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Robin Vos

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Suit says 1849 law superseded by later laws, names GOP legislative leaders as defendants.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

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
Press Release

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
Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

Supreme Court Reinstates Election, Overrules Evers

April 7th in-person election will occur as scheduled says court.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Hypocrisy on Election
Murphy’s Law

Republican Hypocrisy on Election

Why wouldn’t Vos, Fitzgerald postpone the election? Because they were safer.

Governor Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Until June

Governor Evers Suspends In-Person Voting Until June

UPDATE: Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules Evers, reinstates election.

Statement: Executive Order by Governor Evers
The State of Politics: State Budget Needs Major Repairs
The State of Politics

State Budget Needs Major Repairs

Everything has changed since two-year budget passed in July.

Holding Election Angers Municipal Officials

Holding Election Angers Municipal Officials

“It’s madness.” Statewide shortage of 7,000 poll workers.

Op Ed: Holding the Election Could Kill People
Op Ed

Holding the Election Could Kill People

Vos and Fitzgerald must wake up. There's overwhelming evidence that people gathering for election will spread disease.

Change Lame Duck Law, Baldwin Urges Legislators

Change Lame Duck Law, Baldwin Urges Legislators

Republican law passed to limit governor’s power prevents him from getting federal funding for COVID-19.

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Make No Election Changes in Special Session

Wisconsin GOP Leaders Make No Election Changes in Special Session

And appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to block absentee balloting extension.

Appeals Court Upholds Absentee Ballot Extension

Appeals Court Upholds Absentee Ballot Extension

Denies Republican appeal but restores requirement for witness signature on absentee ballots.

WI Congressional Delegation Backs Federal Help

WI Congressional Delegation Backs Federal Help

All back CARES Act and Evers' disaster declaration for Wisconsin.

Legislative Leaders Release Statement on 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling
Senator Baldwin Calls on State Legislature to Eliminate Waiting Period for Laid-Off Workers Needing Unemployment Assistance in Wisconsin
Press Release

Senator Baldwin Calls on State Legislature to Eliminate Waiting Period for Laid-Off Workers Needing Unemployment Assistance in Wisconsin

"Every day that we wait, we leave money on the table for cash-strapped Wisconsinites."

WMC Releases COVID-19 Employer Toolkit
Press Release

WMC Releases COVID-19 Employer Toolkit

Toolkit will arm Wisconsin’s business community with the most up-to-date and reliable information as they navigate the continuously changing landscape

GOP Lame-Duck Law Blocks COVID-19 Aid

GOP Lame-Duck Law Blocks COVID-19 Aid

State GOP was warned of unintended consequences to their law in 2018.

Data Wonk: Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?
Data Wonk

Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?

His legal work and rulings as Supreme Court justice show strong anti-democratic views.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Risk Public Health With Election
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Risk Public Health With Election

Refusal of Vos and Fitzgerald to postpone election could cause more disease, deaths.

Evers To Purchase Ventilators, Protective Equipment

Evers To Purchase Ventilators, Protective Equipment

Moves come after Republican lawmakers rejected a broad COVID-19 bill floated by Evers.

Wisconsin Could Get $2.2 Billion Stimulus Funds

Wisconsin Could Get $2.2 Billion Stimulus Funds

And Milwaukee in line for $102.7 million in direct aid from COVID-19 stimulus fund.

County Clerk Christenson and All 19 Municipal Clerks in Milwaukee County Ask State Leadership for April 7th Spring General Election Changes
Fourth Election Lawsuit Arguing for Postponement

Fourth Election Lawsuit Arguing for Postponement

This one filed by advocacy groups arguing that maintaining the election will disenfranchise minorities.

Statement: County Clerks’ Clear Violation of the Law
City Will Accept Absentee Ballots, Serve as Required Witness at Five Sites

City Will Accept Absentee Ballots, Serve as Required Witness at Five Sites

56,000 absentee ballots requested already. Lawsuits pending in court could change election.

GOP Holds Off Debate on Evers’ Emergency Powers

GOP Holds Off Debate on Evers’ Emergency Powers

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

Murphy’s Law: Will Legislature Delay Election?
Murphy’s Law

Will Legislature Delay Election?

Life-and-death issue poses the most danger for Milwaukee. Only the Legislature can act.

WMC Releases COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Agenda
Press Release

WMC Releases COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Agenda

Calls on Governor and Legislature to Help Wisconsin Move Forward and Restart the Economy

Barrett Calls for Mail-In Only Election, Delay

Barrett Calls for Mail-In Only Election, Delay

Calls on governor to move back election "or this issue is going to explode."

Statement: Gov. Evers’ Executive Order
The State of Politics: State Surplus Will Help in Crisis
The State of Politics

State Surplus Will Help in Crisis

Evers veto of Republican tax cut saves expected surplus, means less financial stress.

Op Ed: Scott Walker Offers Mortgage Debt Plan
Op Ed

Scott Walker Offers Mortgage Debt Plan

As governor he skipped state debt payments. Now offering a similar, unsolicited plan to nation's banks.

Statement: Meeting with Gov. Evers, Legislative Leaders
Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin Now the Reddest State?
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin Now the Reddest State?

No state in America has been more opposed to federal coronavirus relief package.

Will State Legislature Take Action?

Will State Legislature Take Action?

Fitzgerald cancels Senate session, but Republicans expect extraordinary session later this spring.

Democrats Call for Paid Sick Leave Bill

Democrats Call for Paid Sick Leave Bill

Under state law, as workers have to self-quarantine, they are left with no pay.

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald to Postpone March Floor Session
Please Vote Absentee In Spring Election

Please Vote Absentee In Spring Election

Mayor Barrett urges voters to use mail-in ballots, seeks legislative changes to improve access, safety.

Legislators Take No Action on Pandemic

Legislators Take No Action on Pandemic

Some states passing laws, funding, Vos and Fitzgerald say "no need" for Wisconsin Legislature to meet.

Op Ed: The Foxconn Road to Ruin
Op Ed

The Foxconn Road to Ruin

$630 million for roads and infrastructure for Foxconn while highways across state fall apart.

Transportation: Evers Announces $75 Million in Transportation Funding
Transportation

Evers Announces $75 Million in Transportation Funding

Milwaukee County Transit System gets $1 million grant.

County Sales Tax Legislation Gets Hearing

County Sales Tax Legislation Gets Hearing

Bill supported by local business leaders allows hike in county sales tax for local purposes.

Data Wonk: State Regulators at Issue in High Court Race
Data Wonk

State Regulators at Issue in High Court Race

Justice Dan Kelly seems to side with those out to destroy the “administrative state.”

Campaign Cash: GOP Legislators Way Ahead on Donations
Campaign Cash

GOP Legislators Way Ahead on Donations

Republican legislators went into 2020 with four times more campaign cash than Democrats.

Murphy’s Law: Foxconn Contract Has Huge Loophole?
Murphy’s Law

Foxconn Contract Has Huge Loophole?

“Ironclad” contract may allow company to count seasonal employees for tax credits.

The State of Politics: Veto Keeps $392 Million in State Treasury
The State of Politics

Veto Keeps $392 Million in State Treasury

Evers and Republicans can’t agree on how to spend budget surplus.

Op Ed: Vos, Fitzgerald Lie About Gerrymander
Op Ed

Vos, Fitzgerald Lie About Gerrymander

Their claim that Iowa model for nonpartisan redistricting is unconstitutional is dead wrong.

Bill Preventing Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Stalls in Senate

Bill Preventing Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Stalls in Senate

GOP amendments muddy passage of the bi-partisan legislation.

GOP Tax Cut Passes Assembly

GOP Tax Cut Passes Assembly

Plan costs state $248 million annually, saves average Wisconsin income tax filers $106 annually.

State Assembly Pushing For Constitutional Convention

State Assembly Pushing For Constitutional Convention

State GOP is pushing the legislature to join others around the country in an attempt to ratify controversial amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Bipartisan Water Quality Bills Pass

Bipartisan Water Quality Bills Pass

Though, they do not make it through the sharply divide legislature without some disagreement.

DNC Bar Time Bill Passes Committee

DNC Bar Time Bill Passes Committee

Legislation would allow bars across the state to close at 4 a.m. during the Democratic National Convention.

GOP Pushes Fetal Personhood

GOP Pushes Fetal Personhood

Republican legislators introduce an amendment to the state constitution that gives personhood to fertilized eggs.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Praises Tax Cut Plan
Assembly Rejects Bipartisan Rape Kit Bill

Assembly Rejects Bipartisan Rape Kit Bill

Republicans pass bill with "poison pills' that will force veto by Gov. Evers.

