Dayton Talks Voter I.D.
(AP) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he's ready to do whatever he can to urge voters to reject the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in November. Dayton issued a symbolic veto of the amendment Wednesday, though he has no legal power to stop it from appearing on the ballot. The GOP-controlled Legislature signed off on it last week.
Dayton says the amendment would cripple Minnesota's election system by curbing same-day voter registration, absentee balloting and mail-in voting. Backers say requiring voters to prove their identity is an election integrity measure. The governor says he doesn't think there is a way to prevent it from going to voters. Dayton symbolically vetoed another amendment last year: One defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Walker Signs More Bills Today
(AP) Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows judges to order GPS monitoring for people who violate restraining orders. The measure calls for the state Department of Corrections to use GPS monitoring to track violators and call police if they enter areas they must avoid under their restraining orders. Anyone on monitoring would have to pay a $200 surcharge to cover tracking costs. Walker, a Republican, signed the bill at the state Justice Department's crime lab in Milwaukee on Monday morning.
Baby Angel Investigation Continues
After 7 months, Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says it was time to lay an unknown child to rest in a local cemetary. Baby Angel was found by boaters last year, floating in the Mississippi River. Brand says the tips have slowed as to who gave up the child and why the baby was placed in the river. But there's another reason they would like to find that person.....an empty, donated, headstone.
Since Angel was found last September, investigators have questioned
Paul Ryan Talks Recalls
(AP) U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says Wisconsin's recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker is the second most important election in the nation this year. The rising GOP star from Wisconsin said Monday the June election is a national trendsetting election that's only second behind the presidential election in November. Democrats and their allies are trying to recall Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four GOP state senators, as payback for a Walker-proposed law that stripped most public workers of collective bargaining rights. Ryan says if Walker loses, it will discourage other governors and state legislatures from having the courage to take on structural budget challenges. He says he will actively campaign for Walker. Ryan spoke to a friendly crowd of members of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
Miller On Board With Tribe To Build Vikings Stadium
Winona Republican Senator, Jeremy Miller, has jumped on board to try to get a deal done with the people behind trying to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
The Winona Republican introduced a bill this week that would create a $400 million partnership between the state and the White Earth Nation to construct a stadium and new casino.