UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) While most of us focus on the Memorial Day weekend, a few Wisconsin politicians face an important deadline today. Those not running for re-election this fall must file documents about their intentions with the Government Accountability Board. If they don't do it by this afternoon, candidates who want to replace them get three extra days to circulate their nomination papers.
22 state Assembly members and seven senators are bowing out after this fall -- the most in decades. Of those, Senate Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center and Assembly Republican Chad Weininger of Green Bay are the only ones not to file their required paperwork. Both say they expect to do so today. State Treasurer Kurt Schuller is not running, either, and he had not filed his paperwork at last word.
Campaign committees of both parties do not expect last-minute bomb-shells from anyone who has not already announced their intentions to step down. The non-candidacy forms have been required for years. That was after some lawmakers hand-picked their successors, by withholding their decisions to step down until it was too late for other possible suitors to file their nomination papers.