Slate of Democratic Walker challengers speak at first candidates’ forum

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With almost all 10 of the Democratic candidates running for governor attending the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans’ annual Power Lunch Monday, Urban Milwaukee provides a rundown of what each contender had to say.

Governor candidate Vinehout defends reference letter for child porn convict

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State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a Democratic candidate for governor, was one of about a dozen people who wrote character reference letters for a legislative attorney found guilty of possession of child pornography. But she says she doubts people will find anything objectionable in the letter she wrote. > Cap Times

Wachs and Vinehout vie for ‘purple’ part of state in Democratic primary

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Western Wisconsinites have longed for a governor from their region, and this year two candidates from western Wisconsin – Dana Wachs and Kathleen Vinehout – have announced bids to run against Gov. Walker next year. Unfortunately, a state politics expert believes that dilutes the odds of getting a governor from one of the state’s “purple” regions. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Vinehout is in for governor’s race

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State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma Monday added her name to a crowded Democratic field seeking to challenge Gov. Scott Walker next year. A Vinehout spokesmanconfirmed she would not seek re-election to her Senate seat next year, meaning Democrats will have a challenging race to hold onto the 31st Senate District. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The early line on Dem guv candidates

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With more than a dozen Democrats announced or considering a run for the party’s nomination for governor against Scott Walker, let’s unapologetically do some horse race speculation. Here’s Dave Cieslewicz’s take on the eight candidates who seem to have the best chance of getting the nomination next August. > Isthmus

Fact checking Vinehout’s claim that state is 16,000 manufacturing jobs below recession levels

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In criticizing Gov. Walker’s Foxconn deal on WISN-TV’s “Upfront with Mike Gousha,” state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) said under Walker the state is “still 16,000 manufacturing jobs lower than we were during the recession.” PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the numbers.

Abortion rights record could complicate Wisconsin Dem’s gubernatorial bid

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Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout filed paperwork in June to explore a run for governor of Wisconsin, but her record on reproductive rights could spell trouble for her bid. While her legislative staff insists she is pro-choice, she has worked with the anti-choice group Democrats for Life, and has a murky voting record on abortion rights. > Rewire