Latest Wisconsin state government News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Wisconsin's conservative high court hands GOP another weapon

Jun. 30, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's conservative-controlled Supreme Court handed Republicans their newest weapon to weaken any Democratic governors in the battleground state, ruling this week that political appointees don't have to leave their posts until the Senate confirms their successor. ...

Wisconsin court bats down challenge to Kohler golf course

Jun. 30, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a conservation group couldn't challenge an agency's decision to sell state park land for the construction of a high-end golf course along the shores of Lake Michigan. Opponents said the ruling...

Court backs arrest by officers responding to ShotSpotter

Jun. 30, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of a Milwaukee man who was arrested by officers responding to a report from gunshot location technology, ruling that the officers had reasonable suspicion to stop him beyond just the gunshot technology. ...

Court: Boy accused in mall shooting should be tried as adult

Jun. 29, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled a boy accused of shooting and wounding eight people at a suburban Milwaukee mall in 2020 should be tried in adult court. The court, on a 4-3 decision released Wednesday, said a Milwaukee County Children's Court judge was...

Wisconsin court: Conservative holdover can stay on DNR board

Jun. 29, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's conservative-controlled Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a conservative member of the Department of Natural Resources policy board may remain on the panel indefinitely in a far-reaching decision that leaves Democratic Gov. Tony Evers all but powerless to seat...

Wisconsin's Democratic AG sues to block state's abortion ban

Jun. 28, 2022 16:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state's 173-year-old abortion ban, arguing that statutes passed in the 1980s supersede the ban and it's so old that modern generations never consented to it. Wisconsin passed a law...

Anti-abortion groups look to update 1849 Wisconsin ban

Jun. 27, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Anti-abortion groups in Wisconsin say they'll work with lawmakers next year to pass legislation that will update or replace the state’s 1849 abortion ban, which led doctors across Wisconsin to stop providing abortions on Friday after the Supreme Court struck down the...

Wisconsin Democrats focus ire on Republican Sen. Johnson

Jun. 26, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats looking to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson focused their attacks on him Sunday, and not each other, as the eight candidates made their case to party activists at the state convention held six weeks before the primary. The Democratic...

Wisconsin's Evers looks for boost from anger over abortion

Jun. 25, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers hopes to translate anger over the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade into votes this fall as he vows to fight a 173-year-old state abortion ban, including offering clemency to any doctor convicted and not appointing...