MADISON — Mahlon Mitchell likes to remind voters while campaigning that they can make history by electing him Wisconsin’s first black governor. Meanwhile, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma and former state Rep. Kelda Roys are each hoping to become the first woman to lead the state. The three are among 10 Democrats vying to run against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Unlike the seven other candidates and every Wisconsin governor in history, though, they aren’t white men,
Rising water levels on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire led to the closure Monday of low-lying sections of the Chippewa River Trail. Sunday’s heavy rains in the Chippewa River watershed caused the water level to rise by about four feet overnight, according to National Weather Service observations. As of 8 a.m. Monday, the river was at about five feet below the downtown flood stage elevation. The water level is forecast to rise another 5.3 feet by the end of the workweek. The river
Sunday night’s rainstorms led to flash flooding in northwestern Wisconsin, resulting in travel problems that persisted in some areas on Monday morning. Highway B in Buffalo County is closed due to high water, according to county emergency management director Bruce Fuerbringer. Sand Road, between highways B and 88, in the town of Gilmanton also is closed due to high water. Sunday’s heavy rains delivered the most damage to Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price and Sawyer counties,
MADISON — With a holstered handgun next to her on a kitchen table, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir promises in her first television ad of the campaign released Monday to stand with President Donald Trump just as she did against death threats in Wisconsin. Vukmir, a state senator, faces management consultant and political newcomer Kevin Nicholson in the Republican primary on Aug. 14. Nicholson is running as the outsider in the race and brands Vukmir as a career politician.
MINNEAPOLIS — A crowd of people lining up for a key hearing on a Minnesota pipeline project appears about evenly divided between supporters and opponents. Minnesota regulators have two days of hearings on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3. The pipeline carries crude oil from Canada across North Dakota and Minnesota to a terminal in Wisconsin. Ahead of Monday’s meeting of the Public Utilities Commission in St. Paul, opponents held signs that read
MADISON, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan has endorsed his former aide Bryan Steil (STYLE) to replace him in Congress. Ryan told WISN-AM on Monday that he is endorsing now because he believes it’s important for Republicans to unify in the race. Style is one of six Republicans running but he’s been far outpacing his challengers in fundraising and endorsements. Last week former White House chief of staff and Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus also endorsed Steil.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political party. The justices unanimously ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who challenged legislative districts that gave Republicans a huge edge in the state legislature. In a separate unsigned opinion, they also did not side with Maryland Republicans who objected to a single congressional
TRENTON, N.J. — A 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two other suspects, were injured. Of the 17 people treated for gunshot wounds, including a 13-year-old boy, only one person, a suspect, remained in critical condition Sunday night, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. About 1,000 people were attending the Art All
BIG WELLS, Texas — At least five people were killed and several others hurt Sunday as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people during a suspected “smuggling event” crashed while fleeing from Border Patrol agents in South Texas, authorities said. The SUV carrying 14 people went out of control at more than 100 mph and overturned on Texas Highway 85, ejecting most of the occupants, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said. “From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road
McALLEN, Texas — Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn’t know because the child’s aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how