Peter Barca to step down as leader of Wisconsin Assembly Democrats

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Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) will step down as minority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly at the end of September. Barca was first chosen to lead Assembly Democrats in 2011, following the conservative wave that ushered in Gov. Walker and a strong Republican majority. He was re-elected in November, but not without evident party tension. > Cap Times

Oshkosh Rep. Gordon Hintz first in to replace Peter Barca as Assembly minority leader

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State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) will run to serve as leader of the Assembly Democrats. Hintz confirmed his plans Friday. Hintz’s name was floated as a contender to run for the leadership position in November, when the caucus held elections, but he declined at the time citing the birth of his first child. > Cap Times

Assembly committee approves Foxconn incentives

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A Wisconsin Assembly committee Monday approved the $3 billion tax incentive package for Foxconn, the first vote in what could be an intense month of legislative action to quickly pass the massive deal. The Republican-controlled committee voted 8-5 along party lines to send the bill to the full Assembly, which plans to take it up Thursday. > TMJ4 Milwaukee

Walker tells lawmakers to ‘get it done’ on roads funding

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As division continues to sow publicly among Assembly Republicans over transportation funding, Gov. Walker called on lawmakers to “get it done” during a stop at a highway construction site in Fox Crossing Thursday. Walker also expressed concern about suggestions to break roads funding off from the state budget.  >  Appleton Post-Crescent

Quick explainer: What Wisconsin’s roads shortfall could mean for taxpayers

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The biggest question in the Statehouse right now is how Gov. Walker and fellow Republicans will resolve their dispute over roads funding. Here’s a closer look at where Walker, the Assembly and the Senate stand on how to plug the projected $1 billion transportation budget hole, and what it might mean for our pocketbooks. > WEAU Eau Claire

Public hearing on campus free speech bill scheduled for Thursday

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Per Rep. Chris Taylor’s Facebook page: “Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities CONVENIENTLY scheduled their hearing on the campus free speech bill for this Thursday when students/faculty/staff have finals. Please do what you can to show up and register your opposition!” Details here.

Kooyenga hopeful that Walker, state senators will buy into roads plan

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On “UpFront with Mike Gousha” Sunday morning, Gousha asked Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) the crucial question about the transportation funding plan the Assembly unveiled Thursday: “Do you have any reason to believe that the governor and the Senate are going to be serious about this plan?”  >  The Cap Times