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Preliminary results show Tom Barrett had 54 percent of the primary vote Tuesday as he goes on to face Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th recall election. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk was second with 37 percent. Secretary of State Doug La Follette got 3 percent followed by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout with 4 percent. Vinehout says she's proud of the campaign she ran.
Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker easily defeated former UW-L student, Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a Walker opponent running as a Republican.
You might be able to determine the immediate future of advocacy for Wisconsin AARP by the leadership that has been selected for the organization. Retired Gundersen Lutheran executive and current UWL instructor, Pat Killeen has been picked as the organization's next state president. Killeen served as Executive Director of Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan, Administrator of the La Crosse County
Care Management Program, and taught health care management at Globe University in La Crosse. AARP has recently begun a national awareness campaign about the future of Medicare and was a major player in getting federal health reforms passed.
(AP) One man who has cast his ballot for Scott Walker says the Wisconsin governor was ``duly elected.'' Seventy-seven year-old part-time plumbing and heating contractor Carl Schramm of Whitefish Bay says the recall election is ``stupid'' and ``costs a lot of money.'' But 41-year-old marketing consultant Amy Westrup of Whitefish Bay calls the chance to overturn the 2010 election result ``the ultimate mulligan.'' She voted for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, one of four Democrats vying for the chance to unseat Walker in the general election on June 5. The others are Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. Gladys Huber is a Republican running as a Democrat. Walker faces token opposition in the GOP primary from Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a Walker opponent running as a Republican. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican state senators also face recall elections. There is an election in a fourth Senate district where the Republican incumbent resigned.
(AP) A Minnesota Vikings executive says state lawmakers could sink a stadium deal by making it too hard on the club. Team vice president Lester Bagley made the comments Tuesday as the Senate prepared to vote on a stadium financing proposal. A day earlier, House members approved a stadium deal but added $105 million to the team's share. Bagley says stadium opponents will do all they can to derail the deal. He points to a Twins ballpark bill that cleared the Legislature in 2002, only to fall apart. It took the team another four years to win legislative support for a workable bill.
(AP) Minnesota is enlisting dogs in the battle to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture hopes trained sniffer dogs can become a new line of defense against the invasive pests, which threaten ash trees across the state and across the country. The department is partnering with Working Dogs for Conservation, which has experience in detecting invasive species and has found encouraging results in training dogs to find ash wood material and emerald ash borers. Officials demonstrated the dogs' capabilities at the Ramsey County compost site in Arden Hills on Tuesday, and said the dogs may be ready to start sniffing mulch piles, yard waste sites, and commercial vehicles as early as July. The beetles were first detected in Minnesota in St. Paul in 2009.