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Wisconsin primary may shape elections in key battleground

Aug. 09, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters will choose a Republican nominee for Wisconsin governor on Tuesday who could reshape how elections are conducted in the marquee battleground, where former President Donald Trump is still pressing to overturn his 2020 loss and backing candidates he sees as allies. ...

Kleefisch downplays Trump endorsement on final swing

Aug. 08, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Rebecca Kleefisch downplayed Donald Trump's endorsement and rally for her opponent during her final campaign push across Wisconsin Monday, and declined to respond to the former president's criticisms. Kleefisch faces...

What to watch in Wis., 3 other states in Tuesday's primaries

Aug. 08, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

The Republican matchup in the Wisconsin governor's race on Tuesday features competing candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump and his estranged vice president, Mike Pence. Democrats are picking a candidate to face two-term GOP Sen. Ron Johnson for control of the closely divided...

Dems look ahead to Barnes in fall race against Ron Johnson

Aug. 08, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes grew up in Milwaukee with a mom who was a public school teacher and a father who worked in a factory — both union members, an important credential in a state where the labor movement is still a force. At 35, Barnes is nearly half the...

US keeping ex-prison chief as top adviser after rocky tenure

Aug. 04, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is keeping its former director on the payroll as an adviser to his successor, rewarding him with an influential new role after concerns about his leadership — including from staff, inmates, Congress and the Biden administration — hastened his...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 01, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. July 29, 2022. Editorial: Gerrymandered board of education districts do not accord with Ohio law and should be revised: editorial Ohio voters created the State Board of Education in 1953. As the law is currently constituted, 11 of the board’s...

3rd Wisconsin Dem US Senate candidate bows out, backs Barnes

Jul. 29, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Treasurer Sarah Godlewski dropped out of the state's Democratic U.S. Senate primary Friday, the third candidate to bow out this week, making Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes the clear frontrunner to face Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. The race in battleground...

Some Republicans see good politics in same-sex marriage bill

Jul. 29, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When asked if he’d support legislation to protect same-sex marriage, one conservative Republican senator was almost nonchalant. “I see no reason to oppose it,” Ron Johnson of Wisconsin told reporters, bringing Democrats one vote closer to an unexpected...

Democrat Barnes emerges as favorite in Wisconsin Senate race

Jul. 27, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes emerged Wednesday as the clear favorite in what had been a crowded Democratic field seeking to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, as his nearest rival dropped out and threw his support behind Barnes. Milwaukee Bucks...

Prisons chief deflects blame for failures, angering senators

Jul. 27, 2022 05:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days left in his tenure, the embattled director of the federal prison system faced a bipartisan onslaught Tuesday as he refused to accept responsibility for a culture of corruption and misconduct that has plagued his agency for years. Bureau of Prisons...