2020 Candidacy Announcements Begin in Wisconsin

The 2020 elections may feel like the distant future, but candidates in Wisconsin are already beginning to make decisions regarding races next November. President Donald Trump and several candidates in the Democratic presidential primary seeking to challenge him have already visited the state, which could be key to winning the 2020 presidential election. Additionally, several  […]

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PFAS Update: DNR & AG Kaul Actions, Industry Response to DHS Standards

The Wisconsin Water Quality Coalition recently submitted a letter and comments to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in response to recommended strict groundwater standards for two PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS. If promulgated as an enforceable rule, the standards would be costly to Wisconsin industry and would open up the state for frivolous lawsuits. In addition to […]

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Legislature Files Lawsuit Against AG to Enforce Extraordinary Session Laws

Republican legislative leadership have filed a petition for original action in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, seeking to enforce sections of the 2018 extraordinary legislation that require legislative oversight of attorney general settlements. The Legislature’s petition and memo in support state that Attorney General Josh Kaul reads the 2017 Act 369 settlement review provisions as not […]

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Tip McGuire to Replace Barca in AD 64

Democrat Tip McGuire won the special election on April 30 to replace former Rep. Peter Barca in Assembly District 64. Gov. Tony Evers appointed Barca Department of Revenue secretary earlier this year. McGuire beat Republican Mark Stalker 62 percent to 38 percent in the general election after winning the three-way Democratic primary for the seat […]

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Second MU Poll of Evers’s Term Shows Voter Opinions on Gov., Legislature, Budget Ideas

Marquette University (MU) Law School has released its second poll of 2019, analyzing voter opinions on the governor, the legislature, national politicians, and policy issues. The April 10 poll surveyed 800 Wisconsin voters from April 3-7. Overall, voters who believe Wisconsin is going in the right direction were down to 52 percent, from 57 percent […]

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Spring Elections: Brian Hagedorn Wins Supreme Court Race

In the only statewide race in the Wisconsin 2019 spring elections, Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn beat Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. However, Hagedorn won by close to 6,000 votes, leaving open the possibility of a recount. Judge Neubauer has not officially conceded […]

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Dane County Judge Orders Temporary Injunction of Extraordinary Session Laws

On March 21, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess issued an order granting a temporary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of laws passed in the 2018 Extraordinary Session. Provisions blocked by the order include limits on the attorney general’s authority to withdraw from or settle certain cases, the legislature’s ability to intervene in certain lawsuits, […]

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First Marquette Poll of 2019

The first Marquette University Law School (MU) poll of 2019 was released on Jan. 24. This is the first MU poll since October (before the 2018 election). The poll surveyed 800 registered voters in Wisconsin on where the state is headed, Wisconsin politicians, policy proposals, and potential 2020 candidates.   Right direction/wrong track  The poll […]

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Republican Response to Evers’s State of the State Address

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) delivered the Republican response to Gov. Tony Evers’s first State of the State address. Vos said the state of the state is strong, highlighting successes including Wisconsin’s strong economy and business climate, low taxes, and investments in education. Following a letter from Assembly Republicans to Evers earlier this month, Vos […]

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Senate & Assembly Caucuses Select Leadership

The Senate and Assembly caucuses on both sides of the aisle have elected their leadership for the 2019-20 legislative sessions. Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of the legislature have elected largely the same leadership teams for their respective caucuses. Senate Republicans re-elected Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), President Roger Roth (R-Appleton), President Pro Tempore […]

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