Capital City Sunday: Sen. Ron Johnson, AG Kaul & DHS secretary Andrea Palm

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MADISON (WKOW) — As President Trump visits the U.S. – Mexico border last week, he continues to press Congress for money to build a border wall. Senator Ron Johnson says the county is on track to arrest the highest number of illegal border crossers since 2006. Johnson calls the situation a “crisis” and said it’s now on Congress to find a solution.

Sen. Johnson also worries about ballot tampering regarding a possible recount in the Supreme Court election between Brain Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer.

“My concern is that someone comes up with 10,000 more ballots,” said Johnson. “(If) she wants to waste money on a recount I’d be really surprised if it overturned the election.”

Plus, Attorney General Josh Kaul defends the courts in a lame-duck ruling that allows him to withdraw the state from lawsuits without legislative approval. Kaul also discusses DOJ budget requests to hire 17 new employees for the state’s crime labs. The positions include crime scene response team members, DNA and chemistry technicians, and two firearms analysts.

Governor Evers DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm continues to persuade Republicans to support expanding Medicaid. Evers proposal would add coverage to 82,000 Wisconsinites. GOP leaders fear the proposal would encourage others to leave the private insurance market.

 

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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