Lawmaker on sexual misconduct allegations: ‘I’m not going to be treated like some punching bag’


A defiant state Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) reversed course this week from a past claim that he did not recall alleged incidents in which he was accused of sexual misconduct, while also panning Democratic attempts to push him out of office, saying he’s readying for a possible re-election bid. > Wisconsin State Journal

Assembly to take up sexual harassment training resolution


All Assembly lawmakers, officers and staff will be required to participate in anti-harassment and ethics training every two years under a bipartisan resolution the Assembly plans to take up Tuesday. > Wisconsin State Journal

Johnson: Trump accusations have already been vetted


U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that he does not support investigating accusations against President Trump for sexual assault because the voters have already cast their ballots. “Trump’s problems were vetted during the campaign,” Johnson said on CNN. “The American people elected President Trump.” > Washington Times

Ryan: U.S. House to stop using public funds for harassment settlements

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that Congress was working on a package of reforms that would prohibit using taxpayer money for settlements in sexual harassment claims lodged against lawmakers’ offices. > Reuters

Shilling: Sexual harassment policies should protect victims without ‘shielding perpetrators’


While leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature grapple with how to protect victims of sexual harassment without shielding perpetrators from scrutiny, Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) says it is her goal to make sure victims feel comfortable and supported coming forward to report it. > Cap Times

Protesters call on Paul Ryan for more transparency

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A group of activists is calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan for more transparency. Traveling from Michigan and protesting at Ryan’s office in Kenosha Monday, they called for the speaker to identify lawmakers who have settled sexual harassment claims using taxpayer money, a figure estimated at $17 million over the past two decades. > ABC 27 Madison