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GOP leaders won't return to Capitol for special session

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker has officially announced two special elections to fill vacant seats in the legislature on June 12. 

Shortly have the announcement, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) on WTMJ 620 Thursday morning said the Senate will not be returning to take up a bill that would have delayed calling special elections.

In a statement Fitzgerald said, “The Senate will not be on the floor next week. We cannot pass AB947 with the substitute amendment now that the elections are underway. Military and overseas voters will be potentially disenfranchised due to the Democrats’ insistence to push forward with the elections.” Fitzgerald said if the senate does come back at some point it would be to address the Kimberly-Clark closure.

Gov. Walker announced nomination papers can begin circulation for candidates who want to run to fill the two vacant seats left open since December, 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District.

Walker is also not taking this as a defeat and instead blasting former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his group the National Democratic Redistricting Committee who filed the lawsuit against him.

In a Twitter post the governor said, "Obama Attorney General Eric Holder and his Washington, D.C.-based special interest group are behind the legal push to force Wisconsin taxpayers to pay for special elections for seats that will be filled in a few months in the normal elections."

Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Gordon Hintz says these elections would not be a burden on taxpayers if the governor called them earlier.

"It's an argument that the governor has no one else to blame but himself, he could've held elections this Tuesday at no additional cost," said Hintz.

Eric Holder called this move a “victory for the citizens of Wisconsin who are without representation.” Senator Mark Miller (D - Monona) says this defeat for the governor sets up nicely for his party in hopes to win more seats in November.

“It's just consisted of what's been going around the country, the fact that republicans have experienced a lot of the defeat over the last year. I think that’s part of the reason why were they so leery about calling these special elections,” said Miller.

The Election Commission did release how much 2017 spring elections and 2016 General elections costs in Senate 1st and Assembly 42nd district.

Senate 1:             2017 Spring: $234,876.18

                           2016 General: $388,569.44

Assembly 42:      2017 Spring: $71,729.75

                             2016 General: $122,275.33


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   MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he will schedule special elections to fill two legislative vacancies on June 12.
   Walker decided not to ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to delay a court order that he schedule those elections. Speaking on WTMJ-AM Wednesday night, Walker said he considers the special elections a waste of tax dollars because regular elections are scheduled are held in the fall.
   The governor had refused to order elections to fill Rep. Keith Ripp and Sen. Frank Lasee's seats. But, a Madison judge last week ordered the Walker to schedule the elections by noon on Thursday. Walker asked the 2nd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday to both review that decision and delay the order to April 6. The appellate court refused to delay the order.

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