Latest Wisconsin state government News

Republicans say charges against refugees raise concerns

Sep. 23, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans on Thursday reiterated their concerns about the vetting of Afghan refugees being housed at an Army post in the state, after two Afghan men were charged with crimes there. The criticism from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and others in...

Voelkel, ex-Johnson aide, to run for lieutenant governor

Sep. 23, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ben Voelkel, a former aide to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, said Thursday he's running for lieutenant governor. Voelkel was communications director for Johnson, a Republican, from 2017 until earlier this year. He also worked on Johnson's re-election...

4th Wisconsin voter out of 3 million charged with fraud

Sep. 23, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fourth Wisconsin voter out of roughly 3 million who cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election was charged with election fraud on Thursday by a Republican prosecutor who is running for attorney general. Fond du Lac District Attorney Eric Toney...

Underly: More money, less divisiveness needed for schools

Sep. 23, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's top education official on Thursday called for more civility as schools across the state wrestle with how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Jill Underly, who is in her first year as Wisconsin's superintendent of schools, denounced...

Wisconsin GOP redistricting resolution draws Democratic ire

Sep. 23, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A resolution from Wisconsin Republicans calling for new political boundary lines to adhere as closely as possible to existing congressional and legislative districts drew criticism Thursday from Democrats, who have long argued that the existing maps are gerrymandered...

Kaul slams GOP election investigation, calls for gun laws

Sep. 23, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday accused Republicans of chasing conspiracy theories with a $680,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election instead of passing gun control measures polls have shown have broad public support. ...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bill banning race theory

Sep. 23, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to vote next week on a Republican bill that would prohibit public schools from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias. A Republican-controlled Assembly committee...

Evers, Democrats revive plan to kill personal property tax

Sep. 23, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers and legislative Democrats are reviving an attempt to eliminate a property tax paid by businesses that Republicans have long supported getting rid of. Numerous exemptions have been allowed under the law over the...

Wisconsin high court to hear GOP-backed redistricting case

Sep. 22, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a redistricting lawsuit supported by the Republican-controlled Legislature, a move that comes as a Democratic-backed lawsuit progresses in federal court. In a 4-3...

Wisconsin hunters urged to submit samples for CWD

Sep. 22, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials on Wednesday urged hunters to submit samples of the deer they kill to test them for chronic wasting disease, which is still spreading throughout the state after first being detected nearly 20 years ago. With the archery...