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Scott Fitzgerald

Scott L. Fitzgerald (Rep.), 13th Senate District

He is the Republican leader in the State Senate. Fitzgerald, along with his brother Representative Jeff Fitzgerald and Governor Scott Walker were key figures in the passage of Act 10.

Born Chicago, IL, November 16, 1963; married; 3 children.  Graduate Hustisford H.S. 1981; B.S. in journalism UW-Oshkosh 1985; U.S. Army Armor Officer Basic Course 1985; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  Former associate newspaper publisher; U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Colonel (ret.).  Member: Dodge Co. Republican Party (chm. 1992-94); Juneau Lions Club; Reserve Officers Assn.; Knights of Columbus.

Elected to Senate 1994; reelected since 1998.  Majority Leader 2015, 2013, 2011 (through 7/24/12); Minority Leader 2011 (eff. 7/24/12), 2009, 2007; Majority Leader 9/17/04 to 11/10/04.  Biennial committee assignments: 2015 — Senate Org. (chp. since 2011, mbr. since 2007); Jt. Com. on Employment Relations (since 2007); Jt. Com. on Legis. Org. (since 2007); Jt. Legislative Council (since 2005).  2005 — Jt. Com. on Finance (co-chp., mbr. since 2003); Jt. Legis. Audit.  2003 — Jt. Com. for Review of Criminal Penalties (co-chp.); Education, Ethics and Elections; Homeland Security, Veterans and Military Affairs and Government Reform; Judiciary, Corrections and Privacy; Claims Bd. (eff. 12/5/03).  2001 — Health, Utilities, Veterans and Military Affairs; Judiciary, Consumer Affairs, and Campaign Finance Reform; Privacy, Electronic Commerce and Financial Institutions (also 1999); Wis. Housing and Economic Development Authority.  1999 — Economic Development, Housing and Government Operations (member to 2/24/99, also 1997); Rural Economic Development Bd. (also 1997).  1997 — State Government Operations and Corrections (chp., eff. 4/21/98); Education (eff. 1/7/98); Health, Human Services, Aging, Corrections, Veterans and Military Affairs (1/15/97 to 4/20/98); Government Effectiveness (eff. 4/21/98, also 1995); Human Resources, Labor, Tourism, Veterans and Military Affairs (eff. 4/21/98); Jt. Com. on Information Policy (eff. 4/21/98, also 1995); Legis. Coun. Coms. on Local Government Spending (vice chp.), on the School Calendar.  1995 — Business, Economic Development and Urban Affairs (member to 6/96); Agriculture, Transportation, Utilities and Financial Institutions; Legis. Coun. Coms. on Americans with Disabilities Act (co-chp.), on Recodification of Fish and Game Laws.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-5660.
E-mail: Sen.Fitzgerald@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: Juneau 53039.
Mailing address: Office: Room 211 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

 

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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.

Scott Fitzgerald’s Fundraising Follies
Press Release

Scott Fitzgerald’s Fundraising Follies

Senate Republican Leader Schedules More Fundraisers for His Campaign for Higher Office Than State Senate Sessions

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

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Meet Evers’ New Ag Advisor, Brad Pfaff

Governor’s fired Agriculture Secretary now the Department of Administration’s director of business and rural development.

The State of Politics: The Path to Brad Pfaff’s Firing
The State of Politics

The Path to Brad Pfaff’s Firing

Why GOP legislators shot down Agriculture Secretary. And why Evers was incensed.

The Cannabis Question: More People Using Pot as Medicine
The Cannabis Question

More People Using Pot as Medicine

But state laws and research not yet on their side.

Republicans Dismiss Governor’s Special Session

Republicans Dismiss Governor’s Special Session

Two houses immediately adjourn session on guns. They lack “the courage” to take on issue, Evers says.

Republican Senators, Do Your Job!
Press Release

Republican Senators, Do Your Job!

"The overwhelming support for these two gun safety ideas demands the Wisconsin Legislature convene, debate, and vote on passage of these bills."

Sen. Fitzgerald Stands Up for Second Amendment, Ends Evers’ Special Session on Gun Control
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Sen. Fitzgerald Stands Up for Second Amendment, Ends Evers’ Special Session on Gun Control

"I’ve said all along that the Senate would not go along with the governor’s plans for this special session."

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Senate Votes to Kill Governor Veto Power

Approves putting constitutional amendment on ballot to restrict partial veto power.

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Senate Fires State Agriculture Secretary

Every Republican votes not to approve Evers appointee Brad Pfaff.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Vote to Reject Evers’ Ag Secretary, Protect Farmers
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Vote to Reject Evers’ Ag Secretary, Protect Farmers

"The liberal Evers Administration has been no friend to farmers."

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Republicans threaten to force firing of Evers’ secretary Brad Pfaff; farm groups object.

Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Signal Plans to Fire Gov. Evers’ Agriculture Secretary in Midst of Dairy Crisis
Press Release

Fitzgerald, Senate Republicans Signal Plans to Fire Gov. Evers’ Agriculture Secretary in Midst of Dairy Crisis

Senate Republicans poised to reject gubernatorial cabinet nominee for first time in modern Wisconsin history

State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter
Press Release

State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter

Apparently, there were three Senators who were opposed to homeless funding: Senators Kapenga, Nass, and Craig.

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.

Campaign Cash: Rep. Ron Kind Has Huge 2020 War Chest
Campaign Cash

Rep. Ron Kind Has Huge 2020 War Chest

Nearly $3 million campaign fund. No Wisconsin congressional representative has more.

Fitzgerald Says Legislators Plays ‘Goalie” With Evers

Fitzgerald Says Legislators Plays ‘Goalie” With Evers

Few bills getting passed, most of Evers' cabinet picks still not approved by Senate.

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.

Senate Republicans Choose Special Interest Cash Over Public Safety of Wisconsinites
Press Release

Senate Republicans Choose Special Interest Cash Over Public Safety of Wisconsinites

Lawmakers with history of NRA backing refuse to support Gov. Evers call for legislation to address gun violence

Campaign Cash: Trump Supporter Picked For Elections Commission
Campaign Cash

Trump Supporter Picked For Elections Commission

Fitzgerald appoints Bob Spindell, GOP donor and supporter of Voter ID law, to state commission.

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

Evers Calls Special Session on Guns

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

Sen. Fitzgerald Reacts to Gov. Evers Special Session Announcement
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Sen. Fitzgerald Reacts to Gov. Evers Special Session Announcement

"Liberals across the country are upping their rhetoric in support of taking guns from law-abiding citizens."

Campaign Cash: Senate Passes Insurance Industry Bill
Campaign Cash

Senate Passes Insurance Industry Bill

Industry gave $1.9 million in campaign donations. Bill allows shorter notice of premium hikes.

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.

Can Democrat Tom Palzewicz Win the 5th Congressional District?

Can Democrat Tom Palzewicz Win the 5th Congressional District?

He lost to Sensenbrenner with 38% of the vote in 2018, better than previous Dems had done

Unmatched Carpenters Tribute Takes the Stage at the Marcus Performing Center
Press Release

Unmatched Carpenters Tribute Takes the Stage at the Marcus Performing Center

Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters comes to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall on Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 pm.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Meets with Archbishop Listecki, Bishop Hying at the Capitol
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Meets with Archbishop Listecki, Bishop Hying at the Capitol

"s a Catholic, it was my honor to host Archbishop Listecki and Bishop Hying at my Madison office to talk about important issues facing our area."

Acclaimed Actor David Payne Stars in “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” February 14-16 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center
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.

Bipartisan Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

Bipartisan Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana

But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald strongly opposes the bill.

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.

The State of Politics: Congressional Primaries Can Be Unpredictable
The State of Politics

Congressional Primaries Can Be Unpredictable

Sensenbrenner seat could draw a wide field.

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Evers Renews Call for Red Flag Gun Law

Republican legislators say proposal violates due process rights.

