Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin passes budget after Tesla proviso woos key senator

Jun. 26, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans passed a state budget Wednesday after winning a key legislator's support with a provision to allow Tesla to open dealerships in the state — a goal long pursued by the lawmaker, who sells rebuilt Tesla vehicles and parts. Sen. Chris Kapenga, a self-described...

Democrats look to other lawsuits to block GOP lame-duck laws

Jun. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats trying to undo laws passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session just before Gov. Scott Walker left office are putting their hopes behind a federal court challenge following a resounding legal defeat Friday. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court,...

The Latest: Wisconsin governor bemoans lame-duck court loss

Jun. 21, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision to uphold state laws introduced in a lame-duck session in December (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is bemoaning a state Supreme Court ruling in favor of Republicans who held a lame-duck legislative session last...

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds lame-duck laws limiting the powers of the Democratic governor and attorney general

Jun. 21, 2019 8:23 AM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds lame-duck laws limiting the powers of the Democratic governor and attorney general.

Republicans urge Wisconsin governor to sign abortion bills

Jun. 20, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers and abortion opponents on Thursday called on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to sign four abortion bills he has promised to veto, holding a rally just a few feet outside of his Capitol office. Abortion-rights advocates dressed as characters from the dystopian...

Gov. Evers re-forms Wisconsin pardons board Walker dropped

Jun. 13, 2019 7:34 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers re-created Wisconsin's pardons board on Thursday, fulfilling a campaign promise to again consider granting pardons after his Republican predecessor, Scott Walker, halted the process eight years ago. Evers, a Democrat, is putting his own mark on the process, declining to...

A look at where Wisconsin's lame-duck laws, challenges stand

Jun. 12, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated almost all of the laws that Republicans passed during a December lame-duck legislative session that limited the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The actions in Wisconsin mirror Republican moves after losing...

High court reinstates much of Wisconsin lame duck laws

Jun. 11, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated most of the legislation passed by majority Republicans during a lame-duck legislative session aimed at capping the powers of their Democratic rivals. The high court also blocked a trial that had been scheduled to start Wednesday on a...

Capitol flag flap in Wisconsin over gay pride rainbow

Jun. 7, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Flying a gay pride rainbow flag over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the first time Friday drew backlash from conservatives, including a pair of state lawmakers, who said it was divisive, while Democrats hailed it as a sign of inclusivity. The flag flap erupted after Democratic Gov....

Wisconsin Legislature sends abortion bills to governor

Jun. 5, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday sent four abortion bills to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has promised to veto all of them. One measure addresses the extremely rare occurrence in which a baby is born alive during an abortion attempt. It would impose criminal...