Janet Bewley


State Senator Janet Bewley(D-Mason) says Governor Walker said little in his recent State of the State address about the major changes in one well-known agency.

Democrat Bewley noted little was said about the DNR. A massive reorganization is planned within the agency....

Bewley Beats Deutsch to Take Sen. Jouch's Seat

Nov 5, 2014

One of the closer races on Election Night was the 25th Senate District, a seat vacated by longtime Democratic Senator Bob Jauch. 

Democrat Janet Bewley won the seat, after serving two terms in the state 74th Assembly District. 

Bewley says she’s committed to representing everyone within the Senate district, which is the largest in the state.

“It takes a lot of rubber from tires, a lot of shoe leather, but that’s exactly what I’m willing to do, to follow in Bob’s footsteps, and represent all of these good working people of the north.” 

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Candidates for northern Wisconsin’s 25th state Senate District and 74th Assembly District sparred this week at a debate held in Mercer. Much of the debate centered around a proposal for an iron mine in the Penokee Range.

Democratic Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland is competing against Republican Dane Deutsch of Rice Lake…for a seat that has long been held by retiring Democratic Senator Bob Jauch.


Hours of testimony in Madison whether to allow an exemption to the state's Managed Forest Law that would allow Goegebic Taconite to close up to 4,000 acres by a proposed mine site.

Senator Tom Tiffany's bill that would enable "GT" to deny access on land that otherwise would allow public access. One mining protester was arrested earlier this year at the mine site after a group stopped by to protest. Some damage occured.

During the hearing, Tiffany said he was concerned about safety...


Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor says worker safety is a priority at the Gogebic Taconite mine site in Iron County. 

The company has drawn criticism for hiring military-style security guards armed with assault weapons to patrol the drilling area.  Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch points out GTAC is working to bring jobs to the area. 

“I think we have a duty to make sure that those folks, who are working to better that double digit unemployment rate that we talk so much about, are safe.”

Wisconsin legislature

A Northwoods Democrat doesn't like a Republican action in the Assembly Wednesday boosting campaign contributions for Wisconsin state candidates.

Majority Republicans pushed for a doubling of allowable campaign contributions by individuals. Donors to statewide candidates could give 20-thousand-dollars per cycle, two-thousand to Senate candidates, and a-thousand to Assembly hopefuls. Those limits would be automatically adjusted for inflation in the future. A voice vote was held.