Mental Health

And more funds for shared revenue, child care, PFAS cleanup in State of State speech.

Democrats Offer Abortion Referendum. Again

Democrats Offer Abortion Referendum. Again

Asks voters if 1849 ban should be repealed. But referendum must wait for April 2024.

The State of Politics: Parties Argue Over April Ballot Questions
The State of Politics

Parties Argue Over April Ballot Questions

Evers calls referendum on welfare 'ridiculous.' but huge majority of legislators disagree.

Legislature Approves Referendums on Cash Bail, Public Assistance

Legislature Approves Referendums on Cash Bail, Public Assistance

Cash bail is binding constitutional amendment, while public assistance vote is only advisory.

MKE County: Supervisor Says Republicans Planning Incentives for Consolidated City, County Government
MKE County

Supervisor Says Republicans Planning Incentives for Consolidated City, County Government

Conervative Deanna Alexander described a specific plan that would "reward the entities for consolidating."

City, GMC Kick Off Study of City Operations

City, GMC Kick Off Study of City Operations

Study will have price tag in the hundreds of thousands, but who is the mystery firm doing it?

Republicans Advance Cash Bail and Welfare Referendum Questions

Republicans Advance Cash Bail and Welfare Referendum Questions

Both likely to be on April ballot, could influence turnout for state Supreme Court election.

The State of Politics: Why Republicans Push ‘Flat’ Income Tax
The State of Politics

Why Republicans Push ‘Flat’ Income Tax

Could mean big increases for lower and middle income taxpayers.

Racine Is The Center of State’s Election Conspiracy Universe

Racine Is The Center of State’s Election Conspiracy Universe

The unproven claims and legal challenges continue. How did Racine become ground zero?

Latest GOP Tax Scheme Seeks to Rig System for Wealthiest Wisconsinites
City Hall: City, County Will Study Merging Services
City Hall

City, County Will Study Merging Services

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos pushing for this as prerequisite for more shared revenue for Milwaukee.

Green Bay, Fox Valley Want Passenger Rail

Green Bay, Fox Valley Want Passenger Rail

Municipal leaders ask federal authorities to consider rail line from Milwaukee to Green Bay.

Legislators Close to Agreeing on Medical Marijuana Bill

Legislators Close to Agreeing on Medical Marijuana Bill

But Vos warns it will be strictly regulated, only for those having a true medical condition.

The State of Politics: Evers, Vos Seek Legacy-Defining Wins
The State of Politics

Evers, Vos Seek Legacy-Defining Wins

Both are signaling they want to work together. Both want to make history, leave a legacy.

Ron Johnson Suggested Legislature Choose Electors in 2020 Election

Ron Johnson Suggested Legislature Choose Electors in 2020 Election

Top state Republican Party leaders opposed senator's push to overturn election.

The State of Politics: Top 10 State Political Stories of 2022
The State of Politics

Top 10 State Political Stories of 2022

Evers and Johnson victories and suddenly changed battle over abortion lead the list.

The Top Donors to Wisconsin Political Parties in 2022

The Top Donors to Wisconsin Political Parties in 2022

Billionaires and millionaires, most supporting Democrats, continue to dump huge sums into Wisconsin politics through a loophole left open by state Republicans.

Evers Will Propose Legalizing Marijuana

Evers Will Propose Legalizing Marijuana

As he did in his last budget. If Republicans disagree he would sign medical marijuana bill.

Murphy’s Law: Will Vos Kill Shared Revenue Hike For City?
Murphy’s Law

Will Vos Kill Shared Revenue Hike For City?

Assembly Speaker's comments blasting Milwaukee worries Mayor Johnson.

The State of Politics: The Vast Gulf Between Evers, Legislators
The State of Politics

The Vast Gulf Between Evers, Legislators

A difference of at least $2.8 billion on how they want to spend historic surplus.

Vos Wants More Than $3.4 Billion in Tax Cuts

Vos Wants More Than $3.4 Billion in Tax Cuts

With most of it to higher income taxpayers. Legislative leaders offer contrasting views.

Vos Open To Changing Shared Revenue for Local Governments

Vos Open To Changing Shared Revenue for Local Governments

Assembly Speaker admits inflation squeezing governments' ability to pay employees.

Zapata Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Charge Related To Voter Fraud

Zapata Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Charge Related To Voter Fraud

Milwaukee's former number two election official represented by conservative law firm, poised to fight case.

Murphy’s Law: The Battle Over ‘Astounding’ State Surplus
Murphy’s Law

The Battle Over ‘Astounding’ State Surplus

Now up to an 'unprecedented' $6.8 billion. But can Evers and Legislature agree on any plans to spend it?

State’s Assembly Maps More Skewed Than Ever

State’s Assembly Maps More Skewed Than Ever

Wisconsin, the fourth most pro-Republican gerrymandered state, has gotten worse.

Op Ed: How Should State Spend $6.6 Billion Surplus
Op Ed

How Should State Spend $6.6 Billion Surplus

Evers and Legislature could have fun -- and improve the state.

Brandtjen, Leading Election Denier, Will Run for Open Senate Seat

Brandtjen, Leading Election Denier, Will Run for Open Senate Seat

Rep. Janel Brandtjen, kicked out of the Assembly GOP, wants to succeed Alberta Darling.

Op Ed: The War Over Democracy Isn’t Over
Op Ed

The War Over Democracy Isn’t Over

Both nationally and in Wisconsin there will be more attempts to undermine elections.

Former Milwaukee Election Official Pleads Not Guilty On Election Fraud Charges

Former Milwaukee Election Official Pleads Not Guilty On Election Fraud Charges

Kimberly Zapata is now represented by conservative law firm connected to election decertification.

Speaker Vos Meets with Jan. 6 Committee

Speaker Vos Meets with Jan. 6 Committee

Wisconsin Republican leader previously sued in federal court to block appearance.

Will Elections Commission Fulfill Rep. Brandtjen’s Election Data Request?

Will Elections Commission Fulfill Rep. Brandtjen’s Election Data Request?

Partisan body deadlocks on fulfilling her large request after Republicans remove election-denier from meeting.

Ramthun Won’t Rule Out Future Run for Governor

Ramthun Won’t Rule Out Future Run for Governor

Election denier got just 6% of vote in GOP primary but blames it on negative press.

Republicans Push ‘Universal School Choice’

Republicans Push ‘Universal School Choice’

Vos, others back a key platform plank of Tim Michels' losing bid for governor.

The State of Politics: Referendums Fund Emergency Services
The State of Politics

Referendums Fund Emergency Services

23 local referendums in November requested funding for police, fire, parks and more.

Sen. Alberta Darling Is Retiring

Sen. Alberta Darling Is Retiring

Veteran Republican will resign Dec. 1. Special election will decide if GOP keeps supermajority.

Republican Proposal Cuts Taxes On The Wealthy

Republican Proposal Cuts Taxes On The Wealthy

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu's plan moves toward flat tax system.

Op Ed: Gerrymandering Wins In 2022 Election
Op Ed

Gerrymandering Wins In 2022 Election

Results show how voters are robbed of representation.

Kaul Warns Suit Challenging State Abortion Ban Will Take Time

Kaul Warns Suit Challenging State Abortion Ban Will Take Time

Attorney General aims to overturn 1849 ban, but notes legal process 'not fast.'

Op Ed: UW System Quietly Adds More Charter Schools It Oversees
Op Ed

UW System Quietly Adds More Charter Schools It Oversees

Now up to 13 K-12 schools, including one that's part of a for-profit chain.

The State of Politics: State Democratic Chair Hail’s Party’s ‘Triumph’
The State of Politics

State Democratic Chair Hail’s Party’s ‘Triumph’

But election results -- and party's future -- more clouded than that.

Republicans Bar Rep. Janel Brandtjen From Private Meetings

Republicans Bar Rep. Janel Brandtjen From Private Meetings

Caucus loses trust in Elections Committee chair who denied 2020 election results, endorsed Vos’ challenger

Senate Democrats Elect New Leadership

Senate Democrats Elect New Leadership

Sen. Melissa Agard will lead 11 Democrats, just one third of the Senate.

Murphy’s Law: Dan Bice Undermines Elections Commission
Murphy’s Law

Dan Bice Undermines Elections Commission

Journal Sentinel reporter’s attack helps reinforce election lies.

Legislative Democrats Review Losses, Strategy

Legislative Democrats Review Losses, Strategy

Party lost 4 more seats, hopes for compromise on some issues with Republicans.

Robin Vos Reelected Assembly Speaker

Robin Vos Reelected Assembly Speaker

"I can't stick with one person and ride the ship down," said Vos about Trump potentially running for president in 2024.

Trump Effort Seeks to Oust Robin Vos

Trump Effort Seeks to Oust Robin Vos

In robocall for write-in candidate Adam Steen in Assembly race, Trump calls Vos a 'horrendous RINO.'

Court Won’t Block Counting Of Military Ballots

Court Won’t Block Counting Of Military Ballots

Lawsuit by Republican lawmaker sought to sequester military absentee ballots.

Murphy’s Law: Michels, Johnson Are Threats to Democracy
Murphy’s Law

Michels, Johnson Are Threats to Democracy

Both have engaged in or plan actions to overthrow democratic elections.

The Life Cycle of Election Ballots

The Life Cycle of Election Ballots

State's election system has many checks and balances to assure integrity of election.

Is Democracy Actually On the Ballot?

Is Democracy Actually On the Ballot?

Republicans have promised numerous changes to how elections are run, while Michels claims they'll never lose another election if he wins.

Milwaukee Deputy Election Director Charged With Felony, Motive Revealed

Milwaukee Deputy Election Director Charged With Felony, Motive Revealed

Kimberly Zapata was fired Wednesday, now charged for improperly requesting absentee ballots.

Illegal Ballot Requests Came From Deputy Milwaukee Election Director

Illegal Ballot Requests Came From Deputy Milwaukee Election Director

Kimberly Zapata was terminated Wednesday after revealing action.

Waukesha Sheriff Investigating Absentee Ballots Sent to Rep. Brandtjen

Waukesha Sheriff Investigating Absentee Ballots Sent to Rep. Brandtjen

Brandtjen, an election conspiracy promoter. claims three military ballots may be fraudulent.

Murphy’s Law: Has Michels Abandoned Trump?
Murphy’s Law

Has Michels Abandoned Trump?

Or has Trump abandoned Michels in governor's race? The silence is deafening.

Obama Says Evers, Barnes Will ‘Fight For You’

Obama Says Evers, Barnes Will ‘Fight For You’

In Milwaukee former president warns future of democracy hinges on 2022 election.

Evers, Michels In Agreement That Governor’s Veto Pen Is Stopping Republican Policies

Evers, Michels In Agreement That Governor’s Veto Pen Is Stopping Republican Policies

Gov. Evers has set record for vetoes, but Michels plans to sign GOP bills sent to him.

Clean Energy Jobs Rebound After Pandemic Losses

Clean Energy Jobs Rebound After Pandemic Losses

But like other industries, jobs still lower than pre-pandemic levels.

Debate About Whether To Enforce Abortion Ban Could Hurt OB-GYN Recruitment, Retention

Debate About Whether To Enforce Abortion Ban Could Hurt OB-GYN Recruitment, Retention

Wisconsin's 1849 ban could result in felony charges for doctors.

Activists Find Issues With Wisconsin’s Voter Records System

Activists Find Issues With Wisconsin’s Voter Records System

But politically-motivated effort finds no plot or widespread fraud.

What’s Next For Lawsuit Over Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban?

What’s Next For Lawsuit Over Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban?

Attorney General Josh Kaul pursuing lawsuit to block law's enforcement.

Republican-Controlled Legislature Has Hindered Environmental Protection

Republican-Controlled Legislature Has Hindered Environmental Protection

Conservation group releases report claims politics have trumped environment since 2011.

Vos Sues Jan. 6 Committee

Vos Sues Jan. 6 Committee

Assembly Speaker fights House panel subpoena to disclose his recent conversation with Trump.

Republican Michels Flip-Flops on Abortion

Republican Michels Flip-Flops on Abortion

Republican candidate for governor changed his position on exceptions to state abortion ban.

Elections Commission Votes to Track Fraudulent Absentee Ballot Requests

Elections Commission Votes to Track Fraudulent Absentee Ballot Requests

Right-wing activists have illegally requested absentee ballots on behalf of other people.

Evers Wants Voters to Decide Abortion Through Ballot Initiative

Evers Wants Voters to Decide Abortion Through Ballot Initiative

Governor proposes constitutional amendment allowing direct democracy.

Is Trump a Threat to Republican Candidates?

Is Trump a Threat to Republican Candidates?

A Trump endorsement may mean something different in a general election than a primary election.

Gableman Hints at Revolution in Speech to Republicans

Gableman Hints at Revolution in Speech to Republicans

Former supreme court justice fired from election probe criticized for ‘violent rhetoric'.

Ron Johnson Suggests Direct Referendum on Abortion Ban Exceptions

Ron Johnson Suggests Direct Referendum on Abortion Ban Exceptions

Sen. Johnson suggests abortion ban exceptions for rape or incest be decided by referendum.

Democracy Day Dogged By Election Lies

Democracy Day Dogged By Election Lies

11 of 12 Republicans running for statewide office or Congress in Wisconsin hasn't fully accepted 2020 election results.

The State of Politics: Is An Elections Inspector General Needed?
The State of Politics

Is An Elections Inspector General Needed?

Wisconsin Elections Commission requests funding for new position and 10 new staff. Why?

