Wisconsin Republicans forge ahead with power-stripping bills

Wisconsin Republicans moved quickly Monday with a rare lame-duck session that would change the 2020 presidential primary date to benefit a conservative Supreme Court justice and weaken the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general, as well as reduce the window for early voting. > AP News

Assembly Republicans keep familiar names on state budget writing committee


All but two GOP Assembly members of the state’s budget writing committee will retain their appointments in the new legislative session, Speaker Robin Vos announced Wednesday. > Wisconsin State Journal

GOP lawmaker: Support ‘unanimous’ for pre-existing coverage


Sen. Alberta Darling said Tuesday that support is “unanimous” among GOP senators for guaranteeing that people with pre-existing health conditions have access to health insurance. Last week Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald seesawed on whether there were enough votes for the idea. > AP News

Not enough votes for Kimberly-Clark incentives package

A top GOP lawmaker said this week that Republican state senators don’t have enough votes to pass a bill that would offer Foxconn-style incentives to consumer products company Kimberly-Clark. Republicans in the Assembly passed the incentives in February after Kimberly-Clark announced plans for plant closings that would eliminate 600 jobs. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Top GOP state lawmaker: ‘Roads in Illinois are much better’ than Wisconsin’s I-94 near Foxconn


Illinois is doing a better job than Wisconsin of maintaining the heavily traveled I-94 that runs through both states, said Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s budget-writing committe. She made the comments Thursday to argue spending millions of federal dollars to improve the freeway. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Despite potential roadblocks, Darling confident school safety, Lincoln Hills bills will pass

The state Senate has a lot on its to-do list before the session ends, including Gov. Walker’s school safety package, a solution for Lincoln Hills and a $100 child tax credit. Though there’s disagreement between the Senate and Assembly, Sen. Alberta Darling professed no doubts it will all get done. > Cap Times

State Journal calls out Republicans for backtracking on their commitment to a clean state budget


Back in April, we congratulated the Legislature’s finance committee for responsibly purging all non-fiscal policy from Gov. Walker’s state budget request. So much for that. The budget now heading to Walker’s desk is stuffed with dozens of non-fiscal policy decisions — some of them controversial and confusing — without public hearings or proper vetting. > Wisconsin State Journal