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A space for civil discussion of Wisconsin (and national) politics. People who do not maintain a civil tone or who are threatening will be removed from this space. In this context consider politics in a wide sense - not just inter-party squabbling.

Budget Bill Heading to Governor's Desk

Tony Evers

The Wisconsin State Senate has passed the GOP Budget Bill and it is now heading to Gov. Tony Evers desk for signature. The bill passed 17-16 this afternoon, with two GOP Senators joining all of the Democrats in voting no. 

Budget Vote This Week: Rhetoric or What’s Right

State Senator Jeff Smith

Two weeks ago, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed their version of the state budget 12 to 4, along party lines. The full Senate scheduled a vote this week on the budget, a vote that may demonstrate the true callousness of politics in our state.

LWV - WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF UNDEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE PRACTICES

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision against the Wisconsin Legislature, restoring the laws enacted during the Legislature’s undemocratic lame-duck session. We are disappointed in and respectfully disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case and fails to address the ways in which the Legislature violated the Wisconsin Constitution in convening the December 2018 Extraordinary Session.

Looking Inward for Juneteenth Day

Sentaor Jeff Smith

Wisconsin is filled with beauty. Sometimes we take our state’s beauty for granted because it’s very apparent all around us. It’s always the less apparent beauty that surprises us and compels us to look deeper in ourselves and appreciate everything around us.

Health, Science and Wisconsin

Dr. Tim Nelson of Mayo Clinic walked the halls of the Wisconsin State Capitol along with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt. They visited 11 offices in a marathon day of lobbying for UWEC’s new science and health sciences building project in the current budget.

Jeff Smith - Politics or the People’s Priorities?

Senator Jeff Smith

My role representing the 31st Senate District didn’t just start when I was sworn into office on January 7th this year. It began last year when I started talking to voters in the 31st Senate District.

Sen. Jeff Smith - We are All One Wisconsin

Senator Jeff Smith

This past week, I met with several healthcare leaders from around the state. Dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, social workers and others discussed a whole gamut of healthcare topics.

Jeff Smith - Knowledge is Power

Senator Jeff Smith

How many times have you heard the expression, “Knowledge is Power?” I heard it from an unexpected source last week during one of our public hearings in the Senate Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection Committee.

Constitutional boundaries need enforcement - League of Women Voters

On May 15, the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning the legality of the December 2018 “extraordinary session.” The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is one of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit. In recent weeks, there have been some misconceptions perpetuated by those who oppose the merits of our case. Here are some facts of the lawsuit:

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