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‘Last man standing’: Ron Johnson is left to lead WI GOP while contemplating future
… [after Priebus let White House, Ryan left Congress] … “When I noticed Scott Walker didn’t win, nor Brad Schimel or obviously the lieutenant governor, I realized I was the last statewide representative,” Johnson, who wasn’t on the November ballot, said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s a role I never sought, but it’s a responsibility I take pretty seriously.” … after first being elected in 2010 despite practically no ties to the so-called establishment he now guides. … Sources with knowledge of Johnson’s plans say the senator is contemplating a choice … [seek] third term in the U.S. Senate, run for governor of Wisconsin (or do neither and return to Oshkosh). Johnson isn’t saying … not ruling out any … “completely focused” on electing Republicans in Wisconsin during the 2020 elections by creating what he calls a “grassroots juggernaut.” Leadership evident when Johnson deplaned with Trump at GB for rally where Trump dubbed him ‘Wisconsin Tough.” Johnson suggested GOP lost elections because “longtime volunteers just didn’t have the kind of in-depth contact with the statewide campaigns,” said county party leaders suggested consultants controlled the campaigns and local groups “really didn’t feel like they were listened to.” RPW’s Jefferson agreed, “”We need to get back to that.” Conservative Digest’s Dohnal: “Wisconsin is the place where people say, ‘Gee, I don’t know if I can vote for the guy — I’ve only met him four times.’ You just cannot get elected by sitting and spending millions of dollars.” Johnson seeks more training and more recruitment and not leaving “any line on the ballot unopposed,” sees himself as outside party process and averse to consultants. Walker statement did not address Johnson’s perceived detachment, “grateful to our hard-working grassroots supporters who helped us win elections in 2010, 2012 and 2014. … Looking ahead to 2020, we will need to continue to find ways to engage the grassroots in Wisconsin.” Strategist RJ Johnson cited enthusiasm gap, “This was evident at grassroots events across Wisconsin and nationally in the 2018 campaign. People simply were not turning out in the same numbers. One can psychoanalyze the tactics, but when it happens across the board it’s probably less about what did (or didn’t) happen here,” rehashed Hagedorn, Dallet wins. Ex-guv Thomspon: “You can blame it on a lot of things, but the truth of the matter is the Democrats were better organized in this election than we were — without a doubt.” DPW’s Laning: “What happened in 2018 is something we want to build on. We talked about the issues that are most important to voters. In particular, health care. And that is an issue Ron Johnson is on the wrong side of,” dismissed Johnson explanation that skyrocketing premiums for pre-existing conditions came for ACA’s ‘faulty architecture’, “He has cast votes against the Affordable Care Act and I think that’s a big concern.” BY Beck, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

After Supreme Court election, mixed fallout for LGBT community, social conservatives
… as public opinion continues to trend in favor of LGBT rights, opponents of the gay rights movement say the culture war is not over … after the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, LGBT issues have twice followed Wisconsin voters into the ballot box in state Supreme Court races and both times voters rejected concerns brought by left-wing groups that the conservative-backed candidate held anti-gay views. [rehash college remarks made by Justices Bradley, Hagedorn, rules at Hagedorn’s Christian school]. Fair WI’s McDonell see little significance in Hagedorn’s win, said gay rights are “just too far down their list of things … that motivate them as voters,” cited Baldwin, prez Dem Buttigieg, “The fact that a person is out LGBT doesn’t seem to be a liability in an election.” Nat’l poll found 66-34 for-against gay marriage, while 2016 MU Law poll found 64-36, with 84% Dem and 43% GOP. US Rep. Pocan: “I would have a newspaper article about me running for the County Board, someone would put an X through my face and send back with the words ‘dead faggot.’ That’s 25 years ago, and you don’t really see that now,” also sees little meaning for gays in Hagedorn win. DPW’s Beyer remained cautious, Hagedorn win “has reminded Democrats how hard we have to fight to protect our values and elect leaders who believe in equity and fair treatment for all Wisconsinites.” GOP strategist Reisinger said GOP has factions who believe in traditional marriage, who say “live, let live” and open gay marriage supporters, but all unite over religious liberty. Rehash Realtors pulling support for Hagedorn over anti-gay issue, Sen. Stroebel called Realtors “anti-religious zealots.” WFC’s Appling said culture wars in not over, “because there’s other letters in that (LGBT) acronym,” referring to transgender issue, said GOP drifting away from its traditional family values plank. Gay Rep. Novak and Rep. Vorpagel bill would ban gay conversion therapy for minors. Gay, Christian conservative Brad Boivin ran for Ryan’s open seat, said GOP shows “positive” trend on the issue, sees in society many who whose party, religion and life practices don’t mesh. RPW did not respond. Pocan said GOP is fickle on the issue, “The people I know who are in Republican leadership … follow polls pretty closely, and if this issue isn’t working for them, they’re less likely to make it an issue that they run on.” Appling recalled unsuccessful 2015 bill to ban transgender bathrooms, sponsored by then-rep. Kremer, “I don’t imagine conservative candidates around the state will run on these issues. Their job isn’t to help me, I respect that.” BY Vetterkind, WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL

