MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants to grow the GOP majority to a veto-proof level following the 2020 election. Vos said at a forum Tuesday organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce that his goal is to grow the number of Republicans from the current 63 to 67. That would be enough to override vetoes by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz conceded that Democrats will not be able to overtake the majority next year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources spent nearly $10,000 to bring wildlife officials from around the Midwest to Madison for a conference on chronic wasting disease. The Associated Press obtained receipts through an open records request that show the agency spent $9,567 on the conference, held July 24-25 at the Monona Terrace convention center.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators are re-introducing a bill that would punish students who interfere with campus speeches and presentations with suspension and expulsion. The state Assembly passed a bill last session that would suspend University of Wisconsin System students twice accused of disrupting others’ free speech.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin State Fair officials say this year’s fair set a modern-day attendance record. Organizers say 1.1 million people visited the 11-day fair that ended Sunday in Milwaukee. In all, 1,130,575 people went through the gates at State Fair Park. It was the seventh straight year attendance topped 1 million. Officials say the only fair in the 168-year history of the event reporting higher attendance was in 1948, when the fair was 23 days long in celebration of Wisconsin’s Centennial.