Will Republicans Kill Rape Kit Bill?

Will Republicans Kill Rape Kit Bill?

30 states passed bills to assure rape kits are processed. Only Wisconsin has made it partisan, expert testifies.

Evers Calls Special Session, Wants $250 Million for Public Schools

Evers Calls Special Session, Wants $250 Million for Public Schools

Using $812 million surplus, schools would get funding increase and property taxes would be reduced.

Evers Supports Greater Funding For Farm Crisis Bills

Evers Supports Greater Funding For Farm Crisis Bills

Speaker Robin Vos is proposing a bigger investment, and Evers is on board.

Data Wonk: The Republicans’ Gerrymander Scheme
Data Wonk

The Republicans’ Gerrymander Scheme

The polls, the data, the legalities. How Robin Vos hopes to triumph.

Sexual Assault Bill Becomes Partisan Issue

Sexual Assault Bill Becomes Partisan Issue

Bipartisan bill ready to pass but gets hijacked by Republicans adding provisions on school choice, ICE.

‘When, Not If’ Medical Marijuana Is Legalized

‘When, Not If’ Medical Marijuana Is Legalized

Lawmakers of both parties privately agree it will be legalized, legislator tells Milwaukee Press Club.

The State of Politics: Redistricting Fight Is One Year Away
The State of Politics

Redistricting Fight Is One Year Away

So why are Evers and Democrats putting spotlight on it now?

Republicans Politicize Legislation to Test Sexual Assault Kits
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push $10M Clean Water Fund

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push $10M Clean Water Fund

Trust fund would support clean water projects, though a cash source for the fund remains uncertain.

Farmers Forgotten?

Farmers Forgotten?

Despite bipartisan reception, farm legislation delayed during special legislative session.

‘Fair Deal’ Sales Tax Referendum Blocked From April Ballot

‘Fair Deal’ Sales Tax Referendum Blocked From April Ballot

But there's still a chance for the November ballot.

Private School Vouchers Boost State Economy?

Private School Vouchers Boost State Economy?

So argues study by conservative group, which pushes for more funding. Public school advocates object.

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Who’s the Most Partisan?

Republican legislators suddenly embrace bipartisan peacemaking, blast Evers as partisan.

Evers Signs Order for Redistricting Commission

Evers Signs Order for Redistricting Commission

Nonpartisan effort to avoid gerrymandering, but Republicans vow to do their own maps.

State Expects To Collect $818 Million More in Taxes Than Estimated

State Expects To Collect $818 Million More in Taxes Than Estimated

Republicans and Democrats battle over how to use the money.

Republicans Bash Evers Before He Speaks

Republicans Bash Evers Before He Speaks

Condemn governor as too partisan, but his State of State speech is mostly conciliatory.

Evers Calls Special Session on Dairy Crisis

Evers Calls Special Session on Dairy Crisis

His State-of-State speech also announces nonpartisan redistricting commission.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Response To State of the State
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Response To State of the State

Republicans will continue to block Governor Evers’ liberal agenda and ensure the state moves forward without expanding welfare, overspending or overtaxing the citizens of Wisconsin.

The State of Politics: GOP Targets Three Democratic Reps
The State of Politics

GOP Targets Three Democratic Reps

Their Assembly districts voted for Trump. They now face Republican challengers.

Stop playing politics with sexual assault kit legislation
Press Release

Stop playing politics with sexual assault kit legislation

Whether or not we protect survivors of sexual assault should not be a decision left to one person.

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

Assembly Republicans Fail to Override Evers’ Veto

First floor session of 2020 saw partisan attacks and the passage of controversial legislation.

Trump Visit Draws Protests Downtown

Trump Visit Draws Protests Downtown

Protests and police maneuvers may be a taste of DNC 2020.

The State of Politics: Clean Water Becomes Hot Political Issue
The State of Politics

Clean Water Becomes Hot Political Issue

Gov. Evers and legislators in both parties call for action. Will they work together?

Evers Assigns “Homework” to Legislators

Evers Assigns “Homework” to Legislators

Urges a legislative session long enough to pass bipartisan bills on water quality, homelessness, other issues.

Legislators Unveil $10 Million Clean Water Plan

Legislators Unveil $10 Million Clean Water Plan

Package of 13 proposals. Evers likely to support the approach.

Gov. Evers Reviews His First Year

Gov. Evers Reviews His First Year

Not satisfied, but cites progress on schools, health care, “Scott holes”.

Op Ed: Losing Sheila’s Smile
Op Ed

Losing Sheila’s Smile

I’m now among some 40% of Americans who know someone killed with a gun.

The State of Politics: Top 10 Political Stories of 2019
The State of Politics

Top 10 Political Stories of 2019

Lots of drama in last year of the decade. Which were the biggest stories?

Op Ed: How Business Leaders Caused Black Poverty
Op Ed

How Business Leaders Caused Black Poverty

Union busting, opposition to minimum wage helped drive inequality.

The State of Politics: All They Want for Christmas
The State of Politics

All They Want for Christmas

The Christmas wish lists of Gov. Evers, Mayor Barrett and other politicians.

Republicans May Push Property Tax Cut

Republicans May Push Property Tax Cut

Fitzgerald says bill may be introduced next year. But casts doubt on homeless funding.

Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely

Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely

Foxconn offers statement with no mention of changing contract.

Another Special Election Controversy

Another Special Election Controversy

This time Gov. Evers accused of playing politics on filling 7th congressional district seat.

GOP Bill Legalizes Medical Marijuana

GOP Bill Legalizes Medical Marijuana

But Fitzgerald and Vos immediately throw cold water on idea.

Pay Raise for State Workers Delayed

Pay Raise for State Workers Delayed

Legislators still haven't approved union contracts from last year.

Op Ed: What Is Elections Commission Thinking?
Op Ed

What Is Elections Commission Thinking?

Requesting GOP legislators’ guidance on voter roll purge could corrupt process.

State Leads in Cutting Pollution Control

State Leads in Cutting Pollution Control

Funding decline of 36% from 2008-2018, biggest in U.S., Walker helped drive change.

12% of Students Feel Unsafe in School

12% of Students Feel Unsafe in School

And 5% of state teens now carry a weapon to school, study finds.

Kaul Pushes Assembly for Rape Kit Bill

Kaul Pushes Assembly for Rape Kit Bill

AG wants legislation to ensure no more backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

Op Ed: Robin Vos Stonewalls on Public Records
Op Ed

Robin Vos Stonewalls on Public Records

John Q. Public can’t get anything from Assembly Speaker

Evers May Call Second Special Session on Guns

Evers May Call Second Special Session on Guns

Republican legislators did nothing at first session, though public overwhelmingly supports preventive measures.

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Legislature Passing Few Bills

Assembly and Senate seldom in session. Just 21 bills passed in 2019 while typical average is more than 300.

Two Years after the Foxconn Contract Was Signed
Press Release

Two Years after the Foxconn Contract Was Signed

and Voters Still Have a Sour Taste in Their Mouths

Grothman Backs Bill on Payday Lenders

Grothman Backs Bill on Payday Lenders

Wisconsin congressman says lenders' business model based on ‘ripping off’ customers.

GMC Board Supports Property Tax Relief, Increase Revenue for Milwaukee County
Press Release

GMC Board Supports Property Tax Relief, Increase Revenue for Milwaukee County

Board issues support letter calling for committee hearings for Senate Bill 471/ Assembly Bill 521

Evers, Democrats Tackle Discrimination

Evers, Democrats Tackle Discrimination

Executive order requires state agencies to review workplace policies, set equity goals.

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

Assembly Debates Christmas, er, Holiday Tree

"I don’t expect a big issue” or “holy wars”, Rep Hintz says. Wrong.

Gasp, It’s a Holiday Tree!

Gasp, It’s a Holiday Tree!

So says Gov. Evers about Capitol tree, with the added theme, “Celebrate Science.”

Derailed: State’s Talgo Trains Still Sit Idle
Derailed

State’s Talgo Trains Still Sit Idle

Since Republicans killed deal with manufacturer, trains have sat unused in Beech Grove, Indiana. Part 6 of series.

Op Ed: ‘Shhh! It’s a Secret…’
Op Ed

‘Shhh! It’s a Secret…’

Legislators’ refusal to release records violates law, requires legal challenges.

What’s It Worth: $575,000 Building Helped By Streetcar
What’s It Worth

$575,000 Building Helped By Streetcar

Long-vacant 1877 building on Milwaukee and Mason saw value hop partly due to streetcar.

