Former Lt. Gov. Kleefisch quits woman’s suffrage job
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has quit a job leading national recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote to return to Wisconsin 10 months after she...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Security for Wisconsin lieutenant governor increases
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, the first African American to hold the post in state history, had nine times more hours of security protection during his first...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some of the most powerful women in Wisconsin state government are coming together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state's ratification of the 19th...
Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Kleefisch has new job
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has a new job as executive director of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission.
The commission announced Wednesday that Kleefisch had been sworn into the post on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Kleefisch served eight years as lieutenant governor under Gov. Scott Walker before losing re-election in November.
Send-off ceremony set for deploying Wisconsin Guard unit
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Family and friends will send off nearly 400 Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan this winter.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and senior Guard leaders will be on hand for the private ceremonial send-off at Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay on Thursday.
Wisconsin official apologizes to opponent over flag flap
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, in a rare retreat, apologized Tuesday to her Democratic opponent for repeatedly claiming — without evidence — that he knelt during the national anthem.
The Latest: Barnes says he’s ready to move on from flag flap
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch apologizing over national anthem flap with Mandela Barnes (all times local):
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes says he's ready to "move on" after Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch apologized for claiming he knelt during the national anthem this summer.
Evers challenges Walker to drop lawsuit targeting health law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Tony Evers is challenging Republican Gov. Scott Walker to drop a lawsuit seeking to repeal the national health care law known as "Obamacare."
Evers argues in the video challenge posted Monday that removing Wisconsin from the 20-state lawsuit would be the best way to ensure that protections for people with pre-existing health conditions remain in place.
Wisconsin Democrat: Opponent’s claims about kneeling ‘crazy’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor said Monday that it was "crazy" for his Republican opponent to claim, with no evidence, that he knelt during the national anthem at the opening of the Wisconsin State Fair this summer.
Cancer survivors Evers, Kleefisch clash over health care
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers and Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, both cancer survivors, clashed Friday over protections for people like them with pre-existing conditions.
Kleefisch is featured in a new television ad in which she says as long as she and Gov. Scott Walker are in office, people with pre-existing conditions will be guaranteed health insurance.
The Latest: Democrat Evers supports standing for anthem
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on where candidates for governor stand on the national anthem (all times local):
Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers says he is "proud to stand for the national anthem," but he also respects the rights of people to peacefully protest.
His comments came Thursday after Republican Gov. Scott Walker asked on Twitter whether Evers backed NFL players who kneel in protest during the anthem. Walker tweeted that he believes all players should stand.
Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor grossed out by toilets
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's lieutenant governor is grossed out by rest stop bathrooms and is asking citizens to please flush the toilets.
Rebecca Kleefisch tweeted her disgust Wednesday, along with a plea for better bathroom care.
In her message, directed at "gross" people, Kleefisch describes "going stall to stall at one of our rest stops just now" and "flushing 4 the discourteous" people.
Walker raised $5.5 million over 6 months for re-election
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker raised nearly $5.5 million over the past six months for his re-election campaign and has nearly $6 million cash on hand, easily outpacing the field of eight Democratic challengers.
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is contributing $500,000 to clear a former General Motors plant in Janesville.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the stun gun arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown and the police body camera video (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he believes video of Milwaukee police using a stun gun on a Bucks player shows why body cameras are important.
Rep. Joel Kleefisch won’t run again
CONCORD -- State Rep. Joel Kleefisch will not be seeking re-election in November and told the Daily Times he wants to spend more time with his daughters, ages 15 and 12, "on the sidelines of the parade route" rather in the parade. He also said he wants his children to know life with at least one parent "who doesn't have a target on their back."
Republican lawmaker Kleefisch calls it quits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Another Republican in the state Assembly has decided not to seek re-election.
Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc announced Monday that he won't run again. Kleefisch is married to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and he told reporters their daughters are 15 and 12 and have never known a parent who hasn't worked in politics. He said "it's time they have one parent without a target on their back."
New state council puts focus on homelessness
The state on Monday quietly began a new era for addressing homelessness.
