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Judge Rebecca Dallet via her campaign Twitter page

Liberal Milwaukee Court judge Rebecca Dallet defeated conservative Sauk County judge Michael Screnock in Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court race, handing Democrats a major victory amid a brewing anti-Trump movement ahead of this year’s midterms.

Why it matters: This victory comes as the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, is targeting GOP-controlled state governments in Wisconsin and other key battleground states as part of a broader effort to undercut Republicans’ sweeping control of the redistricting process ahead of the 2020 Census.

The details: The race for a 10-year seat on the state’s seven high-court was technically nonpartisan, but it had quickly turned into a political slugfest. It generated more than $2.5 million in ad spending and endorsements from outside conservative and liberal groups, including the National Rifle Association and the NDRG.

  • Democrats haven't won an open seat on the court since 1995, per the AP. Dallet's victory will shrink the court's conservative majority from 5-2 to a more narrow 4-3 — a move that will shake up the court's ideological makeup, which had gutted campaign finance and voting rights laws.

What they're saying:

  • Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who backed Screnock and is seeking a third-term in November, tweeted: "Tonight’s results show [Republicans] are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI."
  • Holder said in a statement that Dallet, who positioned herself as an anti-Trump crusader, "will be an independent voice for fairness and common sense."

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Kim Potter, the former police officer charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, was released on a $100,000 bond on Wednesday, Hennepin County jail records show.

Why it matters: Sunday's shooting of the 20-year-old Black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, just 10 miles from where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last year, has reinvigorated Black Lives Matter protests and led to three consecutive nights of unrest.

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President Biden has named Erika Moritsugu as deputy assistant to the president and Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison, the White House announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The decision follows weeks of pressure from AAPI leaders to include more Asian American representation at the Cabinet level and in senior administration roles.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) announced Wednesday a six-figure ad buy for a spot that takes aim at CNN as part of an offensive to hit back at mounting sexual misconduct allegations, Politico first reported.

Driving the news: Gaetz is under federal investigation following sex trafficking allegations, and the House Ethics Committee has also opened an inquiry. Announcing the 30-second ad, to run in his Florida Panhandle district, Gaetz called on his Twitter followers to "help us fight back!"