Kathleen Vinehout

Democratic governor candidates face deadline to speak

Democratic candidates for governor who want to speak at the state party convention on June 1 face a deadline this week to prove they have collected enough signatures to get on the primary ballot.

As many as 10 candidates — maybe more — could meet the threshold to speak at the meeting and appear on the Aug. 14 ballot. The primary winner will advance to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

The Wisconsin Democratic Party is forcing candidates to show by Friday that they have collected the required 2,000 signatures before they can be allotted a speaking slot at the meeting of hundreds of activists from across the state.

The party requires candidates to show...