Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

Democratic Wisconsin Senate hopeful Barnes releases first ad

May. 18, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes highlights his middle class upbringing in his first television ad released Wednesday, after two of his primary challengers have already spent millions on TV spots and as polls show a tightening race. The...

Deer District shootings leave Milwaukee leaders at the brink

May. 17, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

Milwaukee's mayor and police chief on Tuesday pleaded with citizens and lawmakers to help address ongoing gun violence punctuated by shootings outside an NBA playoff game that left 21 injured. Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said police have arrested 11 people varying in ages from 19 to...

Wisconsin Republicans look to unite amid internal feuds

May. 15, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans gathering for their annual convention this week are trying to unite to defeat Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and reelect U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, in two of the most hotly contested races nationwide this year. But instead of spending the past...

Wisconsin GOP eyeing shift in control of election oversight

May. 07, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Doug La Follette is adjusting to a new status in Wisconsin politics: relevance. The 81-year-old secretary of state has been a forgotten man for four decades, stuffed into a basement office and stripped of most of his duties long ago. That is changing, however,...

Wisconsin Senate candidate slams Ron Johnson on abortion

May. 05, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The only woman running for U.S. Senate in battleground Wisconsin hoped to separate herself from her Democratic challengers on Thursday by being the first on the air with an ad hitting incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson for supporting the expected overturning of Roe v....

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

May. 04, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. May 4, 2022. Editorial: Turn, turn, turn Wisconsin’s next legislative session doesn’t have many guarantees, but there is one thing that is becoming very clear: there are going to be a lot of new faces. A quarter of the...

Mining company seeks permit in Marathon County

May. 02, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A mining company wants permission to explore for gold and other minerals in Marathon County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Green Light Metals submitted an exploratory drilling application to the county on Thursday. The company wants to...

Wisconsin legislators call it quits at near-record pace

May. 02, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of Wisconsin state lawmakers hanging it up this year is near a modern-day high, and could even exceed the record set during World War II. The mass exodus comes amid uncertainty over legislative boundaries due to a redistricting fight, an ever-more...

Wisconsin cross country, track runner Sarah Shulze dies

Apr. 22, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sarah Shulze, a runner on the University of Wisconsin’s track and cross country teams, has died. She was 21. Shulze’s family announced on April 15 that she had died two days earlier, and gave the cause of death. “Sarah took her own...

Wisconsin marijuana legalization proponents make case

Apr. 20, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin made their case Wednesday at a public hearing on a Republican bill that's getting its first airing under the GOP-controlled Legislature, the latest sign of movement toward loosening the state's pot laws. ...