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In a verdict reached Saturday morning, a St. Croix County jury acquitted UW-River Falls professor Thomas William Barnett of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl last summer in a Hudson movie theater. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict Friday afternoon and evening and were excused at about 8 p.m. Friday, said St. Croix County Clerk of Court Lori Meyer. The seven-man, five-woman panel reconvened Saturday at 9 a.m. and just after 11 a.m.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited the Hudson Golf Club Friday and emphasized the need for a conservative candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the November election. Santorum also painted his Republican challenger Mitt Romney as a "moderate." "Every time a moderate Republican has run against an incumbent Democrat president, the Republican has lost," Santorum said. He compared himself to a conservative Ronald Reagan, who defeated incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1980. "Don't compromise your principles to satisfy the pundits," Santorum said.
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican from Oshkosh) was in Hudson Saturday morning and took questions from reporters at the Hudson cable access studio, 901 Fourth St. He addressed several issues, including the perception that Republicans are blocking progress in Washington, the Stillwater Bridge, jobs, pulling from Iraq, Social Security-Medicare-entitlements and the federal budget. "The Republicans control only the House," Johnson said. "Democrats control the oval office and the senate. Over 100 bills have been approved in the House and were stopped in the Senate.
The second of three debates between incumbent Republican State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and her Democratic challenger Shelly Moore was staged Thursday morning at the University Center Ballroom at UW-River Falls. The event was hosted by the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and attracted 300 observers. For the most part, the crowd was reserved, with only a couple of minor outbursts - one against each candidate. The debate was moderated by Dr.
Democratic 10th District Senate candidate Shelly Moore is the winner of the recall primary election. With all but three of 113 precincts reporting, Moore holds a 17,779-15,245 lead as of 10:15 p.m. The three missing precincts are in Dunn County. Moore won in every county. At about 10:15 p.m. the totals were: St. Croix 8,325-7,950 Pierce 3,561-2,515 Polk 3,958-3,407 Dunn 1,002-573 Burnett 933-800 Weix, who has run as a Republican in other races, ran against Moore in the Democratic primary in an attempt to gain more campaign time for Republican incumbent Sheila Harsdorf.
Democratic 10th District Senate candidate Shelly Moore has upped her lead and appears to be on her way to vitory with the majority of precincts now reporting. She holds at 14,845-12,624 lead over her opponent Isaac Weix in the recall primary as of about 9:45 p.m. Moore holds leads in every county. At about 9:45 p.m. the totals were: St. Croix 6,646-6,220 Pierce 3,561-2,515 Polk 3,078-2,662 Dunn 654-452 Burnett 906-775 Weix, a known Republican, ran against Moore in the Democratic primary in an attempt to gain more campaign time for Republican incumbent Sheila Harsdorf.
A large number of pricinct in St. Croix County reported at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday night and Democratic 10th District Senate candidate Shelly Moore holds just a slight lead over her opponent Isaac Weix. With all but a handful precincts reporting in St. Croix County, Moore holds a 6,646-6,220 lead over Weix in the county. The district includes parts of five counties, but most of St. Croix and Pierce counties are in the district. Weix, a known Republican, ran against Moore in the Democratic primary in an attempt to gain more campaign time for Republican incumbent Sheila Harsdorf.
Democratic 10th District Senate candidate Shelly Moore has a 12,021-10,082 lead over her opponent Isaac Weix in the 10th Senate District recall primary. Moore holds leads in every county. At about 9:15 p.m. the totals were: St. Croix 6,646-6,220 Pierce 3,391-2,366 Polk 531-362 Dunn 547-359 Burnett 906-775 Weix, a known Republican, ran against Moore in the Democratic primary in an attempt to gain more campaign time for Republican incumbent Sheila Harsdorf. She was in Madison working on a budget bill during the early weeks of the campaign. The recall election is scheduled Aug.
At the same time Sheila Harsdorf recall supporters were meeting at the St. Croix County Government Center, about 200 people gathered at Lakefront Park to show their support for the Republican state senator who faces a recall election this summer. The St. Croix County Republican Party and Chair Jesse Garza organized the event. "We are facing a defining moment for Wisconsin," Harsdorf told her supporters.
The Western Wisconsin Democrats web site has posted a notice of a meeting in Hudson with "big news" about the Sheila Harsdorf Recall effort. The meeting, titled a "Recall Harsdorf Rally - Big News," is Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at the St. Croix County Government Center in Hudson. Although no one will confirm the information to be presented, most expect that it will be announced that the recall supporters have collected enough signature for the recall process to continue.