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    by Benjamin Yount   Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has a guess as to how he ended up on the subpoena list for the January 6 committee. Namely: Politics. Vos on Monday said he intends to fight the subpoena from the Democratic panel in Washington that has spent the past year looking into the riots at the U.S. Capitol. “The Constitution protects these sorts of communications, and in light of the clear political nature of this request, we intend to go to court to fight for the immunity given to state leaders under these circumstances,” Vos said in a statement. The Committee served Vos with a subpoena last Friday, demanding that he testify on Monday about his conversations with former President Trump. Vos said his conversations with the former president had nothing to do with what happened on January 6. “I was surprised to receive a subpoena since I have no information to provide about the events surrounding January 6th,” Vos said. “My conversation with former President Trump took place many months after January 6th and has been about...
    The House Jan. 6 committee slapped Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos with a subpoena for testimony about a July call the Republican state lawmaker had with former President Donald Trump. Vos quickly fired back, filing an emergency lawsuit to quash the subpoena, which he contends is "irrelevant" to the panel's inquiry and comes amid the homestretch of the midterm elections. The committee canceled the Monday deadline for deposition after communication with his attorneys but is still pursuing the subpoena, which was issued over the weekend, sources told Politico. WHITE HOUSE SWITCHBOARD CONNECTED TO CAPITOL RIOTER: FORMER JAN. 6 PANEL ADVISER "In short, the Committee is demanding Speaker Vos appear for a deposition to answer questions irrelevant to the Committee’s investigation, with virtually no notice, in the closing days of his reelection campaign, merely because of the Committee’s public relations scheme," Vos's lawyers wrote in the emergency filing. Investigators are keen on obtaining testimony and documents from Vos about a call with Trump last July after the state Supreme Court "ruled drop-off boxes for absentee ballots outside...
    by Benjamin Yount   It’s going to be a do-over in the race against Wisconsin’s Assembly Speaker. Adam Steen, who lost to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in this month’s primary, on Thursday announced that he is running as a write-in candidate in November. “I want the people to be able to choose their election representatives,” Steen said. “I want them to know the truth about the people that are going to represent them.” Vos beat Steen by just 260 votes in the primary. “I was endorsed by [former] President Donald Trump,” Steen added. “Approximately 2,500 people in this district did not know that endorsement had happened when they had voted.” Steen continues to be angry that Vos did not overturn the 2020 election results. Vos has said for months that that is unconstitutional and impossible. On Thursday he said Steen is unable to move past the 2020 election. “Mr. Steen recently moved into our district just to run against me. Now that voters have rejected him, he apparently can’t take ‘no’ for an answer. He seems intent on re-litigating...
    (CNN)Wisconsin's Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Friday fired the conservative former state Supreme Court justice he hired last year to investigate fraud in the 2020 election -- ending a controversial probe that drew bipartisan criticism.Vos first hired Michael Gableman in July 2021 as a special counsel under pressure from former President Donald Trump to relitigate his 2020 loss in the state, but the relationship between the Republican lawmaker and Gableman soured after Vos refused entreaties to decertify President Joe Biden's victory in the state.Vos' move to end the probe came just days after he survived a primary challenge from an opponent that Trump and Gableman had backed."After having many members of our caucus reach out to me over the past several days, it is beyond clear to me that we only have one choice in this matter, and that's to close the Office of Special Counsel," Vos said in a statement Friday.CNN has reached out to Gableman's attorney.Read MoreThe Associated Press first reported Gableman's firing.
    Fresh off his razor-thin primary victory, Wisconsin's longtime Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, did not mince words about his disdain for special counsel Michael Gableman. Vos ripped into Gableman as "an embarrassment" to the Badger State for his conduct during his heavily scrutinized 2020 election review and asserted that the state Republican caucus will meet soon to determine whether Gableman will continue the 2020 inquiry that has cost taxpayers over $1 million. WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY SPEAKER ROBIN VOS SURVIVES TRUMP PURGE EFFORT IN GOP PRIMARY "He's an embarrassment to the state. I hired him on recommendations thinking we were going to hire somebody who was a good, articulate independent voice," Vos said, the Center Square reported. Said that the caucus will be meeting soon to take up whether Gableman will continue with his investigation into 2020— Laura Schulte (@SchulteLaura) August 10, 2022 During the aftermath of the 2020 election, grumblings about the election in Wisconsin from former President Donald Trump and his allies put pressure on top Republicans in the state to investigate whether...
    by Benjamin Yount   The former president may not have nice things to say about the top Republican in the State Assembly, but two former Republican Wisconsin governors are heaping praise on Robin Vos. Former President Trump ripped Vos this week when he endorsed Vos’ primary opponent. “Wisconsin’s 63rd Assembly District has a rising patriotic candidate named Adam Steen, who is running against the RINO Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Vos. Although Vos claims to be a Republican, he is constantly fighting America First efforts and policies. Our great slogan, Make America Great Again, is not exactly high on his list!,” the former president said on Tuesday. On Wednesday, former governors Tommy Thompson and Scott Walker both came to Vos’ defense. “No one could ever doubt that Robin is a conservative Republican. He’s been an activist for the conservative cause since we worked together when I was Governor and he was a college student,” Thompson said in a statement. “He’s a powerful check on the woke liberal agenda. He’s smart. He’s a listener. He’s an extraordinary leader. I’ve always...
