Walker tries to change conversation amid flood of bad news
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his allies are trying to change the conversation of his re-election campaign, as bad news continues to pile up for the two-term Republican incumbent.
A third former Walker Cabinet secretary over the weekend spoke out against the governor, saying his recent comments about transportation are “not factually based.”
The hit from former Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb comes as recent polls have shown Walker in a dead heat with Tony Evers or slightly down.
On Monday, the Republican Governors Association tried to come to the rescue, launching its first ad in a $5.7 million TV ad buy for the final two months of the race.
Also on Monday, Walker took to Twitter to accuse Evers, the state schools chief, of not doing enough to close the achievement gap.
Schimel announces sex assault kit testing complete
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Department of Justice has finished testing thousands of unanalyzed sexual assault evidence kits dating back to the 1980s.
Monday’s announcement is huge for Schimel, who has been criticized for taking too long to finish testing.
Schimel started a project in 2016 to test about 4,000 kits sitting on Wisconsin police department and hospital shelves. Although those are completed, five kits submitted since June 1 remain untested.
Democrats, including Josh Kaul, who is challenging Schimel in November’s elections, have criticized Schimel for taking years to complete the testing. They say delays have left dangerous criminals on the streets.
Schimel counters that it took time to inventory the kits and find private labs to analyze them. He had promised testing would be complete by the end of 2018.
Pocan says talk of Trump impeachment is ‘moot conversation’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan was one of the first members of Congress to mention the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump more than a year ago.
But on Monday Pocan downplayed impeachment talk when asked about it at a news conference. He says “it’s kind of a moot conversation in many ways” because “right now impeachment’s impossible.”
That’s because Republicans control both the U.S. House and Senate where any articles of impeachment would have to be voted upon.
Most Democrats have steered clear of saying too much publicly about impeachment, wary of angering voters opposed to the idea ahead of the November midterm election. Polls have shown the public is divided on whether Trump should be impeached.
Pocan says the best thing is to let the Robert Mueller investigation into Trump “run its course.”
Pocan not sure how much federal aid for flooding will come
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says it’s difficult to know how much federal money may be available to assist victims of flooding in his south-central Wisconsin congressional district, which includes the city of Madison.
The process for determining what is eligible for federal money is complicated.
Pocan stressed Monday that more details about what may be available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will come after Gov. Scott Walker requests a federal disaster declaration. Walker wasn’t expected to request that until damage assessments were complete.
Walker said last week that the storms that began Aug. 17 have caused at least $209 million in damage.
The Democrat Pocan says he anticipates Democrats and Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation will work together and with Walker to make the most money available both for public and private losses.
Evers says Walker is misleading on achievement gap attack
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s achievement gap between white and non-white students is becoming an issue in the race for governor.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Monday tweeted that his opponent Tony Evers hasn’t done enough the past nine years as state superintendent to close the gap. Wisconsin’s achievement gap is one of the worst in the country and has been for years.
Evers says in a statement that all of his budget requests made to Walker included policies designed to close the achievement gap but “very few of those items are given consideration. The governor knows that.”
Evers says, “Political rhetoric isn’t going to fix this. Leadership and support can.”
Walker tweeted Monday that Evers has failed to lead on the issue and “Now he’s resorted to making excuses.”
2 found fatally shot in Manitowoc
(Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Police say two people have been found dead in a Manitowoc home over the weekend.
Officials responded to the home about 10:30 a.m. Sunday and discovered the two who had been shot.
WLUK-TV reports dead are a 51-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman.
Police say the public is not believed to be in any danger.
Students return to high school where ceiling collapsed
(Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com)
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Students are back in school at a Manitowoc high school where a ceiling collapse caused classes to be canceled.
In a message to parents, Manitowoc Superintendent Mark Holzman says 12 classrooms on the third floor of Lincoln High School will need additional work before they can be used. WLUK-TV says the rest of the building has been deemed to be structurally sound.
No one was hurt when a drop ceiling gave way last Wednesday in a classroom in the original part of the high school which was built in 1923. Classes were canceled Thursday and Friday. Inspectors checking on the collapse found the additional classrooms were in need of repair.
MILK TRUCK CRASH
Two killed in four-vehicle collision in La Crosse County
HOLMEN, Wis. (AP) — Two people have died in a crash involving three vehicles and a milk truck.
The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Saturday afternoon on Highway 53 north of Holmen. A large milk truck traveling north on Highway 53 was struck by a vehicle which caused two additional vehicles to crash.
Drivers in two of the vehicles were killed. The chain reaction crash closed Highway 53 for several hours.