How Democrats got a version of Johnson’s ‘right to try’ bill they like even less

Conservative activists notched a victory yesterday as Congress sent to President Trump’s desk a “right to try” bill making it easier for critically ill patients to access experimental medicines. What’s ironic is that by refusing to support a narrower bill the House had passed, Democrats are sitting by and watching a broader version become law. > Washington Post

Johnson sends letter to FBI about ‘Steele Dossier’

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has some questions for the FBI. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Johnson sent a letter this week to current FBI Director Christopher Wray to request information about the FBI’s handling of the Christopher Steele dossier. > Racine Journal Times

Johnson responds to Santa Fe school shooting: “Guns are not going anywhere”

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson hasn’t changed his views on gun reforms since taking office, as evidenced by his comments hours after another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Johnson believes that with more than 300 million guns in America, “they are not going anywhere,” and said gun-free zones are not working. > ABC 27 Madison

Baldwin: ‘No’ on Haspel for CIA because of torture stance

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin voted Thursday against confirming the first woman CIA director, citing concern with her past role in and recent comments on the agency’s use of torture. Baldwin’s Republican counterpart, Sen. Ron Johnson, voted for the confirmation of Gina Haspel. > Wisconsin State Journal

Nichols: Ron Johnson wants to make federal courts a playground for extremism

Wisconsin has for decades maintained a sound system for taking at least some of the politics out of the federal judicial-selection process. Yet Sen. Ron Johnson voted to make Michael Brennan, a right-wing judicial activist, a federal appeals judge, even though Wisconsin’s bipartisan judicial nominating commission refused to recommend him. > Cap Times

Johnson says he wouldn’t have used ‘Team Terrorist’ image

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says he wouldn’t have said that U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is on “Team Terrorists” like one of the GOP candidates, Leah Vukmir, recently did. But he left it up to Vukmir’s discretion on whether to apologize. > Racine Journal Times

Republicans plan busy state convention, including ‘pay to pray’ breakfast

At its state convention in Milwaukee this weekend, GOP delegates will hear from Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Paul Ryan, and Sen. Ron Johnson, and will endorse a candidate to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin. A ticket is also on offer for a Sunday prayer breakfast with Walker, Johnson, and AG Brad Schimel. > WSAU Radio Wausau