Latest Wisconsin state government News

Unique sight: Otters spotted roving in downtown Milwaukee

Feb. 23, 2019 12:55 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group of otters made a rare if not unprecedented appearance in downtown Milwaukee earlier this week. The state Department of Natural Resources says a video of the otters along the Milwaukee River is the first documented otter sighting in downtown Milwaukee. The video was by the Milwaukee...

Evers joins groups suing to overturn lame-duck laws

Feb. 22, 2019 3:59 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sided Friday with groups seeking repeal of laws weakening his powers that were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature during a December lame-duck session. The move marked the second time this week that Evers, a Democrat, has aligned himself with...

Kaul wants $2m for salaries, 19 more analysts

Feb. 21, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul has asked Gov. Tony Evers to let him spend $4.4 million in the next state budget to hire more evidence analysts and set up pay raises for them. The Associated Press obtained Kaul's budget request Thursday through an open records request. Kaul wants to spend...

Wisconsin Democrats file 4th lawsuit against lame-duck law

Feb. 21, 2019 4:53 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging a lame-duck law Republicans passed to limit Gov. Tony Evers' powers is meant to retaliate against his supporters in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The party filed the lawsuit in federal court in Madison. The action...

Assembly speaker gives governor's marijuana plan low odds

Feb. 21, 2019 4:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican Assembly speaker doesn't believe Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposal to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize small amounts for recreational use will be a success. Speaker Robin Vos put the chances of Evers' plan passing at 10 percent, telling an audience...

Wisconsin Realtors revoke support for Hagedorn in court race

Feb. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Realtors Association has revoked its endorsement of Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn and asked for its $18,000 donation to be returned following reports that he helped found a private elementary school that allows gay students to be expelled. The president...

Gov. Evers pitches $28Mfor women's health care issues

Feb. 21, 2019 3:41 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants to restore funding for Planned Parenthood that his Republican predecessor cut as part of a nearly $28 million plan to expand access to women's health care. But the measure faces long odds in the Republican-controlled Legislature. "Republicans are not...

The Latest: Wisconsin Democrats sue over lame-duck law

Feb. 21, 2019 3:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on labor unions' lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck law (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Wisconsin Democratic Party is filing a federal lawsuit challenging Republican-authored lame-duck laws that limit Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul's...

Wisconsin Assembly welcomes 'limousine liberals' for DNC

Feb. 21, 2019 2:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican Assembly speaker says Milwaukee hosting the 2020 Democratic National Convention would be good for President Donald Trump. Speaker Robin Vos also told reporters Thursday that bringing "lots of limousine liberals" to Milwaukee would be good for the state's economy....

Assembly speaker hopes Foxconn air permits aren't changed

Feb. 21, 2019 2:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he hopes that air permits granted to electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group aren't tightened by Gov. Tony Evers. Vos is a strong advocate for the Foxconn project that is located in his southeastern Wisconsin legislative district. Evers has...