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| TOP STORIES
Hintz elected to Assembly minority leader post
Budget bill passed but it’ll be [today] before GOP leader sends it to Walker
State appeals court upholds right-to-work law
With Foxconn Coming, Walker Isn’t Eager To Share Economic Bounty With IL
Ryan, White House reject bipartisan health fix
Priebus fielding million dollar job offers post White House Scaramucci battle
WHITE HOUSE ^top^
– For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia: analysis of Mueller probe, targets, including Priebus, Spicer, ex-campaign comm adviser turned Michael Caputo. Caputo comments.
– John Nichols: Trump’s First Speech Before the UN Was an Absurd, Bombastic Disaster, After the president tells the UN that the US can “totally destroy North Korea,” it is time for Congress to put the brakes on Trump.
– Gordon Hintz elected to lead Assembly Democrats [Beck]
– Assembly Democrats elect Hintz as minority leader
– Six questions for newly elected Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh
– PolitiFact: In Context: Attacks on new Wisconsin Assembly Democratic leader … As he was running for reelection in 2014, Hintz told the Capital Times about the two incidents: “I’ve got to live with it. I’m in a better place in my personal life now, which makes a lot of things easier. … And on the day he was elected to the minority post, he apologized again for the incidents, saying: “While I can’t change the mistakes of my past, I can learn from them going forward.”
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Ryan to survey hurricane damage in Florida, Texas … Ryan [with Rubio] will visit Jacksonville, Miami and the Florida keys on Wednesday … meet [Coast Guard, FEMA] officials … Speaker will also have a similar visit to Texas this week. Trump has visited FL, TX, parts of LA, signed relief bill, issued emergency declarations.
– Paul Ryan to visit Florida and Texas to survey hurricane damage
– Harsdorf in talks to serve as Ag secretary … [Harsdorf, Walker] did not immediately return phone calls. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said he was aware she was being considered for the post but didn’t say if she would get it.
CIVIL LIBERTIES ^top^
– [Chair Wanggaard’s] Senate panel votes [3-2 party line] to allow concealed guns without permits … without getting training … and in some cases … onto school grounds. … would also allow people to carry Tasers without training or permits and would allow felons to carry muzzle loaders.
– Lawmakers advance bill allowing carrying hidden guns without permits, training [Beck of WSJ]
– State prescription regulations strengthen war against opioid epidemic … [DSPS Sec.] Gutierrez spoke to the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club Monday … Gutierrez did not shy away from labeling the opioid crisis as an epidemic, noting that the numbers of deaths associated with opioid overdoses has surpassed the number associated with AIDS. “In my own neighborhood, two of my neighbors have lost a 33-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter to this epidemic,” she said. “This can happen to anyone.”
– Combating Child Abuse: States Take Action
– Rights advocate shares lessons of apartheid, Naomi Tutu: Understand everyone’s capacity for evil
– UWSP students uncertain about a future without DACA protection
– Evers asks Walker to veto education measures he calls bad for public school kids … in a nine-page letter to the governor, whom he is looking to unseat in the 2018 election. They include [voucher, charter expansion, permitting private schoolers to attend public school programs, limiting public school referenda, low-cost, fast-track online teacher licensing] … “I have significant concerns about the policy implications for many of the changes included in the budget bill — policies that are just bad for children in public schools,” Evers said in the letter. … Evenson said the governor is reviewing the budget. “All vetoes will be included in his veto message,” he said.
– Wisconsin resubmits school improvement plan for K-12 public schools, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has four months to approve, reject plan
– Madison’s Operation Fresh Start renovation provides learning opportunities for students
– Turner moves toward possible $26.8M referendum
– Police investigating student for school threat
– Ryan attends private fundraiser … at the Highland Country Club Tuesday afternoon. … [hosted by] big-time donor to Republicans, Fayetteville lawyer Terry Hutchens [at Team Ryan’s request] … benefits Team Ryan … closed to the public and news media. … [40-70] business leaders and other residents … attended [including U.S. Reps. Pittenger, Hudson, Rouzer, Fayetteville Mayor Robertson] … [Ryan] gave attendees an update on legislative efforts going on in Congress. Topics included healthcare, tax reform and foreign policy. … event lasted a little longer than an hour.
– GOP governors launch ‘news’ site that critics call propaganda … looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. … “It’s propaganda for sure, even if they have objective standards and all the reporting is 100 percent accurate,” said Republican communications veteran Rick Tyler, whose resume includes Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign. … [RGA chair] Walker deferred questions through a spokesman to the group’s national staff. At RGA, spokesman Jon Thompson said the site is “just another outlet to share those positive results” of the GOP’s 34 Republican governors. … [U-Pa. prof. Hall Jamieson] said The Free Telegraph commits a form of “identity theft” by “appropriating the integrity of news” because “the form of news carries credibility” that blatantly partisan sites do not. … first test is in this fall’s Virginia governor’s race pitting Democratic nominee Ralph Northam against Republican Ed Gillespie. … Northam campaign spokesman David Turner accused Gillespie and Republicans of “creating their own Pravda” … Gillespie campaign declined comment, referring questions back to the RGA.
– [farmer] Mel Pittman seeks rematch as Sen. Kathleen Vinehout mulls run for governor … Mel Pittman, who lost to Vinehout by 3,191 votes in 2014, announced Wednesday that he is running for the 31st Senate district as a Republican.
