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Hagedorn and his wife helped found a private school that bans faculty, students and students' parents from being in same-sex relationships.
The first black lawmaker to represent Dane County in the Wisconsin Assembly is settling in at the Capitol.
Wednesday's Senate session marked the second day this week and the second consecutive year in Wisconsin that some white Republicans have clashed with members of the Legislature's Black Caucus over how to honor Black History Month.
After compromising Tuesday on a resolution to honor Black History Month, several Democratic lawmakers have asked to have their votes changed to a "no" in the Assembly record despite initially passing the measure unanimously.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said he is "hopeful" he can reach an agreement with Republicans in the Legislature's majority on how to pay for a proposed middle-class tax cut, but Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said it's up to Evers to determine whether that can happen.
For the second time in as many years, Wisconsin lawmakers clashed on party lines over how to honor Black History Month as some Republicans objected to a resolution offered by the Legislature's Black Caucus, which is composed of only Democrats.
Wisconsin will join a national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pollution, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.
As Gov. Tony Evers prepares to propose borrowing nearly $70 million to address water contamination in Wisconsin, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, on Monday announced the 16 members of a bipartisan water quality task force.