The “Fitz” Train Is Rolling

The “Fitz” Train Is Rolling

Scott Fitzgerald’s run for Congress embraces Trump and anti-union Right to Work law.

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.

Fitzgerald Will Run for Congress

Fitzgerald Will Run for Congress

Senate Majority Leader to run for Sensenbrenner’s 5th Congressional district seat.

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

Betsy DeVos Comes to Town

U.S. Education Secretary visits St. Marcus Lutheran School, promotes $5 billion federal plan for private schools.

The Second City Knits ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater’ This Holiday
Press Release

The Second City Knits ‘The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Sweater’ This Holiday

Performances will be on November 29-December 1 in the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall.

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.

Line Forming for Sensenbrenner’s Seat

Line Forming for Sensenbrenner’s Seat

8 Republicans (Vukmir, Nicholson, Fitzgerald, Farrow etc.) considering a run, along with one Democrat.

50 Years of Jim Sensenbrenner

50 Years of Jim Sensenbrenner

The numbers, the gruffness, the tales. And who will run for his seat?

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
Press Release

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.

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.

Gov. Evers: Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development
Press Release

Gov. Evers: Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development

Industrial site is latest addition to Certified In Wisconsin® program

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Additional State Revenue
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Additional State Revenue

More money for the state’s rainy day fund, general fund

Campaign Cash:  GOP Lawmakers Have Big Lead in 2019 Funds
Campaign Cash

GOP Lawmakers Have Big Lead in 2019 Funds

Raised twice as much as Democrats in campaign donations in first half of 2019.

Op Ed: State Needs Republican Leadership on Guns
Op Ed

State Needs Republican Leadership on Guns

History is watching. Will Sen. Fitzgerald think beyond elections and consider what’s best for the state?

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.

“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.

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?

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

Gerrymandering Bill is Bipartisan

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

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Republicans Seek to Limit Governor’s Veto

Legislators propose constitutional amendment to bar partial vetoes increasing spending.

State Budget Fell Short on Highways?

State Budget Fell Short on Highways?

Legislators in both parties say budget lacked long-term solution to state’s transportation woes.

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.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Signing the Wisconsin Budget
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reacts to Governor Evers Signing the Wisconsin Budget

"I want to thank Governor Evers for signing the budget into law today, including fully embracing the middle-class tax cut."

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.

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?

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.

Senate Sends $82 Billion Budget to Evers

Senate Sends $82 Billion Budget to Evers

Governor can reject, approve or partially veto the Republicans' revised version of budget.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on the Passage of the Wisconsin Budget
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on the Passage of the Wisconsin Budget

"This budget keeps Wisconsin headed in the right direction."

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?

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Evers’ Veto of Born Alive Bill
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Evers’ Veto of Born Alive Bill

"It’s appalling that the governor has decided to veto these common-sense reforms."

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.

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.

Statement from Majority Leader Fitzgerald on Budget Discussions
Press Release

Statement from Majority Leader Fitzgerald on Budget Discussions

"The budget that passed the Finance Committee serves as a conservative check on the document that Governor Evers introduced earlier this year."

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

Joint Finance Committee Passes Budget

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

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?

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

High Court Reinstates Lame Duck Laws

State Supreme Court will keep most of the laws in effect while it decides on appeals to them.

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.

Legislative Leaders Commit to Transportation Reforms
Press Release

Legislative Leaders Commit to Transportation Reforms

"Assembly Republicans finally achieved our goal of increasing revenues to fix our roads and bridges."

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Repeal Criminal Abortion Law, Democrats Demand

Old law makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions, could apply if Roe decision overruled.

Campaign Cash: Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees
Campaign Cash

Factory Farms Oppose Clean Water Fees

Evers wants fees to fund pollution oversight. GOP legislators oppose this and got $1.4 million from Big Dairy.

Sen. Fitzgerald, Rep. Hutton Introduce Money Laundering Legislation
Press Release

Sen. Fitzgerald, Rep. Hutton Introduce Money Laundering Legislation

Gives law enforcement more tools to combat human trafficking

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.

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’

Republicans Intend to Intervene and Stop Liberal Groups from Undermining Act 10
Press Release

Republicans Intend to Intervene and Stop Liberal Groups from Undermining Act 10

"We aren’t picking this fight – once again a liberal group is trying to change laws that have been passed by the Legislature and previously upheld by the courts."

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.

Wisconsin Senate Sends Crime Victim Rights Amendment to Voters
Press Release

Wisconsin Senate Sends Crime Victim Rights Amendment to Voters

Voters will weigh in on amendment during April 2020 election

Murphy’s Law: Republican Pushes for Medical Marijuana
Murphy’s Law

Republican Pushes for Medical Marijuana

State Sen. Patrick Testin could be the key man in the success or failure of proposal.

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.

Leader Fitzgerald Applauds Joint Finance Committee Eliminating Over $1 Billion in Gov. Evers’ Tax Hikes
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 Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

Evers Says He Has Clarity on Foxconn

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

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

Supreme Court Restores Lame Duck Appointees

State high court rules 4-3 that all 82 Walker appointees can return to work.

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Appointees
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Appointees

"I’m glad to see that the Supreme Court has ended this unnecessary constitutional crisis and enforced the return of these individuals to their rightful positions."

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

Governor Evers Signs Fitzgerald-Jagler Bill to Replace R-Word in Administrative Code
Press Release

Governor Evers Signs Fitzgerald-Jagler Bill to Replace R-Word in Administrative Code

"This term has no place in Wisconsin’s administrative code and our bill offers a permanent fix to this problem."

The State of Politics: 10 Evers Proposals GOP Will Kill
The State of Politics

10 Evers Proposals GOP Will Kill

Top priorities for the governor which Republicans aim to kill.

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.

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’

Sen. Fitzgerald Statement on Governor Evers and Foxconn
Press Release

Sen. Fitzgerald Statement on Governor Evers and Foxconn

"This completes the original narrative that the governor has wanted to undermine the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation from day one."

On Tax Day, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Reaffirms Commitment to Keeping Taxes Low
Op Ed: True Colors Show In State Capitol
Op Ed

True Colors Show In State Capitol

Scott Fitzgerald could learn from Russ Feingold on how America’s government should be run.

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

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Appeals Court Sides with Evers on Appointees

Judges rule Evers did not violate court order when he rescinded Walker's appointments.

Legislation to Remove R-Word from Administrative Code Heads to Governor Evers’ Desk
Press Release

Legislation to Remove R-Word from Administrative Code Heads to Governor Evers’ Desk

"This action by the Legislature provides a permanent fix to banning this offensive language from Wisconsin’s administrative code once and for all."

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.

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.

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

Evers, GOP Fight Over Walker Appointees

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

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Appeals Court Restores Some Lame Duck Laws

Leaving disagreement between parties over status of 82 Walker appointees.

Joint Statement: Appellate Court Decision on the Extraordinary Session
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Sends Letter to Appointees Impacted By Governor Evers’ Actions
Press Release

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Sends Letter to Appointees Impacted By Governor Evers’ Actions

The move resulted in some state boards and commissions having their membership decimated and even stalled decisions on major energy projects in front of the Public Service Commission.

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.

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.

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

Legislators Reject Evers Capital Budget

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

The Evers Education Budget: A Gift for Liberal Special Interests
Press Release

The Evers Education Budget: A Gift for Liberal Special Interests

Raises taxes on families leaving public schools, attacks choice program, stops charter schools

Bipartisan Bills Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

Bipartisan Bills Toughen Drunk Driving Laws

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

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

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

Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Call for Comprehensive Review of Wisconsin National Guard Processes on Sexual Assault and Harassment
Press Release

Gov. Evers, Sen. Baldwin Call for Comprehensive Review of Wisconsin National Guard Processes on Sexual Assault and Harassment

"As should be the case in all workplaces, the service members of the Wisconsin National Guard deserve a work environment free from sexual assault and harassment..."

