Milwaukee’s conservative firebrand Sheriff David Clarke resigns

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who built a national following among conservatives with his provocative social media presence and strong support of Trump, resigned Thursday. The County Clerk said he received a resignation letter from Clarke, but it did not say why he was leaving office more than a year before his term is up. > Wisconsin State Journal

In Minnesota, four swing-seat Republicans decline to back Ryan for speaker

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“Do you plan to vote against Paul Ryan continuing his speakership?” It was an easy-sounding question, asked at a friendly Republican candidate forum at Minnesota’s state fair. To the pleasant surprise of Democrats, 4 of 5 Republicans seeking to flip House seats next year declined to support the speaker of the House. > Washington Post

2020: Elizabeth Warren leads Trump in Wisconsin and other ‘blue wall’ states Clinton lost.


In a sign that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is emerging as the leading Democratic challenger to President Trump in 2020, a new survey has her leading the so-called “blue wall” of states Hillary lost to Trump. Warren leads in a Zogby Analytics survey in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, as well as Florida and Ohio. > Washington Examiner

Evers’ new campaign ad is most direct attack yet on Walker’s Foxconn deal


Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers is running a radio ad attacking “the Donald Trump, Scott Walker $3 billion deal for Foxconn.” In the minute-long radio spot unveiled Monday, the Evers says: “Sounds good for Foxconn, but what’s in it for the rest of us? Just think if we invested that money in our schools instead.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Gubernatorial candidate Harlow starts petition against Foxconn deal

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Walker challenger Bob Harlow is urging the state Senate to vote no on any Foxconn package, introducing a petition Wednesday to stop the deal. “We don’t need to pay some Taiwanese company to create jobs for us. We ought to invest in Wisconsin so the next 3M or Harley Davidson starts right here,” said Harlow. > WEAU Eau Claire

Walker brushes off concerns over Foxconn plant in China


Gov. Walker says he’s not concerned that Foxconn plans to build a large factory in China while also promising to open a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. Some financial analysts in Asia say the large facility Foxconn is building in southern China could undercut costs of a Wisconsin plant and limit the size of what’s developed here. > Wisconsin Public Radio

New CROWE think tank at UW-Madison funded by Koch, Bradley


A UW-Madison economist who published a controversial positive analysis of the impact the proposed Foxconn deal would have on the state just opened a think tank on campus funded by the conservative Koch and Bradley foundations. > Cap Times