Madison Mayor Paul Soglin (D) “said he plans to make a formal announcement the second week in January.” (Wisconsin State Journal) He told supporters he planned “to formally announce my candidacy for governor of Wisconsin.” (Facebook)
“Soglin, at 72, and [former state Rep. Kelda] Roys (D), 38, are the oldest and youngest of the nine best-known candidates. Seven of the Democrats are Baby Boomers, while Roys and union firefighter head Mahlon Mitchell, 40, come from the tail end of Generation X. Democrats have long bemoaned not having enough young candidates, while the face of the Republican Party in recent years has been dominated by politicians in their 40s.” (AP)
FEELIN’ FLYNN. “Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn describes himself as a conservative when it comes to just one thing: handling the state’s finances. … He argued Walker has not been a good steward of the state’s money, pointing in particular to the governor’s refusal to accept the federal Medicaid expansion and his rejection of federal dollars for a Madison-to-Milwaukee high speed rail line. Flynn also cited Walker’s spearheading and approval of a $3 billion incentive package to lure Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn to the southeastern part of the state. … No Democratic candidates have come out in support of the deal, but Flynn said he would start litigation to break the contract, if necessary.” (Madison Capital Times)
FOR THE RECORD. The state subsidy to Foxconn could be as high as $4.1 billion. (Urban Milwaukee)
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"The Senate was expected to be back in session at noon, while House lawmakers were told to return to work for a 9 a.m. session. Mr. Trump on Friday had canceled plans to travel to his private resort on Palm Beach, Fla., where a celebration had been planned for Saturday to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office."
"A stopgap spending bill stalled in the Senate Friday night, leading to a government shutdown for the first time since 2013. The continuing resolution funding agencies expired at midnight, and lawmakers were unable to spell out any path forward to keep government open. The Senate on Friday night failed to reach cloture on a four-week spending bill the House had already approved."
"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
"Hundreds of new and supplemental FARA filings by U.S. lobbyists and public relations firms" have been submitted "since Special Counsel Mueller charged two Trump aides with failing to disclose their lobbying work on behalf of foreign countries. The number of first-time filings ... rose 50 percent to 102 between 2016 and 2017, an NBC News analysis found. The number of supplemental filings, which include details about campaign donations, meetings and phone calls more than doubled from 618 to 1,244 last year as lobbyists scrambled to avoid the same fate as some of Trump's associates and their business partners."