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Senator Jeff Smith - Legislators Gather for Nonpartisan Conference

Senator Jeff Smith

Last week I joined over 7,000 legislators and staff from other states and around the world in Nashville at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that has been around 45 years with a mission to advise, train and advocate for state government, regardless of party affiliation.

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF WISCONSIN CALLS ON LAWMAKERS TO PASS STATE GUN REFORMS

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin mourns the loss of scores of innocent lives in three recent mass shootings -- in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio -- in one week. Like so many others, we are frustrated that these tragedies continue and nothing is done to stop them. 

Questioning Our Economy

State Senator Jeff Smith

Do you ever wonder how our economy stopped working for all of us? How have we arrived at stagnant wages, mega-rich corporations buying elections and people lacking essential access to healthcare?

Jeff Smith - Transit for Our Future

Senator Jeff Smith

Summer travel season is in full swing. During this busy time, families are crisscrossing through Wisconsin squeezing in those final summer vacations before kids go back to school. Summer is also construction season, causing headaches for everyone trying to get to and from our summer fun.

Enough of Divide and Conquer Politics

Senator Jeff Smith Headshot

When politicians have no answers, they find a way to distract constituents. Politicians have a knack for finding a scapegoat to blame when a plan is failing. It’s been the game played by politicians for decades.

How polarized are Wisconsin lawmakers?

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Talk of political polarization — epitomized by the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats — is ubiquitous these days. Watch the nightly news, read a newspaper article about a political issue or talk to someone about politics, and the topic of polarization will likely come up.

This is No Time for Legislators to Rest

Senator Jeff Smith

Students are floating down the river while friends and families are enjoying outdoor fairs and festivals. It’s finally summer; time for a break, right?

More speeches from Families Belong Together

Families Belong Together Rally video

More videos of speeches from the Families Belong Together event in Eau Claire. Today's video is speeches from Andrew Werthmann, Ann Francis, and Zoe Roberts.

Trust The Voters

Redistricting is right around the corner in 2021. New legislative and congressional district maps will be drawn up after the census by the political party in charge. Gerrymandered maps will give the party in charge a secure advantage for the next 10 years.

Governor Evers signs budget with 78 partial vetoes

This morning Governor Evers signed the budget forwarded from the legislature, but added 78 partial vetoes. The end result is a budget that is a compromise between Evers' budget proposal and the bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. The entire veto messages is included below, but some of the primary items of interest include

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