Robin Vos Definitely Not Helping Address Climate Change Crisis He Thinks Might Exist
Press Release

Robin Vos Definitely Not Helping Address Climate Change Crisis He Thinks Might Exist

In Interview Between Rare October Snowstorms Assembly Speaker Acknowledges Possibility Science, Climate Change Exist

Bill Would Decriminalize Pot Possession

Bill Would Decriminalize Pot Possession

Democratic plan ends criminal penalties for up to 28 grams of marijuana.

Op Ed: Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms
Op Ed

Vos, Fitzgerald Scared of Gun Reforms

Scared bill could threaten reelection of some GOP legislators — and give Evers a win.

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Reviews Lame Duck Laws

Justices question both sides in challenge to laws reducing powers of governor, attorney general.

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Governor says only Vos and Fitzgerald prevent common sense gun reforms.

State Resists Immunizations

State Resists Immunizations

Wisconsin ranks 35th in percent of immunized children, yet bipartisan bill to address problem is stalled in committee.

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

7th Congressional Special Election’s Dates Set

Evers sets February 18 primary, May 12 general election for district Sean Duffy has vacated.

Gov. Evers Calls for Special Election Reforms, Announces Revised Dates for Special Election
Press Release

Gov. Evers Calls for Special Election Reforms, Announces Revised Dates for Special Election

Gov. Evers also announced that on Saturday, October 19th, he will issue a new executive order amending Executive Order #46 with revised dates for the special election in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district.

The State of Politics: A World Without Scott Fitzgerald
The State of Politics

A World Without Scott Fitzgerald

Capitol insiders wonder who will be senate majority leader if Fitzgerald wins race for Congress.

Board of Regents Picks Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Over Protecting Students
Press Release

Board of Regents Picks Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Over Protecting Students

Advances Proposal to Threaten Students With Expulsion for Protesting Hate Speech on Campus

Republicans Shamefully Tie Disability Accommodations to Power Grab
Press Release

Republicans Shamefully Tie Disability Accommodations to Power Grab

Republicans continue their embarrassing history of degrading our democracy

Free Speech Crackdown on Agenda for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting
Press Release

Free Speech Crackdown on Agenda for University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting

Regents Seem More Interested in Pandering to Right-Wing Politicians Than Protecting Free Speech

Democrats Push Medical Marijuana, Red Flag Law

Democrats Push Medical Marijuana, Red Flag Law

Democratic legislators want to take up issues during fall legislative session.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Gets Bipartisan Support

Senate taking up bills in committee that would expand early childhood education programs.

The State of Politics: Legislature May Debate Few Fall-Session Issues
The State of Politics

Legislature May Debate Few Fall-Session Issues

Short fall legislative session doesn't leave a lot of room for action on major issues.

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Pot Tourism in Illinois?

Could Illinois become a tourist destination for Wisconsinites that like marijuana?

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bill Would Increase Public Defender Pay

Bipartisan legislation funds merit based pay increases for public defenders.

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

Municipalities Calling For Mass Violence Reform

League of Wisconsin Municipalities want Gov. Evers and the legislature to work together to find solutions.

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Evers Wants Gun Laws

Governor said he would call a special session if Republicans don't act.

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Republican legislators say proposal violates due process rights.

What Polls Show About the Legislature

What Polls Show About the Legislature

Voters have net positive view of Legislature but negative toward Vos, split on Fitzgerald.

But Wait, There’s More. Lawyer/Lobbyist Hired by Joint Committee on Finance Previously Defended GOP Legislators in Open Records Case
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But Wait, There’s More. Lawyer/Lobbyist Hired by Joint Committee on Finance Previously Defended GOP Legislators in Open Records Case

Defended Top Legislative Republicans Over Allegations They Sought to Discourage Release of Public Documents

Conflicts of Interest Abound as Wisconsin Republicans Play Politics With State Settling Lawsuits
Press Release

Conflicts of Interest Abound as Wisconsin Republicans Play Politics With State Settling Lawsuits

More Fallout From Wisconsin Republicans’ Post 2018 Election Loss Tantrum as Billions At Stake in Opioid Lawsuits

Alderman Donovan urges GOP legislative leaders to use caution on sales tax ask
Press Release

Alderman Donovan urges GOP legislative leaders to use caution on sales tax ask

Media alert and letter from Alderman Bob Donovan

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

Kaul Says Lame Duck Law Costs Taxpayers

AG says legislative oversight stalls cases, makes lower settlements for taxpayers likely.

From Vienna, Vos Vows to Obstruct the People’s Business
Press Release

From Vienna, Vos Vows to Obstruct the People’s Business

In Vacation Twitter Outburst, Assembly Speaker Promises to Keep Blocking Initiatives on Public School Funding, Student Debt Relief, Affordable Health Care, Gun Safety and More

Op Ed: Where Will Future Jobs Come From?
Op Ed

Where Will Future Jobs Come From?

Those Labor Day think pieces offered few answers. Where do we go from here?

New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden leading Trump in head-to-head presidential match in Wisconsin
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New Marquette Law School Poll finds Biden leading Trump in head-to-head presidential match in Wisconsin

Biden is most popular choice in the Democratic primary field, while full sample of voters split sharply by partisanship on Trump and the economy

Murphy’s Law: Lame Duck Laws Hurting the State
Murphy’s Law

Lame Duck Laws Hurting the State

Tying hands of Attorney General stalls 15 lawsuits, could cost taxpayers millions.

Questions Swirl Around State Budget Committee Republicans’ Hiring of Lawyer/Lobbyist at Taxpayer Expense
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Questions Swirl Around State Budget Committee Republicans’ Hiring of Lawyer/Lobbyist at Taxpayer Expense

Republicans’ Proposed Solution to the Mess They Made is a Farce

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Lame Duck Laws Opposed Overwhelmingly

Records show Legislature fielded nearly 48,000 contacts from people and 98% opposed lame duck laws.

Your Right to Know: Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret
Your Right to Know

Legislators Use Fees to Keep Records Secret

Charging citizens making open records requests means less scrutiny of government.

About Those UW Free Speech Violations

About Those UW Free Speech Violations

Not one violation on 26 campuses of UW Regents’ policy. But legislators want to pass tough law.

One Wisconsin Institute Opposes UW Board of Regents Latest Move to Restrict Campus Free Speech
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One Wisconsin Institute Opposes UW Board of Regents Latest Move to Restrict Campus Free Speech

Regents Seem More Interested in Appeasing Right-Wing Than Protecting Student Speech Rights

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

Student groups say UW Regents policy already protects free speech, law not needed.

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

Evers, Democrats Unveil Background Checks Bill

“Universal background checks” on gun sales shouldn’t need “permission from NRA,” Evers says.

Op Ed: Evers Bows to Business Group
Op Ed

Evers Bows to Business Group

“My administration continues to support the work you’re doing,” he tells right-wing WMC.

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

No UW Regents at Hearing on Speech

Not one attended hearing on UW Regents policy that suspends or expels students for disrupting speeches.

Op Ed: Vos Echoes Trump on Disabled People
Op Ed

Vos Echoes Trump on Disabled People

Assembly Speaker’s attitude toward wheel-chair bound legislator is truly Trumpian.

“I Don’t Have the Answer” to Mass Shootings

“I Don’t Have the Answer” to Mass Shootings

So says Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald, who opposes expanding background checks.

Republican State Legislators Offer White Nationalism Protection Act
Press Release

Republican State Legislators Offer White Nationalism Protection Act

With Nationalism on the Rise GOP Threatens Students Protesting Hate Speech on Campuses With Suspensions, Expulsion and Lawsuits

The State of Politics: 6 Questions for Legislators on Guns
The State of Politics

6 Questions for Legislators on Guns

How many state residents have guns? How many favor background checks, other laws?

Where’s Robin?
Press Release

Where’s Robin?

"Today at the Senate Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs public hearing, Speaker Robin Vos didn’t even bother to testify on his own bill..."

Speaker Robin Vos’ Moral Failure
Press Release

Speaker Robin Vos’ Moral Failure

"Speaker Vos’ disregard for a colleague is frankly embarrassing."

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Examining the Dark-Store Loophole

Loophole lets big box stores lower their taxes while effectively raising taxes for residents.

State Leaders Divided Over Gun Laws

State Leaders Divided Over Gun Laws

In the aftermath of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Democrats push for "red flag" laws, Republicans balk.

Will Wisconsin Become a ‘Sanctuary State’?

Will Wisconsin Become a ‘Sanctuary State’?

Rep. Cabrera pushes ban on using Wisconsin facilities to detain undocumented immigrants.

Rep. Robyn Vining Defends Colleague Rep. Anderson
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Rep. Robyn Vining Defends Colleague Rep. Anderson

"Speaker Vos has demeaned remote involvement by Rep. Anderson."

