- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015
Walker says he’s not taking position on citizenship

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is not taking a position on whether children of immigrants here illegally should automatically be citizens.

Walker said in a CNBC interview Friday that he was not taking a position “one way or the other” on the Constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship. Walker’s statement comes after he gave mixed answers on the issue earlier in the week, including saying while at the Iowa State Fair that the U.S. should “absolutely” end birthright citizenship.

Fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he wants to end automatically granting citizenship to children of people here illegally, leading Walker and other candidates to be asked their positions on it.

Walker previously reversed his position on allowing a chance for legal status for those in the country illegally.


The Latest: Judge sets trial date for Slender Man defendants

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - The latest in the case of two 13-year-old girls accused in the repeated stabbing of a classmate in Wisconsin (all times local):

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The judge in the case of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate as a sacrifice to a fictitious horror character called Slender Man has said the girls will be tried together and set a trial date of Oct. 15.

Judge Michael Bohren decided previously that the case should be tried in adult court, and the 13-year-old girls face decades in prison if convicted.

Investigators say they plotted to lure Payton Leutner into the woods after a sleepover in suburban Milwaukee. They say the girls intended to kill their friend to earn a place in the mansion of Slender Man, a character described as unnaturally tall and thin with no visible facial features.

Slender Man stories have proliferated online in recent years.


Republican legislative leaders push back against Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican leaders in the Wisconsin Legislature are pushing back against Gov. Scott Walker’s description of how he had to convince them to pass his signature initiative curbing public sector union rights.

Walker this week has been saying in campaign stops in Minnesota and New Hampshire that some Republican lawmakers were resistant to his push in 2011 against the unions.

But Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos tweeted Friday, “We didn’t need to be convinced to support it.” And Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke tweeted, that while he was new in 2011, “timid is not a description that fit our caucus. Resolute and united is.”

Walker did meet resistance on the union proposal from other more moderate Republicans, including four Assembly Republicans who voted against it along with then-Sen. Dale Schultz.


Wisconsin Assembly committee to vote on fetal tissue ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The chairman of the Wisconsin State Assembly criminal justice committee says the panel plans to vote Sept. 9 on a bill that would make it a felony to perform research using tissue obtained from aborted fetuses.

Republican state Rep. Joel Kleefisch said Friday that he wanted to give plenty of notice of the upcoming vote, which is roughly a month after the public hearing on the measure.

The Republican-backed bill would outlaw selling, donating and experimenting with cells, tissues, organs, or other fetal body parts.

The bill’s backers were working on an amendment to address concerns raised by the University of Wisconsin and private researchers about what effect the ban would have on their work.

That amendment has yet to be formally introduced.

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