WI GOP renews anti-abortion push
… as Republican legislators push a quartet of bills designed to curtail the practice despite Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ opposition. Rehash WI’s 1894 outright ban, made unenforceable by 1973 Roe v Wade, Walker signing 20-week ban. GOP bills would ban Medicaid funds for abortion, prohibit abortions based on the fetus’ race, sex or defects, require fetal viability info before second abortion pill is given, require providers to report how many abortions a woman has had, how she’s paying for the latest one and the reason for it. “Born alive” bill is highest profile, drawn Evers veto threat. Rehash Trump remark in GB rally about Evers veto threat. Both houses holding hearings Tuesday, suggesting bills on fast-track to floor vote. WAWH’s Finger sees “politically motivated” bills, while anti-abortion advocates say the bills aren’t tough enough. “Born Alive” sponsor, Majority Leader Steineke said no stats on abortion survivors does not mean none survive. Madison Dr. Laube says live births from abortions simply don’t happen in Wisconsin. BY Richmond of AP, WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL


– Scott Walker: We Now See Evidence The FBI Spied On The Trump Campaign … Walker joined the Brian Kilmeade Show Friday … Walker on campaign spying: “We’ve seen it time and time again. Remember in the Obama administration when for years people said ‘Well I wonder if the IRS is looking into people,’ and people said ‘No, that’s not possible.’ And we learned actually they were, they were investigating conservative groups out there. Now we see people saying ‘Oh the FBI is looking into folks, no that could never happen again.’ We now see evidence and I think that’s why people have had it with institution after institution. They like a president who just tells it like it is, who stands up for the forgotten men and women of this country and that’s certainly how the president won in the great state of Wisconsin and other key battleground states, and how he’s going to win again in 2020.” Walker also comments on Trump’s Green Bay rally, Trump’s tax cuts, Trump’s overall performance, Trump trade deals. 10:15 audio

– Scott Walker: Tax cuts helped put people to work … joins “Power Lunch” to discuss strong jobs numbers for the month of April [and Foxconn.] 5:17 video

– For the Record: WI Governor Tony Evers … Evers sits down with Neil Heinen for a chat. Some of the topics covered are the Governor’s budget proposal, Foxconn and strategies on working with the Republican Legislative Majority. 28:56 video

– Wauwatosa alderman [Krofroth] backpedals, saying his examples of minority progress were ‘inappropriate’

– City attorney questions mandatory interviews with outside lawyer … she believes does not have a valid contract with the city to investigate their specific human resources complaints. … employees threatened with possible termination

– Town [Sylvester] continues fight against Pinnacle Dairy permit … 5,800-cow … Pinnacle Dairy northwest of Brodhead began operating last year after a lengthy battle with opponents concerned about the farm’s impact on water quality. The farm received necessary [DNR] approval … about a year ago. … DNR, Pinnacle and the town held a prehearing conference April 17 in Madison to discuss appeal terms and agree they would have a tentative hearing schedule set by May 24 … Until the appeal is resolved, the farm is not required to install groundwater monitoring wells or provide the DNR with water table level reports. DNR’s Hoye, GreenCo Conservationist Jenson, Pinnacle’s Tuls comment. Town declined comment.

– WisContext: Wisconsin farms see upturn in women and millennial producers… and goats

– Business Leaders Oppose ‘License To Discriminate’ Against LGBT Texans … Supporters say the [conscience] legislation is needed to protect religious freedoms. But opponents call them “religious refusal bills” or “bigot bills.”

COURTS ^top^
– Vos must testify in Wisconsin’s gerrymandering case, [federal] judges rule … concluded Vos had to give a deposition and turn over documents … “We acknowledge that a sitting legislator is not subject to civil process in any but the most exceptional circumstances. But this is an exceptional case that raises important federal questions about the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s plan for electing members of the Assembly,” the [2-1] majority [Ripple, Peterson] wrote. “Vos was a key figure in enacting that plan and he was involved at nearly every stage of the process. Probably no one has a better understanding of the challenged (redistricting) plan than he does.” Beyer said Vos will appeal.

– Baraboo, Portage police address tire-chalking ruling … Police in Baraboo and Portage plan to continue using [warrant-less] chalk, as the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t govern Wisconsin. But they’re considering alternatives in case chalking tires is ruled illegal nationwide.

