Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers not ruling out state funds for train between Madison and Milwaukee
Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he isn’t ruling out the use of state funds to construct a passenger rail line between the cities of Madison and Milwaukee that would also expand connections between Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota.chicagotribune.com
Wisconsin Republican leaders unified in opposition to train
The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate said Thursday that he opposes spending any state money to help Madison bring a passenger rail line that would connect the capital city to Milwaukee, joining the state's other top GOP legislative leader in opposition to the project. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu told The Associated Press that he opposes state funding for the project but had not been briefed by Madison city leaders on what they were attempting. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was blunt last week when asked about it, saying only “No state funding.”news.yahoo.com
Wisconsin governor challenged to stop all inmate paroles
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels called Monday on Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to halt all paroles in the state, even though a governor can't unilaterally order them to stop and some paroles are mandated by law. Michels has been hitting Evers as being soft on crime, accusing the Democrat in a letter Monday of sympathizing with and coddling “brutal, convicted criminals.” Evers' spokesperson Britt Cudaback said it would be illegal to do as Michels wants and called the request “an uninformed stunt to score political points by someone who has no regard or appreciation for the laws of our state.”news.yahoo.com
Walker, conservatives ask Supreme Court to take access case
A conservative think tank and former Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' decision to exclude the group's writers from press briefings, which lower courts have said is legal. The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy filed the lawsuit in 2019 alleging that Evers violated its staffers’ constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of the press and equal access. A judge in 2020 rejected their arguments, saying MacIver can still report on Evers without being invited to his press briefings or being on his email distribution list.news.yahoo.com
Foxconn, Wisconsin reach new tax break deal for scaled-back project
Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, has reached a new deal with reduced tax breaks for its scaled back project in southeast Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers and the the company announced Monday.chicagotribune.com
Trump's heir? Pence reemerges, lays groundwork for 2024 run
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen walk from the plane to greet supporters after arriving back in his hometown of Columbus, Ind. Conspicuously absent from the list: Mike Pence. The former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024. Ad“Obviously Mike Pence has a very different persona, a very different tone. The anger at Pence took a dangerously personal turn on Jan. 6 when rioters paraded through the Capitol chanting “Hang Mike Pence” as a mob outside set up a makeshift gallows.
Foxconn mulls making electric vehicles at Wisconsin plant
Foxconn Chairman Young Liu speaks in a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest electronics manufacturer, is looking at making electric vehicles in its highly anticipated and controversial Wisconsin plant that has been scaled back since its announcement in 2017, the company's chairman said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)TAIPEI – Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest electronics manufacturer, is considering making electric vehicles at its highly anticipated Wisconsin plant that has been scaled back since its announcement in 2017, the company's chairman said Tuesday. The decision will be between whether to go to Mexico or the U.S. for manufacturing electric vehicles, Foxconn Chairman Young Liu said at a news conference in Taipei, Taiwan's capital. The Wisconsin project was scaled back after Foxconn initially signed a contract with the state of Wisconsin under then-Gov.
Wisconsin hunters exceed wolf target by nearly 100 animals
Nontribal hunters and trappers registered 216 wolves as of Thursday afternoon, blowing past the state's kill target of 119. The wolf season began Monday and was supposed to run through Sunday, but the DNR shut it down Wednesday afternoon as it became clear hunters would exceed the target. Hunters and trappers also exceeded their kill targets in the three previous wolf seasons but never by more than 10 animals. The state sold 1,547 permits, which equates to 13 hunters or trappers per wolf in the target number, the highest ratio of any wolf season so far. Animal advocates have been urging the state to move quickly on reintroduction, but state officials say they want to move slowly.
Trump returns to spotlight in trial — but not on his terms
More than three weeks removed from the White House, Donald Trump's voice is again permeating the nation's capital — but not on his terms. AdStill, he argued that if Trump had access to Twitter, he would likely dig himself deeper into trouble. But Trump was quickly snapped out of that disengagement Tuesday as he watched the trial's opening arguments unfold. Trump's team and allies have assured him that he has more than enough Republican votes to acquit him of the Democrats’ charge that he incited the insurrection on Jan. 6. Trump is not expected to make any changes to his team, though David Schoen is expected to take the central role.
