Yes. Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed two bills related to guns on school grounds in April 2022. Evers vetoed Assembly Bill 495, which would have allowed people with a concealed carry license to possess a firearm in a vehicle on school grounds.
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Are midterm elections in Wisconsin decided by popular vote?
Yes. Wisconsin’s federal and state representatives are elected directly through popular vote. The winner is the candidate who receives the largest share — or plurality — of the popular vote in their electoral district, even if it’s less than 50%, which can happen when three or more candidates are running for the same position.
Can Wisconsin absentee voters cancel it and vote again in the 2022 midterms?
No. Wisconsin voters who may have changed their minds about their votes — or whose chosen candidates drop out before an election — can no longer void their absentee ballots and vote again, a process known as “spoiling.”
Has the Tony Evers administration repaired enough Wisconsin roads to reach from La Crosse to Miami and back?
Yes. Since 2019 — when Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers took office — Wisconsin has improved more than 4,600 miles of highways and roads, according to the Department of Transportation’s data from July.
Did Wisconsin US Sen. Ron Johnson suggest that people who do not like their state’s abortion laws should move?
Yes. In a 2019 interview, Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson advocated for letting states, rather than the federal government, decide on abortion restrictions. That way, he said, “if you don’t like the result in your state that you currently reside in, you can move.”
Has Tony Evers vetoed abortion-related bills passed by the Legislature?
Yes. Since taking office in 2019, Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed multiple bills from the Legislature seeking to restrict access to abortion. In one day — Dec. 3, 2021 — he vetoed five of these bills.
Has Ron Johnson compared Social Security to candy?
Yes. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said in a 2013 speech that he likes to use an analogy that compares Social Security to “candy” that the “left is giving away.”
Has Wisconsin’s national educational ranking improved in the past four years?
Yes. In 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked Wisconsin 8th for education; that is up from 2018, when the state ranked 18th for education.
Did Ron Johnson say that he has ‘always been a supporter of big pharma?’
Yes. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said, “I’ve always been a big supporter of big pharma … I’m all for the profit motive, the development of new drugs.”
Would a flat tax lead to most Wisconsinites having to pay more taxes?
Yes. If enacted in Wisconsin, a “revenue-neutral” flat income tax of 5.22% would bring tax increases for the 96.6% of Wisconsin taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes between $20,000 and $300,000, according to a group of over two dozen economists.
Does Mandela Barnes support expanding the U.S. Supreme Court?
No. While Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes supports U.S. Supreme Court “reforms,” he has not yet taken a stance on adding more justices to the court.
Did the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2020 election integrity probe find evidence of widespread voter fraud?
No. A judge has found that the Republican-led, taxpayer-funded investigation of the 2020 election did not find widespread voter fraud.