Vinehout makes second run at frac mine regulations


State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) has again introduced a package of bills to increase oversight of the frac sand industry in response to problems encountered by constituents in the last decade as industrial sand mines sprung up across western Wisconsin. Despite a recent slump, another boom cycle is potentially approaching. > La Crosse Tribune

Walker announces almost $14 million in municipality grants to remove lead service lines


Gov. Walker this week announced that 35 municipalities have now completed financial assistance agreements with the state that will allow those communities to assist homeowners, schools, and day cares in providing safe drinking water by replacing old lead service lines. > Urban Milwaukee

If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won’t be what many expect


As politicians in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states compete to lure Foxconn Technology Corp., the high-stakes gambit has drawn attention to a disconnect between nostalgic perceptions about the American manufacturing sector and the jobs it actually generates in the modern economy. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Johnson: I never said I opposed Senate repeal bill, I just needed more time

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Sen. Ron Johnson clarified Wednesday that he never outright opposed the Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill, giving a more positive assessment of the legislation than he has offered previously. “I never said I was ‘no’. I was a very hard ‘no’ in terms of taking a vote this week,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” > Talking Points Memo

Watch: CNN host fires back after Ron Johnson cries ‘fake news’

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo has had enough of Republicans crying “fake news,” and he let GOP Sen. Ron Johnson know it during an interview Wednesday. The confrontation sparked when Johnson claimed the debate over Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare is “completely distorted using incorrect information.” Watch the clip here. > THE WEEK

Senate’s health Care bill will cause 394,100 Wisconsinites to lose coverage


U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan: “This bill is bad for Wisconsin. People are going to pay higher costs for less coverage, insurers will be allowed to charge seniors up to 5 times more for coverage, and 394,100 Wisconsinites are going to lose coverage all together. > Urban Milwaukee

Verdict on Baldwin’s claim that Trump wants to take health care from thousands of kids? Half true.


Addressing the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s annual convention early this month, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin laid into President Trump: “He wants to kick thousands of kids off of BadgerCare,” Baldwin charged, echoing comments she made a few days earlier on MSNBC. “Who would cut health care for children?” PolitiFact Wisconsin’s fact check concludes she’s half right.