Vos Now Faces Two Write-In Candidates

Vos Now Faces Two Write-In Candidates

Democrat Joel Jacobsen will run, joining Trump-backed candidate Adam Steen on November ballot.

Evers Unveils $2 Billion Schools Plan

Evers Unveils $2 Billion Schools Plan

Added K-12 funding for school meals, mental health programs and per pupil spending.

Racine County Man Charged With Felonies for Absentee Ballot Scheme

Racine County Man Charged With Felonies for Absentee Ballot Scheme

Harry Wait requested other citizens' absentee ballots to prove election fraud was possible.

State Elections Board Wants Inspector General

State Elections Board Wants Inspector General

Will ask Legislature for new position, 10 more staff to handle rise in election complaints, records requests.

Murphy’s Law: Will Trump Help State’s Democrats Win?
Murphy’s Law

Will Trump Help State’s Democrats Win?

His disapproval rate is way high in Wisconsin, yet Michels, Johnson have embraced him.

Vos Withdraws Subpoenas, Ends Gableman Probe

Vos Withdraws Subpoenas, Ends Gableman Probe

14-month election investigation “accomplished nothing,” judge wrote.

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Give Milwaukee a Sales Tax?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Give Milwaukee a Sales Tax?

Meeting to ‘reset’ relationship between city and state legislators raises doubts, hopes.

Evers Proposes Tax Cuts Using Budget Surplus

Evers Proposes Tax Cuts Using Budget Surplus

Republican lawmakers rejected a similar plan earlier this year.

GOP Lawmakers Want Lawsuit Against Abortion Ban Dismissed

GOP Lawmakers Want Lawsuit Against Abortion Ban Dismissed

The three legislative leaders being sued by state DOJ say they aren't the right people to sue.

Vos’ Primary Challenger Running Write-In Campaign

Vos’ Primary Challenger Running Write-In Campaign

Adam Steen narrowly lost the primary election to Robin Vos for state Assembly.

Judge Blasts Gableman Probe, Deleted Records

Judge Blasts Gableman Probe, Deleted Records

Mr. Gableman is 'not capable of conducting a professional and thorough investigation.’

The State of Politics: Michels’ Cash, Trump’s Backing Pay Off
The State of Politics

Michels’ Cash, Trump’s Backing Pay Off

His victory is a defeat for Vos, Walker, and leaves tough questions for a divided party.

Vos Fires Gableman, Ends Election Probe

Vos Fires Gableman, Ends Election Probe

'You are to refrain from representing that you are employed by the Wisconsin State Assembly.’

Democrats Want Audit of Gableman’s 2020 Election Review

Democrats Want Audit of Gableman’s 2020 Election Review

Request comes after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called Gableman "an embarrassment."

Trump Boosts Michels Over Kleefisch

Trump Boosts Michels Over Kleefisch

Evers vs. Michels, Johnson vs. Barnes will make it a fall of nonstop ads. Plus: Vos almost loses.

Gableman Backs Vos Primary Opponent

Gableman Backs Vos Primary Opponent

Assembly Speaker Vos hired Gableman more than a year ago to lead 2020 election review.

Pence Calls Kleefisch ‘Proven Conservative’

Pence Calls Kleefisch ‘Proven Conservative’

The former vice president joined Kleefisch at a law enforcement event in Waukesha County.

State Elections Commission Helping Investigate Racine Voter Fraud

State Elections Commission Helping Investigate Racine Voter Fraud

A Racine man committed voter fraud to prove it can be done. Racine sheriff congratulated him.

Trump Endorses Robin Vos’s Challenger

Trump Endorses Robin Vos’s Challenger

Trump pledges 'Complete and Total Endorsement' of Republican Adam Steen in primary, calling Vos a “RINO.'

Back in the News: Gableman Opposed Decertifying Election
Back in the News

Gableman Opposed Decertifying Election

Private memo by attorney doing election review contradicts his call to decertify 2020 election.

Judge Orders Gableman To Pay $163,000 In Legal Fees

Judge Orders Gableman To Pay $163,000 In Legal Fees

Taxpayers charged for fees in case which found 2020 election review violated open records law.

Should Wisconsin Establish Right to Clean Water?

Should Wisconsin Establish Right to Clean Water?

5 counties will have referendums on this question in November election.

Ramthun Campaign Promotes Election Denial

Ramthun Campaign Promotes Election Denial

State Representative Tim Ramthun spreads doubt about 2020 election with campaign for governor.

Racine Man Commits Voter Fraud to Prove It Can Be Done

Racine Man Commits Voter Fraud to Prove It Can Be Done

State Elections Commission calls for charges. Racine County law enforcement does nothing.

Taxpayers Footing Bill for Election Review Records Lawsuit

Taxpayers Footing Bill for Election Review Records Lawsuit

Lawsuit was filed seeking public records related to partisan 2020 election review.

Kleefisch Running On Walker-Era Record

Kleefisch Running On Walker-Era Record

Walker, Vos, WMC all backing former Lt. Governor. Will it be enough to beat Michels?

Wisconsin Elections Commission Plans Fall Voter Education Initiative

Wisconsin Elections Commission Plans Fall Voter Education Initiative

Effort to build trust in elections comes as state legislators, Michael Gableman and Donald Trump call to decertify the 2020 election.

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.

Vos Penalized in Open Records Case

Vos Penalized in Open Records Case

Assembly Speaker 'did not respond to four records requests for six months,' circuit court judge states.

State Superintendent Pushes Gun Control

State Superintendent Pushes Gun Control

Restricting access to guns is key to protecting children’s lives, Jill Underly says.

Back in The News: Report Finds Few Problems With Drop Boxes
Back in The News

Report Finds Few Problems With Drop Boxes

No cases of fraud, vandalism or theft that could have affected 2020 election results.

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.

Tim Michels ‘Not Against Contraception’

Tim Michels ‘Not Against Contraception’

GOP Gubernatorial candidate supports Wisconsin abortion ban.

Elections Commission Deadlocks on Advising Clerks

Elections Commission Deadlocks on Advising Clerks

In wake of high court decision invalidating absentee drop boxes, tie votes by Democrats and Republicans.

Wisconsin At The Center of Jan. 6 Conspiracy

Wisconsin At The Center of Jan. 6 Conspiracy

'This is not over. This is ongoing.'

Trump Calls For Nullification of Wisconsin’s 2020 Election

Trump Calls For Nullification of Wisconsin’s 2020 Election

Revives fraudulent claim after State Supreme Court decision on absentee ballot boxes.

Murphy: Why Nicholson Quit The Governor’s Race
Murphy

Why Nicholson Quit The Governor’s Race

Did Uihlein pull his funding? And which candidate for governor will benefit?

Trump, Thompson Endorsements Boost Michels in GOP Primary For Governor

Trump, Thompson Endorsements Boost Michels in GOP Primary For Governor

After nearly a year of campaigning Kleefisch’s lead has evaporated.

Your Right to Know: Open Records Law Treated With Contempt
Your Right to Know

Open Records Law Treated With Contempt

Both Vos and Gableman cited for contempt of court for trashing open records law.

Legal Fight Over Gableman Probe Keeps Growing

Legal Fight Over Gableman Probe Keeps Growing

One year into investigation it's spawned an ever-growing number of court cases.

Anti-Abortion Groups Want To Tighten 1849 Ban

Anti-Abortion Groups Want To Tighten 1849 Ban

Seek to end 19th century law’s exception to protect life of a mother.

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 Leaders React to Overturning of Roe

State Leaders React to Overturning of Roe

Republicans celebrate, Democrats say they are ‘heartbroken’

Judge Lifts Contempt Order for Speaker Vos

Judge Lifts Contempt Order for Speaker Vos

Assembly Speaker Vos faced contempt of court related to missing records in partisan election review.

New State Elections Commission Chair Seeks to Restore Faith in Elections

New State Elections Commission Chair Seeks to Restore Faith in Elections

GOP appointee Don Millis wants to pursue all complaints, increase audits of voting machines.

The State of Politics: Why Gableman Courts Controversy
The State of Politics

Why Gableman Courts Controversy

His latest blowup in the courtroom is part of a pattern.

Campaign Cash: Jobs First Coalition Backs Republicans
Campaign Cash

Jobs First Coalition Backs Republicans

Brookfield-based conservative group has spent $2.6 million since 2010, mostly on legislators.

Elections Commission Rejects Challenge to Tim Michels’ Nominating Petitions

Elections Commission Rejects Challenge to Tim Michels’ Nominating Petitions

Unanimous decision puts Michels on the ballot in the GOP primary for governor.

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.

New Elections Commission Member Approved Decisions Republicans Now Oppose

New Elections Commission Member Approved Decisions Republicans Now Oppose

Don Millis backed actions later cited as evidence of misconduct in 2020 election.

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.

Vos Appoints Attorney Don Millis to Elections Commission

Vos Appoints Attorney Don Millis to Elections Commission

Republican previously served on WEC, and decades ago, on Wisconsin Elections Board.

‘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.

The State of Politics: ‘Telling The Truth’ Led to Knudson Resignation
The State of Politics

‘Telling The Truth’ Led to Knudson Resignation

Republican elections commissioner refused to support election conspiracy theories. It cost him the support of the party.

Democrats Challenge Michels Nomination Papers in Governor’s Race

Democrats Challenge Michels Nomination Papers in Governor’s Race

The challenge seeks to block businessman Tim Michels from getting on the primary ballot.

Nomination Signature Challenge Shows Michels Lacks Valid Signatures to Make August Ballot
UW System President Wants Tuition Freeze Extended

UW System President Wants Tuition Freeze Extended

New system leader Jay Rothman will recommend extension to the UW Board of Regents.

Gableman Election Review $220,500 Over Budget

Gableman Election Review $220,500 Over Budget

Partisan election review has cost taxpayers nearly $900,000, largely due to lawsuits.

Op Ed: State Republicans Want More Guns
Op Ed

State Republicans Want More Guns

Party convention document opposes background checks, red flag laws, supports open and concealed carry without permits.

The State Of Politics: Vos Doing Doors, Faces Challenger
The State Of Politics

Vos Doing Doors, Faces Challenger

Assembly Speaker's Republican primary challenger called Vos a 'treasonous traitor.'

Op Ed: Who Will Vos Appoint to Elections Commission?
Op Ed

Who Will Vos Appoint to Elections Commission?

Will he have the courage to appoint someone who tells the truth and follows the law?

Ron Johnson Spoke Against Outgoing Republican Elections Commissioner

Ron Johnson Spoke Against Outgoing Republican Elections Commissioner

Senator told Assembly Speaker Vos that Knudson 'lost the confidence of the grassroots Republicans,' according to his spokesperson.

Rep. Deb Andraca Ran To Change Gun Laws

Rep. Deb Andraca Ran To Change Gun Laws

Recent mass shootings a reminder that gun control laws have gone nowhere in Wisconsin.

Republican Dean Knudson Resigns Election Commission

Republican Dean Knudson Resigns Election Commission

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

Gathering To Spread the Big Lie

Gathering To Spread the Big Lie

‘Election Integrity’ event in Kenosha offers a cash bar and lots of debunked conspiracy theories.

State Democrats Push Gun Restrictions After Texas Shootings

State Democrats Push Gun Restrictions After Texas Shootings

Kaul calls for law requiring background checks and preventing sale of 'ghost guns.'

Murphy’s Law: Who’s the Real Outsider for Governor?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s the Real Outsider for Governor?

Almost every candidate claims to be. But who really, actually is?

Op Ed: No Joy In Seeing Robin Vos Booed
Op Ed

No Joy In Seeing Robin Vos Booed

Assembly Speaker is jeered at Republican convention. Why? For upholding state law.

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.

Data Wonk: Late-Term Abortions Change Voters’ Views
Data Wonk

Late-Term Abortions Change Voters’ Views

Both in Wisconsin and nationally. But few abortions are done after 16 weeks.

New UW Chancellor Mnookin Seeks ‘Common Ground’ With GOP Critics

New UW Chancellor Mnookin Seeks ‘Common Ground’ With GOP Critics

Vos, Kleefisch, Nass assail regents' choice of UCLA Law School dean.

UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin Named UW-Madison Chancellor

UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin Named UW-Madison Chancellor

Board of Regents unanimously approves her to succeed Rebecca Blank.

Back in the News: Gwen Moore Discusses Her Abortion
Back in the News

Gwen Moore Discusses Her Abortion

One of few woman in Congress to talk frankly about the days before Roe, an era that may soon return.

Vos Supports Abortion Ban Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Vos Supports Abortion Ban Exceptions For Rape, Incest

State Assembly Speaker finds himself at odds with GOP candidates for governor.

Gableman Review Paused, But His Pay Continues

Gableman Review Paused, But His Pay Continues

Gableman's taxpayer funded $11,000 a month pay reduced to $5,500 a month.

Judge Rules Against Law Giving Legislators Power Over Attorney General Settlements

Judge Rules Against Law Giving Legislators Power Over Attorney General Settlements

Cites 170-year history before lame duck law. Republicans will appeal ruling.

Second Judge Rules Gableman Probe Can’t Delete Records

Second Judge Rules Gableman Probe Can’t Delete Records

"I'm amazed I have to say, 'Don't destroy records subject to an open records request.'"

Kaul Says State’s 1849 Abortion Ban May Not Be Enforceable

Kaul Says State’s 1849 Abortion Ban May Not Be Enforceable

Predicts lawsuits and says Department of Justice won’t enforce ban.

