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

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.

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

Nicholson makes veteran health care a priority

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RepublicanU.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson says one of his priorities if elected is to focus on improving health care for veterans. A former Marine, Nicholson faces a challenge from state Sen. Leah Vukmir for the Republican nomination, with the winner of the August primary facing U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November. > ABC 19 La Crosse

League of Conservation Voters launches ‘Walker’s Wisconsin’ to spotlight his anti-conservation agenda

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As part of its “Field Guide to Taking Back Wisconsin” campaign, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is kicking off a series to recount how Gov. Scott Walker has taken our state, once considered a conservation model, to somewhere that’s hardly recognizable. The series will focus on air, climate change, democracy, land, and water. > Wisconsin Gazette