State Government and Political Roundup: Ryan, Biden to campaign in Wisconsin this week
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold a rally in De Pere on Wednesday. It will be Ryan's third Wisconsin appearance since he was named as Mitt Romney's running mate a month ago tomorrow. The House Budget chairman from Janesville appeared at a rally in Waukesha the day after he joined Romney's ticket. And Ryan had a send-off rally in Janesville on August 27th, a day before he left for the Republican National Convention to accept his party's nomination. Ryan's appearance in the Green Bay area will come 10 days after Democratic Vice President Joe Biden campaigned there. Biden returns to Wisconsin on Thursday for a campaign event in Eau Claire.
Wisconsin has had a number of incidents lately in which police officers shot suspects. And new questions are being raised about who should investigate those officers, to determine whether the shootings are justified. Michael Bell, whose son was killed by a Kenosha police officer eight years ago, wants the attorney general to appoint a statewide review panel which could recommend findings to local district attorneys. Bell says he's been searching to find a police shooting in Wisconsin that was ruled unjustified - and he says there's not been a single one out there. State Assembly Republican Dean Kaufert of Neenah says there has not been a public clamor for more uniform statewide reviews of police shootings. He said the elected D-A's already provide a good measure of public accountability through the inquest procedure. Wherever there's a police shooting, Bell has sponsored billboards to point out his concern with the police reviews. His latest billboard went up in Appleton, after an officer shot-and-killed a man outside his home last month. Appleton called on the nearby Green Bay Police Department to investigate the officer's shooting, to avoid a conflict of interest. Police forces throughout the state investigate in various ways. In larger cities, police use their internal affairs divisions - which otherwise have no contact with officers. In the Appleton case, Bell says the district attorney should hold an inquest, in which a jury would determine whether the shooting was justified.
Acting U-S Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank will discuss the economy during a visit to Milwaukee today. She's scheduled to speak at the University Club about tax cuts for the middle class, the promoting of U-S exports, American factories, and investments to create jobs. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is expected to join Blank at today's program, along with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
The 11th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be observed tomorrow with a ceremony in Milwaukee. Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to speak, along with Milwaukee city and county officials, and a representative from the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. The ceremony will take place at War Memorial Center in downtown Milwaukee. Wreaths will be placed in a reflecting pool - and people can ring a bell from U-S-S Milwaukee in honor of the three-thousand-plus victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and a plane crash in rural Pennsylvania. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele says most of us have returned to our daily routines - but we must never forget the victims of the tragedy, and the responders who helped.