Local clerks release timeline to show moving 2020 presidential primary would be ‘impossible’

County clerks in Wisconsin released a timeline Thursday showing why they believe it would be impossible to move the date of the 2020 presidential primary as has been discussed by GOP lawmakers. The timeline shows how absentee ballot periods, election coding and testing and registration deadlines would overlap if the presidential primary were moved. > Channel 3000

To sell Medicaid expansion, Tony Evers vows to enlist health care industry, visit GOP areas

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Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he’ll enlist the health care industry and visit Republican-leaning areas to sell a deeply skeptical GOP Legislature on a cornerstone of his first budget plan: to expand Medicaid health coverage to 80,000 Wisconsinites. > Wisconsin State Journal

Outgoing Speaker Ryan cites immigration, not paying off national debt as biggest regrets

The Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, sat for an interview with The Washington Post as he prepares to step down. Ryan also delivered one of his final floor speeches, thanking his staff and voters of his Wisconsin congressional district, where he first won election in 1998 at age 28. > TIME

Republicans eye pre-existing conditions bill for lame duck session

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Republican lawmakers are considering passing a bill guaranteeing health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions as part of a lame-duck legislative session next week that could also include measures to weaken Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. > AP News

Despite one big setback, progressives increase their leadership clout in new Congress

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Although the activist left suffered a blow this week when California Rep. Barbara Lee, a progressive antiwar icon, lost her bid to lead the House Democratic Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus – which U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan co-chairs – significantly increased its representation in Democratic leadership. > HuffPost

Outside spending in elections topped $60 million

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A government watchdog group says outside groups spent more than $60 million in Wisconsin’s 2018 fall elections, a record for midterm contests. The Wisconsin Democracy Group released a report Thursday that found outside groups spent $61.4 million. The previous Wisconsin midterm record was $36.6 million, set in 2014. > AP News