BREAKING NEWS: Former state senator Randy Hopper not guilty on OWI charge
1:13 PM, Mar. 23, 2012
A jury found former state senator Randy Hopper not guilty Friday on a charge of drunken driving stemming from his October arrest in Fond du Lac County.
Look for details from The Reporter as they become available.
STORY, VIDEO: Hopper claims union conspiracy for OWI arrest
Former state Sen. Randy Hopper claims that politics played a role in his drunken driving arrest in Fond du Lac County following a Packers game last fall.
Hopper got on the stand Thursday morning on the first day of his two-day trial and said his vote to eliminate collective bargaining for most state employees was the catalyst for numerous threats aimed at him.
“The day everything broke loose in Madison I had members of the union in my office who said, ‘If you don’t support us, we are going to destroy your life,'” Hopper said. “‘We’re going to picket your kids’ schools, we’re going to tear apart your reputation, we’re going to have you recalled.'”
Hopper said people left notes on his car when he would be shopping at Festival Foods (but not the night of his OWI arrest).
Hopper was elected as Republican state senator from Fond du Lac in 2008 and was defeated last summer by DemocratJessica Kingof Oshkosh in a recall election.
Seems the tax payers of The Port Washington-Saukville School District will save over a million dollars.
Health insurance changes to net big savings for school district
WRITTEN BY BILL SCHANEN IV
WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 2012 19:23
PW-S officials consider changing carriers, plan to cut cost by as much as 21%
The Port Washington-Saukville School District may be able to save nearly $1 million by switching health insurance carriers and making relatively minor changes in the plan it offers employees, a consultant told School Board members Monday.
Hays Companies, an insurance and employee benefits consulting firm hired by the district, presented preliminary bids from four insurance providers showing that the competitive bidding process alone will save the district money.
For instance, WEA Trust, the longtime provider of insurance for the district, initially told school officials to expect an 8% increase in premiums this year. But when the company was informed the district was shopping for insurance, it revised its proposal to show a 3.3% decrease in the premium, Sara Hames, vice president of employee benefits for Hays, said.
“This decrease was due to competition alone with no changes in the plan,” she said.
So the teachers union insurance company (WEA TRust) goes from a 8% cost increase to a 3.3% cut in costs! Where were they before Walker’s ACT 10? They overcharged school districts and tax payers. Do you really want to get rid of Scott Walkerand the republicans leading this state.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
Sen. Holperin won’t seek re-election
State Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Conover, announced this afternoon that he won’t seek re-election this fall.
Read more at WisPolitics.
Statement by Senator Jim Holperin
Friday, March 23, 2012
Contact: (715) 891-1412
State Senator Jim Holperin said today he would not run for re-election this fall.
“I’ve given this decision considerable thought, not just recently but over time. Politics and
legislating are fascinating and fulfilling work and I’ve enjoyed 20 years of it in the State
Assembly, State Senate and as a cabinet secretary.
“I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world, but now there are other things I want
“Whatever success I’ve had politically I owe to the voters and to the thousands of supporters
who worked so hard on my behalf over the years, and especially in last year’s recall. I’m so
grateful for that support and I will always appreciate those who gave me the privilege of
The Republican Governors Association today launched a television ad highlighting the failed big government records of Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk. The ad can be viewed at
“When Scott Walker took office, Wisconsin was broken. Eight years of Governor Jim Doyle and a massive tax hike had failed,” said RGA Executive Director Phil Cox. “The budget was $3.6 billion in the hole and the state had lost 150,000 jobs over the previous three years.”
“Now, Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk want to return Wisconsin to the failed policies of the past, with higher taxes and fewer jobs,” Cox added.
“Scott Walker’s reforms have Wisconsin moving in the right direction. The budget is balanced and the state is adding jobs,” Cox said. “Governor Walker’s leadership will keep Wisconsin moving forward.”
Milwaukee Man Convicted and Sentenced for Election Fraud
Thursday, March 22, 2012
MADISON — Attorney GeneralJ.B. Van Hollen announced today that Michael Henderson, of Milwaukee, was convicted of election fraud arising out of the 2008 general Presidential election. Henderson was convicted of Election Fraud – Providing False Information to Election Official, a Class I felony. An additional count of Voting By Disqualified Person was dismissed against Henderson but read-in for the purposes of sentencing.
At sentencing, Henderson was ordered to serve 30 days in jail. He faced a maximum potential penalty of three and a half years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Judge Richard Sankovitz presided over the case.
Urgent call for sturgeon guard volunteers
Print News Release Published: March 20, 2012 by the Northeast Region
Contact(s): Rebecca Pawlak, fisheries technician (920) 303-5429, Carl Mesman, sturgeon camp coordinator (920) 787-3051, Trish Ossmann, public affairs manager (920) 662-5122
Prehistoric dating may be coming to the Wolf River a little early this year. Unseasonably warm temperatures have created the perfect conditions for the 2012 sturgeon spawning season to take place weeks earlier than normal.
