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

Racine County latest Wisconsin county to join opioid lawsuit


The Racine County Board voted unanimously this week to join dozens of Wisconsin cities and counties – and at least nine other states – in bringing a lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers over their alleged “deceptive and fraudulent marketing of painkillers.” > Racine Journal Times