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  10/30/2014
Final Days of Campaigning in Governor's Race
The two main candidates for Wisconsin governor are back on the campaign trail today. Republican incumbent Scott Walker is appearing with U-S Senator Ron Johnson at stops in the Wausau, Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan areas. Democrat Mary Burke was scheduled for an afternoon appearance in Port Washington. National A-F-L C-I-O president Richard Trumka was expected to greet Miller Brewing employees in Milwaukee during this afternoon's shift change, and urge them to vote for Burke. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour are expected to appear with Walker tomorrow. In yesterday's Marquette Law School poll, 92-percent of Republicans said they would vote on Tuesday, up 10-percent from a week ago while the projected turnover for Democrats held relatively steady. That appeared to be the difference in a pull-away by Walker. After being tied with Burke two weeks ago, the governor now leads in the Marquette poll by seven percentage points at 50-to-43 percent, well beyond the poll's error margin.


10/30/2014
State D-N-R Officials say They Remain Committed to Enforcing Conservation Laws
State D-N-R officials say they remain committed to enforcing conservation laws, despite a drop in citations under Governor Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation said yesterday that all types of conservation violations dropped by 28-percent annually from 2011-through-'13, compared to the eight years before that when Democrat Jim Doyle was the governor. The biggest decrease was for hunting deer out-of-season, with an 85-percent drop in citations during the Walker years. The federation, headed by former D-N-R Secretary George Meyer, urged state leaders to address the declines. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was surprised by the amount of the declines in citations. Meyer said it appeared to be part of an effort to avoid controversy as much as possible. D-N-R Chief Warden Todd Schaller denied a lesser emphasis on enforcement. He said the agency's goal is to get people to follow the rules -- and more education has helped achieve that. Rob Bohmann of Racine, who chairs the executive committee of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, says the agency might not be so quick to give citations when somebody makes a mistake. Bohmann says he does not view that as a problem.


10/30/2014
About 57% of WI's Eligible Voters Expected to Vote
About 57-percent of Wisconsin's eligible voters are expected to cast ballots by the time Tuesday's over. The state Government Accountability Board projects that about two-and-a-half million residents will vote. That's about on par with the 2012 recall election in which Governor Scott Walker survived by defeating Democrat Tom Barrett by seven percentage points. Board director Kevin Kennedy tells W-I-B-A Radio in Madison that it's clear voters are engaged anytime the turnout breaks 50-percent. The Walker race against Democrat Mary Burke tops the ticket, along with the attorney general's contest between prosecutors Brad Schimel and Susan Happ. There's also an open U-S House seat in east central Wisconsin along with numerous county contests, and a statewide referendum on a constitutional amendment to bar the use of gas tax revenues for anything beside transportation.


10/30/2014
NW WI Native Scheduled to get the Death Penalty in Texas December 3rd
A northwest Wisconsin native is scheduled to get the death penalty in Texas on December third. A judge in Huntsville has signed an order in which 56-year-old Scott Panetti, a native of Hayward, will die by lethal injection. He was convicted of shooting and killing his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado, at their home in Fredericksburg Texas 22 years ago. His estranged wife and young children witnessed the shootings. Panetti's lawyers have said their client is so delusional, he cannot understand why he was convicted and condemned to die. He represented himself at his trial. Panetti has a history of mental problems. His case has been to the U-S Supreme Court at least three times. Earlier this month, the justices again refused to consider his latest appeal.


10/30/2014
Madison Judge Tells WI Justice Dept. to Release Two Training Videos
A Madison judge told the state Justice Department today to release two training videos for prosecutors, despite the department's claims that it could hurt public safety. The State Democratic Party wanted to obtain five videos to see if they had questionable comments by Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel. Dane County Circuit Circuit Judge Richard Niess (nees) said he found nothing offensive on the two only videos he could review -- and he heard arguments today before deciding they can be released. The Justice Department said it could not locate three of the videos, in which Schimel described law enforcement strategies in his current role as the Waukesha County D-A. The agency refused to release the other two videos for public safety reasons. The Justice Department can still block the release by appealing the judge's order.


10/30/2014
U-W Madison Hospital says it will Stop Selling Beverages with Sugar
One of Wisconsin's largest medical institutions said today it would stop selling beverages with sugar, and replace them with healthier items. U-W Health of Madison tells W-K-O-W T-V it hopes to remove sugared-drinks by the end of the year from food service counters, vending machines, kiosks, catering services, and administrative facilities. The change applies to U-W Hospital and Clinics, along with the American Family Children's Hospital and U-W Medical Foundation facilities. C-E-O Ron Sliwinski says U-W Health needs to promote smart choices and healthy living -- so it's eliminating sugared soda, sweetened fruit drinks, sports-and-energy drinks, and sweetened coffees and teas. Officials said people could still bring their own drinks, but the goal is to make it easier for folks to make healthy choices. Sugary drinks were dropped from the U-W's in-patient menus last year.


10/30/2014
Burke Now says She Left Trek Due to a "Company Reorganization"
Democrat Mary Burke accuses Governor Scott Walker's allies of putting forth what she calls "complete lies" that she was fired by her family's business. At a campaign stop in Port Washington today, Burke told reporters she left her job as Trek Bicycle's head of overseas operations in 1993 due to a company re-organization. Yesterday, former Trek president Tom Albers told media outlets Burke was fired due to heavy financial losses in her division -- and that she wasn't getting along with Trek employees and clients. Burke's brother John, who runs the company, joined his sister in defending her honor. Today, Burke said Walker's supporters would "stop at nothing" to win on Tuesday. In her words, "This type of lies and allegations shouldn't be part of politics." State G-O-P director Joe Fadness said Burke admitted she was let go from Trek Bicycle. Fadness said it's becoming clear that Trek employees held the same view as her predecessor at the state Commerce Department a decade ago -- that in his words, "She's a disaster."


 


 

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