    Former President Donald Trump endorsed the Republican primary challenger to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, who has rejected his calls to decertify the 2020 election results. Adam Steen, the GOP candidate running to unseat the powerful incumbent in Wisconsin's 63rd Assembly District, is a "rising patriotic candidate," Trump said in a statement released Tuesday by his Save America PAC, which also chastised Vos. ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL FINDS NO WIDESPREAD DEAD VOTERS IN 2020 "Adam Steen, on the other hand, is a motivated Patriot, dedicated to making Wisconsin Great Again," Trump said. "He has had the courage to stand up strongly against 'Speaker' Vos. Adam will bravely serve the people of Wisconsin, and bring with him strength, wisdom, and a new patriotism. Adam Steen has my Complete and Total Endorsement!" Trump endorses Adam Steen, who is running against Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.Trump has been pressuring Vos to somehow decertify his election loss in 2020. There is no constitutional basis for doing soVos said Trump called him last month asking to decertify pic.twitter.com/7gGl4iJlJn— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) August...
    Support in Wisconsin's State Assembly for decertifying President Joe Biden's 2020 win in the state is growing more than 20 months after the contest. Election committee leader Janel Brandtjen, a Republican endorsed by former President Donald Trump, released a statement on Friday prompting a rebuke from the legislator's counterpart in the state Senate. “Fair and honest elections are the cornerstone of our democracy and we know that the 2020 presidential election was neither fair, nor transparent,” Brandtjen said in a news release posted on Facebook. "Tyranny is at Wisconsin’s door." Brandtjen said she would join fellow state Rep. Tim Ramthun, a Republican candidate for governor, in pushing to overturn the last presidential election and dismissed the naysayers. "We have been told for months now that decertification is impossible, meaning there is no downside to cheating in Wisconsin elections," Brandtjen said. "How many more times do we need to endure this election injustice?" Biden defeated Trump by nearly 21,000 votes in Wisconsin in 2020, a result that has been upheld by recounts and court rulings that have rejected assertions of...
    Washington (CNN)Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said former President Donald Trump called him last week as part of a fresh effort to decertify the state's 2020 presidential election results. "He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin," Vos, a Republican, explained to CNN affiliate WISN in relaying his phone conversation with Trump. "I explained it's not allowed under the Constitution. He has a different opinion."Trump's latest effort to overturn his election loss, according to Vos, rests on a recent state Supreme Court ruling that bars the use of most ballot drop boxes in Wisconsin, and states that no one can return a ballot in person on behalf of another voter. Vos said he explained to Trump that the ruling does not mean the use of ballot drop boxes in the 2020 election were illegal, but that "going forward it can't happen.""I think we all know Donald Trump is Donald Trump," Vos told WISN. "There's very little we can do to control or predict what he will do."Read MoreOn his social media platform Truth Social Tuesday evening, the former...
    The speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly said former President Donald Trump called him last week to try and get the state to decertify its 2020 presidential election results.  Robin Vos, 54, claimed Trump asked him yet again to throw out Biden's 2020 victory in Wisconsin after the state ruled absentee ballot drop boxes illegal earlier this month, WISN reported.  Vos said he shot down the former president's request, and appeared unfazed after Trump blasted him on Monday in a post on his Truth Social platform, calling the state assembly leader a Republican in Name Only (RINO) who is aiding Democrats.  'It's very consistent,' Vos said as he described the calls he said he has received from Trump over the 2020 election. 'He makes his case, which I respect.  'He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained it's not allowed under the constitution,' Vos added.   'He has a different opinion, and then he put out the tweet. So that's it.' Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly (left), said former President Donald Trump asked him...
    Former US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally endorsing Republican candidates Adam Laxalt and Joe Lombardo (not pictured) July 8, 2022, in Las Vegas.Ronda Churchill | AFP | Getty Images Former President Donald Trump this month called Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and urged him to decertify President Joe Biden's 2020 election win in that state, Vos said in a new interview Tuesday. "It's very consistent. He makes his case, which I respect," Vos told WISN-TV 12 News in Milwaukee. "He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained that it's not allowed under the Constitution," Vos said. "He has a different opinion." The Republican lawmaker said in the same interview that Trump on July 9 posted a message on Truth Social, his social media platform, calling on the Wisconsin legislature to "turn over the election to the actual winner," by recalling the state's slate of 10 Electoral College delegates, who cast their votes for Biden. Vos has consistently said that his state's legislature does not have the authority to rescind the votes of a slate...
    Pro-abortion 'terror group' Jane's Revenge – which has vowed a 'Night of Rage' over the repeal of Roe v. Wade – is most likely a loose-knit assembly of 'anarchist' cells, according to a security expert. The shadowy group relies on inciting people to vandalize and torch pro-life clinics and facilities through calls to arms on its website, says Kyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Jane's Revenge has already firebombed crisis pregnancy centers in the wake of the  the Supreme Court draft opinion leak last month that revealed the court planned to overturn a woman's constitutional right to have an abortion. The organization used violent rhetoric in its calls for a 'Night of Rage' in a May 30 'communique', vowing to mobilize when the right was overturned, as it was formally announced Friday. Pro-abortion 'terror group' Jane's Revenge warned 'anti-choice' organizations that the 'leash is off' and that it will make it 'as hard as possible for your campaign of oppressions to continue' in a June 15...
