In the one-hour debate Friday night, the two main candidates for Wisconsin governor discuss jobs, taxes, education, health care, high speed rail, and the nearly $3 billion state deficit. Republican Scott Walker wants to waive corporate income taxes for the first two years an out-of-state company sets up shop in Wisconsin, something Democrat Tom Barrett opposes. “That is going to be an outright assault on education, on health care, on property taxes.” [Read more…]
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A Fond du Lac firefighter is on administrative leave without pay, after officials say he showed up to work while intoxicated.
FDL Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says the firefighter was tested and relieved of duty after showing up to his station. He was not sent out on any calls and O’Leary says the public and other firefighters were not put at any risk. [Read more…]
As many people from across the nation gather in Washington D.C. this weekend for Comedy Central’s “Rally to Restore Sanity,” residents in the city of Janesville are holding their own version of the event.
Organizer and Janesville City Council member Yuri Rashkin felt it was needed to make an important point ahead of Tuesday’s elections; that there’s always a need for people to discuss the issues in a civil manner. [Read more…]
A pro-business congressional candidate has ignored a key business survey. Democrat Julie Lassa refused to answer questions posed by seven local chambers of commerce in the 7th congressional district she hopes to represent. She claims the questionnaire (PDF) was organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “They were not my friends in this campaign,” said Lassa. “They’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in television ad campaigns against me in this race, so I wasn’t going to be able to get a fair shake from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.” [Read more…]
There’s been a lot of talk about the spread of bed bugs across the country, and now it’s hitting close to home. A small outbreak of the parasitic insect was discovered at a UW Health clinic west of Madison. [Read more…]
After rotating between the two coasts, The Freedom From Religion Foundation returns to Wisconsin for its annual convention beginning tonight. The gathering last took place in Madison in 2007 and Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor says they meet on their home base every three years now.
There’s been a recent boom in gardening, and Donna Gilson at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection attributes that popularity to both the weak economy and to the nation’s first lady. “It started, I think, with the recession when people needed to tighten their belts a little bit and then when Michelle Obama entered the White House.” [Read more…]
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is hoping campaign appearances, like the one he made in Fond du Lac Thursday, will open the door to the Governor’s mansion for him. So it seems appropriate that his stop was at a company that makes doors, Combination Door. Walker told the gathering of about 75 that if they want to see things improve they need to put him in the Governor’s office.
Quad/Graphics Inc. will restart operations in Wisconsin which will result in as many as 1,300 new jobs over the next 11 years. The Sussex-based printer is looking to fill 420 full-time and part-time jobs immediately according to a press release from Governor Doyle’s office.
The positions range from production to managerial and administrative.
Voters with disabilities have all too often been disenfranchised from the polls but that has been improving, according to Alicia Boehme of Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition. She credits the establishment of the state Government Accountability Board and the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002.