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(AP) Organizers with several Wisconsin Tea Party groups say they have thousands of volunteers ready to check the validity of signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP leaders.
Organizers with We the People of the Republic and The Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty held a press conference Tuesday at the state Capitol to announce about 11,000 people have pledged online to check for fraudulent signatures through an online system. The groups are working with a Texas-based group to create the database program that will allow volunteers to check the signatures from home. They will receive webinar training to check for signs of fraud. The groups, which call themselves bipartisan, say they're looking for duplicate names and incorrect addresses.
(AP) Home sales in Wisconsin rose slightly last year. But, prices for those homes dropped about 6.5 percent. Real estate experts say the sale of distressed properties are weighing on the price of existing homes, and probably will continue to do so in the near future. Real estate agents sold about 51,500 houses last year in Wisconsin up about 120 homes from the previous year.
The median price was $132,000 down from $141,000 the year before. Wisconsin Realtors Association president Mike Theo says it continues to be a buyer's market with a large inventory of homes for sale.
(AP) Minnesota lawmakers are returning to St. Paul for the 2012 legislative session. The state House and Senate both convene at noon Tuesday. The sessions are expected to be short and mostly ceremonial. Gov. Mark Dayton is hosting lawmakers and their families at a reception in his office. This year's session is expected to run into sometime in April. Lawmakers will debate Dayton's proposal to boost job creation with a $775 million bonding bill. Several Republican-backed constitutional amendment proposals will get a look including a requirement for a photo ID to vote and for a legislative supermajority to raise taxes. The Minnesota Vikings' push for a public subsidy to build a new football stadium is also likely to draw the attention of lawmakers.
(AP) More than 60 percent of the donations Gov. Scott Walker has received from individuals since Dec. 11 came from outside Wisconsin. An analysis of Walker's latest campaign finance reports submitted Monday done by the government watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign shows that 61 percent of his money came from out of state. That includes $1 million he got from three Missouri donors and one from Texas over a single week earlier in January. The Democracy Campaign says roughly half of the $4.5 million Walker raised over the past five weeks came from 33 individual donors. Walker has raised $12.1 million since last year, the most-ever by a candidate for governor in Wisconsin beating his previous $10 million record set in 2010.