Democrat Barca rules out run for Ryan’s seat


After exploring the possibility since House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement last month, State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) has decided not to run for Ryan’s 1st Congressional District seat. That leaves ironworker Randy Bryce and Janesville teacher and School Board member Cathy Myers as the two Democrats in the race. > Kenosha News

Pocan says it would be tough for Barca to enter race for Ryan’s seat


U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he told his former colleague and longtime friend state Rep. Peter Barca that it would be difficult for him to enter the Democratic primary for Paul Ryan’s seat so close to the primary date. Two other Democrats, Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers, are already running. > AP News

1st District candidates focus campaigns after Ryan withdrawal

A week after Paul Ryan announced he will not seek re-election, the campaigns of potential successors on both sides are adjusting to the development. At least two Democratic candidates are established, while 1st District Republicans are scrambling to find a suitable Ryan replacement. > Racine Journal Times

Dems can still enter Ryan race, too, and at least one is ‘considering’


Republicans aren’t the only ones who can quickly enter the race for Paul Ryan’s seat. Now that Ryan is out, state Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said Thursday he is “considering” a possible run for the seat, which would pit him against current front runner Randy Bryce. > Kenosha News

Barca critical of ‘rushed’ legislative session schedule


The state Legislature is scheduled to go back to debating bills on the floor next Wednesday, but the schedule has drawn criticism. State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said the public should have more time to comment on proposed legislation and blames Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans for the schedule. > Racine Journal Times

Walker challenger Wachs appointed to replace Barca on WEDC board


One of the Democratic candidates for governor will now serve on the board that’s finalizing Wisconsin’s $3 billion contract with Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn. Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz announced this week that Rep. Dana Wachs  (D-Eau Claire) will serve on the WEDC board. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Rep. Bob Gannon dead at 58


State Rep. Bob Gannon, an outspoken West Bend Republican in his second term, died  Tuesday of natural causes.  Recently named chairman of the Assembly Committee on Urban Revitalization, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in February he intended to prove wrong his critics who pegged him as a “racist,” “joker” and “Milwaukee hater.” > Cap Times