With primaries in the rearview, here are the candidates for June’s special elections

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It took orders from three judges to prod him into action, but Scott Walker finally scheduled two special elections for June 12: for state Senate in northeast Wisconsin and for Assembly in the center of the state. The Wisconsin Gazette lays out the candidate slates and asks if the elections will foreshadow a coming “blue wave”.

Republican primaries held today for June special elections

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Republicans seeking to fill legislative seats vacant since December are competing in a primary Tuesday — and party leaders are putting their political clout behind favored candidates. The two special elections are for the 1st Senate District in northeast Wisconsin and the 42nd Assembly District in the south-central area of the state. > Wisconsin State Journal

Voters will choose GOP candidates Tuesday for two closely watched special elections

Two GOP primaries for special elections will be held Tuesday: one for a state Senate race that pits a young businessman against a conservative lawmaker who has often clashed with party leaders, and one among four Republicans vying for a state Assembly seat. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

State’s special election races taking shape

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Races to fill two vacant legislative seats began to solidify Tuesday as candidates filed nomination papers with state election officials, setting the battle lines in contests that Democrats hope will bolster their momentum heading into November’s mid-term elections. > Wisconsin State Journal

Candidates lining up to run for Wisconsin’s two special elections

The spring and summer will be packed with elections in Wisconsin, with a May primary and June election for two state seats, and then primaries in August for governor and U.S. Senate.  And the candidate paperwork is pouring in. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Judge orders Walker to call special elections for vacant seats in Legislature

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Weeks after Eric Holder’s national group sued Gov. Scott Walker for not holding special elections for two vacant state seats, a Dane County judge has ordered Walker to promptly call the elections, saying the governor misinterpreted a state law in choosing not to fill the seats until the November general election. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker’s disrespect for Wisconsin democracy

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John Nichols writes in the Cap Times that no Wisconsin governor has been more disrespectful of the state’s democratic traditions than Scott Walker, who has made it easier for billionaires to buy elections and harder for voters to cast ballots. But in refusing to hold special elections for vacant state seats, Walker has outdone himself.