WisDems Press | News You Can Use 3.14.17

The RC-Dems get communication correspondence from the State and National Party.  We are sharing these in our News section of our website each week to keep you up-to-date and informed.  Feel free to click on the blue highlighted links to read more about the topic.  Reinvigorating progressive politics for the people in the heart & center of the Driftless Area.

POTUS
Trump looks to woo conservatives on Obamacare repeal
POLITICO // Josh Dawsey, Rachael Bade & Tara Palmeri
President Donald Trump’s White House is increasingly likely to support some conservative-backed changes to the House Obamacare alternative, two administration officials said Monday — a move that comes after a nonpartisan budgetary analysis showed 24 million people could lose insurance under the bill.

Using Air Quotes, White House Walks Back ‘Wiretap’ Talk
New York Times // Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Two senior White House officials suggested on Monday that President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that President Barack Obama had tapped his telephone was not meant to be taken literally, arguing that Mr. Trump had been referring more broadly to a variety of surveillance efforts during the 2016 campaign when he made the incendiary accusation.

U.S. Congress
GOP scrambles after scorching health bill appraisal
POLITICO // Kyle Cheney, Burgess Everett & Rachael Bade
Speaker Paul Ryan’s team quickly pinpointed rosier elements of the report by the Congressional Budget Office, from cost savings to lower premiums. But the bottom line — that the number of uninsured Americans would climb by 24 million within a decade — threatened to upend the GOP leadership’s fragile efforts to unite congressional Republicans around the plan.

Ryan says he’s ‘encouraged’ by CBO report
The Hill // Rebecca Savransky
House Speaker Paul Ryan has told Republicans he wants to pass the healthcare bill within three weeks, but whether it ever makes it to a floor vote is an open question.

A site once run by Steve Bannon just leaked audio of Paul Ryan dumping Trump in October
CNBC // Lauren Thomas
A recording of House Speaker Paul Ryan distancing himself from then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in October was leaked Monday night, appearing to aim to drive a wedge between Ryan and Trump as the pair promote a proposed GOP health-care bill.

WI Governor
Walker’s advice to Trump: Don’t tweet temper tantrums
La Crosse Tribune // Mike Tighe
Gov. Scott Walker has a recommendation of presidential politeness for Donald Trump whenever No. 45 feels tempted to tweet tantrums: Be kind, unwind.

Letter to Gov. Walker requesting veto of SB-3
Reps. Sinicki, Ohnstad, Bowen (Release)
Governor Walker: We respectfully request that you veto 2017 Senate Bill 3, which prohibits governments from requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) that set conditions for public work projects.

State
Wisconsin lawmakers want new limits on fetal tissue research
Wisconsin Radio Network // Andrew Beckett
Republican lawmakers are reviving a push to restrict research done in Wisconsin that relies on fetal tissue from abortions.

Area Democrats co-author student debt legislation
WKOW // Sam Shilts
State Senator Jennifer Shilling joined representatives Jill Billings and Steve Doyle in co-authoring new student loan legislation in Wisconsin.

Board member seeks to recoup wages from Lowell Holtz for alleged campaign work on district time
Wisconsin State Journal // Molly Beck
One Wisconsin Now has asked district attorneys in two counties to launch an investigation into Holtz over allegations he did campaign work while being paid by his public school districts.

Wisconsin tourism seeks to build on $19.3 billion boom
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune // Nathan Phelps
All told, tourism in Wisconsin — including all those summer camping trips, weekend getaways to Door County during cherry season and visits to Milwaukee to hit up the Milwaukee Art Museum or catch a Brewers game — had a $19.3 billion economic impact in 2015 and supported about 19,000 jobs, according to an annual report from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Opinion
John Nichols: Why is Paul Ryan’s health plan so awful? Gerrymandering
Cap Times // John Nichols
The key to understanding Ryan’s thinking with regard to health care and every other issue is recognition that the speaker’s authority is not built on popular support. It is built on gerrymandering.

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