- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wisconsin group removes pay equity graphic

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A graphic showing a protester calling for pay equity that was used as a fundraising plea by the state chamber of commerce has been removed from its website after Democratic lawmakers and others complained it was offensive.

The image was no longer on the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce website as of Wednesday. WMC spokesman Jim Pugh, when asked whether the image had been removed, said he had another call and hung up.

The graphic said, “Anti-business voices are loud and clear” next to the image of a woman holding a “Pay Equity NOW!” sign.

WMC’s lobbyist Scott Manley says the image was meant to invoke the group’s opposition to a law making it easier for wage discrimination claims to be filed.

Critics said it indicated WMC was against equal pay.


Schimel, Happ race for attorney general close

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A new poll shows Republican Brad Schimel and Democrat Susan Happ are about even in the race for Wisconsin attorney general.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Schimel with 41 percent among likely voters, compared with 39 percent for Schimel. Two weeks ago, Schimel had 42 percent support among likely voters, compared with 41 percent for Happ.

Two weeks ago, 20 percent of respondents were undecided or didn’t know who they would vote for. That is down slightly to 19 percent

The poll of 585 likely voters was done between Sept. 25 and Sunday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

The election is Nov. 4.


Walker slightly ahead of Burke in new poll

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has a slight lead over Democrat Mary Burke in the race for Wisconsin governor, a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed, marking the first time since March that either candidate had an edge greater than the margin of error.

The positive numbers for Walker came after news broke that parts of Burke’s signature jobs plan also appeared in proposals by other Democratic gubernatorial candidates. Burke blamed a consultant and cut ties, but Walker and his allies have been blasting her over it in television ads.

Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki said it was no surprise the race remains too close to call because “Walker has stepped up the mudslinging and false, negative attacks in a desperate attempt to distract from his failed record.”

The poll showed that 18 percent of respondents said the copying issue made them less likely to vote for Burke, while 73 percent said it made no difference. For 7 percent it made them more likely to support Burke.

Walker and Burke had been about even, or within the poll’s margin of error, since May. In the latest poll, Walker had 50.4 percent support among likely voters compared with 44.7 percent for Burke. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.

The last time either candidate had a slight lead was in March, when Walker was up by 7 percentage points with a 3.5-point margin of error.

The latest poll of 585 likely voters was done between Sept. 25 and Sunday.


Damage from Wisconsin school fire totaled $7.5M

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A new report estimates damage from a Green Bay high school fire at $7.5 million, making it one of the costliest fires in the city’s history.

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department on Wednesday released a report on the Aug. 8 gymnasium fire at Preble High School. The 36-page report includes the estimated loss of property and contents at the school.

Press-Gazette Media (https://gbpg.net/YMtXa7https://gbpg.net/YMtXa7 ) says most of the damage figure is from property loss. The fire destroyed about $100,000 in contents.

The fire department report lists the fire as “unintentional.” The fire started by spontaneous combustion after workers refinishing the gym floor improperly disposed of chemical-soaked rags.

No one was hurt, but the start of classes at Preble was postponed for two weeks.


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