Trump calls Walker ‘a favorite of mine’ as he praises Foxconn deal

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President Donald Trump called Gov. Scott Walker “a favorite of mine” Thursday, praising the Foxconn plans in Wisconsin. Walker appeared with Trump at the White House today. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Elections Commission moves forward with plans for boosting election security

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission is moving ahead with plans to use a $7 million federal grant to update its security software, fill six new technology positions and train clerks throughout the state about best security practices during elections. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Ron Johnson’s Moscow trip confirms pro-Russian Trumpism is the future

The meeting this week in Helsinki between Presidents Trump and Putin overshadowed a lower-level U.S./Russia meeting held a couple of weeks earlier. The earlier meeting, attended by our own Sen. Ron Johnson and seven of his fellow lawmakers, may prove as important as the Helsinki summit. > Isthmus

Northern, Western Wisconsin residents have dismal view of roads in latest poll

People in northern and western Wisconsin have a particularly dim view of local roads, according to the latest survey from Marquette University. The poll found 66 percent of voters in northern and western Wisconsin said roads there are either in fair or poor condition. In southern Wisconsin, the numbers were more evenly split. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Tammy Baldwin bill would let all Wisconsin residents watch Packers games

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said Wednesday that she’s introducing a bill to extend Packers game broadcasts and other Wisconsin programming to parts of northern Wisconsin that don’t always get them because they’re in media markets that spill out of neighboring Minnesota or Michigan. > Wisconsin State Journal

Nicholson launches first TV ad

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson has launched his first television ad of the primary, calling it a “disgrace” that Congress won’t stop illegal immigration or build a border wall. Nicholson unveiled the ad Wednesday, shortly after the latest Marquette poll showed the race between him and state Sen. Leah Vukmir about even. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Finance reports show Democratic gubernatorial field splitting into 2 tiers

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Mid-year campaign finance reports released Monday show the Democratic gubernatorial field splitting into two tiers — those amassing possibly enough cash to advertise in the final weeks of the campaign and those with far less. > Wisconsin State Journal