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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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An audit of how the Government Accountability Board (GAB) handles complaints has determined there are no significant problems with the current process used by the agency. The report by the Legislative Audit Bureau suggested two minor changes concerning timely resolution […]

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Legislation banning paid lobbyists from serving on boards, commissions, or committees was introduced in Common Council on July 7. Currently, legislative committees are comprised of alders and appointed city residents. As appointed members are chosen based on expertise, lobbyists who […]

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Gov. Scott Walker has set a special election date for the 99th Assembly District seat. Rep. Chris Kapenga vacated the seat after his election to the state Senate in July. The special election will be held September 29. If a […]

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Gov. Scott Walker announced he wants to dismantle the Government Accountability Board (GAB) and replace the independent board overseeing ethics laws with a new entity. The announcement came just days after a state Supreme Court ruling ended the John Doe […]

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Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled campaign finance regulations for coordinated expenditures are limited only to expenditures made for “express advocacy and its functional equivalent.” Express advocacy is a communication expressly advocating for the election or defeat of a clearly […]

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Madison Ald. David Ahrens will soon propose an ordinance to ban registered lobbyists from serving on city committees. The proposal is expected to be introduced on July 7 as a means of eliminating both the appearance and reality of conflicts […]

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Gov. Scott Walker has called a special election for July 21, 2015, to fill the Senate District 33 seat of Paul Farrow (R), who plans to resign on July 17. Farrow is resigning to focus on his new position as […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case alleging the state’s 2011 voter ID law is unconstitutional. Following the decision, the Government Accountability Board consulted with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and determined photo ID will not […]

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While lawmakers meet in an extraordinary session to quickly pass a right-to-work bill, union leaders are sponsoring an opposition rally at the state Capitol. Senate Bill 44 will be debated in the Committee on Labor, with a Senate floor vote […]

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U.S. District Court Judge Charles Clevert ruled several portions of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws unconstitutional. The court permanently enjoined the state from enforcing campaign finance laws against groups discussing candidates. Those laws, however, continue to be enforceable against express advocacy. […]

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