Latest Wisconsin state government News

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates set for first debate

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly is preparing to face his two challengers in a debate for the first time. Kelly, Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone are scheduled to appear at a debate at the Foley and Lardner law firm’s Madison offices over the noon hour Tuesday. The three...

Revenue secretary apologizes for Walker death slide

Nov. 18, 2019 1:36 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca is apologizing for an employee training slide show that joked former Republican Gov. Scott Walker had died. Barca sent an email to DOR workers on Oct. 18 apologizing for the slide and calling it an “unacceptable...

Evers: No ‘immediate’ plans for another gun special session

Nov. 18, 2019 11:09 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It doesn’t look like Gov. Tony Evers is going to call another special legislative session on gun control anytime soon. Evers told reporters at a news conference Monday that he has no immediate plans to call another special session but he’s keeping the option open for the...

Victims relive trauma as Wisconsin Clergy sexual abuse grows

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When she was 7, Patty Gallagher was chosen to bring the priest who served her parish and school in Monona, Wisconsin, his daily milk. The Rev. Lawrence Trainor was practically a member of the family. He came over for dinner and visited the family cottage. Trainor, a priest at...

Large Wisconsin deer poaching investigation nets 5 arrests

Nov. 16, 2019 12:01 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a monthslong investigation into a large deer poaching case in southwestern Wisconsin has resulted in the conviction of five men. State Department of Natural Resources officials estimate that as many as 40 deer were killed before the suspects were arrested. Warden Shawna...

Wisconsin unemployment rate up for fifth straight month

Nov. 14, 2019 2:57 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is up for a fifth straight month and half a percentage point since a record low in May. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in October was 3.3%. That is up from 3.2% the month before and 2.8% in April...

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

Nov. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study, which has already determined...

Pence to visit Wisconsin, Indiana next week

Nov. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Wisconsin and his home state of Indiana next week. Pence’s office announced Wednesday that he was scheduled to tour and deliver remarks at shipbuilder Marinette Marine in northeast Wisconsin on Nov. 20. Later that day the former...

Evers calls GOP state senators’ vote ‘amoral and stupid’

Nov. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe Republicans are “bastards” for firing his agriculture secretary, despite using the word when urging state workers not to be deterred by the move. Evers stressed that he wasn’t...

The Latest: Evers says Republicans are not “bastards”

Nov. 13, 2019 12:12 PM EST

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on comments made by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says he does not think Republican state senators are “bastards,” saying a comment he made using that word was invoking a well-known saying...