Supreme Court Primary Election

The primary election for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be held on Tuesday, February 15. Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David T. Prosser, Jr. is being challenged by three candidates: Joanne Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general; Marla Stephens, director of the state public defender’s appellate division, and Joel Winnig, a Madison attorney. […]

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Joint Finance to Hold Public Hearing on Budget Adjustment Bill

The Legislature’s finance committee announced a public hearing on the Governor’s Budget Adjustment Bill to be held Tuesday at the state Capitol. See the Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis.Related News: Walker picks a fight – and it’s the right fight (opinion): Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 12, 2011. The governor is right to insist that state workers […]

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Special Session Progress

Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature are off to a fast start. In the first month of taking office, the Legislature has actively passed a number of Gov. Walker’s special session bills focusing on job creation. 2011 Wis. Act 2, contains major legal reforms. This landmark legislation was the first piece of legislation to […]

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Governor Announces Budget Repair Bill

With the state facing a $137 million budget deficit, Governor Walker today has unveiled his budget repair bill for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. Notable changes include a number of reform measures focused on bringing government employee benefits closer to the private sector. Pension Contributions – Currently, state, school district and municipal employees […]

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Walker Sworn In; Calls Special Session

Scott Walker was officially sworn into office this week as Wisconsin’s 45th governor and the Legislature has begun the 2011-12 session. Within minutes after taking the oath of office, Gov. Walker declared an economic emergency and called a special session to pass legislation aimed at adding jobs and sending a message that “Wisconsin is open […]

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Governor-elect Walker Announces Cabinet Selections

Gov.-elect Scott Walker today announced his selections to head the state agencies. Below are the names and background of each appointee: Dept. of Administration – Rep. Mike Huebsch – current Republican Assemblyman from La Crosse areas; former Speaker of the Assembly. Dept. of Natural Resources – Cathy Stepp – former State Senator from 2002-06; currently […]

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Gov.-elect Walker Unveils Wisconsin Economic Development Plan for Special Session

Governor-elect Scott Walker today announced his third piece of legislation for the upcoming Wisconsin is Open for Business Special Session. The proposal replaces the Wisconsin Department of Commerce with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Specifically, the legislation: creates a public authority called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); establishs the governance structure of the WEDC; […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Landmark Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted two new cases that will set precedent on major issues: The first case will clarify whether companies claimed to be a major source of global warming can be sued under the law of nuisance. In the second, the Supreme Court will review of Wal-Mart’s appeal challenging the huge class-action lawsuit […]

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Assembly Committees for 2011 Announced

Representative Jeff Fitzgerald has announced the names and chairpersons of standing committees for the 2011 biennium. The list includes 26 standing committees, the fewest number of standing committees in the Assembly since 1975. The committee chairs are listed alphabetically by committee name. Aging & Long Term Care, Rep. Dan Knodl Agriculture, Rep. Lee Nerison Children […]

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New Senate Leadership Appointments Announced

New Senate Leadership Appointments Announced Following the election last week, Senate Republicans met to elect new leadership for the 2011-12 legislative session that will begin in January. Senate President: Sen. Michael Ellis (R-Neenah)President Pro Tem: Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan)Majority Leader: Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)Assistant Majority Leader: Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend)Republican Caucus Chair: Sen. Dan Kapanke […]

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