The new Interagency Council on Homelessness, chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and including the heads of eight state agencies and service providers, met for the first time Monday afternoon to get a sense of the challenges faced by a highly vulnerable population and how to better address them.
Tom Still: Holiday perks includes naughty and nice in state politics
A source close to the toy industry has leaked a copy of Santa’s perks list for Wisconsin politicians and newsmakers. Here’s what the good boys and girls in Madison and Washington will reportedly find in their stockings this Christmas. But they better not pout and they better not cry if an alert district attorney asks why gifts were delivered down chimneys after midnight.
Walker signs bill creating council to tackle homelessness
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new council will be created to fight homelessness in Wisconsin under a bill signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.
The measure Walker signed Monday passed the Legislature unanimously. It marks the first time in state history that a coordinated effort to combat homelessness is created under state law.
The new law will bring together eight agencies to target homelessness through a coordinating council to be chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Firefighter union chief joins growing field of Democratic gubernatorial contenders
The leader of the state’s firefighter union plans to launch a gubernatorial campaign Monday, joining a crowded Democratic field that is expected to grow.
Mahlon Mitchell last ran for public office during the 2012 recall elections, when he was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor and lost to Rebecca Kleefisch. The nearly 1.2 million votes Mitchell received in that election gives him the highest vote tally in a single election of any of the candidates running for governor so far.
Firefighters president expected to announce for governor
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin is expected to launch his candidacy for governor.
Mahlon Mitchell has a series of events in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison on Monday to make a political announcement. Mitchell would join the large field of Democrats hoping for a chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year.
Democratic firefighter expected to join governor’s race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin is expected to launch his candidacy for governor on Monday.
Mahlon Mitchell said Friday he would make a "major political announcement" at a series of events in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison. Mitchell has been contemplating joining the large field of Democrats hoping for a chance to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year.
Opportunities marks 50th year
JEFFERSON — Opportunities Inc., which has provided social and employment services for people of diverse abilities for the past five decades, celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday with a ceremony and luncheon at the Jefferson County Fair Park.
Editorial: Homeless bills still need Senate action
Wisconsin needs a serious plan to fight homelessness across the state. And to her credit, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has agreed to lead a panel to take on this important task.
Just one problem: The Legislature still hasn’t created the Interagency Council on Homelessness for Kleefisch to chair.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Democrat Andy Gronik's entrance into Wisconsin governor's race (all times local):
The president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin says he is considering running for governor as a Democrat.
Mahlon Mitchell said Tuesday that he is still mulling a run, even though Democratic Party officials said in June he had ruled it out. Mitchell is chalking that up to a misunderstanding.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's campaign is reporting that it raised $3.5 million in the first six months of the year and has $2.4 million cash on hand for his re-election bid in 2018.
Walker's campaign manager Joe Fadness released the numbers Tuesday in a memo directed to the governor. Walker is expected to formally launch his re-election bid later this summer, but he's been aggressively raising money in expectation of seeking a third term.
Kleefisch says she talked with Foxconn 2 years ago
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she first talked with officials from a Taiwanese company that builds iPhones and other electronics about considering expanding in Wisconsin two years ago.
Kleefisch told The Associated Press on Monday that she met with Foxconn officials during a trade mission two years ago to Japan and Taiwan. The company said in January it is looking to make a $7 billion investment in the United States and employ as many as 50,000 people.
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch rules out 2018 Senate run
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is ruling out a run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying she is focused on staying Gov. Scott Walker's running mate.
Kleefisch had been mentioned by some as a possible 2018 Republican Senate candidate, but most expected her to stick with Walker as he prepares to run for re-election. Kleefisch told The Associated Press on Monday that she couldn't take on the travel required to serve in the Senate given that her daughters are just 11- and 14-years-old.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is heading to Mexico for a weeklong trade mission.
Officials with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation say Kleefisch will leave Monday. She plans to meet with executives from Mexican companies with business ties with the United States in Monterrey and Mexico City to talk about expanding their operations in Wisconsin.
