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Wisconsin Conservatives Revive Official Language Bill

Senator Steve Nass

On Monday Senators Andre Jacque, Dave Craig, and Steve Nass began circulating a bill to make English the official language of Wisconsin. This bill was introduced in the 2013 legislative session when by Jacque and Craig when they were members of the state assembly, but failed to pass.

Conservative Group asks Judge to hold Election Officials in Contempt

Ozaukee County Courthouse

The conservative legal group, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) today asked an Ozaukee County judge to hold the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt and charge them up to $12,000 per day in a lawsuit concerning Wisconsin's voter rolls. At issue is a ruling in December requiring the removal of over 200,000 voters from the state election rolls. WILL President and General Counsel Rick Esenberg said in a public statement, “Court orders are not optional.

Every Conversation Sparks a New Idea

State Senator Jeff Smith

The past year pushed me to learn and grow as a leader. As I spent time with my family over the holiday season, I reflected on the value of collaboration, a lesson learned in 2019. I thought about all the conversations I had with others, and how accomplishments were possible from the time spent learning from others.

Elections Commission defers action on Voter Purge - update

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is holding a this morning to, among other things, have an update on the legal status of the purge of voters from the voter rolls. At the moment we have no information on the outcome of the meeting. Updates will follow.

Lessons Learned in 2019

State Senator Jeff Smith

This time of year offers an important opportunity to reflect and be grateful for the experiences we’ve earned. It’s been an honor serving as your state senator this year. As I returned from my last Madison trip of 2019, I had so much to think about, including the lessons learned, accomplishments made and what to look forward to in 2020.

 

About that Voter Purge

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The news ricocheted around the state - 234,000 to be removed from the voter polls. It sounds terrible. Well, it probably is terrible in the sense that as with most of the Republican moves against voter fraud, it is a solution searching for a problem. At the moment it is far from clear what will actually happen as the result of a ruling in an Ozaukee County court last week.

Sen. Smith - It’s Cold Outside for Our Furry Friends

Senator Jeff Smith

While it’s not officially here yet, the winter season has come to western Wisconsin. Snow has fallen and temperatures have dropped close to zero. During these winter months, my family’s two dogs enjoy exploring the outdoors. But, as the days get even colder, you’ll find the dogs spending more time inside near the wood-burning stove in our family room.

Fish-Fry Time is Voter-Purge Time

Pat Kreitlow

Good Morning from Lake Wissota…

While you were preparing to enjoy your Friday night fish fry, a Republican-appointed judge in the Milwaukee suburbs may have just fixed the 2020 election for the Republican Party and put an unnecessary barrier between the ballot box and almost a quarter-million Wisconsin voters, maybe even you.

State Court Orders Purge of up to 234,000 Voter Registrations

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An Ozaukee County judge ruled today that as many as 230,000 registered voters in Wisconsin must be purged from the voter rolls.

Another Special Elections Fracas And The Question Of Representation

Gov. Tony Evers

For the second time in as many years, Wisconsin's gears of democracy have slipped and slowed on the questions of how and when a special election would be set by the governor's office. Calling these irregular and often unexpected votes for seats in the state Legislature and occasionally Congress has been a fairly mundane, run-of-the-mill matter for decades. But two quite different governors set special election dates that would end up being confusing, controversial and even litigious.

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