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FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo voters line up at Riverside High School for Wisconsin's primary election in Milwaukee. Advocates for the disabled and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday, May 18, 2020, asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot and a host of other changes be made to ensure the August primary and November presidential elections can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Key Wisconsin races for November coming into focus

Jun. 1, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Key races in Wisconsin came into clearer focus Monday, the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to get on the November ballot. Republicans are looking to maintain their majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly heading into 2021, when the Legislature will be...

Former Democratic leader Shilling takes lobbying job

Jun. 1, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jennifer Shilling, the former Democratic minority leader of the Wisconsin Senate, will next work as a lobbyist for Dairyland Power Cooperative, the La Crosse-based utility announced Monday. Shilling, who resigned last month after 20 years in the Legislature, will work for the...

Exodus from Wisconsin Senate continues with GOP retirement

May. 19, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The exodus in the Wisconsin Senate continued Tuesday with one of its most conservative members announcing he will not seek reelection, bringing to at least seven the number of incumbents who will not be returning next year. Republican Sen. David Craig, of the town of Vernon, said in a...

Owner Paul Furrer cuts the hair of Jeff Jones at Rich's Barber Shop on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Waukesha, Wis. The store re-opened after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order Wednesday. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Some local governments in Wisconsin drop stay-at-home orders

May. 15, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some local health officials in Wisconsin rescinded their stay-at-home orders Friday after attorneys warned they could be vulnerable to legal challenges after the state Supreme Court wiped out Gov. Tony Evers' statewide order. But the Wisconsin Counties Association said after...

FILE - In this March 15, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn speaks during a debate at the Wisconsin State Bar Center in Madison, Wis. A conservative talk radio host blasted now Justice Hagedorn, for siding with liberals against revoking the Democratic governor's stay-at-home order on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. A former Republican state lawmaker tore into him on Twitter within minutes of the decision, saying the GOP had been

Wisconsin conservatives feel 'snookered' by court justice

May. 15, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The euphoria that Wisconsin Republicans felt after winning yet another major political battle in the state Supreme Court this week is being dampened by a scathing dissent written by one of the conservative justices, raising doubts about how solid the conservative majority actually is....

Former Wisconsin Senate minority leader quits Legislature

May. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling resigned from the Legislature on Friday, hinting that she has an employment opportunity that conflicts with state government work. Shilling, a Democrat, sent Senate President Roger Roth a letter Friday morning saying she would...

Poll worker Eric Boson submits absentee ballots during the Wisconsin 7th District special election on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Oak Avenue Community Center in Marshfield, Wis. Republican Tom Tiffany and Democrat Tricia Zunker are vying to fill the vacancy left by Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned from the seat in September. (Tork Mason/The Post-Crescent via AP)

Trump-backed Tiffany wins Wisconsin congressional race

May. 12, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tom Tiffany, a state senator endorsed by President Donald Trump, easily won a special congressional election Tuesday in a heavily conservative, rural Wisconsin district, cheering Republicans even as Democrats argued the victory revealed vulnerabilities for the president among his base....

FILE - In this April 24, 2020, file photo, people demonstrate against Gov. Tony Evers' restrictions on daily life due to the coronavirus pandemic at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Republicans in more rural parts of the state are joining with business owners to push for a regional reopening plan to give the economy a boost as it struggles under the coronavirus pandemic. The state Department of Workforce Development on Thursday, May 7, 2020, also sounded a warning that the state fund that pays unemployment claims could run out of money in five months. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Wisconsin Republicans push for regional reopening

May. 7, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in more rural parts of Wisconsin joined with business owners to push for a regional reopening plan Thursday to give the economy a boost, as the Department of Workforce Development warned that the state fund that pays unemployment claims could run out of money in five...

Wisconsin businesses urge legislators to OK reopening plan

Apr. 30, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's powerful chamber of commerce urged legislators Thursday to adopt its business reopening plan, telling an Assembly committee that Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order is crushing the economy and that the state has the coronavirus under control. Wisconsin Manufacturers and...

Wisconsin Democrats pick new Senate minority leader

Apr. 24, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats in the Wisconsin state Senate chose Janet Bewley as their new leader Friday as they gear up to try to recapture control of the chamber in November. Bewley replaces Jennifer Shilling, who announced earlier this month that she won't seek re-election this fall. Shilling said...