Governor Walker Says Lets Get To Work
Governor Scott Walker used last nights state of the state address to tout job creation and getting the state's education process going in the right direction. In betweeen shouts from the gallery...the Governor said he was proud of where Wisconsin is right now.
In his remarks, the Governor discussed how the decisions made this year
benefit the state now and in the future. He noted that in his first year in
office, the state balanced a $3.6 billion budget deficit while avoiding mass
layoffs and billion
dollar tax increases. And he noted that K-12 property tax rates are down for the first time in years. The governor ended the 45 minute speech by saying now is the time to get our state working again.
GOP Says Dems Have Nothing Positive To Say
The democratic reaction to Governor Walkers state of the state address last night is that when he talked jobs......his speech was all full of holes and mistruths and the state is in worse shape then before he signed the budget. La Crosse County GOP Chair, Bill Feehan, also chimed in.
Feehan says he thinks it shows that the democrats have nothing positive to say and in the end....this is all really about collective bargaining.
Is Voter ID Coming To Iowa
(AP) Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz plans to unveil a voter identification bill at Statehouse news conference.
Schultz, a Republican, has scheduled an announcement Thursday morning on a voter ID bill. The issue was central to his successful 2010 campaign for secretary of state. Critics of voter ID laws say they unfairly discourage voting by poor, minority and older voters who are less likely to have government issued identification. They also argue that voter fraud is rare. Some say the effort is a ploy to discourage voting by groups that tend to support Democratic candidates. Schultz has noted people have to show identification before boarding an airplane or checking into a hotel room. He says voting is important and requires similar precautions.
Wisconsin Soldier Dies In Afghanistan
An Army soldier from Wisconsin has died while serving in Afghanistan. His alma mater, Evangel University, said 1st Lt. David Johnson, of Mayville, was killed in action Wednesday. University spokesman Paul Logsdon says Johnson's family gave the school permission to release news of his death. The U.S. Department of Defense has not confirmed Johnson's death. The university in Springfield, Mo., says the 24-year-old Johnson was a 2010 graduate and was in command of the Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division. He visited the university last November for a special Veterans Day service. Campus pastor, John Plake, says Johnson was a well-respected student leader who served as a commander in the school's ROTC program. He is survived by his parents and three siblings.
Wisconsinites Like Voter ID
(AP) A new poll shows most people support a state law that requires voters to show photo identification at the ballot box starting next month. Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law last spring, saying it was needed to combat voter fraud even though there have been few instances reported in Wisconsin. Democrats have said the law will suppress the rights of minorities, senior citizens, students and the poor. Three lawsuits have been filed challenging the law. The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows 66 percent of 701 registered voters favor the law. Thirty-two percent oppose it. The voters were polled by telephone Jan. 19-22. The poll has a 3.8 percentage-point margin of error.