From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:
According to this story, the Working Families Party is organizing in Wisconsin. Wisconsin does not permit fusion, and generally the Working Families Party only becomes ballot-qualified in states that have fusion. However, the party may be feeling more confident about running and winning races without fusion. It has elected two of its nominees in special legislative elections this year, and in neither case was the WFP nominee also the nominee of the Democratic Party. The two 2015 legislative wins were to the Connecticut State Senate and the New York Assembly.
From the article cited, written by Bill Glauber and Daniel Bice:
“It’s always exciting to see a new state Working Families Party come together,” said Jon Green, the group’s national deputy director. “The people involved in this effort are enormously talented and energetic. Wisconsin has been a key site in national fights over inequality and corporate control of our economy, and there’s no doubt our side needs a stronger voice.”
Organizers here say that the party won’t be on the ballot but will seek to recruit and support candidates in local races, perhaps as early as the spring election for city council in Milwaukee.
“We don’t see ourselves right away as a third party with a banner and candidates under our banner. It’s too early for that,” Schroeder said.
More than likely, Schroeder said, the group will try to influence Democrats.
“We want this to be more of a people’s voice,” Schroeder said.