FRI PM Update: Vos challenges recall petition, arguing opponents targeted wrong Assembly district

From WisPolitics … — GOP Speaker Robin Vos today challenged the recall petition filed against him, arguing it was initiated in the wrong district and falls short of the needed signatures — even if opponents had targeted the correct Assembly seat. Vos opponents are seeking to recall him from the 63rd AD that he was elected to in 2022. But the Rochester Republican argued in today’s filing a… Please log in to access subscriber content. If you don’t have a subscription, click here for a WisPolitics free trial and to view the different subscription options. Username or E-mail Password *

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Dept. of Justice: Ghanian citizen sentenced to 6 years for money laundering

Paul Williams Anti used false identities to collect and launder $3.8 million in wire fraud proceeds from victims across the U.S. MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Paul Williams Anti, 61, a citizen of Ghana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 6 years in federal prison for conspiring to launder proceeds of wire fraud. Williams Anti pleaded guilty to the charge on March 14, 2024. Money laundering involves using financial transactions to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of illegally obtained funds. Between September 15,

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors: Statement from the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors

First, the Board wants to emphasize our commitment to the students, families, and staff of the District. These key groups count on MPS to prepare our youth for success in higher education, post-education opportunities, work, and citizenship. This is our mission and our guide as we navigate any and all situations. We value the spirit of urgency and offers of support we’ve received and continue to receive from our partners at all levels of government. As their support indicates, we are all in this together. A few points in response to comments we heard today from the governor and Milwaukee’s

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Racine Recall Committee: Extremely confident in signature count, expects recall election to proceed

Union Grove, WI – June 7, 2024 -The Racine Recall Committee is extremely confident that the required number of signatures has been gathered to force a recall election for Robin ‘CCP’ Vos. Despite the lack of preliminary reports from the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) since submitting the signatures on May 28th, the recall team believes they have met the threshold necessary for the election to take place. “The people of Racine County have spoken loud and clear. We are confident in the signatures we have gathered and will defend them against any attempts to undermine this democratic process. Robin ‘CCP’

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Rewind: Your Week in Review for June 7

On this week’s episode of WisconsinEye’s “Rewind,” WisPolitics’s JR Ross and CBS 58’s Emilee Fannon discuss felony charges against the warden and eight others in Waupun prison deaths, calls to reform Milwaukee Public Schools, UW Regent Bob Atwell’s resignation, campaign registration papers filed in legislative races, this weekend’s Dem state convention and more.

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Sen. LeMahieu: Calls for LAB audit of MPS

Madison- Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu issued the following statement regarding the troubling situation in the Milwaukee Public School District: “I’m glad that Governor Evers has called for an audit of the Milwaukee Public School System. Governor Evers and DPI should work with Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs Wimberger and Wittke to discuss authorizing the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to audit MPS, DPI and any other involved stakeholders. “The LAB is more than capable of handling this important undertaking independently and transparently without the use of outside contractors.”

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Piwowarczyk campaign: Washington Co. Supervisor Endorses Jim Piwowarczyk for assembly, praises his fiscal conservatism

Town of Erin – Washington County Supervisor Jodi Schulteis has endorsed Jim Piwowarczyk for the 98th Assembly District, praising his law enforcement background, entrepreneurship, and fiscal conservativism. “I confidently recommend Jim Piwowarczyk for WI Assembly District 98. He prioritizes public safety and conservative fiscal responsibility,” Supervisor Schulteis said. Schulteis joins a growing list of top local officials who have endorsed Piwowarczyk, who is running as a Republican in the Aug. 13 election. Among others, Piwowarczyk has been endorsed by Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann, District Attorney Mark Bensen, Sheriff Marty Schulteis, Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson, former Hartford Mayor and

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Wisconsin National Guard: Audacious warrior provides joint training opportunities

Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from multiple services and countries converged on Volk Field Air National Guard Base May 13, for the tenth annual Audacious Warrior exercise. The 11-day exercise was hosted by the 115th Fighter Wing and included over 70 participants assigned to the Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserve and U.S. Marine Corps, as well as military EOD specialists from the Czech Republic. “Joint exercises can be invaluable for a small flight that primarily trains in an isolated home station environment,” said Senior Master Sgt. Erich Sanford, 115th Fighter Wing EOD superintendent and exercise coordinator. “They allow critical

