Judge To Hear Voter ID Arguments
(AP) A Wisconsin judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit against the state's controversial new voter identification law. Judge Richard Niess will hear oral arguments Thursday against the law from the League of Women Voters in Dane County Circuit Court. Niess will decide if the case should proceed. The lawsuit names Gov. Scott Walker and members of the Government Accountability Board. Attorneys for the defendants want the case dismissed. The League of Women Voters say the law disenfranchises eligible voters. But supporters of the law say it helps prevent fraud. The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP's Milwaukee chapter have also filed lawsuits against the law. Those suits are still pending. The law is scheduled to be in effect for the state's spring primary in February.
Minnesota Unemployment Goes Down
(AP) Minnesota's unemployment rate continued to move downward in December to a rate of 5.7 percent. State officials say it's now lower than at any time since the September 2008 financial collapse. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development released its monthly jobs report on Thursday. The December unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percent from a 5.9 percent rate in November. The state's unemployment rate declined a total of 1.5 percent since August. That's the biggest decrease over a four-month period dating back to 1976.
Minnesota gained 7,900 jobs in December and 25,300 jobs for all of 2012. Department official Steve Hine says economic indicators are positive, but that a full economic recovery is still a ways off with numerous potential hazards that could throw it off track.
Recall Process Is A Right Says One Lawyer
Since last year, people of Wisconsin have gotten a great education on what a recall election is all about. Some like it...some don't. But Jeremy Levinson, a laywer for the recall committee, says like it or not...it's a right.
He says it creates a very high threshold and it makes it hard so recalls don't happen without good cause. But that threshold was blown out of the water with the number of signatures collected against Governor Scott Walker and others. A path, Levinson says, we will have to get used to in the future.
GAB Live Online
If you would like to see what's going inside the offices of the Government Accountability Board as they scan recall petitions.....here's the link. Maybe you can recognize Mitch Reynolds "Stars of the GAB". http://mirrors.5nines.com/stream/
Crashes With No Seat Belts Big In December
The Minnesota State Department of Public Safety is reminding people about the importance of wearing your seat belt. Officials say eight of Minnesota's first ten traffic deaths of the year were not buckled up. They happened 6 different counties, with a wreck in Winona County, one of them. Reports from December indicate 23 people were killed in crashes and only five were wearing their seat belts. State law requires that all drivers and all passengers must buckle up.