MADISON — Assembly Republicans passed two school safety packages Thursday despite complaints from Democrats that neither goes far enough and GOP leaders are just trying to give their members campaign talking points. School safety issues have weighed heavily on the Legislature since last month’s mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead. About 3,000 students rallied at the state Capitol last week demanding tighter gun restrictions, putting Republicans who support
MADISON — Wisconsin lawmakers finished their push Thursday to close the state’s troubled youth prison and enact Gov. Scott Walker’s child tax rebate, passing bills that would accomplish both goals out of the state Assembly and on to the governor for his signature. The $80 million prison bill calls for closing the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake schools outside Irma by 2021 and replacing it with smaller regional facilities. The bill cleared the Assembly unanimously in February,
MADISON — A Wisconsin judge Thursday ordered Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections to fill a pair of legislative seats vacated by fellow Republicans, handing a victory to Democrats who have pushed for the elections to be held. A national Democratic group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed the lawsuit on behalf of voters who argued they were disenfranchised by Walker’s decision not to call elections to fill the vacancies that occurred on Dec. 29. Attorneys
MADISON — A new report shows Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hit a record low in February. The state Department of Workforce Development released data Thursday that shows the unemployment rate dipped to 2.9 percent in February, down 0.2 percent from January. The previous record was 3 percent unemployment in July 1999.
MADISON — A new report shows Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hit a record low in February. The state Department of Workforce Development released data Thursday that shows the unemployment rate dipped to 2.9 percent in February, down 0.2 percent from January to mark a record low. The previous record was 3 percent unemployment in July 1999. The national unemployment rate in February was 4.1 percent. A record 3,068,200 people were employed in February. That’s 7,400 more people
MADISON — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock plays the tuba in his first television ad of the campaign that comes less than two weeks before the April 3 election. Screnock’s campaign said Wednesday the ad is running statewide. Screnock is a Sauk County circuit judge who faces Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet in the race for an open seat on the court. Dallet released an ad earlier this week that attacked Screnock for what she says were weak sentences he
MADISON — A tax break package designed to stop giant papermaker Kimberly-Clark from eliminating 600 jobs in northeast Wisconsin appears to be dead in the state Legislature. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he is hopeful that Gov. Scott Walker’s administration can continue working with the company and possibly take action without needing the Legislature to pass a bill. The Assembly previously approved the bill modeled after incentives given for the
MADISON — Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder completed a two-day visit to Wisconsin on Friday to stump for state Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet, urging UW-Madison students to vote for her. Holder’s visit to campus came at the same time the state Republican Party asked the Judicial Commission to investigate whether Dallet, a Milwaukee County judge, improperly solicited and accepted donations from attorneys with pending cases before her. Dallet’s campaign
MADISON — Former Wisconsin Attorney General Bronson La Follette has died at age 82. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home in Madison said funeral arrangements for La Follette were being finalized Friday. La Follette, who passed away Thursday, was first elected attorney general in 1964 and served two consecutive 2-year terms. He was elected again in 1976 and served three 4-year terms. He ran for governor in 1968 but lost to incumbent Gov. Warren Knowles. La Follette, a Democrat, was son of U.S. Sen.
MADISON — Think of it as a high-stakes game of chicken. Personality clashes and policy differences among the Republicans who control the Legislature are putting Gov. Scott Walker priorities in peril with the session set to end next week. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have been unable to agree on a juvenile justice overhaul plan, a tax cut proposal and school safety initiative all sought by Walker in an election year. Walker has been unable to