Stories tagged: "legislature"


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) speaks during a July 2021 Assembly session. (Screenshot via WisconsinEye)
Vos Defends Gerrymandering as ‘Constitutional Allowance’ In Hearing Over GOP Maps

Republican lawmakers proposed electoral maps that will maintain their gerrymandered majority established in 2011. 

In this screen grab of video from WisconsinEye, Cameron Sholty (center) from the Heartland Institute and a former Capitol staffer and Bill Neville (right) from Rep. Chuck Wichgers’ (R-Muskego) office hold a conversation about two Democratic women during a break in a committee hearing.
‘Mean Girls’ Moment for GOP Staffer and Lobbyist Mocking Two Democratic Women on Live Video Feed

Whispers and chuckles while calling a legislator “ding-dong” and implying her staffer lacks “emotional capacity.”

Nada Elmikashfi, chief of staff to state Rep. Francesca Hong (D-Madison), is outspoken about racism and bias, even at the statehouse. (Photo by Christina Lieffring.)
Hostile Workplaces, Closed Minds, Hurtful Rhetoric—Welcome to the Wisconsin State Capitol

Numbers are shrinking for people of color staffing the Legislature, even as its GOP leadership tries to ban efforts to fight injustice and teach a more complete view of racial history.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) listens as Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers delivers the governor's State of the State speech at the state Capitol Jan. 22, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (Photo © Andy Manis)
Republican State Legislators Introduce Resolution Aimed at Retaining Their Gerrymandered Majority

Veto-proof proposal comes a day after the State Supreme Court agrees to hear redistricting case by conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty

From left: Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse), Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), and Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) testify before the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on Thursday in support of a bill that bars charging minors with prostitution and instead provides resources to them as sex trafficking survivors. (Screenshot via WisconsinEye)
‘Safe Harbor’ Bill Aimed at Protecting Young Victims of Sex Trafficking Gaining Momentum

Sponsors are confident bipartisan the proposal, which would expand protections for child sex trafficking victims, will win enough votes to become law.

In this screen image from WisconsinEye, Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), chair of the state Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, leads a public information hearing on critical race theory.
‘Made-Up Political Outrage’: Republican Legislators Target Efforts to Teach About Historic Racism

Professor responds that students “don’t have to agree with me, but they do have to think.”

Pierre and Andre Jacque
‘Use Some of the Help God Has Already Given,’ Brother of GOP Legislator on Ventilator Says of the COVID Vaccine

State Sen. Andre Jacque, a critic of mask and vaccine requirements, remains hospitalized with a coronavirus infection.