Will the Tea Party era end where it started—in Wisconsin?


The Walker era began in 2010, an extraordinarily good year for Republicans, and it endured under Obama, whose political bent and character both kept conservatives’ blood pressure high. But political Wisconsinites seem to have some difficulty imagining what might replace this era. > The New Yorker

Paul Ryan’s hold on Speaker’s job being tested by GOP infighting

Speaker Paul Ryan pledged to “run through the tape” and finish out his term when he announced last month that he would retire from Congress. But with Republicans in revolt on both his right and his left, Ryan is increasingly facing questions about whether he can manage to even stumble across the finish line. > NY Times

How Democrats got a version of Johnson’s ‘right to try’ bill they like even less

Conservative activists notched a victory yesterday as Congress sent to President Trump’s desk a “right to try” bill making it easier for critically ill patients to access experimental medicines. What’s ironic is that by refusing to support a narrower bill the House had passed, Democrats are sitting by and watching a broader version become law. > Washington Post

Johnson sends letter to FBI about ‘Steele Dossier’


U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has some questions for the FBI. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Johnson sent a letter this week to current FBI Director Christopher Wray to request information about the FBI’s handling of the Christopher Steele dossier. > Racine Journal Times

Wisconsin GOP launching statewide radio ad to boost Vukmir

A little more than a week after its members voted to endorse state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the U.S. Senate primary, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is launching a statewide radio ad to promote the Brookfield Republican. > Cap Times

Foxconn disputes report that it’s changing its plans for new Wisconsin campus


Foxconn officials said Wednesday they are not changing plans for their manufacturing campus in southeast Wisconsin, contradicting a new report to that effect in a top Asian news outlet. The report by Nikkei Asian Review said Foxconn “is considering producing small to medium-size displays for Apple, carmakers and others to lower initial costs.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker points to safety bill in wake of Texas shooting

Asked Tuesday whether more needs to be done to bolster student safety in the wake of last week’s deadly high school shooting in Texas, Gov. Scott Walker touted the bill he signed in March that provides school districts with $100 million in grants for security upgrades in their buildings. > WZAW-TV Wausau