Sheboygan businessman says he may seek Democratic nod for governor


Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober has registered a campaign committee to run for governor as a Democrat. Kober said in a statement that he is still deciding whether to get into the race and wanted to spend time meeting people across the state first. Kober is a director with the Clorox Company. > Wisconsin State Journal

Ohio Gov. Kasich says his state still chasing Foxconn, while blasting Wisconsin’s deal


Ohio Gov. John Kasich confirmed this week that the state continues to court Foxconn for an investment in Ohio, while tossing a jab at the $3 billion package Wisconsin has offered: “I’ll tell you one thing: It’s not going to take us 40 years to make back the investment we make. We don’t buy deals.” > Milwaukee Business Journal

Walker administration scales back apartment fire sprinkler rule in second reversal


Gov. Walker’s administration has determined it cannot enforce a 7-year-old requirement that fire sprinklers be put in new apartment buildings with three to 20 units — a rule fire officials say is one of the best ways to save lives. The development comes six months after an official pledged to keep the rule in place. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Assembly lawmakers pass their version of Foxconn incentive package


The State Assembly on Thursday passed a $3 billion incentive package for electronics manufacturer Foxconn on a 59-30 vote, with the chamber’s Republicans cheering it as a smart bet for taxpayers with massive upside for the state’s economy, over Democrats’ criticism that the deal is a gigantic gamble with state funds. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wash Post: Though Trump’s celebrating Foxconn deal, the people paying for it aren’t so sure


Foxconn’s interest in Wisconsin has triggered a debate about government efforts to lure companies via tax breaks, betting the public will benefit in the long run from economic spikes. If Walker’s plan works, the payoff is long-term prosperity. If it falls apart, the state will have shelled out serious cash for broken employment dreams. > Washington Post

Wisconsin GOP responses to Trump: Gallagher and Steineke pointed; Walker, Johnson and Ryan indirect; Vos and Fitzgerald silent.


While Sen. Ron Johnson, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker condemned the Charlottesville violence without citing Trump’s name, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher and state Rep. Jim Steineke came out far more pointedly against Trump’s failure. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have made no public comment. > La Crosse Tribune

Foxconn has GOP embracing government-run economy


The proposed Foxconn bill doesn’t just provide $3 billion in taxpayer incentives – it could also seek to dictate some company operations. Government getting all up in the business of, well, business is probably par for the course for Foxconn, which operates mostly in communist China. But it’s weird coming from the party of “free markets.” > Wisconsin State Journal