Your Right to Know: Ask Legislators For Records They Delete
Your Right to Know

Ask Legislators For Records They Delete

Court decision opens door to treating deleted emails as open records.

Gableman Rallies With Extremists, Including Vos’s Primary Opponent

Gableman Rallies With Extremists, Including Vos’s Primary Opponent

Wall Street Journal warns Gableman could help Republicans lose state in 2022.

Op Ed: Tim Michels Is No Political ‘Outsider’
Op Ed

Tim Michels Is No Political ‘Outsider’

Candidate for governor has long record of political donations, lobbying, state contracts.

New survey by Marquette Law School Poll finds Wisconsin Democratic primary for U.S. Senate tightening, Kleefisch leading Republican gubernatorial primary; among Republicans, those least confident in 2020 election are more enthusiastic to vote this fall
Vos Keeps Gableman Investigation Going

Vos Keeps Gableman Investigation Going

Though contract for probe was expiring, Speaker says it will continue, after pressure from Trump.

Special Report: Who Is Conducting Gableman’s Investigation?
Special Report

Who Is Conducting Gableman’s Investigation?

Private lawyer and partisan group heavily involved in taxpayer funded election probe.

Statement: Office of Special Counsel
Wisconsin Supreme Court Picks Republican-Drawn Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Picks Republican-Drawn Maps

Ruling gives Republicans chance at veto-proof majority, reverses earlier decision to pick Evers' maps.

Vos’ Emails Show Pressure From Election Deniers

Vos’ Emails Show Pressure From Election Deniers

Assembly Speaker and staff sought a way to respond to demands for reviews of the 2020 election.

Will Release Of Deleted Records Shine Light on Legislature?

Will Release Of Deleted Records Shine Light on Legislature?

Vos releases some 20,000 documents. No group or reporter had ever requested deleted documents.

Campaign Cash: Right-Wing Money Helps Elect Appeals Court Judge
Campaign Cash

Right-Wing Money Helps Elect Appeals Court Judge

Uihleins and outside groups spend $450,000 to elect Maria Lazar.

Evers Vetoes 43 GOP Proposals

Evers Vetoes 43 GOP Proposals

Killing Republican bills on guns, election changes, COVID-19, but does sign 35 other bills.

Controversial UW-System Free Speech Survey Delayed

Controversial UW-System Free Speech Survey Delayed

UW-Whitewater Chancellor resigned over the survey funded by billionaire John Menard.

Judge Ends Search for Deleted Emails, Texts From Vos’ Phone

Judge Ends Search for Deleted Emails, Texts From Vos’ Phone

Assembly Speaker has turned over almost 20,000 deleted emails from his state account, attorney says.

Data Wonk: Another Bizarre Gableman Proposal
Data Wonk

Another Bizarre Gableman Proposal

With no evidence recommends state stop using ERIC voter registration system.

Vos Held In Contempt of Court

Vos Held In Contempt of Court

Assembly Speaker faces contempt for not releasing records from partisan 2020 election review.

The State of Politics: Historic Turnover Will Change Legislature
The State of Politics

Historic Turnover Will Change Legislature

Retirements, redistricting and members pursuing higher office could transform Legislature.

Gableman’s Own Attorney Calls Election Decertification ‘Pointless’

Gableman’s Own Attorney Calls Election Decertification ‘Pointless’

The former State Supreme Court justice asked lawmakers to consider decertifying 2020 election.

What’s Driving Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate

What’s Driving Milwaukee’s Homicide Rate

Pro-gun laws, red-lining and lead poisoning have a strong correlation with shootings.

Campaign Cash: $250,000 In Dark Money Backs Appeals Court Candidate
Campaign Cash

$250,000 In Dark Money Backs Appeals Court Candidate

Conservative Waukesha judge Judge Maria Lazar backed by shadowy Illinois group.

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.

Redistricting Battle Delays Election Process

Redistricting Battle Delays Election Process

Court fights not over, new maps needed so candidates for fall elections could start gathering signatures.

Legal Battle Over Gableman Subpoenas Drags On

Legal Battle Over Gableman Subpoenas Drags On

Gableman's partisan election review will continue until subpoena lawsuits resolved.

Evers Calls Vos’ Election Fraud Claims Dumb

Evers Calls Vos’ Election Fraud Claims Dumb

Governor calls claims 'repugnant' says speaker is 'ratcheting up the false narrative.'

It’s Milwaukee Vs. Nashville For RNC

It’s Milwaukee Vs. Nashville For RNC

Field narrows to two for 2024 Republican convention - the Music City and the Cream City.

Vos Says State Can’t Decertify 2020 Election Results

Vos Says State Can’t Decertify 2020 Election Results

Republican activists still pushing speaker to overturn 2020 election.

Op Ed: Open Records Imperiled in Wisconsin
Op Ed

Open Records Imperiled in Wisconsin

Led by Robin Vos, public officials more likely to obstruct open records requests.

Court Orders Vos Turn Over Deleted Texts, Emails

Court Orders Vos Turn Over Deleted Texts, Emails

Oversight group has sued for release of records related to partisan 2020 election review.

K-12 Education: How Should Schools Approach Diversity?
K-12 Education

How Should Schools Approach Diversity?

The politics of race and equity in education has caused backlash locally and around the country.

GOP refuses to hold Gableman accountable to the taxpayers
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.

Farrow, ‘Margaret Thatcher of Wisconsin,’ Dies At 87

Farrow, ‘Margaret Thatcher of Wisconsin,’ Dies At 87

First women Lt. Governor in state history had five-decade career in public service.

Gableman Grift Must Be Put to an End
Taxpayers Pay for Gableman’s Groceries, Political Speeches

Taxpayers Pay for Gableman’s Groceries, Political Speeches

He has spent $519,000 so far on widely criticized election probe.

The State of Politics: How Gov. Evers Responded to Pandemic
The State of Politics

How Gov. Evers Responded to Pandemic

It will be an issue in the election: A review of his record shows a very active governor.

Elections Commission Rebuts Gableman Report

Elections Commission Rebuts Gableman Report

Review of 2020 election full of misunderstandings, falsehoods, state commission says.

Gableman Report About ‘Vibes and Feelings’

Gableman Report About ‘Vibes and Feelings’

Inflammatory 136-page report offers no new information on 2020 election, experts say.

New Youth Detention Facility Clears State Budget Committee

New Youth Detention Facility Clears State Budget Committee

$42 million for a state facility to replace Lincoln Hills passes Joint Finance Committee.

Poll Finds Approval Up for Evers, Down for Johnson

Poll Finds Approval Up for Evers, Down for Johnson

MU poll finds Kleefisch leads GOP primary for governor, Barnes atop Democratic primary for senator.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds inflation fears up, pandemic fears down; marijuana legalization up, optimism about Wisconsin down; primary candidates not yet well known
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds inflation fears up, pandemic fears down; marijuana legalization up, optimism about Wisconsin down; primary candidates not yet well known

Please note: Complete Poll results and methodology information can be found online at law.marquette.edu/poll

The Gableman Conspiracy ‘Circus’

The Gableman Conspiracy ‘Circus’

Offers hours of conspiracy-laden testimony and new report pushing to decertify 2020 election which Republican calls illegal, a ‘fool’s errand.'

Campaign Cash: Liberal Group One Of Top Outside Spenders
Campaign Cash

Liberal Group One Of Top Outside Spenders

A Better Wisconsin Together, backed by unions, spent $5.2 million on 2020-2021 races.

Adam Steen to Challenge Robin Vos for the 63rd Assembly
Press Release

Adam Steen to Challenge Robin Vos for the 63rd Assembly

Adam ‐ Representing citizens, not elites

Assembly Approves Funds for Lincoln Hills Replacement

Assembly Approves Funds for Lincoln Hills Replacement

Troubled youth prison was supposed to be closed by now.

Assembly Passes Early Vote Counting Bill

Assembly Passes Early Vote Counting Bill

A raft of election related bills passed, some adding additional requirements to absentee voting.

Op Ed: Rep. Ramthun’s Resume Looks Fishy
Op Ed

Rep. Ramthun’s Resume Looks Fishy

Declines to answer questions about unspecified corporate positions he claims.

Senate Votes 33-0 To Fund Youth Prison

Senate Votes 33-0 To Fund Youth Prison

Also passes bills to restrict teaching race, limit safety net, allow higher bail.

Senate Passes a Dozen Voting Bills

Senate Passes a Dozen Voting Bills

Republicans say bills address election ‘irregularities.’ Democrats charge ‘voter suppression.'

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of Timothy Ramthun
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of Timothy Ramthun

One-time nobody now a candidate for governor and top demagogue in state Republican Party.

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.

Vos Expects Gableman Election Report Soon

Vos Expects Gableman Election Report Soon

By end of February. But that won’t be end of investigation, Vos adds.

Election Official Refutes Bogus Fraud Claims

Election Official Refutes Bogus Fraud Claims

Addressing false claims wastes valuable time, election tech director said.

Voces de la Frontera Action Celebrates Gableman’s Withdrawal of Baseless Subpoenas
Ramthun, Brandtjen Lead Rally to Overturn 2020 Election

Ramthun, Brandtjen Lead Rally to Overturn 2020 Election

Capitol event organized by Jefferson Davis pushes bill to recall state’s 2020 electors.

Op Ed: Ramthun Will Mess Up GOP Primary
Op Ed

Ramthun Will Mess Up GOP Primary

Republican state senator won’t provide any evidence of his Big Lie about 2020 election.

The State of Politics: Both Parties Face Pre-Election Turmoil
The State of Politics

Both Parties Face Pre-Election Turmoil

Republicans struggle with deep divisions, Democrats with sinking poll numbers.

GOP Bills Restrict University Teaching

GOP Bills Restrict University Teaching

Barring critical race theory, diluting ethnic course requirements, ending administrators’ immunity from lawsuits.

State Rep. Timothy Ramthun Running for Governor

State Rep. Timothy Ramthun Running for Governor

Ramthun gained national attention when he tried to decertify the 2020 election results.

Assembly Committee Hears Unsupported Claims of Voter Fraud

Assembly Committee Hears Unsupported Claims of Voter Fraud

A convicted fraudster, who once worked with Michael Gableman, makes wild allegations.

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.

Voces Joins Suit Over Gableman Election Subpoenas

Voces Joins Suit Over Gableman Election Subpoenas

Immigrant-rights group received subpoenas as part of GOP election investigation.

Murphy’s Law: Can Nicholson Beat Kleefisch?
Murphy’s Law

Can Nicholson Beat Kleefisch?

Democrats are thrilled about what could be a bruising Republican primary for governor.

School Voucher Lobby Wants More State Funding

School Voucher Lobby Wants More State Funding

Pushing for more public funding of private schools.

Republicans Offer Slate of Election Bills

Republicans Offer Slate of Election Bills

They won’t suppress votes, Bernier and other GOP legislators promise. Democrats skeptical.

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.

Speaker Vos Struggles to Maintain Control

Speaker Vos Struggles to Maintain Control

Assailed by GOP rebels. ‘Conspiracy theorists have taken over the party.’

The State of Politics: Primary For Governor Continues Century-Old Reform
The State of Politics

Primary For Governor Continues Century-Old Reform

This was the first state to hold primary elections. Kleefisch vs. Nicholson is latest example.

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.

Nicholson Enters Race For Governor

Nicholson Enters Race For Governor

Will face Kleefisch in Republican primary. He called her ‘dumb as a bag of hammers.’

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.

Legislature Passes Raft of Law Enforcement Bills

Legislature Passes Raft of Law Enforcement Bills

14 bills increase funding, restrict local control; some directly target Milwaukee.

Judge Presses Attorney for Vos on Election Probe Records

Judge Presses Attorney for Vos on Election Probe Records

Attorney hasn’t seen records, doesn’t know where they are.

Jay Rothman Named UW System President

Jay Rothman Named UW System President

Milwaukee attorney and Foley & Lardner CEO has never held a university leadership position.

Vos Disciplines Trump-Backed Legislator

Vos Disciplines Trump-Backed Legislator

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos stripped Rep. Timothy Ramthun of his legislative staff.

Republicans Rubberstamp Expanded Powers for Gableman
Voces de la Frontera Action Files Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena as Part of Sham Election Review
Press Release

Voces de la Frontera Action Files Lawsuit Challenging Subpoena as Part of Sham Election Review

Voces De La Frontera Action Condemns Speaker Vos's Attempts to Intimidate and Silence the Political Voices of Communities of Color; Files Lawsuit Challenging Gableman's Subpoena as Part of Sham Election Review

Murphy’s Law: How Absentee Ballot Boxes Became Illegal
Murphy’s Law

How Absentee Ballot Boxes Became Illegal

Used in 40 states and backed by Republicans, until their new push to make them illegal.

Will 10 Wisconsin Republicans Who Tried to Hijack 2020 Election Be Punished?

Will 10 Wisconsin Republicans Who Tried to Hijack 2020 Election Be Punished?

They submitted imposter Electoral College ballots to Congress.

Court Disallows Absentee Ballot Boxes

Court Disallows Absentee Ballot Boxes

Waukesha judge rules they are not allowed under state law.

Supreme Court Upholds Deposition Order for Robin Vos

Supreme Court Upholds Deposition Order for Robin Vos

Vos tried to avoid deposition in open records suit related to 2020 election investigation.

Court Rejects Kaul Suit to Stop GOP Election Probe’s Subpoena

Court Rejects Kaul Suit to Stop GOP Election Probe’s Subpoena

But judge warns she could reopen case if Gableman seek penalties against WEC leader.

