June 5, 2019 •

Milwaukee Announces Primary, Special Elections for Ald. District 13

The Milwaukee River crossing Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.

A special election will take place on August 13 with a primary expected July 16 to fill a vacancy in Ald. District 13. Former Rep. Terry Witkowski, 74, resigned after serving since 2003.  

A special election will take place on August 13 with a primary expected July 16 to fill a vacancy in Ald. District 13.

Former Rep. Terry Witkowski, 74, resigned after serving since 2003.

 

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March 7, 2019 •

Wisconsin Introduces Bill to Decrease Individual, Candidate Committee Contributions

A Senate bill introduced in Wisconsin aims to lower by half contributions made to statewide officeholders from individuals and candidate committees. Senate Bill 76 would reduce the contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for contributions made to candidates for governor, […]

A Senate bill introduced in Wisconsin aims to lower by half contributions made to statewide officeholders from individuals and candidate committees.

Senate Bill 76 would reduce the contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for contributions made to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, state superintendent, or justice.

If passed, the bill would take effect January 1, 2020.

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February 15, 2019 •

Wisconsin Announces Special Election to Fill Assembly District 64

A special election will take place on April 30 to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 64. Rep. Peter Barca resigned after Gov. Tony Evers picked him to serve as Revenue Department secretary. Barca’s nomination as Revenue secretary is pending […]

A special election will take place on April 30 to fill a vacancy in Assembly District 64.

Rep. Peter Barca resigned after Gov. Tony Evers picked him to serve as Revenue Department secretary.

Barca’s nomination as Revenue secretary is pending state Senate approval.

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December 18, 2018 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Relocates

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will be unavailable by phone on Tuesday, December 18, due to a change in its location. As of Tuesday, at approximately noon, the Ethics Commission will be located in the Wisconsin Department of Administration Building at […]

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission will be unavailable by phone on Tuesday, December 18, due to a change in its location.

As of Tuesday, at approximately noon, the Ethics Commission will be located in the Wisconsin Department of Administration Building at 101 E Wilson St. Ste. 127. The PO Box of 7125 Madison WI 53703 will remain unchanged.

The Ethics Commission may be reached via email at lobbying@wi.gov for lobbying issues, finance@wi.gov for campaign finance issues and ethcis@wi.gov for all other inquiries.

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November 7, 2018 •

Walker falls in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers upset incumbent Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s race. Evers denied Walker a third term with 49.6% of the vote to Walker’s 48.4%. Walker lost two key groups he carried in 2014, independents and college […]

In Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers upset incumbent Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s race.

Evers denied Walker a third term with 49.6% of the vote to Walker’s 48.4%.

Walker lost two key groups he carried in 2014, independents and college graduates.

Evers won in a landslide in urban Dane County and Milwaukee County, winning by more than 150,000 votes and 140,000 votes, respectively.

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October 4, 2018 •

Wisconsin Legislature to Hold Extraordinary Session

The Wisconsin Legislature plans to call an extraordinary session to allow the Senate to consider a bill authorizing $100 million in tax incentives to prevent paper giant Kimberly-Clark from shutting down. If passed, Assembly Bill 963 would authorize Kimberly-Clark to […]

The Wisconsin Legislature plans to call an extraordinary session to allow the Senate to consider a bill authorizing $100 million in tax incentives to prevent paper giant Kimberly-Clark from shutting down.

If passed, Assembly Bill 963 would authorize Kimberly-Clark to claim as income and franchise tax credits a percentage of the business’s eligible payroll for full-time employees.

Gov. Scott Walker said he is fighting to keep hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin. The extraordinary session will be held on Monday, November 12.

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March 29, 2018 •

Walker Calls Special Elections to Fill Vacant Legislative Seats

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order calling special elections for two legislative seats. He initially refused to call the elections, defying a court order issued last week. He lost on appeal Wednesday and was forced to call the […]

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order calling special elections for two legislative seats.

He initially refused to call the elections, defying a court order issued last week. He lost on appeal Wednesday and was forced to call the elections by noon today.

Special primary elections will be held on May 15 with special general elections on June 12.

Republican lawmakers sought to change election laws after the court order was issued so Walker could avoid calling the elections; they have since abandoned their efforts.

