The entire 63 members of the state Assembly GOP caucus signed a letter to Governor Tony Evers detailing a list of goals where that they can work together on in the new 2019-20 legislative session. This comes in advance of a meeting of the new governor and both Assembly & Senate GOP members on Jan. 15. Included in the letter was support for K-12 education:
“Support for K-12 education – Over the past eight years, Assembly Republicans have supported record investments in education, totaling over $40 billion. Providing adequate resources to our public, choice, charter and homeschooling families is a very high priority for us and we look forward to working with you to meet the historic two-thirds funding threshold that Assembly Republicans set as a goal for the next state budget.”
For context on returning to two-thirds state funding and if it means more resources for schools see this previous post. Continue reading Assembly GOP sends letter to Gov. Evers detailing areas where they can work together
The GOP-controlled legislature is planning an extraordinary session to pass legislation while Gov. Scott Walker still holds office and before Gov-elect Tony Evers takes office on January 7, 2019. This could happen as soon as the week of Dec 3.
According to media reports (see: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal), several items are being discussed for the session: Continue reading No K-12 legislation being publicly discussed for extraordinary session…yet
The four legislative caucuses recently met to elect their leadership teams and, on the whole, there were not many changes from last session.
Lawmakers new to their leadership posts are marked *.
Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) as Majority Leader and Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) as President. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) returns as Senate Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC). Also elected to the Senate GOP leadership team are Sens.: Continue reading Legislative leadership positions remain largely unchanged
Following a narrow defeat, Republican Gov. Scott Walker conceded Wednesday afternoon, signaling the beginning of an end to his eventful 8-year stint as Wisconsin Governor.
Walker will hand the reins to Democrat Tony Evers, the sitting State Superintendent of Public Instruction, who defeated Walker in one of the closest gubernatorial races in recent state history. Gov. Walker offered the “full support of my staff and our cabinet” as Evers begins the transition process.
Continue reading Evers captures governor’s race, GOP keeps legislative control, two board members elected to Assembly
The results of Tuesday’s special election are in: Democrat Caleb Frostman defeated Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) for the 1st Senate District seat vacated by former Sen. Frank Lasee (R). Republican Jon Plumer defeated Ann Groves Lloyd for the 42nd Assembly seat vacated by former Rep. Keith Ripp (R). They will hold office until they run again for the same seats this November. Whoever wins in November will take office in January 2019. Both seats were vacated when Lasee and Ripp took jobs with Gov. Walker’s administration. Continue reading Special election: Democrats flip state Senate seat; GOP retains Assembly seat
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
State Rep. Andre Jacque (pictured) defeated Alex Renard in the 1st Senate District primary, which includes the Door County peninsula. He will face Democrat Caleb Frostman in the June 12 general election.
If Jacque wins the seat, Republicans would hold a three-vote margin in the Senate should it convene again to vote this year. If Frostman wins, the margin would be down to two votes. The Legislature is not scheduled to reconvene until next year.
Jon Plumer, a karate school owner who received hefty financial backing from Assembly Republicans, bested three other Republican contenders — Colleen Locke-Murphy, Darren Schroeder and Spencer Zimmerman. He faces Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd on June 12 for a south-central Wisconsin Assembly seat that includes part of Dane County.
Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) has announced he will not seek re-election to the state Assembly. He is the latest on a growing list of state legislators that have announced they are not running for re-election. We will keep you updated if more announcements are made.
Here is the updated listing of the lawmakers who have announced they are not running for re-election to their current seats:
AD=Assembly District; SD=Senate District Continue reading Rep. Ed Brooks not seeking re-election