- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Wisconsin Gov. Walker hopes for a second term

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hoped to win his third election in four years Tuesday after a hard-fought campaign with Democratic businesswoman Mary Burke - a victory that could lead him to set his sights even higher by running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Polls had the race tied or nearly even for months, until last week, when Walker was shown to be up by 7 points in a respected Marquette University survey. Very few voters were undecided, even as Walker and Burke and their backers flooded the airwaves and spent an estimated $50 million to $60 million on the race.

Walker said his biggest concern was that supporters would “ease up” after last week’s poll showed him ahead and not actually vote.

“I ran track when I was in high school, and we said the bottom line was you have to run through the tape not just to the tape,” he said after voting in Wauwatosa.



Democrats and labor unions targeted Walker for defeat this year after he took on public sector unions shortly after coming into office in 2011. A year later, he became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election spurred by anger over a law that stripped public unions of much of their power.

That fight made him a hero to conservatives and put him in the mix for a potential 2016 Republican presidential run, even as he’s downplayed that talk during his re-election campaign against Burke.

Walker argued that he deserves a second term because he wiped out a $3.6 billion budget shortfall, took on special interests such as the unions, cut taxes by $2 billion and presided over the addition of more than 110,000 private-sector jobs.

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Wausau man gets 35 years in baseball bat beating

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - A 20-year-old Wausau man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison in the fatal beating of a local bowler.

Zachary Froehlich was convicted in August on one count of first-degree reckless homicide as party to a crime for the June 2012 assault of Kerby Kniess.

Prosecutors say Froehlich and another man planned to steal from Kniess, when Froehlich beat him to death with a baseball bat while Kniess was asleep.

The Wausau Daily Herald Media reports (https://wdhne.ws/1usiGtzhttps://wdhne.ws/1usiGtz ) prosecutors asked for the maximum 40 years in prison. Defense attorney Brian Bennett argued for 15 years in jail with 15 years of extended supervision. He said Froehlich took responsibility by turning himself in.

Froehlich apologized to Kniess, Kniess’ family, and his own family for his “mistakes.”

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Information from: Wausau Daily Herald Media, https://www.wausaudailyherald.comhttps://www.wausaudailyherald.com

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Mom, daughter accused of trying to hire killer

SPENCER, Wis. (AP) - A central Wisconsin woman and her adult daughter are accused of trying to hire someone to kill two people.

Clark County Sheriff Gregory Herrick says deputies on Monday arrested a 46-year-old woman and her 21-year-old daughter, both from rural Spencer.

Authorities allege the two women tried to hire someone to kill two of the daughter’s ex-boyfriends. The two men are each a father of one of her children.

Once authorities were notified of the alleged plot, the fathers were alerted.

The sheriff’s office says one of the women supplied photos, addresses and vehicle descriptions of the two men and said they wanted it done soon. One of the fathers wanted to change custody arrangements and was going to move out of state.

The two women remained in jail Tuesday.

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News Guide: A quick look at Wisconsin elections

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The close contest between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke has captured the bulk of attention this election season, but Wisconsin voters will fill three other statewide offices, choose their congressional representatives and decide how to handle the state transportation fund on Tuesday. Here’s a look at what’s on the ballot:

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Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Susan Happ have engaged in an increasingly intense and bitter campaign as they vie to replace outgoing Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Happ worked to curry favor with female voters by saying she would not defend a GOP law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Schimel characterized her as a liberal activist after she said she also wouldn’t defend Wisconsin’s photo voter ID law. Happ punched back by calling Schimel a robot who would blindly defend any law Republicans pass, regardless of its constitutionality.

That back-and-forth struck a chord with Janis Kinens, a 69-year-old Lutheran pastor from Cedarburg. He said he voted for Happ because he doesn’t think religious beliefs about abortion and other issues should be part of the political process.

Amanda Eskola, a 29-year-old a clinical therapist from Cedarburg, said she voted for Schimel because she’s concerned about the spike in heroin use and thinks Schimel would do better at combatting it.

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