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School Board Races, Referenda Highlight April 5 Election Ballot

A total of 81 local school referenda are scheduled to be voted on at the April 5 ballot. Of the 81 scheduled referendum:

  • 35 are to Issue Debt, totaling $1.1 billion if all are approved
  • 8 are to exceed revenue limits on a Recurring basis, totaling $13.5 million if all are approved
  • 38 are to exceed revenue limits on a Non-Recurring basis totaling $193 million if all are approved.

Here is a breakdown by district (in alphabetical order): (more…)

U.S. Supreme Court reverses decision setting Wisconsin legislative district lines, sends case back to Wis. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court today (3/23) summarily reversed the decision of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court handed down earlier this month which adopted legislative redistricting maps submitted by Governor Evers. In a somewhat technical decision, the U.S. high court sided with arguments raised by state Republicans and remanded the case back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court for further proceedings not inconsistent with its order. 

This means legislative district boundaries for districts on the November 2022 ballot remain unsettled at this time, even though state statutes provide that nomination papers for those offices may be circulated as soon as April 15.  However, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s adoption of Congressional maps submitted by Governor Evers, so district lines for those races appear to be set, barring any further developments. (more…)

Jill Underly wins race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction; GOP holds legislative seats

Jill Underly wins race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction; GOP holds legislative seats

Jill Underly, District Administrator from the Pecatonica Area School District, will be the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction after garnering nearly 58% of the vote. Underly defeated Deb Kerr, former District Administrator from the Brown Deer School District.

In special elections for vacant state legislative seats, state Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) won the 13th Senate District seat vacated by Congressman Scott Fitzgerald and GOP candidate Elijah Behnke won the 89th Assembly District seat resigned by former Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette).

Spring ballot features 70 local school district referendum questions

In addition to the race for State Superintendent and races for local school board seats on the April 6 ballot, there will be 70 important school district referenda on the ballot as well.   

The April 6 Spring Election marks the final time school districts can place a referendum before district voters during calendar 2021.  The next opportunity won’t come again until the Spring Primary in February 2022.

The 70 ballot questions on this year’s Spring ballot compares with 57 school referenda in April 2020 and 51 school referenda on last November’s ballot.

Here is a rundown of school district referenda on the Spring Election ballot:


New faces in the 2021-22 Legislature-State Senate

There will be eight new Senators when the 2021-22 Legislative Session convenes in January.  Seven newcomers will be filling vacant seats, while one newcomer defeated a sitting incumbent.

In Northwestern Wisconsin, State Rep. Rob Stafsholt (R-New Richmond) defeated incumbent Sen. Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset), a former Somerset School Board member, to capture the 10th Senate District and flipping it from Democrat to Republican, in one of two GOP takeaways.


Senate Republicans select new leadership team

Senate Republicans, who hold a 21-12 numerical advantage over Democrats in the state Senate, met in caucus today (11/5) to select their leaders for the 2021-22 legislative session. that begins in January.

From …
“– Senate Republicans today selected Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, to be the next majority leader and tapped Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, for Senate president. (more…)