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Wisconsin’s high court shouldn’t let Vos and LeMahieu cut in line

BY: and - July 9, 2021

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is once again on the receiving end of an extraordinary request from the leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature. This time, the plea is for the high court to circumvent the normal judicial process and dive headlong into a redistricting-related legal challenge. But the case isn’t about new maps: with the Census […]

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Legislature finally sends action on police reform to Evers, as some Democrats plead for stronger reforms

BY: and - June 17, 2021

On Wednesday — 388 days since a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd and 298 days since a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back — the Wisconsin Assembly took action on police reform, passing four bills that change the laws concerning the transparency, accountability and policies of Wisconsin’s police agencies.  The bills […]

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Assembly Republicans vote to cut federal unemployment pay

BY: - June 10, 2021

Over two days this week, from the meeting room of the Legislature’s budget committee to the floor of the state Assembly, lawmakers of both political parties held an extended argument about the government’s role in fostering economic prosperity. Wednesday’s Assembly vote, with all 60 Republicans in favor of a bill ending the $300 federal unemployment […]

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Robin Vos plays with slimy GOP chew toy

BY: - May 31, 2021

When Wisconsin Speaker Robin Vos announced on Wednesday that he was hiring three retired police officers and an attorney to look further into allegations of improprieties during the last election, he brought further disgrace upon himself. He just cannot let go of that slimy GOP chew toy. “A sizable chunk of people believe the election […]

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GOP lawmakers target jobless pay to boost employment

BY: - May 19, 2021

Republican lawmakers and business lobbyists joined Tuesday in calling for an end to supplemental federal unemployment pay in Wisconsin — blaming the $300 weekly extra payments for labor shortages even though employers have said for years they were struggling to find workers. The draft legislation is the second of two steps GOP lawmakers are taking […]

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Foxconn deal lowers company’s targets, cuts costs to state

BY: - April 21, 2021

Under the new deal state officials announced this week with Foxconn for its plant in Racine County, the Taiwan-based company could potentially collect on tax credits for the first time based on its employment through the end of 2020. The revised agreement qualifies Foxconn for tax credits worth up to $29 million for 2020 if […]

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Evers finds end run to save $70M in monthly federal food support

BY: - April 13, 2021

A battle over federal food aid that Wisconsin appeared to have lost took a new twist Tuesday, as Gov. Tony Evers announced a deal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep $70 million per month of additional food aid coming to the state. The aid was tied to the federal pandemic state of emergency […]

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Voluntary compliance is all that’s left after high court ruling

BY: - April 1, 2021

With the only mandatory statewide measure against the coronavirus pandemic now history, a divided state Supreme Court has left battling the virus up to the voluntary choices of each Wisconsin resident — and to the power of local health departments. Wednesday’s 4-3 ruling by the court’s conservative majority ended the most recent state of emergency […]

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Evers vetoes COVID-19 bill, calling rejected compromise a ‘missed opportunity’

BY: - February 6, 2021

A month of sparring over new COVID-19 response legislation concluded Friday with Gov. Tony Evers, as widely expected, vetoing the Legislature’s first bill since April to address the pandemic. Evers acted shortly after the state Senate, voting along party lines, approved an amendment to the bill that the Assembly inserted on Thursday that added yet […]

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GOP COVID-19 bill advances to Assembly

BY: - January 6, 2021

The first bill that Republican lawmakers have voted on to address the coronavirus pandemic in eight and a half months cleared the Assembly Health Committee Tuesday, predictably along partisan lines.   While the committee’s five Democrats all voted against it and no Democrats in either house of the Legislature played a role in writing or sponsoring […]

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Evers drafts ‘compromise’ bill on COVID-19, urges GOP leaders to act

BY: - December 22, 2020

In a move that carried the air of “put up or shut up,” Gov. Tony Evers sent the Republican leaders of the state Legislature a draft bill Monday incorporating what he described as “the items on which all of us can agree” to further address the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. Evers’ proposal incorporates items from […]

Wisconsin’s pandemic politics

BY: and - December 3, 2020

On Tuesday — as Wisconsin set a record-high number of 107 deaths from COVID-19 — Gov. Tony Evers got on the phone with incoming Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to discuss how to address the pandemic that is ravaging Wisconsin. Afterward, Vos unveiled a 23-page summary of his 50-point plan […]