Wisconsin Senate OKs welfare vote, nixes Evers' abortion ask
Republican Wisconsin lawmakers on Tuesday rejected calls from Gov. Tony Evers and other Democrats to ask voters whether the state should continue to ban abortions, opting instead to advance a ballot question on welfare eligibility. The advisory referendum on welfare proposed by top Republicans is nonbinding, meaning it wouldn't change state law, but supporters said they want the public's feedback on the issue. Democrats argued that Republicans were just trying to increase GOP turnout for a pivotal state Supreme Court race that will determine the ideological balance of the court and is also on the April ballot.news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin, North Carolina governors ban popular TikTok app
Wisconsin and North Carolina have become the latest states to ban the use of TikTok on state phones and other devices, a move that comes after nearly half of the states nationwide have blocked the popular social media app owned by a Chinese company.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers not ruling out state funds for train between Madison and Milwaukee
Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he isn’t ruling out the use of state funds to construct a passenger rail line between the cities of Madison and Milwaukee that would also expand connections between Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota.chicagotribune.com
Wisconsin Republicans ask governor to ban TikTok
Tony Evers to delete the video platform TikTok from all state government devices, calling it a national security threat. Kristi Noem, a Republican, banned state employees and contractors from accessing TikTok on state-owned devices, citing its ties to China. A researcher with the conservative Heritage Foundation last month called on government officials to ban TikTok from operating entirely in the United States. Gallagher last month joined with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, in writing an opinion piece calling for governments to ban TikTok. Earlier, on Twitter, Cudaback faulted Republicans for not speaking directly with the governor about their request.mlive.com
Trump-backed Wisconsin GOP candidate and 2020 election denier claims Republicans will 'never lose another election' in the state if he gets voted into office
Michels has declined to answer questions as to whether or not he would certify the 2024 presidential election as governor should a Democrat win the state.news.yahoo.com
Early in-person voting starts in Wisconsin as lawsuits over ballots continue
In-person early voting has begun in the battleground state of Wisconsin amid lawsuits affecting which ballots can be counted or tossed, recently ordered bans on drop boxes, and restrictions on who can return ballots.cbsnews.com
Wisconsin Republican Michels: 'I will never arrest a doctor'
The Republican running for governor in Wisconsin suggested Tuesday that he would not enforce the swing state's near-total ban on abortions, saying “I will never arrest a doctor.” Tim Michels is locked in a tight race with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and abortion has been a major issue. Michels, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, said in the Republican primary that he backed a state law dating to 1849 that makes it a felony for doctors to perform nearly all abortions.news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin gov won't back abortion exceptions if ban remains
Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday that he wouldn't sign a bill creating exceptions for rape and incest if it would keep in place the state's 1849 abortion ban. Evers faces Republican Tim Michels, who supported the 1849 ban before changing positions after he won the Republican primary and now says he would sign a bill granting exceptions. “I wouldn't sign it because that leaves the underlying law in place which is a ban on abortion," Evers said in response to a question at a Rotary Club of Milwaukee event co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club and Wispolitics.com.news.yahoo.com
Michels: Would sign abortion ban with rape/incest exceptions
Republican Tim Michels said Friday that he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if it came to his desk as governor, a shift from his earlier statement that Wisconsin's 1849 ban — with an exception only for the life of the mother — was “an exact mirror” of his position. Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell asked Michels whether he would sign a bill passed by the Legislature with exceptions for rape and incest. Evers has backed a lawsuit by Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, that argues the state’s 1849 ban is superseded by another law passed in 1985 that would allow for abortions before the point of viability.news.yahoo.com
Kamala Harris talks abortion, appeals to voters in Milwaukee
Vice President Kamala Harris has met with college students and Latino leaders in Milwaukee during a visit meant to energize voters weeks before an election in which Wisconsin's Democratic governor, Tony Evers, and Republican U.S. senator, Ron Johnson, are on the ballot.
