Jim Steineke

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 […]

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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 […]

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Legislative houses select their leaders

BY: - November 10, 2020

State Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Mason) was not sure if she wanted to keep the job of minority leader after the elections, but when the Democrats in the Senate met Tuesday, her colleagues voted for her to continue in the role and she accepted. Bewley was first elected to the position in spring when then-Minority Leader […]

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Vos’ move on racial justice – task force appointed

BY: - October 21, 2020

Seeking action on racial justice, disparities and policing in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police, the Legislative Black Caucus members worked with Gov. Tony Evers on a package of bills which he unveiled on June 19. After several months of no movement — and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha […]

Kenosha Protests

Protest policing is more complicated than “law and order”

BY: - September 15, 2020

The role of the police in our society has been under a microscope since the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department in May. Local Policing is an ongoing series analyzing the culture, tactics and actions of departments big and small across Wisconsin. If you have a story to share about your local […]

Co chairs of the new task force on policing and racial justice Rep. Jim Steineke and Rep. Shelia Stubbs hold a press conference. 9/8/20

Task force is “not a substitute for action,” on racial justice, but it “is what we have”

BY: - September 9, 2020

Rep. Shelia Stubbs marched in the streets after the police killing of George Floyd and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. At protests of police brutality and racial disparities in Wisconsin she was often handed a microphone. It is safe to say her rallying cry was not, “Let’s form another task force to […]

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Democrats call for unemployment restriction rollback to ease backlog

BY: - July 17, 2020

With unemployment claims on hold for more state residents than live in all but two of Wisconsin’s cities, Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature unveiled a package of proposed bills on Thursday to overhaul the system. The Democratic bills would largely remove measures that Republicans put in place over the last decade that make it harder […]


Assembly GOP pitches loans as unemployment backlog relief

BY: - July 9, 2020

At a news conference outside the west entrance of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, Assembly Republicans renewed their attacks on Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Workforce Development for the state’s continued COVID-19 induced backlog of unemployment claims — then offered free advice on fixing it. Their proposal: Lend people whose applications have been […]

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Legislative Republican leaders agree with Black Lives Matter protesters

BY: - June 28, 2020

The protesters who toppled Capitol statues, smashed windows and seized a tow-truck on Tuesday night have at least one thing in common with the Assembly Republican leadership that gathered on the Capitol steps above where the “Forward” statute had been until it was ripped down the night before.  Both groups blamed Gov. Tony Evers for […]