October 22, 2014

Walker, Burke differ on significance of abortion debate among voters

Mary Burke, Scott Walker (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Mary Burke, Scott Walker (PHOTO: Jackie Johnson)

Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is pro-life, says voters don’t want to belabor the abortion issue. “You guys are asking a lot of interesting questions that quite honestly I don’t hear anyone ask.” He says people who talk to him on the campaign trail prefer to talk about jobs and education.

During a meeting with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board on Tuesday (jsonline video), Walker said people who talk to him on the campaign trail have other priorities. The following day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who is pro-choice, met with the same editorial board, whose meeting was streamed live on its website.

Burke said people do want to discuss women’s health — and abortion. “I think people do care. And the fact that there are ads running on TV I think indicates that it is a subject that is important to people.”

And not just women. Burke says men who have daughters want them to have options, the right to make their own decisions about their bodies.

Some arguments include a mandated 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion, a required ultrasound, and bans on abortions after 20 weeks. Walker and Burke agree on parental consent of minors.

The two candidates meet for the second of two debates tonight in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin wolf hunt already ending in one area

File photo: DNR

File photo: DNR

Just days after it started, the state’s wolf hunting season is already ending in portions of northeastern Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources says that Zone 2 of the hunt will close at noon on Saturday, October 18.

The decision comes after 12 wolves were reported as killed by hunters and trappers in the area. Zone 2 includes all of Vilas and Oneida counties, and large portions of Marinette, Oconto, Forest, and Lincoln counties. The DNR had set a season quota of 15 wolves for the area.

Five other zones still remain open in the state. As of midday Friday, 28 of the 150 wolves available for harvest had been taken. That’s almost 19 percent of the season’s quota and, if the pace keeps up, it could mean an early end to the hunt. The season is scheduled to run through mid-February, but the state will shut zones down as hunters approach the harvest quota in each area.

Governor Walker outlines Ebola prevention plan

WRN file photo

WRN file photo

Governor Scott Walker is directing state leaders to implement emergency preparedness measures, aimed at protecting the public in the event the Ebola virus spreads to Wisconsin. The virus has only been reported in Texas so far, and the state says there have been no confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

Walker outlined a planned response Friday that includes having the State Health Officer work with the Wisconsin National Guard to train teams on the proper protocols and procedures for treating individuals infected with Ebola. The state will also partner with the Wisconsin Hospital Association and hospitals around Wisconsin to develop an advisory team that can help provide technical and medical expertise to the Department of Health Services.

Finally, Walker joined a growing list of state and federal officials who are calling on the U.S. government to ban commercial travel for West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. The ban would still allow for charter, military, and other flights that are deemed “medically necessary” to help fight the spread of Ebola.

In a statement, Walker said “We must balance our continued efforts to support medical systems and contain and eradicate the virus in West Africa with taking necessary steps to protect American citizens from the virus spreading further within our country.”

In addition to the steps outlined Friday, Walker said the state has a surveillance policy in place to monitor people who have traveled in Ebola-stricken countries.

Congressman Reid Ribble wants Ebola travel ban

Congressman Reid Ribble

U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI)

A northeastern Wisconsin congressman is calling for stronger action to deal with the Ebola outbreak.

Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) sent House Speaker John Boehner a letter Thursday, calling for an emergency session to address the problem. The Sherwood Republican wants to ban commercial travel to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

Ribble is also calling for increased medical and military aid, to help fight the disease. He says it’s very important to deal with the problem at its source.

Ribble said the CDC predicts there could be up to 1.5 million Ebola cases in Africa alone, by the end of January. He says the world needs to end the threat before it gets out of control.


Wisconsin woman accused of faking cancer to raise money

Theresa Strub

Theresa Strub

A Spring Green woman is accused of faking cancer and cashing in on thousands of dollars that people and organizations donated for her bogus cancer fight.

According to a news release from the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Spring Green Police Department, 29-year-old Theresa Strub faces nine felonies and one misdemeanor. She is accused of benefiting from fundraisers and charities designed to help her fight cancer.

Strub had told people she was suffering from stomach and kidney cancer, although police says their investigation found cancer photos Strub had used on social media were stock photos dating back more than a decade. One of Strub’s largest fundraisers was held at Arthur’s restaurant in Spring Green. According to investigators, she collected more than $30,000 that night..

Strub is charged with Theft by False Representation, Identity Theft for Financial Gain  and Attempted Theft by False Representation.