WI in the NY Times: Are rural voters the ‘real’ voters? Wisconsin Republicans seem to think so

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald essentially recast Tony Evers not as the winner of a statewide mandate but as a creature of the capital city, put there by people in the cities. And Assembly Majority Speaker Robin Vos was more explicit: “If you took Madison and Milwaukee out of the election, we’d have a clear majority.” > NY Times

Lame-duck session: Early voting limits sow confusion in advance of February election

Wednesday’s move by lawmakers to rein in early voting in Wisconsin will disenfranchise voters and create confusion for election officials already awaiting a court ruling on the issue as they head into a February primary, election officials and observers said. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pocan announces his future campaigns will no longer accept corporate money

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan announced last week he will no longer be accepting donations from corporate political action committees to fund his reelection campaign, joining a trend of politicians across the United States refusing corporate money. > Badger Herald

Elections commission: Moving 2020 presidential primary ‘extraordinarily difficult’, at taxpayer cost of more than $6 million


The six-person state elections commission, which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, largely agreed with what clerks statewide have said for weeks about the GOP proposal to move the 2020 presidential primary: the move would create a burden, lead to possible unintended consequences and cost millions of dollars. > Cap Times

Local clerks release timeline to show moving 2020 presidential primary would be ‘impossible’

County clerks in Wisconsin released a timeline Thursday showing why they believe it would be impossible to move the date of the 2020 presidential primary as has been discussed by GOP lawmakers. The timeline shows how absentee ballot periods, election coding and testing and registration deadlines would overlap if the presidential primary were moved. > Channel 3000

Outside spending in elections topped $60 million


A government watchdog group says outside groups spent more than $60 million in Wisconsin’s 2018 fall elections, a record for midterm contests. The Wisconsin Democracy Group released a report Thursday that found outside groups spent $61.4 million. The previous Wisconsin midterm record was $36.6 million, set in 2014. > AP News

Expert: GOP’s proposal to move 2020 presidential primary could cause ‘voter fatigue’, aid Republican candidates


Changing the date of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential primary, as Republican state leaders are considering, would be costly to taxpayers, confusing to voters and may not even be feasible, according to local clerks who run elections. > Wisconsin State Journal