Duffy supports funding for border wall but hopes to avoid government shutdown


At a recent town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy said he’s hoping to avoid a federal government shutdown in order to get funding for a border wall with Mexico, but added that President Trump’s threat to do so shows he’s willing to fight to secure the border. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Paul Ryan can’t escape his legacy as an enabler of Trump’s worst impulses

As is typical when someone important or notable leaves a job, friends and colleagues gather around and sing their praises. No such luck for House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. > ThinkProgress

Trump invited governors-elect to White House, and Evers accepts


President Donald Trump is welcoming governors-elect from both parties to the White House, and among those who have accepted as of Thursday are Wisconsin’s Tony Evers. White House officials say the event will include discussing “shared priorities” such as workforce investment, prison reform and combatting the opioid epidemic. > AP News

Will history forgive Paul Ryan?

Andrew O’Hehir writes that history has its eyes on Paul Ryan — and it won’t be kind. Setting aside even his “fiscal hypocrisy… his willful political blindness [and] his collaboration with a regime of corruption and destruction,” O’Hehir calls Ryan “a second-rate grifter who came up short and got pimped out by a much better one.” > Salon

No tears for Paul Ryan: On the short, unhappy tenure of the worst House speaker ever

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There’s considerable pathos and dramatic irony to the end of Paul Ryan’s political career. He’s a guy who believed he was out in front of history and positioned to shape it, but wound up being dragged behind the emperor’s chariot while the populace laughed at him and threw unpleasant objects. > Salon

Anti-Trump protests gave way to local fervor that helped turn Wisconsin back to blue

Since the eruption of nationwide anti-Trump protests in January 2017, a central question has been whether the energy would persist. New activists said the presidential contest brought them into politics, but their focus stayed closer to home, and the signs in Wisconsin so far have been positive for Democrats. > Washington Post

Dems have ‘new lease on life’ after midterm victories in states Trump won, says expert


Democrats have newfound optimism following midterm victories in states that President Trump won in 2016, Brookings Institution fellow Elaine Kamarck said on Friday, specifically citing the governor’s races in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. > The Hill