Will the crowded Democratic field impede efforts to beat Scott Walker?


Among some political progressives, the sprawling Democratic field of about a dozen candidates vying to unseat Scott Walker is cause of concern. That’s too bad, because Walker seems to finally face election-year headwinds rather than the tailwinds that helped him in the past. > Cap Times

Where redistricting fights stand across the country


Here’s your guide to the state of redistricting in six key states. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide three major cases this term – including Wisconsin’s – that could determine how districts are drawn for the next decade. > Oregon Public Broadcasting

Bernie Sanders coming to rally in Wisconsin

Sen. Bernie Sanders will join progressive groups in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan next week as part of a nationwide campaign to drum up grassroots opposition to the Republican agenda ahead of the midterm elections. > CNN

Duffy gets second Dem challenger in a week


The longtime manager of indie artist Bon Iver is taking a break from the music industry to run for Congress. Chetek resident Kyle Frenette plans to mount a bid for the Democratic nomination for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy since 2011. > Wausau Daily Herald

Assembly Republicans pass full slate of Walker’s welfare limits

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The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed welfare limits and sought federal help to cover more of the nearly $90 million in costs from the proposals. Republicans approved the bills on party-line 62-35 votes, sending them to the Senate, where they are expected to pass quickly. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Assembly OKs contentious GOP wetlands permit exemptions bill


Republicans moved closer Thursday to relaxing wetland regulations, passing a contentious bill that would allow builders to fill certain marshes and bogs without a permit. The Assembly passed the bill 58-39, sending it on to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Wisconsin becoming wetter as lawmakers weaken rules for flood-preventing wetlands


As Wisconsin becomes a wetter place, lawmakers are pushing ahead with controversial rules to weaken protections of wetlands. These ecologically important landscapes are currently protected by state and federal laws for a variety of reasons, including their ability to hold storm water and protect against flooding. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel