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Democrats introduce bill to automatically register citizens to vote amid study that found the state’s voter ID law prevented thousands from voting

Between 17,000 to 23,000 registered voters were prevented from casting a ballot in Madison and Milwaukee during the last presidential election, according to a recent study. On Tuesday, Democratic state legislators introduced a bill to enact automatic voter registration across the state to boost political participation. The study, conducted by UW-Madison Political Science Professor Kenneth Mayer, concluded that between approximately 17,000 and 23,000 registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee counties, both heavy Democratic strongholds, were prevented from casting ballots in the election due to current state law. Wisconsin’s voter ID law had been held up in court for years, but was in effect last year, when President Donald Trump won the state by about 23,000 votes. “While the total number affected in Milwaukee and Dane Counties is smaller than the margin of victory in the 2016 presidential election, that is the wrong measure,” Mayer stated in a press release.

Eneale Pickett holds a beheaded police officer while promoting his new clothing line that focuses on police brutality in America.

State senator fires back at UW student clothing line

State Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, called for local law enforcement to take action against UW-Madison student Eneale Pickett, who released a video earlier this week promoting his clothing line that Nass says is racist and anti-police. Pickett owns a clothing line called Insert Apparel, which he says is meant to initiate conversations about social justice by printing controversial messages on clothing. His newest line is centered on police brutality on black Americans.

Randy Bryce, a Caledonia ironworker, is trying to use his vast social media presence and progressive message to beat House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Progressive Randy Bryce looks to ride viral ad to an upset over Paul Ryan

In 2018 Democrats hope to win their biggest electoral achievement since former President Barack Obama’s reelection: a congressional majority. Randy Bryce hopes to lead that charge, launching a difficult and insurgent campaign against House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville. Bryce is pitching himself as the Wisconsin solution to the Washington problem: a progressive union worker, cancer-survivor, Army veteran, and labor organizer who wants to take on powerful special interests. In an age of widespread distrust in government, it’s his authenticity that he hopes to win on. “I’m not trying to be anything I’m not,” Bryce told The Daily Cardinal.

The state Assembly approved the state’s two-year, $75.7 billion budget Wednesday.

Budget passes Assembly; future in Senate uncertain

Without a clear idea if the state Senate has enough votes to pass the state’s two-year budget, the overdue spending bill lurched forward with passage in the state Assembly Wednesday. The $75.7 billion budget is more than two months late due to several disputes between Republican leaders over transportation funding and tax levels.

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