WIS­CON­SIN DEMS REJOICE: WALKER IS FI­NALLY GONE

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WIS.» Wis­con­sin Gov. MADI­SON,

Scott Walker, beloved by Repub­li­cans for push­ing through a con­ser­va­tive revo­lu­tion but so re­viled by lib­er­als that they tried to re­call him from of­fice, warned for months that he was at risk of be­ing over­whelmed by Demo­cratic anger.

He was right.

The tide that swept him out Tues­day stalled a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer that rad­i­cally trans­formed the pur­ple state and helped bring about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s nar­row vic­tory there in 2016. For nearly eight years, Walker de­lighted con­ser­va­tives and frus­trated lib­eral op­po­nents who could never fig­ure out the right recipe to knock him off. At one point, he was seen as a po­ten­tial pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner.

Kemp’s cam­paign de­clares vic­tory in Ge­or­gia’s gover­nor race.

AT­LANTA» Repub­li­can Brian Kemp’s cam­paign de­clared vic­tory Wed­nes­day in the Ge­or­gia gover­nor’s race, though Demo­crat Stacey Abrams in­sists that enough bal­lots re­main to leave open the pos­si­bil­ity of a runoff in a race that Kemp over­sees as sec­re­tary of state.

The Associated Press has not called the con­test.

Ryan Ma­honey, a top Kemp cam­paign ad­viser, told re­porters in a con­fer­ence call that the num­bers show Abrams can’t win and a runoff won’t hap­pen — but stopped short of declar­ing vic­tory un­til pressed by an Associated Press re­porter. Only then did Ma­honey say Kemp is cer­tain of vic­tory and pre­par­ing to take of­fice in Jan­uary.

Michi­gan eyed as bell­wether for le­gal pot in Mid­west.

DETROIT» Michi­gan is aim­ing to build a po­ten­tially lu­cra­tive in­dus­try from the ground up with pas­sage of a bal­lot ini­tia­tive to le­gal­ize recre­ational mar­i­juana.

It could do more by serv­ing as a model for the rest of the Mid­west — and pos­si­bly be­yond.

Michi­gan is the first Mid­west­ern state to le­gal­ize recre­ational mar­i­juana, with vot­ers Tues­day pass­ing a bal­lot mea­sure that will al­low peo­ple 21 or older to buy and use the drug. In­clud­ing Michi­gan, 10 states and the District of Columbia have le­gal­ized recre­ational mar­i­juana; North Dakota vot­ers de­cided this week that recre­ational pot wasn’t for them.

White House strips re­porter of his cre­den­tials.

The White House sus­pended the press cre­den­tials of CNN re­porter Jim Acosta on Wed­nes­day, hours after Acosta tan­gled with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dur­ing a tele­vised news con­fer­ence at the White House.

The move to pun­ish Acosta by re­mov­ing his ac­cess to the White House is be­lieved to be un­prece­dented. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion barred an­other CNN re­porter from at­tend­ing an open me­dia event in July but un­til now had not gone as far as re­mov­ing a cre­den­tial, known as a “hard pass,” which en­ables jour­nal­ists to en­ter the White House grounds.

Press sec­re­tary Sarah San­ders cited Acosta’s brief con­fronta­tion with a White House press aide dur­ing Trump’s news con­fer­ence as the rea­son for sus­pend­ing his press pass “un­til fur­ther no­tice.”

Dur­ing the news con­fer­ence, Trump snapped at Acosta after he asked why the pres­i­dent had called the Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grant car­a­van “an in­va­sion” and “de­mo­nized im­mi­grants.” Fol­low­ing a tense back-and­forth, in which Trump called Acosta “a rude, ter­ri­ble per­son,” a fe­male White House in­tern tried to take the mi­cro­phone from Acosta. Acosta raised his arm to stop the aide from tak­ing it, in the process mak­ing con­tact with her.

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