Wisconsin afternoon wrap: Marquette poll: Clinton extends lead in Wisconsin; incumbents survive primaries; seven more state news stories
MILWAUKEE -- Democrat Hillary Clinton has extended her lead against Republican Donald Trump for Wisconsin's 10 presidential electoral votes.
The latest Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday afternoon gives Clinton a 46-36 percent lead among registered voters in a head to head matchup, and a 52-to-37 percent edge among likely voters.
Clinton extended her advantage by four points among registered voters, and 11 points among likely voters since the last Marquette poll taken in July before both conventions. Poll director Charles Franklin says the numbers are shaping up like 2008 when Democrat Barack Obama won the Badger State by 14 points, one point less than Clinton's biggest current lead.
In the U.S. Senate race, GOP incumbent Ron Johnson trails Democrat Russ Feingold 53-42 percent among likely voters and 49-43 percent among registered voters -- both beyond the poll's margins of error at close to five percent either way.
Ryan: Big primary win won't hurt Trump; incumbents move on to November
JANESVILLE -- Paul Ryan says his big primary win will have no impact on how Donald Trump will do in Wisconsin in November.
The House Speaker from Janesville trounced Paul Nehlen 84-16 percent in Tuesday's GOP primary. Ryan told reporters the victory was a sign of how well Wisconsinites know him -- and it does not have negative connotations for Trump, who had praised Nehlen before endorsing Ryan last Friday.
The speaker had said virtually nothing about his primary until afterward -- when Ryan said Nehlen did desperate things for attention. Election officials said they warned Nehlen supporters about breaking state laws Tuesday, after they put up signs and gave out campaign literature within 100 feet of polling places in Janesville, Burlington, and Mount Pleasant -- and the Racine Journal Times said one supporter argued with officials in Mount Pleasant, claiming he got zoning approval to put up a Nehlen sign on a nearby village fence.
Three other House incumbents from the state also survived primary challenges, as La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind got 81 percent of the vote over Myron Buchholz -- Milwaukee Democrat Gwen Moore defeated former state Sen. Gary George 85 to 15 percent -- and Wausau Republican Sean Duffy beat Don Raihala with 89 percent.
In the open 8th District, former Marine and Walker presidential campaign aide Mike Gallagher got 74-percent to eliminate two other Republicans. Sarah Lloyd of Wisconsin Dells won a Democratic primary for the right to face House Republican Glenn Grothman of Campbellsport.
UW seeks to borrow for buildings, Walker plans performance-based aid
MADISON – University of Wisconsin officials propose $455 million of borrowing in their next two year budget to build a new mechanical engineering facility at Platteville, and fix buildings at other campuses.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin State Journal says Gov. Scott Walker will propose new UW funding next year that's based on how well the university performs in specific categories -- but the amount of money remains undetermined. The Repubican Walker has promised to keep borrowing low, in part to help cover a $1 billion shortfall in the state's highway fund.
A Walker spokesman says state building maintenance expenses totaled $112 million last year -- higher than before 2011 when the governor first took office, considering an increase in cash payments for maintenance. The UW Board of Regents will act on the university's budget request next week, and submit it to Walker.
Feingold cruises in U.S. Senate primary
U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson and his Democratic opponent Russ Feingold have been trading barbs for the past year.
But the race did not officially begin until Tuesday night, right after Feingold defeated Scott Harbach of Kenosha in a Democratic primary. Feingold, who served 18 years in the Senate before losing to Johnson in 2010, got 90-percent of the primary vote with about 333,000 votes cast statewide. Feingold told supporters in Racine that his race against Johnson is all about boosting the middle class and getting what he called "wealthy interests" to stop taking over the democracy.
In Waukesha Tuesday, Johnson promised to keep improving the economy and national security -- and he called Feingold a "slick politician" who will make promises on which he cannot deliver.
Appeals court blocks allowing affidavits instead of ID cards to vote
CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court panel has temporarily blocked an order to let voters use affidavits instead of photo IDs to confirm their identities at the polls.
The three judge panel set aside District Judge Lynn Adelman's order from last month until the panel can fully review it -- but the judges wrote that Adelman's ruling went too far by letting large numbers of people vote without IDs, starting with the presidential contest in November.
The ACLU, which first challenged the issue, says the appellate panel "guarantees the disenfranchisement of vulnerable Wisconsin citizens in November." GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel says voters are being confused by what he called "liberal efforts" to stop his party's voter ID law. Republican Gov. Scott Walker says Wednesday's decision supports his party's efforts to "make it easy to vote and hard to cheat."
GOP's Pence to campaign Thursday in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence has a pair of campaign appearances in Wisconsin Thursday.
The Indiana governor will speak in La Crosse at the Cartwright Center at 3 p.m. followed by an event at the downtown Hilton in Milwaukee at 7 p.m.
testimony and bribed witnesses to help convict Price of the homicide. A Fond du Lac County circuit judge rejected those arguments -- and so did the Second District Appellate Court in Waukesha.
Party leaders dig in for state's only open U.S. House seat
Party leaders are digging in to win Wisconsin's only open U.S. House seat in November.
Marine veteran Mike Gallagher of Green Bay picked up 74 percent of the vote against two other Republicans for the right to face former state Assembly Democratic Leader Tom Nelson of Appleton -- and the winner will replace retiring Republican Reid Ribble.
Gallagher picked up fast endorsements from House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker, and they said Gallagher would hit the ground running on national security and tax issues. The Democratic National Campaign Committee says Nelson would put the "good of the country" above politics -- and Nelson, who's now the Outagamie County executive, says he has a "clear understanding" of people's concerns.
Gallagher told supporters he expects what he called "the entire Democratic army to descend on the 8th District with one objective in mind, to get Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House again."
Two Wisconsinites have their Olympic rowing final delayed
RIO DE JANIERO -- Two Wisconsin Olympic rowers will have to wait at least one more day to see if they can win gold medals.
Former UW Badgers rower Grace Lutz and St. Croix Falls native Megan Kalmoe are both on the American quadruple sculls team, which had its final against five other nations postponed due to strong wind gusts in Rio de Janiero. The entire day's schedule of eleven events was moved back, but new times were not announced by mid morning.
Eight state lawmakers survive primary challenges
Eight Wisconsin legislators have survived challenges from within their own parties, with no incumbents losing on Tuesday.
Senate Democratic Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse got 91 percent of the vote over Jared Landry -- and she'll have a rematch in November against Republican Dan Kapanke, who lost to Schilling in a 2011 recall contest triggered by his support for the state's public union bargaining limits.
Kapanke had 91 percent to win his Tuesday primary against John Sarnowski. In Milwaukee, Senate Democrat Lena Taylor kept her seat by defeating Assembly Democrat Mandela Barnes 61 to 39 percent -- and Milwaukee Representative La Tonya Johnson won a three way primary for a Senate post vacated by Democrat Nikiya Harris Dodd.
Assembly incumbents who won primaries were Milwaukee Democrats Christine Sinicki, Josh Zepnick, Leon Young, and JoCasta Zamarripa -- and Madison area Democrats Sondy Pope and Lisa Subeck.