– Ex-priest [Erickson] charged with sexual assault doesn’t want jury trial

– Juneau strip club to host Christian bluegrass concert

– A company tried to open an immigrant detention center in Wisconsin. A community that voted for Trump said no — again. … For at least a year, Virginia-based Immigration Centers of America wanted to build a 500-bed detention center in St. Croix County. … generate more than 200 full-time jobs and millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue. However, earlier this month it withdrew its proposal to build in New Richmond. The city’s staff had issued a report recommending officials reject the application for rezoning and related ordinance changes, saying the project didn’t fit in the city’s development plan. In addition, public outcry over the plan was fierce, with residents opposing the detention of immigrants, and expressing concerns about property values and use of tax dollars.

– Developer [Heartland Housing of Chicago] drops housing project for the homeless on [Madison’s] South Side: But the city and developer … say they remain firmly committed to providing permanent housing with support services for the homeless.

– Adding teachers part of MPS’ proposed $1.2 billion budget for 2019-’20

– Chinese model for early learning part of One City Schools’ educational approach … Anji County, China [method] allows young children to determine how and with whom they play and encourages them to analyze and reflect on their play.

– Q&A: That’s a wrap for UW-Madison film professor J.J. Murphy … retired … in December after teaching courses in screenwriting, film production and other courses for aspiring student filmmakers for 38 years.

– [faculty Senate prez Simmons’] Letter: UW-Whitewater faculty ‘marginalized,’ ‘ignored’ in chancellor search

– Secrecy part of securing the local vote, Rock County officials say

ENERGY ^top^
– WDNR intends to issue ‘incidental take’ permit to Enbridge: for 5 rare species encountered during Line 6A maintenance.

– Study: Wisconsin sees growth in forestry industry … National Alliance of Forest Owners … found employment in Wisconsin’s forestry sector grew by nearly 5% from 2010 to 2016, totaling 174,848. … timber sales increased by nearly 10% to $21.6 billion in 2016. NAFO’s Tenney: “Anybody who owns and manages forests in the United States knows one thing: It’s a long-term commitment. And in order to make a long-term commitment with forests, they have to make investments today that won’t return a yield for 20, 30 or 40 years or longer.” Great Lakes Timber Pros’ Schienebeck: “Some of our forests are getting a little older. What that means is we’ve actually got more saw timber that’s growing.”

– Women are helping offset Wisconsin’s gradual decline in fishing

– Emerald ash borer infestation found in Highland

– Dane County pilots $750K farm runoff program … encouraging farmers to apply for grants in its continuous cover program through May 31.

– Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Population Helping Revive Species Elsewhere … [DNR’s] Koenigs said those fingerlings will be released in Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee in an effort to re-establish sturgeon populations … said the state’s sturgeon population has “the ability to help other populations that need a little bit more support, or were driven to very low levels or were completely removed from an area.”

– Nature in worst shape in human history with 1 million species at risk of extinction, massive UN report warns

– New effort to stem overdose deaths … Milwaukee officials announced a data-driven effort Friday … following up with people who have overdosed and streamlining access to treatment.

– Medical College Of Wisconsin Looking At Cancer Disparities Among African Americans, Black Residents 22 Percent Higher Than White Residents To Get Cancer In Wisconsin

– How Helpful Would A Genetic Test For Obesity Risk Be?

– Half of Lodi Police Department’s sworn officers leaving … In a matter of weeks, the department of six sworn officers expects to lose three, including both supervisors. Police Chief Scott Klicko resigned from his position April 25. Patrol officer Michael Andrews has accepted a job at the nearby Sauk Prairie Police Department. His last day in Lodi will be May 13. … Klicko said he has been offered positions with other law enforcement agencies, but for now he intends to take a break, earn money through landscaping and might work part time as a police officer to maintain his certification.

– Dane County Board mulling new jail options: Rising costs and concerns about information from a mental health study factor into a decision to vote on new construction.

– Armed guards and locked doors: Violence prompts houses of worship to beef up security

– Racine Police Chief focuses on opioids, cocaine

– County teaches students law and order … The 4th annual event, featuring the theme “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society,” was coordinated by the Jefferson County Clerk of Courts, corporation counsel and sheriff’s offices, and attorneys from the Jefferson County Bar Association.

– Bi-partisan support for Wisconsin paper … N-D Paper and Green Bay Packaging have both announced expansions of $150 million and $500 million at their facilities. … “I think its an important industry in our state it creates wonderful family supporting jobs. We are talking about 35,000 jobs across the state but it also impacts our lives everyday”, Katrina Shankland (D) Stevens Point said. … “With all the problems plastic is having right now and paper is being reborn,” says State Representative 72nd Assembly Scott Krug. … “To make sure the public knows how important paper making is but also what is happening in the industry so they can be proud of what is happening in their state,” Scott Suder the President of Wisconsin Paper Council said.