Evers’ Budget Puts Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Veterans
Press Release

Evers’ Budget Puts Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Veterans

"The governor has decided that those who are violating federal law should get a better deal than Wisconsin’s heroes."

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget

Fitzgerald assails “alarming... level of spending and bonding”.

Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition

Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition

Proposal praised by Democrats, slammed by Republicans.

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.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address

“Governor Evers campaigned on bringing people to the table, however Republicans weren’t even consulted before he rolled out one of the most liberal budgets in Wisconsin history."

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.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra® Swings into Milwaukee on Friday, May 24 to the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall!
Majority Leader Fitzgerald’s Statement on Governor Evers’ School Voucher Plan
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald’s Statement on Governor Evers’ School Voucher Plan

"Governor Evers’ plans would do immense harm to the voucher program and create uncertainty for schools, students, and their families."

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

Evers Vetoes GOP Tax Cut

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

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Veto of Middle-Class Tax Cut
Press Release

Majority Leader Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Veto of Middle-Class Tax Cut

"I am confident that Senate Republicans will redouble our efforts and fight to include a middle-class tax cut in the upcoming state budget."

Masters of Soul Comes Back to Milwaukee!
Press Release

Masters of Soul Comes Back to Milwaukee!

The Celebration of the Legendary Songs and Performers of Motown! Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 pm. Tickets on Sale on Thursday, March 7

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

Evers Proposes Medical Marijuana

And would loosen other restrictions. Vos opposes plan.

The State of Politics: Evers Gives 45% of Taxes To K-12 schools
The State of Politics

Evers Gives 45% of Taxes To K-12 schools

Plus his budget doubles special education funding. Expect a battle with GOP legislators.

Conagra Brands expanding Birds Eye Foods operations in Beaver Dam
Press Release

Conagra Brands expanding Birds Eye Foods operations in Beaver Dam

Company expects to create approximately 140 jobs over five years to support Birds Eye

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.

Wisconsin State Senate Sends Middle-Class Tax Cut to Governor Evers’ Desk
Press Release

Wisconsin State Senate Sends Middle-Class Tax Cut to Governor Evers’ Desk

"Middle-class Wisconsinites deserve a tax break, and today the Legislature voted to give them one."

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.

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.

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.

Wisconsin Republicans Stand Up to Protect the Unborn
Press Release

Wisconsin Republicans Stand Up to Protect the Unborn

"I commend my colleagues in the Assembly and the Senate who are dedicated to protecting the life of the unborn and stand with them in their steadfast opposition to late-term abortions."

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

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."

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 Contrarian: Evers Backs Off On Killing Vouchers
The Contrarian

Evers Backs Off On Killing Vouchers

Governor admits it can’t be done. His own DPI data shows why it shouldn’t be done.

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

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.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Reacts to State of the State Address
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Reacts to State of the State Address

"Thanks to the last eight years of Republican leadership, Governor Evers is inheriting a state that is strong."

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..."

Representative Jagler and Senator Fitzgerald Introduce Legislation to Remove the R-Word from State Administrative Code
Press Release

Representative Jagler and Senator Fitzgerald Introduce Legislation to Remove the R-Word from State Administrative Code

"People with intellectual disabilities and their loved ones find the R-word incredibly offensive – it should have no place in Wisconsin’s administrative code."

Campaign Cash: Rep. Sargent Pushes Campaign Reform
Campaign Cash

Rep. Sargent Pushes Campaign Reform

Democratic proposal would add restrictions on campaign donations.

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." "

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Statement on Republican Plans to Cut Taxes
Press Release

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Statement on Republican Plans to Cut Taxes

"Middle-class families in Wisconsin should keep more of what they earn."

Campaign Cash: Tavern League Still Has Clout in Capitol
Campaign Cash

Tavern League Still Has Clout in Capitol

Which is why bill to criminalize drunk driving unlikely to get legislative approval.

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.

BritBeat: ‘A Multimedia Concert Journey Through Beatles Music History’ Returns to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall on Saturday, May 4
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.

State Senate Celebrates Swearing-In Ceremony Ahead of Upcoming Legislative Session
Press Release

State Senate Celebrates Swearing-In Ceremony Ahead of Upcoming Legislative Session

"Senate Republicans will continue to fight for hard-working families, taxpayers, and the future of our state just like we have for the last eight years."

The State of Politics: Evers Calls for Bipartisan Solutions
The State of Politics

Evers Calls for Bipartisan Solutions

Inaugural speech declares state “paralyzed by polarity” and leaders must put “people first.”

Evers Wants Voucher Costs on Tax Bills

Evers Wants Voucher Costs on Tax Bills

New governor’s budget will include showing cost of private school vouchers on property tax bills.

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Governor-Elect’s Plans to Hike Taxes
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Statement on Governor-Elect’s Plans to Hike Taxes

"... I’m deeply concerned over his plans to hike taxes on Wisconsin’s small business owners and farmers before he’s even sworn into office."

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.

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.

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.

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Releases Statement on Latest Evers Administration Appointments
Press Release

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Releases Statement on Latest Evers Administration Appointments

"I have heard serious concerns over the governor-elect appointing a provocative figure to head the Department of Transportation who is a long-time advocate for special interests."

GOP Senate Could Pass Medicaid Expansion?

GOP Senate Could Pass Medicaid Expansion?

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

Lawmakers Clash On Tracking Foxconn Jobs

Lawmakers Clash On Tracking Foxconn Jobs

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

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.”

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

Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald Announces Senate Standing Committees, Chairs

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

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.

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.

Op Ed: Republican Power Grab Unprecedented
Op Ed

Republican Power Grab Unprecedented

Legislators “don’t trust” newly elected governor, so they want to take away Evers’ power.

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.

Senator Scott Fitzgerald Announces New Communications Director
Press Release

Senator Scott Fitzgerald Announces New Communications Director

"Alec [Zimmerman] will be an integral part of the team as we work diligently on behalf of our constituents."

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.

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."

Bill Curbing Evers’ Power Moves to Legislature

Bill Curbing Evers’ Power Moves to Legislature

All 12 Republicans on Joint Finance back plan to reduce governor’s power, restrict early voting.

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.

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."

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.

Kimberly-Clark, Unions, Push for Subsidy

Kimberly-Clark, Unions, Push for Subsidy

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

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.

Milwaukee Native Returns in Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents The Dan Nimmer Trio on February 1, 2019
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.

‘IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, THE SECOND CITY’ Sends Up Break-ups and Make-ups
Press Release

‘IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, THE SECOND CITY’ Sends Up Break-ups and Make-ups

Your friends, your parents, even your blind date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at.

Kleefisch Says Walker Administration “Can’t Guarantee” What Will Be in State Level Protections for Pre-existing Conditions
Press Release

Kleefisch Says Walker Administration “Can’t Guarantee” What Will Be in State Level Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

Kleefisch: “I can’t guarantee what the Senate will pass and the Assembly will pass...”

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.”

20 Days Out: Walker Campaign and GOP Flailing With Health Care as Top Issue in the Race
Press Release

20 Days Out: Walker Campaign and GOP Flailing With Health Care as Top Issue in the Race

Scott Walker Had a BAAAAAD Day on Health Care Yesterday

Roger Roth Delivers for Owners of Professional Sports Franchise and Foreign Corporation, Not Fox Valley Workers
Press Release

Roger Roth Delivers for Owners of Professional Sports Franchise and Foreign Corporation, Not Fox Valley Workers

Milwaukee Bucks Get New Stadium, Foxconn Gets Billions, Fox Valley Workers Get Bupkis

The State of Politics: Does Wisconsin Need an Alcohol Czar?
The State of Politics

Does Wisconsin Need an Alcohol Czar?

State struggles with host of issues involved in regulating the alcohol industry.

