Wisconsin State Legislature

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Who’s Wisconsin’s most conservative of them all?

BY: - April 27, 2021

For 50 years now, the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) — host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) — has been ranking federal and state lawmakers according to what the right-wing group picks as the most important votes of the session.  Wisconsin’s most conservative congressman is Rep. Glenn Grothman, although the group notes in […]

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Will GOP leaders ‘allow’ Black legislators to honor Wisconsin native Stacey Abrams?

BY: - March 24, 2021

Rep. LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) is seeking to have the Wisconsin Legislature honor Wisconsin native Stacey Abrams. A resolution Myers is currently circulating recognizes Abrams’ work as a politician in the Georgia House, as a lawyer and as a voting rights activist.  It is that later role — continuing the work that was begun with the […]

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Tax break on business costs covered by PPP clears committee

BY: - February 11, 2021

Democrats on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee sought changes Wednesday to more narrowly focus a $450 million state income tax break for businesses that received COVID-19 help from the federal government. But the Republican-controlled committee rejected all of them before sending the measure to the full assembly. The overall bill, AB-2, primarily consisted of routine, […]

Supreme Court Room in the Madison Capitol Building in fully spherical panorama by Ryan Wick via Flickr CC BY 2.0

Spotlight back on Supreme Court after COVID-19 order conflicts

BY: - February 5, 2021

For nearly three months, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court has been sitting on a case that is at the center of the Republican maneuver to kill the COVID-19 health emergency order that Gov. Tony Evers declared in January. With the flurry of activity on Thursday — as a divided state Assembly ended the Jan. 19 […]

Gov. Tony Evers gives his State of the State speech 1/12/21 (WisEye)

Evers renews call for lawmakers to act on Unemployment Insurance system overhaul

BY: - February 4, 2021

Gov. Tony Evers urged the Legislature Thursday to stop sitting on his proposal to update the state’s beleaguered unemployment insurance (UI) system. GOP legislative leaders have ignored the governor’s special session call to pass bills to fix the system, gaveling in Jan. 19 and adjourning without action. Evers has proposed legislation to modernize the system […]

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 […]

Wisconsin’s pandemic politics

BY: and - December 3, 2020

On Tuesday — as Wisconsin set a record-high number of 107 deaths from COVID-19 — Gov. Tony Evers got on the phone with incoming Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to discuss how to address the pandemic that is ravaging Wisconsin. Afterward, Vos unveiled a 23-page summary of his 50-point plan […]

Evers fires first shot in the 2020 War on Christmas

BY: - November 13, 2020

Liberals, grab your holiday Starbucks cups and prepare to be politically correct.  On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers announced that “hope” would be the theme for the ornaments crafted by Wisconsin schoolchildren this winter, however he didn’t say Christmas — he called them holiday ornaments, which may run afoul of Republican legislative leaders, who last year […]

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Will the Wisconsin Legislature be won with coattails? 

BY: - October 29, 2020

Republican Glenn Grothman was the number one most loyal member of Congress to President Donald Trump, voting with the president’s stances 94% of the time and never criticizing him on a series of high-profile matters.  You would never know it from his campaign ads, which raises the question of whether he’s worried about negative spillover […]

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Presidential race is close in Wisconsin according to the Marquette Poll

BY: - October 28, 2020

Wednesday’s Marquette Law School Poll contained good news for President Donald Trump, who in this poll is lagging behind Democrat Joe Biden by only 5 points — not far from the margin of error and consistent with past Marquette polls, but a major difference from a Washington Post and ABC News poll released earlier in […]

‘The virus is everywhere’

BY: - September 30, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin continues to get worse, Gov. Tony Evers and state health officials warned Tuesday — and unless more people take it seriously, many more people may die from the virus in the coming weeks and months. “We are in a crisis,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the […]

The ambulance responds to a call at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., July 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Lame-duck law stands in the way of money needed to combat COVID-19

BY: - April 2, 2020

The law Republicans pushed through during a Dec. 2018 lame-duck session to thwart the power of the incoming administration of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers — which dozens of health-care entities pleaded with legislators to stop because it could have unintended consequences  — now stands in the way of Wisconsin receiving federal money and other resources […]