– The first woman to pilot an F-35 fighter jet talks sexism and ‘killing bad guys’ … “There I was as a 5-year-old, looking up at these big, bad F-4s just making noise and just looking awesome. I told my mom, ‘I want to do that someday.'”– Christine Mau. … Mau nabbed her top choice of airplane after pilot training: the two-seat F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet, which she considered “the most impressive airplane at that time.” She flew the F-15E for most of her career, clocking more than 500 combat hours in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Southern Watch, Northern Watch and Enduring Freedom.

– Veteran of Afghanistan trying to make a difference, one cup of coffee at a time

– Bong Bridge lane closure, Superior St. asbestos removal, ‘Can of Worms’ meetings

– Bills mount for city of La Crosse as Mississippi River flooding continues … This year marks the fifth highest the river has ever been, and the last 12 months have been the wettest ever recorded in Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service. … [city wastewater] staff is out there fueling pumps, monitoring hoses, making sure they have oil and coolant at all hours of the day. … “If we look back at some of the larger flood events in the recent history here, it’s been a little bit longer than those,” NWS meteorologist Logan Lee said. … “The fact that we’ve not had any issues really is a testament to all of the staff have been working on this,” La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said. “We’ve got some cooperation from Mother Nature too, but obviously having the river level this high is an ongoing concern.” Cost: $100K in staff and equipment, so far. “We’re expecting the river around La Crosse to fall below flood stage around Tuesday morning,” Lee said.

– FDL County Health Department confirms case of mumps in county

– [ALA] Report: Northern Wisconsin’s air quality, already good, improves for ozone

– Milwaukee woman works to expand tech opportunities in the city … Nadiyah Johnson is the founder of “Jet Constellations.” Her software company targets minority communities with a focus on startup tech companies and stem education. … also works at GE Medical Centers. She has an innovative dream to see Milwaukee branded as the Milky Way initiative, which means everyone can be a part of the tech revolution. “We function to create an ecosystem in Milwaukee’s tech scene that mirrors Milwaukee’s diverse population.”

– Small-business bootcamps coming to Beaver Dam this week

– Nimble Therapeutics spins out of Roche, saving Madison jobs

– Jefferson, Dodge counties link for broadband push … Amy Rinard, who heads the Jefferson County work group, said Thursday. “It quickly became apparent that there might be ways for the two counties to work together to bring broadband Internet access to under-served, especially rural, areas. Dodge County has the same goal we do and after that meeting, moved to create its own Broadband committee. … We’re all still figuring out what we, as county officials, can do to expand broadband service in our counties,” Rinard said. “But, moving forward, I think there could be many opportunities for Dodge and Jefferson counties to cooperate to achieve that common goal.”

– Jefferson, Dodge counties link for broadband push

– Kenosha County a hot spot for Wisconsin tourism

– Locals prepare for road-construction season

– JG editorial: E-Verify works. Trump should be touting it

– RJT editorial: State’s government bodies shouldn’t circumvent the open meetings law

– Dave Zweifel: Walker’s tax cuts hurt Wisconsin

– Rep. Jimmy Anderson: Failure to legalize medical marijuana is an act of cruelty

– Steven Walters: New generation of political leaders emerges

– Clare Malone: I Think Private Schools Should Be Banned

– Paul Krugman: The Sabotage Years, What we now know about G.O.P. economics. … Congressman named Mike Pence introduced a bill that would prohibit the Fed from even considering the state of the labor market … who’s who of Republicans signed an open letter to Ben Bernanke demanding that he stop his monetary efforts … Paul Ryan and the economist John Taylor declared that the Fed’s policy “looks an awful lot like an attempt to bail out fiscal policy, and such attempts call the Fed’s independence into question.” … All you had to do was look at what was actually in Ryan’s budget proposals to realize that he wasn’t sincere, that he was using deficits as an excuse to bash social programs and hobble Obama. … But I thought that monetary policy was a bit different. … I imagined that Ryan, who once asserted that he had learned all he needed to know about monetary policy from Atlas Shrugged, might actually believe what he was saying about the Fed. In light of recent events, however … They didn’t really believe that a debt crisis and hyperinflation were looming. They were just against anything that might help the economy while a Democrat was president.

– Andrew Meyers and Tom Vander Ark: Schools must evolve for 21st century

– Sens. Tom Tiffany and Duey Stroebel: Wisconsin’s hidden debt: growing Stewardship Fund interest

– Casey Hoff: Republican Reefer Madness, Aping the old drug-scare film, they back invalidated theories on marijuana’s alleged harm.

– Broadcasters’ Kyle Geissler: Body camera bill balances privacy, openness

– Rajon Lynch: Minority issues at UW-Oshkosh go well beyond Snapchats and swastikas

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