Baldwin challengers open door to cutting health care, welfare programs

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While U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has argued against cuts to social programs like Medicaid and Medicare, which Speaker Paul Ryan has hinted at, her GOP challengers in next year’s election — state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) and Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson — are opening the door to that. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Grothman says Trump deserves praise for first year, and that his contituents don’t care about Russia investigation

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman says President Trump deserves praise for his first year in office, although he does wish the president wouldn’t tweet so much. In a year-end interview with WPR’s “The Morning Show,” Grothman credited Trump for improving the nation’s business climate thanks to his recently signed tax cut. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Bannon cuts ties with Ryan challenger after inflammatory tweets

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Stephen Bannon and his conservative outlet, Breitbart News, have cut ties with a far-right activist challenging Speaker Paul Ryan in 2018 after the candidate posted several controversial tweets. “Paul Nehlen is dead to us,” Arthur Schwartz, a Bannon adviser, told CNN on Wednesday. > The Hill

Critics slam Walker’s claim that typical Wisconsin family will gain $2,508 from new tax plan

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Gov. Walker’s administration has calculated that a typical family of four in Wisconsin will get a $2,508 tax cut under the Republican tax overhaul signed into law last week. But Democrats and tax experts say the Department of Revenue cherry picked the most favorable numbers to cast the best light possible. > Racine Journal Times

Wisconsin’s incentives to Foxconn reach $4 billion

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The $3 billion incentive package used to lure Foxconn to Wisconsin was only the beginning. Associated sweeteners – for local government incentives and infrastructure investments – have now inflated the deal to more than $4 billion. Foxconn is also being allowed to skip state environmental rules and oversight it would otherwise have had to follow. > CBS 58 Milwaukee

Two GOP lawmakers resign to take jobs in Walker administration

Two Republican state lawmakers are resigning to take posts in the administration of Gov. Scott Walker. Sen. Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) is taking a job at the Department of Workforce Development, while Rep. Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) will join the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, or DATCP. > Wisconsin State Journal

Flynn touts CEO mentality in run for Wisconsin governor

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Walker challenger Matt Flynn describes himself as a conservative when it comes to just one thing: handling the state’s finances. “The governor of the state is the CEO of the state,” Flynn said in a recent interview. “And I’m extremely conservative about waste and anything to do with the administration of money.” > Cap Times