WUWM News

Chuck Quirmbach

Tuesday is primary election day in Wisconsin.

With races for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices, turnout is expected to be the highest since the presidential election in November 2016. Donald Trump's win in that election spurred a lot of national concern over election tampering. While some voters still aren’t sure the system is secure, Wisconsin officials say the public shouldn't be worried about ballot security.

Update, August 14:

Democrat Earnell Lucas won Tuesday's partisan primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

He beat two other Democrats running for sheriff, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt and Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Robert Ostrowski. Lucas will likely win the Nov. 6 general election, as no Republicans ran in the primary. However, there still may be Republican write-ins.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville rocked the political world earlier this year when he announced he wouldn’t seek reelection in fall. Now, the seat is up for grabs – with a crowded primary on Tuesday. The district covers Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties, along with parts of southern Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Susan Bence

Students took their turn Wednesday showing their young sheep at the Wisconsin State Fair. Vincent High School student Kiara Little, who wants to be a veterinarian, was waiting to show her freshly-shorn creamy-colored sheep named Teddy Bear.

The sheep are organized by breed, for example Hampshire and Southdown, and then by their weight. While some can weigh up to 150 pounds, Kiara's sheep is little — Teddy Bear weighs just 90 pounds.

We conclude our conversations with the candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Our final talk is with Kathleen Vinehout of northern Wisconsin. She's currently serving her third term in the state Senate.  She's also been a farmer and a teacher.

Marti Mikkelson spoke with Vinehout in the WUWM studios.

Why are you running for governor?

Paul Soglin has served as the Mayor of Madison three times, and now, he's after the highest office in Wisconsin: governor. He's one of eight Democrats competing to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 14.  

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with Soglin during a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

Why are you running for governor?

Wisconsin's partisan primary is Aug. 14 and the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are fine tuning their talking points. Eight Democratic candidates will be on the ballot, all hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.  

Today, we meet former state Rep. Kelda Roys of Madison. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson caught up with Roys at a campaign event in Wauwatosa.

Why are you running for governor?

On Aug. 14, voters will cast ballots in a Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor. Eight candidates are hoping to be the one chosen to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Today, we meet political newcomer and attorney Josh Pade. 

Susan Bence

Not so many years ago, no one would dream of kayaking or canoeing the Milwaukee River. Now those activities are common. So, how would you feel about jumping into the Milwaukee River for a swim?

That’s what will be happening during the 2018 Cream City Classic. On Aug. 11, the one-and-a-half-mile swim race will take place just upstream from where the Milwaukee River meets Lake Michigan.

While this race is being dubbed “Milwaukee’s first open river swim,” the Milwaukee River was once a popular swim spot.

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The #CLOSEmsdf Coalition is calling for the closure of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) downtown.

Members of the campaign say the Wisconsin Department of Corrections facility is violating the human rights of those being held there and is unfairly incarcerating people for crimeless violations of supervision.

We've been talking to the Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls this week, as we head into the Aug. 14 primary. Today, we highlight Wisconsin Firefighters Union President Mahlon Mitchell. He ran for lieutenant governor in the recall election of 2012, and says if elected governor, he'll push for universal health care in Wisconsin. 

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with Mitchell at a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

Why are you running for governor?

  

Mike McCabe has made his career lamenting the boatloads of money spent on elections. McCabe is founder of the government watchdog group, "Blue Jean Nation."  And now, he's running for the highest office in the state: governor. He's one of eight Democrats hoping to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. The primary is Aug. 14.  

WUWM's Marti Mikkelson caught up with McCabe at a candidates forum in Mequon, and asked him why he entered the race.

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Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday to honor the life of Michael Michalski, a Milwaukee police officer who was killed in the line of duty on July 25.

A memorial service was held at the Assembly of God Church in Oak Creek. Dozens of law enforcement agencies escorted Michalski's body from the chruch, past the Milwaukee police headquarters and then to his final resting place at Wisconsin Memorial Park. American flags lined the entrance to the Brookfield park.

We continue our series of candidate interviews with Democrats vying to face Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall. The primary is in less than two weeks. Matt Flynn is an attorney and former chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. He says if elected, he'll file suit to end the state's contract with Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronic giant.

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There’s a power-play going on between Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and aldermen about who's on the Fire and Police Commission, a citizen body that oversees the city’s police and fire departments.

At stake, some say, is how police officers interact with the community.

Mayor Barrett nominated retired Deputy Police Chief William Gielow to the citizen oversight panel, for a five-year term. Gielow spent 41 years on the Milwaukee police force.

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