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Aug 31, 2022

Wis. SOS hopeful wants election control, won’t say how much

Republican secretary of state hopeful wants lawmakers to hand the office control over elections, but she won't say how much authority she wants or whether her duties should include unilaterally certifying presidential winners in the key battleground state.

Aug 4, 2022

Primaries bring big challenges for incumbent GOP state lawmakers

As the longest-serving Assembly speaker in Wisconsin, Robin Vos has presided over efforts to restrict abortions, weaken unions, expand gun rights and push back against COVID-19 mandates. Despite that, he's facing a primary challenger who claims he's not conservative enough.

May 2, 2022

Wisconsin legislators call it quits at near-record pace

The number of Wisconsin state lawmakers hanging it up this year is near a modern-day high, and could even exceed the record set during World War II.

Oct 21, 2021

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.

Oct 7, 2021

Wisconsin Legislature to take up redistricting in November

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature plans to vote on a redistricting plan when it convenes in November, the lawyer representing Legislature told the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Sep 29, 2021

Wisconsin GOP proposes appointing constitutional officers

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have introduced a plan to end elections for three state constitutional offices and let governors fill the positions.

Rep. Barbara Dittrich, R-Oconomowoc, introduces Kayleigh's Law during a news conference at the state capitol on Wednesday.
Jul 21, 2021

New bill would allow lifetime restraining orders against sexual abusers

A new bill is seeking to allow some victims of sexual assault to petition the court for a lifetime restraining order against their abusers.

Jun 17, 2021

Highlights of Republican-authored Wisconsin state budget

The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee planned to complete its work Thursday on the state's next two-year spending plan, paving the way for the Senate and Assembly to vote on it later this month.

Gov. Tony Evers
Jun 9, 2021

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.

Jun 8, 2021

‘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.

May 27, 2021

Wisconsin public schools to get fraction of what Evers wants

Wisconsin public schools would receive $150 million more in state funding over two years under the Republican budget plan to be approved Thursday by a legislative committee, less than 10% of what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for.

May 26, 2021

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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