GOP Suit Slaps Kaul on Lame Duck Laws

GOP Suit Slaps Kaul on Lame Duck Laws

AG contests lawsuit, calling it “attempt to undermine public safety in Wisconsin.”

Legislature Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to Require Attorney General Kaul to Comply With Law
Press Release

Legislature Asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to Require Attorney General Kaul to Comply With Law

Kaul refusing to follow previous ruling in SEIU vs. Vos

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Republicans Deny New Gerrymander Plan

Not planning to bypass governor, Fitzgerald says, but he and Vos won’t take follow-up questions.

Robin “Boss” Vos Sets New Low in How He Does Business
Press Release

Robin “Boss” Vos Sets New Low in How He Does Business

Assembly Speaker Refuses Workplace Accommodation for Paralyzed State Legislator

Three Year Anniversary of Victory for Voter Rights in Wisconsin
Press Release

Three Year Anniversary of Victory for Voter Rights in Wisconsin

2016 Federal Court Decision in One Wisconsin Institute, et. al. v. Thomsen, et. al Paved way for Expanded Early Voting

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

GOP Could Bypass Evers, Gerrymander Again

Joint Resolution bill could prevent governor veto, gain second decade of gerrymandering.

Clean Drinking Water Effort Falls Short

Clean Drinking Water Effort Falls Short

$40 million state funding to replace lead laterals cut from budget by Republicans.

Op Ed: Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics
Op Ed

Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics

Once again Vos and Fitzgerald try to scapegoat Milwaukee.

Vos Previews Assembly’s Fall Agenda

Vos Previews Assembly’s Fall Agenda

Possible legislation in three areas: water quality, suicide prevention and adoption.

Transportation: Evers Touts $75 Million Local Grants Fund
Transportation

Evers Touts $75 Million Local Grants Fund

Competitive grants for local transportation replace state roads fund, includes mass transit.

The Cannabis Question: Pot Arrests 4 Times Higher for Blacks
The Cannabis Question

Pot Arrests 4 Times Higher for Blacks

Statewide racial disparity in arrests for pot possession cited in Gov. Evers’ decriminalization proposal.

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Three Republican legislators are co-sponsers of bill calling for nonpartisan redistricting.

Speaker Robin Vos Shuts Down Assembly for His Summer Vacation(s)
Press Release

Speaker Robin Vos Shuts Down Assembly for His Summer Vacation(s)

Special Interests and Taxpayers Will be Picking Up the Tab for Another Summer of Travel for ‘Boss‘ Vos

Bill Allows Anonymity to Lottery Winners

Bill Allows Anonymity to Lottery Winners

GOP legislators want to protect winners from harassment.

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Legislators propose constitutional amendment to bar partial vetoes increasing spending.

The State of Politics: Healthy Economy Buys New State Spending
The State of Politics

Healthy Economy Buys New State Spending

Which helps explain budget victory being claimed by both parties.

Cruel and Unusual: Rules Violations Cause 40% of Prison Admissions
Cruel and Unusual

Rules Violations Cause 40% of Prison Admissions

State figures show supervision violations, not new crimes, drive prison admissions.

Evers Uses 78 Partial Vetoes on Budget

Evers Uses 78 Partial Vetoes on Budget

Vetoes will help pay for $65 million more in education funding in revised budget.

Murphy’s Law: State’s Loss on Federal ACA is $1.3 Billion
Murphy’s Law

State’s Loss on Federal ACA is $1.3 Billion

State loses $1.3 billion in federal funds for medical care under Republican two-year budget.

Op Ed: Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action
Op Ed

Redistricting Now Up to Citizen Action

U.S. Supreme Court decision leaves it up to voters to demand non-partisan redistricting.

Regrets, He Has a Few: Robin Vos Wanted to Do Even More for Wealthy in Wisconsin
Press Release

Regrets, He Has a Few: Robin Vos Wanted to Do Even More for Wealthy in Wisconsin

Reflecting on State Budget, Assembly Speaker Wishes He Could Have Delivered Even More Than $1.4 Billion in Tax Giveaways for Wealthy, Corporations

Back in the News: Vos Wants Medical Marijuana Bill
Back in the News

Vos Wants Medical Marijuana Bill

Assembly Speaker wants to push this bill in fall. Will Senate oppose it?

The State of Politics: 7 Reasons Evers Won’t Veto Entire Budget
The State of Politics

7 Reasons Evers Won’t Veto Entire Budget

Why the governor won’t use the nuclear option on Republican budget.

Op Ed: Did Legislators Work Too Fast?
Op Ed

Did Legislators Work Too Fast?

Apparently had no time to address issues like drunk driving and water pollution.

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Budget Bill The Shortest in Decades

Republicans worked for “veto-proof” bill so Gov. Evers has little room to reshape legislation.

What They’re Saying: Legislators Urge Evers to Sign Budget
Press Release

What They’re Saying: Legislators Urge Evers to Sign Budget

Statewide media tour highlights impact of The Wisconsin Budget

Statement from Legislative Leaders on the Supreme Court Ruling
Assembly Passes State Budget By 60-39

Assembly Passes State Budget By 60-39

To secure Senate approval adds amendment to help a company championed by Republican senator.

Murphy’s Law: Why GOP Opposes Federal Medicaid Funds
Murphy’s Law

Why GOP Opposes Federal Medicaid Funds

It’s cost state taxpayers $1.1 billion. Why won’t Republicans accept the money?

State Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws

State Supreme Court Upholds Lame-Duck Laws

The conservative majority not persuaded by arguments that extraordinary session was unconstitutional.

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Second GOP Senator Won’t Support Budget

Sen. Dave Craig won't support budget saying it spends too much. Pushing GOP closer to deadlock over budget.

Steve Nass Won’t Vote For Budget

Steve Nass Won’t Vote For Budget

Nass making it harder for GOP colleagues to pass their budget.

Campaign Cash: Real Estate Owners Give Republicans Millions
Campaign Cash

Real Estate Owners Give Republicans Millions

And GOP legislators pass a raft of laws benefiting landlords, real estate industry.

The State of Politics: Dueling Visions of the State’s Future
The State of Politics

Dueling Visions of the State’s Future

5 major areas where Evers, Republicans differ on state policies, spending.

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Majority Republicans rejected many Evers proposals. Minority Democrats assail GOP plan.

How “Boss” Robin Vos Does Business: Self-Dealing Edition
Press Release

How “Boss” Robin Vos Does Business: Self-Dealing Edition

Millionaire Landlord Uses Legislative Power to Rewrite State Law to His Advantage

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Hate the Gas Tax
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Hate the Gas Tax

Once they promoted this user fee, now they’d rather roads fall apart. Why?

Vos Hails Republican Highways Plan

Vos Hails Republican Highways Plan

Says increased vehicle fees more “sustainable” way to fund roads than Evers' proposed gas tax hike.

Would Republican Legislative Leaders Rather Break the Law Than Work With Democrats?
Press Release

Would Republican Legislative Leaders Rather Break the Law Than Work With Democrats?

Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald Publicly Ponder Illegal Maneuver to Pass Party-Line Budget

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

GOP Budget Jacks Up Auto Fees

Vehicle title fee up 137%; higher fees would raise $393 million for roads.

New Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Reduce Premiums
Press Release

New Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Reduce Premiums

"Wisconsinites are paying a Vos Tax in the form of higher insurance premiums. It's time to expand Medicaid and abolish the Vos Tax."

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pushes Budget Cuts, Continues to Rack Up Legal Bills on Public Dime
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pushes Budget Cuts, Continues to Rack Up Legal Bills on Public Dime

When It Comes to Lawyers for Himself, Vos Spares No Taxpayer-Funded Expense

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

GOP Approves $558 Million Health Care Hike

But Republican budget rejects Medicaid expansion that would save the state $320 million, Evers notes.

Your Right to Know: Bill Prevents Scrutiny of Lottery Winners
Your Right to Know

Bill Prevents Scrutiny of Lottery Winners

Shielding those records could open the door to cheating, conspiring to win millions.

The State of Politics: Vos, Fitzgerald Float Highway Funding Ideas
The State of Politics

Vos, Fitzgerald Float Highway Funding Ideas

Republicans likely to support some funding, but not agreeing yet on which taxes or fees.

Rep. Sargent’s Lonely Pro-Pot Campaign

Rep. Sargent’s Lonely Pro-Pot Campaign

Democrat has pushed for full legalization for years, with few politicians joining her. Until now.

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

GOP Slashes Evers’ School Budget

Assembly Republican plan increases K-12 school spending by $500 Million, still $900 million less than Evers plan.

