Elections

Calls to end Wisconsin elections panel grow ahead of vote

The only Republican candidate running for governor in Wisconsin who supported keeping the bipartisan state elections commission in place has reversed his position and is calling for it to be dissolved. The announcement Wednesday by construction company co-owner Tim Michels came just hours before the panel was to vote on who would be its next chairman. Michels said in a statement that he now supports doing away with the commission after speaking with attendees at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention, including commissioner Bob Spindell. He is running to be the next chair of the commission, but faces opposition from Democrats on the evenly divided panel.

Republican fake elector running to lead election commission

One of the 10 Republicans who attempted to cast Electoral College ballots for Donald Trump even though he lost Wisconsin is running to become chairman of the state elections commission where he currently serves as a member. Bob Spindell has been an outspoken member of the bipartisan commission and supporter of the investigation into the 2020 election being led by a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice. Spindell said Monday he is the most qualified to help the image of the commission as chair. Under state law, the next chair must be a Republican. The commission scheduled a Wednesday vote.

Kevin Nicholson campaigns for Wisconsin governor in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Kevin Nicholson is one of the Republican candidates looking to win Wisconsin’s gubernatorial primary. He made a stop at the Boot Hill Pub in La Crosse Thursday to meet with the Republican women of La Crosse County. Nicholson says at the state Republican convention this weekend, he’s going to encourage the state’s party to not make…

Lawsuit seeks $2.4M damages from Wisconsin fake GOP electors

The Republicans who attempted to cast Wisconsin's electoral ballots for Donald Trump in 2020 are being sued by plaintiffs who allege they engaged in a conspiracy after Joe Biden won the battleground state. Two Democratic electors and a voter are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court. They're seeking up to $2.4 million in punitive damages, saying it's necessary to deter such conduct in the future. The plaintiffs say it's the first such lawsuit in any of the seven swing states where Republican electors falsely declared Trump the winner and cast their votes for him in December 2020. Republicans have said they were just trying to preserve Trump's position should a court overturn Biden's win.

Wisconsin elections commission in GOP crosshairs

All four of the leading Republican candidates for Wisconsin governor want to either abolish or dramatically overhaul the GOP-created bipartisan commission that oversees elections in the state, moves that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers opposes. Tim Michels, a construction company co-owner and the most recent Republican to get into the race, released his proposed overhaul of the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Thursday. The three other top Republicans — former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefish, businessman Kevin Nicholson and state Rep. Timothy Ramthun — all favor abolishing the commission. The winner of the Aug. 9 primary will face Evers.

Republican congressional candidate fined for gun at airport

Details are emerging about a Wisconsin congressional candidate who was found with a loaded gun in his carry-on bag at an Iowa airport last year. Republican Derrick Van Orden, who is seeking the seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, Van Orden was cited in August for having a loaded 9mm Sig Sauer handgun in his bag at the security screening checkpoint at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, airport. Van Orden entered a guilty plea in December. A magistrate ordered him to pay $360 and show he had taken a firearms safety course. The Journal Sentinel reports that he was also fined an undisclosed amount by the Transportation Security Administration. Van Orden's campaign says he brought the gun to the airport checkpoint by mistake.

Wisconsin Senate candidate slams Ron Johnson on abortion

The only woman running for U.S. Senate in battleground Wisconsin is hoping to separate herself from her Democratic challengers by being the first on the air with an ad hitting incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson for supporting the expected overturning of Roe v. Wade. Sarah Godlewski recorded the ad in Washington, D.C., outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion overturning the landmark 1973 abortion that legalized abortion. The Senate race in nearly evenly divided Wisconsin is one of the most hotly contested in the country, with majority control of the split Senate at stake. 

Democratic group to spend $21 million on ads for Evers

A Democratic group says it plans to spend at least $21 million on ads supporting Gov. Tony Evers, the latest sign of increased spending in battleground Wisconsin’s governor’s race. The Democratic Governors Association’s spending announced Wednesday is more than triple the $6.2 million that the Republican Governors Association said two months ago it planned to spend in Wisconsin, at least initially. The Democratic group’s spending Wisconsin was second highest, behind only Michigan at $23 million. Evers this week launched his first television ad of the race, saying he planned to spend $3.5 million on spots through the Aug. 9 primary. Four Republicans are running to take on Evers.

Republican governor candidate defends Wisconsin ties

Republican governor candidate Tim Michels has defended his Wisconsin ties saying he still votes and spends the majority of his time in the state. Michels went on talk radio Monday to address a report by the conservative website Wisconsin Right Now that details more than $30 million in properties Michels bought in New York and Connecticut between 2015 and 2020. The report also shows his children attended and graduated from high school on the East Coast between 2013 and 2021. Michels is in a four-way Republican primary race for governor.

Vos extends Gableman investigation after 'gold standard' audit concludes

The Gableman investigation will extend into the summer as a new Marquette poll shows that would benefit Republicans politically

MADISON, Wis. — Just months after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called the Legislative Audit Bureau the "gold standard," he extended a competing investigation into the summer, pushing…

Poll shows growing pessimism among Wisconsin voters

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows Wisconsin voters are growing more pessimistic. The poll released Wednesday showed that 36% of respondents had a favorable view of Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, with 46% unfavorable. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had higher numbers with 47% favorability and 42% unfavorable. Both are up for reelection in November. Meanwhile, 56% said the state was on the wrong track, a number that has steadily increased over the past three polls done since October. The poll showed a tightening race in the Senate Democratic primary, with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes in front but challengers Alex Lasry and State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski gaining.