Latest Wisconsin state government News

Evers creates new Wisconsin office to reach carbon-free goal

Aug. 16, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Friday creating a new office to help his administration achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050 after Republicans killed the proposal in the state budget. The governor issued an executive order creating the Office...

Foxconn leaders, Wisconsin officials meet; details unclear

Aug. 14, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group executives met Wednesday with Wisconsin's governor, legislative leaders and others but no one is saying much about what they discussed. Foxconn, the world's leading electronics manufacturer, has been under the spotlight in Wisconsin ever since striking a deal...

Wisconsin Republicans pushing broader birth control access

Aug. 14, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin found themselves in the unusual position Wednesday of breaking with anti-abortion groups and advocating for a bill that broadens birth control access, an area where Democrats typically lead. Republicans could undermine a key Democratic campaign issue...

Conservative think tank sues Wisconsin's Evers over access

Aug. 7, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative think tank has filed a federal lawsuit against Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, alleging he violated the First Amendment rights of staff members who were denied access to a press briefing and kept off an advisory list sent to other reporters. The MacIver Institute...

Wisconsin Republicans sue Democratic attorney general

Aug. 2, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers are suing the Democratic attorney general, arguing that he's not complying with laws passed during a lame-duck legislative session in December that limited his and the incoming governor's powers shortly before they took office. Republicans who...

Wisconsin Assembly speaker denies paralyzed lawmaker request

Aug. 1, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly told a paralyzed Democratic state representative in a letter Thursday that he will not grant his request to call in to committee meetings by phone but will pursue other accommodations to appease the lawmaker. Speaker Robin Vos sent Rep....

Conservative lawsuit challenges Wisconsin governor's vetoes

Jul. 31, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Wednesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dramatically scale back the ability of governors to change the intent of lawmakers through partial budget vetoes — a move that would reverse more than four decades of precedent. The lawsuit, filed on...

The Latest: Cause of transmission fires still unknown

Jul. 19, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on power station fires that left thousands without electricity on a hot day in Madison (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Utility officials say they have not yet identified the cause of a pair of blasts that knocked out electricity to about 13,000 customers. Madison Gas and...

Walker to take new job, won't run for office in 2022

Jul. 15, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he won't run for office again in 2022 because he has accepted a new full-time job running a group based in Washington, D.C., that promotes conservative ideas among young people. The Republican had been openly considering running for his old job...

Trump pushes trade deal in formerly blue Wisconsin

Jul. 12, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump barnstormed for his new trade deal with Mexico and Canada during a visit to Wisconsin on Friday, hoping that its economic impact will help him to retain a battleground state vital to his re-election effort. Trump told workers at Derco Aerospace the United...