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State Senator Joe Leibham to not seek recount for last week's election

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) - Joe Leibham will not seek a recount for last week's 6th House District Republican primary. The Sheboygan state senator lost the four man race to State Senator Glenn Grothman by 219 votes, which was close enough to ask for a recount that would have been paid for by local government units. In a statement made Friday afternoon, Leibham said he has contacted Grothman about his decision and wished him well in the November general election.  He adds he is happy of the ...

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Senate GOP Leader: Mining bill could get final vote in March

Mining (courtesy of alleghenysc.org)
Mining (courtesy of alleghenysc.org)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - You can expect a final vote in March on a bill that makes it easier to create new mines in Wisconsin.

Majority Assembly Republicans say they’ll make mining their first major action in the new session.

Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald said Monday that he expects his house to take up the package in early March. He did not offer specifics on what the bill would include. But he said it would be harder than ever to get the Indian tribes in northwest Wisconsin to support such a package – and he said it would face inevitable court challenges.

Democrats have called on the GOP to pass a mining bill which does not include a relaxing of environmental protections – and does not cut off public challenges to the DNR’s various mining decisions before permits are issued.

Both those items were in the package that was rejected last year, due to the opposition of moderate Republican Dale Schultz.

The Senate only had a one vote majority last year. Now, it has a stronger cushion with a 3 vote advantage.