Every year, hundreds of volunteers, called Sturgeon Guards, line the shoreline of the Winnebago Lakes and the Wolf River as the prehistoric fish make their way to spawn, typically in mid-April.
“We’re looking for volunteers. I promise you, it is an experience you will never forget,” said Carl Mesman, DNR sturgeon camp coordinator.
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Good news for redistricting in Wisconsin. All but two districts will stay except for two heavily dominated democrats districts.
State must redraw 2 Milwaukee election maps, federal judges rule
1:19 PM, Mar. 22, 2012
Wisconsin lawmakers will have to redraw voting maps for two districts in Milwaukee because their first attempt unfairly weakened Latino voting power, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday.
The maps changed voting boundaries throughout the state, were drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature last year and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in August.
But the court upheld all of the other legislative and congressional districts that Republicans drew. That means that, unless there is another counter-ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the maps — which favor Republican candidates — will be in place for the next decade. They are set to go into effect in November.
It does not matter how the two districts in Milwaukee will be changed. They were democrat districts before and will be democrat districts after the changes. Contrary to what you read and hear, it is not a win for democrats! We did highlight above what the writer of the article stresses to the democrat party of Wisconsin (that, unless there is another counter-ruling ). In card games, this is called table talk.
Wisconsin media and Wisconsin democrats working together. The writer is saying, come on democrats, file another law suit, you can’t let this stand!
PHOENIX—Almost every time he touches the ball, Bradley Beal does something special. His latest bit of basketball wizardry moved Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino.
Beal, the freshman with NBA written all over him, scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting Thursday night to help the Gators to a 68-58 victory over Marquette.
Read more at Boston.com
Michael Rosenberg: Michigan State’s incredible season has unfortunate ending
PHOENIX — Draymond Green dragged the Michigan State Spartans this far. In the end, they were just dragging. The scoreboard said the Spartans still had a chance to come back. Their faces said they were finished. They had enough time but not enough belief.
“No question,” coach Tom Izzo said, after Louisville eliminated his team Thursday night in the Sweet 16, 57-44. “Remember the time we cut it to four? It just didn’t seem like we had the energy. That is probably the truest statement of all. It wasn’t a lack of caring. It just looked like the wind was taken out of their sails.”
Read more at Detroit Free Press.
Dream dies for Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor had imagined the situation a thousand times.
Growing up in Bloomington, Minn., Taylor had pictured himself with the ball in his hands, time running down and a chance to make a game-winning shot in the NCAA tournament.
Apparently the basketball gods took three seconds off, because Taylor’s contested 26-foot heave came up short. The Badgers were unable to muster a put-back attempt and Syracuse escaped with a 64-63 win.
Read more at Boston Herald.
WisPolitics reports Capitol rumor mill says Sen Jim Holperin (D-Conover) will not run again. District leans GOP, wd be huge Dem setback.
We wonder if the pressure from the mining bill was too great, new redistricting maps are not favorable or is Mr. Holperin seeing the real side of the democrat party and unions in Wisconsin and doesn’t like what he sees? Remember, he didn’t sign the walker recall. We were not happy with Holperin leaving the state last year but we know there is still some good in him. Remember Russ Decker from Wausau. He couldn’t vote for the public union contract extension in 2010. Read here from Quick Hits Headlines.
Is Jim Holperin having a Russ Decker moment. Will he bow out graciously?
Cat falls 19 stories, only minor injuries
Published: March. 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM
BOSTON, March 22 (UPI) — A Boston woman said it was a “miracle” when her cat survived a 19-story fall without any serious injuries.
Brittany Kirk said her cat, Sugar, plummeted from the window of her 19th floor apartment on Storrow Drive and veterinarians with the local Animal Rescue League said the feline incurred only minor bruising to her lungs, WBZ-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.
“I’m just so thankful. When I came home from work today and I saw her, I was just very thankful. It’s a miracle,” Kirk said.
What are the reasons for the increase in gun sales?
GUN BOOM CONTINUES DESPITE FLORIDA SHOOTING FIREARMSTOCKS SURGE DESPITE ANTI-GUN PROTESTS, CALLS FOR STRICTER GUN LAWS FOLLOWING CONTROVERSIAL FLORIDA KILLING
BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff – March 22, 2012 4:34 pm
Despite calls for stricter guns laws in response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, firearm stocks are soaring as gun companies struggle to keep up with high demand.
Shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. (RGR) were up as high as 14 percent Thursday afternoon after CEO Michael Fifer announced the company was temporarily suspending its acceptance of new orders in an effort to meet a dramatic surge in demand for its products.
“Despite the company’s continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders,” Fifer said in the statement late Wednesday.
Ruger received more than a million order requests in the first quarter of 2012.
Shares of rival firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC) were similarly up about 13 percent Thursday — a sign, gun proponents say, that Americans are not swayed by the recent protests.