Wisconsin’s Walker to seek third term

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall but flamed out early in the 2016 presidential race, launched his re-election campaign Sunday calling for an “army of grass-roots volunteers” to combat what he says will be a coordinated attack against him by Washington-based special interests.

The Republican told supporters at the kick-off event at Weldall Manufacturing outside of Milwaukee that winning a third term “isn’t going to be easy.”

“The big government special interests in Washington, they’ve already made us a target in this election,” Walker told a couple hundred backers on the factory floor. A larger group of protesters, organized by the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, rallied outside.

There is no clear Democratic front runner to face Walker in the November 2018 election. At least a dozen Democrats, including the state superintendent of schools, two state lawmakers, former office holders, political activists and newcomers, have said they are running or are considering getting in.

Kentucky House speaker resigns post

after texts with staffer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican House speaker resigned his leadership position Sunday after acknowledging he settled sexual harassment claims from one of his staffers last month.

Jeff Hoover denied sexually harassing the staff member, but said he sent inappropriate text messages that were consensual. Hoover’s wife and two of his three daughters were in the room as he spoke.

“I engaged in banter that was consensual but make no mistake it was wrong on my part to do that. And for that, I am truly sorry,” Hoover said. “I want to reiterate that at no time, at no time did I engage in unwelcome or unwanted conduct of any kind.”