State Senate Republicans tap new leaders for committees including universities, health care

State Senate Republicans have tapped a list of committee chairpersons that includes Sen.-elect Dale Kooyenga leading a committee on universities and technical colleges. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced the list Monday. It includes every committee chairperson for the 2019-20 biennial cycle starting in January. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin lawmakers reject bill to protect pre-existing conditions

In another early-morning vote, state senators failed to deliver on a campaign promise from Gov. Scott Walker to approve legislation that protects health insurance coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. All Democrats and two Republicans in the Senate voted against that legislation. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘This is an invitation to corruption’: Wisconsin state lawmakers exempt themselves from open records rules

State lawmakers are quick to call for transparency and open government, but a decades-old loophole in Wisconsin allows them to avoid the public records rules they wrote for other government agencies. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Republican Fitzgerald re-elected as leader as GOP gains seat

State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has been re-elected as majority leader, two days after Republicans picked up a seat over Democrats. Fitzgerald, of Juneau, was the unanimous choice Thursday and ran unopposed for the leadership position he’s held since 2011 when Republicans took control away from Democrats. > AP News

Wisconsin Republicans maintain control of state Legislature

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Republicans silenced any talk Tuesday of a blue wave sweeping them out of control of the Wisconsin Legislature, with GOP incumbents turning back more than enough Democratic challengers to maintain majorities in both the state Assembly and Senate. The GOP has controlled both houses since 2011. > AP News

Control of Wisconsin’s Senate comes down to five races

A fight is brewing over five state Senate seats as Democrats try to take control of the chamber while Republicans seek to expand their majority. With Republicans holding an 18-15 majority, Democrats need to gain two seats to flip control. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Dems hope to flip state Senate

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Wisconsin Democrats are looking to do something Tuesday that they haven’t accomplished in six years: take control of the state Senate and finally stop the state GOP agenda. Republicans have run both legislative houses and the governor’s office since 2011, except for four months at the end of 2012. > AP News