Kaul calls lame-duck bills ‘terrible legislation’ and weighs in on opioid epidemic

Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul will take office in about three weeks, but he’ll assume the role with less power than his predecessor, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Kaul recently spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” host Rob Ferrett, and you can read or listen to the conversation here.

Schimel won’t join lawsuits against Trump immigration policy, opioid manufacturers

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Thursday he has no interest in joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Trump’s immigration policy, and he would only join a multi-state lawsuit against opioid manufacturers as a last resort. But Schimel said he was taking the lead on a multi-state suit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State awards nearly $2.4M to select counties, tribes for opioid treatment

The state has awarded 17 counties and four tribes around $2.4 million for opioid treatment, drawn from a two-year federal grant. Wisconsin health officials say the long-term goal is to reduce the number of deaths and hospitalizations statewide. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Why Tammy Baldwin opened up about her mother’s addiction

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has long been open about being raised by her grandparents, but she’d been largely private about the reason why. In recent months, she’s become more public – in meetings with constituents, interviews with reporters and even a campaign ad – about her mother’s struggles with mental illness and opioid addiction. > TIME

Conservative news outlet credits Baldwin for her new ad on opioid addiction

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In a sea of block letters, foreboding music, and laughably ominous voice overs, the rare campaign ad that’s actually good stands out. And Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin has a strong one on Wisconsin’s airwaves right now. > Washington Examiner

Bryce calls on opponent to reject Big Pharma dollars

Randy Bryce says he will not take a penny from the big pharmaceutical corporations that fund and fuel the opioid epidemic. And he challenged Paul Ryan’s chosen replacement, Bryan Steil, to do the same. > Patch

Ron Kind calls short-term spending bills embarrassing, blames leaders of both parties


U.S. Rep. Ron Kind wants to address infrastructure, opioids, rising health-care costs and foreign trade in 2018, but fears Congressional gridlock will get in the way. “I’m done supporting two- or three-week (spending) measures,” Kind said, adding that stop-gap measures are “embarrassing” to the nation and “devastating” to the military. > La Crosse Tribune