Tony Evers’ pick for transportation secretary could face Senate opposition

One of Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ Cabinet appointees could have trouble securing confirmation from the Republican-led state Senate, with several GOP senators raising concerns about his transportation industry ties. > Cap Times

The self-delusion of Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

This week, the @SpeakerRyan Twitter account has blasted a startlingly self-congratulatory sequence of images and videos, detailing his career over the past 20 years. The problem? His account of his tenure in office is at odds with observable reality. Like Donald Trump, Ryan’s sense of personal achievement seems strangely disconnected from real-world records. > The Atlantic

Fitzgerald says he won’t rule out Medicaid expansion


Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Thursday that he wouldn’t rule out accepting federal money to expand Medicaid in the state, breaking with fellow Republicans including outgoing Gov. Scott Walker. Gov.-elect Tony Evers ran on a plan to take federal money to expand coverage to about 75,000 poor people, long a Democratic priority. > AP News

Gov.-Elect Tony Evers announces more cabinet picks, including gas tax advocate for DOT

Gov.-elect Tony Evers announced four more appointments to his cabinet on Friday, including his pick to head the state Department of Transportation, Craig Thompson. As executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, Thompson echoed Evers’ campaign trail sentiments that a gas tax increase could be on the horizon for Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio

AG Schimel reflects on election loss and lame-duck bills


Ousted Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says in his first post-election interview that his defeat to Democrat Josh Kaul was “kind of a death by a thousand cuts.” The interview was also his first since the Republican-controlled Legislature passed lame-duck bills to take powers away from the AG’s office before Kaul takes over. > AP News

Incoming DNR chief promises to lean on science in running the agency

Preston Cole promised that science will be given a higher priority in decision-making when he takes over next month as secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources. Gov.-elect Tony Evers appointed Cole, a top city of Milwaukee official, on Wednesday to head the 2,500-employee agency at a news conference in the city. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Grothman: ACA ruling won’t be upheld on appeal

Wisconsin Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman said he doesn’t think Congress will need to address a Texas court ruling overturning the Affordable Care Act because it won’t be upheld on appeal. > Wisconsin Public Radio