Campaign Cash: Outside Group Targets Republican Legislators
Campaign Cash

Outside Group Targets Republican Legislators

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

Scott Walker, GOP Seek Lame Duck Session to Send $100 Million to Corporation That’s Had $1 in Net State Tax Since 2013
Press Release

Scott Walker, GOP Seek Lame Duck Session to Send $100 Million to Corporation That’s Had $1 in Net State Tax Since 2013

Republicans Seek to Deny Giving Voters Voice on Latest Corporate Welfare Scheme

Governor Walker Releases Statement on Kimberly-Clark
Press Release

Governor Walker Releases Statement on Kimberly-Clark

"My message to Kimberly-Clark employees is simple: we are fighting for you. We are working together to keep your jobs in Wisconsin."

The State of Politics: Kimberly-Clark Won’t Get Tax Break
The State of Politics

Kimberly-Clark Won’t Get Tax Break

Company demands subsidy by September 30. Why that won’t happen.

Campaign Cash: WMC Pushes For Kimberly-Clark Subsidy
Campaign Cash

WMC Pushes For Kimberly-Clark Subsidy

State’s biggest business lobby has spent nearly $20 million to elect conservatives.

Dark Money Helped Kill Lead Paint Claims

Dark Money Helped Kill Lead Paint Claims

State Republicans facing recalls got $750,000 in secret cash, wrote law to bar suits to benefit lead poisoned children.

Wisconsin Center District Announces New Board
Press Release

Wisconsin Center District Announces New Board

The board will hold its first meeting on Friday, September 21 at the Wisconsin Center.

Legislation Moved Quickly Under Walker

Legislation Moved Quickly Under Walker

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

Michael Glabicki Singer/Songwriter of Rusted Root with Dirk Miller Comes to Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
Press Release

Michael Glabicki Singer/Songwriter of Rusted Root with Dirk Miller Comes to Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall

A multifaceted musician, producer and songwriter, Glabicki's talents are unique and extremely uplifting.

<em>One-Man Star Wars Trilogy</em> Will Take Starlight Indoors Audiences on a Fun, Frenetic Trip to a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Press Release

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy Will Take Starlight Indoors Audiences on a Fun, Frenetic Trip to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Coming to the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall on November 3

Wisconsin Residents See Democracy in Decline

Wisconsin Residents See Democracy in Decline

Nationally and here in Wisconsin, citizens feel their voices aren't being heard.

The State of Politics: Remembering Mike Ellis
The State of Politics

Remembering Mike Ellis

He dealt in deals, barbs, facts and fiction.

Kimberly-Clark Will Consider State Subsidy

Kimberly-Clark Will Consider State Subsidy

Open to state incentives, the company says, now that union has agreed to concessions.

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.

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.

<em>American Girl Live</em> Comes to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
Press Release

American Girl Live Comes to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18

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

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.

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

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

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

Shilling statement on extraordinary session
Press Release

Shilling statement on extraordinary session

"Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans are so desperate to maintain their grip on power that they are changing laws to silence voters."

Governor Walker Signs $100 Million School Safety Plan into Law
Press Release

Governor Walker Signs $100 Million School Safety Plan into Law

"Our $100 million School Safety Plan will help ensure that every student, parent, and teacher feels safe at school."

Republicans will do anything to hold onto power
Press Release

Republicans will do anything to hold onto power

GOP retaliate following court ruling to uphold right to representation

Statements from Wisconsin Democrats on the Republican Extraordinary Session
Press Release

Statements from Wisconsin Democrats on the Republican Extraordinary Session

"Republicans are so fearful of the Wisconsin voters that they have publicly embarrassed themselves by calling a legislative session that is a clear attack on democracy just so they can avoid losing more special elections." - Martha Laning, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Legislative Leaders Call an Extraordinary Session on Special Elections
Press Release

Legislative Leaders Call an Extraordinary Session on Special Elections

Leaders Seek to Ensure Compliance with Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act

Governor Walker Statement on Extraordinary Session
Press Release

Governor Walker Statement on Extraordinary Session

"It would be senseless to waste taxpayer money on special elections just weeks before voters go to the polls when the Legislature has concluded its business."

Campaign Cash: Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017
Campaign Cash

Legislators’ Donations Up 40% in 2017

Most of it to Republicans, who have 3.2 times more campaign cash than Democrats.

Wisconsin Budget: Senate Opposes Sales Tax Holiday
Wisconsin Budget

Senate Opposes Sales Tax Holiday

Weekend tax holiday backed by Walker, Assembly would cut state revenue by $52 million, local revenues by $4 million.

Data Wonk: Is GOP Trying to Destroy Democracy?
Data Wonk

Is GOP Trying to Destroy Democracy?

New report points to problems, which can be seen nationally and in Wisconsin.

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

New GOP Senators Have Clout

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

Campaign Cash: State Okays Park Land for Golf Course
Campaign Cash

State Okays Park Land for Golf Course

Course owner, industrialist Herbert Kohler, gave $400,000 to Walker, other Republicans.

Campaign Cash: How Americans for Prosperity Wins
Campaign Cash

How Americans for Prosperity Wins

Koch-funded group gives huge campaign donations, has gotten long list of bills passed.

The time for action on gun violence is now
Press Release

The time for action on gun violence is now

Democrats call on Senator Fitzgerald to increase public safety

Murphy’s Law: Should State Divest Gun Stocks?
Murphy’s Law

Should State Divest Gun Stocks?

Wisconsin pension fund invests in companies making guns that kill students.

Wisconsin Budget: State’s Rainy Day Fund Is Tiny
Wisconsin Budget

State’s Rainy Day Fund Is Tiny

No contributions to it since 2013, only enough to fund six days of operations.

The State of Politics: Counting Down to Capitol “Chaos”
The State of Politics

Counting Down to Capitol “Chaos”

Legislature faces a rush of many proposed bills. Which will pass?

Op Ed: Close the Dark Stores Tax Loophole
Op Ed

Close the Dark Stores Tax Loophole

Would GOP legislators rather raise property taxes for others than lose political donations?

Data Wonk: GOP Not the Law-and-Order Party?
Data Wonk

GOP Not the Law-and-Order Party?

Republicans are undermining prosecutors, FBI, both here and nationally.

The State of Politics: Supreme Court Primary Very Divisive
The State of Politics

Supreme Court Primary Very Divisive

Battle of Dallet, Burns and Screnock mirrors national, state political divides.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Hands Dirty on Political Purge
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Hands Dirty on Political Purge

Why didn't he oppose axing Elections, Ethics heads? Because he wanted revenge.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: Senate “Hatchet Job” Removes Haas, Bell
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Senate “Hatchet Job” Removes Haas, Bell

What did they do wrong? “I have no idea,” Fitzgerald admits, but demands firings.

Campaign Cash: Walker Donor Given State Park Land
Campaign Cash

Walker Donor Given State Park Land

State approves giving Herbert Kohler lakeshore parkland for his golf course.

Robert Dubac Returns to the Marcus Center with his New Show The Book of Moron on April 13-14 at the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

GOP Legislative Districts Heavily White

Republican assembly districts are up to 96% white, senate districts as high as 95% white.

Murphy’s Law: The Strange Rage of Scott Fitzgerald
Murphy’s Law

The Strange Rage of Scott Fitzgerald

His call to fire elections commission leader defies the law and common sense.

The State of Politics: Politics May Doom School Funding Panel
The State of Politics

Politics May Doom School Funding Panel

Nearly everyone agrees system needs reform, but can’t agree how to do it.

Murphy’s Law: 11 Sure-Fire Predictions For 2018
Murphy’s Law

11 Sure-Fire Predictions For 2018

How crazy will 2018 be? Let us count the ways.

Campaign Cash: WMC Still Leads In Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

WMC Still Leads In Capitol Clout

Massive spending on campaigns and lobbying by state’s biggest business group.

CJ Szafir Promoted to Executive Vice President
Press Release

CJ Szafir Promoted to Executive Vice President

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty announced the promotion of CJ Szafir to Executive Vice President.

