- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Walker says ‘molotov’ in Hanukkah letter was typo

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn’t remember sending a letter about a menorah when he was Milwaukee County executive that is signed, “Thank you and Molotov.”

Walker said Wednesday that likely was a typo. He presumably meant to write “mazel tov” in the undated letter that was addressed to prominent Milwaukee attorney Franklyn Gimbel in response to a request that a menorah be displayed at the courthouse.

The Cap Times first reported on the slip-up Wednesday.

Walker says he suspects the letter was written around 2003 but he doesn’t remember it.

Walker jokes that the typo is being talked about because his previously bandaged thumb has healed and “my bald spot is boring now.”


Walker says ‘bold’ consolidation coming

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he will be offering some “bold” proposal to consolidate departments in state government and eliminate positions.

Walker made the comments Wednesday when speaking to reporters at the governor’s mansion.

Walker says his budget will include “bold things, potentially the consolidation of some departments and elimination of some positions.”

He says offices that could be eliminated would be at the top levels in management to help make departments run more efficiently and be more accountable. He declined to give any details, saying he will spell it out in his state budget proposal coming early next year.

Walker says there will be savings, but “You’re not talking about tens of millions.”


Walker says he didn’t ask Adelson for support

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he didn’t ask billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for his support as the Republican mulls a potential 2016 presidential run.

Walker said Wednesday that he thanked Adelson for his support when the two met on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Walker says he was in Vegas to meet with friends and decided to stop by and thank Adelson after he gave Walker $250,000 in the 2012 recall and gave the Wisconsin Republican Party $650,000 in October.

Walker says Adelson gave “no committals or anything like that” and that Walker did not specifically ask for his support. He says Adelson has not encouraged him to run for president.

Walker says he spoke with Adelson about what he’s doing in Wisconsin and Adelson talked “a fair amount about Israel.”


DNR: Hunters used dogs to take 6 wolves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Hunters used dogs to corral far fewer Wisconsin wolves than last year, mostly because they had less than a week to deploy them before the season closed, state wildlife officials said Wednesday.

Hunters killed 154 wolves before the hunt ended Friday, exceeding the statewide limit for nontribal hunters by four wolves. Department of Natural Resources carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland told the agency’s board during a recap of the season that hunters used dogs to surround six wolves.

Hunters used dogs to chase down 35 wolves over nearly three weeks last year. But they had only a few days to run them this year, MacFarland said.

The wolf season begins on Oct. 15 and runs until hunters reach the statewide quota or the end of February. State law bars hunters from using dogs until the day after the end of the traditional nine-day gun season.

This year that day fell on Dec. 1, when hunters were just four wolves short of the 150-animal quota. The DNR ended the season five days later. Last season hunters used dogs from Dec. 2 until the season ended on Dec. 23.

Wisconsin is the only state that allows hunters to use dogs to chase down wolves. State regulations prohibit hunters from letting their hounds actually kill the wolves, but animal rights advocates insist letting dogs go after wolves leads to bloody confrontations because wolves will turn and fight.

The DNR examined 27 wolves that hunters killed with the aid of dogs last year and didn’t find any evidence of fights. The carcasses were skinned before the examinations, however. MacFarland told the board eight hunters allowed federal wildlife specialists to observe as they skinned their kills this year. But that effort proved nothing, since none of those wolves were taken with dogs.

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