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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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