Jim Steineke

Wisconsin State Capitol

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 […]

Kenosha Protests

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 […]

Gregg James Jr. (Photo: Melanie Conklin)

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 […]

PHOTOS: Aftermath of violent protests on Capitol grounds

BY: - June 24, 2020

The morning after protests against racial injustice turned violent — with a state senator being attacked, a molotov cocktail being thrown into a government building and two statues outside the Capitol building torn down — cleanup crews were out and Republican legislators branded the protesters as violent “terrorists.” One of the statues torn down was […]

YouTube Screen Grab of Gov. Tony Evers

Pummeling the straw men

BY: - May 8, 2020

It’s probably not the metaphor that anyone involved in its creation would appreciate, but the public discussion of Wisconsin’s Badger Bounce Back plan for economic recovery from COVID-19 bears some resemblance to a famous Victorian-era illustration.  From one angle, the image looks like a woman sitting at her dressing table, cosmetics arrayed before her. From […]

YouTube Screen Grab of Gov. Tony Evers

Safer at Home extended through Memorial Day

BY: - April 16, 2020

Citing science and health experts, Gov. Tony Evers ordered Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order until 8 am on Tuesday May, 26. Republican leaders in the Legislature said they planned to explore a legal challenge to the extension, but the governor’s office chief legal counsel said […]

Rep. John Nygren gives the GOP perspective on the past year before the evenings State of the State speech. L to R: Sen. Alberta Darling, Majority Leader Jim Steineke, Nygren, Speaker Robin Vos, Senate President Roger Roth.

Will the most bipartisan branch of government please stand up

BY: - January 28, 2020

Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature doubled down on their new “brand” in response to the governor’s State of the Union address last week. The sudden shift in message from the past eight years was perplexing, even to Capitol reporters. Republicans switched from describing themselves as bold, unintimidated reform warriors of the Scott Walker years to […]

Steineke, Vos and press

‘Bipartisan’ bills divide Assembly along party lines

BY: - January 16, 2020

In the first Assembly floor session of the new year, the Republicans who make up the majority lost their second veto-override attempt and passed a series of controversial bills that would make it easier to terminate parental rights and streamline the process for adopting children who have entered the child welfare system. It was an […]