Sen. Carpenter Requests Legislative Audit of Michael Gableman’s Commission
Robin Vos ‘Selling Out Democracy’?

Robin Vos ‘Selling Out Democracy’?

Hintz looks back at four years as Assembly minority leader and how Republicans ‘lost their way.’

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.

Op Ed: Hold Wisconsin’s Fraudulent Electors Accountable
Op Ed

Hold Wisconsin’s Fraudulent Electors Accountable

10 Republicans tried to cast Wisconsin's electoral votes for former President Donald Trump.

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.

Vos, Gableman Could Face Consequences for Election Probe

Vos, Gableman Could Face Consequences for Election Probe

Court requires Vos to sit for deposition, lawyer demands public apologies by Gableman.

Vos Gets Golden Fleece Award – Wastes $676,000 taxpayer dollars
Op Ed: Van Orden Complicit in January 6 Riot?
Op Ed

Van Orden Complicit in January 6 Riot?

Republican running for 3rd District Congressional seat backed overthrow of legal election.

Republicans Expand Election Probe

Republicans Expand Election Probe

More subpoenas of local officials and “insanely broad” request of information from state elections commission, its chair charges.

The State of Politics: 6 Wisconsin Pols to Watch in 2022
The State of Politics

6 Wisconsin Pols to Watch in 2022

Their decisions could decide what kind of year it is.

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.

The State of Politics: Top 8 Capitol News Stories In 2021
The State of Politics

Top 8 Capitol News Stories In 2021

And what a strange year it was.

2022 Governor’s Race Will Decide How Elections Run, Hintz Warns

2022 Governor’s Race Will Decide How Elections Run, Hintz Warns

If Evers loses Republicans will install partisan election controls, Assembly Minority Leader predicts.

Foxconn Qualifies For $29 Million Tax Credits

Foxconn Qualifies For $29 Million Tax Credits

Project meets benchmarks for state aid for first time since 2018.

Op Ed: Vos Has Dreadful Record on COVID-19
Op Ed

Vos Has Dreadful Record on COVID-19

Offering cynicism and incompetence as state approaches 950,000 cases and 9,800 deaths.

Assembly Democrats Elevate New Generation

Assembly Democrats Elevate New Generation

Youth, diversity on the rise. But Rep. Anderson offers protest on workplace disability issue.

Pressure Builds on State’s Hospitals

Pressure Builds on State’s Hospitals

More than 95% of ICU beds are full, one-third of them patients with COVID-19.

The State of Politics: Democrats’ Revolving Door Swings Again
The State of Politics

Democrats’ Revolving Door Swings Again

Assembly minority leader Gordon Hintz's decision to step down the latest of many leadership changes.

Op Ed: Evers’ Smart Move on Political Maps
Op Ed

Evers’ Smart Move on Political Maps

Submits redistricting maps to Supreme Court that move fewer voters than Republicans’ maps.

Evers Makes the New York Times Crossword

Evers Makes the New York Times Crossword

14 down with the clue “Wisconsin governor Tony.”

Evers’ New Legislative Maps Retain GOP Advantage

Evers’ New Legislative Maps Retain GOP Advantage

But they create more competitive districts, the governor said.

Quit ‘Chasing Conspiracy Theories,’ Kaul Urges Republicans

Quit ‘Chasing Conspiracy Theories,’ Kaul Urges Republicans

Election investigation ‘wasting taxpayer money,’ attorney general charges.

Vos Can’t Say When Election Probe Will End

Vos Can’t Say When Election Probe Will End

Nor whether additional funding for investigation will be needed. ‘We don’t know.’

Key Republican Bashes GOP Elections Probe

Key Republican Bashes GOP Elections Probe

Sen. Bernier, Senate’s elections committee chair, calls investigation a ‘charade’ that will harm her party.

Hintz Will Quit As Assembly Minority Leader

Hintz Will Quit As Assembly Minority Leader

Democrat will resign position in January, cites need to spend more time with family.

The State of Politics: Loudenbeck Wants To Be Elections Czar
The State of Politics

Loudenbeck Wants To Be Elections Czar

Her run for secretary of state part of Republican effort to overhaul election laws, oversight.

WILL Report Finds Little Voter Fraud

WILL Report Finds Little Voter Fraud

But conservative group cites potential for future fraud, attacks election administrators.

Op Ed: Evers Didn’t Do Enough on Fair Maps
Op Ed

Evers Didn’t Do Enough on Fair Maps

He gambled on Hagedorn. And lost his bet.

Gableman Asks Court to Arrest Madison, Green Bay Mayors

Gableman Asks Court to Arrest Madison, Green Bay Mayors

It’s “comic buffoonery,” says attorney for Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich.

Op Ed: Michael Gableman Has No Shame
Op Ed

Michael Gableman Has No Shame

Head of GOP election probe was a nasty bully, making slanderous, irresponsible charges to Assembly committee.

State Elections Commission Blasts Non-Partisan Election Review

State Elections Commission Blasts Non-Partisan Election Review

Commission chair says report is "gross incompetence" or a intentional "sabotage."

Gableman Reveals Staff in Election Probe

Gableman Reveals Staff in Election Probe

Nine staff earning up to $10,000 month in Republican-backed investigation.

Johnson Pushes Legislators to Take Over Federal Elections

Johnson Pushes Legislators to Take Over Federal Elections

Including U.S. Senator race. He has 'lost confidence' in state elections agency.

Murphy’s Law: After Rittenhouse, Expect More Vigilantes
Murphy’s Law

After Rittenhouse, Expect More Vigilantes

Self defense laws and lack of gun control at issue. Is reform possible?

New Book Bashes Foxconn Project

New Book Bashes Foxconn Project

‘Foxconned’ offers broad critique of big government economic development projects.

Vos Attacks UW For Making Whites ‘Feel Guilty’

Vos Attacks UW For Making Whites ‘Feel Guilty’

UW-Madison webinar for grad students aims to prevent ’sexual and relationship violence.’

Democratic Legislators Refuse to Meet Privately With Gableman

Democratic Legislators Refuse to Meet Privately With Gableman

Head of elections probe refuses to answer questions in public, committee members charge.

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.

Rep. Bowen’s Statement on Gerrymandered Republican Maps: Same Poop in a New Toilet
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Rep. Bowen’s Statement on Gerrymandered Republican Maps: Same Poop in a New Toilet

Bowen highlights the struggle for progress in a State where Republicans refuse to value anything above power and control.

Expressing Disappointment in Rep. Ortiz-Velez for Carrying Water for Republican Speaker Robin Vos at the Expense of Our Constituents
Gableman Says GOP Election Probe Stymied AG

Gableman Says GOP Election Probe Stymied AG

In first testimony to lawmakers, head of probe says he won't conduct interviews in public.

Vos, Assembly Ordered To Release Election Probe’s Documents

Vos, Assembly Ordered To Release Election Probe’s Documents

Judge gives them 10 days to comply with state open records law.

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.

Op Ed: Charges Against Election Officials Are Partisan Stunt
Op Ed

Charges Against Election Officials Are Partisan Stunt

Using unproven allegations to cause distrust of democracy.

Free Speech Champion Rep. Sortwell Blocks Facebook Comments

Free Speech Champion Rep. Sortwell Blocks Facebook Comments

Republican turns off Facebook comments on his page after facing claims of child abuse.

Racine County Sheriff Refers Charges For State Elections Commissioners

Racine County Sheriff Refers Charges For State Elections Commissioners

Charging recommendations against five of six elections commissioners referred to district attorney.

Peoples Map Commission Unveils Proposal

Peoples Map Commission Unveils Proposal

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

Murphy’s Law: About Those Election ‘Irregularities’
Murphy’s Law

About Those Election ‘Irregularities’

Is there any truth to Republican complaints about the 2020 election?

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?

Racine County Sheriff Alleges Voting Fraud In Nursing Homes

Racine County Sheriff Alleges Voting Fraud In Nursing Homes

Deputy Sheriff alleges voting laws were broken with use of absentee ballots.

Rep. Hintz Condemns GOP Attacks on Democracy
Hundreds Denounce GOP Redistricting Plan

Hundreds Denounce GOP Redistricting Plan

Republicans control Legislature, and propose maps maintaining electoral advantage.

Gov. Evers Releases Statement Responding to Speaker Vos
Speaker Vos Responds to Racine County Sheriff’s Office Announcement
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.

Legislature Passes Bills Restricting Abortions

Legislature Passes Bills Restricting Abortions

Republicans try again with bills that Evers previously vetoed.

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?

Republicans Want Yet Another Election Probe

Republicans Want Yet Another Election Probe

After non-partisan report finds 2020 election was safe and secure, Senate leaders call for another investigation.

Nonpartisan State Election Review Finds No Widespread Fraud

Nonpartisan State Election Review Finds No Widespread Fraud

Legislative Audit Bureau recommends changes to election laws.

Is Third Time The Charm for Red Light Cameras?

Is Third Time The Charm for Red Light Cameras?

Rep. LaKeshia Myers reintroduces bill to allow Milwaukee to use cameras to bust speeders and red-light runners.

Wisconsin Elections Commission Sues To Stop Gableman’s Subpoenas

Wisconsin Elections Commission Sues To Stop Gableman’s Subpoenas

Suit says Gableman is overstepping authority in how subpoenas are structured.

State Republicans Draw Maps Preserving Electoral Advantage

State Republicans Draw Maps Preserving Electoral Advantage

Gov. Evers has said he would veto GOP gerrymander.

Most of Us Believe in Protecting the Freedom to Vote, But Not Ron Johnson
Press Release

Most of Us Believe in Protecting the Freedom to Vote, But Not Ron Johnson

Johnson Casts Vote Against Even Allowing Debate on National Standards for Elections

Vos Says 2020 Election Was ‘Tainted’

Vos Says 2020 Election Was ‘Tainted’

The state Assembly Speaker said "I think" Joe Biden won the election.

Election Probe Testimony Postponed

Election Probe Testimony Postponed

Testimony from public officials for the GOP-investigation was to begin Friday, Oct. 15.

State AG Calls Election Probe a ‘Fake Investigation’

State AG Calls Election Probe a ‘Fake Investigation’

Attorney General Josh Kaul also said there were 'glaring' legal flaws in the investigation.

Attorney General Kaul Statement on Election “Investigation” by Former Supreme Court Justice Gableman
Judge Orders Election Probe Records Released

Judge Orders Election Probe Records Released

Dane County judge orders Speaker Vos to make the records public.

WisDems Chair Ben Wikler Responds to Michael Gableman’s Anti-Semitic Comments, Calls on Speaker Vos to Fire the Special Counsel
Officials Stand By Foxconn Project Despite Murky Future

Officials Stand By Foxconn Project Despite Murky Future

The manufacturer announced it would build electric cars in Ohio last week.

City Hall: Milwaukee Will Comply With Subpoenas, But City Attorney Won’t Say How
City Hall

Milwaukee Will Comply With Subpoenas, But City Attorney Won’t Say How

Spencer big on promises, but short on details.

Mayor Barrett Is Latest Official Subpoenaed In Election Probe

Mayor Barrett Is Latest Official Subpoenaed In Election Probe

Official leading the probe admits he doesn't understand how elections are supposed to work.

Election Officials Receive Subpoenas in Election Probe

Election Officials Receive Subpoenas in Election Probe

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos signs first subpoenas in the inquiry.

MKE County: So Much For An Independent Redistricting Process
MKE County

So Much For An Independent Redistricting Process

County committee rejects its own independent redistricting committee's recommendations.

Commission Proposes Legislative Maps Reducing GOP Advantage

Commission Proposes Legislative Maps Reducing GOP Advantage

State Legislature not required to consider maps from The People's Maps Commission.

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.

State Superintendent Slams GOP Over School Funding

State Superintendent Slams GOP Over School Funding

Assembly Speaker Vos says more money won't fix problems in schools.

What’s The Status of State Election Probes?

What’s The Status of State Election Probes?

Three Republican-backed investigations despite no evidence of widespread fraud or wrongdoing.

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.

The State of Politics: Democrats Lose Experience In Legislature
The State of Politics

Democrats Lose Experience In Legislature

10 years of Republican control helps creates Legislature with less experienced Democrats.

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of Rep. Janel Brandtjen
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of Rep. Janel Brandtjen

A leader in election lies and demagoguery has become a state Republican power.

Will Donors Punish Legislators Pushing Election Lies?

Will Donors Punish Legislators Pushing Election Lies?

Wisconsin Realtors says it will still back conspiracy theorist Rep. Janel Brandtjen.

Gableman Request For Election Data Questioned

Gableman Request For Election Data Questioned

County clerks concerned about breach of security, Gableman’s misinformed views.

Republican Schools Colleagues on Election Lies

Republican Schools Colleagues on Election Lies

Elections chair Sen. Kathy Bernier runs 2.5 hour meeting with experts and verifiable facts.

GOP Election Probes ‘Bad Faith Efforts,’ Bipartisan Group Says

GOP Election Probes ‘Bad Faith Efforts,’ Bipartisan Group Says

Group including Republican politicians bashes ‘political stunts’ by Vos, Brandtjen.

Back in the News: Brandtjen Looks Foolish on Election Audit
Back in the News

Brandtjen Looks Foolish on Election Audit

Even Robin Vos wouldn't support her lame attempt to subpoena election data.

Op Ed: State High Court Wary of Doing Redistricting
Op Ed

State High Court Wary of Doing Redistricting

Conservative judges have made best arguments against acceding to Republicans’ wishes.

