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8 minutes | 3 days ago
Capitol Notes: It Remains To Be Seen What A GOP-Crafted Tax Cut Would Look Like In Wisconsin
Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature will begin to craft a budget of their own, after they removed nearly 400 policy items from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' proposed budget. GOP leaders have indicated that their version of the budget may include a tax cut.
7 minutes | 9 days ago
Capitol Notes: Vice President Harris Visit Signals Need To Keep Wisconsin On The 2022 Radar
In this week’s Capitol Notes, JR Ross of wispolitics.com tells Marti Mikkelson that it’s important for the president and vice president to keep the state on their radar.
7 minutes | 17 days ago
Capitol Notes: New Foxconn Deal Amounts To Any Other Jobs Incentive Package For Wisconsin
Marti Mikkelson and JR Ross of wispolitics.com discuss the possible impact of Go. Tony Evers' new tax incentive deal reached with Foxconn Technology Group.
10 minutes | 23 days ago
Capitol Notes: LeMahieu Closes The Door On Chances Of Marijuana Legalization In Wisconsin
State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu told wispolitics.com that for the most part, his caucus doesn’t support legalizing marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes.
8 minutes | a month ago
Capitol Notes: Trump Endorses, Urges Johnson To Bid For Third Term In 2022
While Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson continues to say he is taking his time to decide whether or not to run for a third term in 2022, on Thursday he received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, if he decides to enter the race.
10 minutes | a month ago
Capitol Notes: Lasry Posts Significant Early Fundraising Numbers Ahead Of Next Year's Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race
The stakes are high in the race for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat next year, as Republican incumbent Ron Johnson decides whether to bid for a third term. Milwaukee Bucks Executive Alex Lasry, who is running as a Democrat, says his campaign has raised $1 million since he got into the race in mid-February.
7 minutes | a month ago
Capitol Notes: Despite Critics of Beloit Casino, Other Issues Likely To Dominate 2022 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race
In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson speaks with wispolitics.com editor JR Ross about Gov. Tony Evers' approval of a large casino and entertainment complex in Beloit.
12 minutes | 2 months ago
Capitol Notes: Wisconsin Superintendent Hopefuls Trade Barbs, Launch Ads
As the race for Wisconsin state superintendent heats up, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson talks with JR Ross of wispolitics.com about what he expects to see moving forward in the race.
11 minutes | 2 months ago
Capitol Notes: Critics Call Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's Latest Comments 'Racist'
Critics again called on him to resign, as they did a few weeks ago when Johnson said the riot at the Capitol “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection” to him. There have been repeated calls for a while for Johnson to step down.
7 minutes | 2 months ago
Capitol Notes: Bill Banning Transgender Athletes Could Pass, May Be An Election Issue In Wisconsin
Another hot button issue came up last week before the Wisconsin Legislature.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Capitol Notes: Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Ron Kind Signals He May Enter U.S. Senate Race
A big name came up last week as a possible candidate for Republican U.S Sen. Ron Johnson’s seat next year. Longtime Democratic Congressman Ron Kind of La Crosse indicated he might run. Kind narrowly won re-election to his House seat in November, beating his Republican challenger by only two percentage points. In this week’s Capitol Notes , Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com if he thinks Kind can beat Ron Johnson — if Johnson decides to run for a third term.
11 minutes | 3 months ago
Capitol Notes: Ron Johnson's Latest Comments Prompt More Calls To Resign Or Be Voted Out In 2022
Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has been making national headlines. Last week, Wisconsin’s senior senator told a Milwaukee radio host that the deadly riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 “didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me.” He said he’d like to find out whether any firearms were confiscated and how many shots were fired. Johnson’s comments prompted more calls for him to resign or for voters to throw him out of office next November — if he decides to run for governor or for a third term in the Senate. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com if he thinks these comments will hurt Johnson as he considers some type of bid in 2022.