Campaign Cash: Outside Groups Co-Wrote 47 State Laws
Campaign Cash

Outside Groups Co-Wrote 47 State Laws

Special interest groups like ALEC created model bills for dozens of laws passed since 2009.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pitches a Fit Over a State Budget, Again.
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Pitches a Fit Over a State Budget, Again.

2019 Budget Complaints Echo Petulant Past Behavior

Republican Leaders Vow to Obstruct State Budget, Then Complain About Lack of Negotiations
Press Release

Republican Leaders Vow to Obstruct State Budget, Then Complain About Lack of Negotiations

‘These Guys Need to Get Their Stories Straight’

Democrats Push Automatic Voter Registration

Democrats Push Automatic Voter Registration

All would be registered when getting drivers license or state ID. Republicans oppose bill.

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

State GOP Calls for Stricter Abortion Laws

The hot-button issue took center stage Saturday as Wisconsin Republican lawmakers held their annual statewide convention in Oshkosh.

DPW Response to Republicans’ Wildly Out-of-Touch Convention
Press Release

DPW Response to Republicans’ Wildly Out-of-Touch Convention

Wisconsin Republicans have somehow become more out-of-touch with the people of Wisconsin than we thought possible."

City Hall: Oh, Those Dreaded Plastic Bags
City Hall

Oh, Those Dreaded Plastic Bags

Council debates what to do with bags that clog up recycling process.

The State of Politics: New Leaders at Republican State Convention
The State of Politics

New Leaders at Republican State Convention

Ryan, Walker no longer key players, but focus remains on Trump 2020 victory.

Op Ed: Republican Reefer Madness
Op Ed

Republican Reefer Madness

Aping the old drug-scare film, they back invalidated theories on marijuana’s alleged harm.

Evers Will “Fight Like Hell” for Medicaid

Evers Will “Fight Like Hell” for Medicaid

Republicans will strip Medicaid expansion from budget. Poll showed 70% support Evers proposal.

Bill Ends Waivers for Immunizations

Bill Ends Waivers for Immunizations

In response to measles outbreak, bipartisan proposal ends waivers for “personal convictions”.

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Governor also blasts Republican rhetoric on abortion as “blasphemy.”

Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm
Press Release

Republicans Delaying State Budget Action Until After Fundraiser Hosted by Washington D.C. Lobbying Firm

Delaying Deliberations Until After Special Interest Shakedown a Clear Sign of GOP Budget Priorities

State Behind The Times on Pot Laws?

State Behind The Times on Pot Laws?

Most states have less severe penalties. And black state residents more likely to be arrested.

GOP Legislators Defend Foxconn

GOP Legislators Defend Foxconn

They offer positive slant to Foxconn executive expressing doubt about 13,000 jobs.

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Foxconn Wanted Contract Changes, Evers Says

Governor says Foxconn executive Louis Woo met with him in March, requested changes.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Costly War on the Poor
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Costly War on the Poor

Former governor’s “trampoline” for SNAP recipients is a high-cost failure, report finds

Murphy’s Law: Mount Pleasant Biggest Foxconn Loser?
Murphy’s Law

Mount Pleasant Biggest Foxconn Loser?

Village incurred massive costs for Foxconn’s ever-smaller plant that it may never recoup.

Evers Wants to Renegotiate Foxconn Deal

Evers Wants to Renegotiate Foxconn Deal

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

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Renegotiation of Foxconn Deal
Press Release

Gov. Tony Evers Calls for Renegotiation of Foxconn Deal

‘He’s Looking Out First and Foremost for Wisconsin’

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

Report Urges Action on Schools’ Drinking Water

State gets “F” grade for not preventing lead in schools’ drinking water. But lead paint still biggest issue.

One Year Ago: Robin Vos Traveling Companion Cliff Rosenberger Resigned Amid FBI Corruption Investigation
Press Release

One Year Ago: Robin Vos Traveling Companion Cliff Rosenberger Resigned Amid FBI Corruption Investigation

Pair Shared Interests in Travel and Transactional Politics

Schemes and Scandals of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Exposed on New Website
Press Release

Schemes and Scandals of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Exposed on New Website

‘It’s Time Everyone, Not Just the Lobbyists and the Special Interests, Meet “Boss” Vos’

New Marquette Law School Poll finds little change in views of Trump as Mueller probe ends
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds little change in views of Trump as Mueller probe ends

Opinions shift on confidence in Mueller; on state issues, majorities support legal marijuana, higher special education spending, oppose increase in gas tax

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Scared of Trucking Industry?
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Scared of Trucking Industry?

They oppose fee on trucks that destroy roads, while getting big money from the industry.

Advocates of Legal Pot Still Face Hurdles

Advocates of Legal Pot Still Face Hurdles

Public support growing but GOP leaders oppose Evers' plan to legalize medical marijuana and possession of small amounts.

New Court Filings Show Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Using Taxpayer Money to Dodge Questions About What He Did With Taxpayer Money
Press Release

New Court Filings Show Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Using Taxpayer Money to Dodge Questions About What He Did With Taxpayer Money

Lawyers Argue Vos Can’t Be Questioned Over His Schemes Using Public Resources to Protect His Own Political Power

April 2 is Pay Equity Day in Wisconsin
Press Release

April 2 is Pay Equity Day in Wisconsin

‘Wisconsin Needs to Do Better’

The State of Politics: Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings
The State of Politics

Evers, GOP Tie in Early Innings

Capitol ballgame tied, but Republican legislators have big hitters coming to the plate.

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Leaving disagreement between parties over status of 82 Walker appointees.

Joint Statement: Appellate Court Decision on the Extraordinary Session
Press Release

Joint Statement: Appellate Court Decision on the Extraordinary Session

"Today, the rule of law has prevailed."

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

Second Judge Rules Against Lame Duck Laws

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

Murphy’s Law: Gov. Evers Plays Hardball
Murphy’s Law

Gov. Evers Plays Hardball

Too-nice Tony looks to beat the Republicans -- repeatedly -- at their own game.

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Legislators' rejection of capital budget may scare away private donations to university projects, governor says.

Hesselbein Opposes Tax Dollars for Private Attorneys
Press Release

Hesselbein Opposes Tax Dollars for Private Attorneys

"This is another example of Speaker Vos subverting the will of the people for political gain."

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Judge Blocks Lame Duck Laws

Republicans will appeal. Evers and Kaul quickly drop state from suit against Affordable Care Act.

Murphy’s Law: The Arrogance of Robin Vos
Murphy’s Law

The Arrogance of Robin Vos

The latest: uses taxpayer-funded lawyer to shield him from revealing how he gerrymandered districts.

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

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

Statement on WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ refusal to testify under oath on map-rigging
Press Release

Statement on WI Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ refusal to testify under oath on map-rigging

"It’s time to return power to the people, and make our redistricting process nonpartisan and independent."

Bipartisan Bills Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

Bipartisan Bills Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

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

The State of Politics: How Evers Would End Gerrymandering
The State of Politics

How Evers Would End Gerrymandering

He proposes non-partisan redistricting plan similar to Iowa’s.

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Key to expanding health coverage, better reimbursement rates, says new state DHS secretary.

Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win State Budget Battle?
Murphy’s Law

Who Will Win State Budget Battle?

Right now it looks like an endless standoff. But appearances can be deceiving.

The State of Politics: Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large
The State of Politics

Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large

What Legislature gives, veto can take away. The battle has begun.

Advocates Push For a Wisconsin ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

Advocates Push For a Wisconsin ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law

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

Data Wonk: Does the Manufacturing Tax Credit Work?
Data Wonk

Does the Manufacturing Tax Credit Work?

Gov. Evers and Republicans differ on value of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit. Who's right?

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process

Drawing of political boundaries would move from the Legislature to a nonpartisan commission.

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

Evers Withdraws National Guard From U.S. Border

No evidence of crisis, governor says. Vos condemns move.

Evers Wants More Funds for Women’s Health

Evers Wants More Funds for Women’s Health

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

Fourth Lawsuit Against Lame Duck Laws

Fourth Lawsuit Against Lame Duck Laws

This one argues Republican legislators violated U.S. Constitution and will of the voters.

Op Ed: Expanding Medicaid Is Best for State
Op Ed

Expanding Medicaid Is Best for State

Why it's the smart, compassionate, and fiscally responsible thing to do.

South Suburbs Consider Merging Fire, Police

South Suburbs Consider Merging Fire, Police

Franklin, Greenfield will have discussions. Will others join talks?

Murphy’s Law: Republicans and Colin Kaepernick
Murphy’s Law

Republicans and Colin Kaepernick

Legislators opposition to honoring the NFL star is part of an ugly, historic pattern.