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

One Wisconsin Now’s 2018 Predictions

Some predictions are serious, but all are certainly fearless

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

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

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

GOP Leaders Threat: Anyone Investigating Us Risks Losing Their Jobs
Press Release

GOP Leaders Threat: Anyone Investigating Us Risks Losing Their Jobs

‘This Gang Would Get Rid of the Ethics and Elections Boards if They Thought They Could Get Away With It’

Statement by Michael Haas
Press Release

Statement by Michael Haas

"Based on my prior visits with many legislators and my ongoing work with their staffs, I was very surprised to receive the letter last night from Senator Fitzgerald and Speaker Vos."

Campaign Cash: Republicans Stall “Dark Store” Bill
Campaign Cash

Republicans Stall “Dark Store” Bill

Bill opposed by special interests ends loophole lowering big box stores' property taxes.

Murphy’s Law: Brad Schimel’s Opioid Problem
Murphy’s Law

Brad Schimel’s Opioid Problem

Attorney General has been reluctant to pursue opioid manufacturers. Why?

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

With Elections Just a Year Away, Legislature Abandons Wisconsin Families

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

Murphy’s Law: The GOP Sales Tax Hypocrisy
Murphy’s Law

The GOP Sales Tax Hypocrisy

Favored Republican towns allowed to levy a local sales tax. But not Milwaukee.

Campaign Cash: Bill Lets Tesla Sell Cars in State
Campaign Cash

Bill Lets Tesla Sell Cars in State

Opposed by auto and truck dealers, who’ve donated $1.1 million to state politicians.

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements
Press Release

Leah unveils 100+ Wisconsin endorsements

Elected officials, grassroots activists and business owners unite behind Leah

BritBeat: A Tribute to the Beatles Comes to the Marcus Center!
Americans for Prosperity calls on Speaker Robin Vos to Apologize to Governor Walker and Senators
Press Release

Americans for Prosperity calls on Speaker Robin Vos to Apologize to Governor Walker and Senators

Speaker Vos Insulted Governor, Compared Senators to “Terrorists” in Interview

Campaign Cash: Bipartisan Bill Legalizes Hemp
Campaign Cash

Bipartisan Bill Legalizes Hemp

Big farm groups support it, state police chiefs oppose it.

Campaign Cash: Chiropractors Have Capitol Clout
Campaign Cash

Chiropractors Have Capitol Clout

Group gave $1.4 million in political donations, pushed one of most heavily lobbied bills.

It’s A Non-Christmas When The Second City Denominational Visits Milwaukee On November 29 – December 3
The State of Politics: Democrats’ Leadership Blender Claws Barca
The State of Politics

Democrats’ Leadership Blender Claws Barca

Barca’s Foxconn vote played a role in his being dumped as Assembly Democratic Leader.

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

Leah Vukmir Announces Steering Committee for U.S. Senate

GOP Leaders across Wisconsin unite to support Leah

Op Ed: Don’t Cut Historic Tax Credits
Op Ed

Don’t Cut Historic Tax Credits

They’re Walker's most successful economic development program. So why would he cut them?

The Senate Must be The Grownups in the Room… Again.
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The Senate Must be The Grownups in the Room… Again.

"Again, I am respectfully requesting Senator Fitzgerald to act responsibly and slow down this process."

Live in Central Park [Revisited] Comes to the Marcus Center
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Live in Central Park [Revisited] Comes to the Marcus Center

Tickets on sale this Friday, August, 18!

The State of Politics: 10 Tough Questions About Foxconn Deal
The State of Politics

10 Tough Questions About Foxconn Deal

Why legislators are squirming about whether to vote for it.

Op Ed: Will State Get Conned by Foxconn?
Op Ed

Will State Get Conned by Foxconn?

Could cost billions, but still unknown is how many jobs, the pay, how deal enforced.

The State of Politics: We Hate DOT, But Here’s $712 Million
The State of Politics

We Hate DOT, But Here’s $712 Million

GOP senators would borrow big for Department of Transportation they distrust.

Op Ed: How to Follow the Transportation Debate
Op Ed

How to Follow the Transportation Debate

And why a real solution will probably never be reached.

MEMO – State Budget and Transportation
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MEMO – State Budget and Transportation

I hope a legislative agreement on the 2017-19 state budget can soon be reached.

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

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

The State of Politics: MPS Loses Most Under Assembly GOP School-Aid Plan
The State of Politics

MPS Loses Most Under Assembly GOP School-Aid Plan

Gov. Walker's school-aid plan provides $14.8 million more than Assembly plan for MPS.

Senator Fitzgerald Responds to Assembly Education Press Conference
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Senator Fitzgerald Responds to Assembly Education Press Conference

"The State Senate remains committed to fully funding K-12 education as Governor Walker proposed in his administrative budget."

Campaign Cash: How MMAC Peddles Influence
Campaign Cash

How MMAC Peddles Influence

Milwaukee business group has spent $2.4 million on campaigns and lobbying.

Governor Walker Signs High Capacity Well Legislation Into Law
Speaker Vos Announces Creation of Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
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Speaker Vos Announces Creation of Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership

"This center will promote an even more rigorous debate of the current issues and hopefully, bipartisan solutions."

The State of Politics: Kooyenga Flat Tax Rejected
The State of Politics

Kooyenga Flat Tax Rejected

Walker, GOP slam his gas sales tax and flat income tax proposal.

Now Serving: More Burgers, More Steak Coming
Now Serving

More Burgers, More Steak Coming

Plus: East Side gets new coffee house, new bohemian hangout.

Campaign Cash: Ag Interests Want Legalized Hemp
Campaign Cash

Ag Interests Want Legalized Hemp

Farm groups back bill, gave legislators $1.3 million.

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

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

SB 76 brings Grassroots groups together in defense of the waters of Wisconsin
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SB 76 brings Grassroots groups together in defense of the waters of Wisconsin

Citizens and grassroots groups from around the state are calling for their elected officials to vote ‘no’ on SB 76

Fitzgerald Applauds WHEDA Efforts to Combat Dairy Crisis
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Fitzgerald Applauds WHEDA Efforts to Combat Dairy Crisis

"I was pleased to hear that WHEDA has moved to implement one avenue through which the State of Wisconsin can assist the dozens of farmers impacted by the ongoing dairy crisis."

Back In the News: Would Walker Trim Tuition Benefit?
Back In the News

Would Walker Trim Tuition Benefit?

Tax break mostly benefits wealthy. Walker might back changes.

Fitzgerald: State Lawmakers Launch Dialogue with Canada on Dairy Trade
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Fitzgerald: State Lawmakers Launch Dialogue with Canada on Dairy Trade

"I am disappointed that the representatives of the Canadian government have not demonstrated the sense of urgency that we in Wisconsin feel about the crisis impacting so many of our local dairy farms."

Campaign Cash: WMC Opposes Lead Pipes Bill
Campaign Cash

WMC Opposes Lead Pipes Bill

Business lobbyist opposes loans to homeowners to replace pipes.

Murphy’s Law: The Tax Handout for Rich Kids
Murphy’s Law

The Tax Handout for Rich Kids

State's “neo-vouchers” reimburse wealthy for kids at elite private schools.

Fitzgerald Responds to Dairy Crisis
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Fitzgerald Responds to Dairy Crisis

"I was shocked to hear that dozens of Wisconsin’s hard working dairy farmers could be forced out of business because of a trade dispute taking place outside our state."

Theater: The Weight of Words
Theater

The Weight of Words

Renaissance staging of ‘The Violet Hour’ dramatizes the golden days of American publishing.

Campaign Cash: Accused Insurer Is Big Campaign Donor
Campaign Cash

Accused Insurer Is Big Campaign Donor

UnitedHealth Group accused of Medicaid fraud, gave $42,000 to state politicians.

Fitzgerald Responds to WEC Energy Rate Freeze Announcement
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Fitzgerald Responds to WEC Energy Rate Freeze Announcement

"I was thrilled to hear that WEC Energy has reached a settlement that would freeze all customer base rates for the next two years."