Pence's plans post-Trump administration take shape
Former Vice President Mike Pence's post-Trump administration life is now starting to take shape. Pence will be launching a podcast with Young America's Foundation, an organization run by former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The former vice president will join YAF as the organization's Ronald Reagan Presidential Scholar. "Vice President Pence has been a stalwart defender of individual freedom, traditional values, free markets, and limited government throughout his career of distinguished service to our country," Walker said in a statement. At YAF, Pence will also join the campus lecture program, appearing at student conferences and publishing a monthly op-ed.cbsnews.com
Longtime Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Abrahamson dies
FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2013 file photo, Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice Shirley Abrahamson questions state attorney general J.B. Van Hollen, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, has died. King /Wisconsin State Journal via AP, Pool, File)MADISON, Wis. – Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court justice in state history and the first woman to serve on the high court, has died. Abrahamson, who also served as chief justice for a record 19 years, died Saturday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, her son Dan Abrahamson told The Associated Press on Sunday. The voter-approved amendment enabled members of the court to choose the chief justice — who oversees the state court system — instead of requiring the title go to the most senior justice. Justice Patience Roggensack has served as chief justice since then.
Biden shores up fragile 'blue wall' in industrial north
“It’s a mistake to ever have thought Wisconsin was a safely blue state,” said state Democratic Chairman Ben Wikler. To reverse Clinton's losses in the “blue wall” states, Biden benefited from both strong suburban turnout and in the urban centers of Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee. Even in losing Republican-heavy Waukesha County, Wisconsin, Biden's suburban gains were part of his winning Wisconsin formula. Trump also lost Saginaw County, Michigan, a struggling former General Motors supply manufacturing county Obama carried before the president flipped. But we're still a manufacturing economy and nearly stagnant in our growth,” Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Wertz said.
Wisconsin top election official says Trump campaign has not asked for recount
Wisconsin's chief election official, Meagan Wolfe, told reporters that the Trump campaign has not contacted her office about conducting a recount, despite the Trump campaign's vow to "immediately" request one. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your InboxA canvass is a "triple-check on the election process," Wolfe explained, required under state law. "It's what takes unofficial results and makes them official results," she said. A candidate can request a recount in Wisconsin if the margin of victory falls under 1 percentage point. If the Trump campaign does eventually request a recount, here's how it would work.cbsnews.com
Biden narrowly wins Wisconsin; Trump to call for a recount
(AP Photo/Stephen Groves)MADISON, Wis. – Democrat Joe Biden narrowly won battleground state Wisconsin on Wednesday, edging out President Donald Trump in a state that was crucial to the incumbent’s victory four years ago. The last presidential recount, done in 2016, cost Green Party candidate Jill Stein $3.5 million. In the recount of the 2016 presidential race, the state elections commission ordered on Nov. 29 that the recount begin on Dec. 1. In the Wisconsin recount, Democrat Hillary Clinton gained 713 votes while Trump picked up 844, widening his lead by 131 votes. There were several reasons why some ballots were counted or not during the 2016 recount, said Scott McDonnel, the Dane County clerk, on Wednesday.
Beyond November: At GOP convention, there's a 2024 subplot
WASHINGTON Republicans this week are focused squarely on their convention's star, President Donald Trump, and securing his reelection in November. Theres a lot happening behind the scenes already," said Republican strategist Alex Conant, who worked for the 2016 campaign of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Also allotted time slots: Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Sen. Rick Scott and Donald Trump Jr. "Theres others out there, but nobody else is even close in that stratosphere.Much will depend on whether Trump secures a second term. In her convention speech Monday night, Haley gave an unabashed endorsement of the president while spending time introducing herself to viewers.