Taxpayers Funding Gableman’s Travel

Taxpayers Funding Gableman’s Travel

Trips by election probe leader to MyPillow conspiracy event and discredited Arizona audit.

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.

Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan Say 2020 Election Not Rigged

Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan Say 2020 Election Not Rigged

Johnson still supports investigation into election commissions and grants.

Republicans Divided Over Election Audits

Republicans Divided Over Election Audits

Are you with Team Vos or Team Brandtjen? Fish for unproven problems or overturn 2020 election?

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.

Gableman Approved to Head 2020 Election Probe

Gableman Approved to Head 2020 Election Probe

5-3 Assembly committee vote for former Supreme Court Justice. Evers condemns probe.

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.

Op Ed: Please Submit Maps to Legislature
Op Ed

Please Submit Maps to Legislature

Vos has welcomed this, apparently fearing he’d look bad for overtly opposing non-partisan redistricting.

Op Ed: When Will We Get Reform of Police?
Op Ed

When Will We Get Reform of Police?

State government has done little, police union threatened us, but we’re still pushing for change.

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.

Walker Connected Group Calls for Abolishing Elections Commission

Walker Connected Group Calls for Abolishing Elections Commission

Call to replace state commission part of national Republican effort to delegitimize legal elections.

Op Ed: Vos Kisses Trump’s Ring
Op Ed

Vos Kisses Trump’s Ring

Humbling himself to placate right-wing zealots calling for Assembly Speaker's head.

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.

Redistricting Begins With Arrival of Census Data

Redistricting Begins With Arrival of Census Data

The partisan battle over the next decade's state legislative districts has begun.

Head of WIGOP Election Review Attends MyPillow Conspiracy Convention To Get Some Pointer
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.

WisDems Denounce GOP Subpoena Circus
Gableman Defends Election Audit

Gableman Defends Election Audit

Former justice had an altercation with a Milwaukee poll worker during November election.

Vos Backtracks on Election Audit

Vos Backtracks on Election Audit

After criticizing Brandtjen for pushing yet another audit, he caves. “It’s red meat for the base.”

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.

Data Wonk: What Is MPS Strategy For Stimulus Aid?
Data Wonk

What Is MPS Strategy For Stimulus Aid?

It's a huge opportunity to improve student achievement -- which is badly needed.

State Elections Commission Refutes Rep. Brandtjen

State Elections Commission Refutes Rep. Brandtjen

Republican legislator "should stop spreading these wild conspiracy theories,” commission chair says.

Legislative Session Much Ado About Nothing

Legislative Session Much Ado About Nothing

School spending issue gaveled in and out. Failed veto override generates many speeches.

State Elections Chair Wants Arizona-Style Audit

State Elections Chair Wants Arizona-Style Audit

"Donald Trump won this election in Wisconsin," Rep. Brandtjen declares.

Op Ed: Vos Misreads Me
Op Ed

Vos Misreads Me

He takes my critique of Evers’ strategy as a sign of unrest among Democrats. Wrong.

‘We Aren’t Lazy People’

‘We Aren’t Lazy People’

Rejoining workforce isn’t easy for some who lost jobs due to COVID-19.

Experts Warn Against ‘Sham’ Election Audits

Experts Warn Against ‘Sham’ Election Audits

Influenced by Arizona, Wisconsin has many ‘audits,' including one by a convicted felon.

Bill Could Reduce DNR’s Regulatory Authority Over PFAS

Bill Could Reduce DNR’s Regulatory Authority Over PFAS

Legislation would bar towns from suing polluters if they accept a cleanup grant.

Op Ed: Democrats Need Alternative to Evers
Op Ed

Democrats Need Alternative to Evers

His lack of imagination, lack of courage, lack of strategic thinking is just stunning.

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
Data Wonk: Should Michael Gableman Investigate 2020 Election?
Data Wonk

Should Michael Gableman Investigate 2020 Election?

Vos picks ethically challenged former justice who's already declared election stolen.

6 Months on from their Insurrection, WI Republicans Haven’t Learned Anything
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6 Months on from their Insurrection, WI Republicans Haven’t Learned Anything

Federal and state reps deny accountability and continue to push the Big Lie

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.

Op Ed: Our Fourth Of July Crisis
Op Ed

Our Fourth Of July Crisis

Voting rights imperiled and a push to mandate singing the national anthem.

Activists Say Police Reform Bills Not Enough

Activists Say Police Reform Bills Not Enough

Elected officials, policing activists say task force bills are not substantive reforms.

Evers Vetoes Cut In Unemployment Pay

Evers Vetoes Cut In Unemployment Pay

Republican bill backed by business lobbyists targeted supplemental pay to unemployed.

What Democrats Got In GOP Budget

What Democrats Got In GOP Budget

Long list of proposals killed or altered in final Assembly bill. Yet four Democrats voted for it.

Op Ed: Robin Vos Isn’t Rightwing Enough?
Op Ed

Robin Vos Isn’t Rightwing Enough?

Some Republicans seek to strip him of his Assembly Speaker position.

Murphy’s Law: Evers Is the Pro-Science Candidate
Murphy’s Law

Evers Is the Pro-Science Candidate

Why has that description become so controversial?

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.

Legislators Clash On Police Funding

Legislators Clash On Police Funding

A heated debate as Republicans condemn Milwaukee and Milwaukee legislators defend the city.

Op Ed: GOP Obamacare Lawsuit a Cynical Political Stunt
Op Ed

GOP Obamacare Lawsuit a Cynical Political Stunt

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down suit. Meanwhile, Vos and and state GOP obstruct Medicaid expansion.

State Legislature Passes Policing Bills

State Legislature Passes Policing Bills

The governor called on lawmakers to pass additional policing reform legislation.

Republican Lawmakers Advance $3.4 Billion Tax Cut

Republican Lawmakers Advance $3.4 Billion Tax Cut

State legislators propose cuts to income, property and business taxes.

State Assembly Passes Transgender Athlete Bill

State Assembly Passes Transgender Athlete Bill

Legislation would bar transgender women from playing on female athletic teams.

New Voices Join Voting Rights Battle

New Voices Join Voting Rights Battle

Business leaders, faith groups and the disabled oppose bills creating barriers to voting.

Wisconsin Republicans Join Disgraced Ex-Governor On Conspiracy-Driven Trip to Arizona Audit Site
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.

Assembly Leaders Accused of ‘Systemic Racism’

Assembly Leaders Accused of ‘Systemic Racism’

Republicans use racist retaliation, punish free speech, Democratic legislators charge.

Wisconsin Republican Legislators Join Arizona’s Illegitimate Election Audit
Press Release

Wisconsin Republican Legislators Join Arizona’s Illegitimate Election Audit

GOP Legislators Head to “Observe” the Arizona Election Circus While School Funding Remains at Risk and Budget Unfinished

GOP Lawmakers End Weekly Unemployment Boost

GOP Lawmakers End Weekly Unemployment Boost

State legislature votes to end $300 federal supplement. Governor Evers could veto.

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.

State Now Projects $4.4 Billion Windfall

State Now Projects $4.4 Billion Windfall

Fiscal bureau projects far more tax revenue than expected for 2021-2023.

Can We Talk About Marijuana? Democrats Ask

Can We Talk About Marijuana? Democrats Ask

GOP legislative leader won’t allow a vote or even discussion of medical marijuana.

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.

Bowen Introduces Package of Policing Bills

Bowen Introduces Package of Policing Bills

The Milwaukee representative introduced a slate of legislation titled "Enough is Enough."

GOP Election Commissioners Want Tougher Response to Felon Voting

GOP Election Commissioners Want Tougher Response to Felon Voting

Republican appointees decry election fraud citing negligible numbers of felons voting.

9 Takeaways on Local Marijuana Laws

9 Takeaways on Local Marijuana Laws

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

Murphy’s Law: How Vos Pushes The Big Lie
Murphy’s Law

How Vos Pushes The Big Lie

Claiming election irregularities, undermining election officials, hiring a GOP expert in smears.

Hesselbein Votes No to Republican Private Investigators
Op Ed: PRO Act Is Key to American Dream
Op Ed

PRO Act Is Key to American Dream

Biden’s proposed Protecting the Right to Organize Act would protect union rights.

Op Ed: After a Year of Protests What’s Changed?
Op Ed

After a Year of Protests What’s Changed?

One year after George Floyd’s death little has changed in Wisconsin.

Robin Vos Wasting Taxpayer Resources To Investigate Non-Existent Voter Fraud
Press Release

Robin Vos Wasting Taxpayer Resources To Investigate Non-Existent Voter Fraud

Journal Sentinel: “Vos said he didn't know how much the taxpayer-funded investigation would cost.”

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.

Bill Would End ‘Municipal Shuffle’ of Police Officers

Bill Would End ‘Municipal Shuffle’ of Police Officers

Legislation by Rep. Moore Omokunde would decertify police officers trying to avoid firing, investigation.

Legislative Committee Reviews Policing Bills

Legislative Committee Reviews Policing Bills

Wanggaard, Taylor push legislation on use-of-force policies, chokeholds and whistleblower protections.

Evers Revises Plan to Expand Medicaid

Evers Revises Plan to Expand Medicaid

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

GOP Legislators Target Jobless Pay

GOP Legislators Target Jobless Pay

Bill restores work-search requirement, ends supplemental pandemic aid to unemployed.

Marklein, Vos Author Workforce Recovery Legislation
Press Release

Marklein, Vos Author Workforce Recovery Legislation

Bill to encourage individuals to return-to-work amid massive worker shortage

Capitol Rally For Nonpartisan Redistricting

Capitol Rally For Nonpartisan Redistricting

Advocates push plan modeled on Iowa’s non-partisan system.

Op Ed: Mark Born Offers a History Lesson
Op Ed

Mark Born Offers a History Lesson

Republican representative and Joint Finance leader suggests small glass case of exhibits is quite enough Black history.

Tosa Police Had Many ‘High Value Targets’

Tosa Police Had Many ‘High Value Targets’

Including Mayor Dennis McBride, Rep. David Bowen, protest leaders, attorneys.

Op Ed: Foxconn Shows Folly of Cheesehead Revolution
Op Ed

Foxconn Shows Folly of Cheesehead Revolution

Walker, Ryan, Priebus pushed business-friendly policies. The result: an abysmal failure.

Legislature Passes Many Bills

Legislature Passes Many Bills

Full agenda on Tuesday of mostly partisan legislation, much of it heading for governor’s veto.

GOP Sends Mixed Message To Evers

GOP Sends Mixed Message To Evers

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

Op Ed: Republicans Support Medicaid Expansion
Op Ed

Republicans Support Medicaid Expansion

More and more do. Robin Vos could learn from them and from state’s history.

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 Law: The True Costs of New Foxconn Deal
Murphy’s Law

The True Costs of New Foxconn Deal

Evers new deal is a huge improvement but will still cost taxpayers $523,000 per job.

City Hall: Pension Costs Will Cause Huge Worker Layoffs
City Hall

Pension Costs Will Cause Huge Worker Layoffs

One-sixth of city workforce projected for cuts by 2026, with added cuts in future years.

Search for UW System President Starting Soon

Search for UW System President Starting Soon

Last search, led by UW Regent Michael M. Grebe, ended in controversy and indecision.

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.

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.

The State of Politics: All Sides Won On New Foxconn Deal
The State of Politics

All Sides Won On New Foxconn Deal

Evers, Foxconn and Robin Vos all hail a vastly different deal.

Ron Johnson Favors “Limited” COVID-19 Vaccination

Ron Johnson Favors “Limited” COVID-19 Vaccination

"I see no reason to be pushing vaccines on people," the senator said.

State Planning Small Business Recovery Grants

State Planning Small Business Recovery Grants

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

A Better Wisconsin Together Stands with Wisconsin’s Trans Community
Wisconsin Reaches 4 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered
Op Ed: Republicans Throwing Away Our Money
Op Ed

Republicans Throwing Away Our Money

Their extremist policies are costing state taxpayers billions.

Racial Disparities Task Force Disagrees on Use of Force

Racial Disparities Task Force Disagrees on Use of Force

State committee can’t agree on standard to guide police and recommend to Legislature.

Robin Vos Must Stop Spreading Vaccine Doubts Online
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.

Robin Vos Agrees “100%” The Potential Loss of Food Aid Was An “Alarmist Talking Point”
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.

Op Ed: Biden Plan Is a Lead Pipe Cinch
Op Ed

Biden Plan Is a Lead Pipe Cinch

His infrastructure proposal could provide enough funding to replace all lead pipes in Milwaukee.

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.

Robin Vos And Republican Politicians Continue To Play Games With Wisconsin’s COVID Response
Press Release

Robin Vos And Republican Politicians Continue To Play Games With Wisconsin’s COVID Response

Republican Politicians in the Legislature Continue To Waste Time With Irresponsible Political Games

Parties Bash Heads on State Budget

Parties Bash Heads on State Budget

Evers budget and Republican proposals are miles apart. A compromise won’t be easy.

Conservation voters calling for racial justice and accountability in the wake of growing Anti-Asian violence
Op Ed: Signs of Hope at State Budget Hearing
Op Ed

Signs of Hope at State Budget Hearing

Citizens attended public hearing in Whitewater and demanded legislators support a wide range of reforms.

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.

Robin Vos Must Clarify Late-Night Threat To Defund Wisconsin Schools
14 Bills Restrict Voting in Wisconsin

14 Bills Restrict Voting in Wisconsin

Bills call for voter roll purges and restrictions on early voting and registration.

