DPW chair: The fight for fair maps isn’t over

Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, writes in the Cap Times that although SCOTUS decided to send Wisconsin’s legislative maps back to a lower court, meaning Wisconsinites won’t have fair maps in time for the November elections, the fight for free maps is far from over and depends on your votes in November.

Will state’s Democratic fortunes hinge on these questions?


Democratic activists who gather in Oshkosh this weekend for the state Democratic Party convention will vet the party’s 10-plus candidates for governor, shower love on U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and rip President Trump. But they’ll also have to answer some tough questions. > Janesville Gazette

Laning wins reelection as chair of Wisconsin’s Democratic party


Wisconsin Democrats have reelected Martha Laning as the chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, giving her a shot at redemption after overseeing the party’s dramatic losses up and down the ballot in 2016. Laning defeated three challengers at the Democratic Party’s annual state convention in Middleton on Saturday. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Dems use convention to attack Trump, look ahead to 2018


Wisconsin Democrats used speeches at their annual state convention Friday to diagnose what went wrong in the 2016 election, bemoaning their difficulties reaching voters at the same time that they attacked President Trump as unfit for office. In looking to 2018, Sen. Tammy Baldwin said: “The people of Wisconsin need us to win next November.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Citizen Dave: ‘Next Dem party chair? Who cares?’


From the weekly column of former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz: “What I yearn for isn’t a new state party chair, but a party that has a message about inclusion that is truly inclusive. What it has now is a message that essentially blames straight, white guys for everything.” > The Isthmus

Dem Party Chair candidates discuss “big tent” approach at pre-election debate


That Democratic leaders should reach out to voters they’ve usually ignored in parts of the state they’ve usually passed over was at the heart of the message from three hopefuls vying to chair the state Democratic Party during a debate Tuesday. One will be elected at the state’s Democratic convention in Middleton this weekend. > Sheboygan Press

Watch or listen: ‘Week in Review’ from WisEye

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Every Friday, WisconsinEye produces ‘Week in Review’, in both video and audio. The latest episode covers: • Budget battling between Walker and GOP • The budget debate re: UW • Giving DOA more clout • A state agency to let student borrowers refinance • New Tommy Thompson Leadership Center • Next weekend’s Dem Party Chair election • Sheriff Walker’s needed out from Wisconsin