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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"Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. 'Important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements," and cooperation in Syria.
"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."