Sheboygan businessman says he may seek Democratic nod for governor


Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober has registered a campaign committee to run for governor as a Democrat. Kober said in a statement that he is still deciding whether to get into the race and wanted to spend time meeting people across the state first. Kober is a director with the Clorox Company. > Wisconsin State Journal

Vukmir, Nicholson land key endorsements in GOP contest for Baldwin’s seat


State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), who hasn’t officially entered the U.S. Senate race, confirmed that two of the most prominent Republican financial backers in Wisconsin have signed on to her potential campaign. Meanwhile, Kevin Nicholson earned a critical endorsement this week from the Club for Growth PAC, a powerful pro-business organization. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

NY Times: Pocan among trio touring four states to reconnect Democratic party with workers


With Democrats grappling with how to reconnect with union and working class voters they once considered their base, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan, Mark DeSaulnier (CA), and Donald Norcross (NJ) conducted a four-stop, cross-country tour that set out to understand and tap into the economic anxiety felt by many working class voters. > New York Times

John Bolton endorses Kevin Nicholson in 2018 Wisconsin senate race

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Kevin Nicholson’s campaign to challenge Tammy Baldwin for her U.S. Senate seat got a boost last week when John Bolton, long-time Republican leader and former ambassador to the United Nations, announced he will endorse Nicholson in the 2018 race and support him financially through his political-action committees. > National Review

Walker challenger Rep. Wachs to vote against Foxconn deal


State Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) is pledging to vote against the multibillion-dollar jobs deal with electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group, making him the latest and sharpest critic of the proposal among Democratic candidates for governor. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Early handicapping the Democrats’ chances against Walker next election


Gov. Walker’s deal for 13,000 jobs may have the Dems feeling “Foxconned,” but the 2018 governor’s race in Wisconsin still has a ways to go. The Democratic field is still in formation, but here’s my projected betting odds for each. > Bill Kraus in