Vinehout commits to governor race, gives up Senate re-election, while Mitchell gets endorsement

Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell scored a major union endorsement Thursday, while state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout closed the door on the possibility she might quit the race to seek another state Senate term. > AP News

Randy Bryce says his campaign is the first-ever to unionize. Is he right?


Speaking to Don Lemon on CNN in March, Randy Bryce, one of two Democratic challengers for Paul Ryan’s seat, said: “Our campaign staff was the first to unionize in the history of politics. So, that’s something I’m very proud of.” PolitiFact Wisconsin fact-checks his claim.

Labor union asks Senate to vote now on Kimberly-Clark subsidies


United Steelworkers called on the state Senate this week to hold an immediate vote on the subsidy package designed to keep two Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in operation in Fox Crossing and Neenah. > Appleton Post Crescent

Wisconsin unions fight collective-bargaining limits with lawsuit


Two chapters of the Operating Engineers of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Friday naming Gov. Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel, claiming Act 10 violates their freedom of speech and freedom of association rights. > Courthouse News Service

Right-wingers, including in our high court, keep dragging our state down


The five conservatives on the Supreme Court, who owe their offices to obscene campaign contributions and attack ads financed by in-state and out-of-state corporate interests, delivered yet another blow last week to Wisconsin unions’ ability to represent workers. > Cap Times

Gubernatorial candidate Flynn vows to undo Walker policies


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn vowed Friday at a campaign stop in Eau Claire to undo several of Gov. Scott Walker’s signature policies if he can emerge from a crowded field of Democrats and topple the two-term governor. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Wisconsin Supreme Court OKs delay in releasing union records


Wisconsin labor officials can withhold voters’ names while union elections are underway, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. Protecting voters from intimidation, harassment and coercion outweighs the public interest in disclosing the names before the elections conclude, the court said in a 5-2 decision. > AP News