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Just six days after losing a northern Wisconsin congressional election to Republican Tom Tiffany, Democrat Tricia Zunker announced she will run for the seat again this fall.

Tiffany beat Zunker by 14 points last Tuesday in a special election for the open seat.

“I’m standing up for what I believe in. I invite you to join me in the arena. This November, let’s dare greatly and win this seat,” Zunker said in a video.

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Republican Tom Tiffany will be northern Wisconsin’s next representative in Congress after defeating Democrat Tricia Zunker in a special election on Tuesday.

Tiffany, a state Senator from Minocqua, beat Zunker by about 14 points.

He said his first priority will be helping America rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been through difficult times,” Tiffany said. “We know how to go out and turn things around, and we will do that again. I will dedicate myself to get America back up on her feet again.”

Northern Wisconsin is hosting its second election with in-person voting during the COVID-19 health emergency on Tuesday.

In a special election, voters will select the replacement to Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned last year.

Republican Tom Tiffany, a state Senator from Minocqua, faces Democrat Tricia Zunker, the Wausau School Board President, in the race.

Last month, the administration of Gov. Tony Evers said it considered moving the election, but decided to stick with the date.

Nelson for the North

A former Tomahawk City Council President will run to replace Republican Mary Felzkowski in the State Assembly.

Forestry worker Don Nelson, who also served on the Lincoln County Board, has announced his candidacy as a Republican.

In a release, Nelson praised the work of Felzkowski in the State Assembly and Tom Tiffany in the State Senate.

Tiffany is running for Congress, while Felzkowski is running for his seat in the Assembly.

Nelson said his family tree in Tomahawk goes back four generations, and he plans to stand up for northern Wisconsin if elected.

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A Minocqua man who describes himself as a “father, forest dweller, and food lover” will seek the Northwoods’ seat in the state Senate this fall.

Democrat Eduard Vocke will run for the open seat in the 12th Senate District.

The seat is being vacated by Republican Tom Tiffany, who is running for Congress.

Vocke said the open seat factored into his decision to run, as did his family.

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The chair of Democratic Party of Wisconsin wants mail-ballot-only election in next month’s special election in the 7th Congressional District.

Ben Wikler said he wanted an absentee ballot sent to every voter in the northern Wisconsin district in the race to replace former Congressman Sean Duffy.

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In-person voting across northern Wisconsin could happen again next month, unless state government alters the scheduled congressional special election.

On Tuesday, legislative and legal battles ended with voters going to the polls in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That could occur again on May 12, unless something changes.

Wisconsin State Legislature

Irma State Rep. Mary Felzkowski hopes to move up to a seat in the State Senate.

The Republican announced her candidacy Monday, hoping to take the seat being vacated by Minocqua Republican Tom Tiffany.

Tiffany is filing a notice of non-candidacy in the 12th State Senate District as he makes a run for U.S. Congress.

Felzkowski was first elected to the state legislature in 2012, representing the Tomahawk, Merrill, and Antigo areas.

She said she decided to run for Senate after Tiffany won his congressional primary on Feb. 18.

A two-term state Senator will face the president of the Wausau School Board in May’s special election in the 7th Congressional District.

Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) won his primary election against Jason Church on Tuesday, while Tricia Zunker (D-Wausau) easily defeated Lawrence Dale on the Democratic side.

The winner will replace former Congressman Sean Duffy, who resigned in September.

Zunker got nearly 90 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, but she told WXPR she’s been focusing on the general election for a long time.

A Wausaukee Democrat hopes to become the next state senator for the Northwoods.

In a press release, Wendy Klawitter said she believes the voice of northern Wisconsin isn’t adequately represented in Madison.

In her campaign announcement, she said she believes in Medicaid expansion and called the legalization of marijuana “long overdue.”

The 12th District Senate seat is held by Republican Tom Tiffany of Minocqua.

Tiffany is currently running for Congress in a special election, seeking to replace Republican Sean Duffy, who resigned in September.

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State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow are introducing legislation this week as part of the Homeowners' Bill of Rights, a package of property rights legislation.

Tiffany outlines the bill....

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Environmental groups are reacting against a proposal that restricts county shoreland zoning power.


Language within the state budget passed by the Joint Finance Committee says counties can’t employ stricter standards than those the state requires for what’s built on lakefront properties.

Republican Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says it will create uniformity.

Hazelhurst Republican Tom Tiffany thinks Wisconsin's federal representatives should take action following a federal judge's decision to put wolves back on the federal endangered species list. U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell  ruled that it was "arbitrary and capricious" to take gray wolves off the federal endangered species list. While Wisconsin's wolf hunt ended a few days prior to the ruling, it ended wolf hunts in the region for the future.

Hundreds Seek Assistance With Energy Bills

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Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help.  Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.

That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch. 

Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund.  Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.  

A state Senate bill regulating frac sand mining could overturn local rules relating to the proposed Penokee mine. 

The bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany has drawn attention for how it would limit local control over nonmetallic mining. 

But the bill also contains provisions that regulate blasting for ANY type of mine or quarry.