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Baldwin Says Sheriff Clarke Being ‘Groomed’ to Run Against Her
Fundraising email points out sheriff’s ties to Trump and Russia

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke met with President Trump shortly after the election at Trump Tower in New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images file photo)

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., is being “groomed” to run against her in 2018. 

Baldwin’s campaign sent out an email solicitation over the weekend, suggesting that the conservative sheriff has strong ties to President Donald Trump and Russia, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke Passes on Challenging Baldwin
Some Trump supporters had tried drafting him

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke passed on challenging Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin in 2018, he said in his new book "Cop Under Fire," according Fox 6 News Milwaukee.

"I have no interest in running for elected office other than being sheriff," Clarke, who runs as a Democrat, writes in the book.

Last of Trump Nominees With Russian Ties Set to Sail Through Confirmation
Vote on Commerce secretary-designee Wilbur Ross comes amid new questions

Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross is expected to sail through a Senate confirmation vote Monday, in spite of questions about his business ties to influential Russians. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross was a top shareholder in a Cypriot bank with deep Russian ties when he met with the principal Russian investor. 

That meeting lasted only an hour, according to a cursory account Ross provided to the Senate. What he discussed during the encounter and the identity of the investor are among a number of unanswered questions about Ross’ potential connections to influential Russian figures as he awaits a vote on his confirmation Monday.

Senate Democrats Up for 2018 Re-Election Getting Pressed on Gorsuch
Politicians at home join chorus of Senate Republicans pushing for confirmation

Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Jon Tester, D-Mont., are facing pressure from Republicans back home to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2018 are being pressed by Republicans to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker criticized Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin for opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation before meeting with him.

Wisconsin’s Sean Duffy Will Forgo Senate Bid
Other potential candidates had been waiting on congressman’s decision

Rep. Sean Duffy announced he’s passing on a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:35 a.m. Feb. 16 with Duffy announcement

Wisconsin Rep. Sean P. Duffy announced Thursday he will pass on a run for Senate in 2018.

Word on the Hill: Chocolate Time
D.C. wants to be resilient and a new record in the Senate

A new survey finds that 94 percent of Americans want candy or chocolate for Valentine’s Day. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Friday, finally. And it’s time to buy some chocolate.

Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday and chocolate is what Americans want most for the holiday, according to a survey by the National Confectioners Association.

Right Wing Group Attempts to Draft Sheriff Clarke in Wisconsin
Another draft-Clarke group attacked Baldwin for her sexuality

A pro-President Donald Trump group is trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to run against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An outside group is trying to draft Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

In an email to supporters, the Committee to Defend the President, said it was trying to solicit 100,000 signatures within 48 hours to convince Clarke to run.

Republicans Target Baldwin on Gorsuch
Comes as Democratic senator in state Trump won opposes Supreme Court pick

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., is facing criticism from Republicans for opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans are targeting Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., for her opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Baldwin, who is up for re-election in 2018, has said she would oppose Gorsuch’s nomination, but said she would meet with him, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Elizabeth Warren Emerges as GOP Boogeyman
Republicans are eager to tie vulnerable Democrats to Massachusetts liberal

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been invoked in early GOP attacks so far against vulnerable Democratic senators even though she isn’t likely to face a competitive re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Massachusetts poll making the rounds this week implied that Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be in trouble in 2018. But without a declared challenger, it’s hard to see much danger on the horizon for Warren in a blue state. 

The bigger question is not whether Warren is well-liked in her own state, but whether she’s disliked enough in other states to be a liability for Democrats facing re-election in places President Donald Trump won last year.

TPP and Keystone Actions Unite Trump With Some Vulnerable Democrats
Trump’s move put him in line with red-state senators up in 2018

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin supports Trump’s action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In just the first days of his administration, President Donald Trump signed executive actions on issues pushed by some of the same Senate Democrats his party wants to defeat in 2018.

By withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which almost all Democrats now oppose, Trump on Monday put himself more in line with vulnerable red-state Democrats than some members of his own party.