Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin court: Bid to recover smuggled car can continue

Feb. 4, 2020 5:06 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attempt to recover a rare car that thieves smuggled from Milwaukee to Europe more than a decade ago can continue, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. According to court documents and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper reports, millionaire Roy Leiske's 1938 Talbot Lago, a...

White Wisconsin lawmaker drops Black History Month proposal

Feb. 4, 2020 3:31 PM EST

MADISON, WIs. (AP) — A white Wisconsin lawmaker facing criticism for drawing up a Black History Month resolution honoring white abolitionists abruptly dropped the proposal Tuesday, saying he wants to preserve his relationship with black legislators. State Rep. Scott Allen, a Waukesha Republican, said in a...

Wisconsin lawmakers at odds over Black History Month

Feb. 3, 2020 4:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's black lawmakers are feuding with one of their white colleagues after he proposed celebrating Black History Month by recognizing white abolitionists rather than letting them choose their own honorees. Black History Month, an annual celebration of black people's achievements...

Wisconsin teacher charged with trying to record students

Jan. 30, 2020 6:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school teacher who led students on business club trips pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal child pornography charges for allegedly using hidden cameras to secretly record students. The teacher's attorney said authorities haven't recovered “a single...

Shelly Smith braids hair for Bridget Dunmore at her salon, Braid Heaven Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Kansas City, Kan. Legislators in Kansas and Wisconsin are considering whether to revise their states' anti-discrimination laws to ban bias in housing, employment and public accommodations based on hairstyles

Midwestern states consider banning bias based on hairstyles

Jan. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Black female legislators in two predominantly white Midwestern states urged their Republican colleagues Tuesday to join a national push to outlaw discrimination based on hairstyles such as braids and dreadlocks. Legislative committees in Kansas and Wisconsin held separate hearings on...

Vice President Mike Pence poses with kids after his speech. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, Vice President Pence traveled to Madison, Wisc., to  deliver remarks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase at the Wisconsin State Capitol. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin

Jan. 28, 2020 3:13 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit Tuesday to the state where the private school voucher program began, stopping in battleground Wisconsin for a noontime celebration in the state Capitol. Pence, and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy...

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signs an executive order creating what he promises will be a nonpartisan redistricting commission on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in in Madison, Wisc. Evers signed the order in his Capitol office, surrounded by Democratic office holders, members of his administration and supporters of redistricting reform. Republicans have dismissed the effort as a sham. (AP Photo by Scott Bauer)

Wisconsin governor signs order for redistricting commission

Jan. 27, 2020 11:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Monday creating what he promised would be a nonpartisan commission to draw new legislative maps next year for the Legislature to consider, a move Republicans have rejected as a sham. Even though the Legislature won't be forced to vote...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers waves to his family as he gets ready to deliver his State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin Republicans dismiss nonpartisan redistricting plan

Jan. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw Wisconsin's electoral maps may put pressure on the Republicans who control the Legislature to consider an alternative plan, but it won't force them to do anything differently next year and GOP...

Wisconsin voter purge ruling appealed to state Supreme Court

Jan. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Tuesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's order putting on hold a ruling that would have forced the removal of up to 209,000 people from the state's voter rolls. Attorneys for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty asked the...

Wisconsin Senate gives OK to taking selfies with ballot

Jan. 21, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters could legally take selfies with their marked election ballots under a bill the state Senate approved Tuesday. Wisconsin is one of 18 states with a law barring the showing of a completed ballot, but it is rarely enforced. The Senate approved the bill on a voice vote....