.@AP calls Wisconsin state superintendent of schools race for Democratic-backed Jill Underly, who defeats Deb Kerr by double digits, based on unofficial results
@AP Underly on her win:

“We have a long road ahead of us, but I’m ready to get to work on day one and build a stronger, more equitable public education system that provides every child, every day with the world-class public education system they deserve."

@AP More from Underly on her win:

“Wisconsin’s kids and public schools face significant challenges as we work to return to normal, get every student caught up, and support their mental health and wellbeing in the aftermath of this pandemic"
@AP Underly on the win:

“Overcoming these hurdles won’t be easy, but I know that if we work together, we can get it done and do what’s right for our kids.”
@AP With 64% of precincts reporting, Underly has a nearly 14-point advantage over Kerr, based on unofficial results
@AP Underly's current percentage of the vote, 57%, is in line with Democratic-backed candidates for state schools superintendent in elections going back the past 20 years

Those candidates each won with between 57% and 70% of the vote, with the average being 62%
@AP .@WisDems head @benwikler tries to spin Underly victory as “more proof that year-round organizing works. Tonight’s victory — and the months of work leading up to it — will help build momentum toward 2022."

Democrats spent about $1 million to help Underly

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7 Apr
Turnout for Wisconsin's spring election yesterday barely topped 20%

921,073 people voted in the race for superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.

That is 20.1% of the voting age population of 4,536,417
That's on par with other elections where the state superintendent of schools is on the ballot.

In 2017, turnout was just under 16% and in 2013, when there was also a contested Supreme Court race, turnout was just over 20%.
Pecatonica Superintendent @underlyforwi, who was backed by Democrats and the state teachers' union, easily defeated former Brown Deer Superintendent @Kerr4WiKids who was the favorite of Republicans.

Underly got nearly 58% of the vote compared with about 42% for Kerr
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6 Apr
The Wisconsin Legislature's budget-writing committee kicks off state agency briefings today. They will be ongoing along with public hearings over the next few weeks

GOP co-chairs did not say when the committee will take its first votes, but that's likely to be in May
Co-chairs @repborn and @SenMarklein kicked off the first agency briefing with a criticism of the budget submitted by @GovEvers but did not give Democrats a chance to respond

First agency briefings today are @WisconsinDPI and @WIWorkforce
@repborn @SenMarklein @GovEvers @WisconsinDPI @WIWorkforce First questions to state Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor come from Republican @SenMarklein who questions how productive DPI employees have been while working remotely

Stanford Taylor: "I don't think we've missed a beat."
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23 Mar
Wisconsin Legislature slated to pass Republican-backed bills today that would prohibit employers, government from mandating the coronavirus vaccine and give the Legislature, rather than @GovEvers control over the state's share of the federal stimulus bill
@GovEvers Democratic Minority Leader @GordonHintz says this of the GOP bills:

“The intent behind them seems to be pandering toward the same kind of anti-science, anti-public health position that’s out there at the worst time possible.”
@GovEvers @GordonHintz .@SpeakerVos on why Legislature should approve spending:

“It seems like the Democrats want to have a piggy bank where they can choose to give the money with no oversight, no transparency, no ability to judge whether it’s the best decision until after the money is out the door.”
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12 Dec 20
With time running out, and in the wake of a stinging defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court, @realDonaldTrump makes his case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court at 12 noon today

Watch live here:


Get caught up here:

@realDonaldTrump Here's the story, of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
@realDonaldTrump And now, we have the attorneys
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11 Dec 20
.@realDonaldTrump has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take his appeal over judge's ruling today against his lawsuit seeking seeking to overturn Wisconsin's election results

The court previously refused to take the case before it was first heard in circuit court
@realDonaldTrump Trump also filed an appeal in state appeals court

So the Supreme Court could deny his request or, in light of Monday's Electoral College vote, decide to take the case away from the lower appeals court and decide quickly

The court has yet to respond to Trump's request
@realDonaldTrump Trump asks for final resolution of the case not before Monday, when the Electoral College votes, but before Jan. 6, the date that Congress meets to accept the electoral votes cast by the states
Read 7 tweets
11 Dec 20
State court hearing is underway in @realDonaldTrump lawsuit that follows recount he paid for in the state's two most Democratic counties:

@realDonaldTrump Judge Stephen Simanek and his staff are in a courtroom and masked, all the attorneys are zooming in remotely
@realDonaldTrump Judge lays out expectations for the hearing today:

“It’s this court’s intention to wrap this thing up this morning.”

No time limits on the attorneys, but the judge says this:

“I expect people to be concise.”
Read 10 tweets

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