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    A judge directed Republicans in the Wisconsin State Assembly not to delete any records in the investigation of the 2020 presidential election in the state. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn expressed disbelief that she had to issue such an order but emphasized it was necessary because the inquiry is being led by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, whose team has said they destroyed unimportant documents. WISCONSIN 2020 ELECTION INVESTIGATOR DESTROYED 'IRRELEVANT OR USELESS' RECORDS “I don’t want any records destroyed,” Bailey-Rihn said, per Fox 11 News. “I’m frankly amazed that I have to say, 'Don’t destroy records that are subject to an open records request,' or order that to occur. All of us know what the law is.” A lawyer for Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos argued that the speaker has no control over Gableman's cooperation with open records laws, but Bailey-Rihn was unconvinced. She noted that while Gableman would not be held in contempt of court, Vos could face such a ruling. The judge moved to hold the speaker in contempt in...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of Wisconsin state lawmakers hanging it up this year is near a modern-day high, and could even exceed the record set during World War II. The mass exodus comes amid uncertainty over legislative boundaries due to a redistricting fight, an ever-more partisan political environment and years of animosity between majority Republicans and minority Democrats. READ MORE: Renowned Portrait Artist Gives Glimpse Of First-Ever Walter Mondale PortraitThirty incumbents have announced they will retire, won’t seek reelection or are running for another office. That’s a quarter of the 118 lawmakers up for reelection. Thirteen Republicans and 10 Democrats in the Assembly are leaving; four Republicans and three Democrats in the Senate are out. The 30 departures ties with 2014 for the third-highest number of incumbent retirements since at least 1940, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau. Agency data shows 31 incumbents left in 1954 and 32 left in 1942 during the middle of World War II. The LRB’s legislative turnover records date back only to 1940. University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Barry Burden said legislative departures...
    Former Milwaukee mayoral candidate Bob Donovan, who was defeated by Cavalier Johnson, announced on Monday a new campaign for State Assembly. According to a release from Donovan, he will run as a Republican in the 84th Assembly District, which encompasses a portion of Milwaukee, Greenfield, and Hales Corners. Before running for mayor, Donovan previously served as an alderman on the Milwaukee Common Council, stepping down in 2020. “First and foremost, I believe I have a great deal to offer and continue to want to make a difference – I believe public service is my vocation in life. Second, as we are all aware, the chaos going on in Milwaukee continues to spread to Milwaukee suburbs and I want to play a role in stopping that. Third, a partnership with the state of Wisconsin is essential to meaningfully addressing the Milwaukee area’s public safety and fiscal challenges – if a partnership is created, I would like to play a role in just how that looks,” he said in a statement on his Facebook page. Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, who currently holds the...
    A Wisconsin high school French teacher performed in drag for students during an assembly designed to highlight the “fine arts” at the school. During Fine Arts Week last week at Middleton High School, which immediately touts itself “inclusive, innovative, inspiring” on its website, Matthew Kashdan cavorted on the auditorium stage dressed in a revealing blue sequined dress, red boots, and a blond wig. According to a report of the event at Empower Wisconsin, a conservative news hub, Kashdan danced while lip-syncing the tune “Rain on Me,” recorded by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. Details on the drag queen incident from @EmpowerWi via @VickiMcKenna.https://t.co/tF3cWe8Yuo — Dan Lennington (@DanLennington) April 12, 2022 “It was all a surprise to the assembled students,” the report noted. A video of Kashdan’s performance was sent to conservative talk host Vicki McKenna. “I send my children to school and entrust them to teachers that I have to believe are professionals who won’t destroy their innocence for their own pleasure,” wrote a Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools parent to McKenna, adding: If MATTHEW KASHDAN makes a decision...
    by Kalyn Stralow   Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns. While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum. This article lists top fundraisers in the Wisconsin State Assembly, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the Assembly submitted to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022. Top fundraisers in the Wisconsin State Assembly by party The top fundraisers in Wisconsin State Assembly elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable. In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were: Steve Doyle – $99,607 Sara Rodriguez – $95,183 Deb Andraca – $63,290 Francesca Hong –...
