Gov. Scott Walker formally announced his re-election bid this week amid some potentially troubling early poll numbers.
Law enforcement officers have lined up in support of a bill laying out standards for handling video from body cameras, saying it would protect privacy while encouraging more departments to use the technology. But media and free speech advocates worried the bill's language is too restrictive and called on lawmakers to retool it to make footage more readily available. Under Rep. Jesse Kremer's bill, law enforcement would only be able to release body camera footage in case of a death, alleged physical injury, custodial arrest or a search during a temporary questioning.
Wisconsin Republicans are trying to make the case that bringing back large-scale hemp production would be a winner for Wisconsin agriculture and rural parts of the state. Bills backed by Republicans have appeared in the Wisconsin Legislature and Congress. The state legislation, from GOP Sen. Patrick Testin and Rep. Jesse Kremer, also received bipartisan support. The bill's authors highlighted the economic advantages it could bring to rural areas of the state.
While the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a potentially precedent-setting challenge to gerrymandered legislative districts, taxpayers are helping to fund those who want to keep district lines as drawn. The lawyers hired by GOP legislative leaders for the redistricting case before the U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 3 have billed taxpayers more than $256,000 for their services so far, according to records reviewed by WisPolitics.com. The total only includes activity through the end of July, the last month submitted to the Legislature for payment.