GOP lame-duck plan likened to ‘third world dictatorship’ by critics as they race to stop it

 

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Opponents raced Monday to marshal opposition to what they described as an “unprecedented” Republican power grab. Hear from Gov.-elect Tony Evers, Rep. Chris Taylor, Rep. LaTonya Johnson, Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan here in the Wisconsin State Journal.

ALEC threatens to sue state Rep. Chris Taylor

State Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) has been attending conferences of the conservative bill-writing organization ALEC as a kind of spy to see what the group is working on. Usually she holds her tongue, but after speaking out against one of the conference’s speakers, she has come under potential legal fire. > Isthmus

Two Dem lawmakers call for Flynn to exit governor’s race over priest abuse cases

Democratic state Reps. Chris Taylor and Melissa Sargent are calling on Democratic candidate Matt Flynn to drop out of the race for governor, saying he misrepresented his record as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s counsel against claims of sexual abuse by priests. Flynn is questioning their motives, but has also drawn fire for that suggestion. > Cap Times

Gun control advocates call for tighter state restrictions ahead of Gun Violence Awareness Day

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A group of gun control supporters including lawmakers, faith leaders and victim advocates called on Wisconsin legislators to pass stricter firearm regulations on Thursday, ahead of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday. > Cap Times

Dane County leaders pressure state Republicans to take action on gun control

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Madison-area elected leaders and school representatives advocated for gun reform laws during a press conference Monday. They also said keeping schools and communities safe from violence will take a comprehensive strategy. > Cap Times

GOP leaders continue retaliatory campaign against corruption probes

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State Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) in the Cap Times: “Instead of Republican leaders being alarmed at the practices uncovered in the John Doe II corruption investigation, they are absolutely fixated on shielding themselves from public accountability measures and punishing those involved in this lawful, bipartisan investigation.”

Dems push for new hires at Wisconsin Elections Commission

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted in November to seek three more staffers after a budget veto by Gov. Walker eliminated five posts. The WEC request had the support of leading Democrats, with state Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa, Fred Kessler and Chris Taylor formalizing their request in a letter to Walker. > Wisconsin Gazette