Vos, Fitzgerald to state ethics, elections chiefs: Resign


Republican legislative leaders are seeking resignations from the chief staffers of the state Elections and Ethics commissions, citing “concerns over partisan influence remaining” from their predecessor, the former Government Accountability Board. > Wisconsin State Journal

Cap Times: Open the records on complaints about lawmakers


Amazingly, Republicans and Democrats in Wisconsin’s Legislature are in agreement. Republican Assembly speaker Robin Vos and Democrat Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz announced they would not release any information on behavioral complaints involving legislators or their staffs, exhibiting an amazing willingness to embrace bipartisanship when it comes to taking care of their own. > Cap Times

Walker administration, Assembly Speaker highlight sexual harassment policies


Gov. Walker’s administration is reminding agency leaders about state policies on sexual harassment, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is calling a mandatory meeting for staff to discuss sexual harassment reporting processes. The topic is becoming a campaign issue, with state Rep. Dana Wachs, a Democratic candidate for governor, chiming in Monday. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Gazette: Let students refinance their loans


After you’ve bought a house, you can refinance your mortgage when a lower interest rate is available. But Wisconsinites with student loans are prevented from taking advantage of lower interest rates because state law doesn’t allow it. In fact, Gov. Walker and the state’s Republican leadership won’t even discuss it. > Wisconsin Gazette

Black legislators decry appointments to prison task force


Four black Democratic legislators wrote a letter to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) in response to appointing only white men to a task force that will study the efficacy of Wisconsin prisons. Vos also appointed no Democrats. > The Daily Cardinal

Rural school leaders say K-12 budget doesn’t do enough for their districts, but Vos says they’re out of luck


Some district administrators say state education spending isn’t meeting the needs of rural districts. Gov. Walker has pushed for increased sparsity aid, which is meant to make up for the disadvantages many rural districts face. But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he won’t take up the issue when the Legislature resumes in January. > Wisconsin Public Radio