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Vos says he’ll attempt to stop pay raises for 34,000 UW employees until universities cut DEI programs

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) says he’ll attempt to withhold pay raises from tens of thousands of employees at UW System schools unless the universities cut positions aimed at diversity, equity and inclusion on campuses.  Vos said last week in an interview with WisPolitics, “I don’t think that they [UW System] deserve to have […]

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‘Uncharted territory’ – Could the Wisconsin GOP protect their gerrymandered maps by impeaching Protasiewicz?

By Peter Cameron, THE BADGER PROJECT Could language in the state’s Constitution allow Republicans to sideline the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s new left-wing majority? The left-leaning Janet Protasiewicz overwhelmingly won a seat to the court in the spring giving liberals a majority there for the first time in years. The court could decide on some major […]

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The Brewers want hundreds of millions in public funds for stadium renovations. In the first half of 2023, the team spent nearly $600k in lobbying to make their case.

Seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds for stadium renovations, the Milwaukee Brewers spent more on lobbying in the first half of the year than any other organization in Wisconsin, an investigation by The Badger Project has found. The ballclub reported spending $575,000 from January through June, according to state lobbying records. The […]

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Lawsuit against legislative maps filed at Wisconsin Supreme Court

One day after control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court flipped to a liberal-leaning majority, voting rights groups filed a lawsuit seeking to have the state’s legislative maps declared unconstitutional for favoring Republicans.  The lawsuit, filed by the Wisconsin progressive law firm Law Forward, the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, the Campaign Legal Center […]

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Vos proposal to cut minority grant program would fall hardest on Black tech college students

After graduating from Milwaukee’s Messmer High School, Jacob Walton went an hour west to attend UW-Whitewater in 2006.  As a Black, first-generation college graduate, he says he faced financial obstacles while in school. Yet his eligibility for the UW System’s Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant Program helped him stay in school. He graduated from Whitewater […]

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Man accused of election fraud in Wisconsin to stand trial in March 2024

RACINE — A trial date has been set in the case against a man accused of ordering absentee ballots of other people to demonstrate what he saw as election vulnerabilities. Harry Wait – Harry Wait, 69, is charged with two counts of misappropriating identifying information, both felonies, and two counts of election fraud, both misdemeanors. […]

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Tentative state shared revenue agreement would see $1 billion for K-12 education

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers and state Republicans have reached a tentative agreement about how much revenue the state returns to local communities. Included in the agreement are $1 billion for K-12 education and a 20% increase in direct payments to municipalities of every size. According to a press release from Evers’ office, he and […]

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Budget, shared revenue bill test Assembly Speaker Vos’ vision of bipartisan compromise

by Baylor Spears, Wisconsin ExaminerMay 15, 2023 Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said the “disappointing” results of Wisconsin’s 2022 elections — where Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won reelection by a healthy margin and Republicans held onto their majority in the state Legislature but fell short of a veto-proof supermajority — made him decide to hit […]

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Op-ed: Robin Vos wants to gag citizens

by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin ExaminerMay 5, 2023 OPINION — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos wants to take your voice away. The shared revenue bill that the Assembly Republicans just introduced “would ban counties, municipalities from putting advisory referendums on the ballot,” according to JR Ross of WisPolitics. Vos and his cohorts don’t even want your advice! […]

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State lawmakers near deal to increase state shared revenue to Racine County communities

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave were part of a press conference on Thursday, April 27, to announce that state lawmakers are close to a deal that would return millions of dollars to Racine County communities through a 10% increase in state shared revenue. “We will have a greater ability to fund services that […]

Posted inElections, Government, Health, Local news

Republicans announce abortion exceptions bill weeks before Supreme Court election

by Baylor Spears, Wisconsin ExaminerMarch 15, 2023 Update: This story has been updated to include comment from Sen. Devin LeMahieu.  Republican lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday that would add rape and incest exceptions to Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban, which says anyone who intentionally destroys the life of an unborn child could be charged with a […]

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What will it take to get GOP lawmakers, Democratic governor to work together?

by Erik Gunn, Wisconsin ExaminerJanuary 25, 2023 Can they all get along? At Tuesday evening’s State of the State address, Republican lawmakers hinted at potential support for a few of the initiatives that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced, but kept mum on the details. Otherwise, they largely hewed to their first-term playbook: writing off and […]

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