Gun control advocates call for tighter state restrictions ahead of Gun Violence Awareness Day

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A group of gun control supporters including lawmakers, faith leaders and victim advocates called on Wisconsin legislators to pass stricter firearm regulations on Thursday, ahead of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday. > Cap Times

State awards nearly $2.4M to select counties, tribes for opioid treatment

The state has awarded 17 counties and four tribes around $2.4 million for opioid treatment, drawn from a two-year federal grant. Wisconsin health officials say the long-term goal is to reduce the number of deaths and hospitalizations statewide. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Nicholson lobbied hard for Walker post, now campaigns as ‘outsider’

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson is running as an outsider looking to shake up the GOP establishment. But records obtained by The Associated Press show that he successfully lobbied top officials in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to land a coveted appointment to the influential state Department of Veterans Affairs Board. > AP News

Paul Ryan’s failure clears the way for a real farm and food bill

In an editorial, the Cap Times writes that it’s thankful for Paul Ryan’s ineptitude as Speaker of the House, because if he’d succeeded in passing the recent Farm Bill, it would have done severe damage to the condition of working farmers and working families.

Outside groups spending $270k in June’s special elections

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A government watchdog group says outside groups are spending about $270,000 in races to fill two open seats in the Legislature. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign reported Wednesday on how much each group is spending on various candidates in the two special elections set for June 12. > AP News

Will Wisconsin’s 1st Senate District race be the next ‘blue wave’?

Political observers will get their next glimpse into which way the political winds are blowing in Wisconsin — and the nation — on June 12. Two special elections will decide the next lawmakers for the state’s northeastern 1st Senate District and the state’s southern 42nd Assembly District. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State bracing for retaliation tariffs on Harley-Davidson and ag products

Harley-Davidson motorcycles, dairy products, ginseng, cranberries and other Wisconsin goods are likely to feel the sting of retaliation from steep tariffs announced Thursday by the White House on foreign metals. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel