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Trump heads to WI as both parties prepare for an epic 2020 election fight
… [in] Green Bay on Saturday, he’ll be visiting a prime battleground region of a prime battleground state. … “his 18th (campaign) rally in Wisconsin … since 2015” … Both parties in Wisconsin are bracing for an epic struggle. Both have won enough battles here to think (or hope) they have the upper hand. But both have been humbled often enough to carry a healthy fear of defeat. … “It is easy to do the totally Pollyanna analysis that we only lost by 20,000 votes (in 2016), Democratic turnout was really low, Hillary Clinton never showed up, so there’s no problem” retaking Wisconsin in 2020, said [Dem pollster] Feldman … But she doesn’t think it’s that simple … “There is no way you can look at it and not think this is going to be a close race,” said GOP strategist Stephan Thompson [who ran Hagedorn’s surprise win] … “We think the (key) difference this time is that the president has a record of achievements to run on and chief among them probably is the economy,” said Murtaugh of the Trump campaign. … But Trump’s approval has been perpetually “underwater” in Wisconsin and nationally … worse than those of GOP Gov. Scott Walker going into Walker’s 2018 re-election — which Walker lost. … But 21% of the voters who didn’t like him voted for him anyway. If anything, Trump is less reliant now than he was back then on the votes of people who don’t like him, because he’s less unpopular today then he was in 2016. … “His ‘favorables’ among Republicans are far greater than four years ago. (Wisconsin) was the birth of ‘Never Trump’ (in the GOP primaries) yet he won the state” in the general election, said Republican strategist Bill McCoshen. … “From a tactical standpoint, Trump’s formula here is pretty simple. He has to reduce the Democrat margin in the two main (blue) counties of Milwaukee and Dane, and increase his own margins in the WOW counties.” Geographic analysis. Dem pollster Maslin: “Can he possibly replicate what he did in the north? Secondly, can he get out of his difficulties with college-educated suburban voters in and around Milwaukee? I think he ultimately has to do (both) things. … The last thing I’m going to do is underestimate any Republican campaign (in Wisconsin) because they’ve won just as much as we have.” Dem strategist Pruitt: “It’s all going to be about, in so many ways, the choice (in 2020), and it’s all going to be about who the electorate is. … various components of the electorate are not all [energized] the same.” Thompson: “For them to win the state, they can’t let Trump get the kind of margins he did in the rural communities and just bank on Dane County (to offset that). There is not enough there. … at the end of the day, we’re going to be the most important state in America.” Graph analyzed Trump’s approvals by demographics, geography. By Gilbert, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
https://jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/04/25/3573349002/

Evers won’t meet with Trump in Green Bay
… a shift from his predecessor, former Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Walker met with Democratic President Barack Obama at least three times … Baldauff [for Evers] said in a statement that the White House did not invite the governor to meet the president during his visit. By Sommerhauser, WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL
https://lacrossetribune.com/68226381-2942-573c-bd5e-278219e18d71.html

Vos: Budget compromise on education with Evers possible
… [Vos, Wanggaard] hosted three listening sessions — in Burlington, Union Grove and Mount Pleasant — to hear from their constituents on the budget. … “Gov. Evers has the most powerful line-item veto of any governor in the country,” Vos told the crowd at Community State Bank in Union Grove … “He can take something that we pass saying something ‘The State of Wisconsin may not,’ and he can veto out ‘not’ and so (it reads) ‘The State of Wisconsin may…'” … [but] cannot allocate more money than what is passed. … called the increase in education spending a “laudable goal … a huge increase … might not have enough money for the university system, raises for public employees, corrections, so I am confident we are going to do an increase for public schools, I just don’t know if we can do it at [Evers’] level … pretty confident that we’ll get to the two-thirds funding. … do an increase in special education funding.” Foster care deal possible, but welfare, overall spending not. If it goes smoothly, budget could be signed by July, but Walker’s last budget was not signed until Sept. By Torres, RACINE JOURNAL TIMES
https://journaltimes.com/a2534c5d-b8b4-52f2-8736-73815403d461.html

GOP Leaders: Evers’ Medical Marijuana Proposal Won’t Be Approved
JFC co-chairs Darling and Nygren at WisPOlitics event Thursday. Darling concerned Evers plan would allow people to grow and distribute marijuana, “When you read what he actually has in his budget, it’s really off the wall scary.” Evers plan also would decriminalizing possession and sale of less than 25 grams, set state regulations for manufacturing and sales of medical marijuana at dispensaries. Nygren called for separate bill, “Something of that substance, in my opinion — no pun intended — needs a much larger conversation than being stuck into a 2,000-page document.” Evers argued med pot would treat certain conditions and decriminalization would cut prison population. By White, WPR
https://wpr.org/gop-leaders-evers-medical-marijuana-proposal-wont-be-approved

GOP Lawmakers Defend Foxconn Amid Mixed Signals About Job Creation
Foxconn’s Yeung tweeted, “Who has the crystal ball to predict if 13,000 jobs will be created by the year 2032? Esp in April ’19.” The state’s contract with Foxconn expires in 2032. Yeung’s tweet came amid Foxconn leadership flux, with CEO Gou pondering running for Taiwan presidency and giving up day to day business. Foxconn did not respond. JFC co-chair Nygren at WisPol event: “He’s saying that a lot can happen between now and 2032 — which, we know that to be true.” Darling: “I don’t see Foxconn totally failing. That’s not their MO. … I know there’s been a lot of political talk about it, but it has be a ‘pay as you grow’ — they don’t get paid unless they grow jobs.” Evers has said contract needs changes due to Foxconn changing scope of proposal, but Vos has vowed to reject major changes. By White, WPR
https://wpr.org/gop-lawmakers-defend-foxconn-amid-mixed-signals-about-job-creation

GOP legislators seek to intervene in more lawsuits at taxpayer expense — this time over environmental laws
… One of the [WI Supreme Court] cases … centers on what requirements can be included in an environmental permit for a dairy operation in Kewaunee County. The other concerns whether [DNR] must take into account the cumulative effects high-capacity wells will have on nearby lakes, rivers and streams. … committee of legislative leaders voted 6-4 [party line] Thursday to hire Husch Blackwell, a national law firm with offices in Wisconsin. … did not say how much they would pay the firm’s attorneys, but for other work by the firm they recently agreed to pay $215 to $820 an hour. Vos-Fitzgerald statement: “we’re concerned about the implementation of all laws by state agencies. We can’t afford to go back to an era where overzealous bureaucrats bury the hard-working men and women of the state of Wisconsin with needless government red tape.” Minority Leader Shilling: “Rather than ensuring every Wisconsinite is able to drink clean water from their tap, Republican leaders want to continue picking petty political fights on the taxpayer’s dime.” Review of GOP record on interventions, attorney fees. By Marley, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
https://jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/25/3571861002/



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WHITE HOUSE ^top^
– Bernie Sanders trolls Donald Trump’s visit to Wisconsin … “Donald Trump Lied To Wisconsin Workers,” a front-page ad to run in Friday’s Green Bay Press-Gazette and paid for by Sanders’ campaign alleges. “In a Bernie Sanders White House, we will end the corporate greed behind the Shopko closures, Kimberly-Clark layoffs and Foxconn scam.” … Sanders campaign also pointed to Kimberly-Clark using savings from a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul signed by Trump in 2017 for a restructuring plan that included layoffs in Wisconsin…. spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to questions about the Sanders’ ad. Rehash Walker deal to stop K-C closure. Review MU Law poll.
https://jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/25/3571813002/

– John Nichols: Here’s a Handy Impeachment Refresher for Donald Trump, The president’s latest idiocy reveals his staggering ignorance of the Constitution he swore an oath to defend.
https://thenation.com/article/impeachmenti-donald-trump-mueller-report/


STATE GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Republican leaders say Evers’ pot proposal to be snuffed out: JFC co-chairs at WisPol event. [Bauer of AP]
http://startribune.com/509065792/

– State Dems plan listening session tonight in CF … post-election debrief and listening session Thursday night … at the Democratic Party of Chippewa County office
https://leadertelegram.com/news/daily-updates/state-dems-plan-listening-session-tonight-in-cf/article_6af0e185-6c56-52dd-a852-50a0addf8b3e.html


