Jim Steineke

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 […]

Homeless man & advice on sign in red sleeping bag on the street

A tale of two homelessness bills

BY: - November 27, 2019

On any given night in Wisconsin, nearly 5,000 people are homeless and many more are on the brink of homelessness, staying temporarily on a friend’s couch or other short-term reprieve. In winter weather the crisis becomes acute, and it hits areas all across the state, both rural and urban.  Of the 4,907 homeless in January […]

Members of the state Senate 2019

‘Paralysis by partisanship’

BY: - November 14, 2019

Showing up on the job for just a handful of days out of a year sounds like an easy way to earn a paycheck. And that’s what the state Senate and Assembly, which concluded their business this week, did in 2019. The state Senate met just 8 times this year to take up bills. The […]

The floor of the Assembly, 11/12/19

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas, Assembly style

BY: - November 13, 2019

Merry Christmas! If this seems like an unusually early greeting when Thanksgiving is still more than two weeks away, you must not be a member of the Wisconsin Assembly.  Tuesday was the final day of a very short Assembly floor session for 2019 and the two dominant themes were religion and December holidays — and […]

Gov. Tony Evers announces his call for a special legislative session on gun safety measures at City Hall in Milwaukee on Oct. 21, 2019 (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Lt. Governor.)

Anticipating Thursday’s special session on gun safety? Don’t blink.

BY: - November 6, 2019

The Assembly convenes Thursday for its second to last day of the year and Republicans revealed on Tuesday that the surprise focus of that session day will be its attempt to override four of Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes.  It would be easy to lose sight of the fact that Thursday Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. […]

Rep. Jimmy Anderson during his floor speech on Oct. 10 2019 (Wisconsin Eye)

Jimmy Anderson’s moment slips away

BY: - October 11, 2019

The story of the Wisconsin State Assembly debate on Thursday around a quadriplegic lawmaker’s request for reasonable accommodations began before dawn. It started when the state’s long-time political outlet of record, The Wheeler Report, laid out a list of 10 Assembly rules changes that Republicans planned to lump together and pass in a single vote. […]