Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Wisconsin Democrats focus ire on Republican Sen. Johnson

Jun. 26, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats looking to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson focused their attacks on him Sunday, and not each other, as the eight candidates made their case to party activists at the state convention held six weeks before the primary. The Democratic...

Wisconsin Republican lawmakers reject abortion ban repeal

Jun. 22, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ bid to repeal the battleground state’s dormant abortion ban failed Wednesday after Republican lawmakers convened and immediately adjourned a special session without taking any action. Wisconsin adopted a ban on abortion...

Wisconsin Democrats face hard road in Senate, governor races

Jun. 22, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats gathering for their annual state convention this weekend are focused on reelecting Gov. Tony Evers and defeating Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, but also know that history is against them in the midterm year and voters face high inflation, rising gas prices...

Wisconsin's Johnson under heat for fake elector revelation

Jun. 21, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An aide for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson told former Vice President Mike Pence’s staff that the Republican from Wisconsin wanted to hand-deliver to Pence fake elector votes from his state and neighboring Michigan, text messages revealed at Tuesday's meeting of the House select...

Wisconsin Republicans allow PFAS standards to take effect

Jun. 13, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans will allow regulations Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration developed to control pollution from a group of chemicals known as PFAS to take effect, a spokesman for the lawmaker who controls the Legislature's rules committee said Monday. ...

Wisconsin Dems challenge Trump-backed candidate's paperwork

Jun. 05, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats are challenging the paperwork Donald Trump's preferred candidate for governor filed to get on the ballot in the GOP primary on technical grounds. The state Democratic Party said Sunday that construction company co-owner Tim Michels' failed...

Wisconsin, national Democrats launch coordinated campaign

Jun. 02, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats on Thursday announced a joint effort with national party leaders they are calling the largest midterm coordinated campaign in state history, with the goal of reelecting Gov. Tony Evers and defeating Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. The...

GOP election investigation costs rise to nearly $900,000

Jun. 01, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The cost of Wisconsin Republicans' investigation of the 2020 presidential election results has risen to nearly $900,000, about $220,000 more than initially budgeted. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos initially budgeted about $676,000 for the probe. But the...

Wisconsin lawmakers sign off on 9 pollution settlements

May. 31, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers signed off Tuesday on $378,000 in settlements of nine pollution lawsuits. The settlement payments to the state approved by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee range from $5,000 to $160,000 and involve lawsuits against cities, small and...

Wisconsin GOP leader isn't ruling anyone out for key slot

May. 26, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican Assembly leader, who will appoint a key member of the state's bipartisan elections commission, said Thursday he was not “ruling anybody in or out” as he looks to quickly fill a vacancy in the battleground state before the next chair of the panel is...