Republican leaders dispute Evers took lead on bill to punish problem teachers

Two top Republican lawmakers said this week that state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers — a Democrat challenging Gov. Scott Walker in November — didn’t take the lead on urging lawmakers to pass legislation making it easier to revoke the licenses of teachers who behave inappropriately. > Cap Times

State GOP leader: ‘Insanity’ for Trump to urge delaying indictment of allies

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GOP Congressman Glenn Grothman and the No. 2 Republican in the state Assembly, Jim Steineke, are among those questioning President Donald Trump’s suggestion that two of his congressional allies should not have been indicted before the midterm elections. > Wisconsin State Journal

Top Republicans now promise to support Jacque in Senate race

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Now that state Rep. Andre Jacque has defeated the candidate they openly and heavily supported in yesterday’s primary, a pair of powerful Assembly Republicans are reversing course and pledging to support Jacque in his June 12 bid for an open state Senate seat. > AP News

Republican primaries held today for June special elections

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Republicans seeking to fill legislative seats vacant since December are competing in a primary Tuesday — and party leaders are putting their political clout behind favored candidates. The two special elections are for the 1st Senate District in northeast Wisconsin and the 42nd Assembly District in the south-central area of the state. > Wisconsin State Journal

State GOP snubs Rep. Jacque in senate race

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Campaigning for Wisconsin’s 1st State Senate District is in full swing with the special election primary just over a month away. But several state republicans have announced they are not supporting Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, instead throwing their support behind a 24-year-old political newcomer. > WBAY-TV Green Bay

Steineke: Walker’s welfare changes are the compassionate choice

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On Sunday’s episode of political talk show “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” Rep. Lisa Subeck and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke both claimed the moral high ground for Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed welfare bills, with Steineke arguing it’s more compassionate to provide incentives and treatment to move welfare recipients to work. > Cap Times

Vos: Wetlands bill should pass after being revised from public hearing version

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a bill that would allow developers to fill state wetlands without a permit should pass the chamber but the bill’s chief sponsor, Majority Leader Jim Steineke, is working on changes to assuage concerns raised at a public hearing last month. > Wisconsin Public Radio