Pelosi tells fellow Democrats 'it's all riding on Wisconsin'
MADISON, Wis. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a stark reminder to Wisconsin Democrats on Thursday about the importance the battleground state plays in the presidential election less than 11 weeks away. No pressure, its all riding on Wisconsin, Pelosi told more than 100 Democrats during a virtual meeting tied to the final day of the Democratic National Convention. No pressure.Democrats, as well as President Donald Trump, have made no secret how essential winning Wisconsin is to the race this year. Wisconsin did not get the national attention it hoped for when the Democratic convention originally planned for Milwaukee moved online. The road to the presidency runs through Wisconsin, said Holder, who was attorney general under former President Barack Obama.
Why choice of running mate matters more than usual this year
More fundamentally, the choice offers Biden an unusual opportunity to unify a party still reeling from Trump's 2016 win and solidify its future. While he promised months ago to pick a woman, the nation's reckoning with systemic racism has added pressure to pick a Black woman. There is a strong belief that after only a brief focus on Biden's running mate, the election would quickly return to being a referendum on Trump's presidency, which may be all the motivation Democrats need to drive massive turnout in November. “It would be a reckless choice to pick a white running mate with a party that’s as dependent on black and brown voters as it is,” said Aimee Allison of She the People, a political advocacy network for women of color. Sarah Palin might be the most recent example of a running mate swaying an election.
2020 Watch: Does Trump have a strategy to win in November?
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump points as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally, in Toledo, Ohio. Multiple polls suggest that a majority of voters, including many Republicans, simply don't believe what Trump says about the pandemic. Meanwhile, Trump also refused to say whether he would accept the results of the general election. Scott Walker, the former Wisconsin governor and a Trump ally, tells us that he sees no clear strategy coming from the Trump campaign. ___2020 Watch runs every Monday and provides a look at the week ahead in the 2020 election.
Biden eyes GOP supporters while Trump focuses on his base
FILE - In this June 20, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, June 20, 2020. As the closing stretch of the campaign nears, that effort will expand to include Republicans disaffected with President Donald Trump. At the least, she said GOP backers could help mute Trumps efforts to paint Biden as a tool of the left. But Walker said he has no clear sense of Trump's campaign message or political strategy. Acknowledging concerns about his campaign, Trump named veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien as his new campaign manager.
Democrats warn against overconfidence in fight against Trump
Biden and his leading supporters are stepping up warnings to Democrats to avoid becoming complacent. If the election were held today, I think Biden would win Michigan, said Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton was leading by wide margins nationally and in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- the very states that ultimately put Trump over the top. Still, in Biden, Trump faces an opponent with a stronger standing among some groups of voters, especially independents, than Clinton had. While Trump animates the left, Dingell warned that Democrats havent closed the deal with alienated moderates and can unwittingly help Trump expand his white base.
Joe Biden turns focus to Wisconsin with battle-tested hires
Wisconsin, where Trump won by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, joins newly emerging battleground Arizona as the first two states where Biden has named his campaign team. Two veterans of Sen. Tammy Baldwins successful 2018 reelection campaign will run Bidens Wisconsin operation. Shirley Ellis, a longtime adviser to U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, will join Biden team as a strategic adviser focused on Milwaukee. She will join Bidens campaign formally after the August convention, according to the campaign. The Wisconsin team, especially, is intended to show that the Biden campaigns talk of a wide map isnt at the exclusion of traditional battlegrounds.
'It's broken:' Fears grow about strength of US voting system
A person waits in line to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Atlanta. President Donald Trump is also fighting states' plans to expand voting by mail, raising repeated concerns with no evidence about voter fraud. Beyond lines, the mail voting boom has caused unprecedented reporting delays. Scott Walker, a Republican, said he's confident in the state's voting system and blames any issues on the incompetence of municipal election officials. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, said he's working to ensure Ohio has adequate poll workers.
