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  • Fitzgerald optimistic about Senate GOP Pick-ups, though Shilling says 'enthusiasm gap' will hurt Republicans
    Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is confident his party will hold onto its 19-14 majority come Election Day -- and perhaps pick off a couple of incumbents. But Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling says those GOP challengers will fall short, including the one looking to take her out in a rematch... <more>

  • Hogan: WEDC working to 'figure out a way' to help startups
    WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan says a big focus of the agency in his second year on the job will be trying to "figure out a way" to boost entrepreneurship. There are exciting things happening in the state, Hogan said in an interview, noting the state's dead-last ranking in startup activity the p... <more>

  • Vos predicts GOP will retain similar edge in Assembly, Barca sees Dem opportunities
    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos predicts he'll come back next session with a majority that's "very close, if not the same" as the GOP's current 63-36 advantage. And he thinks whatever happens at the national level won't affect local races much. But Minority Leader Peter Barca warned that's what Dems we... <more>

  • Ryan: Trump in position to win Wisconsin
    House Speaker Paul Ryan believes Donald Trump is in position to end Republicans' 32-year losing streak for Wisconsin's electoral votes. Just don't ask him to analyze the GOP nominee's approach to the state. "It beats me. I just watch the Packers and the Badgers," Ryan said with laugh. Ryan, t... <more>

  • Pollsters: Feingold has edge in U.S. Senate bid, but presidential race unclear
    Wisconsin may not be a top presidential swing state this year, but the race between Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold likely will boost Dems' effort to regain control of the U.S. Senate, two top pollsters told a WisPolitics.com D.C. breakfast. Dem pollster Paul Maslin and Republican pollster Gene Ulm ... <more>

  • Tseytlin responds to critics of state solicitor general's office
    Misha Tseytlin has been fighting the Obama administration over its Clean Power Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule since well before GOP AG Brad Schimel named him Wisconsin's first solicitor general. The battle began when Tseytlin was working in West Virginia's attorney general's office, Tseytlin said ... <more>

  • Johnson pushes for end to 'higher-education cartel'
    Highlighting existing federal programs and reducing costs by taking on the "higher-education cartel" can help relieve the burden of rising student loan debt, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says. Johnson, at a WisPolitics.com luncheon in Milwaukee on Thursday, said part of the debt problem can be solved by ... <more>

  • Holtz targets graduation, achievement rates in bid for state schools superintendent
    Lowell Holtz's bid for state schools superintendent is grounded in local control and collaboration to solve what he says are unacceptable statewide graduation and achievement rates. It's a strategy Holtz says he's used multiple times in several Wisconsin school districts. And each time, the approac... <more>

  • Ryan strikes different tone than Trump on trade, but sees common ground
    House Speaker Paul Ryan struck a markedly different tone on trade than GOP nominee Donald Trump during a July 26 WisPolitics.com luncheon, but said House Republicans could "constructively engage" with Trump on the issue. Trump has trashed recent trade agreements and has called for tariffs on countri... <more>

  • Aug. 9 Primary Page features interviews in key races
    WisPolitics.com has selected more than a dozen legislative primaries to highlight ahead of the Aug. 9 election.Several of the contests feature Dem incumbents who are being challenged for their safe seats. Others include the open 3rd AD in northeastern Wisconsin and the 83rd in the southeastern corne... <more>

  • Feigin recognizes Bucks arena hurdles, remains optimistic
    Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin says he rode out the intense politics surrounding a proposed new arena in downtown Milwaukee by "playing dumb." But he fully understands the hurdles to creating a "best of class" sports facility and training center along with an exciting retail, office and resi... <more>

  • Miller, a Trump delegate, predicts easy win, minimal controversy for businessman
    Jim Miller isn't buying the predictions the GOP will roll into Cleveland embroiled in controversy and division over presumptive nominee Donald Trump. The Republican Party of Wisconsin's 7th CD chairman also doesn't agree with recent comments by Gov. Scott Walker that delegates should vote their cons... <more>

  • Politicos predict nasty election cycle will continue
    A pair of Politicos weighed in on a most extraordinary election season in D.C. last week. Jim VandeHei, Politico co-founder and a UW-Oshkosh grad who's forming a new media company, joined Politico star Mike Allen in assessing the presidential race, House Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional races Jun... <more>

  • Challenges to Evers taking shape
    Tony Evers' first announced opponent is calling the incumbent "politically impotent" thanks to what he says are two public stances the state superintendent took in the past six years. Germantown Superintendent Jeff Holmes, one of several candidates likely to run next spring, says Evers publicly back... <more>

  • State Dem Party Chair Laning expects smooth convention, Dems to unify in opposition to Trump
    Dem Party Chair Martha Laning isn't worried about this weekend's state convention looking like the chaos in Nevada earlier this month. And she isn't fretting about Dems being able to unite once the presidential primary finally ends. She says the party's transparent delegate selection process and... <more>

  • Party execs see different outcomes in swing-state status
    The executive directors of the state's Dem and GOP parties agree Wisconsin is a swing state. The direction of that swing, though, is a matter of debate between Dem Kory Kozloski and Republican Mike Duffey. The two party execs agreed on Wisconsin's swing-state status at the start of a WisPolitics... <more>

  • Nehlen says he likes his chances in primary against Ryan
    Delavan businessman Paul Nehlen says he has a "great path to victory" in his bid to unseat 1st CD Rep. Paul Ryan in an Aug. 9 primary. One reason for his confidence: Ryan's role as House speaker. Nehlen, 46, told WisPolitics.com this week that Ryan, R-Janesville, is much more in the open as speaker ... <more>

  • State GOP chair: Wisconsin Republicans 'taking care of business'
    State GOP Chair Brad Courtney says he believes Wisconsin is in a golden age of conservative and Republican politics. And he plans to deliver a message at next week's state convention that Republicans need to return sizable majorities in the state Legislature to let Gov. Scott Walker keep up the good... <more>

  • Russ Feingold: Term limits would make Washington worse
    Russ Feingold has some ideas for how to fix Washington -- but term limits is not one of them. Some tout the idea as a way to oust entrenched politicians who are no longer looking out for their districts. Others, though, warn that would give more power to congressional staff members and lobbyists who... <more>

  • WEAC will focus on school funding, not merger
    When WEAC's incoming president said a merger with the American Federation of Teachers was off the table, he set a course contrary to that of another public employee union in post-Act 10 Wisconsin. Declining rolls and resources, not to mention diminished bargaining power, led AFSCME to seek strength ... <more>


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