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GREEN BAY - Pres. Bush is coming to Wisconsin for the second fundraiser in as many months Thursday. In July, the President helped Mark Green raise a few hundred thousand dollars for his gubernatorial campaign. On Thursday, Bush will try to do the same for John Gard, who's running for Congress. John Gard is running in the 8th Congressional District. It's the seat Mark Green is giving up to challenge the incumbent Governor. Political pundits say the district in northeastern Wisconsin is one to watch. Terri Johnson is a UW-Green Bay political scientist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has tagged a good portion of the region as "Earn-A-Buck" zones for the upcoming fall deer hunt. Areas in which the EAB requirement will be in place include the DNR's deer management unit 60M which covers western Pierce and St. Croix counties from Prescott north to Houlton and east to Highway 65 with Highway 64 as the northern boundary and Highway 29 as the southern boundary. The DNR's deer management units 59B and 61 are also designated as EAB.
An environmental voting scorecard says overall, the Wisconsin Senate's record is improving, but not the record of some individual senators. The League of Conservation Voters is releasing today its scorecard for the just completed 2005-2006 state legislative session. Kerry Schumann, executive director for the group, says one of the biggest changes from the previous session is that the average score of the Senators has gone from 46 percent to 62 percent. Schumann says legislators two years ago tried to roll back a lot of environmental laws.
New Richmond business owner, farmer and entrepreneur Rob Stafsholt announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for District 29 to the Wisconsin Assembly. The Republican District 29 primary election is set to take place on Sept.12, with the winner to face off against the Democrat candidate in the upcoming November election. Stafsholt will be running his campaign on a number of key issues including: * Lower property taxes. "As a farmer and real estate owner, I realize how crucial it is to have a fair property tax system.
The price of many dairy products may soon increase because of hot weather in Wisconsin and California. Dairy marketing specialist Bob Cropp says the recent weather in the two states not only stresses dairy cows and lowers production, but will also impact the price of feedstock, such as corn and hay. Cropp says, however, that the impact may not be immediate. He notes there is a lot of cheese and butter in storage. He also says that the milk price is set once a month, so this impact will be seen starting here in August, with a continued increase to September.
PARK FALLS - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has established a second caution area for individuals training bear dogs this year after wolves attacked hounds being trained for bear hunting in western Bayfield County near Barnes. An earlier caution area was listed between Rib Lake and Merrill. Cautions are available at the Department of Natural Resources Web pages. The Bayfield County attack occurred July 22, according to a wildlife specialist with USDA-Wildlife Services. USDA verified that three hounds were killed and one injured.
On Jan. 7, 2006, Leah Gustafson, 29, was brutally murdered after allegedly letting Jason Borelli, 32, into her Superior apartment. Had she known the past history of this neighbor from across the street she probably would not have opened the door, friends say. Borelli, who is accused of murdering Gustafson, has a long-record of violent offenses including the brutal beating of a Rice Lake woman and an assault on his mother. His trial in the Gustafson murder is scheduled to begin Oct. 30 in Douglas County.
MADISON - Wisconsin's white-tailed deer population is projected to be 1.5 to 1.7 million this fall, 12 percent higher than last fall, according to state wildlife officials. That projection is well above established population goals, but better than expected, according to Keith Warnke, big game ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. "Given the limited herd control seasons last year and the extremely mild winter in northern Wisconsin, hunters did a fine job limiting projected herd growth to 12 percent," Warnke says.
Wisconsin hasn't had any problems with elections since the state Elections Board was established, so changing the current system isn't very realistic. That's how Doug La Follette responds to his primary competitor Scot Ross' idea that election oversight should return to the office of the Wisconsin Secretary of State. "I think it's a real mixed issue," said La Follette. "Having the oversight of elections rest with an elected official gives elections a higher profile." However, La Follette, who has been the secretary of state for over 20 years, says there is a big downside to that idea.
MADISON -- Those who show up at Wisconsin polls expecting to register the same day they vote will have to provide the number on their drivers' license. If they don't have a valid license, they do have other options that will allow them to vote. That decision was made by the state Elections Board.