Barnes says he’s not interested in Obama-Trump voters
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor says he is not interested in people who voted for Barack Obama and then switched to Donald Trump, if they still support the president.
The comment from Mandela Barnes drew criticism from the Wisconsin Republican Party. GOP spokesman Alec Zimmerman on Thursday called the remarks “outrageous” and “insulting to millions of hard-working Wisconsinites.”
Barnes said Wednesday that the race is “not about the Obama-Trump voters. If they voted for Obama and they voted for Trump and they’re still with him, you can keep them.”
Barnes says he and Democratic governor candidate Tony Evers are after the Obama voters who didn’t show up in 2016.
In a statement Thursday, Barnes said he could have been more clear to make the point that “we can’t forget about the people in Wisconsin who feel forgotten by politicians of both parties.”
Wisconsin governor, Senate debate set for same night
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Candidates for governor and U.S. Senate in Wisconsin will both be debating, in separate cities, on the night of Oct. 19.
The governor’s debate sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association was originally announced for Oct. 5.
But the WBA Foundation announced Thursday that the debate day had been changed to Oct. 19. The debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tony Evers will occur at 8 p.m. in Madison.
That debate will begin just as one between the candidates for U.S. Senate will be wrapping up.
Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir were set to debate starting at 7 p.m. that night in Milwaukee at an event sponsored by WISN-TV and the Marquette University Law School.
Baldwin and Vukmir were to debate at least two other times.
Walker and Evers are debating again Oct. 26.
Milwaukee officer involved in NBA player’s arrest fired
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts.
Police Chief Alfonso Morales disclosed the firing during a speech at Marquette University on Thursday, and later identified the officer as Erik Andrade.
Andrade mocked Brown on Facebook after his arrest .
Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black. A group of officers swarmed on him at a Walgreens parking lot because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown was standing with the officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on Jan. 26.
Eleven officers were disciplined or retrained for their actions during the arrest, but Andrade wasn’t among those punished.
Walker requests FEMA conduct flood damage tour
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is asking federal emergency management officials to survey Wisconsin flooding damage later this month.
Walker’s office issued a news release Thursday saying the governor has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a preliminary assessment beginning Sept. 24.
The move is the first step in requesting a federal disaster declaration.
Teams from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will work with state and local officials to view damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure such as roads and dams.
Walker’s office says the survey will take about a week. The governor will use the findings as he crafts his request for a federal declaration.
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Schimel, Kaul set to clash in 3 October debates
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Brad Schimel and challenger Josh Kaul have agreed to meet for three debates next month.
The candidates’ first debate is scheduled for Oct. 12 at Wisconsin Public Television’s Madison studios. That debate will be televised on public television and run about an hour.
They’ve also agreed to meet for an Oct. 16 debate at a Milwaukee Rotary Club forum and an Oct. 26 debate hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership in Green Bay.
Officials with both campaigns confirmed Thursday both candidates will appear at each debate.
Walker wants lawmakers to return to vote on Kimberly-Clark
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker wants the Legislature to return this month to consider a $100 million tax incentive bill to keep a Kimberly-Clark plant open in the Fox Valley.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that Walker told reporters in Milwaukee that he’s trying to get the necessary 17 votes to approve the proposal that’s stalled because there’s not enough Republican support.
The Assembly passed the bill in February but it stalled in the Senate. Republican leaders have said they don’t have the votes to pass it as is.
Walker says the bill will need Democratic backers to pass.
Kimberly-Clark says it will keep one of its plants open if the Legislature approves the incentive package. The paper maker has asked the Legislature to vote on the bill by the end of the month.
Wisconsin attorney general requiring nondisclosure agreement
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked everyone who works at the state Department of Justice to sign a nondisclosure agreement covering their time in office and even after they have left.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Thursday that Schimel sent an email to staffers in his agency on Aug. 10 telling them to sign the statement. It included a spreadsheet with 129 employees who had yet to sign it.
It applies to current full-time employees as well as “limited term employees, contractors, interns, externs and law enforcement partners.”
Schimel spokeswoman Rebecca Ballweg says the agreement is not related to the Republican Schimel’s run for re-election or the fact that the agreement was finalized a month after Democrat Josh Kaul got into the race.
Documents: UW deal with Foxconn largely confidential
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Foxconn Technology Group will manage their new research partnership largely behind closed doors.
Foxconn and UW-Madison announced plans in August to create a technology institute on campus. The Taiwanese electronics giant also announced it will provide up to $100 million in matching grants to fuel engineering research at the school.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports it has obtained documents that indicate the school and Foxconn will establish a steering committee to oversee the partnership. UW-Madison officials say the committee isn’t subject to the state’s open meetings law unless members are holding university records. Any information the parties share, including research plans and products, will be confidential.
Bill Leuders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says the confidentiality language is “obnoxious.”