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BREAKING NEWS / URGENT: The State Supreme Court upholds Act 10, Voter ID, and the state's domestic partnership registry

MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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West Bend Rep. Pat Strachota elected new Assembly Majority Leader

Rep. Pat Strachota (R-West Bend)
Rep. Pat Strachota (R-West Bend)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Assembly Republicans elected Pat Strachota of West Bend Tuesday afternoon as their new majority leader.

She replaces Bill Kramer, who was removed from the post earlier Tuesday amid allegations that he groped a female legislative staffer and made lewd remarks to a woman lobbyist last week.

The 58-year-old Strachota becomes the first female majority leader in the lower house in Wisconsin history. This is her 12th year in the Assembly, and she announced recently that she would not seek re-election this fall.

Between now and then, Strachota will help get the GOP's priorities approved in the final weeks of the current session. Then, she'll help Republicans win elections this fall.

The GOP now holds a 60-39 majority in the Assembly.

Meanwhile, Speaker Robin Vos says Kramer should not run for re-election to his Assembly seat this fall, although the choice is up to him as to whether he'll resign. Kramer has registered as a candidate, along with Libertarian Chuck Schilling.

Vos also said actions would be taken to protect anyone who feels uncomfortable around Kramer, should he return to the Capitol. He checked into a treatment facility last weekend, and there's no word on when he would be released.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)