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Why Wasn't 2018 A Big Election For Women In The Wisconsin Legislature?

Women vying for public office made historic waves across the United States in the 2018 midterm elections. Wisconsin, however, didn't quite follow that national trend. Additionally, while voters elected more women to the state Assembly in 2018, the state finds itself lagging behind its Midwest neighbors.

Cancelled - Menomonie School Board Meeting and Mid-year budget hearing

Tonight's meetings are cancelled due to freezing rain. All other Menomonie School District evening events are also cancelled.

Jan. 14, 2018 - this will be the normal monthly Menomonie School District board meeting. The mid-year budget hearing will proceed the board meeting.  Schedule:

Budget Hearing: 5:00 PM

Board Meeting: 5:30 PM

Agendas and other information are attached.

Lame Duck Session - where we stand

Wisconsin State Senate Floor Session

The Senate, after several hours of recess, has come back into session. Earlier in the day the Senate voted along party lines to approve 82 appointments that suddenly appeared on the floor. The Senate also voted to pass one of the three bills that remained, covering tax breaks to pass-through tax entities and funding for road construction in the state. This was considered the least controversial of the bills.

Live Streaming from the Capitol

WisEye Morning Minute: News Conference - Pre-JFC Public Hearing

Where we are now?   The Senate has amazingly re-convened after several hours, took up some amendments, at which point the Democrats decided to go into caucus to discuss the amendments. The BOTTOM video is the current live stream of the Senate session. There also apparently are plans for the Assembly to finally convene at 10 PM. 

Opinion

Jeff Smith - Marsy’s Law: Do It Quick or Do It Right?

Jeff Smith

Our first week of the legislative session is off to a fast start. It appears my first legislative vote will be changing our State Constitution with a resolution called, “Marsy’s Law.”

Jeff Smith - Committees, Collaboration and Compromise

Senator Jeff Smith

Senate committees aren’t exactly the hottest topic to write about in state government, but it’s incredibly important for our work as legislators. Most Senate committee names seem like someone pulled the topics out of a hat and randomly strung them together to create a committee.

Divided, but Not Broken Government

Senator Elect Jeff Smith

As I traversed western Wisconsin last year campaigning to be the new 31st District State Senator, it was clear we’ve been fortunate to have Kathleen Vinehout serve as our Senator for the last twelve years.

Press Releases and more

WLCV - A fresh look and name for a new day in conservation for Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
CONTACT: Ryan Billingham, Communications Director, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, 608-208-1129 (office), 608-213-6972 (mobile/text), or [email protected]

LWV Sues to Prevent Enforcement of Bills Passed During Unconstitutional “Extraordinary Session” of the Legislature

MADISON—Today the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, along with five other plaintiffs,

filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court challenging the enforceability of the legislation

adopted during an “extraordinary session” of the Wisconsin Legislature last month. The lawsuit

asks the court to prevent the Wisconsin Election Commission and Governor Tony Evers from

enforcing or implementing any of the provisions of the newly enacted laws. The lawsuit

Statement Regarding Senator Jeff Smith’s Swearing-in

MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) was sworn into office today as the 31st District Senator during the opening session of the 104th Wisconsin State Legislature.

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