The Wisconsin State Assembly passed AB 444, the so-called "Campus Free Speech" Act on Monday, almost entirely along party lines, with only Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) breaking ranks with Republicans.
Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a capitol rally organized by groups linked to school privatization advocates like the Bradley Foundation and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
GOP megadonors helped Justice Kelly raised $800,000 in 2019, more than double his nearest challenger.
Crusade to remove 200,000 voters from the rolls by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty stands to benefit Trump, a right-wing state Supreme Court justice, and the big Republican donors and strategists that lead and bankroll the group – and have donated at least $12 million to Wisconsin GOP causes and candidates.
In a press release, the Governor echoed oil and gas industry talking points, which the Center for Media and Democracy revealed earlier, saying, "Today, I signed Assembly Bill 426, which aims to ensure each energy provider is treated the same under the law while still protecting the right to exercise free speech and the right to assembly."
Bill pushed by big oil and ALEC would chill environmental protests with the threat of harsh jail terms and fines.
The Wisconsin State Assembly will convene for the first time this fall today to consider a bill backed by the oil industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that would impose harsh criminal penalties on protesters who trespass on or damage any property owned by energy and water companies.
The Wisconsin bill echoes similar "critical infrastructure protection" model bills pushed out by the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Council of State Governments over the last two years.
"Infrastructure" built by Bradley Foundation gives GOP legislators the ammunition they need to fight a raise for Wisconsin's working poor.