Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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About an hour after the polls closed, major media were declaring that Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker had survived the recall attempt. With 62 percent of precincts reporting statewide, at 9:45 p.m. Walker had 57 percent of the votes while Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had 42 percent. "We're elated over the victory and especially the margin of victory," St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza said.
One night on her way home from work, she stopped for an ice cream and ate it in the car. Three stops and three ice cream treats later, Patti Albertson, rural River Falls, was home and sick from eating, but she couldn't stop. She said she never ate at work, never let her coworkers see her eat. But another evening she carried out a dozen leftover donuts and ate them all in the car. Alaina Arthurs understands.
With just days left before the filing deadline, the number of Pierce County Board districts without declared candidates has dropped to five and races are apparently emerging in three districts. Redistricting has left three districts without incumbents. In two other districts, incumbents have filed declarations of non-candidacy. The deadline for turning in nomination paper signatures - at least 20 and no more than 100 - is 5 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 3. A candidate must collect all 20 signatures from voters in the district in which he or she is a resident. Here is the filing rundown as of 3 p.m.
ELLSWORTH -- Tasha Schuh is writing a book about her life and, although the story is not finished, she has the title: "My Last Step Backwards." That phrase is full of meanings. It refers to the step Schuh took Tuesday Nov. 11, 1997, when, during a scene change for a school musical, she dropped through an open trap door and fell 16 feet onto a cement floor.
ELLSWORTH -- Charges were filed last week against two Ellsworth men accused of breaking into buildings on the Pierce County Fairgrounds this past summer and taking cash, food and tools. Dylan M. Berner, 19, and James M. Leonard, 17, made first appearances on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and damage to property. Berner made an initial appearance Monday Oct. 10 on two felony burglary charges, three misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property.
Many Pierce County residents will vote for different candidates next year. They won't have a choice. But first, they must figure out if they live in the same congressional, Wisconsin Senate or Assembly district as last election. For the majority, the answer to at least one of those questions will be no. While politicians' focus has been on changes in congressional districts, the redistricting bills signed quietly last week by Gov.
Campaign finance reports filed with Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board show that recall candidate Shelly Moore has raised more money since April than incumbent Sheila Harsdorf, though only by about $13,000. Of the almost 9,800 contributions to Moore's campaign, over half came from outside Wisconsin. Harsdorf received about 1,800 contributions and while they tended to be in larger amounts, only a handful came from out of state. Reports filed by both camps July 5 and late contribution reports submitted since then show Moore has collected $239,228 while Harsdorf has gathered $226,1
When the unofficial results were totaled Tuesday night, recall candidate Shelly Moore won Wisconsin's 10th Senate District primary 3,000 votes ahead of the opponent who didn't campaign. With votes from all five counties in the district tallied, Moore had just under 54% of the 35,790 votes cast and Isaac Weix had just under 45%. The unofficial totals were 19,301 for Moore, 16,033 for Weix and 456 write-in votes. Moore, River Falls, will now face Senator Sheila Harsdorf in the Aug.
With a Wisconsin Senate recall election, a recall primary and a Supreme Court recount, local election clerks are seeing their 2011 budgets fall apart. While it's difficult to plan for these unprecedented elections, St. Croix and Pierce County clerks figure the unbudgeted expenses will total about $25,000 for each county. Those projections don't include the amounts each city, village and town will pay for poll workers and their own miscellaneous expenses. The recall primary for Senate District 10 is July 12 and the recall election is Aug.
The two candidates whose names will be on the 10th Senate District recall primary ballot next week have very different opinions about the reason for the election. Shelly Moore, River Falls, says incumbent Sheila Harsdorf should be recalled because she doesn't listen to her constituents and has voted for a budget that will gut funding for the most important services in the state. Isaac Weix, Menomonie, says the effort by Democrats to recall Harsdorf has nothing to do with issues or positions but about the power unions lost when the governor and Republican-controlled Legislature eliminated m