Baldwin challenger’s past praise of an abortion rights group is now haunting him

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Kevin Nicholson has worked hard to change his image from youthful college Democrat to buttoned-up conservative Republican, in order to run for Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s seat. But there’s one issue that might ruin it all: He once lauded a pro-abortion rights group. > Refinery 29

NARAL Pro-Choice endorses Randy Bryce for Ryan’s House seat

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NARAL Pro-Choice America this week endorsed congressional candidate Randy Bryce in his bid to take Wisconsin’s 1st District seat back from Paul Ryan. Democrat Bryce received the backing of the prominent pro-choice advocacy group because his stance to protect and expand women’s access to reproductive health care, including abortion, is a top priority for him. > Wisconsin Gazette

Kevin Nicholson officially enters race against Baldwin with this launch video

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Former Marine and former Democrat Kevin Nicholson today became the first Republican to get into the 2018 race against Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year. Hailing from Delafield, Nicholson launched his campaign with this video, strongly emphasizing his military service and casting himself as a “conservative outsider” who is pro-life, pro-gun and pro-voucher. > Wisconsin Public Radio.

Abortion rights record could complicate Wisconsin Dem’s gubernatorial bid

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Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout filed paperwork in June to explore a run for governor of Wisconsin, but her record on reproductive rights could spell trouble for her bid. While her legislative staff insists she is pro-choice, she has worked with the anti-choice group Democrats for Life, and has a murky voting record on abortion rights. > Rewire

Public hearing Tuesday against bill that would prevent UW from providing abortion education to doctors

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Sponsors of AB 206 Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere).

By preventing the UW from educating resident physicians on how to conduct abortions, Assembly Bill 206 would jeopardize the UW’s accreditation of its OB-GYN training. Details for attending the public hearing Tuesday can be found on Facebook, and background on the bill can be found in this Cap Times article from April.

Assembly committee advances bill barring state health plans from covering abortions

The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday voted along party lines to advance a bill that would block Wisconsin state employees’ health insurance plans from covering abortions in most cases.  >  The Cap Times

Lawmakers clash over proposal to block abortion coverage in state health plans

Abortions would not be covered by health insurance plans for Wisconsin state employees, with few exceptions, under a bill considered by a legislative committee Wednesday. Groups opposing the bill include advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and the Wisconsin Medical Society, which represents physicians throughout the state.  >  The Cap Times