- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014
Brewers fire hitting, first base coaches

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers have fired hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base-infield coach Garth Iorg after the team’s late-season collapse.

But the team said Friday that manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the coaching staff will return next season.

General manager Doug Melvin says after evaluating the work of Roenicke and the coaches, “this is the best course of action to take.”

Narron was hitting coach for three seasons. Iorg served four seasons as first base coach.

Returning for the 2015 season will be coach Mike Guerrero, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bench coach Jerry Narron, third base coach Ed Sedar, outfield coach John Shelby and bullpen coach Lee Tunnell.

The Brewers went 9-22 down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

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Court refuses to rehear voter ID ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal appeals court won’t reconsider a decision allowing Wisconsin officials to re-implement the state’s voter photo identification law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and allied groups are challenging the Republican-authored law. A three-judge panel from 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the law is constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday blocked the law from taking effect pending appeals, however.

The 7th Circuit released documents Friday announcing that Judge Richard Posner had asked all 10 judges to reconsider Monday’s decision, saying voter ID laws put an undue burden on the right to vote. The judges deadlocked 5-5 on the request, however, meaning it was denied.

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Wisconsin governor candidates set for 1st debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke were to debate for the first time Friday night in Wisconsin’s hotly contested governor’s race, making their arguments directly to voters in the showdown being broadcast live nationwide.

The debate in Eau Claire, near the Minnesota border, is the first of two in the race. For many voters, it will be their first opportunity to hear from Burke outside of a campaign ad. She is in the midst of her first statewide campaign, while Walker is on the ballot for the third time in four years, having won a recall election in 2012.

The race has drawn national attention both because it’s close and because Walker is widely considered to be in the mix for a 2016 presidential run should he win re-election. The latest Marquette University Law School poll released last week showed Walker with a slight edge, up 5 percentage points with a 4.1-point margin of error.

Burke said she hopes to use the debate to present her ideas to voters around the state who may not have had a chance to hear from her yet. Walker said he wants to use the debate to lay out his vision for a second term.

A panel of broadcast journalists will question the candidates.

Burke, a former state Commerce Department secretary and executive at Trek Bicycles, is a member of the Madison school board. She has never debated before a live statewide audience.

Walker has run more than a dozen campaigns, has been in public office since 1993 and is a veteran of high-stakes, prime-time debates. Walker faced the recall in 2012, after he curbed public sector union rights shortly after taking office in 2011, and became the first governor in U.S. history to survive such an effort.

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News Guide: A quick look at voter ID developments

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin’s voter photo identification law from going into effect before the Nov. 4 election. Here’s a rundown on the law and the three-year fight over it:

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Voters won’t have to show a photo ID at polls on Nov. 4 after the Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked a lower appeals court order that let the state implement the law.

The groups that asked the Supreme Court to take emergency action now have 90 days to file a formal request for the court to take up their case, which means the law won’t be reinstated before the election.

The court didn’t say why it was blocking the law, but three dissenting justices said it was “troubling” that absentee ballots may have been distributed without any notification that proof of photo identification must be returned with them.

About 11,800 absentee ballots were requested before the appeals court put the voter ID law into effect on Sept. 15, said Reid Magney, spokesman for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections. About 4,500 of those ballots had not yet been mailed. But the board has not been able to determine whether the other 7,300 were mailed or whether they were sent to people exempt from the photo ID law, such as military and permanent overseas voters, he said Friday.

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