Friday, October 20th


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Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for girls have been the subject of an ongoing federal investigation for nearly three years.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - Two Northwoods lawmakers have asked a federal judge to lift his ruling changing the way the state's teen prison must operate, saying it had prompted some inmates to attack staff.

"Your order has not only jeopardized staff safety but it is jeopardizing the safety of youth in (Lincoln Hills School for Boys) who are non-violent. Unfortunately, your order has emboldened violent offenders to the detriment of those seeking to serve their time and return to civil society," wrote Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma).

Tiffany and Felzkowski's districts include Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake School for Girls, which share a campus 30 miles north of Wausau.

Those who sued over conditions at the prison complex said the problems there were the fault of state officials, not the judge who ordered them to make changes.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, a state senator from Brookfield.(Photo: Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

GOP state Sen. Leah Vukmir, a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Tammy Baldwin, says that in 2016 there were 5,570 people in Wisconsin "who committed crimes on probation and they were not revoked."

PolitiFact Wisconsin finds she's partially on target, but overstates her case.

Kevin Nicholson(Photo: handout from the candidate)

Democrats are trying to stir some controversy against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, a Delafield businessman and U.S. Marine veteran.

They're not going after Nicholson personally. Instead, they're aiming at one of Nicholson's big backers, GOP mega donor Richard Uihlein, co-owner of Pleasant Prairie-based Uline Corp.

Democrats claim that Uihlein is trying "buy" the Senate seat for Nicholson.

They point to $15 million of donations in the past two years that Uihlein made to groups that now support Nicholson. Most of that cash, $10 million, went toward backing Republicans in the 2016 campaign.

So far in the current campaign cycle, the most prominent move by Uihlein is the $3.5 million he gave to the group Solutions for Wisconsin, which on Thursday dropped its first TV ad in support of Nicholson.

Uihlein also gave $1.5 million this year to Club for Growth Action, whose super PAC endorsed Nicholson.

Kevin Nicholson (left), Tammy Baldwin (center) and Leah Vukmir (right)(Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON – Republicans challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said a bipartisan bill aimed at restoring insurance subsidies under Obamacare doesn't do enough.

Businessman Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) made plain their opposition to a proposal from U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to keep the subsidies in place after President Donald Trump said he was ending them. 

"I do not believe this deal goes far enough," Vukmir said in a statement. "To earn my support, more conservative reforms need to be included to give relief to the many Americans suffering under Obamacare.”

Nicholson said at a Racine County Republican Party event Wednesday that health care proposals should improve competition, price transparency and the overall system the country has now. He said he doubted the subsidy bill by Alexander and Nicholson would do that.

Kevin Nicholson(Photo: handout from the candidate)

The super PAC backed by the co-founder of Pleasant Prairie-based Uline Corp. is out with its first television ad Thursday in support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson.

The biographical spot focuses on Nicholson's service with the U.S. Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and calls him "an outsider ready to fight for conservative values in the U.S. Senate."

The ad is part of a "six-figure buy," and will air on network stations and Fox News. It comes from the group, Solutions for Wisconsin PAC, which has endorsed Nicholson. The group has received $3.5 million in funding from Richard Uihlein, a Republican mega donor.

Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir are the only announced Republican candidates. The winner of the GOP primary will take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin next year.