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

And would loosen other restrictions. Vos opposes plan.

GOP Senators, Too, Resist Honoring Kaepernick

GOP Senators, Too, Resist Honoring Kaepernick

They remove Milwaukee native and former NFL star from black history resolution, but won’t say why.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Discover the Middle Class
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Discover the Middle Class

But their proposed tax cut is unfunded and doesn’t address state’s tax inequity.

Taylor Refutes GOP’s Censorship of Black History Honorees
Press Release

Taylor Refutes GOP’s Censorship of Black History Honorees

"Republicans like Assembly Speaker Vos and Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald set us back today."

Evers Signals Gas Tax In His Budget

Evers Signals Gas Tax In His Budget

Waiting for report from Thompson, he says, but expects gas tax will be included.

Legislators Clash on Black History Month

Legislators Clash on Black History Month

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

Robin Vos Giving $500 an Hour Lawyers a Blank Check to Defend His Scheme to Rig the Rules for Foxconn
Press Release

Robin Vos Giving $500 an Hour Lawyers a Blank Check to Defend His Scheme to Rig the Rules for Foxconn

‘The Only Thing Wisconsin Taxpayers are Getting Out of These Republican Deals is Being Stuck With the Bill’

The State of Politics: 8 Ways to Increase Highway Funding
The State of Politics

8 Ways to Increase Highway Funding

Lots of possible taxes and fees, but can legislators agree on any?

Op Ed: Road Tolls Are Best Way to Fund Highways
Op Ed

Road Tolls Are Best Way to Fund Highways

Wisconsin could pioneer 21st Century approach to solve the problem.

Robin “Boss” Vos to Wisconsin Middle Class: ‘Pay For Your Own Tax Savings’
Press Release

Robin “Boss” Vos to Wisconsin Middle Class: ‘Pay For Your Own Tax Savings’

Suggests Cuts to Education, Health Care and Roads to Fund Middle Class Tax Plan Instead of Asking Millionaires and Billionaires to Pay Their Fair Share

Vos, Fitzgerald Support Tolls to Pay For Roads

Vos, Fitzgerald Support Tolls to Pay For Roads

Democrats may consider but prefer gas tax indexing.

Data Wonk: Texas Lawsuit Threatens Republicans
Data Wonk

Texas Lawsuit Threatens Republicans

Vos and Fitzgerald support lawsuit overturning Obamacare, but voters don’t.

Evers Won’t Support GOP Tax Cut

Evers Won’t Support GOP Tax Cut

Governor says he can’t support plan with no long-term funding.

Questions Raised About Assembly Speaker Benefiting from State Tax Loophole
Press Release

Questions Raised About Assembly Speaker Benefiting from State Tax Loophole

Is Tax Break Debate Personal for Robin Vos?

Op Ed: Evers, GOP Leaders Need Health Care Ideas
Op Ed

Evers, GOP Leaders Need Health Care Ideas

They could learn from local experts like Albrecht Free Clinic in West Bend.

Unions Files Suit Against Lame Duck Laws

Unions Files Suit Against Lame Duck Laws

Second suit filed, argues Republicans violated state constitution.

Joint Statement: Foxconn Developments
Press Release

Joint Statement: Foxconn Developments

"We want to thank President Trump for his commitment to Wisconsin workers – our state has an ally in the White House who is dedicated to helping us bring family-supporting careers to our state."

State Rep. David Bowen’s Statement on Latest Foxconn Flop
Press Release

State Rep. David Bowen’s Statement on Latest Foxconn Flop

Time for Legislature to Direct WEDC Renegotiations

Foxconn Played Walker and Republican Leadership
Press Release

Foxconn Played Walker and Republican Leadership

Deal’s Constant Changes Doesn’t Bode Well for Wisconsin Workers

Rep. Spreitzer statement on latest Foxconn news
Press Release

Rep. Spreitzer statement on latest Foxconn news

"Today’s comments by Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Fitzgerald demonstrate that they have not learned from their mistake and they continue to lack a coherent vision for the future of our state."

New Questions About Robin Vos, GOP’s Lame Duck Law Changes As Foxconn Scales Back Wisconsin Operation
Press Release

New Questions About Robin Vos, GOP’s Lame Duck Law Changes As Foxconn Scales Back Wisconsin Operation

GOP Grabbed Control of Agency Overseeing Deal, Reduced Accountability Before Foxconn Suggests ‘Modifications’ to Biggest Ever State Subsidy of Foreign Corporation

Foxconn Breaks Promises Again
Press Release

Foxconn Breaks Promises Again

"Wisconsin Republicans should have known better."

Data Wonk: How Evers and Legislators Can Cooperate
Data Wonk

How Evers and Legislators Can Cooperate

Marquette Poll shows where voters of both parties agree. Will GOP leaders take the hint?

The Water Council commends Wisconsin’s Elected Leaders for placing a priority on Clean Water
Press Release

The Water Council commends Wisconsin’s Elected Leaders for placing a priority on Clean Water

Water is perhaps our state’s greatest natural resource and a critical input for businesses in some of our leading sectors like food and beverage and pulp and paper manufacturing.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans Oppose Gerrymandering
Murphy’s Law

Republicans Oppose Gerrymandering

Voters overwhelmingly favor fair maps, yet Vos spends millions in taxes to fight this.

The State of Politics: Republicans May Oppose Medical Marijuana
The State of Politics

Republicans May Oppose Medical Marijuana

Vos, Steineke say Evers’ support for full legalization has poisoned the discussion.

New Marquette Law School Poll finds some issues less divisive amid continuing partisan divide
Press Release

New Marquette Law School Poll finds some issues less divisive amid continuing partisan divide

Special education increases and accepting more federal Medicaid money are drawing broader support than many other current issues

In Support of Campus Free-Speech, Not Conservative Safe Spaces
Press Release

In Support of Campus Free-Speech, Not Conservative Safe Spaces

"Free speech ought to mean free speech for everyone."

Op Ed: Gerrymandering Costs Taxpayers Millions
Op Ed

Gerrymandering Costs Taxpayers Millions

Republicans' legal bill for redistricting federal judge declared unconstitutional hits $3.5 million.

Evers Tells Kaul to Drop ACA Lawsuit

Evers Tells Kaul to Drop ACA Lawsuit

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

Rep. Robyn Vining Comments on Pre-Existing Conditions Bill
Press Release

Rep. Robyn Vining Comments on Pre-Existing Conditions Bill

"Though we must acknowledge the remaining issues, we achieved a small victory with the amendment recognizing annual and lifetime benefit limits..."

Vos May Amend Pre-Existing Conditions Bill

Vos May Amend Pre-Existing Conditions Bill

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

Legislators Can’t Block Liberals On Twitter

Legislators Can’t Block Liberals On Twitter

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

7 Goals of County Fair Deal Group

7 Goals of County Fair Deal Group

Abele and Lipscomb's group releases seven recommendations for state legislative action.

Campaign Cash: Rep. Sargent Pushes Campaign Reform
Campaign Cash

Rep. Sargent Pushes Campaign Reform

Democratic proposal would add restrictions on campaign donations.

Federal Court Sides With One Wisconsin Now in Twitter Blocking Lawsuit Against Republican State Representatives
Press Release

Federal Court Sides With One Wisconsin Now in Twitter Blocking Lawsuit Against Republican State Representatives

‘A Victory for Open, Transparent and Accountable Government’

GOP Legislators Offer Middle-Class Tax Cut

GOP Legislators Offer Middle-Class Tax Cut

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

Statement on Assembly Bill 1
Press Release

Statement on Assembly Bill 1

"We must provide stability and protection for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions should Republican efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act be successful." "

Federal Judge Tosses Wisconsin Republican Lame Duck Attacks on Voting
Press Release

Federal Judge Tosses Wisconsin Republican Lame Duck Attacks on Voting

Ruling: ‘This Is Not A Close Question: The Three Challenged Provisions Are Clearly Inconsistent With The Injunctions That The Court Has Issued In This Case’

Governor Evers Reaffirms Commitment to Cutting Taxes for Middle-Class Families
Press Release

Governor Evers Reaffirms Commitment to Cutting Taxes for Middle-Class Families

"In contrast, Speaker Vos’ spending plan continues to grow." -Spokeswoman for Gov. Evers, Melissa Baldauff

Evers, GOP Lawmakers Seek Common Ground

Evers, GOP Lawmakers Seek Common Ground

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Evers Sells Vision to Local Leaders
Eyes on Milwaukee

Evers Sells Vision to Local Leaders

Governor urges business leaders to help two parties find common ground on tough issues.

