Democrats see Wisconsin as proving ground for party revival

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Whether a wave is actually coming is unclear, but Democrats have certainly put Republicans on edge. The next fight is the June 12 special election for two vacant statehouse districts — one in working-class towns outside Green Bay, the other outside Madison, where the capital’s suburbs turn quickly into farm towns and rural stretches. > WTOP

Special election candidate Alex Renard moved to De Pere apartment month before declaring run

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Before he resigned in December, former state Sen. Frank Lasee was dogged by questions about where he actually lived: the apartment he rented in De Pere or his wife’s house in Racine. Now similar questions are being raised about Lasee’s potential replacement. > Green Bay Press-Gazette

 

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

State GOP snubs Rep. Jacque in senate race

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Campaigning for Wisconsin’s 1st State Senate District is in full swing with the special election primary just over a month away. But several state republicans have announced they are not supporting Republican Rep. Andre Jacque, instead throwing their support behind a 24-year-old political newcomer. > WBAY-TV Green Bay

Cap Times: Scott Walker is a menace to democracy in Wisconsin

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Only when a state appellate court judge sternly informed the governor that he “has an obligation to follow the law just as do we” did Walker finally call the special elections he was legally required to call. > Cap Times

Political scientist says fight over special elections may tarnish GOP image

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The risk of losing two seats in the legislature might not be as bad for Wisconsin Republicans as the fallout from attempts to avoid having special elections. UW-La Crosse political scientist Joe Heim told WIZM that the image of the Wisconsin GOP may suffer over the election fight. > WIZM Radio La Crosse