Liberal group winnows its Democratic gubernatorial picks to four candidates

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A liberal group whose members include supporters of Wisconsin’s 2016 presidential primary winner, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has winnowed its picks of Democratic gubernatorial candidates to four, based on an online vote. > Wisconsin State Journal

Are Wisconsin Dems borrowing from Trump’s playbook to stand out in crowded field?

Conservative columnist Christian Schneider suggests in the National Review that just as Candidate Trump used vulgarity, insults, and half-cooked media stunts to differentiate himself from his primary opponents two years ago, so, too, are Walker’s Democratic challengers in 2018.

Democrat Mike McCabe runs ‘people powered’ campaign in bid for governor

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Political activist Mike McCabe said he wants give voters a choice that isn’t “the lesser of two evils” in this year’s governor’s race. But his independent streak is one that’s both inspired and frustrated those on the left. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Commission sets order for Dem governor candidates on primary ballot

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The state Elections Commission has set the primary ballot order for the 10 Democrats running for governor. The order is important because the top spot holders will enjoy an advantage in a field so crowded voters might not read to the end of the list. > AP News

Progressive groups propose a whittling strategy to pick a nominee — and a governor

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A pair of statewide groups that have built on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 energy have developed a strategy to help progressives clarify the competition for governor. Through ranked-choice voting online, the “Wisconsin’s Choice” project aims to pick a progressive candidate to endorse, with a narrowing of the field to four this week. > Cap Times

As candidates threaten boycott, debate host contemplates shifting course

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The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is reconsidering its decision to limit an upcoming Democratic gubernatorial debate to just four of the 10 candidates after receiving criticism from multiple sides and some contenders threatening to boycott the event. > FOX 6 Milwaukee

Four Democrats to be invited to gubernatorial debate? But there are 10.

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Only four of the 10 Democrats running for governor in Wisconsin will be allowed to participate in a July debate being broadcast live statewide, a move that drew sharp criticism Monday and could leave well-financed and competitive candidates waiting in the wings. > AP News