- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015
Milwaukee County exec Abele says he won’t run for governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday he “definitely” will not be running for governor in 2018, putting to bed rumors that he was considering mounting a bid after hiring a prominent party official.

Abele told The Associated Press he felt compelled to deny speculation he might run so it wouldn’t impair his ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in Milwaukee. Abele also is running for a second term as county executive next year.

“I am definitely not running for governor,” said Abele, 48. “Not that I ever made any noise about it, but others have.”

Talk of Abele possibly preparing for a gubernatorial run has spiked since he hired former state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate on Aug. 24 and followed that up by hiring the party’s communications director Melissa Baldauff.

Abele said he hired Tate as a political consultant because he had known him for years and Baldauff came highly recommended. Baldauff, who had worked for the state party for two years, will take a similar job with Abele.

Abele succeeded Scott Walker as county executive in 2011. Walker, the Republican governor now running for president, is up for re-election as governor in 2018. Walker has not said whether he will seek a third term should his presidential aspirations fizzle.

Abele is up for re-election in April. State Sen. Chris Larson, a Democrat and former Milwaukee County board member, has said he is considering running against him.


Governor taps bank executive to lead job creation agency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a bank executive who has contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign to a six-figure job leading the state’s troubled economic development agency.

Walker announced Thursday that he has tapped Mark Hogan to serve as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s chief executive officer. Hogan has worked for nearly 40 years at M&I; Bank and BMO Harris Bank. He retired in 2010 as M&I;’s executive vice president and chief credit officer. He signed on as BMO Harris’ senior adviser the following year. He has served as chairman of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority since March.

Hogan has given Walker’s campaign $24,375 since 2005, according to government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s campaign finance database. Federal campaign finance records show he gave $10,000 to Unintimidated PAC, a super PAC Walker’s former campaign managers formed earlier this year to support Walker’s bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Hogan will make $195,000 in his new job.

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the donations didn’t play a role in Hogan’s appointment.

“Mark is a proven and respected business executive and we believe his extensive experience will be invaluable at WEDC,” Patrick said in an email.

Hogan replaces Reed Hall, who plans to retire this month. Walker appointed Hall to replace the agency’s first CEO, Paul Jadin, in October 2012. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s database shows Hall donated $1,000 to Walker between May 2010 and March 2012. Hall made $185,000.


Police: Woman killed, man hurt in Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee police say a 39-year-old woman has died in a shooting that also injured a 41-year-old man.

The Milwaukee Police Department says the shooting happened in front of a residence around 10:20 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the man and woman, both from Milwaukee, were shot by “unknown subjects” from across the street.

Police say the woman died at a hospital. The man had an injury that police say was not life-threatening. Their names were not released.

The shooting is under investigation.


Death of Rock County Jail inmate set for independent review

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - Last month’s death of a Rock County Jail inmate is set for an outside review.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that reports related to 39-year-old Dante Tyreese Wilson’s death have been turned over to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office for an independent review.

According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Wilson died at a hospital in the early morning of Aug. 18 about an hour after a jailer was alerted Wilson was having trouble breathing.

The Janesville Gazette (https://bit.ly/1O1D5Oghttps://bit.ly/1O1D5Og ) reports Sheriff Robert Spoden says he’s confident in the objectivity of his office’s investigation. But he says he thinks it’s appropriate to get an outside review “in the spirit of open government” and “objectivity.”

A preliminary autopsy has shown Wilson died of natural causes. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says a final autopsy report is still pending.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.comhttps://www.gazetteextra.com

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