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Wisconsin special election for Congress will be May 12

Oct. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The special election to fill the northern Wisconsin congressional seat that was held until recently by Republican Rep. Sean Duffy will take place May 12 and the primary will happen Feb. 18, Gov. Tony Evers said Friday. The decision, which was to be made official on Saturday, keeps the...

Former Lt. Gov. Kleefisch quits woman's suffrage job

Oct. 17, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has quit a job leading national recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote to return to Wisconsin 10 months after she began. The Republican Kleefisch is widely expected to run for governor in 2022. She served eight years as...

Wisconsin Supreme Court agrees to hear veto challenge

Oct. 16, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a case brought by a conservative law firm seeking to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of legislators through partial budget vetoes. The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty brought the case in...

Evers: More health insurance options on tap this fall

Oct. 10, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin insurance officials say state residents will have more health insurance options this year as open enrollment approaches. The state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance says 61 of Wisconsin's 72 counties will have at least three carrier options on the individual market,...

Felony battery case dropped against ex-Nevada GOP consultant

Oct. 9, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Felony charges have been dropped in Nevada against a former Republican political consultant who was accused of imprisoning and battering his girlfriend. Benjamin Sparks' attorney, Joshua Tomsheck, said Wednesday that prosecutors wouldn't have been able to prove kidnapping, domestic battery...

Wisconsin governor issues state's 1st pardons since 2010

Oct. 7, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has pardoned four convicted felons, marking the first time a governor has granted a pardon in Wisconsin since 2010. Evers signed the pardons during private meetings Monday with the recipients. Evers campaigned on the promise to reform the pardons board after his...

APNewsBreak: Evers issuing 1st Wisconsin pardons in 9 years

Oct. 6, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will issue Wisconsin's first pardons in nine years, invoking his constitutional power to grant clemency to four people. Evers plans to issue the pardons Monday, the first he's making as governor after he re-started the pardons board in June. Evers'...

The Latest: Evers issuing 1st Wisconsin pardons in 9 years

Oct. 6, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to issue pardons (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is pardoning four people. It's the first time a Wisconsin governor has invoked his constitutional power to grant clemency in nearly nine years....

'Making a Murderer' subject seeks pardon, commutation

Oct. 2, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of rape and murder when he was a teenager whose story was documented in the 2015 Netflix series "Making a Murderer" is asking Wisconsin's governor for a pardon or commutation of his life prison sentence, attorneys said Wednesday. Brendan Dassey was 16 years old when he...

Wisconsin federal judge tosses Democrats' lame-duck lawsuit

Oct. 1, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats trying to undo laws that Republicans passed just before Gov. Scott Walker left office suffered another setback in court when a judge threw out their federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled Monday that Democrats had to make their case in state...