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Jon Erpenbach

Jan 16, 2023

Evers picks ex-Democratic lawmaker to lead parole commission

Gov. Tony Evers plans to appoint a former Democratic legislator to lead Wisconsin's parole commission.

Mar 11, 2021

Wisconsin could get $1.6 billion by expanding Medicaid

Wisconsin could save more than $1.6 billion over the next two years by expanding Medicaid to cover nearly 91,000 additional low-income people, a move Republicans continue to block.

Nov 4, 2016

Assembly Republican leader wants early voting limits

The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly wants legislation next year to standardize and restrict early voting to make it more similar in rural and urban areas.

Apr 9, 2014

Court: Legislator must turn over email records

A Democratic state senator must release the names and email addresses of people who sent him messages during the bitter debate over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's union restrictions to a conservative think tank, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Mar 11, 2014

Walker says he’ll call voter ID special session (UPDATE)

Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he would call legislators into special session to modify Wisconsin's stalled voter photo identification requirements to conform with pending court rulings and reinstate the mandate ahead of the November elections.

Dec 30, 2013

Senate unlikely to vote on abortion bills (UPDATE)

The leader of the Wisconsin Senate said votes are unlikely next year on two anti-abortion bills that were originally scheduled to be taken up in November but hastily pulled after a Democratic senator promised "all out hell" if they were debated.

Nov 12, 2013

Senate approves chief justice election

Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate approved a proposal Tuesday to amend the state constitution to allow state Supreme Court Justices to elect their chief every two years.

Apr 15, 2013

Judge: Lawmaker properly redacted collective bargaining emails (UPDATE)

A Democratic state senator properly redacted identifying information from emails he received during debate over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing collective bargaining law before he released them to a conservative think tank, a judge has ruled.

Feb 1, 2012

Chief justice proposal raises political concerns (UPDATE)

A plan to force the Wisconsin Supreme Court to elect its chief justice drew concern Wednesday that the process would politicize the state’s judicial branch.

Sep 19, 2011

Risser’s law: Longtime senator, lawyer lives by the rules of his father

Fred A. Risser introduces himself by handing out two business cards and a brief explanation for why his life no longer fits on one.

Jun 16, 2011

Protesters disrupt Senate budget debate

Minutes after starting the Senate’s budget hearing, members broke into recess after a group of shouting protesters halted any chance for debate. State troopers arrested more than a half-dozen protesters, a few of whom had locked themselves to portions of the gallery without a key. Members of the Senate tried to push through the protests […]

May 19, 2011

Senate passes voter ID bill, sends to Walker (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that would require Wisconsin voters to show photo identification during a ragged session Thursday, clearing the way for Gov. Scott Walker to sign the measure into law next week. Assembly Republicans passed the measure in a […]


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