The State of Politics: State Loses Political Power in Washington
The State of Politics

State Loses Political Power in Washington

Of all states, Wisconsin and Michigan have lost the most clout in D.C., experts say.

Robin “Boss” Vos: The Million Dollar Speaker
Press Release

Robin “Boss” Vos: The Million Dollar Speaker

Sticks Taxpayers With $1 Million Plus Annual Tab for His Personal Legislative Staff

Vos Offers Bipartisan Terms to Evers

Vos Offers Bipartisan Terms to Evers

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

Groups Will Sue Against Lame Duck Laws

Groups Will Sue Against Lame Duck Laws

Will argue entire “extraordinary” session was illegal, demanding all laws be struck down.

Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network Calls on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to Include Citizens with Polluted Wells on his Water Quality Task Force
Press Release

Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network Calls on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to Include Citizens with Polluted Wells on his Water Quality Task Force

Contaminated wells, polluted drinking water, and industrial agriculture are not new issues in rural Wisconsin and are a real crisis for real families.

Legislature Begins Era of Divided Government

Legislature Begins Era of Divided Government

Vos, Fitzgerald call for bipartisan approach, but Vos warns against “far left” ideas.

Op Ed: Welcome to Milwaukee, Mr. Walker
Op Ed

Welcome to Milwaukee, Mr. Walker

Governor who warned voters about evils of this city will now live here.

MKE County: County Officials Review Revenue Options
MKE County

County Officials Review Revenue Options

Abele and Lipscomb's Fair Deal group considers ways to relieve dire financial situation.

Evers Taps Barca, Former Obama Official

Evers Taps Barca, Former Obama Official

Rep. Barca will run revenue department, Andrea Palm will run Health Services.

Campaign Cash: NRA Still Has Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

NRA Still Has Capitol Clout

Spent nearly $1 million on Walker’s losing campaign, still has major power with legislators.

Data Wonk: Will Judge Peterson Allow Voting Restrictions?
Data Wonk

Will Judge Peterson Allow Voting Restrictions?

Since lame duck law reinstates provisions he previously struck down, that seems unlikely.

Robin Vos: The Secrecy Speaker
Press Release

Robin Vos: The Secrecy Speaker

Reports Reveal How Vos Sought to Keep Public’s Business Secret and Silence Former Spouse

Op Ed: Evers, Vos, Fitzgerald Must Compromise
Op Ed

Evers, Vos, Fitzgerald Must Compromise

There are many issues where they can forge agreements — and lead the state forward.

The State of Politics: 8 GOP Laws Evers Could Target
The State of Politics

8 GOP Laws Evers Could Target

There’s much new governor opposes. But which issues will he take on?

Op Ed: Top 10 Stories of 2018 Affecting Democracy
Op Ed

Top 10 Stories of 2018 Affecting Democracy

How Wisconsin went forward -- and backward -- in democratic government.

Vos and Fitzgerald Trash Urban Voters

Vos and Fitzgerald Trash Urban Voters

Affirming the alignment of Republicans with voters from shrinking counties.

GOP Senate Could Pass Medicaid Expansion?

GOP Senate Could Pass Medicaid Expansion?

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

Murphy’s Law: Evers Embraces Expertise
Murphy’s Law

Evers Embraces Expertise

Hiring talented people, appointing expert advisors, who knew you could govern that way?

Hintz Touts Democratic Issues for Next Year

Hintz Touts Democratic Issues for Next Year

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

History Repeats With Latest Post-Election Republican Attack on Early Voting
Press Release

History Repeats With Latest Post-Election Republican Attack on Early Voting

Attack on Voter Rights Launched Just Days After Suffering Statewide Election Losses in 2012 and 2018

One Wisconsin Institute Files Request for Court to Enforce Rulings Striking Down Republican Lame Duck Restrictions on Voting
Press Release

One Wisconsin Institute Files Request for Court to Enforce Rulings Striking Down Republican Lame Duck Restrictions on Voting

‘Attempts to Rig the Rules on Voting Were Unconstitutional in 2016 and They’re Unconstitutional Today’

Op Ed: Avoid Partisan Gridlock, Let Voters Decide
Op Ed

Avoid Partisan Gridlock, Let Voters Decide

Referendums on key issues like state funding for K-12 and UW System could solve partisan divide.

Carpenter: Require ‘Lame Duck” Bills to Supermajority Votes
Press Release

Carpenter: Require ‘Lame Duck” Bills to Supermajority Votes

“The tactics of these Republicans are an embarrassment to Wisconsin’s good government reputation and a black eye to our democracy.”

Op Ed: Lame Duck Bills Too Rushed, Secretive
Op Ed

Lame Duck Bills Too Rushed, Secretive

Vos and Fitzgerald did not even attend the public hearing to answer questions about the legislation.

One Wisconsin Institute Announces Coming Legal Action Against GOP ‘Lame Duck’ Voting Rights Attacks
Press Release

One Wisconsin Institute Announces Coming Legal Action Against GOP ‘Lame Duck’ Voting Rights Attacks

National Redistricting Foundation Will Support the Legal Challenge

Data Wonk: Gerrymander is Alive and Well
Data Wonk

Gerrymander is Alive and Well

Data from November election tells a tale of totalitarian tendencies.

Murphy’s Law: Republicans’ Plan for Permanent Power
Murphy’s Law

Republicans’ Plan for Permanent Power

They began plotting last spring to retain power even if a Democrat won for governor.

The State of Politics: 5 Reasons for Republican Power Play
The State of Politics

5 Reasons for Republican Power Play

One key reason: they see Tony Evers as weak.

Rep. Greta Neubauer and WI Working Families Hold Town Hall Meeting in Speaker Rovin Vos’ District
Press Release

Rep. Greta Neubauer and WI Working Families Hold Town Hall Meeting in Speaker Rovin Vos’ District

Residents voiced concerns about extraordinary session; Vos’ work to subvert will of voters

Murphy’s Law: What Will Scott Walker’s Legacy Be?
Murphy’s Law

What Will Scott Walker’s Legacy Be?

Remembered for his accomplishments? Or his “poor loser” legislation?

Your Right to Know: Lame Duck Laws All About Secrecy
Your Right to Know

Lame Duck Laws All About Secrecy

Vos and Fitzgerald didn’t even attend the public hearing on their far-reaching legislation.

Data Wonk: The Republican War Against Democracy
Data Wonk

The Republican War Against Democracy

Details in lame duck bills show disdain for democracy by Vos and Fitzgerald.

Legislature Works Overnight To Curb Evers Power

Legislature Works Overnight To Curb Evers Power

Limits on early voting, constraints on Evers campaign promise on health care.

Republican’s Holiday Gift to Wisconsin: An Assault on Democracy
Press Release

Republican’s Holiday Gift to Wisconsin: An Assault on Democracy

"Astonishingly, the Republicans primary concern is to protect their own power."

Senator Taylor Believes GOP Are Taking Career Ending Votes
Press Release

Senator Taylor Believes GOP Are Taking Career Ending Votes

"I urge the people of Wisconsin to continue to push back on this outrageous disregard of voter’s wishes."

Will Republican Legislature Risk Contempt With Scheme to Enact New Limits on Early Voting?
Press Release

Will Republican Legislature Risk Contempt With Scheme to Enact New Limits on Early Voting?

GOP Anti-Voter Plot Would Directly Contradict Court Decision Protecting Early Voting Rights

Eight Days After November Election Republican Assembly Leader Robin Vos Requested New Restrictions on Early Voting
Press Release

Eight Days After November Election Republican Assembly Leader Robin Vos Requested New Restrictions on Early Voting

GOP Attempts to Rig Election Rules ‘Playing With Legal Fire’

GOP Lame Duck Session Targets Evers

GOP Lame Duck Session Targets Evers

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

GOP ‘Playing with Fire’ Using Lame Duck to Rig Elections
Press Release

GOP ‘Playing with Fire’ Using Lame Duck to Rig Elections

"We and our legal counsel will be vigilant in monitoring what the Republicans attempt to do with state laws on voting in this lame duck session."

Kimberly-Clark Subsidy Stalled in Senate

Kimberly-Clark Subsidy Stalled in Senate

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

GOP Legislature Huddles Behind Closed Doors to Discuss Schemes to Undermine November Election Results
Press Release

GOP Legislature Huddles Behind Closed Doors to Discuss Schemes to Undermine November Election Results

Schemes Run the Gamut From Lame and Lamer to Lamest

Op Ed: Time’s Running Out on Vos, Fitzgerald
Op Ed

Time’s Running Out on Vos, Fitzgerald

Vos says Democrats are "sore losers” and proceeds as though Republicans won.