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

Regent Nominees Gave Walker $22,550

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

Wisconsin Budget: 80% Want More State K-12 Funding
Wisconsin Budget

80% Want More State K-12 Funding

New poll also finds 75% of state residents are happy with their local schools.

As FBI Confirms Russia Investigation
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As FBI Confirms Russia Investigation

Will Potential Republican Senate Candidates Keep Party First?

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

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

Campaign Cash: Walker Would End State Property Insurance
Campaign Cash

Walker Would End State Property Insurance

Local governments then must buy from private insurers, who donated to Walker

The State of Politics: Will Walker Go Back to the Future?
The State of Politics

Will Walker Go Back to the Future?

He offered transportation-funding plan in 2011 that may get reconsideration.

Campaign Cash: Heavy Trucks Cause Most Road Damage
Campaign Cash

Heavy Trucks Cause Most Road Damage

State isn’t enforcing weight limits. Big donors support bigger trucks.

Campaign Cash: Big Ag Wants High Capacity Wells
Campaign Cash

Big Ag Wants High Capacity Wells

$152,000 campaign donations, $183,000 lobbying by potato, vegetable growers.

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

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

Lowell Holtz: What’s next?
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Lowell Holtz: What’s next?

"It is clear that voters can’t trust Lowell Holtz to provide them with the full story," said Amanda Brink.

Campaign Cash: Mega Farms Are Big Political Donors
Campaign Cash

Mega Farms Are Big Political Donors

And their high capacity wells are draining rivers and lakes in state.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee Subsidizes The State
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee Subsidizes The State

The city gets only 66 cents in state spending for every dollar in state taxes paid.

The State of Politics: Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget
The State of Politics

Legislators Could Trim Walker Budget

Does governor expect them to throw out his bag of goodies?

Wisconsin Education Advocates Respond to Budget Proposal
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Wisconsin Education Advocates Respond to Budget Proposal

Call for an End to Playing Political Games with Schools, Children

A Proud Legacy to Build On
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A Proud Legacy to Build On

Our priority must be Wisconsin’s roads, schools and jobs.

Senator Fitzgerald Responds to 2017 Budget Address
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Senator Fitzgerald Responds to 2017 Budget Address

"I was pleased to hear today that Governor Scott Walker is dedicated to continuing the positive reforms and fiscal responsibility of recent Republican budgets."

Campaign Cash: Tavern League Favors Drunk Driving Bill
Campaign Cash

Tavern League Favors Drunk Driving Bill

Big donor to politicians wants tougher penalties but easy on first-time offenders.

Murphy’s Law: The Many Faces of Charlie Sykes
Murphy’s Law

The Many Faces of Charlie Sykes

He’s spent his whole career changing his views. So which should we believe?

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

GOP’s Redistricting Lawyers Are Big Donors

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

Senators Want 31% Hike In Expenses

Senators Want 31% Hike In Expenses

Republicans want per diem pay raise, but oppose minimum wage increase for state workers.

Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State Highway Program Audit
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Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State Highway Program Audit

“I am hopeful that the results of this audit—while disconcerting—will illuminate a way forward for Wisconsin’s long term infrastructure funding needs.”

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

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

Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State of the State Address
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Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State of the State Address

"The Senate joins Governor Walker in a commitment to build upon the abundant achievements of recent years. "

Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Legislative Calendar Conflict with Jewish Holiday
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Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Legislative Calendar Conflict with Jewish Holiday

Scheduling a possible session day on a high holiday is akin to doing so on Christmas or Easter.

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

11 Predictions for 2017 Politics

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

Fitzgerald Announces Committee Structure, Members
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Fitzgerald Announces Committee Structure, Members

Democrat members on each committee will be appointed after recommendation by the Minority Leader.

Biking: Budget Talks Focus on Transportation
Biking

Budget Talks Focus on Transportation

So what about biking, part of industry that adds $1.5 billion to Wisconsin economy?

The State of Politics: The Incredible Decline of Democrats
The State of Politics

The Incredible Decline of Democrats

GOP soared, Democrats floored, in state vote. Dem decline since 2010 is stunning.

Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader
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Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader

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

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

The Legend of Leah Vukmir

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

Sen. Luther Olsen’s Lead Paint Gang Rides Again
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Sen. Luther Olsen’s Lead Paint Gang Rides Again

Gov. Walker and Senate GOP Leader Fitzgerald to headline Luther Olsen campaign fundraiser

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

Hard Right Dominates GOP Senate

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

Murphy’s Law: Why State’s MPS Takeover Plan Died
Murphy’s Law

Why State’s MPS Takeover Plan Died

In changing state ratings to protect choice schools, Republicans ended up killing OSPP.

Op-Ed: Assembly Dems Point Way to Reform
Op-Ed

Assembly Dems Point Way to Reform

Their Clean Elections Act seeks to fix broken campaign finance law.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin Open for Bribery
Op-Ed

Wisconsin Open for Bribery

State Ethics Commission allows GOP legislator to create his own PAC, ignoring “bright line” in the law.

Murphy’s Law: The Hypocrisy of the WMC
Murphy’s Law

The Hypocrisy of the WMC

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce wants no judge recusals -- except when it benefits them.

Op-Ed: Solve Real Problems
Op-Ed

Solve Real Problems

Why is Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald still defending the state’s voter ID law?

Sen. Fitzgerald Desperately Tries To Deny Knowledge Of Republican Pay-to-Play Operation
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Sen. Fitzgerald Desperately Tries To Deny Knowledge Of Republican Pay-to-Play Operation

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald claimed ignorance about the fundraising scheme and the donations.

Video shows secret backroom meeting between Olsen and Harsdorf prior to lead paint vote
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Video shows secret backroom meeting between Olsen and Harsdorf prior to lead paint vote

Senate GOP leader doesn’t dispute pay-to-play scheme with lead paint donor

The State of Politics: Republicans Regret Assault on Open Records Law
The State of Politics

Republicans Regret Assault on Open Records Law

But Rep. John Nygren is still open to changes to the Open Records Law, just not now.

Top Senate Republican won’t deny Pay-To-Play scheme
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Top Senate Republican won’t deny Pay-To-Play scheme

Majority Leader refuses to say whether votes were promised to lead paint manufacturers in return for dark money campaign contributions

Wis. Democracy Campaign Files Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Dean Knudson
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Wis. Democracy Campaign Files Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Dean Knudson

“The creation of the Wisconsin Liberty Fund, an express advocacy PAC by a sitting legislator, is patently illegal.”

The State of Politics: New Commission Must Resolve Voting Mess
The State of Politics

New Commission Must Resolve Voting Mess

Partisan Elections Commission replaced state GAB; how will it perform?

Wisconsin Republicans Stay Silent as Trump Touts Violence
Press Release

Wisconsin Republicans Stay Silent as Trump Touts Violence

‘Far Past Time For Them to Say Enough and Withdraw Their Support’

Wisconsin Republicans Perform Disappearing Act Ahead Of Donald Trump’s Green Bay Rally
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Wisconsin Republicans Perform Disappearing Act Ahead Of Donald Trump’s Green Bay Rally

Wisconsin's Republican leaders Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson, and state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald will all be skipping Friday's event.

Wisconsin Veterans and Families Deserve Better
Press Release

Wisconsin Veterans and Families Deserve Better

Sen. Fitzgerald stands by Trump despite Gold Star insults

Mr. Speaker, Repeal that Law!
Press Release

Mr. Speaker, Repeal that Law!

Unconstitutional attack on women’s health should be stricken from state law

Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald Makes Threats to Further Cut Funding for Milwaukee Public Schools
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Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald Makes Threats to Further Cut Funding for Milwaukee Public Schools

Low-income and minority children will be adversely impacted

The State of Politics: Candidates Battle Over School Funding
The State of Politics

Candidates Battle Over School Funding

GOP and Democratic legislative candidates offer dueling statistics. Who’s right?

