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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images

A national group led by former Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit on Monday against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for refusing to hold elections to fill two vacant seats in the state legislature.

Why it matters: The seats have been vacant since last December when Walker, a Republican, tapped representatives from both to join his administration. Walker rejected calls to hold special elections before November's midterms, saying they'd be a waste of money given the legislature will adjourn in May. But Democrats and Holders' group argue that residents would be denied representation for more than a year since the Republican-controlled General Assembly won't convene until Jan. 2019

The backdrop: The suit was filed in a Wisconsin court on behalf of voters in the two vacant districts. This comes after Democrats flipped a Wisconsin district in a special election last month.

  • The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Holder is leading, was launched last year ahead of the 2020 redistricting process. Wisconsin is one of the states the group is targeting.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.

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