MADISON — Democratic attorney general candidate Josh Kaul said Wednesday the Wisconsin Legislature should make clear in state law that women can legally seek abortions in the event the U.S. Supreme Court leaves that question to states. Kaul, who is challenging Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that if elected he would work with the Legislature to overturn the state abortion ban law that was passed before the landmark Roe v. Wade
MADISON — Wisconsin taxpayers spent nearly $41,000 to send state senators on out-of-state trips since 2015, including to President Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress. The Associated Press obtained documents Monday through an open records request that show taxpayers paid $40,837 on senators’ travel, including $966 to send Republican Sen. Steve Nass of Whitewater to Trump’s 2017 appearance before the House and Senate. The records show five other
MADISON — The state Legislature’s budget committee took a detour Thursday from Gov. Scott Walker’s road-funding plan, directing more money toward local road and bridge projects amid criticism from Democrats who argued against spending anything more on the interstate near the massive Foxconn Technology Group project in Racine County. The state learned last week that it was being awarded $67 million more than it had expected from the federal government for roads. That required
MADISON— National Democrats are crowing over picking up a legislative seat in a Wisconsin special election. Democrats split two races for open seats on Tuesday, but with both seats previously held by Republicans, they portrayed the outcome as more evidence they are poised for midterm success. Caleb Frostman beat state Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere in Senate District 1. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee said it’s the 44th district to move from Republican to Democrat
MADISON — The winners of Wisconsin’s special legislative elections this week may never see a hearing or floor session in Madison. But the money and effort being spent to capture the two open seats underscore how important they’ve become in shaping perceptions of party strength heading to November. Democrats are counting on victories to build on two big wins earlier this year and reinforce a “blue wave” looming for this fall’s elections. Republicans would
MADISON — Wisconsin taxpayers have spent more than $98,000 since 2015 to send members of the Assembly to out-of-state events, including President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s swearing-in and a prison tour in Texas. The records showing taxpayer-funded costs for out-of-state travel were provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by the office of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who must approve any out-of-state travel for Republicans and Democrats.
MADISON — The state’s wolf population may be stabilizing after decades of growth, according to a report from the state Department of Resources. Volunteer trackers reported between 900 and 950 wolf sightings this winter, a slight decline compared with the numbers from the previous year, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. “It’s a sign that wolves may be stabilizing in the state, but given the nature of the data it’s really going to take additional years to fully