    Wisconsin is far from a deep red state. It has a Democratic governor (Tony Evers) and a Democratic U.S. senator (Tammy Baldwin), and President Joe Biden carried the midwestern state in 2020. But Wisconsin is also where far-right MAGA Republicans in the state legislature are shamelessly pushing the Big Lie 14 months into Biden’s presidency. And in an article published by The Guardian on March 24, journalist Sam Levine explains why they can do it without suffering political consequences: partisan gerrymandering. “A group of Republicans in the state legislature, encouraged by Donald Trump, is pushing an illegal effort to undo the 2020 election,” Levine explains. “They want to rescind Wisconsin’s ten electoral votes for Joe Biden — something that is not legally possible…. And like their counterparts in many other states, Wisconsin lawmakers have advanced a series of measures that would make it harder to vote.” Levine continues, “But this fall, those promoting these anti-democratic measures are likely to face few, if any, consequences at the polls. Republicans will probably easily hold control of the Wisconsin Legislature. It’s a result...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out Wisconsin state legislative maps that were preferred by the state’s Democratic governor and selected by Wisconsin’s top court. Republicans had complained that Gov. Tony Evers’ maps moved too many people to create more districts with a majority of Black and Hispanic voters in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act. But while the justices in an unsigned opinion threw out voting maps drawn for the State Assembly and Senate, they left in place state congressional maps. The justices sent the case back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court saying its members are “free to take additional evidence if it prefers to reconsider the Governor’s maps rather than choose from among the other submissions.” Two justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, said they disagreed with their colleagues’ decision. The Legislature redraws Wisconsin’s congressional and legislative district maps every 10 years to reflect population changes. The process, known as redistricting, can solidify the partisan majority in the Legislature for a decade. With the stakes so high, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican lawmakers...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Judges would be required to sentence habitual shoplifters to at least 180 days behind bars under a Republican-authored bill the state Assembly sent to Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday. Under current Wisconsin law, the severity of a shoplifting offense varies from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the value of the merchandise stolen. Punishments vary from nine months to 10 years behind bars. Under the bill, judges would be required to sentence anyone convicted of a third or subsequent shoplifting offense within five years to at least 180 days behind bars. READ MORE: Dpree Robinson Charged In Shooting Death Of Trinity Ottoson-Smith, 9The bill’s chief sponsors, Sen. Duey Stroebel and Rep. Janel Brandtjen, argue mandatory sentences will deter shoplifters and send a a strong anti-crime message. Opponents, including the state public defender’s office and the Wisconsin Counties Association, counter that the legislation will do little to deter crime and lead to overcrowded jails. READ MORE: Jurors Deliberate For 2nd Day In Federal Trial Over Floyd KillingThe Senate passed the bill on Tuesday. The Assembly followed...
    The Wisconsin Assembly approved multiple pieces of legislation focused on education-related issues, sending the bills to the Wisconsin Senate for full legislative approval. One of the bills is a “parental bill of rights” that would establish certain legal rights for parents throughout the state, like maintaining a voice surrounding education curriculum taught to their child or choice in medical decisions. The bill “establishes a legal standard for state infringement on fundamental rights of parents and guardians, explicitly establishes a number of parental and guardian rights relating to a child’s religion, medical care and records, and education, and creates a cause of action for the violation of these rights,” explains the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. If a government entity violates any of the rights, a parent would have the power to sue. Another bill would break up Milwaukee Public Schools into multiple, smaller districts. The plan, supported by State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), would also expand school choice options for parents in the region. “Wisconsin was the first state to give parents more say in their children’s education and future....
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly was poised Wednesday to pass a Republican-authored bill that would limit gun and ammunition manufacturers’ legal liability, a move that could protect them from big payouts following a mass shooting. Under the bill, no one could sue gun or ammunition manufacturers for damages relating to the lawful design, marketing or illegal use of their products. People could still sue for breach of contract or death and damages resulting from a defect in a product’s design. READ MORE: How Could The Crisis In Ukraine Impact Our Wallets?“Lawsuits are one way to restrict our Second Amendment rights,” said the bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Gae Magnafici, prior to debate. “When a crime is committed we should blame the criminal and not the gun.” The vote Wednesday comes eight days after the families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting won a $73 million settlement against Remington, which made the rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators at the school in 2012. The families argued that Remington never should...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday is scheduled to send to Gov. Tony Evers a pair of bills making it easier to carry concealed firearms in Wisconsin, including in vehicles on school property. Evers, a Democrat up for reelection in November, is expected to veto the Republican bills that the Assembly passed last month. READ MORE: Wisconsin Senate Pursues Protections For Those Unvaccinated Against COVIDOne proposal would allow people with concealed carry licenses to have a weapon in their vehicle on school property. Proponents argue that gun owners who forget their weapons in their cars shouldn’t risk being charged with a felony if they drive onto school grounds to drop off or pick up their children Another proposal would allow anyone with a concealed carry license from any state to go armed in Wisconsin. Currently, only people with licenses from states that conduct background checks on applicants can carry concealed guns in Wisconsin. READ MORE: Wis. Gov. Evers Gives 4th State Of State As Reelection Race LoomsThe Republican-controlled Assembly passed the bills last month and approval in...
    MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on a proposal amending the state constitution to make it harder for violent criminal defendants to get out on bail.Backers of the change up for a vote Tuesday are hoping to capitalize on anger over the killing of six people by a driver who authorities say plowed into a Christmas parade near Milwaukee.SEE MORE: Man accused of driving SUV through Wisconsin parade, killing 6, pleads not guiltyThe man charged in that case, Darrell Brooks Jr., had posted $1,000 bail on an earlier case two days before the Nov. 21 parade in downtown Waukesha.Supporters of the constitutional amendment, who have been trying since 2017 to get it passed, say their effort is not in reaction to the parade deaths. But that has given the amendment momentum it's not seen before.
    by Benjamin Yount   A plan that would spell out what Wisconsin parents can do or expect from their kids’ schools is coming up before lawmakers. The Assembly’s Committee on Education has a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning on the Parental Bill of Rights. “It’s very healthy for our state to have a school system that is parent-centered, and parent-focused,” CJ Szafir, President of the Institute for Reforming Government, told The Center Square on Wednesday. The Parents Bill of Rights details 15 rights that parents in Wisconsin schools would have including: The right to determine the religion of the child. The right to determine the type of school or educational setting the child attends. The right to determine the names and pronouns used for the child while at school. The right to review instructional materials and outlines used by the child’s school. The right to access any education-related information regarding the child. The right to request notice of when certain subjects will be taught or discussed in the child’s classroom. The right to opt out of a class or...