Op Ed: Will Robin Vos Face Healthcare Realities?
Op Ed

Will Robin Vos Face Healthcare Realities?

American Rescue Plan offers huge opportunities for states to expand medical coverage.

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.

State Leads Nation Dispensing Vaccines

State Leads Nation Dispensing Vaccines

Wisconsin has used 88% of its vaccine allotment, top rate of any state in the nation.

Supervisor Martin Statement on Hosting Gun Shows at Milwaukee County Sports Complex
Legislature Has Dramatic Debate

Legislature Has Dramatic Debate

Over its power, purpose, prestige... and whether Robin Vos hates Tony Evers.

Senator Agard responds to Speaker Vos comments regarding gun reform legislation
Legislators Pass Bill Blocking Vaccine Mandates

Legislators Pass Bill Blocking Vaccine Mandates

And giving Legislature oversight over federal stimulus funds. Veto by Evers likely.

Racial Bias Found in Pot Prosecutions

Racial Bias Found in Pot Prosecutions

Black Wisconsinites 4.3% more likely to be prosecuted for pot possession, new study finds.

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?

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.

Op Ed: Boycott the Uline Corporation
Op Ed

Boycott the Uline Corporation

Company gave millions to group sponsoring Capitol insurrection, opposed pandemic measures, endangered employees’ health.

Honoring Limbaugh But Not Black History

Honoring Limbaugh But Not Black History

Republican legislators back resolution to honor Rush, resist celebrating Black History Month.

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.

UW System Seeks $5 Billion for Capital Projects

UW System Seeks $5 Billion for Capital Projects

Campuses request 185 construction and improvement projects, budget request is for 28.

GOP Legislators Reject Local Sales Tax Hikes

GOP Legislators Reject Local Sales Tax Hikes

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

The State of Politics: Where Are Act 10 Players Today?
The State of Politics

Where Are Act 10 Players Today?

Governor and three-fourths of legislators engaged in 2011 battle over law crushing public unions have moved on.

Legislature Okays Unemployment System Upgrades

Legislature Okays Unemployment System Upgrades

Bill also includes COVID-19 legal immunity for businesses.

Evers Budget Restores Union Rights

Evers Budget Restores Union Rights

Rolls back some of Act 10. Republicans likely to reject plan.

Murphy’s Law: Let Us Now Praise Rush Limbaugh
Murphy’s Law

Let Us Now Praise Rush Limbaugh

What was his impact on Wisconsin? Praise and condemnation and silliness offered.

Evers Budget Has Green Goals

Evers Budget Has Green Goals

Significant investment to combat climate change, protect public land.

Letter From Speaker Vos Requesting Gov. Evers Lower State and U.S. Flags in Honor of Rush Limbaugh
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.

Should Waupun Prison Be Closed?

Should Waupun Prison Be Closed?

Two legislators say it may be time. Committee chair calls prison the "essence" of the city

Op Ed: Lessons of the 1969 MATC Strike
Op Ed

Lessons of the 1969 MATC Strike

How public employees beat the odds to create a union.

GOP Lawmakers Blasted for Racial Disparities Task Force Comments

GOP Lawmakers Blasted for Racial Disparities Task Force Comments

Email from Majority Leader Jim Steineke to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos showed little expectation of producing actual legislation.

Republicans End Mask Mandate, Evers Puts It Back In Place

Republicans End Mask Mandate, Evers Puts It Back In Place

Governor issues new health order after Republicans end his prior one.

Wisconsin Democrats Issue Statement After Republican Legislature Strikes Down Protective Mask Mandate
WI GOP: All aboard the COVID express
Op Ed: Republican COVID Callousness
Op Ed

Republican COVID Callousness

Legislators wrong to criticize inmates getting the vaccine when prison infection rates are so high.

Rep. Hintz: Statement on Assembly Republican Plan to Use A Speaker’s Task Force to do Nothing About Racial Disparities
Cities, Counties Crafting Mask Mandates

Cities, Counties Crafting Mask Mandates

Anticipating a state repeal, local governments enacting their own mandates.

Vos and Wanggaard Continue to Gaslight Public on Foxconn Development
Press Release

Vos and Wanggaard Continue to Gaslight Public on Foxconn Development

“Foxconn is failing to fulfill financial obligations in Mount Pleasant while local spending continues in preparation for a factory that is not happening.”

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.

Murphy’s Law: Robin Vos Will Solve Foxconn Fiasco
Murphy’s Law

Robin Vos Will Solve Foxconn Fiasco

Assembly Speaker has toured the plant and Foxconn is definitely, probably manufacturing… something.

Your Right to Know: Mask-Less Public Meetings Are Illegal
Your Right to Know

Mask-Less Public Meetings Are Illegal

They endanger health and prevent access to all interested in attending.

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.

Evers Likely to Veto GOP COVID-19 Bill

Evers Likely to Veto GOP COVID-19 Bill

Bill includes mask mandate repeal and other 'poison pill' provisions.

Legislature Halts Mask Mandate Repeal

Legislature Halts Mask Mandate Repeal

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said bill not being taken up, for now.

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.

Thompson Warned, Don’t Hike UW Tuition

Thompson Warned, Don’t Hike UW Tuition

System's tuitions frozen since 2013. Lawmakers warn UW budget will go nowhere if there’s any hike.

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.

GOP Legislators Want to Repeal Mask Mandate

GOP Legislators Want to Repeal Mask Mandate

A joint resolution would terminate Evers' public health orders.

Murphy’s Law: Will State Republicans Abandon Trump?
Murphy’s Law

Will State Republicans Abandon Trump?

Many have in other states. Will Wisconsin’s GOP get off the Trump crazy train?

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.

GOP State Legislators Asked Pence to Not Certify Election

GOP State Legislators Asked Pence to Not Certify Election

15 legislators signed the letter. Four of them serve on Assembly elections committee.

State Unemployment System ‘Very Broken’

State Unemployment System ‘Very Broken’

Citizens decry delays. DWD officials say outdated computer system causes massive problems.

Evers Offers Folksy State-of-State Speech

Evers Offers Folksy State-of-State Speech

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

Speaker Vos Delivers Republican Response to State of State Address
Senate Unveils Pared-Down COVID-19 Bill

Senate Unveils Pared-Down COVID-19 Bill

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

Campaign Cash: Special Interests Want COVID Lawsuit Immunity
Campaign Cash

Special Interests Want COVID Lawsuit Immunity

Republican bill protects businesses from lawsuits even if they violate public health guidelines.

GOP Bill Assigns Electoral Votes by Congressional District

GOP Bill Assigns Electoral Votes by Congressional District

State Rep. Gary Tauchen's bill would put partisanship, gerrymandering "on steroids."

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.

Assembly Committee Passes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Assembly Committee Passes GOP COVID-19 Bill

Vos calls measure ‘bipartisan’ though all Democrats oppose it.

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.

Republican Legislators Unveil COVID-19 Plan

Republican Legislators Unveil COVID-19 Plan

Speedy passage expected. Evers spokesman chides legislators for not working on bipartisan bill.

Federal Judge Tears Apart Election Lawsuit

Federal Judge Tears Apart Election Lawsuit

The Wisconsin Voters Alliance was attempting to overturn the 2020 election results with the lawsuit.

Speaker Vos Begins Session with Focus on Second COVID Relief Bill
The Push to Reopen Schools

The Push to Reopen Schools

Virtual schools working poorly, but in-person schools are risky. Legislators, others pushing to reopen.

Pocan Criticizes Assembly GOP For Mask Policy

Pocan Criticizes Assembly GOP For Mask Policy

Assembly won't require masks, after Speaker Robin Vos appeared in ad encouraging mask wearing.

New Finance Co-Chair Expects Challenges

New Finance Co-Chair Expects Challenges

Republican Rep. Mark Born expects partisan disagreements, expects compromises will be reached.

Gwen Moore Positive for COVID-19

Gwen Moore Positive for COVID-19

The congresswoman is a cancer survivor and recently contracted the virus.

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.

Top 10 Of 2020: Most Popular Murphy’s Law Columns
Top 10 Of 2020

Most Popular Murphy’s Law Columns

Amid a historic pandemic, Vos and Fitzgerald fail to lead, David Clarke returns and Foxconn deal gets worse.

Capitol Christmas Decoration Memorializes COVID-19 Victims

Capitol Christmas Decoration Memorializes COVID-19 Victims

A garland was made with a ring for every person that has died in Wisconsin.

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 Lawmakers Strip Emergency PFAS Rule

GOP Lawmakers Strip Emergency PFAS Rule

Committee votes to eliminate targets for safe levels of the harmful forever chemical.

Small Businesses Pan Assembly COVID Proposals

Small Businesses Pan Assembly COVID Proposals

Robust state aid, uniform public health rules outweigh proposals such as liability shields.

Talk Radio Host, GOP Politicos Testify At Election Integrity Hearing

Talk Radio Host, GOP Politicos Testify At Election Integrity Hearing

Democrats "walk out" of hearing, calling it a sham.

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.

Democrats Slam Assembly Elections Committee

Democrats Slam Assembly Elections Committee

A ‘forum for debunked conspiracies’?

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.

Murphys Law: Beware the GOP Redistricting Proposal
Murphys Law

Beware the GOP Redistricting Proposal

Republicans want 10 more years of gerrymandering. To do this they would hand all power to state Supreme Court.

AFSCME Wisconsin Statement on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos & Republican Caucus Proposed COVID Legislation
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.

State Rep. John Nygren Resigns

State Rep. John Nygren Resigns

Surprise decision by Finance Committee member from Marinette known for his work on opioid crisis.

Data Wonk: State’s Leadership Vacuum Is Killing People
Data Wonk

State’s Leadership Vacuum Is Killing People

Deaths per day will double by Christmas. And red counties are getting hit the worst.

UW System initiates incentives for student nurses to assist in health care crisis
Kaul Sues Legislature Over Lame Duck Laws

Kaul Sues Legislature Over Lame Duck Laws

Lawsuits can’t be settled, consumers lose out on potential settlements, AG charges.

The State of Politics: State Officials Can’t Agree on Pandemic
The State of Politics

State Officials Can’t Agree on Pandemic

Just as Vos agrees with Evers that some measures needed, Senate leader says no.

Rising Cases, Stress at One Hospital

Rising Cases, Stress at One Hospital

As legislator leaders fail to take action, health care workers see no end in sight.

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.

Op Ed: What’s the Magic Number for Robin Vos?
Op Ed

What’s the Magic Number for Robin Vos?

How many COVID-19 cases and deaths are needed before the Legislature takes action?

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.

Contact Tracing Effort Is Far Behind

Contact Tracing Effort Is Far Behind

COVID-19 cases rising too fast, state would need 20-fold increase in tracers to keep up.

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.

Erpenbach Responds to Vos Press Conference with No New Ideas
Press Release

Erpenbach Responds to Vos Press Conference with No New Ideas

State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) released the following statement in response to the Assembly GOP press conference today.

A Better Wisconsin Together Applauds Gov. Tony Evers’ New Effort to Take on COVID
Op Ed: COVID-19 Apocalypse Now
Op Ed

COVID-19 Apocalypse Now

Some Republicans see the need for emergency measures. Why not Wisconsin’s?

The State of Politics: How Will Legislature Investigate Election?
The State of Politics

How Will Legislature Investigate Election?

And will legislators subpoena election clerks, using this power for first time in more than 40 years?

Misplaced Flash Drive Twisted Into Voter Fraud Claim

Misplaced Flash Drive Twisted Into Voter Fraud Claim

Milwaukee’s chief election official says drive was "was never left unattended."

Rep. Tusler Says Election Inquiry for ‘Transparency’

Rep. Tusler Says Election Inquiry for ‘Transparency’

Rep. Joe Sanfellippo raised the possibility of subverting the results of the election.

Op Ed: What Robin Vos Will Find
Op Ed

What Robin Vos Will Find

He cites “mail-in ballot dumps” in Milwaukee, but his own aide found no irregularities.

Legislative Houses Elect Their Leaders

Legislative Houses Elect Their Leaders

Democrats call for action on COVID-19 crisis.

‘This Crisis is Urgent,’ Gov. Evers Warns

‘This Crisis is Urgent,’ Gov. Evers Warns

State could see 5,000 deaths by January 1 if people don’t change behavior, stay at home, wear masks.

Legislator Pushes Illegal Election of Trump

Legislator Pushes Illegal Election of Trump

Committee chair wants to order electors to ignore state vote and give Trump the state’s electoral votes.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Cry Foul About Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Cry Foul About Election

Ron Johnson, Robin Vos and Mark Belling get aboard the Trump crazy train.

Pandemic Surges as Courts Tie Evers’ Hands

Pandemic Surges as Courts Tie Evers’ Hands

Federal coronavirus task force says Wisconsin needs more comprehensive strategy.

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.

Wisconsin Reacts To Biden Victory

Wisconsin Reacts To Biden Victory

Gov. Evers says "we're returning kindness, respect, and compassion back to the White House."

Vos Calls for Probe of State Election

Vos Calls for Probe of State Election

Cites concerns about voter fraud, offers no evidence.

Baseless investigation only seeks to cast doubt on our democracy
Press Release

Baseless investigation only seeks to cast doubt on our democracy

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy November 7, 2020

Representative LaKeshia Myers Rebukes Assembly Speaker’s Call for Election Investigation
Democratic Committee Members Reject Speaker’s Manufactured Controversy
Data Wonk: ‘Bleak Winter’ Coming for Wisconsin
Data Wonk

‘Bleak Winter’ Coming for Wisconsin

The numbers show COVID-19 exploding. True leadership is sorely needed.