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March 27, 2018 •

Gov. Walker Refuses to Call Special Elections

Wisconsin Republicans plan to call an extraordinary session to amend state election law rather than comply with a court order to hold special elections. Last week, a judge ordered Gov. Walker to schedule special elections by March 29 to fill […]

Wisconsin Republicans plan to call an extraordinary session to amend state election law rather than comply with a court order to hold special elections.

Last week, a judge ordered Gov. Walker to schedule special elections by March 29 to fill two vacant legislative seats.

Current law requires the governor to call a special election for any vacancy occurring prior to May of an election year.

Walker doesn’t believe the law applies in this case, as the vacancies occurred in December; he claims the requirement only applies to vacancies occurring between January and May of an election year.

Democrats argue Walker is refusing to hold the elections because Republicans may lose the seats.

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March 22, 2018 •

Walker Must Call Special Elections to Fill Legislative Vacancies

Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must call special elections to fill legislative vacancies. Two seats were left vacant in December when Republican lawmakers resigned to work in Walker’s administration. Reynolds, whom Walker appointed in […]

Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ruled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker must call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

Two seats were left vacant in December when Republican lawmakers resigned to work in Walker’s administration.

Reynolds, whom Walker appointed in 2014, found he has a duty to call the elections; failure to do so would infringe on the voting rights of the districts’ residents.

He must issue an order by March 29 calling elections within the next 11 weeks.

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March 1, 2018 •

Wisconsin Elections Administrator to Step Down

Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, announced he is stepping down after Republican lawmakers rejected his confirmation last month. GOP lawmakers thought they had essentially fired Haas by failing to confirm him, but Haas initially disagreed with their […]

Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, announced he is stepping down after Republican lawmakers rejected his confirmation last month. GOP lawmakers thought they had essentially fired Haas by failing to confirm him, but Haas initially disagreed with their legal interpretation and continued in the position.

In his resignation letter, Haas said the battle to remain in office would hinder the commission’s work and drain it of its resources. He will temporarily serve as staff counsel at the Elections Commission before leaving the agency entirely.

Assistant Administrator Meagan Wolfe is expected to be named interim administrator.

On the same day Haas announced his resignation, the Wisconsin Ethics Commission named ethics specialist Colette Reinke as interim administrator to replace Brian Bell. Bell resigned from the position last month after the Senate also rejected his confirmation.

Democratic lawmakers have criticized Republicans for targeting ethics and elections workers because of their connections with the former Government Accountability Board.

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January 24, 2018 •

Wisconsin Senate, Bipartisan Commission Butt Heads Over Top Election Chief

After being rejected by the Wisconsin Senate, a bipartisan commission has voted to retain Mike Haas through April 30 as the state’s top election official. Attorney General Brad Schimel has told Gov. Scott Walker someone new must be appointed in […]

After being rejected by the Wisconsin Senate, a bipartisan commission has voted to retain Mike Haas through April 30 as the state’s top election official.

Attorney General Brad Schimel has told Gov. Scott Walker someone new must be appointed in order to be in compliance with state law.

Commissioner Mark Thomsen, however, contends only the bipartisan commission has the authority to remove Haas from the post.

Upcoming elections take place on February 20 and April 3.

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August 1, 2017 •

Wisconsin Lawmakers to Convene Special Session

Wisconsin lawmakers are scheduled to convene this morning specifically to consider and act upon legislation to bring Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, to the state. Though the legislature is still in regular session, Gov. Walker called a […]

Wisconsin lawmakers are scheduled to convene this morning specifically to consider and act upon legislation to bring Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturing services provider, to the state.

Though the legislature is still in regular session, Gov. Walker called a special legislative session to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Wisconsin to lead the nation in high-tech manufacturing.

The legislation to be considered could bring 13,000 direct Foxconn jobs, 10,000 direct construction jobs, and 22,000 additional project-related jobs to the state.

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June 9, 2017 •

Wisconsin Legislator to Introduce Campaign Finance Package

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 […]

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 reporting requirements for committees receiving a contribution exceeding $100 from an individual, and prohibit corporations and labor unions from contributing to segregated funds established by political parties or legislative campaign committees.

Larson says the proposed changes reflect common sense and would not drastically overhaul the current campaign finance system.

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April 13, 2017 •

Wisconsin Ethics Commissioner Resigns

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 […]

WisconsinFormer 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 to resign since the commission was formed last year.

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