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Wisconsin State Sen. Chris Larson is introducing eight bills aimed at amending state campaign finance laws. The bills would restore lower contribution limits, amend the definition of political action committee, require transparency in political communications, limit coordinated campaign expenditures, expand […]

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Former Attorney General Peggy Lautenschlager is stepping down from her post as chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. In her resignation letter, she claims circumstances exist mitigating her ability to continue serving on the commission. Lautenschlager is the second commissioner […]

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Wisconsin legislators introduced a bill to prohibit lawmakers from lobbying for at least one year after leaving legislative office. The bill, identical to a bill proposed during the last legislative session, was introduced with wide bipartisan support. Current state law […]

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Gov. Scott Walker called the Wisconsin Legislature into special session on Thursday, January 5.  The Legislature is currently in regular session; a special session operates under different rules to speed up the legislative process. Citing a public health crisis, Walker […]

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Wisconsin state ethics commissioner Robert Kinney announced his resignation Monday. Kinney cited his disappointment in the agency as his reason for stepping down. He claims the relatively new Ethics Commission operates too secretly and does not adequately enforce ethics, campaign […]

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State Sen. Rick Gudex took his own life on October 12, 2016. Gudex was elected to represent District 18 in 2012 and served in 2015 as the president pro tempore before announcing he would not run for re-election in 2016. […]

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Members of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission are now able to make political contributions to candidates. The commission is comprised of partisan appointees selected by legislative leaders and the governor; it replaced the Government Accountability Board. The previous board was nonpartisan […]

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Wisconsin’s new Ethics Commission will begin its work on June 30. It is one of two commissions created to replace the Government Accountability Board (GAB). Twenty-three people submitted applications to be the first commission administrator; the GAB released a list […]

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Elections Division Administrator Michael Haas has been selected to serve as the Administrator of the new Wisconsin Elections Commission. His 4-year term begins on Thursday, June 30. Haas currently supervises and has a strong working relationship with the staff who […]

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Kevin Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board (GAB), will retire June 29, just before the agency is replaced by two new commissions. Kennedy was the director of the state Elections Board prior to serving as director of the GAB, […]

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The Wisconsin Senate announced this month it is unlikely to meet again this year, bringing an unofficial end to a two-year session. Both houses of the legislature may choose to reconvene for a brief floor period in April. The legislature […]

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On December 16, Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills amending campaign finance rules, increasing political contribution limits, and replacing the state’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) with two new agencies, one overseeing elections and the other overseeing ethics. Other changes include […]

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Two bills passed the Wisconsin Senate early this month, likely changing the state’s future political landscape. One bill eliminates the Government Accountability Board and creates two bipartisan commissions to oversee ethics and elections. The other bill overhauls state campaign finance […]

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Wisconsin legislators introduced bills Wednesday to double political contribution limits, amend campaign finance rules, and divide the state’s Government Accountability Board. Critics argue the agency split is a bad idea, as it turns over control from nonpartisan judges to partisan […]

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