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Gotta keep those college kids from voting

Gotta Keep Those Darn College Kids From Voting

Cleta Mitchel says the quiet part aloud when it comes to some Republicans’ plans to deal with their “college kid problem.”

Then Capitol Bureau Chief for The Cap Times, Jessie Opoien, joins for a Capitol Catch Up.

Guest: Jessie Opoien

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Should It Be Harder for College Kids Vote?

Is it a bad thing that someone can roll out of bed, walk a block to their polling place, and then go on with their day? Or is it just a bad thing when those college students aren’t voting for your party?

Cleta Mitchell, a  longtime GOP attorney, board member of the conservative-leaning Bradley Foundation, and someone who helped former President Donald Trump in his effort to overturn his loss in the 2020 election, recently told top Republican donors that conservatives need to curtail college voting, singling out Wisconsin among four other states.

In audio posted on Twitter by liberal activist Lauren Windsor, Mitchell is heard discussing college voting.

Capitol Catch Up With Jessie Opoien

Capitol Bureau Chief for The Cap Times, Jessie Opoien, joins to fill us in on what’s been going on at the Capitol.

  • The Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a bill that would establish a timeline for processing sexual assault evidence kits, building on an ongoing bipartisan effort to prevent the state from experiencing another backlog.
  •  Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday signed an executive order creating the Green Ribbon Commission on Clean Energy and Environmental Innovation “to advise on creating the state’s first-ever Green Innovation Fund.”

Middleton real estate broker Phil Anderson last week declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate, running as a Libertarian. Anderson ran for governor in 2018, Senate in 2016, and state Assembly in 2014.

And we discussed Jessie’s article about how the election of Judge Janet Protasiewicz to the Wisconsin Supreme Court has given unions a sense of optimism after a decade of setbacks. Unions played an active role in the election, with members contributing over $560,000 and engaging in various campaign activities. Although abortion access was a prominent issue in the race, unions were also motivated by the prospect of the court’s new liberal majority revisiting the state’s electoral maps and potentially overturning policies that weakened their power under Republican former Governor Scott Walker.

Read Jessie’s full story on the influence of unions in the Supreme Court race here.

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