Murphy’s Law: 19 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

19 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the vote totals there were so many other winners and losers.

Vos, GOP Use Faked Photos Against Opponents

Vos, GOP Use Faked Photos Against Opponents

Assembly incumbents Robin Vos and Dan Knodl use doctored photos to attack opponents.

Op Ed: Republican Superspreaders
Op Ed

Republican Superspreaders

Trump and Pence hold rally after rally in battleground states. No masks required.

Is Trump a Problem for Down Ballot Republicans?

Is Trump a Problem for Down Ballot Republicans?

If he is, Wisconsin's gerrymandered districts could soften the blow.

Vos Might Consider COVID-19 Legislation

Vos Might Consider COVID-19 Legislation

The Assembly Speaker is 'open' to a second COVID-19 relief bill, if there is no federal bill.

State’s Polluted Drinking Water Causing Cancer?

State’s Polluted Drinking Water Causing Cancer?

Report finds nitrate pollution may cause cancer, birth problems, up to $80 million per year in medical costs.

Could Vos Be Tossed Out By Voters?

Could Vos Be Tossed Out By Voters?

His handling of pandemic blasted by opposition groups.

Campaign Cash: Vos Hit By Surge of Outside Spending
Campaign Cash

Vos Hit By Surge of Outside Spending

In last week outside groups spent nearly $280,000 against him. Foxconn issue in play?

Republicans Refuse to Work Across the Aisle
Service Union Rallies To Get Out The Vote

Service Union Rallies To Get Out The Vote

“Our work is essential and so are our votes." Union seeks Trump's defeat, $15 minimum wage.

GOP Made It Harder to Vote in Wisconsin

GOP Made It Harder to Vote in Wisconsin

Especially for Black voters.

Vos Makes Appointments to Racial Disparities Task Force

Vos Makes Appointments to Racial Disparities Task Force

This, after the speaker refused to hold a session on racial justice legislation.

Evers Ad Responds to Recall Effort

Evers Ad Responds to Recall Effort

Law allows target of recall to raise unlimited funds. Ad touts his handling of pandemic.

Evers Recall Effort Claims Enough Signatures

Evers Recall Effort Claims Enough Signatures

But organizer won’t give exact number, brags about misleading the media.

Voters and Election Officials Push Forward

Voters and Election Officials Push Forward

“Tremendous turnout.” State-wide more than 785,000 election ballots already turned in.

Op Ed: Demand a Joint Vos and Evers Virus Plan
Op Ed

Demand a Joint Vos and Evers Virus Plan

Stop playing politics. Pass a pandemic plan with wide scale testing, rigorous tracing.

Data Wonk: How Republicans Screwed Themselves
Data Wonk

How Republicans Screwed Themselves

Opposition to mask mandate by GOP is bad law and very bad politics.

Larson Letter Urges More Days to Count Votes

Larson Letter Urges More Days to Count Votes

Democrats cite massive absentee vote, call for extraordinary legislative session to extend time for ballot counting.

Republicans Have ‘Blood On Their Hands”

Republicans Have ‘Blood On Their Hands”

Evers signals he will ignore Legislative restriction, challenges GOP to present their pandemic plan.

GOP Legislators In Rules Standoff With Evers

GOP Legislators In Rules Standoff With Evers

Republican resolution requires Evers' health restrictions on public gatherings to get committee approval.

Back in the News: Foxconn Won’t Get State Tax Credits
Back in the News

Foxconn Won’t Get State Tax Credits

State informs company it must revise contract or there will be no tax credits awarded.

Please Legislate, Democrats Ask State Senate

Please Legislate, Democrats Ask State Senate

They call on Republican leaders to come back in session, deal with crisis state faces.

GOP Legislators Attack Evers’ New Restrictions

GOP Legislators Attack Evers’ New Restrictions

But Republicans have proposed zero plans for dealing with the coronavirus.

Data Wonk: The Republican Death Squad
Data Wonk

The Republican Death Squad

Why won’t Vos and Fitzgerald support measures to contain the state’s pandemic surge?

Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Legislature Laziest in U.S.?
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Legislature Laziest in U.S.?

Other states with full-time legislators have met 18 times more frequently than in Wisconsin.

Why Should Court End Mask Mandate, Judge Asks

Why Should Court End Mask Mandate, Judge Asks

Legislature has power to end Evers mandate, he notes, why should court usurp that right?

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.

Evers Urges Citizens, Practice COVID Safety

Evers Urges Citizens, Practice COVID Safety

As cases surge, governor has given up on GOP legislators, urges people to stay home, wear masks.

Wisconsin 3rd Worst in Nation for COVID-19
Elections Commission Defends Voting Events

Elections Commission Defends Voting Events

Absentee ballot dropoff in parks, and voter registration at Miller Park criticized by GOP.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Wisconsin’s Republican Party
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Wisconsin’s Republican Party

A conservative and Republican writer offers a scathing inside look. Not pretty.

Avoid Public Gatherings, Evers Urges People

Avoid Public Gatherings, Evers Urges People

Governor warns pandemic spiking, “a crisis — virus is everywhere,” says top health official.

Murphy”s Law: Is Robin Vos Scared of Voters?
Murphy”s Law

Is Robin Vos Scared of Voters?

Republican legislators condemn Evers' mask mandate, but won’t override it as the law allows. Why?

The State of Politics: Courts To Decide Governors’ Emergency Powers
The State of Politics

Courts To Decide Governors’ Emergency Powers

Republicans oppose Evers’ mask mandate, want courts to restrict longtime power of governors.

Vos, Fitzgerald Appeal Election Deadlines

Vos, Fitzgerald Appeal Election Deadlines

Federal court ruling extended deadlines for online registration and counting absentee ballots.

Republicans Fight Evers Mask Order

Republicans Fight Evers Mask Order

Emergency order “obviously illegal,” Evers a “lawless governor,” Vos declares.

The State of Politics: Rebecca Kleefisch Will Run for Governor
The State of Politics

Rebecca Kleefisch Will Run for Governor

Former Lt. Governor hasn’t announced, but is clearly organizing for 2022 campaign.

Trump At Issue in State Assembly Races

Trump At Issue in State Assembly Races

“Everything is nationalized” and could drive turnout, votes in legislative races.

Milwaukee Suburbs Key To Controlling Assembly

Milwaukee Suburbs Key To Controlling Assembly

Dems target suburban districts, Republicans try to gain a veto-proof majority in the Assembly

Policing Protests Is More Than ‘Law and Order’

Policing Protests Is More Than ‘Law and Order’

Police officials and experts say responding to protests is a complicated job.

Data Wonk: Is COVID-19 Winning in Wisconsin?
Data Wonk

Is COVID-19 Winning in Wisconsin?

The data is alarming. As are the many allies of the virus.

99% of State Public Water Meets Standards

99% of State Public Water Meets Standards

But new report finds more than 300 water systems unsafe, violate federal standards.

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

Election Donors Operate in the Shadows

One third of all state campaign donations, some $12 million, from secretive outside groups.

The State of Politics: Will Legislature Pass Any Policing Reforms?
The State of Politics

Will Legislature Pass Any Policing Reforms?

Some 20 proposed bills with more to come. Will any pass and when?

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Responds to Vos, Fitzgerald Calls to Resume Big Ten Football Season Amidst Pandemic
Non-Profit Didn’t Report Campaign Spending?

Non-Profit Didn’t Report Campaign Spending?

Jobs First Coalition spent $1 million to elect Republican legislators but left it off tax forms, complaint to IRS says.

Task Force Seeks Bipartisan Policing Reform

Task Force Seeks Bipartisan Policing Reform

And racial equity reforms. Will begin meeting in fall, propose legislative bills by next year.

Fitzgerald Refuses to Debate, Prefers to do Nothing as Usual
The Battle Over Face Masks

The Battle Over Face Masks

The limits of persuasion in a polarized state. Can science save lives and prevent threats?

GOP State Legislators Draw National Scorn

GOP State Legislators Draw National Scorn

Country notices they spent one minute gaveling in and out of police reform special session.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Angry Yet Asleep on Policing
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Angry Yet Asleep on Policing

Unwilling to meet yet offering legislation to micro-manage police reforms in Milwaukee and Madison.

GOP Legislators Skip Special Session on Police

GOP Legislators Skip Special Session on Police

Evers called on lawmakers to consider reforms. Session quickly ended with no debate or votes.

The State of Politics: WILL Judge Shops To Kill Mask Mandate
The State of Politics

WILL Judge Shops To Kill Mask Mandate

Conservative group files suit in Polk County, where both judges were appointed by Scott Walker.

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Encourages Participation in Special Session
Recall Effort Launched Against Evers

Recall Effort Launched Against Evers

Organizers oppose his policies on pandemic and Kenosha unrest.

Vos Task Force Deflects Actual Action

Vos Task Force Deflects Actual Action

Speaker refuses to convene legislature to address policing and racial disparities.

GOP Mum on Special Session on Police Reform

GOP Mum on Special Session on Police Reform

Gov. Evers called special-session this week. Bucks Players called for Legislature to convene.

The world is watching, and the Legislature’s silence and inaction is deafening
Press Release

The world is watching, and the Legislature’s silence and inaction is deafening

Statement of Alderwoman (and State Representative) JoCasta Zamarripa August 27, 2020

Trump Says Evers Accepts Federal Troops

Trump Says Evers Accepts Federal Troops

But Evers says he’s authorized more Wisconsin guard troops as officials argue over what should be done.

Senator Larson Statement: The Human Cost of Obstruction
Evers, Vos Battle Over Jacob Blake Shooting

Evers, Vos Battle Over Jacob Blake Shooting

Governor demands legislative special session on police reforms. Vos accuses Evers of “dictating liberal policies”.

Evers Calls for Special Session on Policing

Evers Calls for Special Session on Policing

In wake of Kenosha shooting calls for legislative session on police accountability, transparency.

Assembly Candidate Joel Jacobsen calls for change after opponent Robin Vos’ earns the top spot on the “Conservation Dishonor Roll”
Vos Failed to Report All Financial Holdings

Vos Failed to Report All Financial Holdings

Watchdog group dings speaker for not reporting all financial interests.

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Is Radically Activist
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Is Radically Activist

Record shows many examples of grabbing cases before lower courts rule.

GOP Hasn’t Interfered With Mask Mandate

GOP Hasn’t Interfered With Mask Mandate

They've criticized it, but for now they've left it alone.

Campaign Cash: Legislative Donors Give Record Amount in 2020
Campaign Cash

Legislative Donors Give Record Amount in 2020

$7.1 million showered on legislative races in first half of 2020, shattering 2016 record of $5.1 million.

DPW Statement on Changes to the Democratic National Convention
Evers Says No Statewide School Re-Opening Plan

Evers Says No Statewide School Re-Opening Plan

School districts will be responsible for decisions about re-opening.

Gerrymandering Creates Difficult Road for Dems in Wisconsin
Statement from Tom Palzewicz Regarding Fitzgerald’s Response To Governor’s Mask Order
GOP Senators Plan Override of Mask Mandate

GOP Senators Plan Override of Mask Mandate

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald says the Senate is ready to convene.

Vos Thinks Lame-Duck Session Didn’t Go Far Enough

Vos Thinks Lame-Duck Session Didn’t Go Far Enough

The speaker would like to strip more power from Evers.

Statement: Mask mandate an important step, but state leaders should create new stay-at-home order
Press Release

Statement: Mask mandate an important step, but state leaders should create new stay-at-home order

With COVID-19 surging, state leaders should shut down, start over and do it right

Bounce Milwaukee to temporarily close, citing broad public health concerns
The State Of Politics: Ten Years After Act 10
The State Of Politics

Ten Years After Act 10

Most of those who voted for it are gone. How has the Capitol changed?

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

Legislature Hasn’t Met in 100 Days

No action since April 15 on pandemic, police reform, budget shortfalls.

Op Ed: The Party of Lincoln No More
Op Ed

The Party of Lincoln No More

Johnson, Grothman, Tiffany redefine Republican Party in an un-Abe-like way.

UW System, State Government Looking At Budget Cuts

UW System, State Government Looking At Budget Cuts

Gov. Evers said state agencies need to cut $250 million.

CN Investing $100 Million in Wisconsin
Press Release

CN Investing $100 Million in Wisconsin

Investments Focused on Safety and Capacity to Strengthen Rail Network, Help Reduce Emissions, and Support Economic Growth

Top health care professionals to Wisconsin leaders: time to shut down, start over and do it right
Press Release

Top health care professionals to Wisconsin leaders: time to shut down, start over and do it right

With COVID-19 spiking in Wisconsin, experts ask the state leaders to prioritize public health

Op Ed: Why Vos and Fitzgerald Fear Fair Maps
Op Ed

Why Vos and Fitzgerald Fear Fair Maps

Only 10% of legislative districts and 0% of congressional districts offer voters a real choice.

Op Ed: State Law Punishes People With Disabilities
Op Ed

State Law Punishes People With Disabilities

Vos-Walker law means disabled people who lose their job can’t get unemployment benefits.

Data Wonk: Why Evers Must Take Action
Data Wonk

Why Evers Must Take Action

Data shows state is losing the battle against COVID-19. He must reissue an emergency order.

