Governor candidates make blunt appeal to marijuana advocates


Two Democratic candidates for governor spoke recently to a Milwaukee area group that favors legalizing marijuana for any purpose, but several of the nine serious candidates hoping to challenge Gov. Walker in November have stated positions on marijuana and pot-related offenses. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Here’s where the top Democratic candidates for governor stand on gun control


The Wisconsin State Journal asked the top nine Democrats running for governor for their ideas on how to address gun violence and school safety. Here’s what each proposed.

Vinehout defends abortion stance, suggests electing a woman could reduce harassment


State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout suggested Thursday that Wisconsin would see less sexual harassment with a woman in the governor’s mansion, but argued voters should judge candidates based on their character and qualifications rather than their gender. > Cap Times

Walker challenger Vinehout: A wheelchair is not a trampoline


During the recent Senate debate on Gov. Walker’s welfare reform bills, proponents declared the best road out of poverty was a job. No one in the Senate disagreed. However, 60 percent of non-elderly Medicaid recipients already work, while another third are in school, ill or caring for someone in need. > Tomah Journal

Democratic governor hopefuls talk guns


The nine Democratic Wisconsin governor candidates attending Saturday’s candidate forum in Eau Claire discussed issues ranging from the state’s controversial deal with Foxconn to farm prices to health care, but references to gun control prompted especially emotional responses from the audience. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Vinehout: Legislature giving no time for review or debate, and wetlands bill needs it


State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who is running for governor, wrote in theWinona Daily News: “Talking to scientists and engineers is key to understanding the importance of wetlands and the implications of removing state protections.” But warp-speed legislation makes it nearly impossible to have these conversations or get public input, she said.

Governor’s race: Democrats aim to differentiate through their priorities


The Democrats vying to challenge Gov. Scott Walker share many similar priorities, but there are also notable differences emerging as they try to find a lane that will power them to the nomination. At a Madison forum last month, candidates were asked to name their top three budget priorities. >