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Republicans say charges against refugees raise concerns

Sep 23 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans on Thursday reiterated their concerns about the vetting of Afghan refugees being housed at an Army post in the state, after two Afghan men were charged with crimes there. The criticism from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and others in Wisconsin comes as Republicans nationally, including aides to former President […]

4th Wisconsin voter out of 3 million charged with fraud

Sep 23 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A fourth Wisconsin voter out of roughly 3 million who cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election was charged with election fraud on Thursday by a Republican prosecutor who is running for attorney general. Fond du Lac District Attorney Eric Toney said the charge alleging that a felon voted illegally does […]

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate tests positive for COVID

Sep 20 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican candidate for Wisconsin governor Rebecca Kleefisch tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at church earlier this month, her campaign said Monday. Kleefisch is a cancer survivor and a former two-term lieutenant governor. She is seeking to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers next year. Kleefisch launched her campaign on […]

Former Trump official working on Wisconsin election probe

Sep 15 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican attorney who worked in former President Donald Trump’s administration and falsely claimed the 2020 election was stolen in Wisconsin appears to have been hired to help with the taxpayer-funded investigation into how the election was run. Andrew Kloster was listed as the author of a letter signed by lead […]

Republican Kleefisch enters Wisconsin governor’s race

Sep 9 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch launched her campaign for Wisconsin governor on Thursday by likening herself to former President Donald Trump and deriding the Democratic incumbent as a weak failure. The Republican told a couple hundred supporters at an envelope factory where her father used to work that if Trump […]

Republicans, elections experts say Wisconsin probe is flawed

Sep 8 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Republican officeholders and elections experts said Wednesday that the GOP-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin lacks credibility, transparency and raises security risks and legal concerns. And a Republican Wisconsin lawmaker who heads the state Senate's election committee separately defended the integrity of the state's election process after […]

Wisconsin US Senate candidate charged with theft, fraud

Sep 7 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee City Council member Chantia Lewis, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, was charged Tuesday with a series of campaign finance violations for allegedly using donations and improper travel reimbursements on more than $21,000 in car payments, family trips, a worship conference and other personal expenses. The four felonies and one […]

Wisconsin election probe includes $325,000 for data analysis

Sep 1 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly half of the money being spent on a Republican-ordered investigation into Wisconsin's 2020 presidential election is earmarked for data analysis, a contract released Wednesday spelling out how the $676,000 in taxpayer money will be spent shows. The Associated Press obtained the contract entered into by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and […]

Wisconsin governor: $680K for election probe is ‘outrageous’

Aug 30 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Monday that it was “outrageous” that Republicans planned to spend $680,000 on an investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin, accusing Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of “drinking the Kool-Aid” after meeting with former President Donald Trump. A Republican-controlled Assembly committee planned to give approval Monday to […]

Senate Democrats push voting rights bills in Wisconsin

Aug 25 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Democrats brought their push for a new federal voting bill to battleground Wisconsin on Wednesday, arguing at a roundtable discussion that the sweeping measure is needed to blunt attempts by Republicans to make voting more difficult. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar expressed optimism that the Democratic bill would pass despite no […]

Wisconsin lawmaker with COVID-19 on ventilator, stable

Aug 25 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican state senator from Wisconsin who opposed mask and vaccine mandates and then developed pneumonia after testing positive for COVID-19 was in stable condition Wednesday after being placed on a ventilator, his spokesman said. State Sen. Andre Jacque, 40, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and was hospitalized Aug. […]

Conservatives file redistricting lawsuit in Wisconsin

Aug 23 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative group filed a redistricting lawsuit with the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday, an action that comes after Democrats filed their own legal challenge in federal court less than two weeks ago. The two lawsuits mean there are fights in both state and federal courts in Wisconsin over redistricting, even […]

Lawsuit challenges Wisconsin districts after census release

Aug 13 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A lawsuit filed Friday asks a federal court to declare Wisconsin's current congressional and legislative district boundaries unconstitutional and to implement new maps ahead of the “near certain event” that the Republican-controlled Legislature and Democratic governor can't reach an agreement. Democratic elections attorney Marc Elias filed the lawsuit on behalf of […]

Wisconsin Democrat Kind won’t seek 14th term in US House

Aug 10 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, who served more than 24 years in a southwestern Wisconsin district that former President Donald Trump carried in 2020, announced Tuesday that he won’t seek reelection next year. Kind is one of just seven House Democrats serving in districts won by Trump. His departure only makes […]

Wisconsin governor vetoes GOP bills to restrict absentees

Aug 10 2021 — Scott Bauer, The Associated Press — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a series of bills Tuesday passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature that would have imposed new restrictions on absentee ballots in the key battleground state. The Democrat also said two Wisconsin counties should not comply with subpoenas to turn over ballots and voting equipment as part […]