Palzewicz Cautions: COVID-19 Not Over
Press Release

Palzewicz Cautions: COVID-19 Not Over

 

Wisconsin Democrats Report Record Fundraising Haul

Wisconsin Democrats Report Record Fundraising Haul

Party raises $10 million, the most it's raised in a three month period.

First-Time Candidate Reports Big Fundraising Success
Robin Vos Accepts Government-Funded PPP Loan Worth Up to $300,000 After Maligning Recipients of Government Aid
Press Release

Robin Vos Accepts Government-Funded PPP Loan Worth Up to $300,000 After Maligning Recipients of Government Aid

Accepted the Loan Just Days Before Leaving Essential Workers Out to Dry

State GOP Convention Decries Anarchy, Socialism

State GOP Convention Decries Anarchy, Socialism

Hundreds at in-person convention in Green Bay despite fliers warning they ‘assume any potential risk’.

Legislature Unlikely to Respond to BLM Movement Soon

Legislature Unlikely to Respond to BLM Movement Soon

Republican controlled state legislature shows no signs of convening to respond to the growing movement for police reform.

WI Supreme Court Upholds GOP Lame-Duck Laws

WI Supreme Court Upholds GOP Lame-Duck Laws

For second time, the state's high court rules in favor of laws stripping some of governor's powers.

Legislators Who Opposed Pandemic Aid Grab Grants

Legislators Who Opposed Pandemic Aid Grab Grants

Robin Vos and three other Republicans who opposed federal grants got at least $150,000.

Op Ed: State GOP Holding Convention in Hot Spot
Op Ed

State GOP Holding Convention in Hot Spot

In-person Republican convention next week in Brown County which has second-highest COVID-19 outbreak.

Fireworks harm the quality of life in our neighborhoods
Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Everybody Wants Action From Gov. Evers

Madison protesters want protection. Republican legislators want tougher policing.

Op Ed: Amend Rules to Choose Next UW President
Op Ed

Amend Rules to Choose Next UW President

UW Regents should revert to earlier, more collegial guidelines for search process that Republicans scrapped.

Op Ed: Fighting to Make Voting Easier
Op Ed

Fighting to Make Voting Easier

Increasing absentee ballots will be good for democracy.

Mail-In Voting for Nursing Home Residents Maintained

Mail-In Voting for Nursing Home Residents Maintained

Due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, policy will continue through the end of the year.

Evers Introduces Police Reform Legislation

Evers Introduces Police Reform Legislation

Bills banning police use of chokeholds, no-knock warrants part of legislative package.

Tommy Thompson Named Interim UW System President

Tommy Thompson Named Interim UW System President

Former governor comes in after a controversial search process that lost its top candidate.

Assembly Speaker Vos, Briggs and Stratton, Echo Lake Foods Scapegoat and Delay While Workers Die of COVID-19
Voces de la Frontera: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Should Resign Leadership
Evers Meets With Lawmakers on Police Reform

Evers Meets With Lawmakers on Police Reform

Governor says the state is at a "watershed moment" for the issue of police reform, racism.

Op Ed: Vos Blames Immigrants for Pandemic
Op Ed

Vos Blames Immigrants for Pandemic

High rate of COVID-19 in Racine caused by “immigrant culture”, Assembly Speaker says.

ACLU of Wisconsin Comment on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Scapegoating Immigrants Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Evers’ Office Secretly Recorded Meeting with GOP Leaders

Evers’ Office Secretly Recorded Meeting with GOP Leaders

The call was a debate between leaders over the 'Safer-At-Home' order after it was struck down.

Op Ed: Jensen Tries to Pre-Rig Redistricting
Op Ed

Jensen Tries to Pre-Rig Redistricting

To maintain gerrymandering, neutralize governor, wants to give state Supreme Court the whip hand.

UW System Wants To Borrow for Pandemic Costs

UW System Wants To Borrow for Pandemic Costs

President Ray Cross asks legislature to convene a special session.

Data Wonk: Lessons from the Spring 2020 Election
Data Wonk

Lessons from the Spring 2020 Election

Republicans opposed liberals and alleged voter fraud and neither issue resonated.

Could Floyd’s Killing Lead to State Reform?

Could Floyd’s Killing Lead to State Reform?

Evers calls for long-delayed bill on deadly use of force by police to be taken up by Legislature.

Far More Businesses Using Work Share

Far More Businesses Using Work Share

Up 17-fold in state since pandemic, as companies avoid layoffs by switching workers to part-time.

Murphy’s Law: Robin Vos To Face Opponent After All
Murphy’s Law

Robin Vos To Face Opponent After All

Last opponent quit after nasty personal attacks. Democrat Joel Jacobsen will now run.

Data Wonk: What Comes Next in the Fight Against the Coronavirus?
Data Wonk

What Comes Next in the Fight Against the Coronavirus?

Will individual choices be enough to keep a spike in cases and deaths at bay?

Elections Commission Stalls Vote By Mail Plan

Elections Commission Stalls Vote By Mail Plan

Wisconsin Elections Commission delays voting on a plan to mail absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters for November election.

Lawsuit Demands State Mail Ballots to Voters

Lawsuit Demands State Mail Ballots to Voters

Activist groups say April election excluded voters, demand mailed ballots to all this fall.

Op Ed: Black Lives Collateral Damage in Pandemic
Op Ed

Black Lives Collateral Damage in Pandemic

The rush to reopen state is most threatening to the black community.

Murphy’s Law: Why Vos, Fitzgerald Refused to Lead
Murphy’s Law

Why Vos, Fitzgerald Refused to Lead

They took away Gov. Evers’ power to oversee pandemic and then did nothing. Why?

The State of Politics: Tony Evers Plays Mr. Rogers
The State of Politics

Tony Evers Plays Mr. Rogers

Governor handles pandemic and Supreme Court loss with nice guy concerns for our health.

No New State Pandemic Rules Likely

No New State Pandemic Rules Likely

Evers and legislative leaders can’t agree. And even if they did it would take weeks to create.

Are Local “Safer at Home” Orders Legal?

Are Local “Safer at Home” Orders Legal?

Kenosha and Brown counties drop theirs, while Mayor Barrett stands by city's, says politics at play.

Campaign Cash: Justice Bradley Got $20K from Safer-At-Home Plaintiff
Campaign Cash

Justice Bradley Got $20K from Safer-At-Home Plaintiff

Bradley got max contribution from one of the parties to a second lawsuit challenging the safer-at-home orders.

Vos challenger emerges: Joel Jacobsen announces his candidacy for the 63rd Assembly District in the State of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Wisconsin Politicos Respond to Safer At Home Ruling

Politicians, lobbyists and activists fall back on party line in attacking or praising decision.

MU Poll Finds Most Back State Shutdown

MU Poll Finds Most Back State Shutdown

But margin reduced: 69% favor stay-at-home order versus 86% in late March poll.

Murphy’s Law: Vos, Fitzgerald Cost Taxpayers Billions
Murphy’s Law

Vos, Fitzgerald Cost Taxpayers Billions

Their latest mistake adds $25 million more lost to taxpayers.

Op Ed: Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme
Op Ed

Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme

Message for 2020: ’Some of you will have to die’.

Challenger to Robin Vos Drops Out

Challenger to Robin Vos Drops Out

Vos gets dog feces in the mail, and Democrat Robert Prailes suffers "ugly" personal attacks.

Independent Business Association of Wisconsin (IBAW) presents “Getting Wisconsin Back to Work and Other Concerns in a Post-Covid World” with Robin Vos
GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

GOP Road Show Attacks Evers’ Plan

Analysis: Republicans want a Badger Bounce Back, but distort details of Evers' plan.

GOP Inaction Cost Wisconsin $25 Million

GOP Inaction Cost Wisconsin $25 Million

Already depleted unemployment trust fund misses out on millions in federal aid.

MMAC Wants State to Start Reopening Next Week

MMAC Wants State to Start Reopening Next Week

The group supported Evers original stay at home order that ended April 24.

Vos Suggests Changes to Evers’ Order

Vos Suggests Changes to Evers’ Order

On stay at home policies, Republican leader says legislators more in touch with people than Evers.

Schools Face Uncertain Financial Future

Schools Face Uncertain Financial Future

New report projects shrinking funding. "So many revenue sources are falling.”

Op Ed: Do Republicans Have Secret COVID-19 Plan?
Op Ed

Do Republicans Have Secret COVID-19 Plan?

Vos and Fitzgerald want high court to overrule Gov. Evers’ policies. What will their plan be?

The State’s 1918 Pandemic Shutdown Worked

The State’s 1918 Pandemic Shutdown Worked

Milwaukee was one of four cities with lowest rate of disease, at least 30% lower than most cities.

Evers Orders Budget Cuts

Evers Orders Budget Cuts

State losing billions in revenue due to the economic shutdown.

Data Wonk: The Politics of the Pandemic
Data Wonk

The Politics of the Pandemic

Republican push to reopen state economy depends on distorting the data.

Unions Join Legal Battle Over Evers’ Order

Unions Join Legal Battle Over Evers’ Order

GOP suit asking Wisconsin Supreme Court to quash stay-at-home order threatens workers' lives, union lawyer argues.

Murphy’s Law: The Quack Science of Robin Vos
Murphy’s Law

The Quack Science of Robin Vos

He’s “not a doctor,” he says while repeatedly rejecting medical experts amid a deadly pandemic.

Campaign Cash:  WMC Opposes Help for First Responders
Campaign Cash

WMC Opposes Help for First Responders

Big business group gets legislative change so it's harder for police, fire fighters to get workers comp.

Data Wonk: Did Republicans Doom Dan Kelly?
Data Wonk

Did Republicans Doom Dan Kelly?

Many voters in red counties opposed him, perhaps in anger at being forced to vote in a pandemic.

Supreme Court Asked to Block State Shutdown

Supreme Court Asked to Block State Shutdown

Republican legislators charge that ’Safer At Home’ order will leave state “in shambles.”

Statement: Legislature Takes Gov. Evers to Court
Murphy’s Law: Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Suppress Their Own Voters

Because they thought even more Democrats would be discouraged. They were wrong.

A Day to Consider Legalizing Pot

A Day to Consider Legalizing Pot

It can actually be a gateway to prosperity and increased opportunity, says state representative.

Landlords, Tenant Groups Ask for State Relief

Landlords, Tenant Groups Ask for State Relief

Both sides lobby Evers, Legislature for help to make rent payments, avoid flood of evictions.

Op Ed: Weaponizing the Pandemic
Op Ed

Weaponizing the Pandemic

April in-person election amounted to Republican terrorism. The way forward is voting by mail.

Plenty of Horne: I Served As a Pandemic Poll Worker
Plenty of Horne

I Served As a Pandemic Poll Worker

We would all be paid! I felt the economy rebounding under my feet.

Data Wonk: Why Was Election in Pandemic Required?
Data Wonk

Why Was Election in Pandemic Required?

So ruled both the Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Court. Let’s examine their reasoning.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Squeezes Evers
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Squeezes Evers

Demands $45 million from the state and for what? Probably nothing.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Approves Wisconsin Center Deal
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Approves Wisconsin Center Deal

Expansion approved and could pay $1 million per year to Milwaukee. But Bauman, others doubt it.

Assembly Bill Responds to Pandemic

Assembly Bill Responds to Pandemic

Passes 97-2 but Hintz says more needed. "I refuse to admit this is all we can do.”

Murphy’s Law: 21 Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

21 Winners and Losers

Beyond the candidates, what was the election about, who were the other winners and losers?

Rep. David Crowley declares victory in County Executive race
Federal Lawsuit Challenges April Election

Federal Lawsuit Challenges April Election

Alleges voters were disenfranchised, seeks re-vote for them.

Rep. Robyn Vining Sends Letter to Legislative Leadership Supporting Healthcare Heroes during COVID-19
Wisconsin Residents File Federal Lawsuit to Require State To Hold A Partial Revote of Wisconsin’ Controversial April 7 Presidential Primary and Spring Election
Press Release

Wisconsin Residents File Federal Lawsuit to Require State To Hold A Partial Revote of Wisconsin’ Controversial April 7 Presidential Primary and Spring Election

Lawsuit Follows Legislature’s Failure to Halt April 7 Election Despite COVID-19 Dangers to Voters

Legislative Leaders to Call Extraordinary Session to Pass Coronavirus Relief Bill
Press Release

Legislative Leaders to Call Extraordinary Session to Pass Coronavirus Relief Bill

Assembly, Senate to convene session starting next week Tuesday

Remove Vos as NCSL President
Press Release

Remove Vos as NCSL President

 

COVID-19 Relief Muddied By GOP Legislators’ Power Grab

COVID-19 Relief Muddied By GOP Legislators’ Power Grab

Proposal gives spending, tax authority to Republican controlled committee, removes governor from the process.

Back in the News: Vos Ridiculed Across the Nation
Back in the News

Vos Ridiculed Across the Nation

Not to mention the UK. Looking like Dr. Death he declares it "incredibly safe" to vote.

Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

Milwaukee’s Voter Turnout Is Way Down

18,803 voted in person. Total current turnout less than half that in April 2016.

Op Ed: The Republican Death Cult
Op Ed

The Republican Death Cult

Gather in polling places, gather in churches, and let 11 million die; the new GOP vision.

Detente Ends for Evers, Legislature

Detente Ends for Evers, Legislature

Cooperation during pandemic ends as Vos, Fittzgerald blast governor on election timing.

Statement: Legislative Leaders React to Favorable Decision by U.S. Supreme Court
Statement: Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling on April 7 Election
Press Release

Statement: Wiscon