Your Right to Know: Some Legislators Still Crave Secrecy
Your Right to Know

Some Legislators Still Crave Secrecy

Some routinely destroy correspondence and other materials, making government less open.

Fitzgerald: Democrats’ Red Herring Attack on School Choice
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Fitzgerald: Democrats’ Red Herring Attack on School Choice

Less than three percent of total state spending on schools goes to Wisconsin’s choice program.

Fractured Senate GOP in Disarray
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Fractured Senate GOP in Disarray

Members at odds over transportation delays, Trump candidacy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cues Up Race Politics
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cues Up Race Politics

Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. responds to article published in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ‘Lawmaker blames Tom Barrett for crime spilling into suburbs’

Murphy’s Law: GOP Goal Less Access for Democratic Voters
Murphy’s Law

GOP Goal Less Access for Democratic Voters

But you have to sift through media coverage of trial testimony for the story.

The State of Politics: UW Faculty Protests Anger GOP Legislators
The State of Politics

UW Faculty Protests Anger GOP Legislators

Walker and legislators double down: they won’t restore UW cuts or tenure protection.

Wisconsin Republicans are All Aboard the Trump Train
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Wisconsin Republicans are All Aboard the Trump Train

Donald Trump's dangerous, sexist, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric didn't stop Republican leaders in Wisconsin from eagerly jumping on the Trump train.

Eager acceptance of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric confirms Senate GOP disconnect
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Eager acceptance of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric confirms Senate GOP disconnect

Republican politicians including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson have also committed to supporting Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Love Photo ID
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Love Photo ID

It may not make a huge difference in the vote. Just enough to win.

What Would Tommy Do?

What Would Tommy Do?

A Republican governor was once UW’s greatest champion. Those days are long gone.

Fitzgerald Praises Arena Lease Agreement
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Fitzgerald Praises Arena Lease Agreement

"This agreement meets the spirit of Act 60 and fulfills the legislative intent of protecting Wisconsin’s taxpayers."

Legislature Won’t Fund Voter ID Education

Legislature Won’t Fund Voter ID Education

Law changing voter ID rules mandated public service ad campaign but has allocated no money.

The State of Politics: Legislative Session Passed Historic Changes
The State of Politics

Legislative Session Passed Historic Changes

Republicans say voters will reward them this fall. Democrats are preparing attacks.

Senate Increases Treatment and Diversion Funding
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Senate Increases Treatment and Diversion Funding

The Wisconsin Senate voted unanimously to advance Assembly Bill 657.

The State of Politics: Five Years After Act 10
The State of Politics

Five Years After Act 10

Most players in the contentious Act 10 drama have since moved on to other positions.

Fitzgerald Issues Request for Records to City, County of Madison
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Fitzgerald Issues Request for Records to City, County of Madison

"Ultimately, the closure of the Oscar Meyer facility took place in the City of Madison under Mayor Soglin’s watch."

Senate may take up zombie homes bill
Citation

Senate may take up zombie homes bill

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

Acts 154 - 199.

Rep. Hintz Statement on Adjournment of the 2015-17 Session
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Rep. Hintz Statement on Adjournment of the 2015-17 Session

Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement following the adjournment of the 2015-2017 Assembly Session:

Op-Ed: Wisconsin’s Self-Inflicted Budget Woes
Op-Ed

Wisconsin’s Self-Inflicted Budget Woes

Budget decisions by Walker and Republicans are coming back to haunt them.

GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks
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GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks

Republican leaders rush bill banning Democratic candidate from serving

The State of Politics: GOP Bill Targets Democratic County Exec
The State of Politics

GOP Bill Targets Democratic County Exec

Would prevent Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris from holding state Senate seat

Three Ways to Cut Cost of Prisons

Three Ways to Cut Cost of Prisons

A trio of proposed bills would save taxpayers money and help offenders.

Senate Republicans getting desperate
Press Release

Senate Republicans getting desperate

GOP leader wants to ban Democratic candidate from serving

Data Wonk: Can New Approach End Gerrymandering?
Data Wonk

Can New Approach End Gerrymandering?

“Efficiency model” goes before courts. It has a chance.

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

State aid to schools declined by $1.1 billion under Walker; choice funding rose by 77%.

The State of Politics: 10 More Changes Republicans Want
The State of Politics

10 More Changes Republicans Want

They’re far from done passing major changes. Here’s 10 more laws on the horizon.

Murphy’s Law: How Dark Money Will Rule Wisconsin
Murphy’s Law

How Dark Money Will Rule Wisconsin

Two Republican bills about to pass could make this a vassal state of wealthy special interests.

John Deere Horicon Works Hosts Wisconsin Officials for Groundbreaking
Press Release

John Deere Horicon Works Hosts Wisconsin Officials for Groundbreaking

New facility will consolidate operations, create 80 new jobs

Back in the News: Gov. Walker Did Have Secret Email System
Back in the News

Gov. Walker Did Have Secret Email System

Report shows state business conducted through 300 personal emails, confirms Urban Milwaukee story.

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

How Republicans Plan to Kill GAB

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

AFP Supports John Doe Reform Vote
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AFP Supports John Doe Reform Vote

Reforming Wisconsin's John Doe Laws Critical To Protecting Free Speech

Citation

Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act
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Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act

“John Doe Reform Bill” Would Eliminate Tools for Rooting Out Political Corruption

GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle
Citation

GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle

Frank Gimbel era ends on Wisconsin Center District board; Scott Neitzel in charge
Your Right to Know: How Republicans Worked to End Public Records
Your Right to Know

How Republicans Worked to End Public Records

Planning began last September and would have ended open records for all local governments as well.

Robin Vos pushed for open records overhaul, records show
Citation

Robin Vos pushed for open records overhaul, records show

New Radio Ads, Mail Pieces Thank Legislators for Prevailing Wage and Budget
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New Radio Ads, Mail Pieces Thank Legislators for Prevailing Wage and Budget

Legislature Shows Yet Again It Has The Courage To Do What's Right for Wisconsin Taxpayers

Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea
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Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea

Arena talks heat up in state Senate; decision will be made on whether to vote Wednesday
The State of Politics: Why Republicans Tried to Repeal Open Records
The State of Politics

Why Republicans Tried to Repeal Open Records

Frustrated with open records requests that have embarrassed them, GOP leaders decided they’d had enough.

Murphy’s Law: The Attack on Government Pensions
Murphy’s Law

The Attack on Government Pensions

The most shocking budget provision was a little-understood change in the pension system which lays bare the Republicans’ goals.

Op-Ed: Why Tenure and Shared Governance Are Needed
Op-Ed

Why Tenure and Shared Governance Are Needed

Legislators' push for top-down management will damage UW System and chase away top faculty.

Sen. Fitzgerald: Bucks arena vote may come next week, ticket fee could be added
Senator’s Mexico vacation changed budget schedule, sources say
Citation

Senator’s Mexico vacation changed budget schedule, sources say

Back in the News: Walker Admits Role in Curbing Open Records
Back in the News

Walker Admits Role in Curbing Open Records

Fitzgerald says governor involved and Walker’s office admits his role. Legislative drafting notes hid the authors.

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support

But which Democrats are likely to back it?

Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency
Press Release

Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency

Governor Scott Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs, Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren, released the following statement

Walker Still Mum On Role Curbing Public Records

Walker Still Mum On Role Curbing Public Records

Legislature's proposal used language previously crafted by Walker administration, but governor and Vos won't discuss governor's involvement. Update of story published on July 3rd.

Gov. Walker reaches out to GOP senators on Milwaukee arena funding plan
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Gov. Walker reaches out to GOP senators on Milwaukee arena funding plan

Fitzgerald on state budget: Zoo Interchange a priority, arena funding still at an impasse
Murphy’s Law: How Abele Bailed Out Walker
Murphy’s Law

How Abele Bailed Out Walker

Governor made fatal error on Bucks arena, but Abele volunteered county taxpayers to solve the problem.

