LITTLE COMPETITION AND NOT MUCH CHOICE: In nearly 90 races for WI state legislature in 2022, only one incumbent lost.
Experts say that’s an indication of extreme gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The April election could change things.
Resignations by the Republican-appointed board members come after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ re-election.
Western Dane County’s new state representative will continue serving on county board, but “not indefinitely”
Democrat Mike Bare is the first new face to represent the 80th Assembly District — which includes Middleton, Verona, Oregon and Mount Horeb — in 20 years.
Billionaires and millionaires, most supporting Democrats, continue to dump huge sums into Wisconsin politics through a loophole left open by state Republicans.
Democrat Dianne Hesselbein will be the first woman to represent the 27th State Senate district, which includes Middleton, Waunakee, Mount Horeb and New Glarus.
Republican Reps. Fitzgerald, Grothman and Tiffany vote no.
The state could get fair maps, or it could be stuck with perhaps the worst gerrymandering in the country for the rest of the decade.
STILL PURPLE: Dem Evers wins most votes of all statewide Wisconsin races; Repub Johnson 2nd, Barnes 3rd, Michels near bottom
Statewide incumbents hold on, regardless of party
Wisconsin Gov. Evers way ahead of Republican challenger Michels in direct donations, but losing in outside spending
The Wisconsin governor has raised nearly $42 million to Michels’ mostly self-funded $25 million. But independent groups have spent more than $12 million trying to get the Republican elected, compared to about $4 million for the Democrat.
Independent groups allied with Johnson have spent a total of $76 million supporting him and attacking Barnes, compared to $49 million spent by groups allied with the Wisconsin Democrat.