Rep. Taylor explains: Why the calls for a Constitutional Convention are such a threat


This article by Rep. Chris Taylor from March is a worthy 101 on why the pending Wisconsin vote for a U.S. Constitutional Convention is so dangerous: “This is a high-stakes process. The convention can amend the U.S. Constitution in any way it sees fit, and in a hyper-partisan environment, most delegates would be chosen by Republicans.” >

Why Rep. Taylor thinks the Tommy Thompson center at UW-Madison is a terrible idea


How ironic that the Republican leaders who tried to gut the Wisconsin Idea and abolish Wisconsin’s open records laws are the ones pushing this Center, which will undoubtedly end up subsidizing the speaking fees of their conservative buddies who will tour the UW System. > Superior Telegram

Rep. Chris Taylor announces Madison listening sessions


State Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) has announced dates for two upcoming listening session. The first will be held Friday, May 26, at the Johnson Public House, Madison, from 10am to 12 noon, and the second at Barriques on Atwood on Friday, June 9, from 10am to 12 noon. See the full details here from The Wheeler Report.

Democratic bills would set ‘use of force’ policies for statewide police


The legislation, being circulated for co-sponsorship, would set specific requirements for ‘use of force’ policies, require those policies be published online and require law enforcement officers to participate in at least eight hours of training per year in ‘use of force’ options, focusing on tactics that would minimize the level of force. > WISC News

Marijuana legalization – even medicinal – seemingly far off in Wisconsin

State Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) addressed young professionals on the topic in Appleton last week, while Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) spoke on camera to WisconsinEye recently from Genna’s Lounge.  >  Appleton Post-Crescent and WisEye

Madison Dem joined by Flint pediatrician to unveil new lead proposals

The Flint drinking water crisis has inspired bipartisan efforts in Wisconsin to mitigate lead in the water supply. On Friday, state Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) planned to unveil several more proposals to deal with lead contamination during a press conference featuring the pediatrician who helped expose the Flint contamination.  >  The Cap Times

Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses out judicial recusal reform, numerous opponents respond

The Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 5-2 today to reject creating specific rules for when a judge or justice should be removed from a case due to receiving campaign donations from a group or individual with the case.  >  The Cap Times

Various organizations and lawmakers released statements in response…

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison):Another strike against an independent judiciary

Democratic Party of Wisconsin:Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Kill Common-Sense Reform On Recusal Rules

One Wisconsin Now:Wisconsin State Supreme Court Conservatives Choose to Protect Special Interests’ ‘Pay Your Due Process’ Instead of Constitutional Right to Due Process

And the Wisconsin Justice Initiative simply wrote: “This decision is an insult to the intelligence of Wisconsin residents and voters. The reasoning of the majority is absurd and will only make the Supreme Court and state court system the object of ridicule and mistrust in the state and around the country. “