Assembly GOP won’t tip hand on plans for ‘extraordinary session’ Thursday

On the eve of a Thursday “extraordinary session” of the state Assembly, its Republican leaders would not say if they’ll concur with their Senate counterparts on bills dealing with school safety, tax cuts and the state’s youth prison. That leaves the future of those bills in question, despite their centrality to Gov. Walker’s agenda. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker recommends new ‘Economic Opportunity Zones’ in 40+ counties


Gov. Scott Walker wants to create 120 “Economic Opportunity Zones” in Wisconsin, a designation allowed under the new federal tax law designed to spur development. The zones are in 44 counties across the state, including urban, rural and tribal areas.

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Evers demands action on Wisconsin’s drinking water crisis


Democratic candidate for Governor Tony Evers today announced a new digital video highlighting Wisconsin’s growing drinking water crisis in addition to releasing a series of policies proposed to keep Wisconsin’s kids safe from lead. > Urban Milwaukee

Her campaign ad was ‘sick’ and ‘tasteless,’ critics say. She was breastfeeding.

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While Kelda Roys, a Democrat running for Wisconsin governor, has received some praise for her campaign ad that includes a moment in which she breastfeeds her daughter, others are taking exception, calling the ad “sick” and “tasteless.” > Miami Herald

State Senate passes school safety bill with slight changes, no gun-control measures


The Senate passed a $100 million school safety bill Tuesday that ducked calls by Democrats, students and advocacy groups for gun regulations in the wake of last month’s Florida school shooting. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Senate approves tax cut, juvenile justice overhaul


The Wisconsin Senate gave bipartisan approval to a $100 per-child tax rebate and unanimously passed a juvenile justice overhaul that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison and replace it with smaller facilities, breaking an impasse Tuesday that had put both bills in jeopardy. > AP News

Personality conflict could derail Walker’s election year ‘gimmicks’

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With the Senate’s session set to end this week, Gov. Scott Walker’s election-year plans are in peril. Walker has been unable to broker a deal and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has accused the governor of leaving him out of negotiations. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Vos has refused to budge from his position. > Wisconsin Gazette