U.S. Rep. Ron Kind writes in the Chippewa Herald: “Make no mistake: Any attempt to interfere with our elections is an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of America. That’s why it is vitally important that Republicans and Democrats come together to protect the security of our elections.”
Russians have been testing the vulnerability of elections in Wisconsin and other states for years, and U.S. intelligence officials warn the 2018 midterm elections are again a potential target. And though demonstrations show that even non-internet connected machines can be breached, state and local officials are saying not to worry. > Wisconsin Public Radio
U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman said it’s “a good thing” President Donald Trump is talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that Trump’s overall policy toward Russia is positive. Grothman made the comments on the Sunday political talk show “UpFront with Mike Gousha.” > ABC 12 Milwaukee
Six new state positions to help secure Wisconsin elections from cyber threats remain vacant months after being created, and members of the Elections Commission say Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has been the holdup. It’s now clear the positions won’t be filled before the Aug. 14 primary election. > Wisconsin State Journal
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says the Russian government has attempted to influence American politics, but he doesn’t believe it’s capable of swaying an election. “Of the things that keep me awake at night, election interference is at the bottom of the list,” Johnson told the La Crosse Tribune Friday.
President Donald Trump called Gov. Scott Walker “a favorite of mine” Thursday, praising the Foxconn plans in Wisconsin. Walker appeared with Trump at the White House today. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The meeting this week in Helsinki between Presidents Trump and Putin overshadowed a lower-level U.S./Russia meeting held a couple of weeks earlier. The earlier meeting, attended by our own Sen. Ron Johnson and seven of his fellow lawmakers, may prove as important as the Helsinki summit. > Isthmus