Latest Wisconsin state government News

Board to consider hiring outside attorneys in wolf lawsuits

Oct. 15, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources policy board plans to vote next week on whether to hire its own attorneys in a pair of lawsuits seeking to block the fall wolf hunt, underscoring the deepening rift between the board's Republican members and Democratic Gov. Tony...

Godlewski raises $1.36 million in third quarter

Oct. 15, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Godlewski said Friday that she raised $1.36 million in the third quarter and had about $786,000 on hand. Godlewski released the total after announcing Monday that she's put $1 million of her own money into her campaign....

No city officials testifying as part of election subpoenas

Oct. 14, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Representatives for elections officials from Wisconsin's five largest cities and the state elections commission said Thursday that the officials won't have to sit for interviews with the Republican-hired lead investigator, even though the subpoenas they were issued...

Wisconsin lawmaker returns to work after bout of COVID-19

Oct. 14, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin legislator returned to work Thursday for the first time since COVID-19 left him breathing through a ventilator. Republican Sen. Andre Jacque, of De Pere, was hospitalized Aug. 16 after testing positive for the coronavirus and testifying...

Rep. Kind endorses Pfaff in Wisconsin congressional race

Oct. 14, 2021 10:32 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Retiring U.S. Rep. Ron Kind on Thursday endorsed his former staff member, state Sen. Brad Pfaff, in the race to replace him in the southwestern Wisconsin congressional district. The endorsement came the day after another Democrat, Eau Claire...

Republicans enlist Nugent in push for sandhill crane hunt

Oct. 13, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans brought in rocker and avid hunter Ted Nugent on Wednesday to publicize a package of bills that would declare open hunting season on sandhill cranes and allow anyone age 18 or older to carry concealed firearms without a permit. ...

Eau Claire businesswoman Cooke launches run for Congress

Oct. 13, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Eau Claire businesswoman Rebecca Cooke announced a run for Congress in an open southwestern Wisconsin district on Wednesday, hoping to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Ron Kind. Cooke is a member of the state's economic development agency board,...

Barnes raises $1.12 million over 3 months in Senate race

Oct. 13, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes raised $1.12 million in the first 10 weeks after launching his bid for U.S. Senate, the most of any candidate so far, his campaign reported Wednesday. Barnes is one of a dozen Democrats seeking the nomination. The...

Walker, conservatives ask Supreme Court to take access case

Oct. 12, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative think tank and former Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' decision to exclude the group's writers from press briefings, which lower courts have said is legal. ...

Eau Claire shuts down more wells due to PFAS contamination

Oct. 12, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The city of Eau Claire has shut down almost half its wells due to PFAS contamination. The city announced in July that it had shut down four of its 16 wells after tests found PFAS levels exceeded the groundwater standard of 20 parts per trillion...