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  • The Great Peshtigo Fire

    08/13/2018 7:41:24 PM PDT · by crz · 35 replies
    weather.gov ^ | 08.13.2018 | crz
    The fire that nobody seems to know about.
  • Former Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West pleads guilty to election fraud

    08/08/2018 4:16:44 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 13 replies
    Prosecutors charged West last month. According to the complaint, several people whose names appear on West's nomination petition told a detective they never signed. Two even said the printed name next to their bogus signatures were not spelled correctly.
  • Democrats May Have Finally Found The Candidate To Take Down Scott Walker (WI)

    08/07/2018 3:12:16 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 6, 2018 | Kevin Robillard
    SUPERIOR, Wis. ― It was a little early for a drink, but that wasn’t going to stop Mahlon Mitchell. It was a Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Superior, a port city of 30,000 in Wisconsin’s far northwest corner. Mitchell, the leader of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin and a Democratic candidate for governor, had just finished touring the city with fellow firefighters and was about to kick off an economic roundtable with other union members. But first, he was perusing the beer list at Thirsty Pagan Brewing. Why? “I can run faster and jump higher than the other candidates,” he...
  • Since Act 10, School Districts Have Saved $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs (WI)

    08/06/2018 11:22:08 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | August 6, 2018 | Ola Lisowski
    To say that the landscape for public sector health insurance has changed since Act 10 would be an understatement. Since the landmark bills passage, Wisconsin school districts have saved more than $3.2 billion in benefits costs. Seven years after the passage of Act 10, school districts have saved $3.2 billion on benefits costs. If the previous trend had continued, districts would be paying almost 60 percent more today. Districts found savings by opening up bidding to new insurers for the first time in years, while others increased required employee contributions towards insurance plans. Overall, since 2011, districts have largely moved...
  • Early polls favor Biden but Senate officials skeptical

    08/05/2018 6:06:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/18 | Alexander Bolton
    Joe Biden is leading the Democratic field in some early polls asking voters about the partys prospective presidential candidates in 2020. But in his old stomping grounds in the U.S. Senate, there are plenty of skeptics who point to the former vice presidents age, his support for the Iraq War and his two failed presidential bids as reasons to doubt he would be successful. Its hard to see someone [winning] who voted for the Iraq war. People are looking to turn the page, one senior Democratic aide said. A second senior Democratic aide said polls show that voters want someone...
  • Man loses both legs after being licked by dog

    08/01/2018 6:12:25 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 26 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 8/1/18 | Staff
    A Wisconsin man lost his limbs after an infection he thought was a bad case of the flu. Greg Manteufel, 48, went to the emergency room with what he thought was the flu, but tests revealed he was suffering from an infection caused by bacteria in the saliva of dogs. While in the hospital, Manteufel's blood pressure dropped and the circulation to his limbs rapidly decreased, causing his legs to just "die," doctors said. It's situation Manteufel's wife, Dawn Manteufel, still does not understand.
  • Pleasant Radio Surprise Gun Sales Advertising Is Accepted

    08/01/2018 5:36:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 July, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    -One format of radio show that is common around the nation is classifieds, the garage sale, yard sale, trash and treasure, or other nomenclature used to describe similar shows. The shows have callers offer items for sale, along with a telephone number for contact. In deep blue, Madison, Wisconsin, I was listening to the local conservative talk radio station. I was pleased to see the show accepted individual callers who had guns for sale.A local radio station in Yuma has a similar show. But firearms are specifically excluded from the items that are allowed to be advertised for sale...
  • GOP pollster: 'Fools gold' for Dems to think Walker is doomed in Wisconsin

    07/31/2018 1:44:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2018
    Republican pollster Ashlee Rich Stephenson on Tuesday said it was "fools gold" to write off Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his reelection bid, despite multiple polls showing him trailing his Democratic opponent. "I would certainly never count Governor Scott Walker out by any stretch of the imagination. What he went through in 2010 was a real survive with the recall. I think it just fools gold to say otherwise," Stephenson told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Walker won first a statewide recall vote and then his run for a second term, but two polls in the...
  • They got me for murder: Copeland faces homicide charges in death of Officer Michalski (WI)

    07/31/2018 12:26:57 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    FOX 6 ^ | July 31, 2018 | FOX6 News Staff
    MILWAUKEE, WI The Milwaukee County District Attorneys Office issued multiple criminal charges against Jonathan Copeland Jr. in connection with the death of Officer Michael Michalski. Copeland faces the following charges: First degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon Attempt first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon Possession of a firearm by a felon A criminal complaint filed against Copeland says officers were in the area near 28th and Wright on July 25 because Copeland had an open arrest warrant for felony drug crimes, as well as a warrant for absconding from Department of Corrections supervision. Copeland...
  • Trump administration approves Wisconsin plan to shore up Obamacare

    07/31/2018 9:23:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 29, 2018 | Kimberly Leonard
    The Trump administration has approved a plan in Wisconsin allowing the state to shore up its Obamacare market. The plan is expected to lower premiums in 2019 by an average of 3.5 percent. Without it, premiums would rise by 11 percent in 2019, even after seeing hikes of 44 percent for 2018. People in the individual market saw their premiums go up by 44 percent on average last year, and some saw much larger increases thats unsustainable and unacceptable, said Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an Obamacare opponent. Thankfully, the federal government is giving us the flexibility to implement a...
  • Koch network freezing out Republicans who have crossed them