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

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

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

Conservative Power Rises in Senate

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

Murphy’s Law: Gas Tax Insanity
Murphy’s Law

Gas Tax Insanity

Bipartisan opposition to the gas tax is causing potholes and rising car repair bills, and hurting the state economy.

The State of Politics: No Christmas In May For Republicans
The State of Politics

No Christmas In May For Republicans

Tax collections haven’t risen so GOP lawmakers may have to swallow Walker budget cuts they opposed.

Plats and Parcels: Bucks Create a Media Orgy!
Plats and Parcels

Bucks Create a Media Orgy!

Their press conference releasing the plan for new arena and development generated at least 20 stories. Mission accomplished.

Plats and Parcels: The Boom in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

The Boom in Walker’s Point

A new project on South Water St. continues the pace of development.

Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!
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Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 3, 2015

Wisconsin Senate leaders go “On the Issues” at Marquette Law
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Wisconsin Senate leaders go “On the Issues” at Marquette Law

Shilling and Fitzgerald will give their views on state budget deliberations, spending and policy priorities.

Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation
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Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation

New law makes Wisconsin 25th state to give workers power to choose

The State of Politics: Legislators Move to Become Lobbyists
The State of Politics

Legislators Move to Become Lobbyists

Revolving door between governing and lobbying wide open, especially for Republicans.

Back in the News: Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press
Back in the News

Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press

It’s probably helping his presidential run, but also raising questions about Walker as a person.

Controversy Over Assembly Members Per Diems

Controversy Over Assembly Members Per Diems

Is the 56% increase in legislators' daily expenses "outrageous" or overdue?

The State of Politics: Why Walker Resists Right to Work Law
The State of Politics

Why Walker Resists Right to Work Law

He supported it as a legislator, but it could create a huge “distraction” from his run for president.

Murphy’s Law: Scott Walker, Master of Deception
Murphy’s Law

Scott Walker, Master of Deception

Whenever the governor insists a policy is “not a priority,” you can probably assume the contrary.

Twas A Night In Wisconsin

Twas A Night In Wisconsin

Tis the season for a wry, poetic reflection on Wisconsin politics.

Op-Ed: “Jock Tax” Will Actually Increase Your Taxes
Op-Ed

“Jock Tax” Will Actually Increase Your Taxes

Proposal to fund NBA arena is really a Republican Tax Increase to help billionaire owners pay for the facility.

Rep. Barca calls on Gov. Walker to put the brakes on “Right to Work for Less”
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Rep. Barca calls on Gov. Walker to put the brakes on “Right to Work for Less”

“I call on Governor Walker to put the brakes on this divisive issue that clearly will damage Wisconsin’s middle class. "

GAB Judges Return Fire Against Vos

GAB Judges Return Fire Against Vos

They defend GAB leader Kevin Kennedy, criticize Vos and say no legislative changes in ethics and elections board are needed.

Under the Influence: Why Wisconsin Has Weak Laws on Drunken Driving
Under the Influence

Why Wisconsin Has Weak Laws on Drunken Driving

Legislators reject tougher penalties, even for repeat offenders. First of a series.

The State of Politics: Republicans Want to Purge GAB Director
The State of Politics

Republicans Want to Purge GAB Director

Government Accountability Director Kevin Kennedy must go, says Robin Vos. Why?

The State of Politics: GOP Leaders Run Away from Same Sex Marriage Issue
The State of Politics

GOP Leaders Run Away from Same Sex Marriage Issue

Republicans who championed amendment barring gay marriages now avoid defending the measure.

Lobbyists Oppose Various Bills Limiting Voting

Lobbyists Oppose Various Bills Limiting Voting

Bills with photo ID, limiting absentee voting, making it tougher to register -- got scant support from lobbyists.

Milwaukee native Red Arnold declares candidacy for 7th State Senate District.
Press Release

Milwaukee native Red Arnold declares candidacy for 7th State Senate District.

Jason “Red” Arnold announced today his candidacy for the 7th State Senate District on the Republican ticket.

The State of Politics: Casualties of War
The State of Politics

Casualties of War

The war over Act 10 may be a key reason 46% of legislators have left or will leave in just over two years.

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

The Lobbyist Law Nobody Likes

Except the WMC business lobby and Realtors Association, who are glad Walker signed it.

The State of Politics: Nine Bills That Got Killed
The State of Politics

Nine Bills That Got Killed

Why the legislature failed to pass laws on nine hot issues.

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Voter Suppression Bill
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Voter Suppression Bill

Cities already have less turnout and lower percent of early voters than rest of state, but bill will cut that even more.

Bill Requiring Background Check On Gun Buyers Won’t Pass

Bill Requiring Background Check On Gun Buyers Won’t Pass

92% of poll respondents favor it, but a high percentage of Wisconsin legislators disagree.

Will Grothman Kill Mental Health Reform Bill?

Will Grothman Kill Mental Health Reform Bill?

Bill has overwhelming bipartisan support but Sen. Grothman runs committee that can stall it.

The State of Politics: Happy Days Are Here Again
The State of Politics

Happy Days Are Here Again

Gov. Walker’s State-of-the-State speech will be singing a very positive song.

How Walker Worries About Polls

How Walker Worries About Polls

His book shows he frequently adjusts strategy based on poll results.

Citizens Demand Action on Redistricting

Citizens Demand Action on Redistricting

Emails from the public to Republican legislators overwhelmingly support reform, but GOP won't budge.

What the Senate and Assembly Will Be Fighting Over

What the Senate and Assembly Will Be Fighting Over

The Assembly’s Robin Vos and Senate’s Scott Fitzgerald have different priorities for legislation.

Who Threw Deininger Off the GAB?

Who Threw Deininger Off the GAB?

The rumor is that Walker or Republican legislators are punishing him for his decisions on recall elections.

Plenty of Horne: 5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat
Plenty of Horne

5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat

Four Republicans and one Democrat seek to win this heavily Republican suburban district.

Statement from Rep. Barca on sparse Republican jobs agenda
Press Release

Statement from Rep. Barca on sparse Republican jobs agenda

Today Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced a job package of small bills that they labeled a cure to economic woes they have failed to address in Wisconsin.

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

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

Their Silence Underscores Need for an End to Gerrymandering in Wisconsin

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Almost every Republican -- and Democratic -- leader is from a small part of the state.

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

Wisconsin Ignores Climate Change

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

How Former Lawmakers Cash In

How Former Lawmakers Cash In

16 ex-lawmakers -- including former Assembly speakers and Senate majority leaders -- make big money lobbying the legislature.

A Solution to Our Billion-Dollar Democracy

A Solution to Our Billion-Dollar Democracy

11 states support a constitutional amendment to overthrow Supreme Court decision allowing unrestrained campaign spending. What about Wisconsin?

Murphy’s Law: Act 10 Could Still Be in Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Act 10 Could Still Be in Trouble

Federal appeals court decision looks shaky, and state lawyers made mistakes defending anti-union law.

What’s Stopping Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

What’s Stopping Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

The cost of enforcement has been estimated at $200 million annually, but some scoff at this figure.

Murphy’s Law: Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely
Murphy’s Law

Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely

Despite Republican delays and opposition by the board, the bill has a good chance of passage.

The Chatter: Did Walker or Barrett Win Debate?
The Chatter

Did Walker or Barrett Win Debate?

Barrett was punchy, Walker was cool. Which strategy will convert more voters?

The Roundup: The Governor and the Empire Builder
The Roundup

The Governor and the Empire Builder

Governor Jim Doyle made a brief appearance at Milwaukee’s Amtrak station Friday, 11 June on the 75th anniversary of the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s service from Chicago to the Northwest coast. Before boarding the train, Doyle mixed the romance of the rails with the Great American Novel. “In the final passage of the Great Gatsby, the […]