Nicholson stresses foreign policy in U.S. Senate race

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Most of the speech given by Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson at a recent campaign event concerned foreign policy, from talks with North Korea (“We must verify and push”) to the Iran nuclear deal (Nicholson is against it and ripped U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin for supporting it). > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Leah Vukmir running on her staunch conservative record

In the Republican race for U.S. Senate, Leah Vukmir is running as an unabashed, unapologetic conservative. So, if Vukmir beats Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson in the Aug. 14 primary, might she lurch to the middle in the fall? > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WBA drops plans for Dem governor debate that would have limited candidates to four

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The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is dropping plans for a live statewide debate by Democratic candidates for governor after heavy criticism over its approach. The WBA had said it would allow only four of 10 candidates to participate, inviting the highest-rated candidates in the Marquette University Law School poll. > AP News

If this is the year of the outsider, are Roys and Nicholson sitting pretty?

Could the best thing to happen to Kevin Nicholson’s campaign be his opponent winning the endorsement of their party? Or for Kelda Roys’ campaign, her loss in a 2012 congressional race? With both state conventions now behind us, Dave Cieslewicz suggests in the Isthmus that we could be seeing signs of a coming seismic shift.

Baldwin stresses health care, outside money in convention speech

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin urged activists Friday at the state Democratic Party Convention in Oshkosh to bring the same intensity to her race that they did in blocking the Republican health care bill. “You own the defeat of that cynical bill,” Baldwin said. “Know your power. That was you.” > Wisconsin Public Radio

Second debate showcases mostly similarities between Vukmir, Nicholson

Marine veteran Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir highlighted their vastly similar policy positions Thursday evening at an event hosted by the Republican Women of Dane County. Where the candidates differed was how they presented what they would bring to Washington, if elected. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Nicholson lobbied hard for Walker post, now campaigns as ‘outsider’

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson is running as an outsider looking to shake up the GOP establishment. But records obtained by The Associated Press show that he successfully lobbied top officials in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to land a coveted appointment to the influential state Department of Veterans Affairs Board. > AP News