Six Candidates on the Ballot for Milwaukee Mayor

The City of Milwaukee is set to elect a new mayor for the first time since 2004. Former Mayor Tom Barrett resigned on December 22, 2021 and was sworn in as United States Ambassador to Luxembourg the following day. Because of the timing of Barrett’s resignation, the special election for mayor will coincide with the […]

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Political Update: Assembly Democrats Choose New Leaders; DOA Secretary Brennan Leaving in January

Democratic members of the Wisconsin Assembly selected new leaders at a caucus meeting on December 20. A majority of the caucus’ 38 members voted to elect Representatives Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) and Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee) as the Assembly’s new minority leader and assistant minority leader, respectively. Rep. Neubauer ran unopposed for the position, while Rep. Haywood […]

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Wisconsin High Court Adopts “Least Change” Approach to Redistricting

On November 30, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued its first major ruling related to this cycle of redistricting in Wisconsin. The Republican-led Legislature passed its proposed congressional and state legislative maps along party lines in early November. Governor Tony Evers (D) vetoed those maps in mid-November and has called for the state to adopt […]

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Governor Evers Vetoes Redistricting Bills, Setting Up Court Battles

On November 18, Governor Tony Evers (D) vetoed Senate Bills (SB) 621 and 622, meaning that Wisconsin’s political maps for the next ten years will likely be set by the Wisconsin Supreme Court or a panel of federal judges. The governor announced the action in a press release and sent a veto message to the […]

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Wisconsin Legislature to Vote on Redistricting Next Week

Next week, both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature are expected to meet and to take up Republican leaders’ proposals for legislative and congressional redistricting. The Senate is expected to be in session on Monday, November 8, while the Assembly is expected to meet the following Thursday, November 11. The Legislature’s current floor session ends on […]

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Audit Bureau Releases 2020 Election Report

Last month, the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its report on election policy in Wisconsin. LAB is a nonpartisan agency of the Wisconsin Legislature. In February, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee directed LAB to examine issues with election administration in Wisconsin in the context of the November 2020 general election. The report includes 18 recommendations […]

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Former Lawmaker Enters AG Race, Calls on Other Candidates to Join

After shrinking last month, the field of Republican candidates for Wisconsin Attorney General has expanded again. As we reported here, UW-Madison professor Ryan Owens announced in early October that he was leaving the race. That decision left Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney as the only person seeking his party’s nomination for the position. Then, […]

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Republican Legislators Release Redistricting Proposals

On October 20, Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature announced their proposals for new state legislative and congressional districts. Redistricting, a process of redrawing legislative district lines to account for population changes, takes place by law every 10 years following the U.S. Census. The Republican redistricting proposals have been introduced as two bills, Senate Bills […]

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Lt. Gov. Barnes Leads Crowded U.S. Senate Race; Three More Candidates Join Third District Primary

Next year, Wisconsin will host at least two key congressional races affecting the political balance of power in Washington, D.C, where the Democratic Party holds a narrow majority in the U.S. House (220-212) and the Democratic and Republican caucuses are tied 50-50 in the U.S. Senate. With partisan control of the U.S. Congress on the […]

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Statewide Election Updates: Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General

First Democratic Candidate Enters Race for Lieutenant Governor Wisconsin will hold elections for its statewide partisan offices in 2022, including for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. With Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes running for U.S. Senate, Democrats will hold a primary election to select Governor Tony Evers’ new running mate. State Senator Lena Taylor of […]

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