1st District candidates focus campaigns after Ryan withdrawal

A week after Paul Ryan announced he will not seek re-election, the campaigns of potential successors on both sides are adjusting to the development. At least two Democratic candidates are established, while 1st District Republicans are scrambling to find a suitable Ryan replacement. > Racine Journal Times

Johnson won’t say if he’ll endorse Trump for re-election in 2020

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson hedged when asked on CNN Thursday about whether he would support President Donald Trump in his re-election bid, saying “it’s way too early to be talking” about the 2020 election. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Baldwin co-sponsors bill to prevent farmer suicides

A new bipartisan bill aimed at preventing farmer suicides was introduced by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) last week. The bill would provide funding for states to establish help lines, provide suicide prevention training for farm advocates, create support groups, and establish an assistance network. > WBAY-TV Green Bay

Pence coming to Wisconsin to tout tax overhaul, Walker


Vice President Mike Pence plans to participate in a public forum in Milwaukee next week to tout the Republican tax overhaul. The event on Wednesday comes before Pence is to headline a fundraiser that evening for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Ryan makes first Wisconsin speech after retirement announcement

In his first Wisconsin appearance since announcing he will not seek re-election this fall, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed members of the state’s largest business lobby Friday in Madison. Ryan listed the Republican tax overhaul and boosting military funding as two of his proudest accomplishments while in office. > Cap Times

Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival


Whether a wave is actually coming is unclear, but Democrats have certainly put Republicans on edge. The next fight is the June 12 special election for two vacant statehouse districts — one in working-class towns outside Green Bay, the other outside Madison, where the capital’s suburbs turn quickly into farm towns and rural stretches. > WTOP