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    State Sen. JEFF PLALE, being challenged in a 7th Senate District Dem primary, got the endorsement of the largest state teacher’s union this week. The Wisconsin Education Association Council announced this week it’s backing the South Milwaukee Democrat because, "he has the experience we need to take on the challenges facing public education.”

    Several Waukesha County chambers this week hosted the first GOP U.S. Senate forum featuring RON JOHNSON and DAVID WESTLAKE. The winner of the September primary will face Dem incumbent RUSS FEINGOLD. See coverage:
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    Rep. JON RICHARDS, D-Milwaukee, has been appointed to the Joint Finance Committee to replace Rep. GARY SHERMAN, D-Port Wing. Sherman resigned last month to take his position on the bench of the District IV Court of Appeals. See Richards’ statement:

    Rep. FRED KESSLER, D-Milwaukee, will receive the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Scales of Justice Award at its board of governors meeting Friday. See the announcement:

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