- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014
Walker not saying much about new ad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign isn’t saying much about a new campaign ad that ran in some markets across Wisconsin during the broadcast of the Green Bay Packers scrimmage on Saturday night.

The ad focuses on Walker’s efforts to cut the unemployment rate and features five different people saying that they got a job. Walker speaks to the camera and says, “We’re not going to stop until everyone who wants a job can find a job.”

But his campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre isn’t providing any details Monday when asked by The Associated Press who the people are in the ad or what the jobs were that they found.

Marre says the 30-second ad will be airing statewide starting Wednesday, the day after the primary.

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Attorney general, congressional races top primary

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A hot race for Congress and a few tight contests for the state Legislature are the top draws in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary that is expected to draw lower-than-usual turnout without a top-tier statewide race on the ballot.

But the primary is especially important for those candidates who face only nominal, or no, challengers in the Nov. 4 general election.

Election officials predicted a 15 percent turnout, less than in 2010 when both parties had competitive gubernatorial primaries. This year, former Trek executive Mary Burke faces a nominal challenge from state Rep. Brett Hulsey in a Democratic primary that will determine who gets to take on Gov. Scott Walker, who is unopposed in the Republican primary.

Two of the highest profile races are a four-way Republican primary to help determine who will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri and a three-way contest among Democrats hoping to replace retiring Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican.

Five of the eight congressional districts have primary races, as well as five of the 17 state Senate districts and 26 of the 99 Assembly districts. In 10 Assembly districts - five Republican and five Democratic - the winner will face no challenger in the general election.

The Democratic primary for attorney general pits three candidates who largely share the same views on most of the largest law enforcement issues in the state. Two are district attorneys - Ismael Ozanne in Dane County and Susan Happ in Jefferson County. The third, Jon Richards, is a state representative from Milwaukee.

The winner faces Republican Brad Schimel, the Waukesha County district attorney.

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5 things to know about Wisconsin’s primaries

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Five things to know about Tuesday’s primary elections in Wisconsin:

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1. NO PHOTO ID NEEDED

Polls open statewide at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters who are already registered do not need photo identification to cast their ballots because the state’s photo ID law has been blocked by a federal judge. However, voters who want to register at the polls on Election Day do need to bring proof of residence, which could be a driver’s license, state-issued photo ID, university photo ID, utility bill, bank statement or paycheck.

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2. NO CROSSOVER VOTING

Voters don’t have to declare a party affiliation, but they can’t vote for both Democratic and Republican candidates in primary elections. A law in place since 1905 limits voters to casting ballots for partisan candidates from only one party. Ballots with crossover votes will be rejected.

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Sentencing soon for Wisconsin man in home robbery

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man convicted of four felonies in connection with a February home invasion and assault of a couple will likely be sentenced in two months.

Eric D. Bass, 24, of Madison faces up to 40 years of combined prison time and extended supervision on each of two robbery charges and up to 60 years on each of two sexual assault charges, the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1pnnAnZhttp://bit.ly/1pnnAnZ ) reported. Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser said there is no sentencing recommendation as part of Bass’ plea agreement.

Bass and three other men mistakenly entered a home owned by a sleeping couple on Feb. 23 on Madison’s east side. The men meant to break into the home of a neighbor who they thought had a large sum of cash.

The man was beaten and his wife, who was six months pregnant, was repeatedly sexually assaulted. The four men then took off with electronics and credit cards.

Bass pleaded no contest Aug. 6 to conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and two counts of being a party to first-degree sexual assault.

Last month, Michon A. Thomas, 23, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Kristopher J. Hughes, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, substantial battery and identity theft.

DeAndrae L. Mayweathers, 23, who drove the getaway vehicle, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and being a party to armed robbery.