- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014
Girl, 4, shot while sitting in vehicle in Racine

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Racine police say a 4-year-old was shot and critically wounded as she sat in a vehicle.

Officers were called just before 6 p.m. Wednesday and found the girl suffering from a gunshot.

Police say multiple shots apparently were fired while the girl was sitting in a parked vehicle. The girl was taken in critical condition to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Hospital and airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

No other details were released.


Walker second term agenda likely less divisive

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a national name for himself with his dramatic move against public sector union power when he first took office in 2011, but he’s signaling that his second term will be far less divisive as he builds his resume for a potential presidential run.

“For us, it’s not so much looking for a big, bold thing,” Walker told The Associated Press days before his re-election victory Tuesday. “It’s steady growth in the things that have been successful.”

Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke on Tuesday by nearly 6 points. Walker, in comments moments after the race was called and again in his first cabinet meeting Wednesday afternoon, promised to work quickly with the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass a state budget next year.

“We’re going to be even more aggressive now because I think we have an even stronger ally in the Legislature,” Walker told his cabinet, saying he plans to meet with Republican legislative leaders to discuss strategy in coming days.

He said the emphasis should be on making government more accountable, effective and efficient.

Moving ahead aggressively with that type of standard conservative second-term agenda may be the plan, but that won’t get him the same level of national attention that staring down the unions and winning a recall election did. Republicans, however, aren’t looking for more dramatic moves from Walker, said GOP strategist Mark Graul.

“I think they’re looking for steady, solid, common sense conservative leadership,” Graul said.


Walker: ‘We’re going to be even more aggressive’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker tells his cabinet in their first meeting since his re-election victory that they are going to be “even more aggressive now” in pushing their agenda because of strong Republican support in the Legislature.

Walker told his cabinet Wednesday that voters want government to be more effective, more efficient and more accountable.

He told agency leaders to review everything the agency and its employees do to see what can be done better and what shouldn’t be done at all.

Walker says he wants to work closely with Republican legislative leaders to quickly pass a budget next year.

Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke by nearly 6 points in Tuesday’s election, his third victory in four years.


3 Assembly Republicans vying for leadership spot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Three Assembly Republicans are vying to become the chamber’s new second-in-command.

Republicans won at least 61 seats in the Assembly in Tuesday’s elections, with Republicans leading Democrats in two other races that were too close to call.

GOP members plan to meet on Monday to select their officers. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he doesn’t face any challengers.

But gone is Majority Leader Pat Strachota, who didn’t run for re-election. A Vos spokeswoman says veteran state Reps. Jim Steinke, Andre Jacque and Joan Ballweg all want the position.

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