    Washington (CNN)The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing website known for peddling conspiracy theories, published another inaccurate article related to the 2020 election on Tuesday -- and its false claims were echoed on Twitter by some Republican figures with substantial followings.The saga began with The Gateway Pundit's initial headline. It read: "**HUGE BREAKING NEWS** -- Wisconsin Assembly Votes to Withdraw Its 10 Electors for Joe Biden in 2020 Election -- VIDEO." The headline was repeated on Twitter by Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor. Lake -- who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has more than 100,000 Twitter followers, and has repeatedly promoted lies about the 2020 election -- wrote in her tweet: "Arizona should be next!"Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward, who has more than 178,000 Twitter followers, then amplified Lake's tweet and added of Arizona, "We should have been first!"When The Gateway Pundit updated its article on Tuesday, it changed the headline to make a narrower claim. The revised headline said the "HUGE BREAKING NEWS" was that the Wisconsin assembly had voted to "advance" a lawmaker's...
    More than a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, some far-right MAGA Republicans in Wisconsin continue to promote the false, totally debunked claim that former President Donald Trump really won the state. One of them is State Rep. Timothy Ramthun, who has introduced a resolution calling for Wisconsin to take back the ten electoral votes that were cast for Biden. But Jim Steineke, the Republican who serves as majority leader for the Wisconsin State Assembly, has slammed Ramthun’s proposal as “illegal.” In case you've heard otherwise: Wisconsin Republican leaders rejected a resolution to 'pull back' 2020 electoral voteshttps://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/01/26/wisconsin-gop-rejects-resolution-pull-back-2020-electoral-votes/9223622002/\u00a0\u2026 — Molly Beck (@Molly Beck) 1643205752 Steineke tweeted, “Rep Ramthun just attempted to pass an Assembly resolution to recall WI’s presidential electors. Not only is it illegal, it’s just plain unconstitutional. As chair of the Rules Committee, there is ZERO chance I will advance this illegal resolution. #EndofStory.” But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Molly Beck notes that even though Steineke forcefully shot Ramthun’s proposal down, some far-right MAGA Republicans have claimed otherwise. Beck reports, “Popular conservative website Gateway Pundit falsely reported the...
    Kyle Rittenhouse Since it’s already quasi-legal for teenagers to kill protesters in Wisconsin, Badger State Republicans are hoping to further enshrine the kiddos’ right to be public menaces. Call it the “Kyle Rittenhouse Will Blow Your Face Off for Giving Him the Stink Eye, but this Time He’ll Have a Permit” Incel Aggro Act of 2022. Because guns are the panacea to everything all the time, Wisconsin Republicans are aiming to make it easy for every Badger to pack more heat in their jeans than cheese in their colons. On Jan. 20, Republican members of the state assembly approved several pieces of pro-gun legislation, including bills that would lower the minimum age for carrying a concealed weapon, give churchgoers leave to carry guns into houses of worship, and allow more people to bring guns onto school grounds. Because, if you haven’t already noticed, the Republican Party is basically all Jokers and no henchmen at this point. The series of bills proposed by Wisconsin lawmakers includes Assembly Bill 498, which would lower the minimum age for getting a concealed-carry permit from 21 to 18; Assembly Bill...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that says only citizens can vote in elections. The Republican-authored amendment must also pass the Assembly this year and both houses of the Legislature next session before it would go to voters to decide. The governor has no power to veto constitutional amendments. READ MORE: GOP-Controlled Wisconsin Assembly To Vote On Tougher Penalties For ProtestersThe Wisconsin Constitution guarantees that every U.S. citizen age 18 and over is a qualified elector. But it does not specifically say that only U.S. citizens are qualified to vote in state or local elections. Republican backers of the measure say that ambiguity needs to be fixed through a constitutional amendment. The Republican-controlled Senate approved it on a party line 21-12 vote with no debate. READ MORE: Wisconsin Assembly To Vote On Banning Vaccine 'Passports'Federal law already requires U.S. citizenship to vote in national elections. No state constitutions explicitly allow noncitizens to vote in state or local elections. However, there has been a recent push for states to pass constitutional amendments to specifically make...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly was poised Tuesday to vote on a pair of GOP-backed bills that would create tougher penalties for protesters who participate in riots and deface public statues. The proposals come after protesters burned swaths of downtown Kenosha and damaged the Hans Christian Heg and Lady Forward statues at the state Capitol during demonstrations in the summer of 2020. READ MORE: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Jury Finds Him Not Guilty On All CountsThe protests figure to be a key talking point for Republicans as they try to paint Democrats as soft on crime on the campaign trail this year. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has already accused Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is running to unseat Johnson this fall, of not acting quickly enough to stop the protests in Kenosha and spurring on protesters. One bill would define a riot as a public disturbance that involves an unlawful assembly and an act of violence or a threat of violence committed by at least one person. Attending such a gathering would be...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly were set to approve bills Tuesday that would require employers to count a prior coronavirus infection as an alternative to vaccination and testing and prohibit vaccine passports. Both measures would face a likely veto from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The governor last year vetoed a GOP bill that would have barred public health officials from requiring people get vaccinated. READ MORE: Ukrainian-Minnesotans Watch From Afar As Tensions Rise Back HomeRepublican backers maintain natural immunity is at least as effective as being vaccinated. Similar bills passed in Florida and Arkansas last year. A number of Wisconsin medical groups, including the Wisconsin Medical Society, oppose the measure, arguing vaccination is the best way to protect against COVID-19 and it’s not clear how long natural immunity lasts. Data from the state health department shows unvaccinated people are hospitalized at a rate nearly 11 times higher than fully vaccinated people. READ MORE: Minnesota Groups Unite To Oppose Recreational Marijuana LegalizationNo groups have registered in support the proposal. Republican co-sponsors of the bill banning vaccine...
    MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's state Assembly has approved a package of Republican-authored bills that would dramatically expand gun rights in Wisconsin, even though Democratic Gov. Tony Evers almost certainly will veto all of them.SEE ALSO | Kyle Rittenhouse asks for items seized during Kenosha shooting arrest, including gun, to be returnedThe proposals would allow people with concealed carry licenses to go armed on school grounds and in churches on private school grounds; lower the minimum age for obtaining a concealed carry license from 21 to 18; and allow anyone with a concealed carry license from any state to go armed in Wisconsin.RELATED | Wisconsin man charged with buying assault-style rifle for Kyle Rittenhouse takes plea dealThe Assembly passed all four proposals on voice votes during a floor session Thursday. The bills now go to the Senate.
              by Debra Heine   Following an election integrity hearing in Wisconsin, Wednesday, Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos reportedly sent his Chief of Staff into the office of Rep. Timothy Ramthun (R-Campbellsport) to tell him that all of his full-time staff had been reassigned. For many months, Ramthun has been gathering hard evidence of election irregularities and crimes, including the installation of over 500 drop boxes throughout the state, which a Wisconsin judge last week ruled were illegal. Ramthun says there is “undeniable” evidence of election fraud in the state, and has called for a Joint Resolution to decertify Wisconsin’s electoral votes. Waukesha County Judge Michael O. Bohren ruled last Thursday that “the state elections commission gave illegal advice when it told clerks in 2020 they could set up unmanned drop boxes to collect absentee ballots,” WKOW reported. Vos reportedly signed off on those drop boxes, which facilitated illegal vote harvesting schemes. In a recent press release, Ramthun noted that the unconstitutional drop box effort was organized by The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), led by Vos, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which was headed by Chris...
                 State Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), who serves as the Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader, will not run for re-election when his current term expires. According to a release from his office, the lawmaker cited a desire to “pass the torch” to new state leaders as an influence for his decision to step down from elected office. “Serving as an elected representative has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life,” said Steineke in the statement. “However, I firmly believe the time has come to pass the torch and allow for others in our community to step forward and serve their neighbors.” Before his current position, he worked as a supervisor in Vandenbroek. First elected to the state government in 2010, the lawmaker has served in the legislature for more than a decade. He was chosen to be assembly majority leader in 2014. In the announcement, the prominent lawmaker celebrated legislative wins that were passed while he was in office: right-to-work legislation, altering the state’s budget, and wage reforms. “Through bold, conservative leadership, we’ve been able...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state attorney representing Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator worked Thursday to persuade a judge to block a subpoena demanding she turn over reams of documents and submit to a private interview with a former state Supreme Court justice investigating the 2020 elections for Assembly Republicans. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired Michael Gableman this summer to investigate election procedures. Gableman has subpoenaed the mayors of Wisconsin’s five largest cities along with Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe. He wants them to turn over all their election-related records and submit to questioning at his Brookfield office. None of the mayors have complied. Gableman has asked a Waukesha judge to consider jailing the mayors of Madison and Green Bay if they don’t comply. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit in Dane County on Wolfe’s behalf in October seeking to block her subpoena. Assistant Attorney General Gabe Johnson-Karp told Judge Rhonda Lanford during a hearing Thursday that the subpoena is vague and too broad. He also argued that since the Legislature hired Gableman any questioning must be conducted...
    A new Wisconsin state bill would require elementary schools to teach cursive writing as part of their regular curriculum. The bill passed the Wisconsin state Assembly Tuesday with a 59-39 vote and now heads to the state Senate. PRIVATE SCHOOL THREATENS TO SUSPEND STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO WEAR FACE MASKS APPROPRIATELY Republican state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is sponsoring the bill because he believes it will stimulate different parts of students’ brains, improving their education. "When you're educating students, the more mental gymnastics you can get them to do, the better training it is for their mind," Thiesfeldt said. Opponents of the bill say class time could be better spent. "This is not about cursive writing. This is about allowing our teachers to teach, allowing our teachers to be the professionals that they are, and restoring local control," Democratic state Rep. Deb Andraca said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER A similar measure passed the Assembly last year but died in the state Senate. News Wisconsin Legislation Education...
