Foxconn position separates 10th Senate District GOP opponents

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Two GOP Assembly members vying to be the next state senator from northwestern Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District share similar political persuasions — except for their vote on the recent Foxconn deal. State Reps. Adam Jarchow and Shannon Zimmerman will face each other in a primary to run for Sen. Sheila Harsdorf’s vacant seat. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker signs bill to tighten Wisconsin recount rules

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The state is tightening the rules for conducting election recounts, under legislation signed by Gov. Scott Walker Thursday. Assembly Bill 153 comes in response to 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s demand for a recount after Donald Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin since 1984. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dems push for new hires at Wisconsin Elections Commission

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted in November to seek three more staffers after a budget veto by Gov. Walker eliminated five posts. The WEC request had the support of leading Democrats, with state Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa, Fred Kessler and Chris Taylor formalizing their request in a letter to Walker. > Wisconsin Gazette

Commission, legislators predict election problems if staff not restored

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The most battle-tested officials in Wisconsin government over the last seven years are those that work with the 1,853 local clerks to oversee elections. And now they’re asked to do all of their critical work with three less staff, thanks to a Walker staff funding veto. > Urban Milwaukee

What Wisconsin’s 2016 voter ID study means and doesn’t mean

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In a study released in September, UW-Madison political scientist Kenneth Mayer found that the state’s voter ID law kept significant numbers of people from voting in Dane and Milwaukee counties in the November 2016 election. Here’s a few things to keep in mind about what the study means and what it doesn’t. > WisContext

Emerge Wisconsin accepting applications from women interested in seeking office

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The Emerge Program is a training academy for Democratic women, which aims to “inspire women to run and hone their skills to win”. Their goal is to increase the number of Democratic women in public office, with the Wisconsin chapter seeking applicants now. > Emerge Wisconsin

New study shows just how many Americans were blocked from voting in Wisconsin last year

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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison estimate that between 9,000 and 23,000 registered voters in reliably Democratic Milwaukee and Dane counties were deterred from casting ballots by the state’s voter ID law. > Mother Jones