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Dept. of Public Instruction: State superintendent statement on unified, coordinated approach in support of MPS’ kids

MADISON — State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly today released the following statement on having a collaborative approach to prioritizing Milwaukee Public Schools’ kids. “My goal as the elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction is to always do what is best for kids. That is why we at the Department of Public Instruction are working so intensively at this moment with Milwaukee Public Schools. We have and continue to provide guidance and a tremendous amount of staff resources to address the immediate issues. “Both in addressing the current situation, and as we look ahead at longer-term solutions, I welcome all partners

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Shankland campaign: Responds to U.S. Rep. Van Orden’s unhinged rant comparing Democrats to Nazis

STEVENS POINT, WI – On a local Wisconsin radio show, “The Meg Ellefson Show,” Congressman Derrick Van Orden gave an unhinged rant comparing Donald Trump’s conviction to the rise of the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany and the Soviet Union’s gulags.  “The historical references and the similarities, the similarities to what the Democrat Party has been doing, they cannot be denied at this point,” he said, pointing to the “incredibly detailed, methodical step-by-step of what the Nazis did to gain ultimate power in Germany” described in William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. This is not the first time Van Orden made

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Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: To survey for spongy moth in 44 counties

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will be setting over 9,000 traps for spongy moth (Lymantria dispar) in 2024. The traps will be placed in 44 counties in western and central Wisconsin. Traps began being placed in mid-May and will continue to be placed through early July. DATCP requests that property owners allow trapping staff to place traps on their land and to not disturb the traps once in place. “Traps are used to monitor spongy moth presence and identify new populations in areas that were previously uninfested,” says Amanda Miller, DATCP Spongy Moth Trapping

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WisDems: Eric Hovde caught using company senior executives in misleading campaign ad 

MADISON, Wis. — On Wednesday, TMJ4 broke the news that Eric Hovde ran an ad that exclusively featured senior employees of his own company, despite Hovde trying to pass them off as regular, hard-working Wisconsinites. This news comes as Hovde faces increasing scrutiny for repeatedly insulting working Wisconsinites and continues to receive questions about his weak ties to Wisconsin, something he can’t even seem to get straight himself.  See below for what Wisconsinites are seeing and reading about Hovde’s failure to get Wisconsinites not on his payroll to support him:  TMJ4: ‘I mute them all’: Misleading ads in Wisconsin Senate race Washington Examiner: Eric Hovde launches

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Dept. of Natural Resources: 2025 Urban Forestry Grant applications open July 1, 2024

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced it will award up to $559,680 to cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations through its competitive Urban Forestry Grant program. Regular Urban Forestry grants are competitive cost-share grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000, and grant recipients must match each grant dollar-for-dollar. These grants fund projects that improve a community’s capacity to manage its trees and projects that help conserve, protect, expand or improve the urban forest resource. These grants do not subsidize routine forestry activities. Startup Urban Forestry grants are competitive cost-share grants ranging from $1,000

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Rewind: Your Week in Review for June 7

On this week’s episode of WisconsinEye’s “Rewind,” WisPolitics’s JR Ross and CBS 58’s Emilee Fannon discuss felony charges against the warden and eight others in Waupun prison deaths, calls to reform Milwaukee Public Schools, UW Regent Bob Atwell’s resignation, campaign registration papers filed in legislative races, this weekend’s Dem state convention and more.

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Sen. LeMahieu: Calls for LAB audit of MPS

Madison- Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu issued the following statement regarding the troubling situation in the Milwaukee Public School District: “I’m glad that Governor Evers has called for an audit of the Milwaukee Public School System. Governor Evers and DPI should work with Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs Wimberger and

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Piwowarczyk campaign: Washington Co. Supervisor Endorses Jim Piwowarczyk for assembly, praises his fiscal conservatism

Town of Erin – Washington County Supervisor Jodi Schulteis has endorsed Jim Piwowarczyk for the 98th Assembly District, praising his law enforcement background, entrepreneurship, and fiscal conservativism. “I confidently recommend Jim Piwowarczyk for WI Assembly District 98. He prioritizes public safety and conservative fiscal responsibility,” Supervisor Schulteis said. Schulteis joins

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