              by Benjamin Yount   Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly are looking to a younger woman as their next leader. Democratic lawmakers on Monday unanimously elected Rep. Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, as their new Minority Leader. Neubauer is 30-years-old, she replaces 48-year-old Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, who has served in the legislature for 15 years. Neubauer told her fellow Democrats on Monday that they face an uphill climb in the Assembly. “We know the next year will not be easy,” she said in a brief speech before the vote. “But it will be incredibly important. And I will put everything I have into this role.” Hintz announced his decision to leave Democratic leadership last week. Neubauer echoed Gov. Evers’ tone and re-election theme when speaking about her plans for the next two years. Assembly Democrats will continue to show up for the people of our state,” Neubauer said. “I’m seeking this position because, in the face of Republican efforts to divide and conquer, the next year will be critical to building a stronger, more equitable Wisconsin.” Republicans currently enjoy overwhelming majorities in...
              by Benjamin Yount   It’s now the Wisconsin Assembly’s turn to consider what to do with the staggering 55,000 regulations for hunting and trapping in the state. The Assembly’s Committee on Sporting Heritage on Wednesday held a hearing on AB 676, which would require the state’s Department of Natural Resources toss three regulations for every new rule it puts into place. “For decades, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been putting-up burdensome and unnecessary regulations that get in the way of enjoying the great outdoors,” Rep. Calvin Callahan, R-Tomahawk, told lawmakers. “As Wisconsinites we understand the need to conserve our resources, however over-regulation is not the way to do it.” Callahan wrote the proposal. He says the DNR should be making it easier for people to get outside and hunt, fish, or trap. “The DNR has more than 55,000 regulations, which is more than any other state agency,” Callahan explained. “By comparison, of the next three state agencies with the most regulatory restrictions, the Department of Health Services has 17,000. The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has 15,000...
                      by Benjamin Yount  The back-and-forth over Wisconsin’s new political map is ongoing. Gov. Tony Evers’ People’s Map Commission on Tuesday unveiled its maps from State Assembly, State Senate and Wisconsin’s congressional seats. The biggest change would come in the State Assembly, where 12 districts with a current Republican advantage would be redrawn to give Democrats the advantage. In the Senate, the People’s Map only shifts one district from Republican to Democrat. Gov. Evers said the People’s Map rights the wrongs of Wisconsin’s current political map. “The gerrymandered maps that Republicans passed a decade ago have enabled members of the legislature to comfortably ignore the will of the people,” Evers told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday. The People’s Map would continue to give Republicans a majority in Wisconsin, though it would be much smaller. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has said in the past that Republicans have a majority in the legislature because Democrats are concentrated near Milwaukee and Madison. Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu have adopted their own...
                        Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Sunday called for reform and new leadership within the Wisconsin Elections Commission. In an interview with WISN, Vos expressed concern over the state agency, especially after allegations made by Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling. After an investigation, Schmaling claimed that voting fraud had occurred at a Mount Pleasant nursing home, after the election commission voted to send agents into nursing homes to assist residents because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Election statute was in fact not just broken, but shattered by members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission,” Schmaling said. After the allegations, Vos doubled down on his calls for new leadership. People’s trust in Wisconsin’s elections has been tested. Many Wisconsinites feel elections are not safe and secure, and now the Racine County Sheriff’s investigation found clear violations and law-breaking within the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC),” Vos said in a statement. “Clearly there is a severe mismanagement of WEC, and a new administrator is needed. I am calling for the resignation of Meagan...
    Donald Trump dances to a Village People song as he wraps up a campaign rally at Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport on Oct. 30, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Senate Republicans said Monday they intended to launch a review of the audit they completed just days ago after it apparently showed the state's 2020 elections had been safe and secure. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state Senate GOP's audit, which wrapped up just a few days ago, will now undergo a further review. Meanwhile, the GOP-led Assembly is conducting a separate, more expansive, and more controversial audit of the state's 2020 elections. Biden won the Badger State by nearly 20,700 votes, or a little over half a percentage point. But now Wisconsin GOP lawmakers are apparently stuck on a hamster wheel of audits attempting to prove widespread fraud that doesn't exist. By jove, even their own audits aren't to be trusted! "Senate leaders announced their plans just hours after Assembly Republicans disclosed they had hired more attorneys at taxpayer expense to try to make sure their review...
                      by Benjamin Yount  Wisconsin’s new political map doesn’t look much different from the current map. Republicans released their iteration of the Wisconsin districting map Wednesday. The new map maintains Republican majorities in both the State Assembly and the State Senate. It would also give Republicans an advantage in most of the state’s congressional districts. “The public has had an unprecedented level of input and influence over the map-drawing efforts. We encouraged Wisconsinites to play an active role in the process, and their participation has fundamentally shaped the way the maps were drawn,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said in a statement late Wednesday. An outside review states the new map would give Republicans an advantage in 61 of Wisconsin’s 99 Assembly districts. Democrats would have an overwhelming majority in 20 others. The review says, ultimately, only 18 districts in the entire state would be competitive. Democrats in Madison say the Republican-drawn map is “gerrymandered” and must be redrawn. “The level of contempt by Wisconsin Republicans for democracy and the people of our state never...
                      by Benjamin Yount  The top Republican on the Wisconsin Assembly’s election committee says the special investigator looking into last fall’s vote doesn’t speak for her. Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) on Monday released a statement saying she opposes any deals with the mayors of the so-called Wisconsin Five, and is not a part of former Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman’s investigation. “The current subpoenas have not been approved by the Assembly’s Campaigns and Elections Committee,” Brandtjen wrote. “I do not approve of the current list of subpoenas to the five Wisconsin Mayors, as this provides immunity to them in any trial or criminal proceedings.” Brandtjen has been running her own investigation through her committee since January. She too is focusing on the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life. And she too wants answers from the mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha. “Mayor [Eric] Genrich of Green Bay allowed a non-profit group to operate central count, provided this non-profit group keys to central count, and issued...
