MADISON — A surprising Democratic upset in a conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump just 14 months ago has raised liberal hopes of more election success coming this fall. Patty Schachtner’s victory over an incumbent Republican state representative in Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District follows a series of Democratic wins across the country. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is up for re-election to a third term in
MADISON — A bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature would more clearly define protections for Indian burial mounds. The bill would specify when the Wisconsin Historical Society can protect a burial site and how a landowner can challenge the protections, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The bill also proposes increasing the setback from burial locations from 5 feet to 10 feet. The bill was prompted by another piece of legislation two years ago that would have made it easier for
MADISON (AP) — A bill moving through the Wisconsin Legislature would more clearly define protections for Indian burial mounds. The bill would specify when the Wisconsin Historical Society can protect a burial site and how a landowner can challenge the protections, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The bill also proposes increasing the setback from burial locations from 5 feet to 10 feet. The bill was prompted by another piece of legislation two years ago that would have made it easier
MADISON — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign says she easily out-raised her two Republican challengers in the last three months of 2017. Baldwin’s campaign said Friday she raised more than $2.8 million in the fourth quarter and has $7 million on hand. Republicans Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir are vying for the right to challenge Baldwin in November. Nicholson’s campaign said Monday that the Delafield business consultant will report raising more than $800,
MADISON — A legislative committee is set to take public comments on a Republican bill that would relax juvenile criminal record confidentiality. Wisconsin juvenile criminal records are automatically sealed right now. Under the bill, police would have to notify the school whenever they arrest a student for a violent crime before the next school day begins. School administrators would have to notify the student’s teachers as soon as possible. Teachers could ask school boards to
MADISON — Business and labor clashed Wednesday over a Republican bill that would prevent local governments in Wisconsin from enacting a variety of ordinances pertaining to employment matters, including limits on working hours, overtime, benefits, and discrimination and wage claims. Proponents argued at a public hearing that the measure is needed to create statewide employment standards to provide consistency and stability both for employers and employees. But opponents, including
MADISON — A Republican bill that would reimburse student loans for out-of-state residents who move to rural Wisconsin will create winners and losers among the state’s counties and could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Democrats predicted Thursday. The proposal from Rep. Ed Brooks of Reedsburg would require the Higher Education Aids Board to reimburse 40 percent up to $25,000 of student loans for someone who has lived in a rural Wisconsin county for at least six months after
MADISON — Students would be able to earn money for college by building trails, shoring up stream banks and restoring prairies under a bipartisan bill winding its way through the Wisconsin Legislature. The proposal by Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, and supported by Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, would re-establish the Wisconsin Conservation Corps, which operated from 1983 until 2003. Then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and GOP lawmakers eliminated the program in the face of a $3.2 billion deficit.
MADISON — There appears to be little appetite among Wisconsin Republican leaders to take up some of the most divisive proposals pending when the Legislature returns next month for a brief, final push before the session ends in spring and the focus shifts to the fall elections. Democrats will continue to try and play defense and make arguments for why Republicans should be ousted in November, when majority control of the Legislature will be determined. Democrats are buoyed by victories in
MADISON — The authors of a Republican bill that would allow developers to fill state wetlands without a permit promised their fellow lawmakers Thursday that the measure would ease businesses’ regulatory burden and won’t result in any net wetland loss. Sen. Roger Roth, R-Appleton, and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, addressed the Senate’s natural resources committee and the Assembly’s licensing committee during a packed joint hearing on the bill.