10 minutes | 3 months ago
Capitol Notes: Biden Visits Milwaukee On Tuesday, Signaling Wisconsin's Importance To 2024 Election
On Tuesday night, Joe Biden will make one of his first official trips as president, coming to Milwaukee for a CNN town hall at the Pabst Theater. The focus is expected to be on the coronavirus pandemic and jump-starting the economy. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com why he thinks Biden chose to visit Wisconsin so soon after his inauguration.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
Capitol Notes: Evers' Budget Proposal Includes Major Campaign Promise To Legalize Marijuana
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is set to unveil his biennial budget proposal next week. We’re starting to get a clearer picture of what will be included, and some big, bold items are emerging. Evers announced over the weekend that his spending plan for the next two fiscal years would include legalization of recreational and medical marijuana. People would purchase marijuana at dispensaries and the state would regulate and tax it just like with alcohol. Evers says about half the money generated from sales would go toward helping rural schools and underserved communities. Evers made marijuana legalization a key campaign promise. In this week’s Capitol Notes , WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com his thoughts on how Republicans, who control the Legislature, will react to the proposal.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
Capitol Notes: Wisconsin's Mask Mandate Is Safe For Now
Last week saw a lot of activity in the Republican-controlled state Legislature. In a surprising turn of events, lawmakers did not repeal Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate. The Senate supported a resolution earlier in the week to eliminate the mask order, but then it ran into roadblocks in the Assembly. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau issued a memo, reminding lawmakers that Wisconsin could lose $49 million a month in federal food stamp money if it repeals the mask order. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the item is on hold for the time being — but his chamber could again take up repeal this week. In today’s Capitol Notes conversation, Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com to recap the developments.
9 minutes | 4 months ago
Capitol Notes: Republican Lawmakers Poised To Overturn Gov. Evers' Statewide Mask Mandate
Republicans in the state Legislature have introduced a resolution to nullify Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ declaration last week of a public health emergency. It resulted in another statewide mask mandate in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. More than two dozen GOP lawmakers have signed on as sponsors of the resolution, arguing the new order is unconstitutional. They’re hoping to vote on the resolution this week when both chambers meet, but Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu haven’t weighed in yet. Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com how he thinks this will play out.
6 minutes | 4 months ago
Capitol Notes: Where Do Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Stand On Trump Impeachment Trial?
Wisconsin’s Congress members broke along party lines last week when the House voted to impeach President Donad Trump for his role in inciting a riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead. It’s now up to the U.S. Senate to decide whether to hold a trial that could lead to a conviction, even after Trump’s term expires this week and President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. In this week’s Capitol Notes , Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com where Wisconsin’s two senators, Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin, stand on this issue.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Capitol Notes: A Look Ahead At The Top Political Stories For Wisconsin In 2021
In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, we look ahead to the political stories that will likely top the headlines in 2021. One of the first orders of business will be Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget address next month. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com , what issues he thinks will be top priorities in the governor’s budget.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Capitol Notes: A Look Back On The Top Political Stories Of 2020
In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, we’re going to look back at the top political stories of 2020. One of the biggest stories was the impact of the coronavirus, and how elected officials responded. Here in Wisconsin, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and health officials declared a state of emergency at the outset, which resulted in a couple of stay-at-home orders, as well as mandates for masks and capacity limits on businesses. Several lawsuits ensued from Republican lawmakers and political groups. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com why Gov. Evers felt it was necessary to issue these mandates.
10 minutes | 5 months ago
Capitol Notes: Wisconsin Legislators Expected To Pass Changes To Election Laws In 2021
Newly elected Republican state Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu says he wants to pass a bill early next year that would allow clerks to begin counting absentee ballots before Election Day. LeMahieu tried to get a bill to this effect passed earlier this year. It had bipartisan support but failed because some Republican lawmakers opposed it. In this week’s Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson asks JR Ross of wispolitics.com , if he thinks such a bill would pass this time.
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