                        The Wisconsin Assembly passed a ban this week on Critical Race Theory (CRT) in classrooms in a partisan vote. State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), the majority leader, told The Wisconsin Daily Star, “Over the past year, CRT and other backwards ideologies have crept into classrooms all across Wisconsin. Today, the State Assembly pushed back with a forward-focused agenda that will equip parents and the public with the tools they need to hold their school districts accountable.” As reported by FOX 47, the bill that was passed in the State Assembly says “Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias.” The Star Tribune reported the State Assembly also passed another similar bill that would “prohibit local governments and state agencies from training employees on such concepts, mirroring the Trump executive order that President Joe Biden lifted in January.” The Wisconsin CRT bill would not allow teaching in classrooms that claims that one race or sex is...
                      by Benjamin Yount  The latest update on Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ election investigation comes with a promise and a warning. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman released a YouTube video on Monday, explaining his investigation into Election Day 2020. “My job as special counsel is to gather all relevant information. And while I will draw my own conclusions, my goal is to put everything I know and everything I learn before you. So you can make up your own mind,” Gableman said. “But I think it’s critical to know that an obstruction of this office is an obstruction of each citizen’s right to know whether all ballots were appropriately counted; that our elections were managed with fairness, inclusivity and accountability.” Gableman is collecting evidence as part of one of two investigations in the Assembly into how last year’s elections were managed. The other investigation is being run out of the Assembly Committee on Elections, led by Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls. Gableman said in his video that he is continuing to collect...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Monday that it was “outrageous” that Republicans planned to spend $680,000 on an investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin, accusing Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of “drinking the Kool-Aid” after meeting with former President Donald Trump. A Republican-controlled Assembly committee planned to give approval Monday to designating former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman as special counsel to lead the investigation ordered by Vos, assist the Assembly Elections Committee and hire investigators and others as needed. Vos said on Friday that the contract will allow for spending up to $680,000 on the probe. That is more than nine times as much as the original contract with Gableman and the vote comes a week after Vos flew with Trump to a campaign rally in Alabama where the two discussed the Wisconsin investigation. “I think it’s outrageous,” Evers said of the GOP election probe, saying the money would be wasted. “Things changed a bit when Robin Vos went down and visited Donald Trump and got that nice picture on the plane,” Evers...
                        Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Friday he plans to hire more investigators and anticipates allowing more time for a probe into the 2020 presidential contest for Wisconsin’s 10 Electoral College votes, the Associated Press has reported. The official vote count in Wisconsin last November put Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump by 20,682 votes. The margin was just over 0.6 percent of the nearly 3.3 million votes cast statewide.  What Vos called “indisputable evidence of irregularities” spurred calls for legislation to ensure greater election security. Earlier this year, Vos helped usher through the legislature a package of reforms toward that end. They included strengthening voter-identification requirements, revising standards for ballot collection and forbidding anyone but the voter of a ballot to make corrections to that ballot. Governor Tony Evers (D) vetoed the reforms.  One facet of Wisconsin’s 2020 elections that has received public scrutiny is the $6 million paid to localities in the state by the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a nonprofit funded...
    The Wisconsin Assembly is considering making Colby the official state cheese. The Assembly Committee on Local Government heard arguments Wednesday for Assembly Bill 311, introduced by Republican state Rep. Donna Rozar. “Today, I am proud to continue these efforts of recognizing the cheese that helped Wisconsin garner the nickname 'America’s Dairyland' and propelled Wisconsin cheesemaking onto the world stage,” Rozar said at the hearing. WISCONSIN UNEMPLOYMENT RECOVERY RANKED IN BOTTOM HALF NATIONALLY Colby cheese was invented near the town of Colby, Wisconsin, in 1885 by 16-year-old Joseph Steinwald, who modified the traditional process for making English cheddar cheese. He would rinse the cheese curds in cold water and not remove the excess moisture, creating a cheese that was softer, more sliceable, and a little sweeter than cheddar. “Colby cheese is about the people of this great state and what makes this state a prize. People all across the country and all around the world know Colby cheese. Why shouldn’t we tell them, ‘Colby cheese is the Wisconsin original’? It started here in a small town,...
    Wisconsin’s Republican-led Assembly approved a measure Tuesday that would penalize local municipalities that pull funding away from police departments. The bill, passed by the state Senate on June 9 and approved 61-37 by the Assembly, would withhold state aid payments from localities in direct proportion to any amount the local government reduces in its law enforcement budget. “If in any year a municipality decreases the amount of its municipal budget dedicated to hiring, training, and retaining law enforcement officers … so that the amount is less than the amount so dedicated in the previous year, the department of administration shall reduce the municipality's payment under this section by the amount of the decrease in the municipality's budget,” the measure read. PORTLAND TO REDUCE ENFORCEMENT OF LOW-LEVEL TRAFFIC OFFENSES The reduced aid amount would then become the municipality’s aid payment for subsequent years, according to the measure. The Republican-backed measure was pushed as a response to “defund the police” and police funding reallocation initiatives, including a plan to cut funding for more than 100 officers in...
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