UPDATE: Walker calls special election for Stone seat

UPDATED Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 12:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has called a special election for Dec. 17 to fill the state Assembly seat most recently held by Jeff Stone, a Republican from Greendale.

Walker on Tuesday announced that people interested in running for the 82nd District Assembly seat near Milwaukee have until Oct. 22 to circulate nomination papers. A primary will be held Nov. 19, if necessary.

Stone announced two weeks ago that he was stepping down after 15 years in the Assembly to take a job with the Public Service Commission. The opening came after former Assembly Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder declined to take the job in favor of working as a lobbyist for the paper industry.

Special elections to fill Suder's seat and one vacated by Mark Honadel are scheduled for Nov. 19.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 1:44 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker from southeastern Wisconsin will replace an embattled former legislator at the state Public Service Commission.

Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder resigned from the Legislature in August to take a $94,000 job as the PSC's water division administrator. Shortly after he accepted the job news broke that he funneled a state hunting recruiting grant to a politically connected group.

The Wisconsin Paper Council announced Friday that Suder has accepted a position as vice president of government relations. He'll start on Oct. 7.

Meanwhile on Thursday, Rep. Jeff Stone of Greendale announced he will resign on Oct. 14. A few minutes later the PSC released a statement saying Stone will become the next water division administrator.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Thursday, October 3, 2013 --- 1:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker from southwestern Wisconsin has decided to resign.

Rep. Jeff Stone of Greendale issued a statement Thursday announcing he plans to step down on Oct. 14. The statement didn't offer a reason why.

Stone was first elected to the Assembly in 1998. He authored a law in 2011 that required voters to show photo identification at the polls. A number of groups have challenged the law in court. The 4th District Court of Appeals has upheld it but a Dane County judge's injunction blocking the requirements still stands in another case. State attorneys have appealed. The 2nd District Court of Appeals has yet to rule in that case.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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