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ^top^
– Progressive Caucus Leaders Didn’t Disclose Ties To Dark Money Group, Violating House Ethics Rules, Lawyers Say … Jayapal and Pocan’s omission of their ties to the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC) could open them up to civil and criminal penalties, lawyers told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/25/progressive-caucus-dark-money/

– U.S. Rep. Pocan to hold Town Hall in Beloit; April 27
https://beloitdailynews.com/news/20190419/us_rep_pocan_to_hold_town_hall_in_beloit


AGRIBUSINESS ^top^
– Steil hears trade concerns from farmers: at USMCA town hall
https://kenoshanews.com/news/local/steil-hears-trade-concerns-from-farmers/article_0f44357d-7474-58b5-af39-ae709797630a.html


CIVIL LIBERTIES ^top^
– Rastafarian church in Downtown Madison distributes cannabis as city tries to stop it … Since March, Jesse R. Schworck and Dylan Paul Bangert, Madison natives who live in Stoughton, have been operating the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari church [registered with DFI, IRS], and openly smoking cannabis and distributing it as a sacrament to church members for donations, from a modest rental space at 555 W. Mifflin St. … “Wisconsin’s first & only lawful Rastafari cannabis sanctuary” … offers membership cards with electronic sign-up as well as examples of gifts, cannabis sacrament and religious books. Schworck: “We just live life according to life itself. It’s what we know. We talk it and walk it. We are exercising inalienable rights. … We’re not trying to convert people to something.” On March 26, Madison police visited and confiscated several jars of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. On April 10, police sent landlord Charajeet Kaur a formal notice of public nuisance, allowing a five-day notice to vacate. Kaur met Monday with MPD Capt. Freedman, City Atty. Zilavy. If Kaur fails to act, state law allows the city to seek a court order to declare the property a public nuisance and order the building closed and sold. Freedman and Kaur could not be reached. Zilavy said a police investigation is ongoing, believes it is merely a front for illegal pot sale. Ald. Verveer favors legal pot but supports efforts to stop selling pot there. Schworck seeking federal injunction to stop religious persecution.
https://madison.com/wsj/9bc9a3db-12eb-5e8b-864a-90d9ff411e1a.html


EDUCATION ^top^
– Beloit Community Criticizes School District’s Handling Of Sexual Assault Allegations
https://wpr.org/beloit-community-criticizes-school-districts-handling-sexual-assault-allegations

– Boy arrested at La Follette after repeatedly groping 15-year-old girl, police say
https://madison.com/ct/291aa702-3e9b-5633-a22d-c48d824ec6de.html

– Jefferson Middle School student arrested after allegedly attacking officers, Madison police say
https://madison.com/ct/7a3502d6-8366-5933-add4-b35c6e5003fb.html
https://madison.com/wsj/97fa1480-2969-5cca-ab2d-8900746dced6.html

– School buses are a danger zone for bullying. Is that something schools can fix?
https://wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/2019/04/26/kids-crisis-wisconsin-students-grapple-bullying-school-bus/3369211002/

– These State Lawmakers Want College Athletes to Get Paid … Bills are under consideration in Duke’s home state of North Carolina, along with California, Washington state and Colorado. In Maryland, a bill had a committee hearing but was not voted on by the panel and died last month, at the end of this year’s session. The U.S. Congress also has legislation in the works that would allow compensation for student-athletes. Graph shows UW-Madison ranked 14 for top annual sports revenue at $146.4M.
https://pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2019/04/26/these-state-lawmakers-want-college-athletes-to-get-paid


ELECTIONS ^top^
– ‘Culver’s makes kings, and it can crush them, too’: Onion warns 2020 candidates to visit Culver’s — or else
https://jsonline.com/story/entertainment/2019/04/25/onion-article-said-2020-candidates-better-visit-culvers-else/3575888002/

– Will DNC Convention Help Small Businesses? Common Council seeks ways to spread economic impact beyond Downtown.
https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2019/04/25/city-hall


ENVIRONMENT ^top^
– Feds Off [$1K] Reward For Information After Pets, Wildlife Poisoned in Northern Wisconsin
https://wpr.org/feds-reward-information-after-pets-wildlife-poisoned-northern-wisconsin

