Wisconsin Assembly passes bill to limit election recounts


Resulting from anger over Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s request for a recount last year even though she finished fourth in Wisconsin, the Assembly has approved a bill that would limit election recounts to candidates who trail the winner by 1 percentage point or less in statewide elections. > FOX6 Milwaukee

Assembly voting today on campus free speech, voucher school changes, election recounts, groundhogs and more


Stories on each vote available at these links: campus free speech bill (Wisconsin Public Radio); voucher school background checks (AP News); limiting election recounts (AP News); allowing hunting of woodchucks (AP News); allowing chiropractors to perform sports exams (AP News); and relaxing the deer baiting/feeding ban in counties with CWD (AP News).


Watch or read: 2017 sees huge rise in Dem women seeking to run for office in Wisconsin

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One Dane County woman tells her story of joining Emerge Wisconsin’s first 2017 class. Emerge trains Democratic women seeking to run for office and has seen twice as many women enroll in their first class this year than in previous years, and is introducing a second class this year to accommodate more demand. > WKOW Madison

Wisconsin Dems push for campaign finance reform with 8-bill package


Democratic state senators have joined with clean-government advocates in rolling out a “Campaign Integrity” package of bills that would bring back fair elections to Wisconsin. “Most of these reforms were the law 20 years ago,” said Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, so we’re just “trying to get us back to 1998.” > WisconsinGazette.com

How and where Trump won–and Hillary lost–Wisconsin

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Though published in November, this article by WisContext still provides an excellent analysis and visualization of the data on how Wisconsin went for Trump, county by county, and including a lesson-wielding grey map that is missing too much blue. WisContext is a service of Cooperative Extension, Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. > WisContext

Gazette: Democracy drowning in flood of campaign cash, fueled by Team Ryan


Republican insiders are tickled over Team Ryan raising massive sums for the House speaker and many other GOP candidates, but his success should alarm anyone concerned about the integrity of our democracy. > Janesville Gazette

To meet surging demand, Emerge Wisconsin announces second 2017 program for female office seekers

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Emerge Wisconsin, which trains Democratic women seeking public office, has announced it is adding a second class of 2017. Earlier this year, the Wisconsin chapter of Emerge America accepted the largest class in its history, but even this wasn’t enough to meet demand. Already seven women from the first 2017 class have run, and five won. > Press release