Wisconsin again? Swing state a hotbed of virus politics
Now, six months before a presidential election, the state is on fire again some might say still. Now, six months before a presidential election, the state is on fire again. Scott Walker, perhaps the figure most closely associated with Wisconsin's political turbulence. But only in Wisconsin have Republicans gotten what they wanted, suddenly taking ownership of the state's coronavirus response and, with it, new political risk. By November, a significant fraction of Wisconsinites might be close to someone who has been hospitalized or even died because of coronavirus, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler said.
Election official rejects effort to recall Alaska governor
Supporters of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Jahna Lindemuth, a former attorney general and an adviser to the Recall Dunleavy campaign, said it was baseless to reject their effort to move to the next step. Clarkson said other claims outlined by the recall group lacked detail or otherwise failed to meet the definitions of incompetence, lack of fitness or neglect of duty required to recall Dunleavy. Claire Pywell, who manages the recall campaign, said the recall push is bipartisan. Recall Dunleavy said as part of an initial phase it had gathered 49,006 signatures within weeks when 28,501 signatures were needed.chicagotribune.com
Wisconsin governor says Foxconn is again likely to miss job targets
President Donald Trump and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou (R) tour a Foxconn facility at the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park on June 28, 2018, in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Scott Walker talk before the groundbreaking of the 1,000-acre Foxconn Technology Group liquid-crystal display panel factory on June 28, 2018, in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. His administration has hired a consultant with industry expertise to monitor the project and is in "constant conversation" with the company, Evers said. Under the Foxconn deal, it was up to the village to acquire all the land. Kim and Jim Mahoney's house in the shadow of Foxconn's factory site in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, is the last one standing in what used to be a neighborhood of about a dozen homes.cnbc.com
Trump in trouble in Wisconsin?
Donald Trump is struggling for support in Wisconsin ahead of next Tuesday's primary. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has endorsed Ted Cruz today, giving Cruz momentum as he catches up to Trump's delegate lead. With analysis on the GOP race, RealClearPolitics' Caitlin Huey-Burns and Politico's Steven Shepard join CBSN.cbsnews.com
New Iowa poll shows preference for non-politicians in 2016 race
The latest poll of Iowa Republicans shows a tightening race and a preference for non-politicians. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is surging and ties Donald Trump for the top spot at 23 percent. Carly Fiorina is next with 10 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Scott Walker. Bloomberg Politics managing editor John Heilemann joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the 2016 race for the White House.cbsnews.com
Biggest takeaways from GOP New Hampshire forum
While Donald Trump was not among the candidates at the New Hampshire Republican forum on Monday, a new CBS News poll shows more GOP voter support for Trump than Jeb Bush and Scott Walker combined. CBS News political director and “Face the Nation” moderator John Dickerson joins “CBS This Morning” from Manchester, New Hampshire to discuss the 2016 presidential race.cbsnews.com
Viable challenges to Clinton campaign as 2016 race narrows
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially joins the presidential race a week from Monday, and former Virginia Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb became the fifth contender for the Democratic nomination Thursday. Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is also surging after drawing a crowd of 10,000 this week in Wisconsin. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the latest contenders in the 2016 race to the White House.cbsnews.com
Scott Walker: I can take on ISIS
Scott Walker: I can take on ISIS Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential Republican contender for president in 2016, addresses how he'd take on ISIS on the first day of CPAC. CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes joins CBSN with more on his response.cbsnews.com
Dash to 2016: Is presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker being too risk-averse?
Dash to 2016: Is presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker being too risk-averse? Controversial remarks made last week by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani have shaken up the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Giuliani said "I do not believe that the president loves America" at a dinner supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Walker has not rejected those comments.cbsnews.com
Scott Walker runs for governor -- again
Scott Walker runs for governor -- again After surviving a recall effort in 2012, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is running again for the third time in four years. Walker is vulnerable for failing on a promise to deliver 250,000 new jobs in the state. Dean Reynolds reports.cbsnews.com
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responds to illegal fundraising allegations
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker responds to illegal fundraising allegations Scott Walker says an investigation into his campaign fundraising is politically motivated. State prosecutors accused him of illegally planning a campaign strategy with outside political groups. Charlie Rose reports.cbsnews.com