MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker refused to take a position Tuesday on the Trump administration’s policy of separating families after illegal border crossings and ignored calls to pull Wisconsin National Guard troops off the southern border. His refusal comes as some other Republican governors have declined to send or are withdrawing National Guard troops from the area amid criticism of the policy. Democrats have criticized Walker over his decision to honor a request from Arizona
PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams has been pitching in the majors for less than two full seasons. Still, he’s come to understand the ups and downs that come with the sport. “Baseball kicks your (behind),” Williams said. “The highs are so high, and the lows are so low. You have to stay even-keeled.” Williams bounced back from recent struggles by pitching one-hit ball over seven innings and two Pittsburgh Pirates relievers closed out a two-hitter in a 1-0 victory
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,
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.
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
MILWAUKEE — Maikel Franco didn’t know he’d be in Philadelphia’s starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he’d been on the bench. Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee’s ninth-inning rally for a 10-9 victory. “We didn’t tell him he was going to be starting,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “He worked great at-bats. He punished pitchers when they made
MADISON — A newly released survey shows fewer Wisconsin high school students say they are sexually active, but the rates of sexually transmitted diseases have been on the rise. The state Department of Public Instruction found that about 34 percent of high school students in Wisconsin reported having sex last year, down sharply from 47 percent in 1993, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Those students also reported having fewer partners. However, sexually transmitted diseases among 15 to
MILWAUKEE — A 23-year-old Milwaukee police officer who was killed during a high-speed chase was remembered Saturday as someone who was determined and dedicated. Officer Charles Irvine Jr. died June 7 when a squad car he was riding in rolled over near an overpass during a chase with a motorist who authorities said had been driving recklessly. Irvine was the first Milwaukee police officer killed in the line of duty in 22 years. Pastor Jason Webb told hundreds of mourners at Elmbrook
MILWAUKEE — Zach Eflin has made all the difference for the Philadelphia Phillies against the National League’s top team. Rhys Hoskins and Andrew Knapp hit home runs and Eflin beat the Milwaukee Brewers for the second time in a week, helping the Phillies strand 15 runners in a 4-1 victory on Saturday. Philadelphia is 2-3 against NL-leading Milwaukee this season, allowing 37 runs over the three losses. Both victories have been pitched — and pitched well — by Eflin.