– To divert wasted food, the city looks into digesters, returns to composting
https://madison.com/ct/67530a55-0e99-568e-b42a-a11113ac1d44.html

– Dane County begins turning gas from landfill’s trash into vehicle fuel … As representatives of the county, contractor BioFerm Energy Systems and CNG seller Kwik Trip cut a ribbon Thursday at the gas-processing facility … resulting methane to be injected into an interstate pipeline owned by ANR Pipeline Company. “You know that banana peel someone threw out six months ago and rotted? The gas from that banana peel is being cleaned and put in the pipeline and fueling vehicles,” County Executive Joe Parisi said. After contract with MG&E ended because wind, solar are less expensive now. Combusted methane turns to CO2, considered a cleaner exhaust. About 30% of the county’s fleet, 85% of Kwik Trip’s fleet use CNG. “Long term, our goal is to have zero emissions” from the landfill, County’s Welch said. Facility itself isn’t running on green energy yet, but will add solar from airport array. Parisi expects the $29M facility will pay for itself in four years.
https://madison.com/wsj/1ed412fb-a469-5d24-9124-98b4498ae87a.html


FOXCONN ^top^
– Highway KR widening resolution advances to County Board
https://journaltimes.com/news/local/highway-kr-widening-resolution-advances-to-county-board/article_e9f54999-e2c9-5277-976f-8bcdffdcb44f.html

– Foxconn: ‘I think we need to take a deep breath’, Foxconn’s U.S. Director of Strategic Initiatives said Thursday the company is in discussions with state officials over potential changes to its contract with the state of Wisconsin.
https://wisn.com/article/foxconn-i-think-we-need-to-take-a-deep-breath/27277935

– Foxconn executive’s ‘crystal ball’ tweet gains attention
https://channel3000.com/news/foxconn-executive-s-crystal-ball-tweet-gains-attention/1072440808


HEALTH CARE ^top^
– Feds Say Doctors Going Too Far Limiting Pain Pills … [CDC] clarification … made public on Wednesday along with a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine by doctors who wrote the guidelines. … concerned that some patients are taken off painkillers too quickly or can’t find a doctor, some patients with cancer or surgical pain couldn’t get opioids even though the guidelines are only meant for those with chronic pain. UW Med. Dr. Abd-Elsayed agreed, “I think we went from one extreme of being liberal about prescribing opioids to another extreme of no opioids.” Patient advocate McIlwain told of chronic constipation patient who “was just cut off. … now has been two weeks without a bowel movement and she is at risk of perforating,” happy for the CDC-NEJM effort to clarify policy. Earlier in April, 39 AG’s [including Kaul] wrote to HHS urging low doses for short periods, weighing alternatives, to avoid cascading opioid prescribing, addiction. Kaul at drug take-back day said reducing Rx reduced addiction, “It’s certainly important that doctors follow the guidelines accurately and if there are patients for whom an opioid prescription is appropriate, those guidelines shouldn’t be preventing doctors from making an appropriate prescription. But it’s also important we work to address over-prescription.” CDC is currently evaluating the intended/unintended impacts of opioid Rx guidelines.
https://wpr.org/feds-say-doctors-going-too-far-limiting-pain-pills

– Unitedhealth Group Com Com (UNH) Holder Groesbeck Investment Management Has Lowered Stake; As Marsh & Mclennan (MMC) Stock Price Rose, Shareholder Dsm Capital Partners Cut Position … Some Historical MMC News … Mercer Study Highlights Companies’ Best, Brightest Ideas; 07/05/2018 – WisPolitics.com
https://nbonews.com/unitedhealth-group-com-com-unh-holder-groesbeck-investment-management-has-lowered-stake-as-marsh-mclennan-mmc-stock-price-rose-shareholder-dsm-capital-partners-cut-position/


LAW AND ORDER ^top^
– Are Police Pursuits Out of Control? Massive increase in high-speed chases under the new policy. Results are scary.
https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2019/04/25/murphys-law

