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In the last weeks of the recall campaign for governor, job creation has become a pivotal issue. Governor Walker says the state added 24 thousand last year. Fed estimates says the state lost tens of thousands of jobs. But Laura Dresser, with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy says, assuming Walker's numbers are true, that's still not great job growth
Keep your criticism of Walker at a minimum, though. Dresser says the larger world economy has more to do with recovery and job growth in the state than the governor's policies.
(AP) A coalition plans to announce a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo IDs at the polls. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is being joined by the League of Women Voters Minnesota, Jewish Community Action and Common Cause Minnesota. The groups began threatening to sue as the Legislature debated whether to put the amendment before voters in November. The groups plan to announce details of the lawsuit at a news conference Wednesday. During the legislative debate, the groups said the language of the amendment is confusing and that it leaves unclear several questions, including what types of photo IDs would be permissible at the polls. Amendment supporters countered that the Legislature would ultimately work out details that aren't in the amendment.
(AP) A judge in Vernon County has entered not guilty pleas for a police chief accused of sexual assault and misconduct in office. Shay Larson stood mute in court Tuesday. He's facing two felony counts and six misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors say Larson used his position as chief in Readstown to leverage sexual favors while he was on duty and lied to investigators. The 30-year-old Gays Mills man was arrested in March. Larson is Readstown's only law enforcement officer. He was placed on administrative leave after an investigation began last September. Larson's attorney, Luis Delgado, says he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges. Prosecutors say Larson encouraged a woman to drive after she had been drinking to rendezvous with him at the village park, among other accusations.
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker has transferred $100,000 to his legal defense fund he established related to an ongoing criminal probe that's already ensnared some of his former aides and associates in Milwaukee County. Walker's latest campaign finance report filed with the state on Tuesday shows transfers of $70,000 and $30,000 out of his campaign account to the Scott Walker Trust. He previously transferred $60,000 into the account.
His Democratic challenger in Tuesday's recall election Tom Barrett has repeatedly called on Walker to disclose who is paying for his legal defense fund. Walker has refused to say. Walker reported raising $5.1 million between April 24 and May 21. Barrett reported raising $3.1 million over the same period. To date, Walker has raised about $31 million compared with about $4.3 million for Barrett.
Ever traveled an award winning road? Hop on the Great River Road and you have. The 250 mile span won the Huffington Post, Best US Road Trip Route contest. And Jean Lunde with the Onalaksa Tourism Office says the competition was stiff, though the Mississippi River helped quite a bit.
Other entries included the Hana Highway in Hawaii.....Avenue of the Giants in California and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in Oregon.