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

Dem lawmakers ask Ray Cross to slow down UW mergers

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In letter circulated by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), twenty Democratic legislators are asking UW System President Ray Cross to delay implementation of a reorganization of the system’s campuses. Cross’ plan would merge the system’s 13 two-year campuses with 7 of its 13 four-year campuses. > Cap Times

State Democrats introduce bill to close Lincoln Hills

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State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and State Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) introduced a bill to close Wisconsin’s only youth prison. Lincoln Hills has been under federal investigation for several years after allegations of inmate abuse and neglect. Most recently, five staff members were sent to the hospital after being attacked by a young offender. > WDJT Milwaukee

Proposal floated to close youth prison in one year

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The state’s youth prison in Irma – Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls – where inmates and staff have both described a chaotic and unsafe environment, would be closed within one year under a proposal floated this week by state Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison). > Wisconsin State Journal

Erpenbach, Taylor bills would undo some abortion restrictions in Wisconsin

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Three bills proposed by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) would undo a series of anti-abortion measures signed into law in Wisconsin over the last two decades. Though the legislation has virtually no chance of passing, Erpenbach said they will continue introducing it “session after session until it becomes law.” > Cap Times

Wisconsin Dems propose bill banning bump stocks

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State Reps. Chris Taylor, Lisa Subeck, Melissa Sargent and Terese Berceau, all from Madison, introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the possession, use and sale of bump stocks, which are currently legally available throughout the state. Subeck says it doesn’t make sense to ban automatic weapons if bump stocks are legal. > WMTV Madison

What the pro-voucher camp is saying: School choice opponents’ arguments are ‘tired and false’

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From the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty: “By repeating the false narrative about school choice, Rep. Chris Taylor seeks to propagate a system where families most in need of alternatives are stuck in failing schools. Unlike Taylor, I refuse to sacrifice the education of our children at the altar of the public school establishment.” > Cap Times