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Wisconsin Republicans release redistricting plan

The Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature released their redistricting plans on Wednesday, maps that were immediately blasted as "rigged" because they are based largely on existing districts the GOP drew a decade ago and that solidified their majorities.

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Wisconsin Senate votes to ban police chokeholds

The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would prohibit police from using chokeholds, except in life-threatening situations or to defend themselves, while also approving a measure that attempts to stop the defunding of police.

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‘Unprecedented’ revenue growth forecast for Wisconsin budget

Wisconsin's state budget is projected to see "unprecedented" revenue growth of $4.4 billion above previous estimates by the middle of 2023, news delivered Tuesday that led Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to call for more spending on education while Republicans urged caution and promised tax cuts.

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Wisconsin lawmakers consider banning transgender athletes

Female athletes urged Wisconsin lawmakers on Wednesday to ban transgender people from participating in girls' and women's sports, while opponents of the Republican-backed proposals said they were discriminatory and chasing a problem that doesn't exist.

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Wisconsin Republicans quickly kill Medicaid expansion

Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature convened on Tuesday and within seconds ended a special session called by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to expand Medicaid, dashing chances for the state to receive a one-time bonus of $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding.

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Republicans delay veto overrides on COVID-19 bills (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday postponed voting on proposals to override Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes of bills that would prevent health officials from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine and prohibit the closing of churches during the pandemic. Evers vetoed both bills last month, saying they restricted his ability to respond to the pandemic. ...

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Wisconsin bills seek to ban transgender athletes

Transgender athletes would be banned from participating in girls' and women's sports in Wisconsin from kindergarten through college under bills introduced Tuesday by Republican lawmakers, proposals that come as more than a dozen other states consider similar measures.

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Broad coalition recommends emergency-detention improvements

A broad coalition of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, health care professionals, local governments and others on Thursday recommended bolstering regional services as part of a multi-faceted approach to better handling of emergency mental-health detentions.

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Wisconsin Senate votes to repeal Wisconsin mask mandate

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate voted Tuesday to repeal Gov. Tony Evers' statewide mask mandate, despite warnings from virtually every sector of the health care profession that doing so would impair efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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Civil-liability exemption in state COVID bill questioned at public hearing

A civil-liability exemption in state Republicans’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the subject of testimony for and against the newly proposed bill. Rep. Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the House, introduced the GOP’s Assembly Bill 1 on Monday. It outlines a number of state government actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including giving the Legislature control over future federal ...

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Virus, elections, budget top Wisconsin legislative agenda

Pandemic-response bills and proposals to change election procedures will take center stage when the Wisconsin Legislature opens its 2021-22 session on Monday, eclipsing even state budget deliberations that typically take up the first six months of every session.

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