State Assembly passes bills to combat homelessness
The state Assembly has passed a bill package to combat homelessness in Wisconsin, including one creating a new state council that a leading homelessness advocate has hailed as a leap forward in that battle.
Assembly lawmakers voted on a bipartisan basis Tuesday to pass the four bills.
GOP lawmakers offer legislation to address homelessness, including key council
Following spending initiatives in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, Republican state lawmakers are offering a series of bills intended to reduce homelessness in Wisconsin, including a high-powered council that’s at or near the top of a key state advocate’s wishlist.
Kleefisch: Proposed $76B budget ‘investment in state’s future’
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget would be a $76 billion investment in Wisconsin’s education, workforce development, local roads and more, says Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Kleefisch, of Oconomowoc, has been hitting the road to promote the proposed 2017-19 biennial budget -- one that she says is realistic in terms of available revenue and responsive to the priorities that people conveyed to Walker during his recent 72-county tour.
State budget offers ‘Parade to Prosperity’
MADISON — The governor’s proposed 2017-19 biennium budget puts an emphasis on motivating people to join and/or rejoin the workforce’s “Parade to Prosperity.”
Stopping at the Daily Union newsroom Friday, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch noted that the executive state budget is organized around three main priorities: student success, accountable government and rewarding work. These priorities aim to address the challenges Wisconsin today faces.
Wisconsin lieutenant governor struck from murder case jury
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch won't serve as a juror in the homicide trial of an Oconomowoc woman.
Kleefisch was struck as a potential juror Tuesday in the trial of Amy Van Wagner, after a judge found that political donations Kleefisch has made to District Attorney Sue Opper's campaign could give an impression of impartiality.
Portage Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates achievements as businesses and as a city
The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the achievements of 2016 at its annual awards banquet Wednesday night, featuring a high-energy cheerleader for small-business growth.
“We thought we were pulling into this budget season with a certain set of numbers, just like you in your businesses every day and even your family budget — you make certain plans based on certain expectations,” said keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
State: Whitewater Tech Park site certified as ‘development ready’
WHITEWATER — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park on Thursday to declare a 35-acre parcel of the park a “Certified In Wisconsin” site.
A “Certified In Wisconsin” site is a development-ready site that has been reviewed and approved by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) as meeting certain development criteria, as evaluated by the firm Deloitte Consulting.
Gov. Walker creates task force to battle opioid abuse rise
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is taking additional steps to combat the rise of opioid abuse in Wisconsin by creating a task force aimed at stemming the misuse of the powerful painkillers, which officials say contributed to nearly half of the 843 drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin in 2014.
Trump unveils Wisconsin women coalition lacking big names
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of Republican women Donald Trump's campaign unveiled Wednesday to boost his support in Wisconsin doesn't include the majority of women GOP office holders, but does have two party activists implicated in a highly publicized investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's county office.
GOP delegate says emergency causing him to withdraw
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Republican says he's withdrawing as a delegate to the national convention because of an emergency that forced him to use up vacation time.
Julian Bradley said Wednesday it was a "no brainer" for him to attend to the emergency that required out-of-state travel following the July 4 weekend. Bradley says he had been looking forward to attending the convention in Cleveland that begins Monday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A third Republican from Wisconsin has withdrawn as a delegate to the national convention that's slated to begin on Monday in Cleveland.
Julian Bradley told The Associated Press via email Tuesday that he had withdrawn as a delegate representing the 3rd Congressional District. Bradley did not give a reason for his withdrawal and did not respond to an email seeking explanation.
The Republican Party has not yet named a replacement.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker and members of his cabinet are planning to make more than 100 stops in 10 western Wisconsin counties.
Walker and more than 35 officials from his administration began the swing on Monday night and were continuing all day on Tuesday.
The stops include listening sessions in Altoona, Cornell and Fountain City as well as a "cabinet on the road" meeting in Ellsworth.
Walker was also set to visit an industrial park fiber...