Latest Wisconsin state government News

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking removal of DNR chairman

Sep. 17, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Friday rejected a lawsuit seeking to remove the state Department of Natural Resources policy board’s leader from his post even though his term has ended. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled against Democratic...

Barnes paid no income tax, was on BadgerCare in 2018

Sep. 17, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes paid no income tax in 2018 and was on BadgerCare while he was unemployed and running for lieutenant governor. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that he didn't file a state or federal income tax...

Tommy Thompson has surgery after water-skiing accident

Sep. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, had surgery Thursday following a water-skiing accident. “On my way in to surgery this morning,” the...

Federal court allows Wisconsin redistricting case to proceed

Sep. 16, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A three-judge panel of federal judges on Thursday denied a request by Republicans to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats, a move that keeps the case alive while the GOP-controlled Legislature wants the battle to instead be fought in state courts. ...

Wisconsin unemployment unchanged at 3.9% in August

Sep. 16, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in August, marking the fifth month in the row the rate has not changed, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday. The nationwide unemployment rate in August was 5.2%. A year...

New group forms to help Republican Kleefisch win election

Sep. 16, 2021 02:22 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new political action committee headed by a longtime Republican operative has formed to help Rebecca Kleefisch win the governor's race. Stephan Thompson, who previously served as head of the Wisconsin Republican Party and ran Gov. Scott Walker's...

Former Trump official working on Wisconsin election probe

Sep. 15, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who worked in former President Donald Trump’s administration and falsely claimed the 2020 election was stolen in Wisconsin appears to have been hired to help with the taxpayer-funded investigation into how the election was run. ...

Judge won't let lawmakers, hunters join DNR board lawsuit

Sep. 15, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge declined to let Republican legislators and a hunting group join a lawsuit seeking to remove the state Department of Natural Resources policy board’s leader from his post. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn denied...

GOP lobbyist McCoshen won't run for Wisconsin governor

Sep. 15, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Longtime lobbyist Bill McCoshen said Wednesday he will not seek the Republican nomination for Wisconsin governor. McCoshen said he's spent the past 15 months traveling the state and meeting with citizens, business owners and politicians to gauge...

Evers announces COVID testing requirement for state workers

Sep. 14, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' administration issued an order Tuesday requiring all executive branch workers who haven't submitted their COVID-19 vaccination status to their supervisors or aren't fully vaccinated to undergo weekly testing. The mandate will go...