Reasons why fascinating election year looms for Wisconsin

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Wisconsin voters, now it gets interesting. Republicans ended Democrats’ three-win run by holding onto the 42nd Assembly District. Billboards blaming the governor for vehicle-damaging “Scottholes” have popped up along major highways. And any #metoo revolution in this election year could help 13 female Democrats who are challenging incumbent Republican Assemblymen in November. > Janesville Gazette

Lawmaker debate pits I-94 upgrades near Foxconn site against road projects elsewhere

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This week’s legislative debate over how to spend $67 million in federal funds offered a glimpse of how Wisconsin Democrats may critique Republican lawmakers’ records on the 2018 campaign trail. > Wisconsin State Journal

Local group takes aim at Walker by renaming potholes ‘Scott-holes’

One organization is putting a political twist on Wisconsin’s road condition problem, naming potholes after Gov. Scott Walker. “Safe Transportation Over Politics” (STOP) has coined the term “Scott-holes” and is using billboards and websites to raise awareness on how transportation money is spent. > ABC 27 Madison

Is Kelda Roys right when she says debt payments for road work have doubled under Scott Walker?

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys recently said that Wisconsin is “spending twice as much on debt service for just basic road repair and maintenance” than before Gov. Scott Walker took office. PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the figures.

Top GOP state lawmaker: ‘Roads in Illinois are much better’ than Wisconsin’s I-94 near Foxconn

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Illinois is doing a better job than Wisconsin of maintaining the heavily traveled I-94 that runs through both states, said Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s budget-writing committe. She made the comments Thursday to argue spending millions of federal dollars to improve the freeway. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Poor roads may cost Walker election

Even those who consider Gov. Scott Walker as having many accomplishments in the “win” column see reason to question why he would blow it in a re-election campaign by not announcing a plan to address and pay for the horrible roads we have in Wisconsin. > Kenosha News

State gets $86M less than sought to upgrade highway near Foxconn site

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The shortfall in their $160 federal request – to expand U.S. Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee to aid plans for Foxconn locating in the area – raises questions about how the rest of the roadwork will be paid for, and whether money could be siphoned away from other projects to do so. > Wisconsin State Journal