Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Trump-aligned challengers ousting GOP legislative incumbents

Aug. 04, 2022 10:46 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As Wisconsin's longest-serving Assembly speaker, Republican Robin Vos has presided over efforts to restrict abortions, weaken unions, expand gun rights and push back against COVID-19 mandates. Despite that, he's facing a primary challenger who claims he's not conservative...

Pence touts Wisconsin GOP governor candidate Kleefisch

Aug. 03, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

PEWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence campaigned Wednesday with his pick in battleground Wisconsin’s Republican gubernatorial primary, calling Rebecca Kleefisch “a proven conservative” as she faces an opponent endorsed by Donald Trump. Trump plans to hold a...

Trump backs rival to top Wis. Republican who won't decertify

Aug. 02, 2022 21:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday endorsed a little-known Republican challenging Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, accusing Vos of doing too little to overturn 2020 election results in the swing state. Trump called Adam Steen a “rising patriotic...

GOP legislative candidates outraise Democrats

Aug. 02, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans running for the Wisconsin Legislature easily raised more money than their Democratic opponents over the first half of the year, according to a report released Tuesday. Government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analyzed campaign finance...

3rd Wisconsin Dem US Senate candidate bows out, backs Barnes

Jul. 29, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski dropped out of the state's Democratic U.S. Senate primary Friday, the third candidate to bow out this week, making Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes the clear frontrunner to face Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. The race in battleground...

Democrat Barnes emerges as favorite in Wisconsin Senate race

Jul. 27, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes emerged Wednesday as the clear favorite in what had been a crowded Democratic field seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, as his nearest rival dropped out and threw his support behind Barnes. Milwaukee Bucks...

Wisconsin GOP hopefuls Kleefisch, Michels clash over gas tax

Jul. 27, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Tim Michels said Wednesday during a debate that he can be taken at his word that he won't raise gas taxes, as challenger Rebecca Kleefisch accused him of not taking responsibility for previously being in leadership roles for groups that...

Wisconsin lawmaker in car accident that left 2 dead

Jul. 25, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Democratic Minority Leader Janet Bewley was involved in a fatal car crash Friday that left a 27-year-old mother from Pennsylvania and her 5-year-old daughter dead, police said Monday. Ashland Police Chief Bill Hagstrom told the Ashland Daily...

Wisconsin GOP blocks absentee ballot address correction rule

Jul. 20, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans erased regulations Wednesday allowing local election clerks to fill in missing information on absentee ballot envelopes, the latest move in the GOP's push to tighten voting procedures in the crucial swing state. The Wisconsin Elections...

Top Wisconsin Democrats focus on Sen. Johnson in debate

Jul. 17, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Top Democrats running for the chance to take on U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin largely kept their focus on the Republican opponent during the first and only televised debate Sunday, while the only female candidate faulted the men for not doing more to advocate for...