MacIver Cheers New Revenue Projections, Urges Gov.-Elect Evers To Stay The Course
Press Release

MacIver Cheers New Revenue Projections, Urges Gov.-Elect Evers To Stay The Course

"Eight years of sound fiscal management by Gov. Walker and the conservative legislature have put Wisconsin back on the right track."

GOP Blames Voters Voting for Electoral Defeats, Proposes Plan to Limit Participation in 2020 State High Court Race
Press Release

GOP Blames Voters Voting for Electoral Defeats, Proposes Plan to Limit Participation in 2020 State High Court Race

Assembly Republican Leader Vos ‘Hell-Bent on Undermining Checks and Balances’

Will Referendums Lead to Legal Pot?

Will Referendums Lead to Legal Pot?

Some legislators hope for change after medical or fully legai pot approved in 18 local referendums.

DPW Statement on Republicans’ Latest Attempt to Eviscerate Checks and Balances
Press Release

DPW Statement on Republicans’ Latest Attempt to Eviscerate Checks and Balances

"Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald want to put their thumbs on the scale and manipulate an election that won't happen for over a year."

Murphy’s Law: About That Republican Victory
Murphy’s Law

About That Republican Victory

Voters rejected Democrats for the Assembly, Robin Vos declares. Er, not exactly.

Data Wonk: Banana Republic Politics
Data Wonk

Banana Republic Politics

Republicans threaten governor’s power, but may actually kill a bad 2017 law they passed.

Rep. Vos Selected to Lead Assembly Republican Caucus, Not State of Wisconsin
Press Release

Rep. Vos Selected to Lead Assembly Republican Caucus, Not State of Wisconsin

Vos Should Choose Another Road, Drop Divisive Attacks on Will of Wisconsin Voters

The State of Politics: Evers Election Brings Changes to Capitol
The State of Politics

Evers Election Brings Changes to Capitol

Suddenly jobs for Democrats. And will Vos, Evers do deal on highway funding?

Plats and Parcels: Affordable Housing for Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

Affordable Housing for Walker’s Point

Ohio-based developer eyeing Milwaukee project.

Op Ed: Do Vos, Fitzgerald Want Dictatorship?
Op Ed

Do Vos, Fitzgerald Want Dictatorship?

Rather than accepting will of the voters, they hatch plans to reduce governor’s power.

Democrats Resist Limiting Governor’s Power

Democrats Resist Limiting Governor’s Power

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

Op Ed: Voters Demand Compromise
Op Ed

Voters Demand Compromise

But are there issues Ever and Republicans could agree on? Yes.

Republicans Could Curb Governor’s Power

Republicans Could Curb Governor’s Power

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

Statement on the Governor-Elect Evers and the Assembly Republican Majority
Press Release

Statement on the Governor-Elect Evers and the Assembly Republican Majority

"The reality is that the voters of Wisconsin have chosen divided government."

Secrecy Hides State Legislators’ Actions

Secrecy Hides State Legislators’ Actions

Anonymous budget amendments and "Body Snatcher” bills reward special interests, limit public input.

Campaign Cash: GOP Legislative Candidates Have 3-1 Edge in Cash
Campaign Cash

GOP Legislative Candidates Have 3-1 Edge in Cash

But state’s Democratic legislative candidates raised nearly as much since January.

Fitzgerald Downplays Pre-Existing Conditions Issue

Fitzgerald Downplays Pre-Existing Conditions Issue

Republican Senate leader says he lacks votes to pass bill, then says it could pass “in the future.”

Op Ed:  Democrats Need Bread-And-Butter Issues
Op Ed

Democrats Need Bread-And-Butter Issues

Republicans won’t protect workers pensions and health care, Democrats will.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee County on a Crash Course
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee County on a Crash Course

Without more funding of programs it runs for the state, county will soon face fiscal ruin.

Both Parties See November Assembly Win

Both Parties See November Assembly Win

Vos and Hintz both talk about their plans should they run Assembly after election.

Legislation Moved Quickly Under Walker

Legislation Moved Quickly Under Walker

Much quicker passage, less public input, in first legislative session under Walker, analysis finds.

Boss Vos Paying Caucus Member Kerkman for Side Businesses the Last Five Years
Press Release

Boss Vos Paying Caucus Member Kerkman for Side Businesses the Last Five Years

Unpublicized Arrangement Raises Enormous Red Flags

Forced to Work for FoodShare

Forced to Work for FoodShare

Is GOP legislation “life changing” or a waste of taxes? Hard to say since Walker vetoed study of program.

Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering

Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering

No decision on merits. But Wisconsin case may eventually be sent back to high court.

One Wisconsin Now Seeks Summary Judgement in Lawsuit Over Republican State Representatives Twitter ‘Blocking’
Press Release

One Wisconsin Now Seeks Summary Judgement in Lawsuit Over Republican State Representatives Twitter ‘Blocking’

‘The Facts in the Case and First Amendment to U.S. Constitution Are Clear’

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s Payday Loan London Junket Travel Buddy’s Home Raided by FBI
Press Release

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’s Payday Loan London Junket Travel Buddy’s Home Raided by FBI

Home of Vos’s Travelling Companion Raided by Federal Authorities, Lobbyist Reveals Payday Loan Industry Business Discussed on Trip

Murphy’s Law: The Anti-Roads Governor
Murphy’s Law

The Anti-Roads Governor

Why would a Republican governor be as anti-highways as Scott Walker?

Walker, Republicans Warn of Blue Wave

Walker, Republicans Warn of Blue Wave

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

Op Ed: The Special Interests Governor
Op Ed

The Special Interests Governor

Average citizens don't count when Walker and Republicans decide environmental policy.

Latest Conference Hosted by Tommy Thompson Center Continues Promoting the Right-Wing Agenda on the Public Dime
Press Release

Latest Conference Hosted by Tommy Thompson Center Continues Promoting the Right-Wing Agenda on the Public Dime

Features Right-Wing Activist Grover Norquist and Representatives of Bradley and Koch Foundation-Funded Organizations

Why Would Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s Wealthy Patron Donate $15,000 to Robin Vos’s Wisconsin Political Operation?
Press Release

Why Would Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s Wealthy Patron Donate $15,000 to Robin Vos’s Wisconsin Political Operation?

Questions Continue to Mount About Vos Relationship With Rosenberger Amid FBI Investigation

B-list candidate Bryan Steil announces doomed run for 1st congressional district seat
Press Release

B-list candidate Bryan Steil announces doomed run for 1st congressional district seat

Democratic candidates are fired up like never before

999 Motion Gets Vos a Free European Vacation?
Press Release

999 Motion Gets Vos a Free European Vacation?

Law Change Could Have Allowed Payday Loan Company Footing the Bill for London Junket to Dramatically Expand State Operations

Robin Vos’s Relationship with Disgraced Ex-Ohio Speaker Didn’t Start in London
Press Release

Robin Vos’s Relationship with Disgraced Ex-Ohio Speaker Didn’t Start in London

Paths of Speaker Robin Vos and Scandal Plagued Former Ohio House Speaker Crossed Before Special Interests Picked Up the Tab for Their European Vacation

Robin Vos’ Free European Vacation Leaves Unanswered Questions
Press Release

Robin Vos’ Free European Vacation Leaves Unanswered Questions

Same Trip Triggered Resignation of Speaker of Ohio House of Representatives, Allegedly Part of FBI Probe of Lawmaker

Campaign Cash: Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles
Campaign Cash

Robin Vos’s Title Loan Trip Troubles

Company pays for his trip to London, he backs less regulations on its high interest loans.

Op Ed: Dark Store Loophole Costs Taxpayers
Op Ed

Dark Store Loophole Costs Taxpayers

Republicans blocked bill that prevented big box retailers shifting taxes to homeowners.

Poll Shows Bryce Poised to Win WI-01
Press Release

Poll Shows Bryce Poised to Win WI-01

Bryce ahead or tied with possible opponents, including former Congressman

Governor Walker Signs Wisconsin Works for Everyone Welfare Reform Plan
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs Wisconsin Works for Everyone Welfare Reform Plan

Welfare reform a key item on the Governor’s Ambitious Agenda for 2018

Speaker Vos Statement: Signing of the ‘Wisconsin Model’ for Juvenile Corrections Reform
Press Release

Speaker Vos Statement: Signing of the ‘Wisconsin Model’ for Juvenile Corrections Reform

“The reforms allow incarcerated youth to have access to the services and rehabilitation they need while in facilities closer to their homes and families.”

Court Watch: The Judge That Robin Vos Hates