Vinehout defends abortion stance, suggests electing a woman could reduce harassment


State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout suggested Thursday that Wisconsin would see less sexual harassment with a woman in the governor’s mansion, but argued voters should judge candidates based on their character and qualifications rather than their gender. > Cap Times

State Senate poised to pass abortion limits for public workers


Abortions for public workers would not be covered by insurance in most cases under a bill the state Senate plans to pass this week as it nears the end of its session. The ban would apply to state workers and thousands of local government employees covered by the state health insurance board. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Legislature to vote on reinsurance, tax cuts


In a mad dash to the finish of their legislative session, Wisconsin lawmakers plan to vote this week on several key bills that would address insurance costs, tax cuts, welfare requirements, juvenile justice, abortion, wetlands, child tax credits, school aid, attracting workers and state employee pay raises. > AP News

GOP lawmakers aim to make it harder for public workers to get abortions


State workers could not use government-sponsored health insurance for abortions in most cases, under a bill sponsored by Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere). Senate committee Republicans approved the measure on a party-line vote four years after abandoning a similar bill that Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said then would unleash “all out hell” in that house. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Republican Rep. Andre Jacque announces state senate bid

Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere), known as one of the state Assembly’s most conservative members, said Tuesday he will run for the vacant 1st Senate District following the departure of former Sen. Frank Lasee. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Candidate who opposes abortion in all scenarios wins GOP primary in Washington County


Rick Gundrum has won the GOP primary for the 58th State Assembly District special election to replace state Rep. Robert Gannon, who died in October. Self-described as “100 percent pro-life”, Gundrum says he opposes all abortions, including in cases of rape, incest or the mother’s life being in danger if the baby is delivered. > Wisconsin Public Radio