Knodl on ‘UpFront’ says early absentee processing bill won’t advance from Senate committee

GOP State Sen. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, says there's no scenario in which he will bring the “Monday processing” bill to a vote before the Senate elections committee ahead of the end of the legislative session. "It is done from my end of things as the chair of the committee," Knodl said on WISN's “UpFront,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.
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Rewind: Your Week in Review for Feb. 23

On this week’s episode of WisconsinEye’s “Rewind,” WisPolitics’s JR Ross and CBS 58’s Emilee Fannon discuss the Ethics Commission allegations of an illegal campaign finance scheme involving a state lawmaker, county parties and the Trump campaign to benefit a pro-Trump candidate challenging Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester; Gov. Tony Evers’ approval of new legislative maps; Planned Parenthood’s petition to the state Supreme Court on abortion, the latest action in the state Legislature, Republican Eric Hovde’s entrance into the U.S. Senate race and more.

Capitol Chats: WISDOM’s Rice says there have been no significant improvements on prison lockdowns

In this week’s Capitol Chats episode, WISDOM Transformational Justice Campaign Coordinator Mark Rice says long term lockdowns amount to torture for inmates. He also says there has been no significant progress to lift the nearly yearlong lockdowns at Wisconsin’s two oldest maximum security prisons, and argues former Parole Commissioner John Tate II created a better climate on the Parole Commission.

Talking Trade with Mark Rhoda-Reis, DATCP

In the latest edition of “Talking Trade,” Mark Rhoda-Reis of DATCP shares insights on the latest agricultural export trends and more.  Rhoda-Reis, director of the agency’s International Agribusiness Center, says Wisconsin ag export activity in 2023 was down from the prior standout year.  “2022 was a record year for the U.S. and for Wisconsin,” he said. “For Wisconsin it was $4.22 billion, largest on record. And whenever you go to those kinds of peaks, oftentimes it’s difficult to maintain that really high level.”  Still, state ag exports hit $3.87 billion last year — the third largest annual total on record, he noted. And Wisconsin’s ranking for this measure improved from 13th in 2022 to 11th in 2023.  The discussion touches on the state’s production of meats, sauces, cheese and other food products, as well as how global trends have impacted the trade relationship with Mexico, Wisconsin’s second-largest export destination in 2023.