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

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