Latest Wisconsin state government News

Public gets chance to weigh in on GOP redistricting plans

Oct. 27, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public gets a chance Thursday to tell Republican lawmakers what they think of their redistricting plan that would keep solid GOP majorities in place. Republicans unveiled legislative and congressional maps last week that are largely based on...

UW System to follow vaccine order for federal contractors

Oct. 27, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System said Wednesday that it will comply with an executive order issued by President Joe Biden that requires federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden’s order has convinced colleges across the...

Kleefisch downplays threats targeting school board members

Oct. 27, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch downplayed threats against school board members, saying recently that she would "love” for those targeted with anger during the pandemic to have experienced what she and former Gov. Scott Walker did during the Act 10 union protests a...

Wisconsin lawmakers send anti-abortion bills to governor

Oct. 27, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a package of anti-abortion bills, many of which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed two years ago and is all but certain to reject again. Republicans do not have enough...

Analysis: Denying ballots to auditors 'arguably reasonable'

Oct. 27, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Denying Wisconsin state auditors access to the actual ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election is “arguably justifiable” based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice, attorneys for the Legislature said in a memo released Wednesday. ...

Wisconsin Assembly passes workforce housing bills

Oct. 26, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed a package of bills Tuesday touted by Republicans and the state's building and real estate industries as a way to create more affordable housing for workers, reduce regulations and reform outdated practices. A tight...

Vos says more subpoenas, longer election probe possible

Oct. 26, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The top Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly, who ordered an investigation into the 2020 presidential election, said Tuesday that more subpoenas may be needed and that the work could stretch into 2022. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also said it was...

Wisconsin Republicans plan 2nd election investigation

Oct. 25, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans plan to launch another investigation of 2020 election administration, GOP leaders announced Monday. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, Senate President Chris Kapenga and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dan Feyen said in a...

Judge issues injunction blocking Wisconsin fall wolf hunt

Oct. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Friday halted Wisconsin's fall wolf season two weeks before hunters were set to take to the woods, siding with wildlife advocacy groups who argued that holding the hunt would be unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost...

Judge leaning toward blocking Wisconsin wolf hunt

Oct. 22, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge appeared on the verge Thursday of granting wildlife advocates' request to halt the Wisconsin fall wolf season after hearing arguments that the hunt is illegal. Dane County Circuit Judge Jacob Frost said it appears that the season is...