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

Vinehout makes second run at frac mine regulations

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State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) has again introduced a package of bills to increase oversight of the frac sand industry in response to problems encountered by constituents in the last decade as industrial sand mines sprung up across western Wisconsin. Despite a recent slump, another boom cycle is potentially approaching. > La Crosse Tribune

Kathleen Vinehout registers committee to run for governor

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State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) has filed paperwork to run for governor in 2018. Vinehout said she registered a committee so she could raise and spend money traveling the state to explore the possibility of running. She said she’s focused on the budget and doesn’t have a set timeline for making a decision. > Wisconsin State Journal

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Wisconsin’s future children deserve an equal education

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Should a Wisconsin child born into a poor family, an inner-city neighborhood or a rural home, or born with a special need, face fewer opportunities in their public school? State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a possible Dem gubernatorial candidate, says that although the answer’s no, we’re on a path that leads there. > The Cap Times

Who will run? List of potential Dem challengers for Walker grows

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At least seven Democrats said at last weekend’s state convention that they were thinking about challenging Gov. Scott Walker in next year’s election. All of them mingled with convention delegates, though none wanted to publicly announce their intentions. One handed out a business card that read, “Considering a run for governor.” > FOX6 Milwaukee

Western Wisconsin senator eyes gubernatorial bid

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State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout believes Dem candidates don’t have to win over Trump voters; they simply have to convince regular Democratic voters to get to the polls. And this is where this Western Wisconsinite, who also runs a family dairy farm and holds a PhD, feels she can gain a foothold. > Duluth News Tribune

“The broadest, most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of”

This is Sen. Kathleen Vinehout’s (D-Alma) assessment of a bill that grants state lawmakers new powers to block rules that might be deemed too costly for businesses. If a rule would cost businesses $10+ million, it can be blocked by legislators, and if the estimate is under $10 million, lawmakers can request another estimate.  >  Wisconsin Public Radio