Devin LeMahieu

Evers speaking in Assembly chambers with Vos behind him

GOP Legislature’s fall agenda: pummel Evers in a culture war

BY: - September 20, 2021

Wisconsin Republicans set the stage last week for the fall session by painting a clear picture of how governing and campaigning will take shape into 2022, despite partisan elections being more than a year away. While redistricting — drawing new political maps based on the 2020 census — has taken center stage of late, and […]

Nass asks Republican leadership to sue UW System over COVID mask mandates

BY: - September 8, 2021

Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) wants to pick a fight with Tommy Thompson.   Last month, Nass and his fellow Republicans on the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules passed a motion attempting to force all UW System COVID-19 policies to first be approved by the committee. Thompson, the interim president of the UW System and […]

Emails show Prehn coordinated with Republican officials, lobbyists as he clings to expired seat

BY: - August 30, 2021

Fred Prehn, the chair of the Natural Resources Board (NRB) who has generated controversy and complaints for refusing to vacate his seat after his term expired in May, coordinated and communicated with high-profile Republican officials and lobbyists as he planned to maintain Republicans’ grip on the state’s conservation policy, emails obtained by the Wisconsin Examiner […]

Legislative Republicans join fight to stop transfer of power on Natural Resources Board

BY: - August 20, 2021

Republican leaders of the Wisconsin Legislature are trying to join the fight to keep an appointee of former GOP Gov. Scott Walker in his post as chair of the Natural Resources Board long after his term has expired.  The board member, Fred Prehn, has refused to leave his seat even though his term expired on […]

Looking up at the Capitol dome from far below right before the entrance door

GOP leaders to Evers: We’re spiking your budget, but come talk with us

BY: - May 4, 2021

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) finds it ironic that Republican legislative leaders sent Gov. Tony Evers a letter on Monday inviting him to meet with them to “share your plans for the federal funding as soon as possible.” One year ago, a group of 43 GOP Wisconsin legislators sent Wisconsin members of Congress a […]

Bail bonds and fine concept. Money and gavel as symbol of law.

Court: LeMahieu and Vos illegally hired private redistricting attorneys in advance

BY: - April 29, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos had no legal authority to hire private attorneys to represent them in anticipated redistricting fights before any litigation had even been filed,  Dane County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Ehlke ruled Thursday morning. The declaratory judgment makes the contract with the two outside firms void and […]

Behind LeMahieu’s taciturn style lies a staunch conservative

BY: - April 16, 2021

State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and his GOP caucus took a beating from Democrats during the Senate floor session on Wednesday as the Republicans voted for bills to spend Wisconsin’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in ways that likely violate the law. But the intensity of that debate did not appear […]

When it comes to Evers allocating federal dollars, GOP leaders call for transparency

BY: - March 5, 2021

Days after announcing they would throw out Gov. Tony Evers’ budget and start over from scratch, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos put out a bill aimed at taking away some of the control from the Evers administration over $5.5 billion Wisconsin is slated to receive from the federal COVID relief […]

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) works the polling location wearing plastic gloves and gown in addition to a face mask in his Racine-area district on 4/7/20. (Photo contributed by Vos office).

Can the GOP Senate and GOP Assembly agree on COVID relief?

BY: - February 4, 2021

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that in addition to taking a vote on Thursday to toss out Gov. Tony Evers’ mask mandate, his house would also “fix” what he described as problems caused by a Senate amendment to partisan COVID-response legislation. The bill has been shuttled back and forth between the two Republican-controlled bodies multiple […]

COVID relief bill continues to elude Wisconsin Legislature

BY: and - January 29, 2021

Over the course of five chaotic hours on Thursday, Republicans in the Senate turned their backs on their own compromise COVID-19 legislation, while a controversial move to block Gov. Tony Evers’ authority to declare health emergencies screeched to a halt in the Assembly. The last minute pivot in the Assembly meant that the state’s current […]

Minority Leader Gordon Hintz speaks on the Assembly floor 1/25/21 in favor of a bipartisan compromise on a COVID relief bill. (Via WisEye.)

Mask requirements and COVID-relief compromise lose in the Legislature

BY: and - January 27, 2021

Two weeks ago the Republican-led state Senate and Gov. Tony Evers reached a bipartisan compromise on a COVID-19 relief bill, setting aside the controversial elements from a partisan Assembly bill and passing something the governor signaled he was willing to sign. Tuesday, the Assembly’s Republican majority had that deal in front of them for a […]

Members of the state Senate 2019

Republicans dare Evers to veto their COVID bill

BY: and - January 12, 2021

The stripped down state Senate COVID-19 response bill that was given a public hearing on Monday has shed many of the controversial provisions from the Assembly version that passed the lower house last week. Gone are bans on mandatory vaccines for employment, required school board supermajority votes to convene virtually, prohibitions against closing houses of […]