Wisconsin state government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Wisconsin state government In Wisconsin, ID law proved insurmountable for many voters MILWAUKEE (AP) — State Sen. Mary Lazich was adamant: The bill Republicans were about to push through the Wisconsin state Senate, requiring that voters present identification at the polls, would do no harm. "Not a single voter in this state will be disenfranchised by the ID law," Lazich promised. Five years later, in the first presidential election held un... Sun, 14 May 2017 12:58:00 GMT 2017-05-14T12:58:00Z In dairy-obsessed Wisconsin, plan just too 'gouda' to fail MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The plan was too "gouda" to fail. The Wisconsin Legislature agreed Tuesday to make cheese the official dairy product of the dairy-obsessed state, which produces more 3 billion pounds of cheese per year. That's more than any other U.S. state. The state's official animal is the badger, also the mascot of the Universit... Tue, 02 May 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-05-02T23:22:00Z GOP bill would discipline hecklers at college speeches MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin students who disrupt speeches and demonstrations could be expelled and campuses would have to remain neutral on public issues under a bill Republican legislators are pushing this week. The bill comes as free speech issues have grown more contentious on college campuses across the country. Conservatives are worr... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:40:00 GMT 2017-04-28T02:40:00Z Wisconsin dairy farmers face spoiling market, tight deadline MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A handful of Wisconsin dairy farmers whose Canada market evaporated in a trade dispute were weighing offers from new buyers on Tuesday, but others were running out of time before an expiring contract risked putting them out of business. "The milk market is tighter than we expected," said Daniel Smith, a state Department of Agriculture... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-04-25T23:26:00Z Wisconsin AG: Undercover campaign videos reveal no crime MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has concluded that secretly recorded videos of a Democratic activist bragging about deploying troublemakers at Donald Trump presidential campaign rallies show no evidence that laws were broken. Conservative activist James O'Keefe and his investigative film group, Project Veritas, released secretly r... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-04-25T23:11:00Z The Latest: FBI: No remaining threat follows manhunt, arrest MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on a man wanted for stealing guns and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House (all times local): 2:35 p.m. The FBI says there are no additional threats related to the fugitive who was arrested in southwestern Wisconsin following a nine-day manhunt. Milwaukee-based special ag... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:35:00 GMT 2017-04-14T19:35:00Z Wisconsin man suspected of killing 4 dies of wounds MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A northern Wisconsin man suspected in a string of fatal shootings that ended in a shootout with police died of his wounds Saturday. Nengmy Vang, 45, died at around 1:30 a.m., state Department of Justice spokesman Johnny Koremenos said. Vang had been hospitalized since March 22, when police shot him during a standoff... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:02:00 GMT 2017-04-01T13:02:00Z The Latest: Wife of suspect in Wisconsin shootings unhurt WESTON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Police in Wisconsin say a shooting suspect's wife was not hurt during a series of shootings that left four people dead. Two bank employees, an attorney and a police officer w... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:55:00 GMT 2017-03-23T21:55:00Z Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called dark store loophole and increase how much the mega-retailers pay local communities in pr... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:51:00 GMT 2017-03-19T15:51:00Z Democratic former senator weighs run for Wisconsin governor MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A retired Wisconsin state senator who was one of the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois in an attempt to block Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union legislation said Thursday he's on track for a run to challenge the incumbent Republican. Tim Cullen, of Janesville, has been traveling the state for months with the intent of running for governor... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:51:00 GMT 2017-03-09T18:51:00Z Iowa GOP passes bill opponents say will gut public unions DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the state. The legislation, expected to be signed into law by Iowa's... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-02-17T00:00:00Z Iowa GOP's public sector union bill similar to Wisconsin DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan by Republican lawmakers in Iowa to quickly pass a bill that would drastically cut collective bargaining rights for public workers has several similarities to Wisconsin's signature 2011 law that led to massive protests in that state. The 68-page bill by Iowa GOP lawmakers cleared some procedural votes Wednesday in the state H... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 02:30:00 GMT 2017-02-09T02:30:00Z Gov. Walker: White House interested in Wisconsin union law MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he spoke with Vice President Mike Pence about how the White House can implement on a federal level parts of the Republican governor's contentious policy that all-but eliminated collective bargaining for public sector unions in the state. President Donald Trump has talked about wanting to... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:48:00 GMT 2017-02-01T22:48:00Z Trump cancels planned Milwaukee economic speech MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled an expected speech on the economy in Milwaukee on Thursday, without saying why or if he will reschedule. The trip would have been one of his first outside of Washington since taking office. Tech. Sgt. Meghan Skrepenski with the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard in Milwaukee confirmed Tu... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:04:00 GMT 2017-02-01T00:04:00Z Students: Chancellor failed minorities on pro-white agitator MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor's response to a student trying to set up a pro-white group on campus further alienates minorities as they struggle for a better campus experience, student leaders said Friday. The student's effort to set up a campus chapter of the American Freedom Party — whose platform includes "prioriti... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:55:00 GMT 2017-01-27T21:55:00Z Campaign: Gov. Walker pays off debt from presidential bid MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign announced Friday that he has fully paid off the debt he accrued during his short-lived presidential run, thanks largely to revenue generated by renting out his donor list in the closing weeks of the year. Walker owed $1.2 million when he dropped out of the race in 2015 after 71 days. He promised ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:28:00 GMT 2017-01-14T00:28:00Z Walker's Wisconsin tuition idea shuffles political alliances MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut tuition at the University of Wisconsin and use taxpayer funds to pay for it is shaking up normal political alliances with some Democrats expressing support while skeptical fellow Republicans worry it could put the state on a path toward socialist Bernie Sanders' free college tuition plan. ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:07:00 GMT 2017-01-12T06:07:00Z Wisconsin's Walker asks Trump for more control over refugees MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker asked President-elect Donald Trump in a letter delivered Tuesday to give his state more authority in determining how many refugees can come from countries with ties to terrorism. Walker also asked for help to allow the state to proceed with drug testing for some food stamp recipients and legalize the huntin... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:10:00 GMT 2016-12-20T21:10:00Z Wisconsin conservative talk show host ends 23-year run MILWAUKEE (AP) — A leading voice in conservative radio who helped promote the Republican political agenda in Wisconsin but was outspoken in opposing Donald Trump, retired from his popular radio show Monday. Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes said his decision to end a 23-year run at WTMJ-AM was made before his opposition to Trump garnered national at... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:54:00 GMT 2016-12-19T20:54:00Z The Latest: Trump praises Speaker Ryan at Wisconsin rally WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's transition to the White House (all times EST): 8:30 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump is singing House Speaker Paul Ryan's praises in Wisconsin. At a rally Tuesday in West Allis, Trump praised the Wisconsin politicians in the room. When Ryan drew boos, Tru... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:49:00 GMT 2016-12-14T01:49:00Z The Latest: Wis. judge rejects request for recount by hand NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump and his administration (all times EST): 10 p.m. A Wisconsin judge has refused to order local officials to conduct the state's presidential recount by hand. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested the recount last week. She alleged — without evi... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:28:00 GMT 2016-11-30T03:28:00Z The Latest: Green Party's Stein files for Wisconsin recount WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump's transition (all times EST): 4:55 p.m. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has filed a request for a recount with Wisconsin election officials. State Elections Commission Administrator Mike Haas said Stein filed the request around mid-afternoon Fr... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:59:00 GMT 2016-11-25T21:59:00Z