Nicholson again finds himself defending his conservative credentials

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After reports surfaced that he did paid work for Democrats two years after he says he decided to leave the party, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson is again defending that he really is a conservative. He faces state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the GOP primary to run for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s seat. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Ron Johnson a liar, or a fool, or both?

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Johnson is not just a Trump “yes man.” He is a Trump propagandist. And so it probably should not have come as that much of a surprise when the senator got caught last week peddling a conspiracy theory about a “secret society” of rogue FBI agents trying to undermine the president. > Cap Times

In healthcare flip-flop, Walker touts proposed insurance protections to doctors

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Addressing doctors this week at the Wisconsin Medical Society, Gov. Scott Walker talked about protecting people with pre-existing conditions and controlling premiums for those who don’t get insurance through work. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State Elections panel edges closer to showdown with GOP Senate

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State Elections commissioners have edged closer to a showdown with Republican state senators over whether elections chief Michael Haas should continue to lead the state’s elections agency. Elections commissioners voted 4-2 Wednesday (including one Republican) to take no action on the administrator issue until March 2. >

Wisconsin State Journal

Requested Lake Michigan diversion for Foxconn gets criticism, public hearing

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With environmental groups criticizing a request to divert 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan for Foxconn’s planned factory in Racine County (Wisconsin Public Radio), the public will get a chance to sound off on the proposal in March. (AP News)

Holding Walker’s feet to the fire on his attack of Madison, Soglin

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Aiming to smack down Madison Mayor Paul Soglin on the day he announced his run for governor, Gov. Scott Walker tweeted that in Madison, businesses have left and murders have gone up, and that Soglin’s at least partly to blame. Generally, the city is known for economic vitality and relative safety, so PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the claim.