Wisconsin Republicans reject Evers call for abortion vote
Wisconsin Republicans on Wednesday rejected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' call to allow voters to get a chance to repeal the state's 1849 abortion ban. Evers called Wednesday for a special session of the GOP-controlled Legislature to pass a measure creating a way for voters to repeal the 173-year-old law. It’s the latest move by Evers to put pressure on Republicans over abortion and keep the issue in the spotlight ahead of the election.news.yahoo.com
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration relaunches efforts to limit PFAS levels in Wisconsin's groundwater
Tony Evers, the Democratic governor of WI, is trying to limit the levels of PFAS in the state's groundwater with new rules. The rule-making process typically takes at least two years.foxnews.com
Wisconsin governor challenged to stop all inmate paroles
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels called Monday on Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to halt all paroles in the state, even though a governor can't unilaterally order them to stop and some paroles are mandated by law. Michels has been hitting Evers as being soft on crime, accusing the Democrat in a letter Monday of sympathizing with and coddling “brutal, convicted criminals.” Evers' spokesperson Britt Cudaback said it would be illegal to do as Michels wants and called the request “an uninformed stunt to score political points by someone who has no regard or appreciation for the laws of our state.”news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin judge sides with GOP in absentee ballot fight
A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday ruled that state law does not allow election clerks to fill in missing information on witness certification envelopes that contain absentee ballots, delivering a victory to Republicans nine weeks before the election in the battleground state. The lawsuit, backed by the GOP-controlled Legislature, is the latest move by Republicans to tighten restrictions on absentee voting in the swing state where Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson are on the ballot in November. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Aprahamian on Wednesday granted GOP motions to immediately block the practice, known as ballot curing.news.yahoo.com
Biden responds to heckler at speech: ‘Everyone’s entitled to be an idiot’
President Biden responded to a heckler while delivering remarks in Milwaukee, Wis., on Monday, saying “everyone’s entitled to be an idiot.” Biden traveled to Wisconsin on Labor Day to deliver a speech at Milwaukee Laborfest where he spoke about his support for unions and lauded Democratic legislative victories such as last year’s coronavirus relief package…news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin GOP candidate calls for 'pitchforks and torches'
The Republican candidate for governor in Wisconsin endorsed by Donald Trump is calling for people to take up “pitchforks and torches” in reaction to a story that detailed his giving to anti-abortion groups, churches and others — rhetoric that Democrats say amounts to threatening violence. Tim Michels, who co-owns the state's largest construction company, faces Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the battleground state. If Michels wins, he will be in position to enact a host of GOP priorities passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature leading into the 2024 presidential election.news.yahoo.com
Trump ties may come back to haunt in swing state Wisconsin
Donald Trump reasserted his grip on Republicans in Wisconsin’s primary, but both Democrats and Republicans say that the former president’s involvement in the state’s key races for governor and U.S. Senate could come back to hurt them in the swing state.
Lake Michigan shoreline to become ‘electric Route 66′ with EV charging stations
Scenic road trips just got supercharged as the Midwest works together to create an electric route along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The Lake Michigan EV Circuit Tour will be a network of electric vehicle chargers spanning over 1,100 miles of drivable shoreline around Lake Michigan. “The circuit will allow travelers to experience Lake Michigan and visit countless communities in and around the route. Electric vehicle sales now account for 5.6% of the overall market. More on MLive:$52B semiconductor package is a ‘big freakin’ deal for Michigan’Stellantis investing $83M in Michigan for hybrid electric vehicle engine productionTesla’s next competitor?mlive.com
Takeaways from Republican Wisconsin gubernatorial debate
The debate between Trump-backed Tim Michels, Rebecca Kleefisch and state Rep. Tim Ramthun came just over two weeks before the Aug. 9 primary. A Marquette University Law School poll last month showed Michels and Kleefish in a tight race, with the winner advancing to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court tosses Wisconsin legislative voting maps
The Supreme Court has thrown out Wisconsin state legislative maps that were preferred by the state’s Democratic governor and selected by Wisconsin’s top court, a win for Republicans that also makes it unclear what boundaries will be in place for the fall election.
No verdict after daylong deliberations by Rittenhouse jury
The jury deliberated a full day on Tuesday without reaching a verdict at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial after two weeks of testimony in which they were given starkly different portrayals of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha.
Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down governor's mask mandate
FILE - This July 30, 2020, image taken from video by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows Wisconsin Gov. Evers' statewide mask mandate, ruling that the Democrat exceeded his authority by issuing the order. (Wisconsin Department of Health Services via the AP, File)MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Democratic Gov. The conservative-leaning court ruled 4-3 that Evers violated state law by unilaterally issuing multiple emergency orders to extend the mandate for months. His stance then gave Democrats hope that he would cast the deciding vote to uphold the mask mandate.
The Latest: 6 more COVID cases found in local China outbreak
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