Jim Steineke

Wisconsin Republicans push forward on anti-abortion bill

BY: - September 10, 2021

Shortly after Texas implemented the most extreme anti-abortion bill in the nation, Wisconsin legislative Republicans are moving forward on an extreme bill of their own, which authors Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) named the “born alive” bill. The measure was introduced last session as well and passed the Legislature […]

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 […]

Unemployment benefits application (photo by Getty Images)

GOP donor group announces the agenda for surprise legislative session

BY: - July 26, 2021

The Legislature quietly announced Friday that it will convene in a special session Tuesday for a veto override vote — but Democratic legislators and the public were not informed of what would be on the agenda. Democrats and the public didn’t have to wait for Republicans to make an announcement, however. Tuesday morning before legislative […]

Democrats call out ‘systemic racism’ by Assembly Republican leaders for punishing their free speech

BY: - June 10, 2021

Republicans in the Legislature generally shrug off accusations from Democrats that they are being callous to Wisconsinites by refusing to provide health care coverage or elitist by giving tax breaks to the wealthy while making it harder for low-income families to get food or child care.  But there’s one charge that generates a quick reaction: […]

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Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) at the border wall in Texas | Assembly GOP YouTube

The Wisconsin Legislature’s cynical run for the border

BY: - May 5, 2021

As Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Milwaukee to promote President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan, state Republicans were focused like a laser beam — 1,500 miles to the south, on the states that share a border with Mexico. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke and Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August sent […]

Rep. Jim Steineke and Sen. Roger Roth

New GOP voting measure: prohibit non-citizens from voting

BY: - April 29, 2021

The Wisconsin Constitution guarantees that every U.S. citizen 18 and over is a qualified elector, however nowhere does it specifically state that only U.S. citizens are qualified to vote in state or local elections. That is a problem that needs to be addressed, according to Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke […]

Wisconsin State Capitol Police car in front of Wisconsin Capitol. (Photo: WI Department of Administration)

Gov. Evers and Legislature address police reform on same day with differing approaches

BY: - April 23, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Wednesday afternoon directing state law enforcement to update its use of force policies.  The order came shortly after the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities subcommittee on law enforcement policies and standards came out with its recommendations. The governor’s order only binds agencies managed by the state, […]

A photo from the video of Gov. Tony Evers issuing a new executive order on masks within moments of the Legislature adjourning after eliminating his prior order.

Republicans revoke Evers’ mask order, Evers issues another one

BY: - February 4, 2021

Republicans in the Assembly voted 52- 42 on Thursday to overturn Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order after several hours of speeches. However, within an hour after the Legislature adjourned, Evers — knowing this was coming — signed a new executive order and an emergency order “establishing a statewide public health emergency and requiring face coverings […]

Pre-Assembly news conference, Majority Leader Jim Steineke and Speaker Robin Vos, 11/12/19

Hintz: Vos and Steineke use speakers task forces to avoid action

BY: - February 4, 2021

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz calls Majority Leader Jim Steineke’s statements regarding the Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities “offensive and appalling.” On Wednesday, an email that Steineke sent to Speaker Robin Vos in August, suggesting that Vos set up the group and appoint him  to lead it, was reported by Up North News. The […]

Jobless workers demonstrate in Miami Springs, Florida, in support of continued federal unemployment benefits in the pandemic economy. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

GOP rejects special session on unemployment

BY: - January 19, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers cited fixing the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system as a high priority during his State of the State speech on Jan. 12. He called a special session of the Legislature to take place Tuesday to take up bills to fix the problems that have plagued the UI benefits office during the COVID-19 […]

Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest photo by Mark Danielson CC BY-NC 2.0

D.C. mob riot versus Act 10 and Black Lives Matter protests

BY: - January 6, 2021

When a violent mob stormed the DC Capitol, breaking through police lines and crashing barriers, encouraged by President Donald Trump, to stop Congress from ratifying the election results, the minds of some Wisconsin Republicans immediately turned to the sustained but peaceful Act 10 protests at the Wisconsin Capitol in 2011. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke […]

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Democratic committee members denounce ‘forum for debunked conspiracies’ at Assembly hearing next week

BY: - December 4, 2020

As Trump’s last-ditch efforts to overturn Wisconsin’s presidential election results wind their way through the courts, Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Majority Leader Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) announced that the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections will hold a public hearing about the 2020 presidential election on Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. “With numerous […]