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Wisconsin Senate approves bill restricting early voting

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s Senate on Wednesday approved a bill setting limits on the time for submitting an absentee ballot before Election Day, a measure supporters have said would level the playing field for municipalities and opponents say would disenfranchise voters. The Republican-led Senate voted 17-16 along…

Federal judge blocks portion of Wisconsin’s anti-abortion law

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday blocked a portion of a Wisconsin law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near their practice. U.S. District Judge William Conley last month temporarily stopped the measure, days after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it into…

Wisconsin recall elections officially underway

Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board has voted 5-0 to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker after receiving nearly 901,000 signatures, many more than the 540,208 required by law to trigger an election, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal. The recall elections are the culmination of months of effort by…

Thousands rally against Wisconsin Governor Walker

MADISON (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered at the Wisconsin capitol on Saturday to demand a recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose controversial and successful drive to limit public unions last winter sparked the biggest protests in the state since the Vietnam War. Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, a…

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