– La Crosse Voting Rights Rally to stand against gerrymandering
– New Frontier In Corporate Incentives Are Toxic For Democracy And Justice
HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Graham: Paul Ryan told me House would pass Senate Obamacare fix … “Paul Ryan told me to my face, ‘if you pass it, we pass it,'” Graham told reporters Tuesday. … “Mitch McConnell and the leadership has done everything we’ve asked and then some,” Graham said. “I spoke to Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House. He says, ‘I like it. You send it to the House, it’s gonna pass.'” … Senate Republicans emerged from their weekly caucus meeting on Tuesday optimistic … but … McConnell, R-Ky., stopped short of saying a vote would be held. … [Trump, Pence] have been calling Senate Republicans in a push to get the bill over the finish line by next week.
– Senators scrap bipartisan effort to stabilize Obamacare markets, saying no deal was possible … “We identified significant common ground and I made some tough concessions to move in Chairman Alexander’s direction when it comes to giving states more flexibility,” said Murray, the committee’s top Democrat. “I am disappointed that Republican leaders have decided to freeze this bipartisan approach and are trying to jam through a partisan Trumpcare bill” … Alexander indicated he is open to supporting a separate bill … introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Dean Heller, R-Nev. — would keep much of the Obamacare tax structure in place but give the money to states in the form of block grants … “I would like to vote for Graham-Cassidy because I like block grants and it appears to be good for Tennessee,” Alexander said. Letter to McConnell, Schumer by Govs. Bill Walker, Sandoval, Hickenlooper, Kasich, Bullock, Wolf, McAuliffe, Phil Scott, Bel Edwards, Baker: “As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you not to consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans.” … “This is the last best chance for putting ourselves back on a path where states get greater control and we start improving our health care system,” Johnson said. … “Paul Ryan told me to my face, if you pass it, we pass it,” Graham told reporters Tuesday.
– PolitiFact: Vermont single-payer was scrapped because it was going bankrupt? No, it was never implemented … Vermont adopted legislation for single-payer in 2011. But by 2014, Vermont’s governor abandoned the plan, saying the tax increases it needed would have been too high. … We rate Duffy’s statement False.
– Community Clinic funding headed for ‘cliff’ without congressional action
LAW AND ORDER ^top^
– Dane County receives grant to defend immigrants in danger of deportation: $100K Vera Institute of Justice provided the Safe Cities grant
– Milwaukee drug bust: 18 arrests, $1.3 million seized in nationwide trafficking operation
– Sheriff: Jail help wanted, More corrections officers sought as population rises
– Digging in: Proposed mine and legislation renew fight over economics, environment on Wisconsin-Michigan border … It’s easy in politically polarized Wisconsin to see most disputes as partisan ones. The mine is not one of those. … [in Marinette,] No one refers to it as the Back Forty, the name given to the project by Aquila Resources … it’s just “the mine,” and once bar owner Terry Walker starts to talk about it, it doesn’t take long for his patrons to chime in. “We do not want it,” Walker said, punctuating his point with an unlit Marlboro cigarette. “We do not need it here.” … Outside, there’s a sign: “Save the Menominee River,” with the letters “NOMINE” highlighted in red. There are a lot of signs like that in Marinette and the surrounding area — about 35 of them placed in front of homes on a 28-mile stretch of Highway 180 … Aquila has spent about $70 million over the last decade developing the Back Forty site … applied with the state of Michigan to operate a seven-year, open-pit sulfide mine, but … could operate for 16 years with an amended permit to allow mining below ground. [mining process details] … Baldwin said, that the Michigan DEQ is the same agency blamed for the Flint water crisis. “I don’t trust them, and neither do the people of Wisconsin,” Baldwin said. … To pursue the same kind of project in Wisconsin, it would face a steeper climb. [Mining Moratorium law, Tiffany-Hutton repeal] … A Tiffany aide did not respond … but Tiffany has discussed the bill in opinion columns, TV appearances and a recent public hearing in Ladysmith. … On “Upfront,” Tiffany said he has heard from some exploratory companies that the moratorium law is a “deal killer,” and they would explore in the state if it were repealed. … bipartisan group of four state lawmakers representing northeastern Wisconsin introduced a resolution to oppose the project in July, but no legislative action has been taken. Dems Sen. Hansen, Rep. Stuck, RDA’s Conrad, Aquila’s Lessard, River Alliance’s Krueger, Coalition to Save the Menominee River’s Burie, Menominee chair Besaw, other residents comment.
– Steelworkers looking for answers from D.C … 5 month [US Commerce] study was supposed to be finalized towards the end of July. … to answer the question of, does illegal steel dumping jeopardizes national security. Lawmakers say it’s having a negative impact on Keewatin Taconite on the Iron Range, and has union members demanding immediate action.
– Duluth School Board Joins [ALA’s] “Lethal Lure” Campaign … aimed at reducing products such as menthol and other flavored tobacco commodities that appeal to young people.
– Chippewa Valley Regional Airport receives $570K grant, Federal funds earmarked for upgrades and equipment purchases
– CT Editorial: Wisconsin won’t be Foxconned for long
– WSJ Editorial: Workforce challenge is job No. 1
– Dave Zweifel: Trump’s health secretary is undercutting Americans’ health
– Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: Investing in all our workers, including our inmates
– Christian Schneider: The ‘Make America Great Again’ crowd finally turning their backs on Trump
– Christian Schneider: Tony Evers would take Wisconsin backward on teacher discipline
– Ernst-Ulrich Franzen: Who wants to go to war over North Korea?
– Dave Kendall: Moderation is key, especially with politics
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