MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate’s top Republican told more than a dozen GOP appointees whom Democratic Gov. Tony Evers fired to return to work Friday, contending that an appeals court ruling this week wiped out the governor’s actions. Senate Republicans confirmed 82 of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s appointees during a December lame-duck session. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess ruled last week that the session was illegal and nullified all actions legislators took during it. Evers used the opening to rescind all 82 appointments. But the 3rd District Court of Appeals stayed Niess’ ruling on Wednesday pending the GOP’s full appeal. That order has created confusion about whether the appointees can return to their jobs. Former Public Service Commission member Ellen Nowak tried to go back to her job Thursday morning but Evers’ administration wouldn’t let her in the building. Hours later Evers handed 67 of the … [Read more...] about Top Senate Republican says appointees can return to work
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Steve Karnowski, Associated Press Updated 1:19 pm PDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Flanked by a racially diverse group of children who attend private schools, Minnesota Senate Taxes Committee chairman Roger Chamberlain, center, discusses his bill to turn tax credits into scholarships for low-and middle-income students to help them attend private schools, during a news conference at the state Capitol Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in St. Paul. less Flanked by a racially diverse group of children who attend private schools, Minnesota Senate Taxes Committee chairman Roger Chamberlain, center, discusses his bill to turn tax credits into scholarships for ... more Photo: Steve Karnowski, AP Photo: Steve Karnowski, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Flanked by a racially diverse group … [Read more...] about Senate Republicans revive private school scholarships plan
As proposals to legalize recreational marijuana take shape in the House, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said Monday that the bills do not have a chance to pass in his chamber. The Republican from Nisswa made the statement shortly after a press conference where two Democratic lawmakers and a Republican senator unveiled a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. While Democrats control the state House, Republican hold a two-seat majority in the Senate. Gazelka called the legalization of marijuana a “controversial issue, to say the least,” and said Republicans in the Senate are focused on other priorities — like crafting a two-year budget and reducing health care costs. “Legalizing recreational marijuana is … not something I would consider a priority issue,” Gazelka said in a statement. THREE BILLS PROPOSED, ANOTHER ON THE WAY Three legalization bills have been introduced at the State Capitol so far, and another is on the way. Here’s what the … [Read more...] about Top MN Senate Republican shuts door on legalizing pot. House Democrats frustrated by lack of coordination within party.
Laurie Kellman and Matthew Daly, Associated Press Updated 4:56 pm PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of Iowa speaks in Des Moines. A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for King over his comments about white supremacy. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush said Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, that he will introduce a censure resolution over the Iowa Republican’s remarks to the New York Times. less FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of Iowa speaks in Des Moines. A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for King over his comments about ... more Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close … [Read more...] about Senate GOP leader rips Rep. King over white supremacy remark
Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 10:31 PM EST Jan 1, 2019 Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have at least one thing in common: A desire to work together early on and show they can avoid partisan gridlock, said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey. The Clarklake Republican is poised to preside over a new-look Senate radically reshaped by a combination of term-limit losses and Democratic gains. And for the first time in eight years, the slimmed-down GOP majority will have to work with a governor from the other side of the aisle. “I’m the kind of guy who will start out by looking for ways in which to work together, and only if those become apparently not available will we take a different track,” Shirkey said in an interview with The Detroit News. “But we both have reasonable reasons to try to find things we can agree on and try to get some early successes for … [Read more...] about New Senate GOP leader looks for common ground in divided government