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(AP) A Wisconsin judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit against the state's controversial new voter identification law. Judge Richard Niess will hear oral arguments Thursday against the law from the League of Women Voters in Dane County Circuit Court. Niess will decide if the case should proceed. The lawsuit names Gov. Scott Walker and members of the Government Accountability Board. Attorneys for the defendants want the case dismissed. The League of Women Voters say the law disenfranchises eligible voters. But supporters of the law say it helps prevent fraud. The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP's Milwaukee chapter have also filed lawsuits against the law. Those suits are still pending. The law is scheduled to be in effect for the state's spring primary in February.
(AP) A strong snow storm is poised to dump several inches of snow on Iowa and other parts of the upper Midwest in what for some will be the first real blast of winter. The National Weather Service in Des Moines is predicting up to 7 inches of snow in northern and eastern Iowa on Friday. It comes after several weeks of unusually warm and dry weather. Forecaster Kevin Skow says the ``bulls-eye'' of the storm will likely be in northeast Iowa, from Waterloo up to Decorah, where higher amounts of dry, fluffy snow could fall. Several inches of snow also are forecast in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois as the storm moves east. Lesser amounts are expected in central and southern Iowa, with 2 inches in the Des Moines area.
The state democratic party claims they collected 1.9 million signatures to force recall elections for the Governor, Lt. Governor and 4 republican senators. Not surprising says La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan.
Feehan also says if you feel someone wrote your name on a recall petition people you stop into the Republican Headquarters at 58 Copeland Avenue and fill out a form saying that they don't want to have their name appear on the petition.
If you would like to see what's going inside the offices of the Government Accountability Board as they scan recall petitions.....here's the link. Maybe you can recognize Mitch Reynolds "Stars of the GAB". http://mirrors.5nines.com/stream/
(AP) A contentious Republican-backed proposal that would stress abstinence education over contraception use is headed for a vote in the Wisconsin state Assembly.
The Assembly's education committee passed the bill Wednesday on a party line vote. It would rewrite a Democratic-backed law enacted two years ago that requires Wisconsin schools to offer a multi-faceted curriculum that also teaches about contraception. Several Democrats expressed disappointment in the proposal. But Republicans defended its emphasis on local communities' choice for how to teach sex education. The Senate passed the bill last year amid vocal opposition from several public health groups. Anti-abortion groups support the legislation. The bill could come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Assembly as early as next week.