Polling shows Democrats face steep climb to reclaim rural voters

A new Monmouth College poll is casting warning signs for Democrats in Iowa and Wisconsin working to win back rural voters who backed Barack Obama in 2012 but flipped for Donald Trump in 2016. > Telegraph Herald

Walker challenger Vinehout shares her passionate views on health care, the environment

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout spoke recently to Sauk County Democrats about her personal and professional journey that brought her to run for governor, and how it’s informed her stances on health care, rural areas, schools and the environment. > Baraboo News Republic

Baldwin secures major investments for rural development

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has worked to secure major investments to rural development programs that the Trump Administration proposed eliminating in the bipartisan omnibus spending bill. Baldwin worked across party lines in the Senate Appropriations Committee to successfully fight the cuts. > Wisconsin State Farmer

As dairy crisis crushes farmers, Wisconsin’s rural identity in jeopardy

With collapsed prices of milk, grain and other commodities, Wisconsin farmers are losing money no matter how many 16-hour days they put in. And entire communities can fall apart as sfarms go under: mills, car dealerships and hardware stores suffer, the local tax base erodes, churches and schools struggle or close. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Baldwin aims to win back rural Trump country running as a progressive

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Baldwin is not like most of her Democratic Senate colleagues who are up for re-election from states that went to Trump and are known as moderate or conservative Democrats.

The site FiveThirtyEight, which tracks how often members of Congress vote with Trump, rates Baldwin as near the bottom. > HuffPost

Lawmakers consider Walker’s reinsurance, rural development proposals

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Lawmakers on the state budget committee heard testimony Monday on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals aimed at supporting Wisconsin’s Affordable Care Act insurers and bolstering economic development in rural parts of the state. But critics question whether the proposal will actually lower premiums. > Wisconsin Public Radio