– Ashland tops lists of state’s most-dangerous cities … Two recent analyses of FBI crime statistics show Ashland to be at or near the top of the list of Wisconsin’s most-dangerous cities. Local police say stats tell only half the story, and that their rate of arresting criminals is far higher than average. And even victims told the Daily Press that they still consider Ashland a safe place to live.
https://apg-wi.com/e42a54b6-6784-11e9-8f65-372907a6ac1f.html

– Rock County receives grant for new family drug treatment court … Rock County is one of two counties in the state that received the $187,509 two-year grant, which retroactively took effect Jan. 1. The grant will be used to establish a court aimed at delivering treatment for drug-addicted parents or caretakers and reunifying them with children who were removed from their homes.
https://gazettextra.com/news/government/rock-county-receives-grant-for-new-family-drug-treatment-court/article_adfaac9b-83de-5411-b5c0-c5feaaac72ae.html

– Drug, alcohol coalition offers free Narcan training in Elkhorn
https://gazettextra.com/news/local/drug-alcohol-coalition-offers-free-narcan-training-in-elkhorn/article_45d1baaa-54fb-5f07-9135-2219699cf206.html

– Sawyer County has Highest Drug Overdose Mortality Rate in Wisconsin
https://kbjr6.com/news/2019/04/25/sawyer


MANAGEMENT ^top^
– West Allis native Donald Hying named new bishop of Diocese of Madison
https://jsonline.com/story/news/2019/04/25/donald-hying-named-bishop-madison-succeeding-morlino/3573309002/


PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY ^top^
– Can Husky prevent another explosion?
https://superiortelegram.com/business/energy-and-mining/4604275-can-husky-prevent-another-explosion

– Hayward officials monitoring Smith Creek for possible flood
https://kbjr6.com/news/top-stories/2019/04/25/hayward


TECHNOLOGY ^top^
– $2 million investment boosts coffers of Imbed Biosciences
https://madison.com/wsj/438eb495-7f37-507a-a52e-0bee5617b99c.html


TRANSPORTATION ^top^
– Milwaukeeans Getting Worse at Driving, Crashes up 51% since 2009. Is cell phone use by drivers helping drive numbers?
https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2019/04/25/transportation-milwaukeeans

– ‘It’s out of control’: Car crashes increase by 2,000 over 2017 in Milwaukee
https://jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/25/car-crashes-rise-city-milwaukee/3573163002/

– In wake of Girl Scout tragedy, bill would give new protections to roadside cleanup workers … state law already allows for doubling the maximum fine or forfeiture for speeding or driving recklessly in a work zone when construction workers are present. The proposed legislation, Assembly bill 151, would be expanded to include “roadside cleanup or maintenance work, including the collection of litter.” … Chippewa County highway supervisor Brian Kelley — whose daughter, 9-year-old Jayna, died in the crash that killed four people who were cleaning debris alongside a road Nov. 3 in Lake Hallie — testified on a bill in Madison on Tuesday
https://leadertelegram.com/a86d8efd-d9ba-58b1-bae3-f1c3990388b1.html

– PolitiFact: Wisconsin state senator [Johnson] hits pothole with [$2300] claim on costs of bad roads … When the focus is on road conditions, TRIP’s figure for Milwaukee is $944 per year — one that is more in line with other studies … Mostly False
https://politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2019/apr/26/latonya-johnson/wisconsin-state-senator-hits-pothole-claim-costs-b/


TRIBES ^top^
– ‘Invisible’ American Indian women say they need help to stop sexual violence
https://superiortelegram.com/news/crime-and-courts/4603160-invisible-american-indian-women-say-they-need-help-stop-sexual


UTILITIES ^top^
– Alliant’s new plant is 84 percent complete
https://beloitdailynews.com/news/20190425/alliants_new_plant_is_84_percent_complete


COLUMNS ^top^
– RENEW WI’s Michael Vickerman: Renewable energy offers Wisconsin a sustainable economic development model
https://madison.com/ct/b95255a5-1112-5e2b-b45c-6bfb65cb2f1c.html

– Libby Sobic and Will Flanders: Evers education plan hits districts benefitting from open enrollment
https://rightwisconsin.com/2019/04/25/evers-education-plan-hits-districts-benefitting-from-open-enrollment

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