Vukmir ‘certain’ the collection of her private messages was ‘politically motivated’

State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) was one of 35 Republicans whose personal messages were swept up without her knowledge in the John Doe investigation by the now-defunct state Government Accountability Board. And she says she’s certain it was politically motivated after she had spoken out for GAB reform. > Cap Times

Parts of Nicholson’s consulting career remain unknown, starting with his clients

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Political newcomer Kevin Nicholson has touted his career consulting for corporate executives and investors as preparation for his current bid for U.S. Senate. But Nicholson (R-Delafield) has shielded basic facts about his career from public view — starting with the clients for whom he has consulted. > Wisconsin State Journal

Eric Hovde ‘taking steps’ for possible US Senate bid

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Madison businessman Eric Hovde is preparing for a possible Republican run for U.S. Senate, while saying he hasn’t fully committed to run and won’t reveal his plans until 2018. State Sen. Leah Vukmir and businessman Kevin Nicholson are officially in the race for Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s seat next November. > Wisconsin State Journal

Baldwin challenger Vukmir echoes ALEC in supporting an end to state, local tax deductions

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When it comes to tax reform, Republican U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson both back GOP efforts to overhaul the tax code, but generally avoid discussing the details. But one facet of tax policy that Vukmir has taken a strong stand on is ending the state and local tax deduction. > Journal Sentinel

4 ways Tammy Baldwin could lose in 2018

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USA Today-Wisconsin spoke with nearly a dozen Wisconsin political science professors, pollsters and campaign strategists from both parties about potential 2018 downfalls for incumbents Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Though a lot can change in 12 months, here are the vulnerabilities they identified for Baldwin.

Republican primary dustup proves Paul Ryan is no lightning rod back home

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If anyone doubts Paul Ryan’s standing with Republicans back home, this week pretty much set the record straight. When a Republican Senate candidate was caught on tape echoing anti-Ryan sentiments, leading conservatives in Wisconsin immediately rallied around the Speaker. > Washington Examiner

Vukmir: Nicholson should apologize for criticizing Ryan

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State Sen. Leah Vukmir says her Republican U.S. Senate primary opponent, Kevin Nicholson, should apologize for his comments about U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, but Nicholson is declining to do so, saying he has no beef with Ryan. > Wisconsin State Journal