Wisconsin teachers now earn less total compensation than seven years ago, thanks to cuts in benefits. They face larger classes and less job security, and in some districts have been asked to teach extra sections. As a result, fewer people are applying to teacher education programs. Is the rest of America next? > Mother Jones
Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union, was a prominent figure in the Madison protests that accompanied Gov. Scott Walker’s Act 10 legislation, leading firefighters in and around the Capitol. But protest wasn’t Mitchell’s first reaction to Walker’s proposal. Politifact Wisconsin checks the history.
Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock says if elected, he would not hear any cases involving legislative maps that his former law firm helped draft. But if the court took up cases on Act 10, he’d have to see the details before deciding whether to recuse himself. > Wisconsin Public Radio
In reflecting on the angry chaos that erupted amid Walker’s Act 10 budget proposal and continued through the attempt to recall him in 2012, state Senator and Tammy Baldwin challenger Leah Vukmir thinks history suggests the efforts of Trump’s detractors may ultimately end up backfiring. > Washington Examiner
Two chapters of the Operating Engineers of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Friday naming Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel, claiming Act 10 violates their freedom of speech and freedom of association rights. > Courthouse News Service
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn vowed Friday at a campaign stop in Eau Claire to undo several of Gov. Scott Walker’s signature policies if he can emerge from a crowded field of Democrats and topple the two-term governor. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
The nine leading Democratic candidates seeking to unseat Gov. Scott Walker say public workers should regain their voice in the workplace after Walker throttled it six years ago — but they disagree on how to make it happen. > Wisconsin State Journal