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(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.
(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.
(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.
Kwik Trip, Incorporated is recalling some doughnuts because they contain undeclared traces of egg. Wisconsin is one of three states involved. The recall applies to all Glazers Donuts. Any one allergic to eggs could be at risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they eat the product. The La Crosse based chain of convenience stores says it ordered the recall after it found out one of its suppliers had added the egg to a key ingredient. The corporation says the problem has been fixed and there have been no reports of illness, serious or otherwise. Consumers who bought the doughnuts and are allergic to eggs should return them for a refund.
La Crosse police spent the Easter week-end dealing with all sorts of domestic squabbles. Including three of them that stemmed from arguments over cell phones. On Good Friday, it was 28 year-old Damion Haynie beating down his girlfriend after the couple bought cell phones together at a big electronics store. Apparently, Haynie was frustrated that she picked out a phone that cost ten bucks more than his. And, his girlfriend told cops, he may have been high on crack. On Saturday, it was 22 year-old Zachary Reese getting busted after a shoving match with his girlfriend over her phone. And then Easter Sunday, 18 year-old Jacob Lorenz got hauled off to jail after a text message on his girlfriend's phone made him angry enough to throw her to the ground.