- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015
Feeling sense of ‘urgency,’ Walker says he’ll get aggressive

BARRINGTON, N.H. (AP) - Feeling a sense of “urgency” - and witnessing the surge of Donald Trump - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he’s more willing to take on his own party and to draw clear distinctions between himself and the rest of the Republican presidential field.

“I think before I was trying to be respectful of other candidates,” Walker told reporters after a town hall meeting Wednesday in the first primary state. “I feel a sense of urgency, (people) want to see it, they want to feel it, and so we’ve started to articulate that.”

Walker faced criticism for lacking passion in his first GOP debate performance earlier this month. But he’s begun to show more spark on the trail in Iowa and New Hampshire this week, confronting protesters at the Iowa State Fair and criticizing Republicans in Congress for failing to repeal the president’s health care law as he rolled out his own replacement plan. At multiple events in New Hampshire on Wednesday he reminded crowds of his fights with Wisconsin’s unions and his survival of a 2012 recall election.

His new energy comes in the wake of success by Trump and other lesser-known candidates who are tapping into anger among GOP voters about current office holders. Walker wants voters to know he can take the fight to his fellow Republicans.

“A lot of people don’t know that I took on, before anything else, the establishment of my own party,” he told reporters. “There are a lot of folks in our state legislature who didn’t want to tackle the kind of big, bold reforms we pushed - we had to take them on first before we ultimately took on the unions and special interests in Washington.”

Several of Walker’s rivals haven’t been afraid to turn the tables.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called Walker a “career politician” who is part of the problem.


Packers plan to announce Titletown development plans

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers are preparing to announce what they plan to do with the land the team owns near Lambeau Field in what they’re calling the Titletown District.

The team has called a news conference for 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Team president Mark Murphy and vice-president Ed Policy will be joined by representatives from the businesses involved and community leaders.

The announcement gave no details of the development plans, and Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey declined to comment Wednesday evening.

The Packers own around 65 acres of land near Lambeau Field that’s zoned for commercial use. The area includes a popular Cabela’s sporting goods store. The Packers have demolished a number of other buildings in the area including a former Kmart.


Sunflowers grace Wisconsin highway in honor of cancer victim

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - The sunflowers stretch for more than 4 miles along a Wisconsin highway.

The hundreds of thousands of yellow blossoms along Highway 85 near Eau Claire are a tribute to Babbette Jaquish (JAY’-kwish), who died in November from cancer. During her nine years with cancer, her husband, Don Jaquish, began planting sunflowers, her favorite flower, on their farm.

Her daughter, Jennifer White, tells WQOW-TV (https://bit.ly/1WFphgfhttps://bit.ly/1WFphgf ) her mother’s dream was to donate part of the proceeds from selling the sunflowers to cancer research and to families with treatment expenses. That blossomed into a project called Babbette’s Seeds of Hope.

The family doesn’t own all the land where the ribbon of sunflowers now graces the highway. Jaquish says he’s amazed at how people have allowed him to use their property in his wife’s honor.



Babbette’s Seeds of Hope: https://www.babbettesseedsofhope.comhttps://www.babbettesseedsofhope.com


Authorities release name of Madison man killed in stabbing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of a Madison man they say was fatally stabbed by his on-again, off-again girlfriend.

The Wisconsin State Journal (https://bit.ly/1WGiS4qhttps://bit.ly/1WGiS4q ) reports that the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man Wednesday as Terrence Woods. Police say he was found injured Tuesday in a common area of a Madison apartment, and later died at a hospital.

A 25-year-old woman was arrested on a tentative charge of first-degree reckless homicide. According to police, she had called police earlier in the day, accusing Woods of trying to run over her and her child.

Police say they were called back to the apartments later for a report that the woman had a knife. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said authorities were looking for Woods before the stabbing occurred.


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsjhttps://www.madison.com/wsj

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