October 25, 2014

Rock County judge expected to launch Wisconsin Supreme Court bid

James Daley

James Daley

A Rock County Judge is expected to announce Monday that he plans to make a run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

In an email, Judge James Daley said he plans to make a significant announcement related to the future of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court at noon on Monday in Lower Courthouse Park. The email says it was paid for by the Judge Daley for Supreme Court Committee.

Judge Daley was elected as Rock County District Attorney in 1984. He served in that position until he was appointed Circuit Court Judge by then-Governor Tommy Thompson in 1989.

WCLO

Candidates in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District meet in second debate

Glenn Grothman, Mark Harris

Glenn Grothman, Mark Harris

The two candidates for the 6th Congressional District met Thursday morning in Oshkosh for their second debate. Democrat Mark Harris and Republican Glenn Grothman are looking to replace retiring U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) of Fond du Lac.

Grothman, a state senator from Campbellsport, wants to reform federal benefits programs which he argued are “killing America” by “destroying both our work ethic and destroying our families.” Grothman contends the state can only do so much to address those program, since the vast majority of the problems come at the federal level. Grothman claimed that a mother with two children could receive around $30,000 a year in benefits, through food stamps, health insurance, low-income housing, and day care.

Harris, the Winnebago County executive, countered that studies have disputed those amounts. He also questioned what benefits should be cut, noting that Grothman thinks it’s perfectly fine to eliminate all income taxes for the wealthy, “but then you’ll begrudge those two little girls the food on the table…How is that fair?”

Grothman and Harris also faced off on issues surrounding Obamacare. Harris said he is open to changing parts of the law, but would like to keep popular requirements in place, such as coverage for preexisting condition. Grothman argued that the law creates problems that stifle the economy, such as setting up situations where businesses have to limit hours for workers or cap the number of employees they have in order to avoid mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

Grothman and Harris face each other on November 4.

WHBY

Impact of Petri snubbing Grothman likely limited

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)

The Republican in the race for the state’s Sixth Congressional District will not get the incumbent’s support, but a political expert says it may not hurt him too badly.

Retiring Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) told a Fond du Lac newspaper this week that will not be endorsing Sen. Glenn Grothman, after Grothman said at a recent fundraiser he would be “insulted” to be compared to Petri. Lawrence University political science professor Arnold Shober says that, along with Grothman initially challenging Petri to a primary before the long-time incumbent announced his retirement, has clearly created some friction between the two.

Petri went on to complement the Democrat in the race, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, saying both candidates are qualified for the seat. Despite the kind words, Shober says that should not be seen as Petri endorsing Harris either. He says it was just an observation from a political moderate, although it could give Harris some “ammunition” against Grothman, allowing him to go the voters and point out that the Republican is not supported by the current office holder. Still, he says it’s by “no means a death knell” for Grothman’s campaign.

Shober says Grothman still has an advantage, because he’s running in a Republican-leaning district.

WHBY

St. Norbert College poll gives Walker slight edge in race for governor

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and GOP Governor Scott Walker (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and GOP Governor Scott Walker (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

A poll by St. Norbert College on the race for governor gives Governor Walker a one-point lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

That’s among likely voters, and the school’s survey center director says that means the election is a “toss up.” Wendy Scattergood says six percent were undecided, and that’s a little surprising, considering the strong feelings people have about the candidates.

Overall, Walker led Burke 47-46 percent. The poll’s margin of error is 4.4 percent.

WHBY

Wisconsin Powerball winner done punching time clock

PHOTO: Dan Lea WAYY

PHOTO: Dan Lea WAYY

It’s early retirement for a Stanley man, after he won a million dollars in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. Robert Bogard has played the lottery weekly for years, but has never won more than seven dollars. Bogard a few days without knowing he was a millionaire. He didn’t even check his numbers until Tuesday morning, as he was about to walk into work at Lagrander’s Hillside Dairy.

“There they were, Bingo! … I yelled ‘Hallelujah!'” The ticket matched all five regular numbers, but not the Powerball, which would have netted him $100 million. Bogard, who is 57 and has three grown children, decided his days of punching a time-clock were over. “I went in and got my rubber boots and told them I was quitting,” Bogard said at a press conference Thursday morning.

Bogard will get around $673,500 after taxes. The Stanley Travel Stop on Broadway Street, where he bought the ticket, gets a $20,000 commission.

WAYY