Minnesota passes Wisconsin in total jobs after adding more jobs than Wisconsin every year since 2010

Minnesota had more jobs than Wisconsin in 2017, marking the first time in recent history it has passed its Midwest neighbor. Data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Minnesota nudged ahead of Wisconsin by 3,096 total jobs. It’s not much, but consider that Wisconsin’s population is 200,000 higher than Minnesota’s. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Meet State Treasurer candidate Cynthia Kaump

Cynthia Kaump believes the April 3 landslide vote rejecting a Constitutional amendment to abolish the office of State Treasurer proves it’s more than the sleepy little office its current officeholder maintains it is. Kaump is one of five Democrats and two Republicans who will compete for the seat in an August primary before the November election. > Door County Pulse

Don’t panic about the congested field running against Scott Walker

There is much hand-wringing among progressives that none of the Democratic hopefuls has taken off as a consensus choice and that this state of affairs will linger. One gets why they’re discomfited by the uncertainty we’ll likely experience through July. But there is an upside — actually more than one. > Cap Times

Milwaukee County Board approves placing marijuana referendum on November ballot

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The Milwaukee County Board approved a resolution with a 15-1 vote Thursday to place an advisory referendum on the November ballot asking voters to take a position on the personal use, commercial regulation and taxation of marijuana. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Third episode out of ‘Wedge Issues’ podcast, this time featuring governor candidate Kelda Roys

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The Cap Times introduced its new “Wedge Issues” podcast two weeks ago, offering up once-a-week episodes until the November election talking to the state’s candidates, political strategists, analysts and power players. Gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell was featured in the first episode and Kelda Roys this week. Find it here or wherever you get your podcasts.

GOP measuring Paul Ryan for cement shoes

Whatever you think about about Paul Ryan, we can all agree that he’s been a good soldier for Republican priorities ever since Donald Trump took office. But some of his colleagues are trying to push him out before his intended retirement. This is the thanks he gets for masterminding their precious tax cuts? > Vanity Fair

Grothman hates deficits at the same time he loves deficits

It isn’t exactly breaking news to discover a logic deficit in the official world of Glenn Grothmanbut when the deficit actually has to do with deficits, notice must be taken. > Urban Milwaukee