Elections

Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections

The nation's leading abortion rights advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November’s midterm elections. It's pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot. The effort comes about two months after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, which created a constitutional right to have an abortion. The campaign will be waged by Planned Parenthood's political and advocacy arms and will focus on governor’s offices, U.S. Senate seats and legislative races in nine states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood's previous spending record was $45 million in 2020.

Wisconsin GOP leader Vos fires 2020 election investigator

Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly leader on Friday ended a 14-month, taxpayer-funded inquiry into the 2020 election by firing his hand-picked investigator. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos’ firing of Michael Gableman came just three days after the lawmaker narrowly survived a primary challenge from an opponent endorsed by former President Donald Trump and Gableman. Under pressure from Trump, Vos last year announced the inquiry and chose Gableman, a conservative former Supreme Court justice, to lead it. But as the investigation progressed, Vos’ relationship soured with both Gableman and Trump. Gableman found no evidence of widespread fraud. But he had joined Trump in calling for lawmakers to consider decertifying the 2020 election, something Vos said was unconstitutional and impossible.

Minnesota's Finstad sworn in as newest member of Congress

Minnesota Republican Brad Finstad has been sworn as the newest member of the U.S. House. He gives the GOP one more seat, which means Democrats can’t afford to lose more than four votes on close issues. Finstad was surrounded by members of his large family during a photo op afterward Friday with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Finstad served as state director for USDA Rural Development during the Trump administration. He won a special election Tuesday to fill the seat of the late Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn. Finstad faces a quick rematch in November for a full term against Democratic former Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger.

Wisconsin primary turnout nears 26%, most in 40 years

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout in Wisconsin's primary election that featured a hotly contested Republican race for governor neared 26%, the highest for a non-presidential primary in 40 years. Unofficial results for Tuesday's primary show that nearly 693,000 Republicans voted in the…