Senate candidates agree to debate (MILWAUKEE)

US Senate candidates Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Eric Hovde have agreed to a debate. The two will face off on October 8th, and the debate will be broadcast by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The debate will be moderated by Poynter Institute faculty member Jill Geisler, and will feature questions from other panelists. Baldwin is seeking a third term in the US Senate. Hovde previously ran for Senate in 2012, but was defeated in the primary by Tommy Thompson.

SCOWIS rules that everyone involved in election maps lawsuit should pay for experts (MADISON)

Everyone involved in a lawsuit over Wisconsin’s election maps will have to foot the bill for experts brought in to examine the case. The State Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the six separate parties that got involved with the lawsuit each owe just over 21-thousand dollars to pay for a pair of outside experts to examine proposed election maps. The case was dropped after Republicans and the Governor’s office came to terms on a new map and passed it into law. Justice Rebecca Dallet says the two professors put in the time and effort to make rulings, and should be paid for that time.

PSC chair wants stepped up nuclear power development (MADISON)

The chair of the Wisconsin Public Service Commision wants faster development of new nuclear technologies. Summer Strand commented during a WisPolitics luncheon in Madison last week. Strand said there is a lot of really exciting innovation research and development happening on the nuclear front. She said if she had it her way it would be happening faster and be more readily deployable now. Strand said the US Senate has approved a measure to facilitate that work. And she noted that European countries are already making progress on small modular reactors.

Police chief warns against RNC disruptions (MILWAUKEE)
The U.S. Secret Service has finalized the security perimeter for next month’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. Police Chief Jeffrey Norman expects protesters to behave, and that anything beyond lawful protests will not be tolerated. People will be allowed to carry guns within blocks of the downtown security perimeter. Protesters will be given two outdoor stages outside the perimeter, although one will be within sight of Fiserv Forum. The RNC runs July 15-18 and is expected to bring thousand of delegates and others to Milwaukee.

DOJ says allowing disabled voters to cast ballots electronically would be confusing (MADISON)

A Dane County judge could rule on whether or not disabled voters may cast absentee ballots electronically from home in this November’s election. Assistant Attorney General Karla Keckhaver on Monday argued against allowing that, telling Judge Everett Mitchell that allowing the change just two months ahead of the August primary would be disruptive and confusing. Jared Grubow is an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the request would alleviate confusion. Disability Rights Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters and four disabled people filed a lawsuit in April. Just prior to Monday’s hearing, the plaintiffs asked that the change apply only during the November election for voters who can’t independently read or mark a paper ballot.

Missing woman may have been incinerated (RICE LAKE)

A missing Rice Lake woman may have passed through a trash incinerator. 39-year-old Melissa Davis has been missing since May 13. Rice Lake Police investigators said surveillance video from that evening shows Davis, alone, climbing into a dumpster near her residence and not exiting. The dumpster was emptied the next day and taken to the Barron County Incinerator. Suspected remains and clothing matching that of Davis were seen at the facility. All the contents from that day passed through the incinerator. Investigators said the search for Davis is ongoing.


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