Former Vice President Joe Biden outpaced President Donald Trump by 9% in a potential 2020 race, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll.
The results, released Wednesday afternoon after late August polling among Wisconsinites, showed Biden, a Democrat, with 51% support over Trump’s 42%. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders received the second-strongest support among Democratic presidential contenders, with him leading 48-44%. The Republican president and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren both received 45% in their potential match-up.
The poll showed 13% of Democratic voters don’t know for whom they would vote. More results from the poll are available at https://law.marquette.edu/poll/.
Nearly 50K Wis. students have vaccination waivers
Doctors warn of a major measles outbreak as thousands of Wisconsin children attend school without being vaccinated.
State health officials report almost 50,000 students have vaccination waivers as the school year begins. The report was issued at the same time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are more cases of measles in the United States right now than at any time in the last 27 years. Immunization rates of 92-95 percent are considered necessary to keep the virus from spreading, but 40 of Wisconsin's 72 counties have immunization rates below 80 percent.
3 bills to help struggling Wis. farmers gain bipartisan support
Three bills are being circulated in the Wisconsin Legislature which are aimed at helping the state's struggling farmers.
All three are sponsored by Democrats but they are said to have bipartisan support. One would help farmers pay off their college debt, another would offer retirement planning help, and the third would award grants of up to $50,000 for small-scale farming operations. As much as $30,000 in student loans would be forgiven for college graduates who commit to farming in Wisconsin for at least five years.
Democratic AG to meet with Republicans on suit settlements
Republicans on the Legislature's Joint Finance committee say they plan to meet with Attorney General Josh Kaul Wednesday.
Kaul and the lawmakers met last week to talk about settling seven lawsuits against the state, but the meeting fell apart in disagreement. A law was passed during last December's lame-duck session which forces the Democrat Kaul to get the committee's permission before settling any suit.
Aggressive panhandlers causing problems on Madison’s State Street
Increasing aggression by panhandlers along Madison's busy State Street is said to be a growing problem for business owners.
A pizza restaurant assistant manager says he calls police at least once a week. Russell St. John says panhandlers have even entered the store to approach customers. Madison alderman Mike Verveer says panhandling is protected free speech, but he acknowledges he gets a lot of complaints about it. St. John says a couple of his employees have been assaulted and it is getting harder to keep them from quitting.
State senator running for Milwaukee mayor
State Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee is a candidate for mayor in her hometown.
Taylor says she'll mount a vigorous campaign to reach out to all of the voters in Milwaukee. The African-American senator said, "I'm not here . . . very candidly, for black Milwaukee . . . although I am proud to be black Milwaukee. I am not here just for women, although I am very proud to be a woman." The Democratic legislator has served in the Senate since 2004 and is the fourth announced candidate for the spring mayoral primary. Mayor Tom Barrett has yet to formally announce a re-election effort.
Baldwin announces $5.1M award to fight opioid crisis in Wis.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says Wisconsin is getting about $5.1 to fight the state's opioid epidemic.
The funds are being awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services from the CDC's "Overdose to Action" program. These money will support the collection of high-quality data on overdose morbidity and mortality to inform local prevention and response efforts. Baldwin said she worked in a bipartisan way "to make sure local communities in Wisconsin have the federal resources they need to support local prevention, treatment and recovery efforts."