The return of the one-man majority.
(AP) MADISON, Wis. — Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate abruptly split Wednesday over competing legislation that would clear the way for a giant iron mine in Wisconsin's north woods, jeopardizing the chances of anything passing before the legislative session ends next month.How fun to once again watch the majority party screw around all session, then try to desperately ram their big ticket items through at the end of session. Some people never learn.
Assembly Republicans and a special Senate mining committee have both offered bills that would reform the state's mining permit process to help Florida-based Gogebic Taconite dig an open-pit mine in the Penokee Hills just south of Lake Superior.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald hand-picked the mining committee, but he caught members by surprise Wednesday when he threw his support behind the Assembly bill...
The Assembly bill, though, doesn't appear to have enough support among Senate Republicans to pass. With just a 17-16 majority, everyone in the GOP caucus would have to back it to pass. One of them, Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, told The Associated Press Wednesday he would not vote for it.