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Wisconsin Assembly Passes Call for U.S. Constitutional Convention

Wisconsin State Assembly

February 19, 2020

The GOP-controlled state Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday that calls for a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. It’s part of an effort by Republicans nationwide in recent years to add a federal balanced budget requirement, term limits on federal offices, and restraints on federal government authority to the U.S. Constitution.

Outside Groups Spent $55K on Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Wad of Cash

Posted: February 18, 2020
Updated: February 19, 2020

Outside electioneering groups have spent about $55,500 to support or oppose candidates in yesterday’s spring primary for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Bring Open Meetings Law into the 21st Century

Note Attached with Thumbtack

February 14, 2020

(Open letter to legislators about the lack of adequate public notice for public hearings from Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matthew Rothschild.)

GOP Bill Would Allow Guns in Places of Worship

Praying Hands with Pistol and Ammo Clip

February 13, 2020

GOP lawmakers are working on a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in churches and other places of worship.

High Court Candidates Raise $275K in First Five Weeks of ‘20

Gold Gavel

February 11, 2020

Three candidates who face off in next week’s spring preprimary election raised a combined $275,000 during the first five weeks of 2020. The top two finishers will go on to face each other on the April 7 ballot.

When's the Hearing?

Wisconsin Assembly Chambers

Testimony Before the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections

February 11, 2020

(Testimony delivered on February 11, 2020 by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director Matthew Rothschild.)

Special Interests Back Bills to Double Housing Development Breaks

Construction Site

February 7, 2020

Business, construction, and real estate interests are backing bipartisan bills that would double the tax breaks in a program aimed at encouraging housing projects in poor neighborhoods.

State Parties, Legislative Campaign Committees Take $1.1M+ in Corporate Contributions

February 4, 2020

The state Democratic and Republican parties and four legislative fundraising committees accepted more than $1.1 million in corporate contributions in 2019, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign preliminary review found.

Gov. Evers Stresses Fair Maps at Black History Month Celebration

Governor Evers Black History Month Address

February 3, 2020

At the kickoff for Black History Month in the State Capitol Monday morning, Gov. Tony Evers raised the issue of independent, nonpartisan redistricting, as he did in his State of the State address.

Dem Legislators Denounce Citizens United

Citizens United Press Conference

January 21, 2020

On the 10th anniversary of the Citizens United decision, five Democratic legislators held a press conference in the Assembly Gallery to denounce the impact this decision has had – and to offer solutions to it.

Citizens United in Wisconsin: A Decade of Disaster

Independent Expenditures for Wisconsin Governor

January 16, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision of 2010 has had a powerful – and profoundly negative – effect on Wisconsin politics.

Koch-backed Bill to Reduce CNA Training Up for Veto Override by GOP Assembly

Child as Nurse

Posted: January 15, 2020
Updated: January 16, 2020 in last paragraph with latest developments

A bill vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers that would have slashed the state’s required training time for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) is up for a veto override on Wednesday in the GOP-controlled Assembly.

Three Candidates on Ballot for Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chambers

Posted: January 8, 2020
Updated: January 9, 2020 to correct financial information in last paragraph

Three candidates will be on the Feb. 18 spring primary ballot for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The top two finishers in the primary will face off in the April general election.

Influence Peddler of the Month – American Transmission Company

January 2, 2020

American Transmission Co. (ATC), which builds and owns high-voltage power lines, is among the top Wisconsin contributors to loosely regulated outside electioneering groups that spend millions to influence state and federal elections in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Wisconsin Dental Association

Dental Tools

December 2, 2019

This statewide trade group, with 3,100 member dentists, has generated $2.4 million in campaign contributions and spending on lobbying since January 2011.

Top GOP Contributor in Wisconsin Donates to Biden

Joe Biden

November 27, 2019

Two longtime Wisconsin backers of GOP federal and statewide candidates contributed the maximum donations to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

Legislators Raised $2 Million in Large Donations from Special Interests During Budget

Handshake Backed by Falling Money

November 22, 2019

Current legislators and legislative fundraising committees accepted $2 million in special interest group contributions during the first half of 2019 when they were considering the proposed 2019-21 state budget.

Evers Signs Felony Trespass Bill into Law

No Trespassing Sign

November 21, 2019

A bill that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline property or damage gas, oil, and water pipelines was signed into law Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Felony Trespass Bill Goes to Governor

Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

November 6, 2019

A bill that would make it a felony to trespass on pipeline property or damage gas, oil, and water pipelines was approved Tuesday by the Senate and now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

Influence Peddler of the Month – Wisconsin Insurance Alliance

Insurance

November 1, 2019

This state trade group for property and casualty insurers spent about $3.4 million on campaign contributions and lobbying the state since 2011 to push about three dozen bills into law that benefited the industry.