Walker calls special elections for June 12 for vacant legislative seats

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On Thursday Gov. Walker used an executive order to call two special elections for state seats on June 12. If a primary is needed, it will be held May 15. Candidate nomination papers were eligible to be circulated as of Thursday and must be filed by April 17. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker says he dropped special elections appeal because it was clear he would lose

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After being rebuked by three judges over the past week for his decision to delay calling two special elections, Walker considered appealing his case to the state Supreme Court where conservatives hold a 5-2 majority, but he changed his mind and called special elections for June 12. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker, Republican lawmakers abandon plans to block special elections

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday called special elections in two vacant legislative districts while maintaining that the process is a “waste of the taxpayers’ money.” Shortly after Walker ordered the elections, Republican lawmakers abandoned a plan to change state law to block them. > Cap Times

BlueWisconsin on spring break hiatus

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We’re taking a short pause this week in light of spring break and Easter, but we’ll be back on Monday. You may see a few posts pop up if major developments occur, but there will be no Daily Dose email until next week.

Thank you for understanding, and here’s wishing all of our readers a happy spring holiday!

Judge rejects Walker’s request to delay election order

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A judge has rejected an attempt by Gov. Scott Walker to delay a court-ordered deadline to call special elections for two vacant legislative districts. The ruling means that Walker still faces a deadline of Thursday at noon to call the two special elections. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker asks judge to delay deadline for special elections as Legislature seeks to change law

Gov. Scott Walker has asked a judge to delay the date by which he must call special elections for two vacant legislative seats while legislators try to change the state law governing those elections. > Cap Times

Senate to take up bill curtailing special elections

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The governor would no longer be required to call special elections for vacant state seats “as promptly as possible” under a measure the Senate plans to take up next week.

The bill would override a judge’s order last week that Gov. Walker call special elections for two vacant legislative seats. > Wisconsin State Journal