Stories tagged: "Wisconsin Legislature"


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Q&A: Educational Theorist Michael Apple Reviews Republicans’ 40 Year War on Public Education

UW-Madison Professor Michael Apple believes conservatives’ latest attacks on school boards, teachers, and curriculum are part of a decades-long effort to undermine public education.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), center, is flanked by Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), left, and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) during a July 2021 press conference. (Photo by Christina Lieffring)
What to Know About GOP Lawmakers’ 40+ Election-Related Bills Since 2021

Almost 15 bills passed that would make it harder to vote absentee, criminalize common voting practices, and derail federal election guidance.

Wisconsin lawmakers wait for Gov. Tony Evers' 2022 State of the State address in the Assembly chamber at the state Capitol in Madison. (Photo by Jonathon Sadowski)
No More Legislating From the Legislature Until 2023

Republican majority wraps up its intended business: Lots of bills destined for vetoes and lots of other ideas ignored.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes speaks with small business owners and Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg, left, during an event Tuesday in Wausau. Barnes, one of 14 Democrats seeking to replace US Sen. Ron Johnson in the November election, said continued attempts by Johnson and other Republicans to restrict voting rights represent "an attack on democracy." (Photo by Julian Emerson)
‘Attack on Democracy’: Barnes Warns of Continued Efforts to Limit Voting

Republicans’ ongoing efforts to restrict the number of people allowed to vote poses a “serious danger” to democracy in America, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes told UpNorthNews.

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Audit Confirms Results of 2020 Election, Finds Few Issues with Election Administration

Nonpartisan state bureau recommends Legislature or Elections Commission clarify rules on drop boxes, absentee ballots and more, but finds vote totals were accurate.

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Proposed GOP Maps Would End Evers’ Ability to Veto Any of Their Bills

Gov. Evers: “Republicans will have to do better than this if they expect me to sign either of these bills—they need to go back to the drawing board.”

Erin Thornley Parisi, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center, and other sexual assault victim advocates accused Assembly Republicans in February 2020 of playing partisan politics by failing to hold a public hearing on a bill that would fund a protocol to prevent another backlog of rape evidence kits in Wisconsin. On Tuesday an Assembly committee held a hearing on the two bills. (Photo by Jessica VanEgeren)
Assembly Considers Measures Aimed at Preventing Another Rape Kit Backlog

Bills were approved by the state Senate last year but the proposals died in the Assembly when GOP leadership added immigration and school choice components.