    07/30/2018 2:42:53 PM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/30/18 | Jonathan Easley
    Billionaire conservative businessman Charles Kochs political network is freezing out Republicans that it believes have violated its fiscally conservative principles, and is, at least for now, only supporting four Senate GOP candidates in the fall. The Koch network is backing GOP Senate candidates in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida, signaling it will be selective in where it engages as Republicans seek to retain or grow their narrow 51-49 majority. At a Monday presentation to about 500 of the networks top donors at a five-star resort in the Rocky Mountains, Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips made an example out of...
  • Wolves Attack Wisconsin With Washingtons Help

    07/28/2018 5:33:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2018 | Cori Petersen
    When the Trump administration announced a plan last week to overhaul the Endangered Species Act, the frantic reactions were illustrated with pictures of humpback whales and baby bald eagles. But a much better way to understand what Republicans have in mind is to consider Wisconsins wolf problem. Paul and Judy Canik raise bighorn and hair sheep near the small town of Butternut. Their herd has grown to about 400, each sheep worth around $1,500. Guarding the prized flock are nine Spanish mastiffs, worth $2,500 apiece. While checking on their animals two years ago, the Caniks found that 17 pregnant ewes...
  • Federal judge orders Wisconsin to pay for gender reassignment surgeries

    07/26/2018 6:40:39 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2018 | Aris Folley
    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Wisconsin to cover the costs for gender reassignment surgeries for two transgender Medicaid recipients. Wisconsin residents Cody Flack and Sara Ann Makenzie filed a lawsuit in April over a state rule adopted in 1996 that denied coverage for undefined "transsexual" surgeries, according to The Associated Press. In the suit, Flack and Makenzie argued that the state rule denying them coverage for surgeries to treat their gender dysphoria is a violation of the Affordable Care Act and their rights to equal protection. They argued that the treatment they are seeking is medically necessary, according to...
  • Poll: Scott Walker trailing Dem challenger by 13 points

    07/26/2018 4:25:37 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 118 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 26, 2018 | JACQUELINE THOMSEN
    Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) is trailing Democratic challenger Tony Evers by 13 points in the upcoming Wisconsin gubernatorial race, according to a new poll released Thursday. Of the registered voters surveyed in the NBC News/Marist poll, 41 percent backed Walker in the race, compared to the 54 percent who supported Evers. When asked if Walker deserves to be reelected, 34 percent of the voters agreed with the statement. Sixty-one percent said a new person should be given a chance, and 5 percent were unsure.
  • Milwaukee police officer dies after shooting on north side

    Officers were looking for man near North 28th and West Wright streets who was wanted on gun and drug violations. When they approached the suspect at a residence, the suspect shot at the officers, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said. The fallen officer, a 17-year veteran of the force, was a member of the Special Investigations Division. Police said they have the suspect in custody, and the weapon was recovered. The suspect was not shot, police said. "Words cannot describe the sorrow and anger I feel at this moment," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. Barrett said the officer has been on...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) tells [media]... Trump..."is becoming...like a Soviet-type of economy..."

    07/24/2018 12:15:01 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 86 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/24/18 | Alex Bolton, "journalist" for The sHill
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) tells @burgessev and me outside GOP lunch that $12 billion in trade assistance to farmers from Trump administration "this is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy here" with "commissars" sprinkling around benefits.
  • [WI] Unlicensed security guard in fatal bank shooting acted quickly, silently

    When convicted bank robber Luis Marty Narvaez walked into the Far East Side Madison branch of Chase Bank on the morning of March 1, 24-year-old Charles Daehling was just weeks into his position as an armed, undercover security guard working without a state license and under contract to an unlicensed and now-defunct Nebraska security firm. Narvaezs head and face were covered with a black cap and black mask as he briskly stepped to a window where a teller was already helping a customer, stuck a bag under the window and demanded money but never displayed a weapon, according to a...
  • Intel Chair: FBI, DOJ Obstructing Trump Probe in Hope of Dem Takeover in Congress

    07/17/2018 1:55:36 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 104 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/17/18 | Adam Kredo
    The chair of the House Intelligence Committee accused the FBI and Department of Justice of stonewalling a sprawling investigation into claims the Trump campaign colluded with Russia with the hope of running out the clock until the November elections, when they anticipate Democrats will regain control of the House and dissolve an ongoing probe that has uncovered evidence U.S. officials sought to cripple Trump's campaign. Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), in a wide-ranging audio interview with his House colleague Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), accused top officials at the FBI and DOJ of "putting all their chips on the Republicans...
  • Republican Lawmakers Rebuke Trump after Putin Press Conference

    07/17/2018 4:37:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 101 replies
    National Review ^ | July 16, 2018 | MAIREAD MCARDLE
    Republican lawmakers were left shaking their heads after President Trumps Mondays press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin, in which Trump declined to endorse the American intelligence communitys assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) called it one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory and a tragic mistake in a statement. No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant, McCain said. The damage inflicted by President Trumps naivet, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. House speaker Paul Ryan also...
  • I'm running for Senate as a Republican. My Democrat parents are backing my opponent (tr)

    07/16/2018 3:11:26 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2018 | Kevin Nicholson
    My decision to be a Democrat was never a decision. It was just expected of me. It was understood. Born into a family of Democrats, my grandfather would often spend weekends talking to me about his respect for Franklin Roosevelt and his annoyance with President Reagan. I listened and absorbed, but was not yet ready to think critically about what I was told or to decide for myself. [snip] My parents have since turned their back on me, my wife, their grandchildren, and their extended family. Adding to this, they decided to make the maximum contribution to my Democrat...