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School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

In this Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, student survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are greeted as they arrive at a rally for gun control reform on the steps of the state capitol, in Tallahassee, Florida.

After a school shooting in Florida, gun control is at the top of the national consciousness, and it was the subject of the top read on this week.

The Wisconsin Legislature passed a bill that would give grants to schools that employ armed security officers. The bill was originally introduced by Democrats as a measure calling for universal background checks, but after a series of procedural moves by Republicans, was transformed into funds for armed school guards. The state Senate has yet to approve the bill.

Another top read reflected on last week’s primary election, which narrowed the field of Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates from three to two. Although the race is technically nonpartisan, the remaining candidates are conservative-backed Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock and liberal-leaning Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet.

It’s tempting to use the race to draw conclusions and make predictions for November elections, but political strategists remind voters that’s a long way off.

"I don’t think that any elections that are happening now are going to be a reliable indicator of what’s going to happen in the fall," Democratic strategist Melissa Baldauff said.

This week’s popular articles also included Abigail Becker’s cover story that gave Madison police patrol officers a chance to weigh in on community dialogue around law enforcement, the latest in the Alec Cook case and a taste of Wisconsin whiskey.

Here are the top 10 reads on from Sunday, Feb. 18, to Saturday, Feb. 24:

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