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

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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

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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

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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

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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