Latest Wisconsin State Legislature News

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2011, file photo, former Republican State Senator Dan Kapanke answers questions in Onalaska Wis.  (Rory O'Driscoll/La Crosse Tribune via AP, File)

Battle lines set for Wisconsin GOP's super-majority push

Aug. 12, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's primaries set the battle lines for a push by Republicans to secure veto-proof legislative super-majorities, locking in high-stakes match-ups against Democrats around the state. After Tuesday's primary, Republicans head into November with solid control of both the Assembly...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters, in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo by Scott Bauer, File)

Wisconsin Senate leader Fitzgerald wins US House primary

Aug. 12, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald took a giant step Tuesday toward seizing an open seat in Congress, easily defeating a surveying company owner in a Republican primary as the state navigated its second statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in...

Wisconsin Democrats decry Trump unemployment benefits order

Aug. 10, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic leaders expressed hope Monday that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring states to pay for a quarter of expanded unemployment benefits won’t stand and that Congress will reach a deal on a broader relief package to help cash-strapped...

GOP leader wants Wisconsin Senate to strike down mask order

Aug. 3, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature should act as quickly as this week or next to strike down Gov. Tony Evers' mask mandate, Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said on Monday. The order from Evers, designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus as cases spike in Wisconsin, took...

This image taken from video by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Madison, Wis. Evers issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases. (Wisconsin Department of Health Services via the AP)

Wisconsin Republicans 'stand ready' to kill mask requirement

Jul. 31, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate Republicans “stand ready” to strike down the statewide mask mandate that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced on Thursday, the GOP Senate leader said Friday. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald stopped short of promising that the Senate...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, right, and Majority Leader Jim Steineke, left, speak in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin's Republican Assembly leaders are breaking with President Donald Trump over possibly delaying the Nov. 3, 2020 presidential election. Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Steineke tweeted Thursday, July 30, 2020, that they oppose delaying the election, a date that is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer File)

Republicans rebuff Trump's suggestion to delay 2020 election

Jul. 30, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s suggestion of postponing the November election drew condemnation from Republican officials in the states and on Capitol Hill as they tried to bat away questions their own party leader had raised about the legitimacy of that upcoming vote. Trump on Thursday...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, right, and Majority Leader Jim Steineke, left, speak in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin's Republican Assembly leaders are breaking with President Donald Trump over possibly delaying the Nov. 3, 2020 presidential election. Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Steineke tweeted Thursday, July 30, 2020, that they oppose delaying the election, a date that is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer File)

Wisconsin Republicans break with Trump on election delay

Jul. 30, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders and the state's longest-serving Republican in Congress broke with President Donald Trump on Thursday when he floated the idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, state Assembly Speaker...

Kerida O'Reilly, left, and Samantha Hamer are shown In these two July 27, 2020, booking photos provided by the Dane County (Wisc.) Sheriff's Office. Prosecutors charged both women Wednesday, July 29, 2020, with battery in connection with an attack on Wisconsin state Sen. Tim Carpenter, during a protest against police racism outside the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, on June 23. (Dane County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Women charged in beating of Wisconsin state senator

Jul. 29, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two women, including a high school social worker, with attacking a Wisconsin state senator during a chaotic night of violence outside the state Capitol last month. Kerida O'Reilly, 33, and Samantha Hamer, 26, were each charged with one count of being a...

Wisconsin Democrats question federal agents' Milwaukee role

Jul. 28, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of powerful Wisconsin Democrats peppered a federal prosecutor Tuesday with questions about his plan to deploy additional federal agents in Milwaukee, demanding to know if the agents would be used for crowd control and to protect federal property. President Donald Trump...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin's

2 arrested for attacking senator during Wisconsin protests

Jul. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two women have been arrested for attacking a Wisconsin state senator during a chaotic night of violence near the state Capitol last month. The women, ages 26 and 33, turned themselves in Monday and were taken to the Dane County Jail, Madison police said. Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter...